Walt Heyer was never transgender, yet underwent SRS. Distraught that he was approved for surgery, he hopes to make the psychological community stop SRS.
Walt has a unique
circumstance. Walt was eventually diagnosed with dissociative identity
disorder, archaically called multiple personality disorder. One of his
identities happened to be a woman and that identity gradually came into
dominance. Not realizing this, he interpreted his feelings as
transexual and had SRS. Eventually counselors gave him an accurate
diagnosis which provided the proper treatment to eliminate his other
false identities. Heyer's situation is undoubtedly tragic.
Rather than going against transgender people, as most gender defenders do, Heyer criticizes the psychologists that approve any SRS.
His story is not one of being transgender but of having a dissociative
disorder. Walt was not transgender. So while God may have healed him
from that disorder, it does not give insight about people who are
transgender. Walt mistakenly, if not deceptively, assumes that because SRS was inappropriate for him, it is inappropriate for trans people too. He never gives a justification for this over-simplification. On his websites, he puts himself into the same category of people who have supposedly regretted their transitioning such as Marissa Dainton, Michelle Burke, and Renee Richards.
The solution to Walt's criticism is not ending SRS or using reparative therapy. Reparative therapy would not have
helped him either. A potential solution might be to add a further requirement to the diagnosis of gender identity disorder that the client not have a dissociate identity disorder. Needless to say, psychiatrists are not taking his views of SRS seriously but gender
defenders pass his story around like gospel. Help4Families promotes his book as having insight into transgenderism. I don't consider Walt to be transgender because he rejected his female alter ego as not being his real ego. ". . . a treatment for a disorder [gender identity disorder] I didn't have. I wasn't a man trapped in a woman's body. I was an alcoholic with dissociative disorder." (Trading My Sorrows, p118.)
While Walt is a Christian, his rarely comes up. Never in the excerpts from his autobiography and just one sentence on its website.
Walt emailed me complaining about this page. I corrected one error I made in ignorance, his personal motivation for his autobiography. We emailed dozens of times and discussed many issues over months but never got to the bottom of any of them. It seemed he would make a claim, I would counter his claim, then he would change subjects. Here is our correspondence in a nut shell.
Finally, Walt wanted to talk about my exegesis of Galatians 3:28, something which does not even appear (currently) on my site. I told him I didn't want to change subjects, especially onto something unrelated to everything we discussed so far. He refused to respond to any of my questions until I discussed Gal 3:28 with him. He would frequently accuse me that "I do not feel you want to engage in truthful dialog." I asked why he thought this. Why would I spend so much time writing to him and asking questions if I just wanted to lie about him? Of course, he ignored me. I care intensely about truthful dialog and I think my writings plainly reflect that feel this was Walt's attempt to manipulate me through guilt.
He stopped writing me, so I told him we could talk about Galatians. He said he didn't have time but would after
Christmas 2009 but never contacted me again. (I'm writing this February