EPISODE 12   |   JANUARY 10, 2019
Why has transgenderism become such a massively popular topic? To find the answer, we follow the incredible story of Walt Heyer – a man that reveals something about the transgender movement that the media will not discuss.
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EPISODE 12   |   JANUARY 10, 2019
Why has transgenderism become such a massively popular topic? To find the answer, we follow the incredible story of Walt Heyer – a man that reveals something about the transgender movement that the media will not discuss.
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Patrick Courrielche: I know we’re not the only ones that have noticed that Transgenderism is everywhere.
Transgender Girl: Not all boys have a penis, and not all girls have a vagina.
Ali Velshi: Vermonters also made history last night though, making Democrat Christine Hallquist the first transgender candidate to win a party’s nomination for governor.
CBS News Reporter: Angela Ponce is the first openly transgender to compete in the Miss Universe finale.
Reporter: New Zealand’s first transgender weightlifter enters the international arena.
GMA Host: Two transgender high school runners are causing some controversy in Connecticut. They came in first and second in a state track meet but parent’s and students say they have an unfair advantage.
CBS News Reporter: A transgender man in Oregon gave birth to a baby boy.
Patrick Courrielche: What in the hell is going on here?
Over the course of just a few years, transgenderism seems to have permeated almost every single corner of society. But why? Why has transgenderism become such a massively popular topic?
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Patrick Courrielche: In just a few short years, it seems transgenders have surfaced everywhere. They’re on stage at the Miss Universe pageant. They’ve entered sports. They’re on the campaign trail. And one was even awarded Woman of the Year.
Inside Edition Reporter: Caitlyn Jenner dazzles as she accepts the Woman of the Year award from Glamour Magazine.
But why? Why has the topic of transgenderism become so popular? To find the answer, we follow the incredible story of Walt Heyer – a man that reveals something about the transgender movement that the media will not discuss.
Patrick Courrielche: Walt Heyer is an Angeleno through and through. Born in 1940, he grew up in the Eagle Rock, California, area – a Los Angeles village just outside of Glendale. He comes from a long line of LA natives.
Walt Heyer: I went to Eagle Rock high school. My dad was a police officer in L.A. My grandfather was a part-time detective during the war in L.A. My grandfather went to L.A. High. My dad went to Eagle Rock high school. So we're several generations through Eagle Rock, L.A. area.
Patrick Courrielche: Growing up, he had a brother and a great relationship with his parents. His father was an outdoorsman, a fisherman, and so was his mother.
Walt Heyer: When my dad mom would go fishing, usually at June Lake, they would drop me off at my mother's mother's house, my grandmother, and then my other brother would go to his dad dad's mother's. So we each went to different grandmothers and that's where we stayed for the weekend.
Patrick Courrielche: His mom’s parents lived on Figueroa in Highland Park, a small enclave that butts up to Eagle Rock’s southeast border. He stayed there frequently, about ever two weeks or so. And when he did, he hung out a lot with his grandmother.
Walt Heyer: And we she had a little house behind a tow yard where my grandpa was drove a tow truck. And so grandma was a seamstress, and I always as a four and five year old kid just kind of wandered around the house.
Patrick Courrielche: His grandmother made her money as a seamstress. So women were constantly coming through the house to be fitted for their dresses. As a young boy Walt was kind of curious about that. But what his grandmother did with that curiosity would affect Walt for the rest of his life. She decided to make a dress for Walt to wear.
Walt Heyer: My grandmother made a purple chiffon dress for me and told me how cute I looked and how wonderful I looked. And she said this has got to be our little secret.
Patrick Courrielche: And it was their little secret for several years. Even his grandfather was kept in the dark.
Walt Heyer: He was a tow truck driver, so Grandma always waited until he had a call to tow a car. And he was usually gone a long time. And so that's what she would do and she knew when he was parking that truck in the tow yard because it was the house was right next to it. So she would noise there and then I'd come out of the dress and he would never be the wiser.
So for about two and a half years we'd go over there and she would fit me with the dress and dress me up and tell me how cute I looked as a little girl. And it seemed to me as a four year-old boy that she was just really fascinated by how I looked as a girl and seemed to like me and appreciate me much better as a girl.
