what percentage of transgenders regret surgery?
The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey claims that 11% of female respondents regret surgery enough to change back to their original sex. Transgender men had a reversion rate of 4%. But considering that transgender surgery can range from $7,000 to well over $50,000, depending on the sex and extent, is that a surprise? There are those who consider themselves transgender but may not have surgery, just as there are those who may have some treatment (e.g., hormones or partial surgery) but not complete the process.

In this survey alone, roughly 4,000 people were unhappy with the fact that they changed their God-given sex. That’s not insignificant. To understand the bigger picture, let’s explain the medical basis of the transgender mentality. The topic is very complex: many who are transgender decide to detransition back to their biological gender. Those are numbers that aren’t even covered in this article.

Gender Dysphoria

Today the term “gender dysphoria” has become part of our daily parlance. We hear about it on the news, and we see it in movies. But few seem to realize this is a recognized medical illness. According to an article entitled “Gender Dysphoria in Adolescence: Current Perspectives” by Riittakerttu Kaltiala-Heino et al.:

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) defines gender dysphoria (GD) as a condition in which a person has marked incongruence between the expressed or experienced gender and the biological sex at birth. This causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning.

Surveys range, but the UCLA School of Law 2016 estimate states that 0.6% of adults identify as transgender. Due to negative influences in social culture, youth numbers are fluctuating but on the rise. Children test at higher levels, but most outgrow the phenomenon.

Transgender identification covers everything from cross-dressing to hormonal treatment to sex reassignment surgery.  The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, which claims to be the largest survey of transgender people in the US and its territories, states that of its 27,715 respondents, 78% wished for hormonal treatment. At that time, about 49% had received it. Because this study is four years old, the numbers have likely grown, and 2019 data released by The American Heart Association links terrible health implications to those opting to receive hormonal therapy.

The data was extrapolated and studied further based on a Dutch study. Dangerous health implications have been uncovered:

  • Men undertaking female hormone treatments doubled the average stroke risk of both men and women.
  • Men undertaking female hormone treatments doubled their heart attack risk.
  • These same men also increased their blood clot risk by 4.5 times.
  • Women taking hormones to transition to men were perhaps worse off, in that they triple their heart attack risk.

This study does not look at the psychiatric impact on patients, nor the impacts of gender reassignment surgery. But taking the physical data alone, it is reckless for the medical establishment to condone administering adult hormone therapy. Patients undergoing this treatment have been treated as guinea pigs when they should have received non-biased psychiatric treatment to address underlying issues.

psychological counseling

Can a Person Truly Change Gender?

A man can have surgery to look like a woman, and a woman can have surgery to look like a man, but no one can change his DNA—the essence of his being—to truly become the opposite sex.

Ryan T. Anderson, senior research fellow in American principles and public policy, authored an article that discussed and documented the “mental unrest” of people who had elected to have sex reassignment surgery. He states:

Modern science shows that our sexual organization begins with our DNA and development in the womb, and that sex differences manifest themselves in many bodily systems and organs, all the way down to the molecular level . . . . Cosmetic surgery and cross-sex hormones can’t change us into the opposite sex. They can affect appearances. They can stunt or damage some outward expressions of our reproductive organization. But they can’t transform it. They can’t turn us from one sex into the other.

We all strive to be happy, to feel comfortable in our own skin, and to feel at peace with who we are as a person. But gender dysphoria is an illness. As Catholics, we know that the only thing that brings true happiness is spiritual well-being and living and observing Christian tenants faithfully.

DNA

Yet, society today demands that we believe that gender is fluid—that each person can and should decide one’s gender, and that the world should just conform to our decisions. It does this to the detriment of the people who need help the most. The term “gender” has had its traditional meaning hijacked for ideological purposes. Despite afflicting a very small percentage of the population, the movement has gained so much momentum that it is often considered unfeeling, even “hateful,” to point out in charity any flaws in the transgender mentality. Yet as Christians, we are called to witness that biological sex is determined at conception and remains for the duration of life.

