What Sports Teaches Us About Transition And Gender Dysphoria

“The story is very different for Group Three. In the hope of ridding themselves of their dysphoria they tend to invest heavily in typical male activities. Being largely heterosexual, they marry and have children, hold advanced educational degrees and are involved at high levels of corporate and academic cultures. These are the invisible or cloistered gender dysphorics. They develop an aura of deep secrecy based on shame and risk of ridicule and their secret desire to be female is protected at all costs. The risk of being found out adds to the psychological and physiological pressures they experience. Transitioning from this deeply entrenched defensive position is very difficult. The irony here is that gender dysphoric symptoms appear to worsen in direct proportion to their self-enforced entrenchment in the male world. The further an individual gets from believing he can ever live as a female, the more acute and disruptive his dysphoria becomes.”[Citation]

By the time I decided to transition to becoming a female in early 2013, the Internet literature about transgenderism had me convinced it was basically either transition or commit suicide. Or that if I didn’t commit suicide as a result of not transitioning, then I’d still at best end up as a mental wreck. Dying in my senior years with a deep sense of regret for not having done so was my other option. After five decades of suppressing my feminine gender identity this all made perfect sense to me. It was believable in that mental state.

“On the field, Hahn could forget feeling trapped in a body he thought shouldn’t be his. He felt free.”

“After hearing good reports about a clinic in the New Brunswick capital, he also decided to begin his transition to a man.”

“But almost immediately, he was confronting what other transgender athletes in Canada experience: a choice between playing the sports that have become their therapy, or becoming the people they believe they were meant to be.”

“He chose soccer over his transition, though it meant he’d play on the women’s team.”[Citation]

But like many things involving transgenderism, I’ve since learned my way out of this thinking of transition or die, because of observing trans athletes using sports to keep their dysphoria at bay. Which is familiar behavior for me to witness because I’ve seen people in my PTSD support group do the exact same thing — trading one obsessive behavior for another. It’s the same thing I did for decades to survive.

“This year, as soon as Godsey is out of Olympic contention, he will start to medically transition, and his career as an elite athlete will end. “How long could I possibly put off going on testosterone? I’m human,” says Godsey. “I’m human.”[Citation]

Instead of obsessing over their gender identity, these athletes instead choose to become obsessively involved in sports to a degree that it consumes large amounts of time and energy. Clearly this is a healthier option.

β€œIt was after I retired and after I had let it all sink in, it was about the time when surgery was (approaching),” Browne told FanRag Sports. β€œI was having some second thoughts. And I thought that those second thoughts were there for a reason. So I decided to take a step back and think about playing again and talk with people and the league. Everything (after that) seemed to kind of fall into place.”[Citation]

The reason I’ve picked up on this behavior of using sports as a cure for gender dysphoria however is not because I’ve seen it just once now — I’ve seen it multiple times in news articles about trans athletes.

“Dr Kenneth Zucker believes autistic traits of “fixating” on issues could convince children they are the wrong sex.”

“Dr Zucker says in the film: “It is possible that kids who have a tendency to get obsessed or fixated on something may latch on to gender.”[Citation]

The biggest takeaway on this lesson is that this behavior destroys the commonly held belief that’s frequently perpetuated on the Internet that it’s transition or die. But we know that’s not true because these athletes are staying healthy and keeping their gender dysphoria in check by simply continuing to play sports. This also says a lot about Dr. Kenneth Zucker’s claim that he believes gender dysphoria may be rooted in autism; because of the way that trans people obsess over their gender identity. If trading the less healthy obsession with transitioning for the healthier obsession of playing sports works, then everyone should take notice.