Patrick Courrielche: Thinking back on it all these years later, Walt doesn’t think his grandmother had any nefarious intent by dressing him as a girl – but something began to take root in Walt during their secret play time.
Walt Heyer: And I didn't know what all that meant when I was 4 or 5. I didn't know what the implications were but I got so into wanting that affirmation from her that after about two and a half years I tried to sneak the dress home.
Patrick Courrielche: He successfully snuck it out and put it in his bottom dresser drawer. But unknown to little boy Walt at the time – parents eventually rummage through their kid’s dressers. His mother found the dress. At roughly six years old, Walt had to confess.
Walt Heyer: And then my dad found out that what Grandma was doing and my mom found out and so I could never go back to grandmas but yet no one was talking or no one had any idea this, keep in mind this was 1944. I'm 78 years old. So that was a long time ago. So but the impact was permanent in many ways.
What happened to me was that planted the seed of gender confusion gender depression about who I was as a boy because the little boy didn't get affirmed, that little girl did. So it was a splitting of who I was. And anybody that's quite normal I think would go wherever they're affirmed the most. And that's what I did. But that two and a half years was very significant and shaping and molding my ideas about who I was.
Patrick Courrielche: His father was understandably angry with Walt’s grandmother, and he began to assert pretty heavy discipline on Walt.
Walt Heyer: So I had the shame of sort of breaking the secret which really kind of hurt me because it was supposed to be a secret and I was the one that divulged it. And then dad was using heavy discipline on me.
Patrick Courrielche: The cross-dressing could possibly have stopped there forever. But then something tragic happened.
Walt Heyer: My dad's adopted teen brother, who wasn't quite right, decided that I was fair game because he found out that I was had been wearing this dress that he would begin to sexually molest me. So before I'm 10 years old I've been put in a purple dress. I've been disciplined pretty heavily and I've been sexually abused by my uncle.
Patrick Courrielche: This was the 1940s. There was no Internet to search for help. There were no widely known victim hotlines or support groups. These things just weren’t openly talked about. As a very young boy, Walt was forced to stew in it all by himself.
Walt Heyer: And so I struggled with who I was and and the shame of knowing what had happened and being molested and so forth was was pretty unpleasant.
Patrick Courrielche: He eventually met a girl, and told her about his gender confusion. But that didn’t stop them from getting married in his early 20s. They had two kids, a daughter and a son. And he began a successful career. First working on the Apollo space missions in Downey, California, then as a national operations manager at Honda in Gardena.
But through the marriage and the career, he couldn’t shake what happened to him as a young boy.
Walt Heyer: But I was also still struggling every single day from the time I was first put in that dress with the image of that purple dress and so I kept trying to put it away and put it aside but I didn't quite know what to do with. I didn't know what it meant in the 40s you didn’t have any terms like gender dysphoria or transgenderism or or what to do with it, you just you just lived with it and dealt with it as best you could. My wife first wife we just thought that perhaps if I get married it would go away. If I had children it would go away. If I had a good job it would go away. If I was successful it would go away. And nothing made it go away. So I went to a therapist in San Francisco who was the most renowned person at least in the country maybe in the world at the time his name was Dr. Paul Walker.
Patrick Courrielche: Dr. Paul Walker was a social psychologist and transgender activist that was at the time thought to be one of the world’s leading doctors treating what was then called gender identity disorder.
Walt Heyer: He said I had gender identity disorder he knew at the time that was gonna eventually be called gender dysphoria. I remember him explaining that and I was in 1981. And so for the next two years I did the hormone therapies.
Patrick Courrielche: Walt says the hormone treatments at the time were not very critically altering – nevertheless, Walt did start to noticeably change.
Eventually, Walt decided to go forward with the surgery to alter his appearance to look more like a woman. But while making that decision, he decided to do something that still pains him to this day – he decided not to tell his wife.
Walt Heyer: I had actually gone to Trinidad Colorado to actually have the surgery and hadn't told her that I was going to do it. I was going to do it secret …
Patrick Courrielche: More after the break.
Welcome back. I’m Patrick Courrielche.
