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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A former transgender person says allowing transgenders in the military would be "devasting to morale," with over half of them suffering from secondary mental health issues.
Church Militant spoke with Walt Heyer, a former transgender "woman" and founder of the website SexChangeRegret.com and author of several books, including A Transgender's Faith and Genders, Lies and Suicide, about why gender dysphoria would be so devastating to the military.
"Medically speaking, there is no such thing as gender dysphoria," Heyer told Church Militant. The "proof" of the condition is the patient's subjective "feelings" subject to change over time. "There is no way to objectively test or prove gender dysphoria," he clarified.
He said that "100 percent of the time" the person can find the exact moment when they started having these feelings within four to seven questions. It's "usually traumatic, stressful, uncommon events that create deep emotional and psychological wounds," he explained. The anxiety caused by these "horrific events" needs to be addressed by mental health professionals, not treated with cosmetic surgery and hormones.
Louie Gohmert, U.S. congressman from Texas, in a July statement decried Congress' failure to ban funding for transitioning in the military, with the financial and burdensome accommodations ultimately leading to Trump's ban.
"Obama left our military weaker than at any time since before World War II," he said, noting that the moral divide of our country has never been greater.
"This nation is engaged in an undeclared war with some of the most ruthless, evil, heinous, malevolent, tortuous, destructive enemies in the world's history," he added.
Heyer agrees: "The military is a fighting force, not a gender clinic."
Gohmert further explained that military personnel undergoing transitioning are "undeployable" for a minimum of two years, and during that time commanders "are not provided a replacement for that slot in their unit."
"Regrettably, this policy prevents others, willing and able, from fighting in their stead to protect this nation," he continued.
We were advised in a Republican conference meeting that the projected 10-year cost will be $3–4 billion that could be used to actually defend our homeland and liberty. That projected cost is before the military becomes known as the place to have an all-expenses paid sex-change surgery, including meals and housing.
Heyer notes that gender dysphoria has been studied since the early 1900s, and suicide rates for patients have been relatively constant at 40 percent for the past 100 years. As many as 60–70 percent also suffer comorbid disorders not addressed by cosmetic surgery. The emotional issues and increased rates of suicide are conditions that are "not helpful in a fighting force."
Heyer told Church Militant that sex change surgeries often fail, not because of medical complications but because the person still has "comorbid disorders that surgery did not treat." He has spent the past 12 years helping others detransition from the "radical treatment" the medical community continues to push, even "in the absence of scientific evidence that people are better off in the long run."
Heyer notes that sex change regret usually appears 5–15 years after transitioning. When they transitioned, they were told they were "enlightened," and were complimented and affirmed. But even with all the affirmations, they were still unhappy and anxiety-ridden. When someone wants to detransition, "people think you're nuts," said Heyer.
Heyer lived as a woman for eight years and eventually came to accept his biological sex. He explained that sex change surgeries are "only cosmetic," saying that "it is biologically impossible to change a man into a woman or a woman into a man."
Detransitioning is a public admission of a mistake, Heyer noted, adding that the "magnitude of that mistake is horrific." The hardest thing a transgender person must address is not the initial wounds or the admission of the mistake, but the deep regret they feel when they "recognize that their body parts are so mutilated, the damage is so complete, that they cannot live the way they now want to."
He noted that 94 percent of young people grow out of their strong feelings for transitioning. His advice is to "have your strong feelings — you'll grow out of it."