Jaime Shupe made history when they become the first legally non-binary person in the United States. In this post, Jamie shares their story of creating an extensive web-based archive of media stories on trans issues. The research Jamie conducted for this archive contributed to them desisting from identifying as a transwoman and coming to feel strongly that transitioning children and young people is wrong.
This website is very grateful for Jamie sharing their story. The opinions expressed in the story are theirs. The bloggers at this website agree with Jamie that we ought to be offering children alternative, safe, healthy ways of expressing gender variance. Creating a culturally-sanctioned way to do this without resorting to medical intervention is one way to make room for this, as Jamie has done. Unfortunately, there appears to be a trend toward medicalization of non-binary identities, which we do not support.
As the first person in the United States to have their sex legally declared as non-binary by an Oregon court last year, I’ve had a lot of media coverage for that accomplishment. But what’s been essentially missing from that coverage has been the potential implications that my court ruling can have on the future of transgender children. I had high hopes that I would be able to use the platform that my court victory has brought me to effect real change for these kids. That’s what they need, societal change. They don’t need surgical procedures. They don’t need cross-sex hormones. And they certainly don’t need to be sterilized because of their gender nonconformities. These trans and gender nonconforming kids most need to be able to safely and successfully express their gender and uniqueness. That’s what I needed as a child and what I still need as a 53-year-old adult.