A Navy SEAL who detransitioned is now warning parents about getting their children gender-affirming surgery saying they aren’t being given complete information before deciding on the radical procedure.
Chris Beck, a retired member of SEAL Team Six who came out as transgender in 2013, argued parents are in the dark when children express gender dysphoria.
He cited studies that showed that 80 percent of children who express gender dysphoria no longer feel that way once they finish puberty.
Other studies found that more than half of the parents who were referred to gender therapists said they felt directed to put their kids on medical treatments or change their wardrobe.
‘Y’all need to start leaving these kids alone,’ he told FOX News Tonight host Joey Jones over the weekend. ‘They’re castrating them. They’re doing these double mastectomies. They’re hurting kids.’
Chris Beck, a detransitioned Navy veteran, warned parents about getting their children gender-affirming surgery
Beck, who formerly went by the name Kristin Beck, came out as transgender in 2013
Beck, who formerly went by the name Kristin Beck, claimed on FOX News Tonight that therapists are not telling parents that their children would likely grow out of their gender dysphoria.
‘So I was in mental health counseling for my graduate degree here at a university where I live, and so I was learning all the procedures, I was learning all about human development from birth all the way through — up to 25 years old, you’re still developing your brain,’ he said.
‘So the thing is, is that when you’re going through these [gender-affirming] courses, they’re coaching you and they’re coaching you on what to say to parents, and they’re not showing all the data.’
He said one major data point that therapists are not sharing with parents of children with gender dysphoria is that 80 percent ‘will get rid of all that gender confusion by the time puberty is over.’
Beck also added puberty blockers are irreversible and can impact minors’ fertility.
‘If a kid goes on puberty blockers when they’re 13, 14, 15 years old, they’re chemically castrated,’ he said. ‘They’re not going to have children when they get older.
‘They’re not given this data.’
‘So eight of those kids, out of those 10, are going to want to go back to be just a regular old person, and they’re not going to be able to.’
Beck came out as transgender in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, saying at the time he had to suppress his femininity for years, comparing himself to an onion and saying it was ‘hidden underneath all these layers’
Beck served in the Navy for 20 years and received more than 50 medals and ribbons for his service
Beck came out as transgender in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in 2013, saying at the time he had to suppress his femininity for years, comparing himself to an onion and saying it was ‘hidden underneath all these layers.’
But in December, Beck — who served in the Navy for 20 years and received more than 50 medals and ribbons for his service — denounced his decision.
‘Everything you see on CNN with my face, do not even believe a word of it,’ he told conservative influencer Robby Starbuck. ‘Everything that happened to me the last 10 years destroyed my life, I destroyed it.
‘I’m not a victim,’ Beck clarified. ‘I did this to myself, but I had help.’
He explained he was ‘used’ and that it only took an hour-long meeting with a psychologist to diagnose him as transgender.
‘I was very naïve, I was in a really bad way and I got taken advantage of,’ he told Starbuck.
‘I got propagandized. I got used badly by a lot of people who had knowledge way beyond me. They knew what they were doing, I didn’t.’
Beck said he is now speaking out so that parents are aware of what their children might go through if they are put on puberty blockers or choose to get gender-affirming surgery.
‘Parents, you need to wake up,’ he said over the weekend. ‘Don’t let your kids get into stuff.
‘You better share all the data. All of the data.’
Beck now claims parents are being misled into getting their children gender-affirming care that can not be reversed. Trans rights protesters are seen outside the Denver Capitol in March
Grayson McFerrin, 12, Libby Gonzales, 13, Hobbes Chukumba, 16, and Daniel Trujillo, 15, the organizers of the “Trans Youth Prom” pose for a photo in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last month
Nearly 52 percent of parents of trans kids in a survey published in April described ‘pressure’ from the gender clinic or specialist to help their child to transition
Parents by wide margins said their child’s mental health got worse after they started to transition socially, meaning changes of wardrobes, styling, names and or pronouns
In April, a survey of 1,655 parents, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, found that more than half of the respondents who were referred to gender therapists said they felt pressured into transitioning their children.
They were part of an online group called Parents of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria Kids. Rapid onset gender dysphoria is part of a controversial theory that the sharp rise in trans-identifying youths is a social contagion.
Three-quarters of the trans-identifying children were biological females. Most of them came out as trans at the same time as friends and appeared to be responding to cues from social media, the parents said.
‘When they turned to their trusted medical professionals for help, they were told they must affirm their child’s newly-created identity and support their gender exploration, which means supporting them through social, medical and surgical transition,’ the group said in a statement to DailyMail.com.
‘If these parents express any doubts, or ask that their child’s mental health issues be resolved first, they are warned that they are causing further emotional harm to their child — and might even drive them to suicide.’
As well as describing pressure from gender clinics, they said their children had developed emotional problems on average four years before they expressed a desire to change gender, and that transitioning made their mental health worse.
Northwestern University psychology professor Michael Bailey said that the respondents ‘tended to be socially progressive’ and voiced support for LGBT persons issues, but did not believe their adolescent and young adult children were actually transgender.
‘Instead, they believe these youths are being socially influenced by peers and other cultural factors to assume a transgender identity,’ Bailey told DailyMail.com.
‘Parents reported a lot of preexisting emotional problems for the youths — on average, the problems began nearly four years before the gender problems did. It is not surprising, then, that many parents were unhappy that the gender therapists they had been advised to see pushed for gender transition.’
The responses were gathered between December 2017 and October 2021. Most of the respondents were mothers and fathers of a trans-identifying child, though some were stepparents, grandparents or adoptive parents.