After 17 years as a woman, this man has had enough

first_img“There was no answer, no interest whatsoever,” Mr Bates said.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”.“It sends alarm bells to me, because they don’t want to tolerate anyone moving away from it,” he said.“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. At the age of 35, Mr Bate transitioned from his biological sex after a devastating relationship breakdown exacerbated a gender confusion he believes was originally caused by an anti-miscarriage drug his mother took when he was in utero, although he concedes there is no scientific consensus that this was even possible. He said he had never received specialist medical advice or unbiased counselling before agreeing to hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery.“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. WA Today 11 December 2018Family 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.center_img About four months ago Mr Bate started reading deeply about the science and ideology of gender and he began to question what had happened to him.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. Mr Bate said he would have been better off if he had counselling to help him become more comfortable with the body he was born in.READ MORE: read more

UW edges Buckeyes as win streak hits 4 games

first_imgJoe Krabbenhoft scored nine points and grabbed eight boards to lead UW over OSU.[/media-credit]On Saturday night, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team edged out the Ohio State Buckeyes 55-50 at the Kohl Center, extending its winning streak to four games and keeping its NCAA Tournament hopes alive.Although the Badgers allowed the Buckeyes to shoot 55.3 percent from the field for the game, Wisconsin was able to force 19 Ohio State turnovers to keep the game within reach.“Down on the defensive end, we don’t take any wishes or hopes there; you just have to play hard,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “Fortunately, we got them to turn it over because they were shooting it so well. If we don’t get them to turn it over, we have no chance.”Senior forwards Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft led the Badgers to the victory, combining for 26 of the team’s 55 points. Krabbenhoft also registered a career-high six steals to pave the victory for Wisconsin.“That was a hard-fought battle, and eventually Wisconsin obviously made the plays down the stretch,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said. “I think the seniors and Landry and Krabbenhoft really stepped up, made some huge plays and had great nights.”With both teams playing very physical games, the Badgers and Buckeyes traded leads 11 times in the first half. Ohio State guards Evan Turner and William Buford, who led the Buckeyes in scoring going into the game, led the team with 17 combined points in the first half.“It was a very physical game, and that is how we like to play, getting back to that old-school Wisconsin basketball,” Krabbenhoft said. “We enjoy that.”With the Badgers struggling against the Ohio State 2-3 matchup zone and the Buckeyes going cold from the field, the score remained tied 15-15 for over three minutes in the first half. After trading a few baskets, Buford knocked down a jumper to put the Buckeyes up 23-22 with 22 seconds left in the half.But the Badgers weren’t done, as Landry tipped in a forced jumper by freshman Jordan Taylor as time expired to put Wisconsin up 24-23 at the end of the half.“When they tipped that ball in at the end of the first half, I said to myself, ‘Oh no. That’s exactly what happened I think in year one here on a last-second tip-in,’” Matta said. “I don’t know. You look at Wisconsin and obviously this is a tremendous college basketball program.”In the second half, the Badgers continued to force turnovers and widened their already favorable rebounding advantage. For the game, Wisconsin outrebounded the Buckeyes 32-22, with an astonishing 15-3 margin on the offensive boards.“It felt good, with a rebounding team like that, with their size and things like that,” Landry said. “But we were very active on the glass today, and it paid off for us. It gave us a second chance to score, so it really worked out in our favor.”The Badgers went up by as many as five points before a short Ohio State run tied the game at 37 points apiece with 12:59 left in the game. Wisconsin was able to reclaim its lead, but the Buckeyes’ B.J. Mullens hit a free throw to put Ohio State on top 46-45 for the first time in the half with 3:36.But Wisconsin would recover thanks to Krabbenhoft, who capped his career game defensively with a huge 3-pointer to put the Badgers up for good with 2:06 left in the game. Krabbenhoft attributed the open look to freshman guard Jordan Taylor, who found Krabbenhoft as time was winding down on the shot clock.“Jordan did a great job at driving down the lane and getting a couple guys to go with him, because I am sure they were not too worried about me out there, so I just put it up there and it went down,” Krabbenhoft said. “It felt really good when it left my hand. I finally got some arc on my shot and I was really happy, but Jordan did all the work.”Although the Badgers struggled from the field, shooting only 36.4 percent for the game and 22.2 percent from 3-point range, they were able to get the job done by capitalizing on Buckeye mistakes.“You have to just find a way,” Ryan said. “It’s that thing we were talking about before; if you’re in a batting slump, bunt or have a better eye and walk more. It doesn’t change; you just have to find some things to go to in order to give you a chance.”last_img read more