Earlier this month, a 23-year-old woman who had transitioned and lived as a male for five years before de-transitioning, told state’s legislators about how she was swayed by her peers to believe that she was transgender. In her nearly 30-minute speech, she explained to the legislators and the public when and how she realized that she made a mistake, stopping her hormone therapy and de-transitioning to male.
According to a Substrack article written by herself, the 23-year-old H. Kerschner described the whole process she underwent when she was a teenager and young adult. Years after de-transitioning, Kerschner decided to speak out publicly in multiple occasions in an effort to raise awareness especially in teenagers and young folks before they dive into transitioning.
Just like any other teenager, she was spending a lot of time online years ago. When she was 15 years old, she replaced her real social life with the online “social justice” obsessed communities that she got sucked into. On the social network Tumblr, she was introduced to gender ideology and started calling herself non-binary. And that’s was only the beginning.
Being stuck with those communities online, she went deeper and deeper every next year getting further stuck in what she calls “trans identity rabbit hole”. As soon as she turned 18 and was legally able to decide on her own, she started a testosterone treatment. In the next year and a half, she was on a constant testosterone regime.
What she was not realizing at the time was the fact that the testosterone treatment had huge negative impact on her health, especially on her mental health. She became so sick that she had to be hospitalized, putting her life at risk. That’s the moment when she decided to stop the testosterone treatment and in a short period of time, all of her physical and psychological problems disappeared.
It was not easy for her to realize that what she was doing for years completely damaged her life, but there was no one to tell her when she was fifteen. Shortly after the hospitalization and stopping the treatment, she decided to start getting her life back, and de-transitioned to what she was, female. Kerschner now wants to deliver her message to as many young people as possible and make them avoid the mistakes she made in the past.
Earlier this month, Kerschner gave a nearly half-hour long testimony in front of the Ohio House Families & Aging Committee regarding the HB No. 454, the “Enact Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act.” It seeks to bar gender transition treatments for minors under the age of 18, and people in the medical field would be subject to punishment if they continued doing so.
State Rep. Gary N. Click asked a question that struck at the heart of why “transgender” is propped up as an identity choice for young people.
“As I’m looking at this — people use this word ‘authentic.’ ‘I want to be my authentic self.’ Do you feel like — and at that time I’m sure you felt that that was authentic. But now that you have the time to look back, you know, you’re 23 years old, they say the frontal lobe of the brain, which is risk management and assessment, solidifies at about the age of 24. So as you’ve gotten older and matured more, you’ve been able to look at these things, and what would you say was your ‘authentic’ self? Was it what you were going through earlier, or is it what you are now?,” Click asked.
“Well, I think that we come to know our authentic selves by the progression of our lives. So everything that we experience, and everything that happens to us, it all adds up on top to form who we are. And I do take issue with this idea that it’s like ‘oh your authentic self, it exists somewhere outside of all that,’ and you need to create it, by getting hormones and surgeries. That’s — I think just a false way to look at life, and I think it’s really dangerous to tell young people that, before, like I said, they’ve had the ability to really have more life experiences, have some wins, take some losses…,” Kerschner responded.
You can watch the whole testimony below: