Four brave young women have taken on the bold task of combatting our culture’s popular but extremely harmful views surrounding sex and gender identity. Dagny, Chiara, Jesse and Helena are the faces of the newly launched Pique Resilience Project, a movement designed to support individuals who have been victimized by progressive transgender ideology.
“All four of us experienced Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) and subsequently identified as trans men for several of our teenage years,” the group’s website notes. “We have all since detransitioned/desisted, and have been able to explore other individual factors that may have caused or exacerbated our dysphoria.”
Earlier this month, the group launched a YouTube channel devoted to discussions surrounding “gender transition” and the pressure to define one’s sexual identity at a young age.
In the first video, posted Feb. 1, the young women, ages 20 to 22, share how they came to identify as men. At one point, three out of the four women were taking male hormone supplements to catalyze their physical “transition” from female to male.
Dagny noted that her parents’ encouragement led her to make decisions she would ultimately come to regret.
“I think if I had been made to wait until I was 18, when I was just on the verge of going to college, I would not have started hormones,” she said.
Later in the video, Dagny explained how her transgender identity ultimately stemmed from a desire to feel loved, accepted and happy.
“I think that transitioning both socially and then later medically became this way to inject positive change over my life when at the time I had no control over my life and was super sad,” she said. “But looking back it was probably the most stagnant period of my life so far.”
“I made no new friends,” she added. “I was miserable all the time, my grades were dropping, I was self-harming.”
“I think what I saw as positive change was actually the thing that was dragging me down the most in my life at the time,” Dagny said. “So I honestly can’t see any pros to, at least, my experience with transition.”
Jesse shared that her decision to live “as a man” only served to worsen other already existing mental health issues. She looks back on that period in her teens as a “confusing and deluded” time.
“I completely regret jumping into it,” she said. “I should have just chilled out.”
Helena added that her decision to transition ultimately came down to intense pressure from others. Whenever she voiced any doubts or raised questions, she was “vehemently shot down.”
Paying the price
Chiara also spoke about the pressure to solidify her transgender identity, and the backlash she faced when she dared to change her mind.
“As soon as you start to maybe move away from a trans identity or start to voice things, they call you a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist), or they instantly ostracize you and call you a traitor and fake,” she said. “So it’s very hard to voice doubts and that contributes to not allowing you to voice that or realize that about yourself.”
The Pique Resilience Project website explicitly notes that the group is not conservative.
“All four of us are left-leaning and do not adopt conservative beliefs,” it states. “Conservatives and liberals support or question the trans movement for very different reasons. Most detransitioned and desisted people are assumed to be right-wing, but this is usually not the case.”
The group also is not against transgenderism so much as it seeks to promote an openness to individuals who no longer identify as trans. But for many in the transgender movement, even that is going too far.
Efforts like the Pique Resilience Project should be welcomed by Christian and conservative groups who oppose radical gender ideology. Though these women may be coming from a different political and moral perspective, their experiences speak to the true consequences of living outside God’s design. They may not be able to see exactly why just yet, but the freedom they experienced after breaking away from a transgender lifestyle is a testament to the goodness and beauty of embracing the law written on every human heart.
As our culture continues to push new and confusing views surrounding sex and gender, we need to be praying for our struggling brothers and sisters, that they may find healing and freedom in living out God’s plan for their lives.
To learn more about the Pique Resilience Project, click here.