In several American states, teachers and school educators are restricted in teaching about gender identity, but in majority of the states, teachers are embracing the topic as the number of transgender and gender nonbinary children rises. This practice, understandably, puts a lot of pressure and raises concerns in parents who don’t want their children to take part of gender identity education programs until they are old enough to really understand the topic on themselves.
Issues of equality and acceptance of transgender and nonbinary people — along with challenges to their rights — have become a major topic in the headlines. These issues can involve words and ideas and identities that are new to some. While the federal government recommends that schools include gender identity in their education programs, many experts claim that young people are not well aware of what it takes to change their gender and what one should go through during the process.
Helena Kerschner is a 23 years old woman who is among the few who underwent the whole process of transitioning to male when she was young, but de-transitioned a couple of years later when she realized that she made a huge mistake in the past that resulted with huge negative impact on her health. Helena has been pretty vocal in the last couple of months in an effort to raise awareness in young folks who are thinking about transitioning.
In February, Helena wrote a Substack article explaining to the public her several-years long journey and what she went through before realizing she made a huge mistake in her life. According to the Substack article, Helena was only 15 years old when she first started thinking about transitioning. Just like any other young girl, she was spending a lot of time online every single day and at one point she replaced her real social life with the online “social justice” obsessed communities that she got sucked into. She started calling herself non-binary shortly after she was introduced to gender ideology on the then very popular social network Tumblr.
Helena further explains that the people she met online and the groups that she was into were “trans identity rabbit hole” as those communities propagated trans identity values and anyone could have joined those conversation and easily decide to change their gender. As a teenager, she wasn’t able to legally decide on her own, but as soon as she turned 18, she immediately scheduled her first appointment and decided to undergo a testosterone treatment. Helena underwent the treatment for nearly 18 months when the first health problems occurred.
In a short period of time, Helena experienced several health problems, but the treatment had the most negative impact on her mental health. She became so sick that she ended up in hospital for treatment and fearing for her life, she decided to stop the testosterone treatment. Shortly after, her health improved and all of her physical and psychological problems were gone. That’s the moment when she realized she was making a huge mistake for years and decided to de-transition to what she really was, a female.
Last month, Helena gave nearly 30-minute 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. The Representative wanted to know what she was thinking back then, and what Helena is thinking right now and what made her de-transition.
“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…,” Helena responded.
The whole video is shown below: