Chloe Cole, a 17 year old California girl who once identified as transgender and took hormones and underwent surgery to affirm such an identity spoke out in favor of a Florida rule blocking Medicaid funds from paying for medical interventions for gender dysphoria.
After taking puberty blockers and having surgery when she was 13, Chloe Cole disclosed that the damage to her body was irreversible and painful.
Chloe Cole stated that it has left her unlikely to be able to have children and unable to breastfeed if she can because she had a double mastectomy.
Due to her invasive treatment, she may also be at risk for certain types of cancer – including cervical cancer.
Chloe revealed her trauma in heartbreaking testimony during a hearing on reimbursements being made to those seeking hormone therapy in Florida.
It comes after Governor Ron DeSantis last month moved to ban transition therapies for children and revoke Medicaid support for trans adults’ treatments in the state.
The Republican state leader backed a letter sent by the state surgeon general , who DeSantis appointed to his post in February.
Joseph Lapado urged Florida’s Board of Medicine establish a new ‘standard of care’ for treating minors considering a transition.
Chloe, from Central Valley in California, told a hearing of Medicaid officials in Tallahassee on Friday: ‘No child should have to experience what I have.’
The teen said: ‘No child should have to experience what I have. My consent was not informed.’
She said therapists told her prior to transitioning she did not understand the ramifications.
At one point, she said: ‘I was unknowingly physically cutting off my true self from my body, irreversibly and painfully.’
Chloe added: ‘That realization, actually, was one of the biggest things that led to me realizing that this was not the path that I should have taken.’
Later, she was asked what her advice to the public would be. She replied: ‘Do not transition your kids.’
The youngster was ‘medically transitioned’ between the ages of 13 and 16, having her mastectomys at 15 in June 2020.