Paul McHugh, MD, has spent over 40 years as the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School studying transgender persons. In an article about reassignment surgery, he writes:

Gender dysphoria . . . belongs in the family of similarly disordered assumptions about the body, such as anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder. Its treatment should not be directed at the body as with surgery and hormones any more than one treats obesity-fearing anorexic patients with liposuction. The treatment should strive to correct the false, problematic nature of the assumption and to resolve the psychosocial conflicts provoking it.

Most young boys and girls who come seeking sex-reassignment . . . come with psychosocial issues—conflicts over the prospects, expectations, and roles that they sense are attached to their given sex—and presume that sex-reassignment will ease or resolve them. The grim fact is that most of these youngsters do not find therapists willing to assess and guide them in ways that permit them to work out their conflicts and correct their assumptions [emphasis ours]. Rather, they and their families find only ‘gender counselors’ who encourage them in their sexual misassumptions.

Transgender Regret and Lost Years

One such person who transitioned to the opposite sex and who later felt regret was Walter Heyer, who suffered both sexual and emotional abuse as a child. After many years of agony resulting from this abuse, he began to think that all his problems would go away if he were a woman. So, to the horror of his wife and children, he underwent surgery and became “Laura.”

He lived as Laura for eight years, but never felt the sense of peace he thought he would feel after transitioning. He came to realize that transitioning into someone else did not fix what truly ailed him. Heyer now states:

Had I not been misled by media stories of sex change “success” and by medical practitioners who said transitioning was the answer to my problems, I wouldn’t have suffered as I have. Genetics can’t be changed. Feelings, however, can and do change. Underlying issues often drive the desire to escape one’s life into another, and they need to be addressed before taking the radical step of transition.

depressed middle aged man

Walter sought therapy and was able to work through the problems that caused him to feel he needed to live as a woman. He detransitioned and has since married again. He and his wife now work to help others whose lives have been negatively affected by a sex change. He writes:

You will hear the media say, “Regret is rare.” But they are not reading my inbox, which is full of messages from transgender individuals who want the life and body back that was taken from them by cross-sex hormones, surgery and living under a new identity. After de-transitioning, I know the truth: Hormones and surgery may alter appearances, but nothing changes the immutable fact of your sex.

Compassion and the Church

As Catholics, we understand that the body God gifted us at our creation was intentional and that God makes no mistakes. Furthermore, our body houses our soul and is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we must treat it with respect and reverence, never causing harm to it.

The National Catholic Bioethics Center explains this beautifully:

A person’s sex is manifested by the body in accordance with how the person has been created, and so it cannot be in conflict with any truer or deeper sexual identity contrary to that bodily sex. This is a foundational anthropological point that no medical association or political ideology can overturn. The psychological experience of a disconnect with one’s bodily sex is not to be minimized; it calls for appropriate psychotherapy [emphasis ours], but it can in no way be reflective of an “incorrect” sex.

Given this understanding of what it means to be a human person, a body–soul unity whose innate sexual identity is reflected in the person’s biology, it should be clear that no surgical, hormonal, or other intervention directed toward the body is capable of altering that innate sexual identity.

The NCBC goes on to say that studies have shown that sex reassignment surgeries do not necessarily resolve the feelings of anxiety that people suffer from and that it also leads to a significant increase in both suicide attempts and in suicide. Indeed, the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey reported the same sobering statistics—that “40% of respondents have attempted suicide in their lifetime—nearly nine times the attempted suicide rate in the U.S. population (4.6%).”

In another report, Paul McHugh, MD, discusses the fact that adults who have had sex reassignment surgery have a higher risk of experiencing mental health problems than those in the general population. He cites a study that found that individuals who had had this surgery were about 5 times more likely than the control group to attempt suicide and almost 20 times more likely to succeed.

sad man with depression

Final Thoughts

As intelligent people, we cannot deny what medical science teaches about the immutability of sex. As Catholics, we cannot deny God’s plan for us as His children. And as human beings, we cannot deny the fact that people are hurting.

We must approach this sensitive issue with love and compassion, for to do anything else would be a disservice to our fellow man. No one specific fix will heal all of those who are suffering, and we must enlist the help of ethical mental health professionals to help people facing gender dysphoria. Though there may seem like little we can do as individuals, especially if we don’t personally know anyone with these struggles, there is one thing we can all do. We can and must teach the truth and not be party to the promulgation of lies that claims that people can change their sex free of repercussions.

