Hundreds of young trans people seeking help to return to original sex

Hundreds of young transgender people are seeking help to return to their original sex, Sky News has learnt.

According to a charity being set up to help them, many members of the trans community are detransitioning – and the numbers may increase further.

The number of young people seeking gender transition is at an all-time high but we hear very little, if anything, about those who may come to regret their decision.

There is currently no data to reflect the number who may be unhappy in their new gender or who may opt to detransition to their biological sex.

Charlie Evans, 28, was born female but identified as male for nearly 10 years.

Last year, she detransitioned and went public with her story – and said she was stunned by the number of people she discovered in a similar position.

“I’m in communication with 19 and 20-year-olds who have had full gender reassignment surgery who wish they hadn’t, and their dysphoria hasn’t been relieved, they don’t feel better for it,” she says.

“They don’t know what their options are now.”

Charlie says she has been contacted by “hundreds” of people seeking help – 30 people alone in her area of Newcastle.

“I think some of the common characteristics are that they tend to be around their mid-20s, they’re mostly female and mostly same-sex attracted, and often autistic as well.”

She recalls being approached by a young girl with a beard who hugged her after giving a public talk, who explained she was a destransitioned woman too.

“She said she felt shunned by the LGBT community for being a traitor. So I felt I had to do something.”

Charlie is now launching a charity called The Detransition Advocacy Network. Their first meeting is set to be held in Manchester at the end of the month.

Sky News went to meet one person who has contacted Charlie’s network for help.

She does not want to be identified so we have changed her name.

Ruby is now 21 but first began identifying as male at 13.

After taking testosterone her voice got a lot deeper and she grew facial hair. Her body also changed.

She had been planning to have surgery to remove her breasts this summer. However, in May, Ruby voiced the growing doubts she had been harbouring and made the decision to come off testosterone and detransition to identify as female.

“I didn’t think any change was going to be enough in the end and I thought it was better to work on changing how I felt about myself, than changing my body,” says Ruby.

“I’ve seen similarities in the way I experience gender dysphoria, in the way I experience other body image issues.”

Ruby explains she has also had an eating disorder but she does not feel that issue was explored in the therapy sessions she had when she went to gender identity services.

“When I was at my gender clinic to get referred for hormones, we had a session where I went over my mental health issues and I told them about my eating disorder and they didn’t suggest that that could maybe connected with my gender dysphoria,” says Ruby.

“For everyone who has gender dysphoria, whether they are trans or not, I want there to be more options for us because I think there is a system of saying, ‘okay here’s your hormones, here’s your surgery, off you go’. I don’t think that’s helpful for anyone.”

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust offers gender identity services for children under 18, with some patients as young as three or four years old.

They now have a record number of referrals and see 3,200% more patients than they did 10 years ago – with the increase for girls up by 5,337%.

With referrals at a record high, it suggests cases of detransition will rise too.

In a statement, a trust spokesperson said: “Decisions about physical interventions made in our care are arrived at after a thorough exploration process. While some of our patients may decide not to pursue physical treatment or drop out of treatment, the experience of regret described here is rarely seen.”

Gender transition has positive outcomes for many people and even talking about detransition is viewed by some as transphobic.

But some believe further research and more discussion is needed in treating people with gender dysphoria, as well as more options for them than gender transition.


Botham Jean’s neighbor, a key witness in Amber Guyger trial, shot to death in Dallas

Officers responded about 10:37 p.m. Friday to a shooting call in the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Road. The victim died from his injuries at a local hospital.

Joshua Brown wept on the witness stand while testifying about his neighbor Botham Jean.(Tom Fox / Staff Photographer)

Updated at 5:30 p.m. with the victim’s identity

A key witness in Amber Guyger’s murder trial was shot and killed Friday evening at an apartment complex near Dallas’ Medical District.

Joshua Brown, a neighbor of Botham Jean’s and Guyger at the South Side Flats apartments, was slain about 10:30 p.m. in the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Road.

Brown lived across the hall from Jean and testified about the night he was killed.

Dallas County prosecutor Jason Hermus, the lead prosecutor in the Guyger case, said Saturday that Brown stood up at a time when others won’t say what they know.

“He bravely came forward to testify when others wouldn’t, ” Hermus said. “If we had more people like him we would have a better world.”

On Friday night, several witnesses flagged down police and directed them to Brown’s location. Police found him on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Witnesses told police they heard several gunshots and saw a silver four-door sedan speeding out of the parking lot.

No suspect description had been released.