So Walt eventually decided to go forward with the surgery to look more like a woman. But he decided to do it without telling his wife.
Walt Heyer: I had actually gone to Trinidad Colorado to actually have the surgery and hadn't told her that I was going to do it. I was going to do it secret and when I got to the hospital and signed in to have the surgery after the doctor had seen me I turned around got on a bus went back to Denver flew home and told her…what I had done and what I was about to do.
It was like a bomb going off.
Patrick Courrielche: He’d almost gotten the surgery done behind his wife’s back. Instead, he decided he’d try another route.
Walt Heyer: I told her I'm going to try to be the husband and father that I should be. And I began to do things. I bought a Camaro to fix up with my son who is in his young teens. And for the next a year and a half. That's what I tried to do.
I was trying to build myself back up as a father and a husband and I was not doing a very good job. And so it was I was very successful at work. It was one of the most successful times in my life financially. So I was I was very productive and I was you know the white picket fence and the two cars and and the income was there.
But I was lost in a sea of not knowing where to turn and how to resolve what had happened to me years ago so after about a year and a half I told her I just can't I can't do this I've got it just, they tell me there is no other choice but to go through this surgery.
Patrick Courrielche: Walt and his wife divorced in 1983. And about three months later, he had the surgery. Walt Heyer became Laura Jensen.
Patrick Courrielche: Why did Dr. Paul Walker recommend that Walt get a so-called sex change in 1983? To understand why, we need to take a brief look at the state of transgender treatment at the time.
Adryana Cortez will help tell that story.
Adryana Cortez: In the mid 1960s, Dr. John Money, a professor of pediatrics and medical psychology at John Hopkins University, had a passion that he began pressing with his colleagues. He was interested in the topic of gender identity – a psychological term he coined to describe a person’s inner sense of themselves as male or female.
Dr. Money was drawn to John Hopkins for a particular reason.
Quentin Van Meter: His training was at Harvard rather back in the 1940s.
Adryana Cortez: That’s Quentin Van Meter, a pediatric endocrinologist – someone who specializes in glands and the hormones they produce. Quentin studied under Dr. Money at John Hopkins in the late 1970s.
Quentin Van Meter: He came to Hopkins because Johns Hopkins was sort of the epicenter in the United States of clinical research on how sexual differentiation of the human fetus happens.
He was an individual that was sort of one of what I refer to as the Big Three and the sexual revolution of the 1970s and 60s to sort of say well we think that whether somebody has in their head about their sexual identity can be manipulated.
Adryana Cortez: Dr. Money wanted to set up a clinic at John Hopkins to perform what is today commonly referred to as sex reassignment surgery, or sex changes. The surgery would not actually reassign or change the sex of the patient, that was not biologically possible then nor is it today. But instead, the clinic would perform plastic surgery to give the appearance of the patient’s inner gender identity. At the time, the field was focused almost exclusively on adults. But Dr. Money had a radical idea about human sexuality.
Dr. John Money: We’ve been stereotyped in our view of male and female.
Adryana Cortez: That’s Dr. Money.
Dr. John Money: Male and female behavior. I suppose primarily because it’s been that way for centuries, and probably hundreds of centuries.
Adryana Cortez: The radical idea he had was that gender identity was a social construct that could be taught to a child through their environment, regardless of their biology. He was one of a few researchers pushing for a revolution in human sexuality.
At the time, Dr. Money worked with Dr. Harry Benjamin – a sexologist and endocrinologist who treated people diagnosed with gender identity disorder with hormones. Dr. Benjamin authored the seminal 1966 book The Transsexual Phenomenon. Before it’s publication, gender identity research was considered an oddity. But his book helped bring some legitimacy to the field in the 1960s.
In July 1966, Dr. Money established the Hopkins Gender Identity Clinic to perform cosmetic sex change surgeries - with his colleague Dr. Harry Benjamin providing the clinic with prospective patients for the operations. For the initial male to female surgeries, they were careful to select the most feminine adult patients for maximum public acceptance.
That year, the clinic performed their first surgery on an African-American man and the news of the surgery hit the front page of the New York Times.
The sensationalism of the clinic assured more media coverage.
