De-Transitioned Teen Chloe Cole Visits the Treasure Valley During Introduction of Controversial LegislationBy Sarah Clendenon • February 3, 2023
De-transitioned teen Chloe Cole visited the Treasure Valley this week, speaking to two large crowds.
Cole travels the US telling her story of what she experienced as a child being socially and medically transitioned from female to male.
On Wednesday evening she spoke to a crowd at Valley Church in Caldwell. In attendance were Senator Chris Trakel (R-District 11) who cohosted the event, Senator Tammy Nichols (R-District 10), Senator Carl Bjerke (R-District 5), and Caldwell School Board members Travis Manning and Andrew Butler. Caldwell School Board Chair Marisela Pesina was not in attendance, but had recently attended another event entitled “United Against Hate.”
Photo credit: Miste Karlfeldt
The Caldwell School Board and Senator Trakel have been together in the news recently over a proposed District policy regarding gender identity and sexual orientation. You can find that story here.
Cole spoke to The Idaho Dispatch after her address at Valley Church:
Idaho Dispatch Interviews Chloe Cole in Caldwell 2/1/2023 – Rumble
On Thursday Cole spoke to a crowd that included Idaho Legislators in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Idaho Capitol.
Photo credit: Daniel Murphy
Cole’s story begins with her explaining how she was feeling awkward and uncomfortable as a 12-year-old girl. She heard much negativity surrounding womanhood, femininity, and motherhood from women around her, and saw a lot of the same on social media. She speaks of the dangers of social media influencing the self-image of young people.
After deciding she did not want a life as a female, she cut her hair short, wore only boys’ clothing, and changed her name. She told her parents she wanted to be a boy. Her parents sought counseling, which led to a diagnosis of gender dysphoria. They were told the only treatment for gender dysphoria was the transition process.
By 13 she was seeing an endocrinologist who prescribed puberty blockers to stop the female puberty process. Cole says her parents were wary at first, but the doctors were telling them that children know their gender identity for certain from a very young age, and that the regret rate is “clinically insignificant,” 1-2% for transitioning. They were also told Cole would be at a very high risk of suicide if they did not allow this transition. Cole told both Idaho crowds she was not suicidal at that time, only considering suicide after the treatments began causing very uncomfortable side effects.
The first doctor refused to prescribe testosterone, but Cole says she and her parents were able to quickly find another endocrinologist who would. She explains that she experienced, and continues to experience, many unpleasant side effects that were never disclosed to her or her parents as possible outcomes of these treatments. Menopause symptoms were one such example. She said,
“I was 13, going through what women normally go through in their 50s and 60s.”
At the age of 15 Cole underwent a double mastectomy. She speaks of the pain, the skin grafts failing, and the regret she now has. It was after her surgery that she began to realize she missed being a girl. She missed her breasts. She realized the testosterone may prevent her from ever conceiving a child. Even if she can conceive, the mastectomy means she will never breastfeed. In an interview with Catholic News Agency in 2022 she said,
”At 15, I wasn’t really thinking. I was a kid, just trying to fit in — not thinking about the possibility of becoming a parent.”
“I’ll never have the experience, or even the option, of breastfeeding my children and bonding with them in that way.”
Cole describes her experience of ending the transition process. She says the doctors offered no guidance, no assistance in stopping the medications, no help to her. She stopped taking the prescriptions on her own, and describes that she is navigating the effects without guidance from the medical community.
Idaho Dispatch reported on a clinic in Boise at St. Luke’s Hospital that offers these types of treatments to minor children. You can find those articles here and here.
After Cole’s speech in the Lincoln Auditorium, Representative Bruce Skaug (R-District 12) announced he has a bill to address this issue. House Bill 71, seen below, was introduced in the House Judiciary, Rules, and Administration Committee on January 31. The legislation would criminalize puberty blockers, hormone treatments for the purpose of gender transition, and surgery for the purpose of gender transition for minors in the state of Idaho. The crime would be a felony. A similar bill in the 2022 session carried a penalty of life in prison. The current draft has reduced that to 10 years in prison.1_5107231257616450307
Chloe Cole at the Idaho Capitol, pictured with Representative Bruce Skaug. Photo credit: David Pettinger
Cole discusses her story, her struggles, and her mission frequently on her Twitter account. This conversation below took place while she was in Idaho.
There is some opposition to this legislation in Idaho. An organization called NorthEnd.org tweeted this:
They shared a link to The Trevor Project. Their website says, “The Trevor Project’s mission is to end suicide among LGBTQ young people.” Facts About LGBTQ Youth Suicide | The Trevor Project
Rowan Astra recently shared that Satanic Idaho will be performing “Gender Affirming Rituals” at the Idaho Capitol.
