The first person to have their gender recognized as non-binary has legally reclaimed his birth name and male birth status and is now renouncing gender identity as fraud and pseudoscience.
On Christmas Eve, Multnomah County, Oregon, Circuit Court Judge Patricia L. McGuire signed a “General Judgment Regarding Change of Name and Sex” restoring Jamie Shupe’s sex to male and his name to James Clifford Shupe.
“It should have never happened,” said Shupe, who’s lived in Ocala with his wife of 32 years, Sandy, since July of 2018. “It was based on lies and pushed by the transgender community.”
It was the same Oregon court that made the landmark decision in August 2016 that changed Shupe’s status from female, which he had identified as for several years, to neither male nor female.
“It has taken a lot of courage and prayer to unwind all the deceit,” he said. “I still have the same mental health issues and I still struggle. But I’m better off in the sense that I’m not fighting against my body and the delusion that I’m not a male. It was all a sham.”
Beginning with his decision to live as a transgender female – Jamie Shupe – in early 2013, and especially later when he pursued the non-binary status, Shupe’s story was covered by major news outlets with Shupe becoming an icon of the LGBT community.
Now Shupe, a retired decorated military veteran who served in the United States Army from 1982-2000, says it was all based on pseudoscience and psychiatric fraud, beginning when he was misdiagnosed by Department of Veterans Affairs doctors at 49-years-old when he sought help for an array of mental health issues stemming from severe childhood sexual and physical abuse.
The 56-year-old said he suffered from PTSD, bipolar disorder, panic attacks and at the time, undiagnosed autogynephilia, a term coined by psychiatrist and sexologist Dr. Ray Blanchard. Largely rejected by the transgender community, the disorder is defined as a male being sexually aroused at the thought of having a female body.
“Instead of getting me into the intensive therapy I needed, the doctors rubber-stamped me with Gender Dysphoria and I was convinced that becoming a female would cure my mental illness,” said Shupe, who began taking female hormones and living as a woman with the goal of having sex reassignment surgery.
“I ended up in the psych ward three times because of all the hormones I was taking,” said Shupe, who by then had changed his name to gender-neutral Jamie Shupe and gained legal status as a female.
Three years after his transition began in 2013, reality caught up with the Washington, D.C. native and he decided to pursue the genderless status as a compromise.
“I didn’t feel or look like a woman; I had to do something to save face after all the news coverage though,” said Shupe.
But Shupe maintains his binary court case was tainted from the beginning because the judge overseeing it had a transgender child and didn’t read any of the court documents detailing his myriad of mental health issues.
Shupe said he found God in 2018 and his Christian faith is what gave him the strength and courage to reclaim and embrace his true identity as a husband, father and biological male.
In early 2019, he wrote he had de-transitioned and was living as a male, and renounced all ties to the transgender community
He said he had no choice but to pursue the court decision. Besides the legal quagmire of still being considered non-binary, there was an even bigger issue at heart.
“The LGBT activists kept using my name in court cases,” he said. “They were steadily filing court cases and casting me in a false light, even though they knew I had reclaimed my birth sex.”
“I couldn’t walk away into obscurity; I had to do this,” said Shupe. “Now they can’t use my name to advance their agenda.”
The father of one said he now plans to spend his time dispelling the falsehoods of transgenderism.
“The left and the LGBT community are scaring parents whose children perceive themselves as a feminine boy or masculine girl into believing it is either transition or suicide for their kids,” said Shupe. “But they know who they gave birth to – a boy or a girl. They need mental health counseling, not surgery.”