On the night of Sept. 6, 2018, Brown was in the hallway on the fourth floor of the Cedars apartment building when he heard what he thought sounded like “two people meeting by surprise.”

He testified that he couldn’t make out what they were saying and they were speaking at the same time. And then he heard two gunshots.

Guyger, who was off-duty but in uniform when she shot Jean, was convicted Tuesday of murder. Then, on Wednesday, the jury sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

Brown testified that he just met Jean for the first time the day he was killed. They had just a brief conversation in the hallway.

But, Brown said, he did hear him from time to time.

Brown wept on the stand while recounting hearing his neighbor Jean singing.

“I heard him singing,” Brown said. Gospel music. Drake.

Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney who represents the Jean family, called Brown a “former athlete turned entrepreneur” whose slaying “underscores the reality of the black experience in America.”

“Brown lived in constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence,” Merritt wrote on Facebook. “Brown deserves the same justice he sought to ensure the Jean family.”

Amber Guyger’s offensive text messages are introduced at her sentencing

Updated 4:35 PM EDT October 2, 2019

Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger insisted on the witness stand that her shooting of an unarmed black man in his apartment was “not about hate” but about her fear that he would attack her.

Guyger, who was convicted of murder this week in the shooting death of Botham Jean, maintained that she feared for her life, believing he was an intruder in what she thought was her apartment.

But in the sentencing phase of a case that has become part of the national conversation on policing and violence against people of color, prosecutors introduced text messages in which Guyger made offensive statements about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and black colleagues on the police force.

Defense lawyers objected to introducing the statements to the jury that could sentence Guyger to life in prison, arguing that the messages weren’t relevant to the conviction and could be prejudicial.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

In one chain of text messages between Guyger and others, they lamented having to work the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in January 2015.

A person in the chain asked of the parade, “When does this end lol.”

Guyger replied, “When MLK is dead…oh wait…”

In a March 9, 2018, exchange of text messages with a married officer and her former police partner, Martin Rivera, with whom Guyger was having a sexual relationship, she mocked black officers.

“Damn I was at this area with 5 different black officers !!! Not racists but damn,” Rivera wrote.

“Not racist but just have a different way of working and it shows,” Guyger replied.

Guyger, who is white, testified that after working long hours on September 6, 2018, she returned to her Dallas apartment complex. In uniform but off duty, she approached what she thought was her apartment. She noticed the door was partially open, saw a man inside whom she believed to be an intruder and fired her service weapon, killing him.

But she was actually at the apartment directly above hers — which belonged to the 26-year-old Jean, who was black. Prosecutors said Jean had been on the couch in his shorts, watching TV and eating vanilla ice cream when Guyger walked in.

Another text message exchange introduced at her sentencing occurred just two days before Guyger fatally shot Jean.

On September 4, 2018, a person named Ethridge appeared to playfully offer to give Guyger a German shepherd.

“Although she may be racist,” Ethridge wrote.

“I wish I could have one,” Guyger responded. “But not in this apartment 😦 smaller than my old one.” She added seconds later, “It’s okay, I’m the same.”

At trial, prosecutors said that even after Guyger killed Jean, she found time to text Rivera and sent sexual messages to him days later.

Rivera testified he deleted the texts between him and Guyger from the night of the shooting,

“That’s not something that I would want to be reminded of,” Rivera said. “And I don’t keep messages saved unless it’s of an importance to me.”

After the verdict, S. Lee Merritt, an attorney for Jean’s family, called the murder conviction a “huge victory,” not only for the victim’s family, but also “for black people in America.” Few police officers ever face trial for shooting deaths, and even fewer are convicted.

Amber Guyger sentenced to 10 years in prison for the fatal shooting of Botham Jean

Judge reads off sentence handed down to Amber Guyger

Judge Tammy Kemp reads off the sentence handed down by the jury to Amber Guyger after she was found guilty of murder for fatally shooting Botham Jean.

A former Dallas police officer was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for killing an unarmed man in his apartment, which she said she mistook for her own unit one floor below.

As people outside of the courtroom reacted angrily to the 10-year sentence given to Amber Guyger for killing Botham Jean in his apartment, believing it was too lenient, his brother was allowed to address her directly from the witness stand.

Brandt Jean told Guyger that he thinks his brother would have wanted her to turn her life over to Christ, and that if she can ask God for forgiveness, she will get it.

“I love you as a person. I don’t wish anything bad on you,” he said to the 31-year-old Guyger, before adding, “I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug?”

The judge said he could, and Brandt and Guyger stood up, met in front of the bench and embraced while Guyger cried.

The jury could have sentenced the former officer to up to life in prison or as little as two years, but prosecutors asked the jury to send her to prison for 28 years, which is how old Botham Jean would have been if he was still alive.

The 10-year sentence was met with boos and jeers by the crowd outside of the packed courtroom, with one woman saying, “It’s a slap in the face.”

Closing arguments in the punishment phase took place Wednesday afternoon and wrapped up just after 2:30 p.m. 

Guyger, a former Dallas police officer, was convicted of murder on Tuesday. She testified she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own and thought he was a burglar.

Closing arguments

Defense attorney Toby Shook said “every murder is different” and urged the jury to give a shorter prison sentence.

He said the prosecution was trying to paint Guyger as a racist with her texts sent during a Martin Luther King, Jr. parade.

“I’ll ask you to look at her whole life,” Shook said, asking them to not be focused on texts.

He recapped stories about Guyger reaching out to a drug addict and her friendship with a co-worker at a restaurant. That co-worker told a story about her going out of her way to help her when she had a baby.

Shook asked jurors not to bring in feelings about injustice from other police shootings, where officers weren’t punished for killing people.

Prosecutor Mischeka Nicholson went back over the text messages from the parade and the pro-police memes Guyger posted on social media. She said they speak to Guyger’s character and should be taken into consideration by the jury.

She asked the jury to not be intimated by the wide range of punishment for murder in the state of Texas, five to 99 years. She said that this case is not meant for a minimum sentence.

“This is not a five-year, 10-year, 15-year case,” Nicholson said.

Prosecutors said Jean’s family will never be the same and Botham was a beloved family member and friend to many people.

They said the way he died means “sudden passion” shouldn’t be a consideration.

“Botham didn’t provoke his own death,” prosecutor LaQuita Long said.

She showed a slide that said, “To the defendant he was just a silhouette in a room. To EVERYONE who knew Bo, he was the brightest light in the room.”

Long said the jury should return a sentence of at least 28 years, the age Jean would’ve been.

Emotional witnesses

On Wednesday, Bertrum Jean broke down on the stand while talking about his son and their close-knit family.

He said after Jean moved away from their home in the Carribean island nation of St. Lucia to go to college, he would call home every Sunday after church to catch up.

“How could we have lost Botham? Such a sweet boy. He tried his best to live a good honest life. He loved God. He loved everyone. How could this happen to him?” he said.

Alexis Stossel, Jean’s classmate and one of his best friends from Harding University, teared up as she spoke about him being a natural leader who everyone seemed to gravitate toward.

Stossel said she didn’t see Jean’s last text to her until after she got a phone call about his death. She said she dropped to the floor and started screaming. She called him seven times and got no answer.

“I can’t imagine living life without my other person,” she said.

After the state rested, the defense called Guyger’s mother to the stand. She also broke down on the stand, saying her daughter feels remorse.

“She’s always telling me she wishes she could take his place. She feels very bad about it,” Karen Guyger said.

Alana Guyger revealed that her sister was molested by their mother’s boyfriend at a young age. Guyger’s attorneys were trying to show the jury she had remorse for what happened. 

That’s after prosecutors spent Tuesday afternoon showing jurors racially biased and vulgar text messages and social media posts from Guyger. Prosecutors also talked about a time when Guyger was sent to internal affairs after a prisoner got away and she didn’t report it to her supervisor.

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Beaumont Royal Oak scrambles when woman in zombie makeup shows up

A professional dancer caused a scare at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak Monday night when she had a panic attack while getting zombie makeup done – and her look put the hospital on high alert.

Jai Fears is no stranger to makeup. She toured with Aretha, Charlie Wilson, and others as a back-up dancer, so makeup wasn’t a big deal.

Zombie makeup reaction sends woman to the hospital, causing a scare

A professional dancer caused a scare at Beaumont Royal Oak Monday night.

She was three hours into her makeup job when Jai had a panic attack. She was rushed to the hospital but still wearing the makeup. Beaumont Royal Oak went into high alert.

“(They said) Let’s get her back to trauma now and she’s probably going into shock, she’s not making any sense,” said Fears.

The level one trauma center didn’t know then that Fears was wearing makeup. She says they should have been able to figure it out.

“They have to know! So no, I did not say anything because I just assumed they could see that it was fake,” she said.

Beaumont can’t comment on individual patients – but did issue a statement.

