Helena Kerschner began taking testosterone at the age of 18. She was lured into the realm of trans ideology, and believing that she was not female, after delving into online fan fiction communities. She spoke to Tucker Carlson, and when a clip of her interview was posted to YouTube, it was taken down for "violating YouTube's policy on spam, deceptive practices and scams."
The video showed a segment of a longer interview Kerschner gave to Carlson about her transition and detransition, what led her down the road of gender identity exploration and questioning, how she found her way out, and what her view on the gender industry is after her experience.
"Thank you for speaking up, because your voice does matter, I think in this conversation, but you felt what every young woman I've ever met, felt at a certain age, which is uncomfortable with yourself. And it feels like you were exploited at that moment of weakness," Carlson said to Kerschner.
"Yeah, absolutely. I mean, as you said, it's completely normal for not only young girls, but often young boys to feel uncomfortable with themselves uncomfortable with their body. But we have this ideology that is especially prevalent online that says that if you have those feelings, that means you're trans. I mean, there are literally people who say, if you don't even like your voice on a recording, that's a sign of gender dysphoria, and you need to go see a medical professional because you're trans," Kerschner said.
Kerschner has been outspoken about her experience, saying that when she was 15, she hated herself and was easily "sucked into gender ideology online." She was encouraged by her school to undergo transition, and was able to obtain testosterone without any trouble. She said it "was very damaging."
"Talk about taking advantage of people. So how do you and this is all explained in greater depth to the documentary, but how do you feel now at 23? Looking back on what happened?" Carlson asked.
"I feel honestly grateful for the experience, because it's taught me a lot about the world and about myself, but I really feel afraid for these other young girls like myself who they might not be, you know, I consider myself lucky that I was able to get out of it unscarred really medically, but there's so many young people who can't say the same. And psychologically as well. I mean, it's just devastating to, especially from a young age be lied to, by adults at school, and by medical professionals and told that your body is wrong, you need to change it, you need to get hormones you need to get surgeries, that's devastating for a young person. So I'm just really concerned for younger girls and boys like I once was being led down this path and being hurt by it," she said.
Carlson spoke about the irreversible effects of many of the prescriptions that are given to young people who seek to change their sex, and Kerschner pointed out that even the White House has said that some of the effects of gender transition drugs are reversible, when in fact they are not.
"The White House actually just put out a chart yesterday that says that some of these steps are reversible or partially reversible," Kerschner said. "But that's such an oversimplification of the truth. I mean, when you go on a cross-sex hormone, like that's going to give you not just physical changes, but psychological experiences, that you can't just act like they never happened, you can't just take it back.
"And especially with surgeries, you know, a, a breast implant after a mastectomy is not the same thing as never having your breasts taken off in the first place. So there's a lot of young women who are going through that who had a double mastectomy at 16, 17, 18 years old or even younger that happens, who, you know, there's nothing you can really do to put that feeling of oneness and safety in your body back," she said.
Carlson asked if people are listening to Kerschner or shutting her out. YouTube, apparently is shutting her out.
"There's a lot of people out there," Kerschner said, "especially parents who are really thankful for what I'm saying, because they see that their young girl or their young boy is going through this and the school is telling them you need to affirm them, they're trans you need to transition them or their doctors are telling them you need to transition them and these parents, they know that their child should not be having these cosmetic procedures. So there's a lot of parents who are really thankful. There are other young people who are really thankful that I'm saying what I'm saying but obviously, you know, you have the trans activists and the trans community that exhibits some very unhealthy kind of cult-like dynamics, who are really upset about this."
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