‘My Insurance Won’t Cover Detransition’

Harmed child urgently needs your help

The insurance company that happily paid for a surgeon to remove Penny Cunningham’s healthy breasts is now balking at the price of reconstruction.

Cunningham has posted a request for help at GoFundMe, the place where all Americans go to access medical care these days.

“The insurance doesn’t want to pay for an ‘elective’ surgery,” Cunningham says, “so my family will be paying for it out of pocket.” She already has to use her college savings.

For those of us who listen to detransitioners in their own voices, nothing in Cunningham’s story is the least bit surprising. We have heard all of this before:

“On August 16th, 2019 I got top surgery at the age of 15, one of the youngest people that clinic had operated on,” she says.

A recent wave of very young women trying to escape the social confines of gender through transition — and finding a ready medical establishment even though they have never shown any previous signs of dysphoria — has created too many disturbing stories like that.

Researcher Dr. Lisa Littman has coined the term Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria, or ROGD, to describe the phenomenon.

Of course, the gender lobby immediately attacked Dr. Littman as a hateful bigot for doing so.

One wonders: do they think of Cunningham as a bigot, too? Probably. After all, she is practically a poster child for Littman’s thesis.

“Very shortly after surgery, my depression got worse,” Cunningham says. “I hated myself just as much as ever, leading me to a psychiatric hospitalization in October 2019.”

This, too is a familiar refrain. Many detransitioners describe having no dysphoria at all until their transition, and many say their comorbid mental health issues — anorexia, depression, anxiety — got worse instead of better.

Indeed, it is far too common to hear detransitioners say that such problems were completely ignored.

“I had never been tested for any body issues, so we assumed it was gender dysphoria,” she says.

I was diagnosed with autism last summer, and my current doctors have researched the link between autism and gender identity, finding that might have been the cause of my issues. I understand that I am responsible for my choices and that I have to fix it myself. But my doctors didn’t take into account my autism, body issues, or other mental illnesses when allowing me to transition. My therapist agrees that I was too young at the time and that making such a life changing decision has brought challenges to me.

This is another disturbing aspect of the new orthodoxy. Almost half of the children presenting at gender clinics in the UK and Australia are on the autism spectrum, while some gender clinicians deliberately stoke confusion between the symptoms of autism and gender dysphoria.

So, to recap: Cunningham’s insurer never saw fit to have her screened for other issues, charged ahead with sex change surgery on a child who was too young for sexual consent, and now refuses to pay for the “elective” procedure that would fix what they were too happy to destroy, leaving her to beg strangers for help.

This story is only possible at the intersection of America’s profit-driven health care system with the institutional policy captures of the gender lobby. But the tragedy is still larger than that, for this is all fundamentally regressive, however woke and “progressive” the transition crowd pretends to be.

For one thing, the same people who called Penny Cunningham “stunning and brave” when she got surgery will not help her fix what has been broken here.

A fast-growing demographic, detransitioners are almost always despised, rejected, denounced, and abandoned by their former “transgender community” for betraying the political cause.

Sadly, Cunningham now realizes that her own liberation was always possible, and that lifelong medicalization was never going to set her free.

“I never knew that I could be a girl and be myself without being judged,” Cunningham says.

“Through detransition, I have found there isn’t just one right way to be a gender, and that it’s okay to be a bit different.”

If only someone had been adult enough to tell her that in the first place, she might have avoided all this pain and suffering. Unfortunately, whenever the rainbow brigade is involved, there are no adults in the room.

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Former progressive activist declared heretic by his former movement for refusing to believe that "woman" is a costume or a feeling and recognizing male pattern behavior as male even when it wears lipstick and high heels. Just because you hate something I say does not make it hate speech.
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