As the transgender movement rages in popular culture, those who once lived that lifestyle but now regret that choice, are coming forward to share their stories. Author Walt Heyer chronicles their various journeys in his new book, “Trans Life Survivors” which showcases emails from 30 or so people, selected from hundreds who have written to him, concerning ‘the biggest mistake’ of their lives.” Heyer himself endured a life-long struggle with gender confusion leading him to have a sex-change operation and live as a woman for nearly a decade. He later discovered he was suffering from a mental condition known as “dissociative identity disorder,” or DID.
He realized his disorder was the result of an early childhood trauma, and that the surgery had fixed nothing. “It was becoming very clear that sex change or gender reassignment surgery is not a sex or gender change at all, but a means to living out a masquerade through the destruction of perfectly good sexual organs,” said Heyer, who detransitioned back to a male 25 years ago. Heyers personal struggles in coming out of the lifestyle trusted others to tell their stories to him. They specifically sought out Walt to get some much-needed support. “They’ve shared their lonely, surreal experiences falling down the trans rabbit hole, hoping to escape as he did.”
Explaining why he wrote the book, Heyer writes, “I present this representative group of gut-wrenching personal testimonies to put the transgender advocates on notice: we survivors know there is deep trouble in Trans La La Land.” Heyer notes that while the transgender lobby pushes gender transition as the perfect solution for those struggling with gender dysphoria, the truth is that for many, the novelty of the transition eventually wears off. For those who then seek to de-transition, the backlash can be brutal. “I’m trying to come out as a regretter,” writes Eric. “And I’m finding the community backlash to be difficult and the lack of medical support to be troubling.”
Meanwhile, Heyer cites numerous studies showing that gender dysphoria often co-exists with other mental conditions, such as DID, bipolar disorder, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders. If those other conditions were first treated through cognitive therapy, there’s no telling how much that would alleviate gender dysphoria without any need for invasive surgeries and hormonal treatments. Heyer is hoping his book will shine a light on the problem and help provide much-needed support for those seeking to de-transition. “Regretters need people around them to lend strength for the journey and people willing to listen and cheer them on,” he said.
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