Gender is not fluid. Regret after changing your body is real. And those who are hurting must be given an outlet to heal that does not entail the maiming of their bodies.

60 Comments

  1. Terry L Lowman on July 13, 2019 at 4:51 PM

    Oppressed people always have mental, emotional and addictive behavior issues. I’m glad you said to approach people experiencing dysphoria with love and compassion.

    Maybe god wants us to learn from people who don’t fit the gender binary. Otherwise, assuming no errors, god wouldn’t create intersex individuals–it may be only one in every 2000 people, but that’s something.

    My personal belief is that all the chemicals in our environment are affecting us and our gender. For example, we use oxybenzone in sunscreens. It’s a synthetic estrogen. Another synthetic estrogen, DES, was widely touted until it was used long enough that we found female offspring would require hysterectomies in their 20s.
    I have to add that the transwomen and transmen who I know are pretty happy with their transition…but generally they have undergone a lot of therapy to determine if gender dysphoria or other issues are at the root of their discomfort and unhappiness.

    • Tony Laux on July 19, 2019 at 2:35 PM

      “[A]ssuming no errors, god wouldn’t create intersex individuals–it may be only one in every 2000 people, but that’s something.”
      You could use this logic to state that all sorts of issues and abnormalities people are born with (from the merely irregular to the horrific and painful) are simply “how God made them,” but that’s a common misunderstanding of God’s will. Things are not as they should be, due to the disorder of sin on the cosmos; in the mystery of His will God apparently permits and works through all of it, but we need not say He actively wills it as simply a normal diversity in the species. At the same time He desires our well-being, and that normally through the medium of the sciences (medicine, therapy, etc.)

    • Adrian on July 20, 2019 at 2:28 AM

      “pretty happy with their transition” v “our hearts are restless until they rest in thee’. I think judging the happiness of others is in God’s perspective not our superficial experience of others.

  2. Maxwell Bing on July 19, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    I personally believe that, since there are about 500+ differences in the Helixical structure of the DNA strands, as well, as how men and women process thoughts; men are concerned with practicality, generally, whereas women are concerned with how it feels, how they feel, what feelings will ensue, etc. Though any individual all along this spectrum may tend to lean more in one direction or another, generally, these descriptions apply to men, and women.What, I believe is fluid, is not sex/gender; but, instead sexual preference. I’ve read of stories about how, a boy dated only girls, as a teen; but, as an adult, dated only other men. This, in popular lingo is known as “coming out of the closet,” or shortened, “coming out.” What I disagree with is this idea, that you are different as a child, than as an adult. But, what is obviously different is the sexual preference you choose, as you age, mature, and investigate a lifestyle alternative to the one you used to. Some adults even desire sex with men, and women, or some other version, different from the experiences they preferred as teens. So, though I don’t accept gender fluidity, I do accept a diversity of sexual preferences, in just one lifetime, based upon desires to explore one you might never have tried, or, only tried once. I do believe you reinforce the choice, every tme you choose to re-experience that variety of sexual expression; and, that this continual same selection can open you up further to pursuing that particular lifestyle, responding only to that stimulation, and abandoning any other option. Conversely, you can see that choice as just one of several options, like bisexuals do. I don’t think true love comes as a result of anything but a “sacred” marriage between a man and a woman. Any other combination is NOT sacred. It is, first sexual, then emotional, then intellectual, and then anatomical, or physical. It is an inauthentic copy of a sacred marriage, duplicating a true sacred relationship, vowing to each other before God, and witnesses, being pronounced by an attendant minster, priest, rabbi, or imam. I hace always believed there are only two sexes, male and female, and, there are no permutations of either, though some try to claim an unnatural, unprovable, untenable variation, for which there still is no scientific evidence in any confirmative method employed by researchers. These claimers of such always quote Alfred E. Kinsey, from the 1950’s who actually had no researcher’s credentials, and was a botanist, and an entomolgist; that is a plant, and insect scientist, whose theories have long since, been discredited, when it was found that his samples were very small, and he used himself as a subject. No reputable scientist ever does that. So, that is where most of the ideas, moderns who embrace them, came from originally; from a non-medical(not even an MD) amateur researcher without credentials as such, got these ideas from. He also created the idea that babies are sexually aroused, can have orgasms, and a whole lot of other nonsense, for which his conclusions are invalid, for the same reasons already stated. This tries to justify pedophilia. This will be the next step in the abbreviation of these folks, LGBTQ+P, and all the other now, affiliations, that are constantly being added to. Watch out folks, God is watching.

