A 17-year-old girl who transitioned from a boy has warned against changing the sex of children.
Chloe Cole has opened up about how puberty blockers and surgery “irreversibly and painfully” damaged her body from the age of 13.
She said it’s unlikely she’ll be able to have children and can’t breastfeed if she can because she’s had a double mastectomy.
She also revealed how she may be at risk of certain cancers – such as cervical cancer – because of her invasive treatment.
Khloe revealed her trauma in heartbreaking testimony during a hearing on the reimbursement of those who seek hormone therapy in Florida.
This comes after Gov. Ron DeSantis last month banned transition therapy for children and ended Medicaid support for treatment for transgender adults in the state.
The Republican state leader endorsed the letter sent by the state surgeon general, whom DeSantis appointed to his post in February.
Joseph Lapado called on the Florida Board of Medicine to establish a new “standard of care” for the treatment of minors planning to transition.
Cole has been open about her transition, saying she first came out to her parents when she was 13
Chloe Cole’s Journey. Chronology:
In the photo: Chloe
2016 year: Khloe said she experienced transgender activism on Instagram and Tumblr at the age of 11, which influenced her views on her own gender.
2018 year: At 14, Khloe began taking puberty blockers and testosterone injections, which her mother administered. In the same year, she begins to be called Leo.
June 2020: Khloé first went under the knife at the age of 15 when she had a double mastectomy
She regrets the surgery almost immediately, as she was bedridden that summer while recovering from the surgery
May 2021: After a biology class in which she realized she would never be able to breastfeed a child, Khloe said she stopped taking testosterone injections
Chloe, of California’s Central Valley, said Friday at a hearing of Medicaid officials in Tallahassee, “No child should have to experience what I have.”
The teenager said: “No child should have to experience what I have. My consent was not informed.’
She said therapists told her before transitioning that she didn’t understand the implications.
At one point, she said, “I had unknowingly physically cut myself off from my body, irreversibly and painfully.”
Khloe added: “That realization was actually one of the biggest moments that made me realize that I needed to go down that path.”
Later, she was asked what advice she would give to the public. She replied, “Don’t translate your children.”
In June 2020, she underwent a mastectomy between the ages of 13 and 16 in June 15.
She also took testosterone and puberty blockers and started going by the name Lea.
Khloe has previously been open about her transition, saying she first came out to her parents at 13.
Earlier this year, she said New York Post it was her exposure to LGBTQ+ activism on Instagram at the age of 11 that pushed her to transition.
She said: “I started to come across a lot of LGBT content and activism.
“I saw the amazing support that trans people received online and the amount of praise they were getting really spoke to me because I didn’t have many friends at the time.”
Khloe said she’s still waiting to find out if her mother’s testosterone injections caused her infertility.
Speaking about her mastectomy, she said it was “a very visual process and I definitely wasn’t ready for it”.
She added: “I still don’t know the big picture of my health.”
Before undergoing the mastectomy, Cole said she met with a therapist and a gender specialist before meeting with the surgeon
Khloe told the website that learning about the mother-child bond that comes with breastfeeding helped her change her mind
Before undergoing a mastectomy, Cole said Common sense news before seeing the surgeon, she met with a therapist and a gender specialist.
Khloe told the website that learning in a class about the bond between mother and baby that comes with breastfeeding helped her change her mind.
In May 2021, she said she had stopped taking testosterone injections. Cole was brutalized in her senior year when she refused to transition, saying “the gays at my school hated me.”
But there was also a good lining in the form of a new guy who was from two cities. Khloe said: “I honestly believe he was a gift from God.”
She added, “I was looking for a niche to fit in and a sense of satisfaction,” and now says she “doesn’t believe in gender identity at all.”
The hearing in Tallahassee drew a huge crowd, with some shouting “lock them up” during Cole’s speech.
Her speech was in support of DeSantis-sponsored Rule 59F-1.050, which limits Medicaid funding for transgender treatment.
The Republican A state leader backed a letter sent by the state’s surgeon general, Lapado, calling for a new “standard of care” for the treatment of juveniles considering transition.
This includes suspending access to “puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries.”
Mr. Lapado wrote: “While some professional organizations […] recommend these treatments for “gender-affirming” care, the scientific evidence supporting these comprehensive medical interventions is extremely weak.
“The current standards set by many professional organizations appear to follow a prevailing political ideology rather than the highest level of generally accepted medical science.
“Florida must do more to protect children from political medicine. Otherwise, children and youth in our state will continue to face significant risk of long-term harm.”
A The report has 46 pages Florida Medicaid further argued that the scientific evidence in favor of such treatment is either “low quality or very low quality.”
Contradicting federal guidelines — and, campaigners say, the Affordable Care Act’s anti-discrimination clause — the report says, “This report does not recommend gender reassignment treatment as a health care service that meets generally accepted professional standards.”
Such treatments for both adults and minors are supported by the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association.
Sex reassignment surgery in the United States is mostly restricted to those over 18 years of age.
The Affordable Care Act requires states to offer “gender transition services,” a recent update in detail.
Gary Howell, a psychologist in Tampa who treats transgender youth and adults, argued that DeSantis is taking away the rights of parents with transgender children.
Gov. DeSantis — pictured last month with lawmakers holding the state’s record $100 billion state budget — endorsed the letter sent by the state’s chief medical officer, whom he appointed in February
Lapado-branded trance therapy for children ‘policy-based medicine’ (Image from May)
A letter from Florida’s chief health officer called transition therapy “policy-based medicine.”
He said: “It is unconstitutional for the government to step in and deny young people – and especially trans young people – access to the essential health care they need.”
The governor touched on a number of culture war issues as he is rumored to seek his party’s presidential nomination in 2024.
In March, DeSantis trans swimmer Leah Thomas calling cisgender competitor Emma Wayant the “real winner” of their race, in which Thomas took gold.
DeSantis also gained national notoriety — and adoration — from the so-called States “don’t say gay” account.
A controversial parental rights bill in education would ban teachers from discussing gender and sexuality in the classroom until sixth grade.
That prompted Disney to speak out on behalf of its LGBT+ employees in Florida — and led DeSantis to seek deprive the company of its protected status in the state
Meanwhile, the surgeon general has sparked controversy during the Covid pandemic for his opposition to quarantines, face masks and even vaccinations.
Mr Lapado was a signatory to the Great Barrington Declaration, which in late 2020 called for a laissez faire approach to infections in favor of “herd immunity”.
In March, he also spoke out against vaccinating “healthy children” against Covid, advice former White House press secretary Jen Psaki described as “deeply troubling”.