TV Host: Only a few weeks ago John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, announced that it was opening a gender identity clinic, expressly for people who wanted to change their sex.
Adryana Cortez: Dr. Money, an exceedingly confident man – was the mouthpiece of the clinic. He made media appearances discussing the so-called sex change surgeries – including a Canadian talk show.
Interviewer: Dr. Money, it’s still a pretty drastic procedure isn’t it?
Dr. John Money: Well, it’s a drastic procedure by your standards and mine, but for the people who’re living in desperation, perhaps the best way to understand it is that it seems no more drastic to them than circumcision.
Adryana Cortez: By chance, watching the show were Canadian parents dealing with a horrendous accident.
The parents had twin boys named Bruce and Brian. When they were still toddlers, they acquired a problem with urinating. So their doctor suggested circumcision. But the morning after the surgery, the parents got some tough news about their son Bruce’s procedure.
Bruce’s mom: And then the doctor said there’d been a slight accident. The penis has been burnt off from circumcision. And I could not comprehend what he was talking about because you see I thought they were going to use a knife. I didn’t know there was electricity involved.
Adryana Cortez: The parents were distraught and didn’t know what to do. But then a few months later they saw Dr. Money on that TV show speaking about the promising new field of sex change surgery. He appeared on the show with one of his post-operation patients…a transsexual female.
Bruce’s mom: The transsexual certainly made an impact, because she was a very feminine seeming woman. And I thought, here’s our answer…
Adryana Cortez: Bruce’s family wrote to Dr. Money and he quickly responded. When they met, Dr. Money suggested that their son Bruce could be changed into a girl. After months of agonizing desperation, Bruce’s parents thought they’d finally had a stroke of good luck.
But what they didn’t realize was that it was Dr. Money who was the lucky one. You see, he’d stumbled across the perfect case – two twin boys – to test his radical theory that a child could be raised to become either a boy or a girl regardless of their biological sex. In his eyes, if a young child was given consistent affirmation in a gender opposite his biological gender, nurture could overpower nature – and now he’d be able to prove it by ensuring one twin was raised as a boy, and the other as a girl.
A few months later, around his second birthday, Bruce was castrated and cosmetic surgery was performed to create the appearance of a vulva. Bruce then began receiving hormones and his parents started raising him as a girl. Bruce became Brenda.
But Brenda’s mother almost immediately had doubts the change would stick.
Bruce’s mom: I lied to myself. I pretended it was going to work. But when he was two years old and I put him in a dress, he tried to rip it off. Then I thought, oh my god, he doesn’t want to be a girl.
Adryana Cortez: The twins met Dr. Money once a year so he could see how they were progressing. But sometime before Brenda became seven years old, the doctor began doubting that Brenda would ever feel like a girl. Nevertheless, in 1972, Dr. Money published the book Man and Woman, Boy and Girl – touting Brenda as verification of his theory that a child could be raised to believe they were the opposite sex. The book was a sensation in the medical field.
But back at Brenda’s home, the reality was entirely different. His mother noted that Brenda acted masculine, looked masculine, and everyone else saw it as well.
As the twins’ visits with Dr. Money progressed, it became unmistakably obvious that Brenda was not taking to being a girl. So Dr. Money began trying different techniques to convince the child he was a she. First talking to both of the twins about their genitalia. Then showing them pictures of women giving birth.
When that didn’t appear to work, Dr. Money became more aggressive. He tried to convince Brenda to have surgery to construct a vagina. Brenda said no. But when Dr. Money pressed, Brenda said maybe when he was thirteen.
Dr. Money got more drastic. The twins claimed that Dr. Money forced them to undress and to look at each other’s genitalia, and even instructed them to participate in sexual foreplay with each other. They claimed he took pictures of them naked. It was extremely traumatic for the boys.
Quentin Van Meter: But doctor Dr. Money was unequivocally a sexual pervert.
Adryana Cortez: Again Dr. Quentin Van Meter.
Quentin Van Meter: And that that bothered those of us that had to deal with him as a professor and teacher.
