As reported in USA Today, Walt Heyer began his gender dysphoria journey as a 4-year-old boy. His grandmother repeatedly cross-dressed him in a full-length purple dress she made. She told him how pretty he looked as a girl. Eventually, his parents found out about Grandma and his unsupervised visits to her house ended. His teenage uncle heard about the abuse at Grandma’s and felt he was fair game for taunting and sexual abuse.
This planted the seed of gender dysphoria and led to his transitioning at age 42 to transgender female. He lived as “Laura” for eight years. However, it did not fix the underlying ailments.
Studies show that most people who want to live as the opposite sex have other psychological issues, such as depression or anxiety. In Walt’s case, he was diagnosed at age 50 with psychological issues due to childhood trauma.
Gender dysphoria story from The Daily Mail
At 42-years-old, Walt Heyer appeared to be a happily married man with two children. But then he underwent gender reassignment surgery to become a woman. His genitals were removed. Then he received breast implants, treatment to reduce the hair on his face and estrogen hormones.
Walt said that right after becoming a “woman”, he was in a state of euphoria. Then he changed his mind: “You think this is wonderful and fabulous and you think your life’s going to be good and then as time goes on, there’s this funny little thing that happens in life. It’s called reality.”
He later said that procedure had a ‘tremendous, destructive process’ on his life. Mentally and emotionally he reverted back to being a man just eight years later.
He told MailOnline that he should never have been allowed to have the sex change in the first place. He claims hundreds of others are making the same mistake because surgeons are not properly evaluating their motives to change gender.
He was delighted at being a female at first, having felt trapped in the wrong body since he was five years old. While dealing with the difficult physical transition, which he describes as a ‘battle’, he also faced cruel discrimination in his professional life.
He said: ‘I ended up for a long time unemployed and trying to figure out what to do. ‘I went to over 200 interviews before I got a job, because people don’t really want a transgender person – they don’t want to hire them, so it took a long time.’