“The emergency room is not a place for fun and games. They see many patients with severe medical issues where lives are at stake. Doctors need to be able to focus on those patients with true emergencies.” 

— Beaumont

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Alleged rapist accused of giving Queens woman 3 choices – Death, rape or sex with her son

 – A man is accused of posing as a construction worker and raping a Queens woman after giving her the choice of being killed, having sex with him, or being forced to have sex with her son. 

The Queens District Attorney’s Office say that Joshua Henderson, 33, of Brooklyn, is facing charges of first-degree rape, first-and-second-degree burglary and first-and-second-degree robbery. 

Authorities say that Henderson dressed up as a construction worker, wearing a hard hat, yellow reflective vest and work boots, and knocked on the victim’s door just after 5 p.m. in Howard Beach on September 16. The victim was told by Henderson that there was work being done on the roof and instructed her to close the curtains. He then allegedly climbed into the woman’s bedroom through a window, and when she walked into the room ordered her to drop her cell phone.

Henderson then told the woman he had a gun and proceeded to tie up both the woman and her adult son before grabbing jewelry, cash and other items from the residence. 

According to Acting Queens District Attorney John M. Ryan, the suspect then told the woman that she had three choices: “I can choke you and kill you with this pillow, you can have sex with me or I will force you to have sex with your son.”

He then forced the woman’s son into a nearby bathroom locking him inside and then allegedly raped the woman. 

“This was a horrible attack,” Ryan said in a statement. “The victim was given an impossible choice by the defendant, who allegedly threatened to shoot her and then proceeded to sexually assault her – as the woman’s adult son was bound and locked in a nearby room. Everyone deserves to not only feel safe and secure in their home, but to actually be safe. This defendant is now in custody and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If the charges are proven true, he deserves nothing less than to be locked away from society for an extremely long time.”

If convicted, Henderson faces up to 25 years in prison. 

Colorado City Council Decides 11-Year-Old Girls Can Now Walk Topless In Public

Stunningly Brave Victory For Equality And Over-Sexualization Of Minors

Following a ‘Free the Nipple’ campaign in Fort Collins, Colorado, feminists have won a victory allowing women–and girls as young as eleven–to be bare-breasted in public.

After a three-year lawsuit, activists have won a case where a topless ban from city law has been removed by Fort Collins City Council.

The removal of the law will allow girls as young as eleven to legally walk around the city topless, costing the city over $320,000 in fees.

According to Fox Denver 31:

The Coloradoan reported that Fort Collins City Council agreed Tuesday to remove language in the public nudity code that barred women and girls over age 10 from exposing their breasts in public.

City officials say the ban is expected to be removed Sept. 17.

Officials say a district court judge and a federal appeals court have ruled against the policy in the past two years.

City Council voted in May to stop defending the ordinance in court after spending about $322,000 on a three-year lawsuit.

Officials say the deadline to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court passed, so now the city cannot enforce a topless ban that only applies to women.

KGUN9 reports:

Andy McNulty is their attorney and says the law is an attack on equal rights.

“Any law that says, ‘Women are prohibited from,’ is unconstitutional and really just intolerable in a society that should treat women as equal to men,” said McNulty.

“Everybody should be able to be comfortable on a hot day and if that means taking their shirt of so be it. No matter how you look, you should have the same freedom at the person next to you. And it’s also about equality,” said Hoagland.

“They had been advocating for a while, trying to get the Fort Collins City Council to get rid of a female topless ban in Fort Collins. They’d been unsuccessful, and they wanted to see if we would be willing to represent them in a legal challenge to that ordinance,” said McNulty.

After the courts ruled in favor of nudity, the city appealed to the federal 10th Circuit of Appeals. That court also ruled in favor of topless women.

Fort Collins decided they were not going to try and win at the US Supreme Court.

On the ‘Free the Nipple’ movement, Pluralist adds:

Free the Nipple feminism

Spearheaded by feminists, the sex-positivity movement has gone well beyond combatting “slut shaming” to celebrating overt displays of female sexuality. And in the culture at large, celebrities such as twerk superstars Iggy Azalea and Cardi B exhort women to celebrate their raunchiness as a form of liberation and empowerment.

However, conservative critics have bemoaned the weakening of traditional gender norms, including female modesty. And some feminists have agreed, warning that their lascivious counterparts are playing into the hands of the patriarchy.

All six states in the 10th District – Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas and Oklahoma – will no longer be able to enforce bans on female toplessness, after the legal battle.