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In 2016, Jamie Shupe, a biological male, made international headlines after an Oregon judge granted him legal status as a “nonbinary” person, legally shedding gender designations that he felt oppressed his true identity as a woman. He had become the first American granted this legal status.
Just three years later, Shupe has renounced his former life, which he now characterizes as a “sham.”
In a personal essay published in the Daily Signal, Shupe, an Army veteran, recounted his story beginning with his longtime struggle with gender dysphoria to his overnight ascension as a “liberal media darling” after his major court win in 2016.
Shupe said he now attributes his former gender confusion to post-traumatic stress disorder, “severe mental health crisis” in 2013, and childhood trauma. In the essay, he laments how “out-of-control, transgender activism” enabled the medical community to indulge his gender fantasies amid a temporary life crisis, a problem he believes is becoming more widespread.
“The best thing that could have happened would have been for someone to order intensive therapy,” Shupe wrote. “[Instead, the doctors] just kept helping me to harm myself.”
Shupe said his landmark court win landed him “instant fame within the LGBT community.” But after he publicly stated his support for President Donald Trump’s transgender military troop ban and his opposition to the “sterilization and mutilation of gender-confused children,” Shupe explained his fame dissipated almost overnight.
“Overnight, I went from being a liberal media darling to a conservative pariah,” Shupe said. “The truth is that my sex change to nonbinary was a medical and scientific fraud.”
In fact, Shupe said his historic legal victory was also fraudulent because the presiding judge had a transgender child.
“I now believe that she wasn’t just validating my transgender identity. She was advancing her child’s transgender identity, too,” Shupe said.
In January, Shupe said he renounced his nonbinary life to reclaim his true biological identity as he was “unable to advance the fraud for another single day.”
“The weight of the lie on my conscience was heavier than the value of the fame I’d gained from participating in this elaborate swindle,” he wrote. “Two fake gender identities couldn’t hide the truth of my biological reality. There is no third gender or third sex. Like me, intersex people are either male or female. Their condition is the result of a disorder of sexual development, and they need help and compassion.”
“I played my part in pushing forward this grand illusion. I’m not the victim here. My wife, daughter, and the American taxpayers are— they are the real victims,” he explained.
Shupe appeared on Fox News Monday to explain his story to Laura Ingraham. Watch that interview below: