Louisiana is currently considering a bill that aims to prohibit certain procedures that alter the sex of a minor child in the state, including the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.
After the bill was introduced, Chloe Cole, a de-transitioner, spoke out against the medical abuse she endured as a child. Chloe, who transitioned medically at the age of 13 and later de-transitioned, testified in front of the Louisiana Health and Welfare Committee on Tuesday.
Chloe’s testimony was powerful and emotional. “Doctors medicalized me starting pubic blockers and testosterone at 13 years old,” she said. “I was given a double mastectomy and my breasts, an important part of my sexuality and future motherhood, were removed in the name of political ideology at only 15 years old.”
Chloe’s experience is not unique. Thousands of young people are being medicalized and sterilized in the name of transgender ideology. But Chloe is one of the few who have spoken out against this medical abuse – which was essentially forced upon her at a young age.
Another de-transitioner named Prisha (@detransaqua) testifies in favor of HB463 by talking about how adults groomed her into transitioning as a teenager:
"I now live in a painful body that no longer belongs to me." pic.twitter.com/l41wqvL83d
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 2, 2023
“It begs the question, what is so scary about a detransitioner?” Chloe asked.
“Is it the fact that we lend proof to the idea that so-called gender-affirming care is a complete scam? Is it because it makes it harder to ignore institutionally-backed medical abuse carried out on children?”
Chloe’s testimony was followed by comments from Representative Slegel, who praised her bravery and asked if a watchful approach had ever been suggested to her. Chloe replied that she was fast-tracked into medicalization and that her parents were told there was no choice other than having a dead daughter or a living trans son.
“My parents’ biggest mistake was trusting them,” she said.
Another de-transitioner, Prisha, shared her personal experience of being a mentally ill teenager who was convinced by adults to undergo so-called gender-affirming care.
“Testosterone had severe and irreversible impacts that I will live with for the rest of my life,” she said. “My large painful shoulders matched my overgrown heart and increased risk for heart attack and stroke. My back and joints ache constantly. Even as I sit before you, it hurts to speak.”
Prisha continued, “My surgeon didn’t care about the scars and fresh wounds all over my body when he looked at them when he made me take off my shirt. He was ready to cut me up more. Now I live in a painful body that no longer belongs to me. The trans community tells you to kill your old self with a dead name and everything and I did. The girl I was was gone and has been replaced by a medical experiment. I support any bill that prevents someone else from suffering the harms of gender affirming care.”
Chloe and Prisha’s testimonies should be a wake-up call for Louisiana lawmakers. Children should not be subjected to medical experimentation in the name of transgender ideology. The bill being considered in Louisiana would protect vulnerable young people from this medical abuse. As Chloe said, “You have a chance to act now.”