America’s military is an elite defense organization not an identity crisis hotline.
In the wake of President Trump announcing the removal of Obama’s transgender military acceptance requirements everyone has an opinion they would like to express. One such person is a former transgender who ultimately regrets that decision and has first hand knowledge of the consequences of having a sex change operation. Walt Heyer was born male and currently identifies as male but spent 8 years as a woman and even went as far as undergoing a sex change operation. Aside from knowing personally what regret feels like Heyer also knows of the physical tolls associated with the surgery. Is it wise to have military members who are physically unable of combat due to the ales of becoming the opposite sex?
Walt Heyer was born a man, but spent 8 years of his life as a transgender woman. After being fully sex “reassigned,” Heyer regretted his decision and has accepted the gender of his birth. Now 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.
The following commentary on Donald Trump’s announcement reversing Barack Obama’s decision to allow transgenders to enlist and serve in the military first appeared in The Daily Signal.
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 it 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.