Three young people who have detransitioned phoned into a school board meeting this week in California to tell of their personal experiences with “gender affirming care” and to push back on the district’s support for transgender ideology.
The Daily Wire reports that on Tuesday, Chloe Cole, Abel Garcia, and Cat Cattinson called the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s (CVUSD) Board of Education during the meeting’s public comment period to voice their opposition to the pushing of trans ideology which, they said, led them to believe they were transgender and pursue permanent life-altering medical transition procedures.
“I’m calling because I’m concerned about the messaging directed at kids by the school surrounding gender identity ideology,” said Cat Cattinson, a 30-year-old molecular biologist and a detransitioned woman who thought she was a boy after being introduced to gender ideology at age 13.
A couple of days ago, @OfficialAbelG, @catcattinson, and @ChoooCole spoke back to back at a @ConejoValleyUSD school board meeting to voice our concerns about their policies that allow confused children to come to harm. WATCH BELOW pic.twitter.com/3FN86Za45w
— Detrans United (@Detrans_United) October 13, 2022
“I began identifying as the opposite sex, a man, and [that belief] negatively affected me for the next fifteen years,” Cattinson added. “Puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries are irreversible.
“By affirming a child’s cross-sex identification, they are encouraged to reject their biological sex, seeking drugs and surgeries that destroy the function of healthy body parts. I think that instead, we need to tell kids they don’t need to change themselves to be themselves,” she said.
Previously, Cattinson said she obtained a prescription for testosterone from a Planned Parenthood clinic after just a 30-minute phone call.
“Finally, I wanted to add there is a serious lack of quality research that any of these interventions improve mental health or prevent suicide in the long term,” said Cattinson.
Abel Garcia, 25, a male who medically transitioned when he was 19, called in with concerns about young students being subjected to the same ideology he was.
“I am here speaking up against the school board on the push that they are doing right now towards children with the transgender ideology,” said Garcia. “I cannot expect a child — a high school, middle, or elementary [aged] child — to understand the full extent of the damage that will be done to their bodies, if an adult like myself wasn’t able to.”
Garcia even went so far as to obtain breast implants at age 21.
And Chloe Cole, 18, called in to relate her story about how the ideology led her to reject her female body and push her down a path to medical interventions that have had permanent consequences.
“I would get comments on my body both from peers and adults, some of which were sexual in nature,” Cole said of entering puberty. “I hated growing into a woman. I didn’t identify at all with the women around me. I decided that I wanted to become a boy, and I chose a new name for myself: Leo.”
The Daily Wire adds:
Cole’s story documents how she was introduced to gender ideology at 11 years old, which led to her self-identification as a transgender boy at 12 years old. Cole was prescribed puberty blockers and testosterone at 13, and received a double mastectomy surgery to remove her breasts at 15, all at the behest of “gender affirming” medical professionals who she says emotionally blackmailed her parents into giving their consent. Only one year later, at 16, she realized she had made an irreversible mistake.
“I had only about six months time between my initial referral and my actual surgery,” Cole said regarding her bilateral mastectomy. “Very quickly, I was given what I wanted, but it was far from what I needed. Two years later, I am still suffering from major complications.”
She concluded by telling the school board what happened to her could and would happen to other children “exposed to developmentally inappropriate and confusing content and ideas from a young age.”