  3. Daniel on August 21, 2019 at 6:15 PM

    Next time, please try to answer any question posed in the title in the article itself. In this case, it’s 3.8%.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9570489

  4. Yvonne on October 23, 2019 at 2:14 PM

    We just sat in on a trial for a young boy whose mother claims he is transgender. The psychiatrist and endocrinologists claim it is a mental issue, not medical.

  5. Arthur E Zinn on February 29, 2020 at 5:42 PM

    I think a lot of the transgender problems are societies binary attitude for gender behavior. If it becomes known that a boy likes to wear girls clothes he will be ostracized by his family, friends and possible be beat to a pulp by the alpha males in his life. If boys who demonstrated classically female behavior were not so savagely attacked by friends, family and acquaintances they would not feel that they needed to change sex.

  6. Ms Maureen Mehlman on March 8, 2020 at 4:12 PM

    I have a teenage daughter who came home from school proclaiming there are now seven officially recognized “genders”. Her best fried is a male to female transgender. He “came out” to her first because he felt secure in their friendship and indeed she has been readily accepting of his dysphoric nature and refuses to consider that it may be more harmful in the long-run to encourage his rejection of his God given anatomy. She (like many young people today) see it as cruel and homophobic to not be supportive of the idea of gender fluidity. We don’t as a society normally encourage people iwith psychological disorders to embrace that disorder as some kind of evolutionary development. I think in time society will look to the current social hysteria as a time of group insanity. I absolutely believe it is more harmful to dismiss the idea of gender dysphoria as a dis-order,and discourage psychiatric treatment while we applaud the notion that we can simply choose to transition via dangerous experimental surgeries and toxic chemical therapies. That is truly social insanity. I must wonder then what forces are behind this whole movement and to what end? I cannot accept that homosexual behavior is biblically endorsed yet I likewise do not think that homosexuality itself is some treatable disease. I believe that people are born with a wide variety of illnesses and disabilities both physical and psychological in nature. I leave judgement of the soul to the only entity with the authority to judge. I am certain there will be practicing homosexuals accepted into heaven as there will be self appointed judges who honestly believe that cruelty and rejection are acceptable means of treatment for those they deem unworthy of love. The Christian ideal of loving one’s fellow man, of having compassion for the suffering of others and rejecting violence is what our Messiah is ALL about.
    My daughters best friend is a gender-dysphoric boy who we have all come to love. At first I wanted to make Jacob feel accepted and loved the way he is so I went along with calling him the female name he prefers (Joanna) and allowing him to dress up as a woman. I still want to do what is best by him because he is a sweet young man that I have come to love dearly. Then I listened to a web chat about the issue of gender dysphoria by a man who transitioned decades ago but later regretted the descisionandnow runs an organization dedicated to helping people with regrets over transitioning. I also listened to a variety of people on the whole issue of our new social embrace of same sex marriage, same sex married couples raising children. I have a niece who married another woman a couple years ago. They now have a daughter due to artificial insemination. I did not attend the wedding because that would be hypocritical of me. I did recently attend the child’s first birthday party because children however conceived are gifts from our Creator. There were a couple folks who spoke out against same sex parents, they later felt they didn’t have a “whole”family and felt pressured as children to say nothing critical about their home environments. We have all been sheparded into this new social construct where all things are okay and dissention is not tolerated. There is no room for expressing criticism, even acknowledging the blatant errors in our new social order. The bullying of any and all critics of the far left LGBTQ agenda is akin to the past bullying of LGBTQ people. Thanks to our uber politically correct social order, tolerance has been confused with endorsement. We are bullied into silence and required to express only endorsement of the new agenda.
    Well we can’t say we weren’t warned. There is a final book in our scriptures that spoke of such a time.

