Honestly, I feel alive again,” he said about being on testosterone. “I feel energetic. I feel confident. I just, I feel great. And it just goes to show that cross-sex hormones are bad. They’re just bad.”

He said that after getting the surgery, the area is still sore, and he experiences random sharp pains, especially when he is intimate. Kobe also described issues with urinating.

“I don’t think it’ll ever not be an issue,” he said. “I made the decision. I accept that and everything. It’s just something that I have to live with now.”

“I know now that so many people end up taking their own lives after the surgery. And honestly, if they had allowed to invert my genitalia into what looked like a female genitalia, I don’t think I would be here in a couple of years, honestly, because there’s no undoing that.”

Kobe had family acceptance and “passed” as a girl. However, after all the interventions, he was still unhappy.

“I just realized how insane it was. I mean, people were saying trans women get periods, [they] deserved to be in women’s sports, women’s locker rooms with their male genitalia just swinging out, that trans women deserve to be in women’s prison and stuff. I just saw that the rights of trans people were overtaking the rights of women, actual women. And I just couldn’t justify any of that,” he said.

As for what he plans to do in the future, Kobe loves science. He intends to pursue a career where he can care for animals.

“I’ll do biology, and then I’ll go for a year for zoology or something like that. I really want to work with endangered species and stuff like that. It’s just reconnecting with stuff that I used to enjoy before getting sucked into all of this. Because the time I lived as trans, I had no hobbies or interests – I had nothing, really. It was just becoming this caricature of a woman and everything that’s based around that.”

When asked about what he wants people to know about him, Kobe said, “I just want [people] to know that I am strong. I see myself as very strong for what I went through. I’m a pretty compassionate person. I do care about kids that are suffering with gender dysphoria and everything. And I think that they deserve help. But I don’t think that that helps.”

If you are having thoughts of suicide, call or text 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources.