‘It Destroyed My Body’: Here’s Why This Former Trans Woman Regrets His Gender Transition

Heyer was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, transitioned to a woman, and then transitioned back. He wants to warn others of the dangers of encouraging children to identify as another sex.

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A man who once transitioned to a woman said the process destroyed his body and that it is “categorically impossible for anyone to change their innate chemistry” in an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Walt Heyer’s grandmother dressed him as a girl in a purple dress when he was between the ages of four and six, Heyer said. Though Heyer described how he initially enjoyed the extra attention he received from his grandmother’s affirmations, he said her actions later caused him to experience gender dysphoria.

“Affirmation of cross gender/sex identities is child abuse, and I have been dealing with the consequences in my life for 75 years,” he warned. (RELATED: How Drag Queen Story Hour Expanded Across America)

Heyer underwent cross-gender hormone therapy and obtained a surgical gender change in 1983 at age 42, he said. This took place after he was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, which “involves a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify,” according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Though he lived for eight years as a woman, Laura Jensen, he said he still had gender dysphoria and eventually became suicidal. Heyer transitioned back to a man in 1999 and underwent psychotherapy to “resolve having been sexually abused and cross dressed and affirmed by my grandmother.”

“Through hard work and effective psychological counseling, I resolved the wounds of the past and my desire to be a woman dissipated,” he wrote in an op-ed for the Federalist in January. “I re-identified as Walt Heyer legally and socially, removed the breast implants, and with the support of an amazing group of friends, built my life anew, this time on psychological wholeness.”

After being happily married for 22 years, he said he feels obliged to share his story and warn others. Heyer wrote a book on  “Trans Life Survivors” and runs the website Sex Change Regret in attempts to raise awareness about people who regret their transitions.

Not only does Heyer regret his own gender transition — he said he is opposed to encouraging children who might want to transition and called such affirmation “child abuse.”

His gender transition “was totally unnecessary,” Heyer explained to the DCNF, noting that he wishes his medical providers had helped him examine his psychological distress before they performed the gender transition and gave him hormone therapy.

“The idea you can change your gender/sex is a folly,” he explained. “It destroyed my body, caused my divorce and ended my career, all for nothing, a total waste of my life during the 8 years as Laura.”

Mary Margaret Olohan

Mary Margaret Olohan is a reporter for The Daily Signal.