An Irreversible And Dangerous Decision

Jan 10, 2023

Corinna was born male. At 19, he underwent what was then called “sex reassignment surgery.” Now approaching 50, Corinna has a warning for the kids being groomed and the medical “professionals” all too eager to mutilate them. He is now sharing his experience, as it “might be helpful for young people, and their parents, to hear what I wish I had known.”

Eighty cities and states across the country have banned Christian mental health counseling for body dysphoria, transgenderism and unwanted same sex behaviors. But Liberty Counsel is fighting back.

Read on to learn what we are doing to keep mental health counseling LEGAL and available to fight the growing push to de-sex our children. — Mat

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Corinna wishes he had known more when he signed up for “sex reassignment surgery” at just 19 years old. But with nearly 50 years of life experience behind him now, Corinna realizes that at 19, “I wasn’t old enough to make that decision.”

As an awkward and perhaps late blooming teen growing up in the 1980s, Corinna did not fit in with his oversexualized peers. He was a virgin at a time when virginity was decidedly uncouth among his peers.

With the wisdom that often only comes with age, Corinna now realizes “I chose an irreversible change before I’d even begun to understand my sexuality.”

At 19, “I once believed that I would be more successful finding love as a woman than as a man,” Corinna says. Corinna was drawn into early internet chat boards in which he says strangers “offered an inexhaustible source of validation and acceptance” for mutilating his body in hopes of finding love.

Corinna now recognizes he had gender dysphoria, anxiety and depression. But most of all, he carried a “severe sense of dread” about his own body. “I was not prepared for puberty, nor for the strong sexual drive typical for my age and sex.”

In fact, Corinna suffered from classic body dysphoria — a medical condition that has been well documented by medical professionals for over 100 years. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) characterizes body dysphoria as psychiatric condition in which “a distressing or impairing preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect” in one’s body becomes obsessive.

Body dysphoria has been successfully treated with mental health counseling. But “alternative lifestyle” propaganda and online LGBTQ “groomers” now push to normalize the mutilation of bodies as the “cure” for dysphoria.

The truth is surgery does NOT stop dysphoria. Multiple studies have shown extremely high rates of continued body dysphoria, and even suicide, among those who undergo these mutilating surgeries.

Corinna, sadly, now understands this all too well. “Surgery unshackled me from my body’s urges, but the destruction of my gonads introduced a different type of bondage.”

There is no way to undo the surgery he received. Corinna is a man with a mutilated body chained to hormonal drugs.

“From the day of my surgery, I became a medical patient and will remain one for the rest of my life,” Corinna says. “I must choose between the risks of taking exogenous estrogen, which include venous thromboembolism and stroke, or the risks of taking nothing, which includes degeneration of bone health. In either case, my risk of dementia is higher, a side effect of eschewing testosterone.”

Immaturity coupled with a lack of steadying influences and mental health counseling completely altered the trajectory of Corinna’s life.

More than 80 cities and states around the country have banned Christian mental health counseling for body dysphoria, transgenderism and unwanted same sex desires that could have helped Corinna and others like him.

Liberty Counsel had a recent win in Otto v. City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County, in which a federal court of appeals overturned such counseling bans. As a result, people in Georgia, Alabama and Florida are now free to receive the lifesaving Christian counseling they need to treat their gender dysphoria.

NO government should EVER be able to tell people they cannot seek counseling that aligns with their religious beliefs. Nor should any government condemn its citizens to a lifetime of misery and deception.

Although we had a great victory in the Otto case, we have many more challenges to bring. And we need to get one of these cases to the Supreme Court to strike down all such counseling bans.

We need YOUR HELP to keep fighting for America’s children in courtrooms across America. Please contribute to our legal fund today and have YOUR IMPACT DOUBLED by a generous Challenge Grant.

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel


Cohn, Corinna. “What I wish I’d known when I was 19 and had sex reassignment surgery.” The Washington Post, April 11, 2022.

Phillips, Katharine A., Sabine Wilhelm, Lorrin M. Koran, Elizabeth R. Didie, Brian A. Fallon, Jamie Feusner, and Dan J. Stein. 2010. “Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Some Key Issues for DSM-V.” Depression and Anxiety 27 (6): 573–91.