Hundreds of young trans people seeking help to return to original sex
Hundreds of young transgender people are seeking help to return to their original sex, Sky News has learnt.
According to a charity being set up to help them, members of the trans community are detransitioning – and the numbers may increase further.
The number of young people seeking gender transition is at an all-time high but we hear very little, if anything, about those who may come to regret their decision.
There's currently no data to reflect the number who may be unhappy in their new gender or who may opt to detransition to their biological sex.
Charlie Evans, 28, identified as male for nearly 10 years.
Last year she detransitioned and went public with her story and was stunned by the number of people she discovered in a similar position.
"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," says Charlie.
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"They don't know what their options are now."
Charlie says she's been contacted by "hundreds" of people seeking help – 30 people alone in her area of Newcastle.
"I think some of the common characteristics are that they tend to be around their mid-20s, they're mostly female and mostly same-sex attracted, and often autistic as well."
She recalls being approached by a young girl with a beard who hugged her after giving a public talk, who explained she was a destransitioned woman too.
"She said she felt shunned by the LGBT community for being a traitor. So I felt I had to do something."
Charlie is now launching a charity called The Detransition Advocacy Network with their first meeting in Manchester at the end of the month.
Sky News went to meet one person who has contacted Charlie's network for help.
She doesn't want to be identified so we've changed her name.
Ruby is now 21 years old but first began identifying as male at 13.
In the time she had been taking testosterone her voice had got a lot deeper and she had grown facial hair. Her body had also changed.
This summer she had been planning to have surgery to remove her breasts but in May Ruby voiced the growing doubts she'd been harbouring and made the decision to come off testosterone and detransition to identify as female.
"I didn't think any change was going to be enough in the end and I thought it was better to work on changing how I felt about myself, than changing my body," says Ruby.
"I've seen similarities in the way I experience gender dysphoria, in the way I experience other body image issues."
Ruby explains she's also had an eating disorder but she doesn't feel that issue was explored in the therapy sessions she had when she went to gender identity services.
"When I was at my gender clinic to get referred for hormones, we had a session where I went over my mental health isRead More – Source