WA Today 11 December 2018
Family First Comment: Until just four months ago, Australian Jeremy Bate was living as a ‘trans woman’ after transitioning 17 years ago and undergoing sex reassignment surgery. Now he is angry at a system and ideology he says took advantage of him when he was his most vulnerable.
Until just four months ago, Jeremy Bate was living as a ‘trans woman’ after transitioning 17 years ago and undergoing sex reassignment surgery. Now he is angry at a system and ideology he says took advantage of him when he was his most vulnerable.
For the past 17 years, Jeremy Bate has lived as a woman.
But now, after hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery, he believes it has all been a mistake.
At the age of 52, Mr Bate now says he was never anything other than a man and has called for more support for people questioning their gender.
He told Vision Christian Radio in the lead-up to his detransitioning he began to become “awakened” to right-wing politics and started to question society “where it is”.
“I was doing a lot of research. It was only a matter of time before I started questioning the trans issue, which I was kind of avoiding, and straight away it was kind of obvious that it’s been an agenda right from the start. It had very little science backing it,” he told 20Twenty’s Neil Johnson.
“It’s definitely an agenda.”
He reached out to clinics, he sent emails, he tried to get his phone calls returned from support lines.
He said he raised questions in online transgender support groups, but was blocked almost immediately because he was “challenging the accepted wisdom” and was accused of being “transphobic”.
Then he became angry.
He was angry at the system for letting him down, he was angry at those he believes have an ideological agenda and he was angry there was no support.
Mr Bate said he was shocked when transgender support groups to which he belonged “turned on him”.
“They’d rather think I was never a proper trans in the first place, because they just can’t stand the idea.
“Their basic ideology is that you have to have been born that way, and if you can turn away from it, then that cancels their argument.”
Mr Bate said he was angry not only because no one would help him when he started to talk about detransitioning, but because he felt he transitioned at a time when he was vulnerable after the relationship breakdown took away his stability.
“I’m angry because this happened when I wasn’t able to protect myself,” he said.
“I was subjected to those hormones and later on the ideology without enough people who were aware of the alternatives.
“More and more people are aware of the alternatives now and the story I’ve been telling is becoming more prevalent.”
Mr Bate said people were led to believe biological gender didn’t mean anything, a concept he strongly rejects now.
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