He had bizarre ideas about what was socially appropriate and what was sexually appropriate…
Adryana Cortez: By 1978, when Brenda was almost thirteen, Dr. Money tried one last attempt to convince Brenda to have the surgery by introducing Brenda to a transsexual. It didn’t work. Brenda told his parents that he’d kill himself if he had to see Dr. Money again.
With Brenda near suicidal, his parents decided to tell him the truth about what happened to him. Shock turned into a sense of relief for Brenda. He decided to begin living as a boy and renamed himself David.
But Dr. Money failed to update the gender identity community on Brenda’s case.
Around the same time Brenda refused the surgery, both Dr. Money and his colleague Dr. Harry Benjamin began receiving serious scrutiny from their research colleagues.
Dr. Harry Benjamin’s partner publicly announced that 80% of the people that wanted to change their gender shouldn’t do it – and he stopped administering hormones to patients experiencing gender identity disorder. In Dr. Money’s case, John Hopkins decided to evaluate the outcomes of his work by reviewing both patients that underwent gender reassignment and those that didn’t have the surgery. A report on the findings was issued in 1979, claiming there was no medical necessity for surgery. The Hopkins Gender Identity Clinic abruptly closed shortly after. The “affirming treatment” approach – where a patient’s desired gender identity was affirmed and treated with hormones and surgery – took a major hit.
With the closure of the John Hopkins clinic, and the alarm sounded off by Dr. Benjamin’s partner – the affirmation advocates needed a new approach. So Dr. Money and Dr. Benjamin formed what would become known as the World Professional Association for Transgender Health – or WPATH – and drafted a standard of care for patients suffering with gender identity disorder. If the medical community no longer backed their approach, they’d do it privately. They recruited a psychologist to head the WPATH organization – a colleague that shared their approach. That person was Dr. Paul Walker – the same doctor that convinced Walt Heyer that a sex change was the answer to his problems.
Patrick Courrielche: So after Walt got the surgery in 1983, his daughter stopped talking to him. Walt felt it was an appropriate response. But his son had a different take.
Walt Heyer: My son looked at me one day and said well I can see what you are on the outside but I actually know who you are on the inside.
Patrick Courrielche: He was now living his life as Laura in San Francisco. He worked for the FDIC, and then the postal service.
Walt Heyer: Eventually my curiosity got me to start opening books on psychology at UC Santa Cruz where I was studying substance abuse and drug abuse and psychology and many things so I could become a counselor which is one thing I really wanted to do.
Patrick Courrielche: And in his studies, he read some books that spoke specifically to his early trauma.
Walt Heyer: And in looking at the books I began to realize that there is a lot of psychological issues that go along with people who cross-dress or identifying a different gender. In the first one that I remember was an article or a study that was done from Cornell University and it was a boy who cross-dressed and identified as a girl and and it said in the study that they did of this young man that he did so because his mother had died he was very close to his mother and the way that he in his mind could stay close to his mother was to actually take on her identity so he became identified as a female so that he would feel close to the mother who had passed away. So I looked at that, and thought, that's pretty unusual. And I began to look and see that there are many other things that people when they cross-dress and have different identities also have issues.
What I've found out 100 percent of the people that I work with had something happen to them when they were younger and it could be a story like mine. It could be many other different types of stories some of them were passed around from foster home to foster home and we just felt like they just wanted to erase their past their past was just too painful or they were physically abused. A large portion of them have been sexually abused. And I've learned that some of the boys who were sexually molested like I was at an early age opted to do this whole gender identity change and go for the surgery because strangely enough if they feel like if they can rid themselves of their genitalia then nobody will ever sexually molest them again.
Patrick Courrielche: Slowly over time, reading these studies, Walt began to come to a personal realization.
Walt Heyer: And so as I began to see this and I began to realize that that no one actually changes you can't a man can't become a woman. I realized that. A woman can actually become a man. Alls we can do is masquerade. And and in this way to feel like we're protected against further abuse. But it's not actually a real change of who we are. It's just a matter of putting on some sort of armor against it. And sometimes across gender identity feels like its armor against further abuse. So as I began to realize this then I begin to de-transition, the term we use today to de-transition and start working my way back to identifying as Walt again after living eight years as Laura.
