Originally posted at Third Way Trans
My primary goal for this blog is to help people dealing with dysphoria, and finding better ways to deal with their dysphoria than transition. I don’t expect those ways to work for everyone, but even if they work for some people that is a good thing. I don’t have any moral or philosophical objection to transition, hormones or surgery. I just think they are awful experiences that people should not have to undergo unless necessary. I feel that I lost a lot of opportunities as a result of this, from not being able to have a family, to dealing with social stigma, to relationship difficulties, and various mental health issues stemming from untreated trauma and taking too high dosages of estrogen. On the other hand I recognize that some of the challenges of transition arise directly from stigma, and I don’t want to contribute to the stigma faced by trans people either.
Although, I do have a secondary goal of bringing awareness of these issues to mental health professionals, both the issues of detransitioners, and even more importantly working to find ways to prevent unnecessary transitioning. Increasingly, at least in the USA, there is no exploration happening at all, and some therapists even find it offensive to explore or question with their clients.