Sex changes 'fixed nothing,' says regretful transgender

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Michael F. Haverluck (

After having two sex changes, author and speaker Walt Heyer knows the pitfalls of being a transgender and says that the new movement with Bruce Jenner as the poster boy does not lead to happiness, but to despair and regret.

A Closer Look“Bruce Jenner and Diane Sawyer could benefit from a history lesson,” Heyer expressed in a piece on Public Discourse. “I know, because I suffered through ‘sex change’ surgery and lived as a woman for eight years. The surgery fixed nothing — it only masked and exacerbated deeper psychological problems.”

Heyer stressed that simply examining the problems associated with transgenderism would change America’s take on the issue.

“The dark and troubling history of the contemporary transgender movement, with its enthusiastic approval of gender-reassignment surgery, has left a trail of misery in its wake,” Heyer expressed.

Heyer insists that if people knew what real transgenders went through after having the life-changing surgery, they wouldn’t be naively cheering on Jenner.

“The beginnings of the transgender movement have gotten lost today in the push for transgender rights, acceptance and tolerance,” Heyer asserts. “If more people were aware of the dark and troubled history of sex-reassignment surgery, perhaps we wouldn’t be so quick to push people toward it.”

The forefathers of transgenderism

According to Heyer, the debate over whether sex change surgery is beneficial or harmful was decided more than half a century ago.

“The setting for the first transgender surgeries (mostly male-to-female) was in university-based clinics, starting in the 1950s and progressing through the 1960s and the 1970s,” Heyer informed. “When the researchers tallied the results and found no objective proof that it was successful — and, in fact, evidence that it was harmful — the universities stopped offering sex-reassignment surgery.”

But despite clinical evidence proving its detrimental effects, the LGBT movement presses ahead full throttle.

“Since then, private surgeons have stepped in to take their place,” Heyer continued. “Without any scrutiny or accountability for their results, their practices have grown, leaving shame, regret and suicide in their wake.”

Heyer stresses the importance of understanding the mindset of those behind the founding fathers of the transgender movement, noting that all three of the men were pedophilia activists.

“The story starts with the infamous Dr. Alfred Kinsey, a biologist and sexologist whose legacy endures today,” Heyer pointed out. “Kinsey believed that all sex acts were legitimate — including pedophilia, bestiality, sadomasochism, incest, adultery, prostitution and group sex. He authorized despicable experiments on infants and toddlers to gather information to justify his view that children of any age enjoyed having sex. Kinsey advocated the normalization of pedophilia and lobbied against laws that would protect innocent children and punish sexual predators.”

Adding to the list, Kinsey wanted to make psychological abnormalities manifest themselves physically, as well.

“Transsexualism was added to Kinsey’s repertoire when he was presented with the case of an effeminate boy who wanted to become a girl,” Heyer explained. “Kinsey consulted an acquaintance of his, an endocrinologist by the name of Dr. Harry Benjamin. Transvestites, men who dressed as women, were well-known. Kinsey and Benjamin saw this as an opportunity to change a transvestite physically, way beyond dress and make-up. Kinsey and Benjamin became professional collaborators in the first case of what Benjamin would later call ‘transsexualism.’”

And the third founder of the movement, Dr. John Money, used deceit to push transgenderism forward, telling the parents of a two-year-old boy with a botched circumcision that the best way to remedy the problem was to physically change his genitalia into a girl’s. Naively following their doctor’s advice, the parents went ahead with it. The biologically born boy was extremely depressed at the age by 12, so the parents told their son — who was told up until then that he was a girl — the truth. He went on to disassociate himself from Money and undo the gender change to live as a boy.

Clinical evidence against transgenderism

Besides results from Johns Hopkins University showing that sex change surgery provides no relief, Heyer also points to research conducted by Benjamin’s partner, endocrinologist Charles Ihlenfeld.

“Ihlenfeld worked with Benjamin for six years and administered sex hormones to 500 transsexuals,” Heyer divulged. “Ihlenfeld shocked Benjamin by publicly announcing that 80 percent of the people who want to change their gender shouldn’t do it. Ihlenfeld said: ‘There is too much unhappiness among people who have had the surgery … Too many end in suicide.’”

Personal testimony against changing genders

Heyer went on to tell how he suffered as a result of physicians’ failures to come to terms with the results of medical research so that they could continue to promote an agenda.

“In 1981, I sought out Dr. Paul Walker [a friend of Benjamin and Money] to ask him, the man who wrote the standards of care, for help,” Heyer recounted. “Walker said I was suffering from gender dysphoria. A mere two years after both the Hopkins study and the public statements of Ihlenfeld drew attention to the increased suicide risk associated with gender change, Walker, even though he was completely aware of both reports, signed my approval letter for hormones and surgery.”

The process was a failure — so much so that Heyer cannot stand by as people like Bruce Jenner encourage others to step onto a path of depression, regret and destruction.

“Under his guidance, I underwent gender reassignment surgery and lived for eight years as Laura Jensen, female,” Heyer retold. “Eventually, I gathered the courage to admit that the surgery had fixed nothing — it only masked and exacerbated deeper psychological problems. The deception and lack of transparency I experienced in the 1980s still surround gender change surgery today. For the sake of others who struggle with gender dysphoria, I cannot remain silent.”

Heyer explains that the true villains in the matter aren’t those opposed to transgenderism — but rather the doctors.

“It is intellectually dishonest to ignore the facts that surgery never has been a medically necessary procedure for treating gender dysphoria and that taking cross-gender hormones can be harmful,” Heyer argues. “Modern transgender activists, the descendants of Kinsey, Benjamin and John Money, keep alive the practice of medically unnecessary gender-change surgery by controlling the flow of published information and by squelching research and personal stories that tell of the regret, unhappiness and suicide experienced by those who undergo such surgery. Negative outcomes are only acknowledged as a way to blame society for its transphobia.”

Heyer attests that the promotion of LGBT rights as a civil rights issue is keeping countless people suffering from gender confusion from getting the help they need — which isn’t surgery, hormones or the celebration of a harmful lifestyle.

“Transgender clients who regret having taken this path are often full of shame and remorse,” Heyer contends. “Those who regret their decision have few places to turn in a world of pro-transgender activism. For me, it took years to muster the courage to stand up and speak out about the regret.”

Truth and transparency are two things that Heyer wishes would emerge to shine some light on the deceptions behind today’s transgender social and medical movement.

“I only wish Dr. Paul Walker had been required to tell me about both reports when I consulted him: the Hopkins study showing surgery did not alleviate severe psychological problems, and Ihlenfeld’s observation of the continuing transgender unhappiness and high incidence of suicide after hormones and surgery,” Heyer concluded. “This information might not have stopped me from making that disastrous decision — but at least I would have known the dangers and pain that lay ahead.”


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