Astra tweeted this after Cole’s speech at the Idaho Capitol:
Madeline Buckendorf of Caldwell had this to say on social media,
“One case out of the number of transgender teenagers who have experienced this is not much. Also it is a small number compared to the number of teenagers who have committed suicide over trying to be the gender they want — that is criminal. Listen to some Idaho transgender teenagers who went through the experience and see that it helped them survive their childhood, when their parents didn’t understand. Don’t judge this by one person speaking — hers is certainly not everyone’s experience.”
Tim Beck, son of Ada County Commissioner Rod Beck, added,
“It’s so ridiculous that Conservatives make such a huge deal out of a non-issue. Idaho now has almost 2 million residents and they can’t even find a single case of trans regret so they fly out a grifter who is clearly profiting on Conservatives’ irrational fears. It’s pathetic, now the Legislature has a bill to get the State’s hands down my kid’s pants and take away rights of both body autonomy and parental medical rights.”
Feature photo credit: David Pettinger of The Idaho Dispatch
Tags: Caldwell, Caldwell School Board, Chloe Cole, House Bill 71, House Judiciary and Rules, Idaho Capitol, Idaho House of Representatives, Senator Chris Trakel, Sex reassignment, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Transgender
12 thoughts on “De-Transitioned Teen Chloe Cole Visits the Treasure Valley During Introduction of Controversial Legislation”
I admire Chloe Cole a great deal for speaking out. She is a beautiful, courageous young woman.
Wow wow people are up in arms about this but it seems these same people who complain about hands down someone’s pants did not cry very loud about taking away a woman’s rights to her body. Aka abortion!!!! Sure did not see any posts from them on social media.
Our government was established to protect the fundamental enumerated rights of life, liberty and property. Government did not give us those rights. Everything I’ve seen and read tells me they are inherent to the human condition. Read the constitution and the federalist papers. Abortion is not, nor has it ever been, an enumerated right at the federal level. Roe vs. Wade was as bad a legal decision as Plessy v Ferguson. It invented a “right” out of whole cloth. When the issue came before the Idaho Supreme Court just last month, two of our justices tried to make the Roe argument. Luckily, the other three know how to read.
As someone who has been touched by gender dysphoric teenage suicide and then looking at the stats, I can tell you that there is no difference is suicidal ideation and success pre and post transition. The underlying issues are not fixed by hormone treatments and/or going under the knife. In fact, in my search for answers, I discovered that most teens who experience gender confusion figure it out by early adulthood. The jibes with what is known about cognitive and emotional development which tells us the brain isn’t fully developed until sometime in your early 20s. Protecting minors, who aren’t even allowed to enter into binding legal agreements, from the well documented predatory practices of the medical industry and big pharma is the duty of all of us.
Hopefully this information will inform your opinion before you advocate for positions that are personally and societally detrimental.
This issue is about “protecting children.” It is also about the medical establishment making a lot of money off these poor kids who are gender-confused. I worked in a corporate job for over 20 years and in my job there were claims made by parents of injured children; however, those claims could not be settled or finalized until the child reached a “majority” age because as minors they were not equipped to understand and did not possess the maturity to know the long-term effects of a proposed financial settlement of their claim. NOW, translate that to a “child” seeking to change their SEX through chemicals and surgery! Children do not possess the maturity necessary. This situation needs to be stopped by legislation in Idaho. Once children reach majority age, then if they still want to transition, they can do so as a mature adult. In the meantime this stuff needs to be OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS!! Academics is what public education should be about! STOP these rogue agendas in government education. Get back to basics!
I totally agree with you, Carolyn. Well said.
Carolyn, as usual you are insightful and correct. Your words of wisdom are a blessing.
I am a Trans and have been living as a Woman for the last 30+ years. No regrets. However I do see some sense in banning surgery on anyone under 18. Do nothing that can’t be undone.
We seem to tolerate evil our politicians and special interests bring upon us. As a society we are not able to discern the truth from a lie and good from evil. What are we learning from the churches we attend, the Tv that fills our brains?
Chloe is a brave young woman to speak out and I applaud her. There is no significant suicide rate of so-called “trans” children, so that tweet is a lie. Also, it is a lie that there are few de-transitioners. There are a lot of them, and more all the time.
All the pro-mutilation and sterilization of kids have are lies. I have been sparring with them for 6 years and read debunking stats showing no, trans people are not killed for being trans; and no, kids don’t commit suicide because their parents don’t allow them to mutilate themselves.
I applaud the bill that passed the house and hope the senate will pick it up. There definitely should be criminal charges for doctors to profit off this mania.
Well since all children are a gift from God; and God said “foolishness lies in the heart of every child”…and we can choose to be called a “child of God”…all of mankind have the “free will” to make a choice; however; mankind do not get to choose the consequence of that “free will” choice!! Only God can judge mankind choices!!
The question is still the same “Choose this day who you will serve” and all of God consequences for your choices will follow!! Then if mankind is too stupid to read with understanding…God said “Choose Life!!”