An ex-trans teen from California who once identified as a transgender male has come out in favor of a Florida rule blocking Medicaid funds from paying for medical interventions for gender dysphoria.
The biologically female teenager, who now accepts her birth gender and identifies as a girl, says she took hormones and underwent surgery to transition to male when she suffered from gender dysphoria herself.
“I really didn’t understand all of the ramifications of any of the medical decisions that I was making,” Chloe Cole, now 17, said at a public hearing last week. She said she was “medically transitioned” from ages 13 to 16, taking puberty-blocking drugs and testosterone, and undergoing radical surgery to remove her breasts at age 15.
“I was unknowingly physically cutting off my true self from my body, irreversibly and painfully.”
In a separate private meeting with Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, Chole continued to talk about the regrets of her poor decision.
“I don’t know if I’ll be able to fully carry a child, and I might be at increased risk for certain cancers, mainly cervical cancer. And because I do not have my breasts, … I am not able to breastfeed whatever future children I [may] have.”
In the video footage that Ladapo posted to Twitter, Chole added, “That realization, actually, was one of the biggest things that led to me realizing that this was not the path that I should have taken,”
“No child should have to experience what I have,” she concluded.
When asked what she would say to the public, Chole said, “Do not transition your kids.”
“If you are considering transitioning, please wait until you are a fully developed adult,” Chole, whose Twitter handle is @ChoooCole, told Fox News. “Transitioning can damage your body and mind in ways that we may not fully understand.”
Ladapo also warned against transgender medical interventions for children.
“Parents are threatened with fears of suicide, but the treatments have not been shown to actually reduce this risk,” he added. “These patients need compassionate care of their emotional and mental well-being—not to be embroiled in political views about sex/gender.”
Given the major regrets she has over her choice to transition, Chole also wanted people to know that she supports the Florida rule that would restrict Medicaid funding for transgender drugs and procedures. Under the rule, Florida Medicaid would not cover puberty blockers, hormones and hormone antagonists, sex reassignment surgeries, or “any other procedures that alter primary or secondary sexual characteristics” to treat gender dysphoria.
Transgender activist groups, medical associations, and even the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have supported medical interventions for minors diagnosed with gender dysphoria, condemning policies like the one Cole supports.
Last month, Joe Biden signed an executive order urging HHS to ensure minors’ access to transgender interventions.