Schoolboy speaks out about transitioning to female and then back to male

Schoolboy speaks out about transitioning to female and then back to male

The boy had refused to return to school due to bullying (Stock image)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

An Australian schoolboy has spoken out about transitioning to a girl and then transitioning back to a boy.

Patrick Mitchell spoke to Woman's Day and revealed that he is now having excess breast tissue removed, which will be the final stage of transitioning back to a boy.

He said that he first felt like he may be female when he was just seven years old and visited a friends house, where they began talking about transgender people.

Mitchell revealed: “It was the first time I’d heard the phrase ‘trans’, and because I’d always identified with girls 
I thought, well, this makes sense, I probably am a girl.

“When everyone went to sleep I’d stay up late researching trans people and potential surgeries that I could have to make me look more feminine."

Two years ago, at the age of 12, he had refused to go back to school due to bullying and his mother spoke to him about the possibility of being transgender.

He said that he didn't feel comfortable in his body and "hated looking in the mirror." The child was then diagnosed with gender dysphoria and started transitioning to a female.

However he explained that at the start of this year a teacher called him "one of the girls" and said “I began to realise I was actually comfortable in my body. Every day I just felt better."

Mitchell said he wasn't nervous to tell his mum this, and although she was surprised she was proud he had been able to speak out, Alison said: “I felt my heart sing in that exchange."