The Left is howling with indignation over President Donald Trump’s announcement that so-called transgendered Americans will not be allowed to serve in the military. But instead of browbeating conservatives for our alleged “hate” of trans people, perhaps they should spend some time listening to the firsthand experiences of one.
The Daily Signal has published a piece by Walt Heyer, who supports Trump’s decision…and “as someone who lived as trans-female for several years,” he writes, “I should know.”
Heyer is an author, public speaker, and proprietor of SexChangeRegret.com. He sees it as his mission to educate the public about people who have suffered “tragic consequences” following efforts to change their own gender.
He notes that gender dysphoria, the feeling that one’s biological sex and gender identity are mismatched, “develops from prolonged anxiety and depression,” not an actual dichotomy between mind and body, and can of course change with time. Such mental unrest, he states, obviously doesn’t fit with the military’s need for “psychologically fit, emotionally sound, highly trained troops to protect our nation from its enemies.”
Heyer also explains that for all the money that would have been spent on sex change surgery for trans soldiers, the changes are cosmetic at best and don’t treat the underlying mental issues — as evidenced by the fact that trans people attempt suicide at a rate nine times that of the US population, and “Even after the full surgical change, they attempt to end their lives, or tragically succeed.”
But the most important thing to take away from Heyer’s piece is his personal experience struggling with gender dysphoria, and the experiences of people he’s met through his work:
I myself was fully sex-reassigned from male to female, and eventually came to accept my birth gender.
I have over 70 years of firsthand life experience, eight years of living as a woman, 20 years of researching the topic, and 12 years of helping others who, like me, found that transitioning and reassignment surgery failed to be proper treatment and want to restore their lives to their birth gender […]
I hear from people who experienced firsthand how damaging and unnecessary reassignment surgeries were. For them, the sex change failed to resolve the emotional and psychological disorders that drove the desire to change gender […]
Beyond the financial cost, there’s the question of the service member’s military readiness during their transition or detransition, as the process often comes with a great deal of anxiety and emotional instability.
I know of many who have struggled to adapt to the new gender role for years after reassignment surgery.
Powerful words…that will certainly fall on deaf ears with the average liberal. The Left doesn’t care about our military, and in truth they don’t even really care about trans people. Their adoption of the LGBT banner has nothing to do with helping any American find healing or happiness, and everything to do with tearing down anything that smacks of tradition, judgment, or objective truth.
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