Detransition

How do we deal with detransition?

There is nothing wrong with detransition, and if someone decides they want to pursue a new direction in their gender journey we should support them. However, around ninety-five percent of the reasons listed for ‘detransition’ in fact have nothing to do with transition, and are due to issues beyond the control of the person transitioning. Instead, they are caused by factors like harassment, lack of acceptance, and problems at home or in the workplace. This means that we can support people to co...

Why do people detransition?

The main reason cited for detransition is social pressure. Around 90 percent of people who return to their birth gender in the US don’t do so because of regret or dissatisfaction, but because of pressure from family, school, work, or society in general. The National Center for Transgender Equality found that the most common reasons for detransitioning were lack of support at home, problems in the workplace, and harassment and discrimination. Other reasons include exploring a different gend...

How many people detransition?

The number of people who do not continue with transition varies depending on where in the world they live, and is subject to a number of factors, including societal acceptance of transgender people and access to healthcare. - For instance, in the UK a survey of 3398 attendees of a gender identity clinic found that just sixteen - about 0.47% - experienced transition-related regret. Of these, even fewer went on to actually detransition. - In the US, a survey of nearly 28,000 people found th...

Do as many as 80% of transgender people detransition?

No. One study claimed an 80% desistance rate in trans children, but subsequent investigation has confirmed that this is a complete myth. The study in question did not differentiate between young people with gender dysphoria, young people who socially but not medically transitioned, and young people who were simply exploring gender-diversity. In fact, nearly half of the children involved in the study could not be located at its conclusion, and were recorded as ‘desisters’ by default. The only jus...

What is detransition?

Detransition is when a person who has already transitioned returns, for any reason, to live as the gender corresponding to their birth assigned sex. Detransition can be a really loaded term, and we’re not using it here to mean an unsatisfactory or regrettable result. Rather, we’re simply referring to the small group of people who try gender transition and then go back. Other terminology used is ‘retransition’ or ‘desistance’. You can get the full facts about detransition on our website (https:/...