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1st Open-Trans In The US Military Speaks Out Against Med-Transing Kids. Trans Justin Rodriguez

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My name is Justin Rodriguez.

I am a 32yr old gay transsexual man from Chicago. In February of 2018 I became the first openly trans recruit in the United States to enlist into our military. I am making this video today to speak to you about why I do not believe children should be allowed to medically or surgically transition.

In the military, not only did I suffer nerve damage from PT and rucking, but I also fractured my right hip. My civilian medical team believes my hip fracture was due in part to over a decade of testosterone use as hormone replacement therapy.

I have also experienced vaginal atrophy, hemorrhagic cysts on both ovaries, decrease in eyesight, and more as a result of being on HRT.

The changes caused by testosterone use in female to male trans youth/adults are clitoral lengthening, body hair growth, weight gain, acne, oily skin, receding hairline, mood changes/ emotional instability, and changes in body odor,

Loss of bone density–osteopenia, even osteoporosis–are well known side effects, but not and are loss of bone density, possible sterility, possible inability to experience orgasm, and more.

I came out as trans at the end of eighth grade. I began to attend a support group for lgbt youth and teens. It was at this support group where I learned the vocabulary I needed to express that I am trans and what I was going through at that time. At the same time I was allowed to socially transition.

I was allowed to cut my hair, change my name, dress and present myself as a boy, and use male pronouns. My school administration decided that instead of taking PE class I could take art or music, instead. I was allowed to use whatever bathroom I wanted. I would either hold it as long as I could to avoid the bathroom or I would use the female bathroom because it felt safer.

I attended three separate high schools. At my last high school I was forced to take a PE class. The administration would not allow me to take music or art in place of PE. I was not allowed to use female or male locker rooms. I was forced to use the referree’s locker room. I had to ask for a key to that locker room before and after class every day. Not only was it embarrassing but it made me stand out and put a target on my back. I was bullied, teased, made fun of, shoved into lockers, beat up, and more.

As a trans teen what I was not allowed to do was start taking testosterone as HRT. Testosterone was something I demanded. I did not understand I was being selfish. I did not understand, nor was I able to comprehend, the long-term effects these hormones would have on my body. The effects of HRT (supplemental hormone therapy) have been known for a long time. However, there has been little to no research on the long-term consequences of giving puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to children, because these drugs had never before been given to children. The little information we do have is anecdotal evidence, based on self-reported, individual experiences. This does not yield reliable, accurate, scientific data that can be quantified into statistics on trans youth and trans teens.

I was too young to understand why my mom did not want me to medically transition. I was too young to understand that once I took that step I could not walk it back and undo it. My mom was worried I was going through a phase. My mom was worried I was making the wrong decisions. My mom was trying to look out for me and protect me - but I didn’t understand that.

I held a lot of resentment and anger toward my mom over this for a long time. As I got older and began to truly understand the full \effect of these powerful hormones, I finally understood my mom. My mom was not trying to stop me from transitioning. My mom was not trying to hurt me or make things harder for me. She was trying to help me in any way she could think of. She had me in weekly therapy so I could go through puberty and figure myself out. “Wait and see” was the best possible route for my mom to go down.

I went through female puberty. Not once did I cause myself harm because I wasn’t being allowed on hormones. When I caused myself harm it was because my brain and body were not aligned. It felt as though no one around me understood what I was going through and experiencing. It felt as though I was completely and totally alone.

It wasn’t until I was 19 and in college that I started taking testosterone as HRT. That was Sept. 16th of 2008. I have now been on testosterone for approx. 13.5yrs. I have also had top surgery, a total hysterectomy, and Stage 1 & Stage 2 phalloplasty surgery.

When we discuss medically transitioning a minor child and allowing them on puberty-blocking drugs, we are talking about permanently and irreversibly altering children's bodies. The mainstream media narrative that puberty blocking drugs and hormones are safe and reversible is a lie.

These drugs have irreversible side-effects. When given to prepubescent youth, they cause 100% sterility, micro penis in males; inability to orgasm, and more. Girls, who subsequently receive cross-sex hormones (testosterone) will find themselves in early menopause at or in their 20s, with osteopenia or osteoporosis, incontinence, and increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and dementia. The media push the narratives they do because they are in bed with the “Trans-Medical Complex”. Medically transitioning children has become profitable. The health, safety, and welfare of children no longer matters.

