A man who began transitioning into a female is now accusing the medical establishment of peddling lies and misleading people who suffer from gender dysphoria.
Walt Heyer didn’t start trying to transition until he was 42. In short order he went from hormones to a sex-change, including full genital reconfiguration and breast implants. But now he says that he was mistreated and lied to by his doctors.
Heyer took to the pages of USA Today this week to warn others who suffer gender dysphoria.
I started my transgender journey as a 4-year-old boy when my grandmother repeatedly, over several years, cross-dressed me in a full-length purple dress she made especially for me and told me how pretty I was as a girl. This planted the seed of gender confusion and led to my transitioning at age 42 to transgender female.
I lived as “Laura” for eight years, but, as I now know, transitioning doesn’t fix the underlying ailments.
Heyer added that as a young man he tried to live a normal life. He married and had kids, but he still had mental issues.
“By the time I was 40, I couldn’t take the pressure of living two separate lives. I felt torn apart, wanting to be a good husband and father, but in severe torment about needing to be a woman,” he said.
Heyer ended up divorcing and then trying his hand at becoming a women with the advice of medical professionals who told him that it was the only way to solve his mental crisis.
But the whole scheme was a false solution. His problem was not solved by becoming transgender. So, he felt forced to begin reversing what was done to him.
After de-transitioning, I know the truth: Hormones and surgery may alter appearances, but nothing changes the immutable fact of your sex. You will hear the media say, ‘Regret is rare.’ But they are not reading my inbox, which is full of messages from transgender individuals who want the life and body back that was taken from them by cross-sex hormones, surgery and living under a new identity.
“Hidden underneath the makeup and female clothing was the little boy hurt by childhood trauma,” Heyer explained. “I was once again experiencing gender dysphoria, but this time I felt like a male inside a body refashioned to look like a woman.”
Heyer now says he would not have suffered so much if he had not been “misled by media stories of sex change ‘success’ and by medical practitioners who said transitioning was the answer to my problems.”
“I wouldn’t have suffered as I have. Genetics can’t be changed,” he concluded. “Feelings, however, can and do change. Underlying issues often drive the desire to escape one’s life into another, and they need to be addressed before taking the radical step of transition.”
Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.