Where transgenderism is concerned, the West is in uncharted territory. The metaphor could apply to a host of implements, including puberty blockers and “top” and “bottom” surgeries.
Related to the latter, a UK man is suing the National Health Service.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Newcastle resident Ritchie Herron has lived tortuously for four years due to the impact of “gender affirmation” procedures.
Battling mental health issues – and after decades of suppressing his homosexuality – Ritchie, 35, had thought the answer was to become a woman.
In his 20s, Ritchie “stumbled across the idea of gender dysphoria in an internet chatroom. Older men on the forum convinced the vulnerable young man he ‘must be trans.'”
In 2012, the man saw an affirming psychologist. Then it was on to the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust’s Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service.
Due to a long wait time, Ritchie sought counsel at a private gender clinic in 2014. After only two 30-minute appointments, he was diagnosed with “transsexualism.”
A psychiatrist recommended he take medication to block his testosterone production – the first step towards gender reassignment.
A family member had accompanied him to the clinic and tried to persuade the doctor that Ritchie wasn’t in an appropriate state of mind.
Ritchie says: “She told the doctor I was on a high dose of antidepressants and had lots of complex issues, and yet they were referring me for gender treatment.”
At 26, he explains, he went along with the medical recommendations because he was “very vulnerable.”
Right started calling himself “Abby” and wearing women’s clothes. Due to his testosterone suppression, he began developing breasts.
By March 2015, he was attending appointments at the NHS gender clinic in Newcastle.
“The first question you get asked there is, ‘Do you want genital surgery?'” he says. “I wasn’t sure. But I’d heard you could get therapy if you were on the waiting list for surgery, so I said yes.”
Surgery came soon after:
Less than six months later, in July 2015, Ritchie received a referral for vaginoplasty surgery. Ritchie says he told the psychiatrist he was unsure and turned it down, but continued to receive therapy.
In 2017, he was given another referral for surgery, to be performed at the Nuffield Health hospital in Brighton but paid for by the NHS. Ritchie refused it again – but says he was told that if he did not accept the referral he would be discharged from the service.
Though he was becoming suicidal, he continued down a permanent path:
At 10am on May 23, 2018, Ritchie was wheeled into the operating theatre. “I didn’t even see the surgeon,” he says. “I was very much in the mindset of ‘I’m here now, there’s no stopping it even if I wanted to.'”
The irreversible operation involves removing the penis and testicles, and reforming the area to resemble female genitals.
Fast-forward to debilitating dysfunction:
It takes him ten minutes to empty his bladder, a process as painful as it is slow. Any sex drive is long gone. In fact, he says, his crotch is numb, “shell-shocked” from the damage done to him under the apparent care of the NHS.
“Numb” rather sums up Ritchie’s whole demeanor as he struggles to process what has happened to him. Today he reveals – in an exclusive interview – that he is the man preparing legal action against the NHS over an operation that removed his genitals.
Ritchie claims he was fast-tracked into making “the biggest mistake of [his] life.” He’s been “left infertile, incontinent and with ongoing pain.”
He asserts the NHS clinic took no account of his mental health issues, which might’ve led him to believe he was transgender. Furthermore, he wasn’t properly warned of the medical risks of his procedures.
Many people are following in Ritchie’s footsteps:
His account raises serious questions about the safeguards in place at NHS gender clinics, which have seen a 1,700 percent rise in referrals over the past ten years, accounted for mainly by children and young adults.
Support for transgenderism has become ubiquitous — from the edge of society’s left wing to the airwaves of Fox News:
Fox News 'Pride Month' Segment Praises the Gender Transition of a Five-Year-Old and Rewards Stage Parents
— RedState (@RedState) June 12, 2022
Clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson isn’t onboard with the counseling field’s move toward immediate affirmation. He recently explained the role of a therapist in the documentary What Is a Woman?
“There’s no such thing as a gender-affirming therapist. It’s a contradiction in terms. Because you don’t affirm if you’re a therapist. It’s not your business to affirm. You come to see me because there’s something wrong. … Am I going to affirm what you think? No, it’s not up to me to affirm it. You don’t get a casual pat on the back from a therapist for your pre-existing axiomatic conclusions. That’s not therapy; that’s a rubber stamp.”
Given our medically-fueled gender revolution, what does the future hold? Might a new generation eventually have strong thoughts — and, possibly, court filings — about the paths upon which they were placed? It doesn’t seem impossible.
“This is an avalanche waiting to happen,” he told the Mail. “Transition is now being sold to people on a mass scale.”
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