We are affirming and validating children as trans who may not actually be trans. Some of these children, who are now teens or adults, have started detransitioning. They are speaking out about how they were wrongfully pushed into medical transition and how much they regret it and how they wish that someone had prevented them from doing so. Some of these people have begun to take doctors to court for allowing them to medically transition and permanently alter their bodies.

In the United Kingdom doctors and therapists are leaving their jobs for fear of being taken to court for not allowing a child to transition. The mainstream media want you to believe that medically transitioning children is the right thing to do and everything else is transphobia.

It is not transphobic to protect the health, safety, and welfare of a minor child when they are incapable of comprehending, let alone consenting to the life-altering consequences of using powerful drugs, hormones, and irreversible surgeries with life-altering consequences.

I strongly believe in “watchful waiting”. I believe in providing therapeutic support prior to medical intervention – hormones and surgeries – which cannot be undone. Once this line is crossed, there is no going back, and the child has been “medicalized” or turned into a patient who will need medical therapy for the rest of his or her life.

The health, safety, and welfare of the child must come first. I believe it is absolutely essential for trans youth and teens to go through their birth sex puberty – during which, studies have shown, majority of kids outgrow their feelings of “gender confusion”. Puberty is not a disease, but a normal phase of life. Some of these youth will learn and come to understand they are not, in fact, trans. They will come to understand that being pushed or influenced into identifying as trans was a way for them to escape their troubles and problems. We are now calling this “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria”; this is believed to be a psychological response to trauma.

Some of these children and teens are suffering from body dysmorphia – which is different from gender dysphoria – but the line between these two things has been so blurred it has become obsolete. A teen with body dysmorphia is a teen who struggles with their body image. A teen with an eating disorder would fall into this category. Body dysmorphia is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror. It is a delusional idea the patient holds about his or her physical appearance.

Gender Dysphoria is a medical mental health condition that only occurs in 0.03% of the entire world's population. It is an extremely rare condition. In people who have gender dysphoria, we feel that our brains and bodies are not aligned. This causes us to be dysphoric about our gender – meaning we are not comfortable in our birth sex bodies, and we feel we need to transition to relieve ourselves of that dysphoria. We transition in order to pass and blend into society as the opposite sex to which we believe we belong and move on with our lives. We do not transition to stick out or be “visible.” If someone was not dysphoric there would be no point or purpose for them to transition. Yet, doctors are allowing people to “self-diagnose” into a medical condition of which they have no expertise.

We are seeing surgeons performing radical mastectomies on minors – completely removing the nipples – and “doing “incomplete phalloplasty” surgeries (which allow the patient to keep both male and female external genitalia). These incomplete sex reassignment surgeries are not only careless and reckless but extremely unethical.

I have large, permanent scars all over my body from transition surgeries. I will be permanently disfigured for the rest of my life (I have photos of my scars I can share outside of this video).

I urge you to think critically, rationally, and logically about this matter. We are not protecting trans youth and trans teens by allowing them to permanently and irreversibly alter their bodies. We protect trans youth by using the “watchful waiting” approach.

Children should not be medicalized. They need therapy, not “affirmation” and “transition”. Because of the pervasive bias and ignorance in the medical profession, parents are ill-informed about treatment options and the gravely serious side effects and consequences of hormonal drugs and surgeries. Even in the wake of emerging reports about the devastating consequences of “pediatric transgender medicine,” some clinicians continue to shut down legitimate debate. “These people must examine their consciences, because it is children whose care is compromised as a result of their ideology.”

Thank you for your time and attention to this very important matter. Thank you for hearing us out and taking what we have to say to heart. I am available for one-on-one discussions if anyone would like to reach out to me outside of this video.

Justin Rodriguez

Trans Man SCREAMING "Stop Transing Kids!"

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Jun 08, 2022

I've never seen a marginalized community worse served by its activists than the Trans community. Whoever heard of putting children through sex changes? But now we are encouraged to think of such things as normal, and of ourselves as bigots if we dare to express concern. Not only should kids be left alone to develop normally, Trans adults need humane treatment options. That's what Trans activists would be agitating for if they really cared about the welfare of their community. But maybe some of these folks are just pretending to be Trans?


Apr 18, 2022

Thank you Justin. I hope you have found contentment in your life.


Apr 18, 2022

Such a powerful piece. Justin, thank you for sharing your story. All the best to you.


Apr 18, 2022

A powerful piece. Thank you so much for writing it.


Meg P
Meg P
Apr 17, 2022

Great article, thank you for sharing Justin. 👍 🦁🍃


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