I Was Once Transgender. Why I Think Trump Made the Right Decision for the Military.

By Published on July 26, 2017

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that he wouldn’t allow transgender individuals to serve in the military:

I think he made the right decision — and as someone who lived as trans-female for several years, I should know.

When I discovered Congress voted earlier this month to not block funding for transgender-related hormone therapies and sex change surgeries, I wondered if they considered how devastating this will be to the fitness, readiness, and morale of our combat ready troops.

In July, the House of Representatives voted down Missouri Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which would have banned the military from funding such treatments.

Paying for transition-related surgeries for military service members and their families is beyond comprehensible.

Perhaps they have forgotten that our military was forged to be the world’s strongest fighting force, not a government-funded, politically correct, medical sex change clinic for people with gender dysphoria.

Gender dysphoria, the common diagnosis for one who feels at odds with his or her birth gender, develops from prolonged anxiety and depression. People are not born that way.

The “proof” for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria is having strongly held feelings — but feelings can and often do change over time.

The military is expected to prepare its members in warfare: to kill, destroy, and break our enemies. The most important factors in preparing a strong military are not hormone therapy, surgical sex changes, or politically correct education.

We need psychologically fit, emotionally sound, highly trained troops to protect our nation from its enemies.

While countless homeless vets are currently sleeping under cardboard boxes, or waiting for life-saving care from the Veterans Affairs (VA), we learn that transgender military recruits now qualify for preferential coverage for sex change procedures that are scientifically unproven extremely costly.

I myself was fully sex-reassigned from male to female, and eventually came to accept my birth gender.

I have over 70 years of first-hand life experience, eight years of living as a woman, 20 years of researching the topic, and 12 years of helping others who, like me, found that transitioning and reassignment surgery failed to be proper treatment and want to restore their lives to their birth gender.

Costly, but Not Effective

Transitioning can be expensive — up to $130,000 per person for numerous body-mutilating and cosmetic procedures over many months (or years) to fashion the body to appear as the opposite sex.

Yet, no matter how skilled the surgeon, or how much money is spent, it is biologically impossible to change a man into a woman or a woman into a man. The change is only cosmetic.

The medical community continues to recommend this radical “treatment” in the absence of scientific evidence that people are better off in the long run. This population attempts suicide at a rate of 40 percent.

Even after the full surgical change, they attempt to end their lives, or tragically succeed.

Over 60 percent of this diverse population suffer from co-existing mental disorders. Consider Bradley Manning (now Chelsea Manning), a former Army soldier who was so psychologically and emotionally unbalanced that he stole confidential documents from the military and forwarded them to WikiLeaks.

The Military Is a Fighting Force, Not a Gender Clinic

The military should not provide sex change surgery.

Through my website, sexchangeregret.com, I hear from people who experienced first-hand how damaging and unnecessary reassignment surgeries were. For them, the sex change failed to resolve the emotional and psychological disorders that drove the desire to change gender.

Many write after living the transgender life for years. They write to ask for advice on how to reverse the original surgical change and restore their lives to the original birth gender like I did, a process called detransition.

Some service members will come to regret having undergone the surgery and will want to detransition. Where will the military be then? Will the military pay for the sex change reversal procedure, too?

Failed “sex change surgeries” are not uncommon and will drive up the cost to care for the military transgender population above the projected $3-4 billion 10-year cost.

Beyond the financial cost, there’s the question of the service member’s military readiness during their transition or detransition, as the process often comes with a great deal of anxiety and emotional instability.

I know of many who have struggled to adapt to the new gender role for years after reassignment surgery.

In my view, as a former trans-female who works every day with regretters, allowing the military to pay for sex change surgeries will make a mockery of the U.S. military.

Advocates are relentless in their pursuit of making others, via the government and insurance companies, cover the cost of sex change procedures.

If the military had been forced to pay, the advocates would have used this as leverage to press every other entity — both government and commercial — to pay for sex change surgeries as well.

As a person who lived the transgender life for eight years, I can attest that assisting, affirming, or paying for hormone therapies and genital mutilation surgeries would not have strengthened our military. They would only have brought adverse long-term consequences, both for individuals and for our armed forces as a whole.


Walt Heyer is an author and public speaker. Through his website, SexChangeRegret.com, and his blog, WaltHeyer.com, Heyer raises public awareness about those who regret gender change and the tragic consequences suffered as a result.

