Boy Transitions To Female Before Deciding He's Male (Photos)

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A boy who began transitioning to female when he was 12 now says he wants to be a boy again.

Patrick Mitchell started taking estrogen hormones in 2015 after being diagnosed with gender dysphoria. He said the idea of changing genders first occurred to him at the age of 7, when he heard about transgender people while at a friend's house.

"It was the first time I'd heard the phrase 'trans,' and because I'd always identified with girls I thought, well, this makes sense, I probably am a girl," Patrick told Woman's Day, according to Now To Love. "I was always more feminine and liked baking, gymnastics and fashion -- my superhero name was Organza Man."

For the next few years, Patrick dealt with bullying at school while gradually transitioning to female.

"When everyone went to sleep I'd stay up late researching trans people and potential surgeries that I could have to make me look more feminine," he said. "It was so hard to wake up every morning and see something new on my body, or that I'd grown. It was so depressing -- I hated looking in the mirror. I didn't know who the person staring back at me was."

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Patrick's mother, Alison, eventually decided that he should be homeschooled. It was around this time that she asked him whether he felt that he was transgender.

"I'd seen a story on TV about transgender people," Alison said. "I said to Patrick, 'I'm not saying this is you, but I think we should speak to somebody about it.'"

"I hadn't even finished the sentence and he had the biggest smile on his face. I hadn't seen him smile for months," she added.

A doctor diagnosed Patrick with gender dysphoria, and soon he was taking hormones to facilitate his transition.

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But things took an unexpected turn two years later, when a teacher described Patrick as "one of the girls." Suddenly he had a change of heart.

"I began to realize I was actually comfortable in my body. Every day I just felt better," Patrick explained, adding, "I wasn't nervous to tell mom of my decision -- she'd been so open and supportive of me in my transition."

Alison recalled the moment her son confessed to her that he felt like a boy after all.

"He looked me in the eye and said, 'I'm just not sure that I am a girl,'" she told "60 Minutes," according to the Daily Mail.

Patrick is no longer taking the hormone medication, and he and his mother are hoping that his transition back to male goes smoothly.

Whatever happens, Alison said she will always admire her son for his courage.

"That moment between parent and child when you know it's taken every drop of courage for that child to speak up," she told Woman's Day. "I didn't know what the coming days would bring, but I knew his thoughts had caught up with his body."

Sources: Now To Love, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Nick Youngson via The Blue Diamond Gallery / Embedded Images: "60 Minutes" via Daily Mail

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