Mother regrets letting her son, 4, transition to a girl identity

Mother admits she regrets letting her son, 4, transition to a girl identity and describes realizing her mistake was like ‘leaving a cult’ after she had previously spent years being a ‘true believer’ in transgender ideology

  • A mom regrets letting her older son transition after her younger wanted to copy
  • She said both her sons now identify as boys and are both ‘blossoming’  

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’.  

The mom, 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’. 

She realised 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’.  

A mother has admitted regretting letting her four-year-old son socially transition to a girl (file image)

She described realizing her mistake as being like leaving a ‘cult’

At the time, the mother 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’. 

She told the podcast ‘Triggernometry’ that realizing her mistake was like leaving a ‘cult’ – a feeling she also confirmed in writing.  

‘I am no longer a true believer,’ she said in an essay penned in August 2022. 

‘This experience for me has felt like leaving a cult, a cult that would have me sacrifice my child to the gods of gender ideology, in the name of social justice and collective liberation. I have left this cult, and I am never turning back.’

As the two boys grew up, the parents used ‘he/him’ for their pronouns but did not tell them they were boys. 

In her essay ‘True Believer’, she said this meant she was ‘primed to look for clues’ that her children could be transgender. 

When her older son – who had always gravitated more towards woman and had an affinity for feminine things asked if he was a boy or a girl, she told him that he could choose. 

She said: ‘I was leading my innocent, sensitive child down a path of lies that were a direct on-ramp to psychological damage and life-long irreversible medical intervention. All in the name of love, acceptance, and liberation.’ 

Six months later, he came back to her saying he felt like a girl, wanting ‘she/her’ pronouns and to be called sister. 

In her essay ‘true believer’ she tells the story of her journey from social justice warrior to sceptic

As a result, his name was changed and he wore girls’ clothes to be socially transitioned (the process by which transgender children . 

The mother said she was praised by her peers and at support groups. She said she was told by a gender therapist to break contact with anyone who did not use the new identity. 

But alarm bells began to ring when her younger son – always more of a ‘stereotypical boy’ – began to say he also wanted to transition to a girl. 

The three-year-old became increasingly insistent that he wanted to be like his older sibling.  

The gender therapist immediately said he should be referred to as ‘she’ but the mother began to feel clearer that neither son was transgender and the older was just ‘highly sensitive’. 

Her son told her ‘Mama this is your fault as you changed my name.’ 

‘Our sons weren’t actually trans. It was something else,’ she said. 

‘I had led my child into it. All I wanted was to go back in time and undo what I had done’.  

Now, she says her sons are both ‘blossoming and growing’ as boys – but that her mistake will be one that ‘haunts’ her forever. 

She said: ‘The grief and the shock of what we did is so deep, so wide, so sharp and penetrating. How could a mother do this to her child? To her children?’ 

She added that she only realized her former beliefs were part of a ‘system’ now that she is out of it. 

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