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Testimonials

My name is Lynn Meagher and I am testifying today on behalf of the Kelsey Coalition, a national group of parents whose children identify as transgender.


Transgender identities among children are no longer rare, but are spreading throughout our schools, ...

I started medical school after already completing two rounds of graduate level training and a military tour of duty. I expected my assumptions to be challenged and relished the opportunity to learn to analyze complex cases from diverse viewpoints. Expecting that some of these ideas would make me wince while others would ...

It seems that my body is slowly decomposing, and I feel like a hobbled, twisted ruin in agony. My medical records describe me as a “frail, cachectic, chronically ill appearing woman who appears older than stated age.” Because of exhaustion and my accelerated mobility impairment and health decline over these last few years, I’m taking a doubtful ...

My daughter was a lovely, normal girl until her friend molested her at the age of 14.


Soon after, she told me that she wanted to cut off her breasts and wanted me to call the police because she was suicidal. When they arrived, the police officer told me that I should just accept my daughter as transgender. The Psychiatric Emer...

Young college students may legally be considered adults, but they have much growing up to do. Their brains are still developing. Many are far away from home for the first time. They have the freedom to make choices and hard decisions. And are managing the stress of academics and finding new friends.


And even though they are le...

We are the parents of children who suddenly began identifying as transgender. We voice our concerns out of love, with the goal that sharing our experiences will help change the educational, mental health, and medical systems that have betrayed us, and failed our children.


Identifying as transgender is&...

Two years ago, my 16-year-old daughter came to me one night after I was in bed and handed me a letter. I got up and read what was the most devastating news I've ever been given. My daughter had self-diagnosed as transgender after watching a YouTube video. She had been having a very tough year in high school and had been spending a lot of time is...

One night shortly after my son turned 12, he told us he was transgender. This came as a complete shock as he had always been a stereotypical rough-and-tumble boy who loved computers and video games.


We talked a bit about what led him to this conclusion and we also looked through his search history online. He seemed to believe ...

My child decided she was transgender in the last part of 6th grade. She said that she needed counseling because she was depressed and anxious. Immediately upon meeting my daughter, the counselor asked her for her pronouns. I was absolutely gobsmacked. Where did this come from?


My daughter told her "he" and her pretend name. Sh...

In just 45 minutes, a licensed therapist determined that our 12-year-old daughter was a boy.


This occurred just two weeks after the first time our daughter ever expressed any form of interest in being the opposite sex. The therapist knew that this was a very recent statement, she knew our daughter obsessed for years about bein...

Like any parent, I’ve had a deep love for my child long before she came into this world. Like any parent, I was thrilled when I was told I had just delivered a healthy baby girl. Like any parent, I loved her the best I could, celebrated her gifts and wanted to help her become a healthy, whole human being who recognized her strengths, weathering ...

Last summer, my 14-year-old son left a note for me and his mom stating that he was transgender and he had gender dysphoria “for as long as he could remember.” This felt like a punch in the gut. He was a typical boy and had never expressed any feminine traits before.


When he returned to school in the fall, he socially transitio...

My teenage son recently told me that he feels like a girl. We searched the internet for local assistance and were not able to find any that would not help him change how he feels, but just those encouraged him to change his body to match his feelings.


There were no support groups to try to get to the root of the issue. My son ...

When our 14-year-old son told us he was gay, we reassured him we loved him no matter what and that we were glad he told us. Then a few months later, he told us he was transgender and wanted to take hormones.


I knew nothing about this. So I began making calls and looking for information. One of my first calls was to Children's ...

My daughter started identifying as transgender two years ago at age 11. Soon she had new lingo and a binder to compress her developing breasts. While initially supportive of what I thought was innocent identity exploration, I soon learned that supporting a child’s experimentation with being transgender sets them on a rapid path to irreversible m...

We are witnessing an unprecedented number of young people who identify as transgender or non-binary. They see themselves — and want others to see and treat them — as if they were the opposite sex, or no sex at all. Their feelings and pain are real. They should be treated with respect and compassionate care. Instead, thei...