How to Submit your story of Gender Transition, Detransition, and/or Desistance
Submit the text of your story in the body of an email, in a text or Word document (.txt, .docx), or as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions will be published on our website and to our social media accounts. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Read our disclaimer here.
Feeling stuck in your writing process? Check out the writing prompts at the bottom of this page!
1. Detrans Voices story submissions are open to anyone has a history of detransition, desistance from transgender self-identification, or a history of reidentification with their birth sex/gender.
2. Written stories should be between 500 and 2,500 words.
3. Include a byline.
Include a byline to accompany your story. This can include descriptors of your detransition/desistance status, your sex, your age, and/or your location. Optional: include your name or a pseudonym. (Examples: written by detrans female, 28, Virginia, USA; by Adam, desisted male, 18, Australia; SillyPseudonym, detransitioned female, UK).
4. Share only what you would like others to know.
As detransitioners and desisters, our full stories may contain sensitive information about our health, social lives, and trauma histories. Even with the expectation of anonymity, sharing intimate details of our pain and our lives may have emotional and psychological consequences if we see others reacting to or discussing our story online. We will trust you to use your own discretion and share what you feel comfortable sharing.
In writing your story, consider that identifying information may make it possible for people reading your story to connect it back to you. Transgender communities are small, and detransitioners and desisters make up an even smaller number of people. If you’re concerned about this, consider omitting identifying information to keep your story confidential (such as age, sex, race, details about family members, details about profession/job, your city, etc.).
Please be aware that while we will do our best to keep your contact information confidential, email is not a 100% secure means of communication. We use an encrypted email server to provide a higher level of security than is offered by most email providers.
6. Visual Graphics and Sticker Printing
With your permission, we may create a visual graphic with a quote from your story to publish on our website, social media, and/or print as a sticker to distribute for free. Let us know if there is a key idea from your story you would like us to emphasize. If we are interested in creating a visual graphic or sticker using a quote from your story, we will reach out to you, and you can choose whether to have your quote used.
7. At this time, we only have the capacity to accept stories written in English and Spanish.
Submit your visual art
We welcome your visual art related to dysphoria, detransition, and desistance to publish on our website and social media accounts. This can be published alongside your written story or on its own. We can accept visual art submissions as digital files via email.
Want more prompts? Contact us at [email protected] to join one of our upcoming writing groups.
Do you remember the earliest times when you started to feel like you were different from other girls or boys? What messages did you get from adults and kids, and what was that experience like? Do you think it played a role in the development of your self-concept related to gender identity, or your experiences of dysphoria?
What were the main internal experiences you had that you labeled as gender dysphoria? Do you still have those experiences, and how do you think about them? Do you have ways that you attempt to heal them or manage them?
Did your friendships, and beliefs within social groups you belonged to, affect your image of yourself and your gender identity? What messages from others did you receive about your gender identity?
What have your experiences with therapy been like, and how do you feel about the guidance you received from doctors and other medical professionals? How has that played a part in your experiences of dysphoria and gender identity?
Do you remember when you first started doubting whether you wanted to continue transitioning, or doubting your trans identity? How much time went by between those first thoughts and fully desisting/detransitioning, and what was the time in between like for you?
Have your hobbies and activities (such as art, writing, music, sports, or spending time in nature) played a role in your concept of yourself, and your transition and detransition / desistance?