Copyright 2017 The Daily Signal

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  • Laura Ann Register

    It’s like he said, the sex changes will only make a mockery of our Military and will not strenghen it but weaken it instead. Obama did all of that on purpose before he left office. The money that has been or is being used needs to be used towards our Vetrens and the medical care and housing that they need, not to be used to mutilate our men and women just because they are confused about their gender. It all boils down to the devil lying to them and telling them that God made a mistake, and that they should have been born a boy instead of girl or vise versa. It is all a lie, and like this Gentleman said, about 40 % or more people who do have the surgery end up regretting it and either commit suicide or end up in heavy depression. The Military is not going to pay for those who have had the surgery to detransition. I don’t hate anyone who has the change because they are not in their right state of mind, they are extremely confused and scared. I only pray that the House of Representatives can get done what is needed to do so that the Military Will Not Pay For The Sex Changes!!!! And if there is anyone tht is reading this and are wrestling with the gender identity, please seek help? God Loves You soo much and He did not make a mistake in who He wanted you to be, you are exactly who He wants you to be. Don’t listen to lies of the devil. He wants to kill us all off as many as he can, and gender identity crisis is just one of the many ways he does it. Please seek help, and I will be praying for all those who are confused and scared or hurting, because as a Christian, I Love You Too!!!

  • Patmos

    It’s the same reason they shouldn’t have hired that police officer in Minnesota who shot and killed that Australian woman recently. The military and police should not be used to advance social causes, that is not their purpose.

  • Az1seeit

    I am so glad to hear this. #commonsense

  • The world we now live in, including the media and the educational system, encourage the immature belief that “things” can make us happy. If we only had the right “thing,” everything would be good. Unfortunately when people get their “thing,” it usually doesn’t make them happy. Instead it often leads to great disappointment. Then what?

    We’ve seen the stories about lottery winners whose lives become worse afterwards. The sex change craze is obviously another example–spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on mutilating surgery and drugs and then then the results don’t come up to your unrealistic expectations. Now what?

    As Shakespeare put it in Julius Caesar, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves.” Although admittedly taken out of context, it fits. The problem is not that people are born in the wrong kinds of bodies, it’s that they are unwilling to try to make the best of the reality of who they are.

    • Jason Baker

      As I said recently to one of my children, achieving happiness is not a geographic place or a thing. It is a change of the heart, mind and soul.

  • Gary

    The way to handle this is to allow lgbtq to be in the infantry only, and put them on the front lines of any battle.

  • Gary

    Removing transies from the military is the right thing to do, but lgbq will still remain. And they greatly outnumber the transies. And, more importantly, since the US is destroying itself, and has a limited time to exist, it really won’t make any long term difference what is done about transies in the military. The party is just about over. The American economy, society and government are going to collapse within the next few years. All of you who had hope for the future can either face reality now, or wait until it falls on you.

    • faithful

      Well, that is a bleak outlook; without hope there is no future. We do what is right in the eyes of God, day by day and place our hope in Him, who made us and has given us free will.

      • Gary

        If you read the Bible, you find that the outlook is bleak for all but those who are Christian believers. Since most people in the US are not Christians, well, do the math.

  • Lesbian Conservative

    Good of you and brave of you to speak up.

  • Jim Walker

    Great article ! Thank you Mr Walt Heyer !

  • Ah, I should have known. Walt Heyer, the “ex-trans” poster child for the religious right. Couldn’t you find someone new?

    • Gary

      They are hard to find.

    • Shaquille Harvey

      Perhaps look then at the trans suicide rate !?

    • DCM7

      Your cynicism aside, I agree that it would be good to hear from more people like Walt.

      One man of my past acquaintance (fairly well known in some circles) had, at one point many years ago, been preparing to “transition,” having already lived as a “woman” for about a year. Then his life was touched by Christ and he went on to live a normal life as a husband and father. He was always known as an “ex-gay” rather than an “ex-transgender,” though, maybe because “trans” issues weren’t at the forefront at the time. Anyway, it would be good for the world to hear more from him now.

  • Bryon Zoblisien

    When has government fixed anything? No pun intended. It is refreshing to hear an extransgender discuss the reprocussions of this procedure. The social news media shuns such topics in their attempt to push their agenda, censoring any opposition in the process. Ladies and gentleman, our identity is not to be found in ourselves, by ourselves. As a race, we will only find purpose, peace, satisfaction, comfort and real joy, by finding our identity in Jesus Christ alone. No sex change necessary! What a bondage such a procedure is! Pretending to be something that your not! In religious circles, we have a term for that too and it too is boundage. Regardless, as to how far one has fallen, there is hope in Jesus Christ, especially for those who have fallen in this particular sin. If there is no hope for them, there is no hope for the rest of us.

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