  7. Kitty Kat on May 23, 2020 at 2:53 PM

    “God given sex”….. I didn’t realize this was a satirical website.

  8. Jubilee Nunn on June 1, 2020 at 6:04 AM

    I’m a transgender woman, and I feel truly sorry for you. Your an ignorant bigot who ignores the scientific literature to cling to your Bronze Age mythology. As a writer and researcher I cannot believe you would put your name on such trashy articles. You need to look at the unbiased research that is available.

    Paul R. McHugh M.D. has been discredited by John Hopkins University as well as the whole of the scientific community. Walt Heyer has been on a campaign of misinformation to attack the transgender community. .

    • Fact check on September 6, 2020 at 7:30 AM

      Nah bro, you’re still and will forever be a dude

    • Anika on September 25, 2020 at 4:52 PM

      I noticed a pattern! As you pointed out, Paul R. McHugh M.D. has been discredited. The scientist who claimed that vaccines cause autism was also discredited. A lot of the scientists people use to support these kinds of views aren’t legitimate scientists. Btw you are a perfectly real and valid woman no matter what anyone on this site says.

    • Rowena on April 29, 2021 at 4:07 PM

      “Bronze Age mythology” I’m sorry. I didn’t realize the truth had an expiration date.

  9. Rowan on June 16, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    I’m not sure where you’re getting your numbers from. Page 111 has a list of reasons as to why some chose to detransition and people were clearly allowed to pick more than one option – the percentages equal more than 100%. Of the 11% of trans women studied and 4% of trans men studied, 5% listed “They realized that gender transition was not for them” and 4% said “Initial transition did not reflect the complexity of their gender identity (write-in response).”

    So, 9% of the 11% of trans women and 4% of trans men regretted transitioning.

    • Dennis on April 1, 2021 at 12:37 PM

      And not to mention the fact that 62% of all of those people transition back again. So cut these by 2/3 and you have the real number.

  10. Percy on July 2, 2020 at 10:07 PM

    Yeah this is inherently transphobic. Sure, some people regret transitioning and are wrong in their suspicions. That is less than 1% of trans people. The other 99 though, are significantly happier once they have transitioned. Think of all the transgender people, youth especially, who have literally ended their lives because they could not handle their life being trans, whatever they have that comes with it. Being a trans person, I am dying for top surgery. I know for a fact I will not make it to my 20th birthday if I have to keep living in this body that isn’t mine. I have known I didn’t belong in my body since I was 8. How can you tell me all I’m feeling is not worth adjusting my body? I can’t imagine myself ever being happy, no matter how much useless therapy I get, without top surgery. You say we shouldn’t mess with “Gods vision” of whatever. But where do you draw the line? What about Botox, tanning, clipping your nails, cutting your hair? Don’t use your religion as an excuse to be an ignorant, transphobic asshole. And why should everyone else follow your beliefs? I will do what I want with my life, and you can shut up about what I should do with my body. It is mine, and mine to change.

    News and articles are supposed to be unbiased things written strictly for spreading information. Go write in your transphobic, toxicly Christian blog. It better yet, keep your useless opinion to yourself. People who share your opinions are the reason we are subjected to so much discrimination. You definitely aren’t as bad as some of them, but you’re no good either. You can have your thoughts about others, but you have no right to go spreading it to degrade what other people are, do, and how they feel. Frankly, shut up.

    • Laura on June 12, 2021 at 10:58 AM

      Very wsll said!

    • Me on June 20, 2021 at 3:29 AM

      You know you won’t make it to your 20th birthday without removing your breasts? Stop and think for a moment, does this sound like a statement made of someone with sound mind? This article is far from bigoted. This article shows far more compassion for people with your struggle than the mainstream narrative. I truly hope you find your peace. You’re perfect just the way you are.

  11. Jessica on July 11, 2020 at 10:06 PM

    The article conflates “regret” with “de-transition” over and over again. However, if you actually read the study, you’d realize that the VAST majority of de-transitions DON’T come from the transgender individual preferring their old gender but instead come from external pressures.

    Only 5% of those who had de-transitioned reported that they had done so because they realized that gender transition was not for them, representing 0.4% of the overall sample.

