Shrinking to survive: A former trans man reports on life inside queer youth culture

Please read this important post from a lesbian detransitioner.


Max Robinson is a 20-year-old lesbian who recently detransitioned after 4 years of hormone replacement therapy. She underwent a double mastectomy at age 17, performed by plastic surgeon Curtis Crane in San Francisco. Max reports that her gender therapist at the time, Dr Shawn V. Giammatei, wrote letters verifying the immediate medical necessity of these treatments.

Max currently works to provide direct support to developmentally disabled adults living in group homes; she detransitioned on the job in December 2015. Her novel Laika, which tells the story of the little stray dog who was sent outside Earth’s atmosphere in a Soviet satellite, is available digitally or in print here. In addition, Max and her partner collaborate on many graphic art and creative writing projects.

 Max, like many young lesbians of her generation, was led down the path to FTM “transition” as a teen, effectively short circuiting her…

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8 thoughts on “Shrinking to survive: A former trans man reports on life inside queer youth culture

  1. What a shock. MTT are violent and abusive. They take the language of the oppressed and use it to justify their abuse of women.

    And Max read Autostraddle eeeeek!! That website is so awful.

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  2. I became familiar with Max and K on tumblr when I was seeking out like-minded souls. They had secret side-blogs they had started to talk about the truth of these things, but then decided to be open about it and post from their main blogs. To witness the level of hatred poured out on these two was just horrifying. Even last night after the blog was posted, Max was overwhelmed with hateful messages. It is remarkable how cool-headed and kind she and K remain in the face of everything.

    The tumblr trans culture is, on the surface, cult-like and ridiculous at times, but underneath is truly one of the nastiest slices of humanity I’ve seen anywhere in a long time. I’m so glad Max has written about it so explicitly so that others know what’s out there. There’s times I wish there was a way to raise an army against it; there are a lot of lesbian and radfem bloggers doing what they can, but the numbers aren’t in their favor.


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