“No child should have to experience what I have. My consent was not informed. I was unknowingly physically cutting off my true self from my body, irreversibly and painfully,” said Chloe Cole, who began her process at the age of 13.
The rights of the LGBTQI+ community, specifically transgender people, continues to be a debate around the world, and in the United States the issue is currently on the table after the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law was pushed through in Florida, in the south of the country.
This has generated more conflict between the parties with the different testimonies that have emerged in recent weeks, such as the case of Chloe Cole, a 17-year-old girl who regretted her transition process to become a boy.
According to the Daily Mail, the teenager confessed that surgeries and taking puberty blockers caused “irreversible and painful” damage to her body after she began the process at the age of 13, when she revealed that she didn’t feel like a girl.
Her health was affected, and her body was made more vulnerable by the various treatments she received. In that sense, she stated that it would be unlikely that she would be able to have children and even impossible to breastfeed because she had a mastectomy on both breasts. “It was a very graphic process and it was definitely something I wasn’t prepared for,” she told the New York Post.
That is why she is in favor of children not receiving transition therapy, as banned by the state of Florida. During a hearing, the Central Valley, California teen warned other kids her age not to go through the same thing.
“No child should have to experience what I have. My consent was not informed. I was unknowingly physically cutting off my true self from my body, irreversibly and painfully,” she said.
“That realization, actually, was one of the biggest things that led me to realizing that this was not the path I should have taken,” she added.
It is because of what she experienced that she did not hesitate to say: “Do not transition your children”, as advice to parents who have a son or daughter going through a similar situation to hers.
In conversation with the New York Post, she also commented that she was influenced by the LGBTQI+ movement to make her decisions. “I started being exposed to a lot of LGBT content and activism. I saw how trans people got an overwhelming amount of support, and the amount of praise they were getting really spoke to me because, at the time, I didn’t really have a lot of friends of my own,” she said.
Chloe wants to go back to being the girl she was before and left behind the name “Leo”, as she called herself when she began her transition. She also hopes that her testimony will serve as an example for others. “I can’t keep quiet. I need to do something about it and share my own story as a warning,” she added.