Hundreds of young transgender people regret transitioning and want to return to original sex, claims trans activist Charlie Evans
Evans, who lived as a trans man for almost ten years, says she was scheduled to have her breast removal surgery this summer but started doubting her decision
28-year-old Charlie Evans, who took testosterone and lived as a trans man for almost 10 years, decided last year that she wanted to live as a woman—the gender she was assigned at birth.
In an interview with Sky News, the Newscacastle native trans activist revealed that hundreds of people have approached her—30 from Newcastle alone—saying they regret transitions and wished to undo their surgery.
'I'm in communication with 19 and 20-year-olds who have had full gender reassignment surgery who wish they hadn't, and their dysphoria hasn't been relieved, they don't feel better for it," Evans said, adding that people are reaching out to her for advice on detransitioning.
She also claimed that the people that turn to her for help are usually in their mid-20s, "mostly female, mostly same-sex attracted, most of them lesbians."
Because of the stark number of people who are facing this issue, Evans has decided to set up The Detransition Advocacy Network to help people who feel the same way she did.
She was scheduled to have her breast removal surgery this summer but started doubting her decision in May. This is when she stopped taking hormones and canceled the surgery.
Since then, she has been more or less an anti-transition advocate, once even tweeting that the hormone blockers that trans people take are unsafe because "we need testosterone and estrogen for development."
While there is no concrete data on how many trans people have come to regret their decision to transition, the Daily Mail quotes a spokesperson for Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust—which offers gender identity services for children as young as three—as saying, "Decisions about physical interventions made in our care are arrived at after a thorough exploration process. While some of our patients may decide not to pursue physical treatment or drop out of treatment, the experience of regret described here is rarely seen."
Meanwhile, Evans is being criticized by many trans people for her claims that she had once transitioned who said taking testosterone does not count as transitioning. They also pointed out that her charity is not registered anywhere and that she even took part in anti-trans protest at Manchester Pride.