NZ Herald 8 September 2017
Family First Comment: More stories about transgender regret by adolescents.
“….two years after taking oestrogen hormones and growing his hair long in an effort to address the condition which put him at odds between his biological gender and his own identity, Patrick has changed his mind. He’s stopped taking the oestrogen hormones which transformed his body and is preparing for surgery to remove excess breast tissue to transition back into a boy… It had been five years since he’d first heard the word “trans”, he says “and because I’d always identified with girls thought, well, this makes sense, I probably am a girl”.
Very sad. And even worse that adults and medical professionals would compound his confusion rather than simply facilitating counselling to deal with the dysphoria – as we do with anorexia nervosa.
Patrick Mitchell just wanted to change everything about himself.
Uncomfortable in his own skin, the young schoolboy felt like he didn’t quite fit.
He was just 7 years old when he felt like he first heard the phrase “trans”.
It was the start of an emotional journey which, five years later, would see him diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and beg his mother to let him transition into a girl, reports news.com.au.
“You wish you could just change everything about you, you just see any girl and you say ‘I’d kill to be like that’,” Patrick tells reporter Ross Coulthart in an interview to air on 60 Minutes on Sunday night.
But two years after taking oestrogen hormones and growing his hair long in an effort to address the condition which put him at odds between his biological gender and his own identity, Patrick has changed his mind.
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