A teenage girl from California who was born female but later identified as a male before changing her mind and going back to her biological gender is talking openly about her experience and her tragic story.
On Friday, during a hearing with healthcare officials in Tallahassee, Chloe Cole, a now 17-year-old girl from California’s Central Valley, spoke in support of a Florida rule prohibiting Medicaid funds from covering transgender medical procedures. Chloe shared her story of transitioning as a teenager.
Chloe said that at the age of 12, she took the decision that she was transgender. From the age of 13 to 17, she had a medical transition while taking testosterone and puberty blockers. At age 15, she underwent a double mastectomy.
“I really didn’t understand all of the ramifications of any of the medical decisions that I was making,” Cole said during the hearing. “I was unknowingly physically cutting off my true self from my body, irreversibly and painfully.”
Chloe said she also could be at risk of having certain types of cancer as a result of the invasive procedures.
“I don’t know if I’ll be able to fully carry a child and I might be at increased risk for certain cancers, namely, cervical cancer,” Chloe said, noting that she will not be able to breastfeed children after having a double mastectomy.
“I’m not able to breastfeed whatever future children I have.”
“That realization actually was one of the biggest things that led to me realizing that this was not the path I should have taken,” she added.
Chloe claimed that after following LGBTQ activists on Instagram when she was just 11 years old, she became radicalized on gender theory, in a previous interview.
Chloe said, “I saw how trans people online got an overwhelming amount of support, and the amount of praise they were getting really spoke to me because, at the time, I didn’t really have a lot of friends of my own.”
Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo asked the Florida Board of Medicine to stop offering transition care for kids and teenagers in June, citing “a lack of conclusive evidence and the high risk for long-term, irreversible harms from these treatments.”
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo said, “It was about injecting political ideology into the health of our children. Children experiencing gender dysphoria should be supported by family and seek counseling, not pushed into an irreversible decision before they reach 18.”
“Do not transition your kids,” Chloe said a message to all the parents.
“No child should have to experience what I have,” Chloe said, “My consent was not informed.”
Several states, including Alabama, Arizona, and Idaho, have now taken steps to protect minors by prohibiting “gender-affirming” care for those under the age of 18.
Watch it here: Youtube/California Family Council