A woman is launching a charity that will help hundreds of young transgender people return to their original sex.
According to Sky News, Charlie Evans, who was born female, but transitioned to male, transitioned back to female.
“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," she says.
"They don't know what their options are now."
She said “hundreds” of people have contacted her for help.
"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 said.
Charlie says that a young woman who had transitioned to a man and then back to female asked Charlie for help and that led to the idea of her charity, The Detransition Advocacy Network.
"She said she felt shunned by the LGBT community for being a traitor. So I felt I had to do something."
A detransitioned woman, “Ruby,” told Sky News that she began identifying as a male when she was 13. She took testosterone to deepen her voice and grow facial hair. She was even planning surgery to remove her breasts.
However, in May, Ruby decided to detransition to 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," she said.
"I've seen similarities in the way I experience gender dysphoria, in the way I experience other body image issues."
Ruby says there needs to be more help for people with gender dysphoria.
"For everyone who has gender dysphoria, whether they are trans or not, I want there to be more options for us because I think there is a system of saying, 'okay here's your hormones, here's your surgery, off you go,’” she said. “I don't think that's helpful for anyone."
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