A mother has admitted regretting letting her four-year-old son socially transition to a girl – and said realizing her mistake was like ‘leaving a cult’.
Rose, who wishes to stay anonymous, raised her two sons as gender neutral with her wife, which was reflected in their clothes, toys and language.
When her four-year-old son said he felt like a girl, the mother encouraged him in his new identity – which she has now admitted was a ‘mistake’ that ‘haunts’ her.
Her concerns rose when her younger son, then three, said he too wanted to transition to a girl, despite being more of a ‘stereotypical boy’.
Her honest confession comes amid growing cultural tensions in the US over the transitioning of children – as many believe the ideology is introduced too early.
Rose realized she had ‘led’ her sons to transition and immediately worked hard to reverse the mistake. She said both her sons, now around eight and nine, are living happily as boys and are ‘blossoming and growing’.
At the time, Rose said she was a ‘social justice organizer and facilitator’, who would introduce ‘the concept of intersectionality to progressive organizations, and having people share their pronouns’.
But following her experience she has stopped being an ‘activist’ and instead become a ‘sceptic’.
It comes amid a culture war in the US over transgender rights in schools – where some feel the agenda is introduced to children too young while others believe young people have the right to express who they feel they are.
In Florida the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill prevents the teaching or classroom instruction of gender identity or sexual orientation in children between kindergarten and the sixth grade.