- Being sexually molested by adopted brother and and forced to wear girls clothing by grandmother, 42-year-old Walt decided to become a woman only to reverse the decision 8 years after the surgery.
- Now believes nobody is ever born a transgender, rather manufactured as a result of childhood traumas — a classic nature versus nurture controversy.
42-year-old Walt Heyer was a happily married man with two children when he took a drastic step to become a woman. In secret from his wife, Walt was cross-dressing in public and taking female hormones. As part of the sex reassignment surgery, Walt’s genitals were removed. He received breast implants, a hormone replacement therapy to decrease male hormone testosterone, and a treatment to reduce facial hair.
He divorced his wife just three months before the surgery. The relationship remained civil, but his teenage children were less understanding about the fact their father wanted to become a woman.
He was delighted being a female at first, having felt trapped in the wrong body since he was five years old. But In the mid-1980s, after eight years living as Laura Jensen, he came to the morbid realization that his desire to change genders came from deep-rooted childhood trauma but with no safe reversal procedures at the time, it was already too late.
Now Walter believes changing genders is short-term gain with long-term pain, his gender confusion was caused simply by his environment and family relationships in his childhood, and that he should never be allowed to go through with the sex change procedure in the first place.
When Walt was was five, his grandmother who was babysitting him at the time started dressing him in female clothing. She even made him a purple chiffon evening dress. And when his father found out what grandma had been doing, everything changed. His adopted brother Fred began to sexually molest him and mother's discipline got so severe that she almost killed him.
The abuse he suffered made him feel like he was "a girl trapped in a male's body".
Gender dysphoria is a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there is a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity.
Walt, on the other hand, believes gender dysphoria is a psychological condition where you are simply dissatisfied with your gender, nobody is ever born a transgender, rather manufactured as a result of childhood traumas -- a classic nature versus nurture controversy, such as Genie Wiley, who was raised in extreme isolation and was barely able to walk or talk when she was found by social workers.