CNN on Transgender: Brief Moment of Temporary Sanity

The coverage of CNN on transgender has been mostly bad, but they actually interviewed someone who spoke against his own mutilation.

My son was at the local military base (because he was getting ready to fly out to his basic training) and caught some CNN programming. We don’t have cable TV at the home, so none of us normally watch any news show.

He told me that CNN interviewed a person about Bruce Jenner and “sexual reassignment” surgery. This person, Walt Heyer, had suffered the “treatment” and, after eight years pretending to be a woman, gave up the farce and admitted what he had done to himself.

I couldn’t believe it. But my son was right. NewsBusters also noticed it: “Shock: CNN Features Former Transgender in Jenner.”

Here are some highlights:

As you can see, the interviewer, Carol Cotello does all she can to marginalize her subject’s perspective on the issue. If you want to read his opinions without her filter, you can do so at The Witherspoon Institute: “‘Sex Change’ Surgery: What Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer, and You Should Know.”

I myself suffered greatly to come to terms with my gender. In 1981, I sought out Dr. Walker to ask him, the man who wrote the standards of care, for help. 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.

Under his guidance, I underwent gender reassignment surgery and lived for eight years as Laura Jensen, female. 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.

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.  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.

Transgender clients who regret having taken this path are often full of shame and remorse. 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.

That’s a small snippet of his historical survey and personal experience. You should read it for yourself and pass it on to others. The bottom line is that Bruce Jenner, an aging man trying to pass himself off as a younger lady with both mutilation and photoshop technology, is lying to himself and the world—and many powerful people are now willing to join him in telling that lie.

We have to tell the truth.