He began to believe it was true

But it’s definitely not a social contagion at all, definitely not.

Ollie Davies was 26 years old and at the lowest ebb of his life when he made a decision to come out as a trans woman.

Estranged from his family, he was suffering depression, anxiety and behavioural problems as well as a crisis of self-identity. He existed in what felt like a dissociative state. “I felt as if I had no free will,” Mr Davies says. “I was completely nihilistic and lonely and self-­hating and had no self-esteem. I was experiencing a total loss of identity and lack of sense of self.”

Mr Davies, who was openly ­bisexual, had never questioned his gender identity as a child or young adult. But when people within his group of queer activist friends repeatedly suggested to him that he was trans, he began to believe it was true.

“Ultimately it came from suggestions from others, people just started suggesting that I question my gender,” Mr Davies said.

That’s not possible. It never happens. People never suggest. It all comes from Within. It’s a condition of The Soul.

When Mr Davies announced his decision to transition, the ­affirmation was immediate and intoxicating.

“Everyone I knew put trans people on a pedestal,” Mr Davies says. “It was fashionable. I knew it would be celebrated and ­promoted. At first it was euphoric. I felt like coming out as trans was my coming home and the key to everything that was wrong in my life.”

On a pedestal? Fashionable? Celebrated and promoted? But how can that be when we’re told it’s the most vulnerable, the most despised, the most persecuted?

Trans health doctors under AusPath insist a mental health assessment is not required in order to facilitate a person to transition because “being trans is not a ­pathology”.

That seems like a remarkably irrelevant “because.” The issue is whether doctors should be messing around with people’s bodies in very drastic ways simply on the strength of assertions of being the opposite sex.

Mr Davies believes that if doctors probe the motivations of many young people who present with gender confusion, they would discover external factors were sometimes heavily at play.

“I think there is a massive population of people who actually don’t have gender dysphoria who are now either being pushed toward or themselves being drawn toward this gender affirmative care pathway,” he says.

“It has infiltrated the culture, it comes from doctors, it comes from the school curriculum, it comes from the media, it comes from ­social media, it comes from the peak LGBTQIA+ organisations and the marketing that they put out, it’s everywhere, telling you if you don’t feel like you fit the stereotype, you might be trans. For me, it felt like I’d pretty much been involved in a cult.”

Telling you if you don’t feel like you fit the stereotype, you might be trans and if you are you will be praised and flattered and all but deified. Why would you not take the bait?

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