There is a lot of hype surrounding the transgender movement, but little attention is given to those who regret their decision to transition to the opposite s*x.
Patrick Mitchell, an Australian boy is among those having second thoughts.
Two years after transitioning, he’s back to being a normal boy.
Patrick Mitchell says he’s always been interested in girly stuff.
Even as a young child, he was more interested in dancing, baking, gymnastics, and fashion.
He recalls hearing the word trans when he was about seven. He was at a friend’s house when the topic of trans people came up.
“It was the first time I’d heard the phrase “trans,” and because I’d always identified with girls I thought, well, this makes sense, I probably am a girl,” he said in an interview.
Nothing happened then, but the doubts grew in his mind. At the same time, he was frequently bullied in school because he was more “feminine” than other boys.
When he was 12, he refused to go back to school. His mother, Alison, agreed to home school the child, and she also found the courage to broach the subject of his gender identity.
“I’d seen a story on TV about transgender people, I said to Patrick, ‘I’m not saying this is you but I think we should speak to somebody about it'” Alison said.
“I hadn’t even finished the sentence and he had the biggest smile on his face – I hadn’t seen him smile for months.”
Patrick was relieved to hear his mother was willing to help as he had been struggling with this issue for a long time.
“When everyone went to sleep I’d stay up late researching trans people and potential surgeries that I could have to make me look more feminine,” he said.
“It was so hard to wake up every morning and see something new on my body, or that I’d grown. It was so depressing – I hated looking in the mirror. I didn’t know who the person staring back at me was.”