With so much media attention surrounding the recent sex change of Bruce Jenner to Caityn, Faith Filled Family has shied away from discussing this “hot topic”…. until we came across this article in Onenewsnow.com which offered both an informative and interesting perspective on transgenderism.
The article is about author and speaker Walt Heyer, who knows the pitfalls of being a transgender very well after having two sex changes. He comments that the new movement with Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner glorifying his/her new life does not lead down a road of blissful happiness, but to a lifetime of despair and regret.
In a piece that Heyer wrote on Public Discourse, he comments that Bruce Jenner and Diane Sawyer could benefit from a “history lesson”. In it, he mentions that he suffered through the gender reassignment surgery and lived as a woman for eight years. He says that the surgery did not fix his issues, but exacerbated deeper psychological problems.
Heyer further emphasizes that examining the problems associated with transgenderism would change America’s perspective on the issue. He says that if the public really knew what transgenders when through after having the surgery, they would be supporting Jenner.
“The beginnings of the transgender movement have gotten lost today in the push for transgender rights, acceptance and tolerance,” Heyer asserts. “If more people were aware of the dark and troubled history of sex-reassignment surgery, perhaps we wouldn’t be so quick to push people toward it.”
THE HISTORY OF TRANSGENDERISM
According to Heyer, the discussion over the benefits of gender reassignment surgery were settled over fifty years ago as he discussed the history in his article.
So what happened, and how did we get here today?
Historically, the first transgender surgeries (primarily male to female) were in university clinics beginning in the 1950s and continued into the 60s and 70s. When researchers analyzed the results, they discovered that there was no objective proof that gender reassignment surgery was successful. After uncovering that it was indeed harmful, they stopped offering the surgery.
However, despite being aware of these findings, the LGBT movement agressively pressed ahead.
“Since then, private surgeons have stepped in to take their place,” Heyer stated. “Without any scrutiny or accountability for their results, their practices have grown, leaving shame, regret and suicide in their wake.”
The most shocking part of the history of transgenderism is not that of the surgeries, however. It is in the mindset and thought process of its founding fathers. All three founding fathers of transgenderism were pedophilia activists.
Dr. Alfred Kinsey was a biologist and sexologist who left behind an enduring legacy. Kinsley believed that all sexual acts such as pedophilia, bestiality, sadomasochism, incest, adultery, prostitution, group sex, etc were legitimate. He authorized heinous experiments on babies and toddlers in an attempt to gather information to justify his theory that children of any age enjoy sex. Kinsley was a vocal advocate of the normalization of pedophilia and personally lobbied against laws that protected children and punished sexual predators.
Kinsey added transsexualism to his portfolio when presented with a case of an effeminate boy who wanted to become a girl. Subsequently, Kinsey consulted his acquaintance, endocrinologist Dr. Harry Benjamin, and both individuals saw this as an opportunity to physically change a transvestite beyond just dress and make-up. They became professional collaborators in the first case of what Benjamin later referred to as “transsexualism”.
The third founder of the transgender movement, Dr. John Money, used deceitful methods to push it forward by informing the parents of a two-year old male with a botched circumcision that the best way to remedy the situation was to physically change him into a girl. Unaware of the dangers, the parents proceeded with the surgery. By the age of twelve the boy with the gender reassignment surgery was extremely depressed. The parents were forced to tell their son- who was told and raised as a girl- the truth. The boy disassociated himself from Money and changed back to being a boy.
Clinical evidence against sex reassignment (John Hopkins University) has shown that it provides no relief, and studies conducted by Benjamin’s partner, endocrinologist Charles Ihlenfield supported this finding.
Ihlenfield who worked with Benjamin for six years administered sex hormones to 500 transsexuals. Ihlenfield betrayed Benjamin by publicly announcing that 80% of people who want to change gender shouldn’t go through with it. He further explained that there was too much unhappiness with people who had the surgery and too many ended in suicide.
Heyer’s personal testimony is similar to the findings against sex reassignment surgery. He recounted as to how he suffered as a result of physicians failures to acknowledge the results of medical research in an attempt to promote an agenda.
“In 1981, I sought out Dr. Paul Walker [a friend of Benjamin and Money] to ask him, the man who wrote the standards of care, for help,” Heyer recollects. “Walker said I was suffering from gender dysphoria. A mere two years after both the Hopkins study and the public statements of Ihlenfeld drew attention to the increased suicide risk associated with gender change, Walker, even though he was completely aware of both reports, signed my approval letter for hormones and surgery.”
Heyer comments that the process failed, and so greatly that he cannot remain silent as celebrities such as Bruce Jenner encourage others to step into this path of established destruction.
“Under his guidance, I underwent gender reassignment surgery and lived for eight years as Laura Jensen, female,” Heyer retold. “Eventually, I gathered the courage to admit that the surgery had fixed nothing — it only masked and exacerbated deeper psychological problems. The deception and lack of transparency I experienced in the 1980s still surround gender change surgery today. For the sake of others who struggle with gender dysphoria, I cannot remain silent.”
Heyer further elaborated that the true villains in the matter aren’t those opposed to transgenderism — but rather the doctors.
“It is intellectually dishonest to ignore the facts that surgery never has been a medically necessary procedure for treating gender dysphoria and that taking cross-gender hormones can be harmful,” Heyer argues. “Modern transgender activists, the descendants of Kinsey, Benjamin and John Money, keep alive the practice of medically unnecessary gender-change surgery by controlling the flow of published information and by squelching research and personal stories that tell of the regret, unhappiness and suicide experienced by those who undergo such surgery. Negative outcomes are only acknowledged as a way to blame society for its transphobia.”
Heyer further mentions that the promotion of LGBT rights as a civil right issue is preventing people suffering from gender confusion from getting the help they need of which, he comments, isn’t found in surgery, hormones, or the celebration of a harmful lifestyle.
“Transgender clients who regret having taken this path are often full of shame and remorse,” Heyer maintains. “Those who regret their decision have few places to turn in a world of pro-transgender activism. For me, it took years to muster the courage to stand up and speak out about the regret.”
Heyer says that we need to be transparent and expose the truth. He feels that we need to dispel the deceptions behind today’s social movement.
Our Two Cents:
To say that there is a mistake in our gender is like saying that God made a mistake. We know that God is perfect, and does not make mistakes, so why do millions of people claim they are transgendered?
The fact that once transgendered individuals undergo surgery they are more miserable supports both scripture, and the fact that there is an underlying issue that goes deeper than just wanting to be a member of the opposite sex. Physical alteration does not bring happiness. Once we discover the real issue, then we will find a solution.
We know that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and that God does not make mistakes. So if you were born a boy, you are a boy. We know that this is truth, because the Word says it is, and the Word is infallible. The desire to cross dress, therefore, is deviant behavior from God’s design.
It is not to say that the desire isn’t real, but indicates that there is something greater that we haven’t discovered about why people feel the compulsion to proceed with sex reassignment surgery and feel like they are the opposite of their biological sex. The root cause may be bad past experiences- or a myriad of anything else for that matter- but if we don’t explore all avenues, how are we going to come closer to the truth of what is happening?
If we have accepted Christ as our Savior, know that we were perfectly made, and know who we are in Christ, then we have self-confidence. We are content and secure in ourselves, so there is no need for affirmation or questioning our identity or gender. There is joy and peace in knowing who you are in Christ and reveling in the way that Christ made you.
Maybe the truth is as simple as that.