After a transsexual who was born male decided to reclaim the gender with which he was born, the California courts fought him. For 28 years. At issue was the designation on his birth certificate. He just recently obtained a corrected document, 28 years after first seeking it.
It took Walter Heyer no more than 90 days in 1983 to legally become a woman, but after realizing his “sex reassignment surgery” was a grave mistake he was confronted with a judiciary stacked with activist judges who share a secularist ideology.
“You say you are a transgender and you go to the courts and say you want to change from male to female, they think you are perfectly sane – that you are just fine,” he said. “If you go back to court, and this is what many of the de-transitioners – what we laugh about is, if you say you want to de-transition, everybody thinks you are nuts. So you are perfectly sane to be transgender, but you are nuts if you don’t want to be.”
Heyer struggled with gender dysphoria from as early as the age of four. He blames the sexual abuse he experienced from a male family member and his grandmother’s decision to secretly clothe him as a girl as a child for his confused perspective on his gender identity.
He underwent a sex change operation, hormone therapy and began living his life as Laura in 1983. “I thought I was perfectly fine for the first few years,” he explained. During his time as a woman he extensively examined psychological studies which contended transgenderism is an emotional, psychological and psychiatric disorder. When he began to “embrace a relationship with Jesus Christ,” ultimately “reality … set in.”
In 2012, the APA eliminated their ‘DSM’ diagnostic term “gender identity disorder,” long considered stigmatizing by mental health specialists and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists. That old diagnosis meant that a man who believed he was destined to be a woman was considered mentally ill. No longer so. The new DSM refers to “gender dysphoria,” which focuses the attention on only those who feel distressed by their gender identity.
This diagnoses was not changed because of new science. It was done through pressure by activists within the APA and by activists with the disorder, which is reflected in this quote:
“I think it’s a significant change,” said Jack Drescher, a member of the American Psychiatric Association group that made the recommendation after working on it for four years. “It’s clinically defensible, but it reduces the amount of stigma and harm that existed before.” Drescher said there had been calls to remove the diagnosis altogether just as homosexuality was removed from the DSM in 1973 (also the result of activism, not science) Drescher said he believes that removal changed world opinion on homosexuality.
Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Jon Meyer developed a means of following up with adults who received sex-change operations at John Hopkins in order to see how much the surgery had helped them. To date he has found that most of the patients he track down some years after their surgery were contented with what they had done and that only a few regretted it. (U.S. and Holland studies found that approximately 20% regret their surgery)But in every other respect, they were little changed in their psychological condition. They had much the same problems with relationships, work, and emotions as before. The hope that they would emerge now from their emotional difficulties to flourish psychologically had not been fulfilled. They were no better in their psychological integration or any easier to live with. Up to 18% of them had attempted suicide after living as their new gender.
These findings clearly point out that changing a diagnoses doesn’t change a problem. All God’s people should be treated with dignity, but pretense, and ignoring the real root problems a person is suffering with is not compassion. It may feel good, but it doesn’t do good.