    The most common reason cited for de-transitioning was pressure from a parent (36%). Twenty-six percent (26%) reported that they de-transitioned due to pressure from other family members, and 18% reported that they detransitioned because of pressure from their spouse or partner. Other common reasons included facing too much harassment or discrimination after they began transitioning (31%), and having trouble getting a job (29%).

    According to the study – which, may I remind you again, the article claims “proves” their point – only 0.4% of all transgender people actually regret transitioning. 99.6% of transgender people are happier after their transition. Why are we making 99.6% of trans people suffer just so that the 0.04% don’t regret their transition?

  12. Mehz on July 16, 2020 at 6:30 PM

    Shame on you!!
    After all your education you resort to ‘we as christian’
    You need help!

    • Anon on August 30, 2020 at 6:28 AM

      So completely disregarding the fact that this article is transphobic, unsurprisingly ran by catholics so I won’t be surprised if this comment is taken down, let’s talk about the person who wrote this and how they wrote it. But first, I’ll get my personal opinion out of the way so that I can move forward in this with a more un-biased, though still a necessarily highly critical approach. I am absolutely frightened by the fact that any sort of teaching system would allow someone who wrote something as clearly transphobic as this to assist in the teaching of our future generation, be it via some sort of non-profit program or not. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into this.

      So ignoring the fact that this is written on a church organization website, it is made almost immediately apparent that you are only catering to a specific religious group with the term “God-given sex” right at the beginning of the article. Now, looking at the author bio, Susan has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology and a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts. Now the main thing here to point out is the BA for Psychology. While this does make her seem like a viable source of information, a BA is the bare minimum requirement for getting a job as a Psychologist, meaning that she may not have as great of an in-depth understanding of how Gender Dysphoria works, also ignoring the fact that her article is biased towards the church and against transgenders when it comes to the proper type of treatement.

      Now let’s talk about HOW she wrote this article. I noticed that she uses quite a number of sophisticated and complex words/wording in an attempt to make herself seem more intelligent whereas more simple terms could get the point across quicker if not just as quick, seeing as not everyone may have an immediate understanding of what words like “parlance” mean.

      And now here’s the part about the “facts” that she uses. Seeing as others in the comments have already explained in detail, I will simply say this. She left out important bits of information from the study she used to “prove her point” and was then called out on it, therefore presenting the calculations she shows as inaccurate and misleading, and this is still ignoring the fact that she uses an outdated study as well as quotes from people who have been debunked and shunned by the science community.

      And that’s it! That is all that I care to pick at for the moment. The fact that I, a 17 year old high school student who is currently typing this at 5:22 AM (CST) with barely any sleep, was able to rather easily pick apart and show quite a few of the glaring issues with this horrendous display of an article should not only say something about the author’s personality, but also their capabilities as a writer who has supposedly been writing and editing AS LONG AS I’VE BEEN ALIVE. Anyway, I hope you all have a nice day, whomever may be reading this, and please, do your own research and don’t trust articles like this, reading and believing these articles only contributes to the issue, it doesn’t fix it.

      • Lucca Mutta on September 26, 2020 at 10:14 PM

        This article is not transphobic at all. The article does not hate transgenders purely because of who they are. Stop throwing the word „transphobic“ around. You don’t even know what it means.

      • Deborah Dean on April 6, 2021 at 6:28 PM

        Aw, to be 17 and the most intelligent person in the room….

  13. wish it was Helena on October 4, 2020 at 8:13 AM

    I’m a guy in 30’s with gender dysphoria since the age of 3, always felt something wrong with me. I honestly doubt that many would want to revert back to their gender. If you truly have this problem, you would never really want to change back. Well perhaps some would… maybe less than 1% want to change back.
    If you don’t have this problem, you cannot imagine how agonizing and mentally painful it is. I have not changed my gender only due to the cost and my tall manly outlooks 6.3 ~191 cm tall. Deep inside I know I’m a woman and feel very sad about this. Hate absolutely everything about masculinity, manly things, doing manly things, being put into wrong roles. I think…act..am into all the things a woman would be.
    I see it’s a religious website so I might as well say that I spend many hours a day reading scriptues and in prayer, it’s the only thing that has kept me somewhat sane. Still every single day of my life, I wish the same thing… if only I could change my gender, not be so tall, look feminine and be a girl.

