'There is no such thing as being born in the wrong body': Detransitioner tells her story

Tuesday, 26 September 2023

"There is no such thing as being born in the wrong body", according to detransitioner Chloe Cole, who had her breasts removed at the age of 15.

Ms Cole spoke to TalkTV's Andre Walker, Danielle Nicholls and broadcaster Andrew Eborn about her experience transitioning from female to male from the age of 13.

She was diagnosed with gender dysphoria at 9 years old and was treated by Kaiser Permanente clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area between the ages of 13 and 17.

Now 19, Ms Cole underwent treatment which included puberty blockers, testosterone, and a double mastectomy. She began her detransition at the age of 16.

Speaking on TalkTV, she said: "They removed my breasts when I was 15, I was still in high school.

"I'm frankly disgusted that any adult thinks that a child could consent to something as life-changing as that I mean, I lost entire organs.

"I lost parts of myself as a woman, as an aspiring mother, before I was even an adult yet. And I'm still grappling with the loss of my breasts."

Mr Eborn asked her if she had a message for young people now who feel they are born in the wrong body. Ms Cole said: "The problem is not your body, there is nothing wrong with the way that you were born.

"It's really only the way that you see it, there's really no such thing as being born in the wrong body. There is no biological marker that that makes somebody transgender, it really is an entirely psychological condition.

"You are more than the way that you look. You are more than your body. You're a human being, the way that you're born was a blessing. You were made the way that you were for reason, that is something to embrace.

"Even if you're feminine as a man, or you're masculine as a woman, it just means that you have a unique personality. And that's something that should be cherished."

Asked how she felt about the doctors who were involved in her gender transition procedures, Ms Cole said she feels there are "three kinds of doctors".

"The first kind being the ones who are in it, they have a good heart, but they are deluded. They think that what they're doing is genuinely benefiting these kids.

"And then there's the doctors who don't really care, they have a laissez-faire attitude. They just think 'well I'm just going along with the standards of care I'm just doing what I'm what I'm told'.

"And then there's the ones who are really in it for the money, for financial gain."