    • Mindy on February 27, 2021 at 12:43 PM

      Thank you for writing this.
      I feel deep pain from your statements. I also believe you are doing the right thing turning to read the Scriptures and be in prayer. I regret the agonizing and mental pain that you are suffering. I know that Paul asked the Lord to take away an issue that he was dealing with, and the Lords answer was “my grace is sufficient”. The Lord never did take away whatever was ailing Paul, but Paul‘s behavior shows us the right attitude. And I would like to praise your right attitude.I will pray for you Helena that you may find some peace which ever way you decide to go.

    • Helena on April 25, 2021 at 12:07 PM

      I think that our society puts too much emphasis on the way we look. Too bad! There are so many narcissists out there. I think most people do not understand the LGBTQ community. May God give them more insight and therefore tolerance of people that are different from them.

    • Helena on April 25, 2021 at 12:24 PM

      People in the LGBTQ community are misunderstood. My God help others be more understanding and tolerant.

    • Laura on June 12, 2021 at 11:11 AM

      Why cant you still, even without surgery, let go of traditional male roles? In reality, you can be and do whatever you want. Many men and women have rejected traditional roles and live life accordingly. I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of surgery…then again, that’s not my call. Good luck to you! <3

  14. Anon on October 19, 2020 at 6:45 AM

    I’m so glad that you mentioned the alarmingly high rates of suicide that trans people face. As Catholics I’m sure you greatly value the human life, and wish to preserve it in any way you can. Although I’m not religious, I completely agree that we should work towards lowering these confronting statistics. Perhaps a way that this could be done is by allowing trans people to exist freely without pitting them against “gods will” and making them feel like they are abominations. It seems strange to me that you focus on the plight of the 4-11% of people who regret there transition, as opposed to the 40% of people who are suicidal. Surely if you were wishing to improve the quality of life for people and ease their suffering- the larger proportion would be the starting point?

  15. Janelle on October 28, 2020 at 12:05 AM

    Simple biology of chromosomes don’t determine sex assigned at birth. Hormones play a large role.

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  20. Lavery on November 18, 2020 at 7:20 PM

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  24. Jo on November 30, 2020 at 1:33 AM

    Thank you for your website. I fully support your work. Please pray I change how I best help my patients.

  25. George on December 19, 2020 at 7:26 PM

    Please help me and pray for me to turn away from transgender believe.

  26. Steven Rascon Berkeley on December 28, 2020 at 7:01 PM

    Jesus please help me stop believing lies in transgender.

  27. Stanley on February 23, 2021 at 1:29 AM

    Lord Jesus, please help me turn away from my sin of transgender lies. I want to follow you. You are the way, the truth and the life. Please pray for me.

  28. Cas on March 1, 2021 at 10:52 PM

    Thank you so much for your work! I support you 100%

  29. Li Zhang on March 3, 2021 at 5:01 PM

    Thank you for your website! Please keep me informed. My work needs your help and needs this very important information.

    • HLI Staff on March 5, 2021 at 9:52 PM

      Thank you, Li. If you have specific questions or need additional information, please reach out to us at hli@hli.org and we’ll make sure your question gets to our Director of Research for an answer.

  30. Greg Olsby on March 18, 2021 at 11:37 AM

    I share the author’s concerns especially regarding the willingness of the medical establishment to treat teenagers who have limited “capability” to make a life-changing decision.

    When I speak with people who see the world differently, I’d like to be able to back up my opinions with facts.

    In the opening paragraph you state:

    The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey claims that 11% of female respondents regret surgery enough to change back to their original sex. Transgender men had a reversion rate of 4%.

    I was unable to find the cited statistics. It would be helpful to get the relevant page numbers

  31. Gerry man on April 6, 2021 at 4:06 PM

    God is not real and science should not be political.

  32. Declan on May 31, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    I stopped reading after you said “god given sex”. You can’t even prove a god or gods exist, let alone make a ridiculous assertion like this. What a nonsensical article. You’re a joke.

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