Patrick Courrielche: Walt began believing that the source of his gender confusion was rooted in the tragic events of his youth…events that he didn’t fully understand at the time and didn’t properly deal with as he came of age.
Quentin Van Meter: There are issues which I call the dark basement
Patrick Courrielche: Again, Dr. Quentin Van Meter.
Quentin Van Meter: where things are scary and frightening to the point where you can't really open the door and go down in there unless you have a guide with you who takes you down the stairs turns the lights on opens the windows. He brings in fresh air and cleans up the mess gets rid of the mold and the dead animals and anything else that's in the basement or the ghosts or whatever whatever is down there inside the human psyche that is so frightening that you can't go down without help.
Patrick Courrielche: Walt thinks that the core reason why most people transition is because they haven’t dealt with this dark basement.
Walt Heyer: There was nobody around that was talking about other things or what happened to them to help people look back and try to discover what caused them to feel this way...
Patrick Courrielche: Walt eventually had surgery to fully de-transition back to living life as a male. He reconnected with his daughter. And he remarried in the late 90s.
Around the time Walt started his new life and marriage, two men started their own challenging new quest.
The twin boys treated by Dr. John Money started to speak out publicly about the trauma that Dr. Money put them through. The medical community was stunned. According to a PBS documentary on the twins, Dr. Money led the scientific community to believe that his seminal Brenda transition case was an unmitigated success. Now twenty-five years later, the world was finding out that it was anything but a success. Dr. Money was disgraced.
Quentin Van Meter: And so you know it was it was a sad circumstance that he was actually a revered academician at Johns Hopkins. And when he lost his reputation and his clinic was closed, we those of us that knew him said well it's about time.
Patrick Courrielche: The twin boy transitioned to Brenda, later underwent de-transition surgery, renamed himself David and eventually married – becoming father to the kids of his new wife. But his twin brother, shortly after speaking out against Dr. Money, committed suicide. David would spiral shortly after. Unable to find work, and separated from his wife, he would also commit suicide.
The entire ordeal was a major setback for the field of sex reassignment. Much of the field remained an oddity in the U.S.
But that would change soon.
In the Netherlands, the field was blossoming because of a relatively new development. Instead of focusing treatments almost exclusively on adults, the Netherlands began to popularize the treatments of adolescents before they hit puberty. The practice of affirming – or accepting a person’s gender identity – was experiencing a renewal. Adolescents with gender disphoria, the new name for the condition, were given hormone blocker to halt the effects of puberty – to give them time to decide whether they wanted a sex change. If the condition didn’t desist, the person could undergo sex reassignment surgery. The affirming approach of old appeared to have matured.
The man widely thought to have brought over the Netherland treatments to the U.S. is Dr. Norman Spack – a pediatric endocrinologist…again, the study of glands and the hormones they make.
Quentin Van Meter: he came to this conclusion after he spent time and in the Netherlands, looking at their clinical experience in children which were treated with psychological therapy affirmation of their new gender concepts, medical manipulation and surgical interventions. So that that came to the United States in 2006 before that there was literally no place for a patient to go to to talk to a quote an expert unquote in the field because it was not an entity that was common enough to have protocols for treatment particularly in children adults. Everything was pretty much underground. And in so this opened the door. Dr. Spack was a member of the American Endocrine Society. He brought in a panel of individuals who were very much aligned with him in terms of his ideas and he was able to get this organization which had been the Harry Benjamin society previously, but which is now called the World Professional Association of Transgender Health. WPATH is their acronym. And they they had a set of guidelines for treatment for affirmation medical treatment and surgical treatment of children and adults. And it was pretty much rubber stamped and brought into the Endocrine Society as normative scientifically based treatment. And the guidelines were published and approved by the Endocrine Society in 2009 in this country.
Patrick Courrielche: The approach of affirming a child’s chosen gender identity was now the standard of treatment. The transgender community took on the same template as the gay community – they were, in essence, born this way.
This introduction into the United States had perfect timing. President Obama was appointing an unprecedented number of LGBT people in key positions throughout his administration – more than 300 over his two terms. This included his Safe School Czar Kevin Jennings.
Again Walt Heyer.
Walt Heyer: Kevin Jennings as a homosexual activist who began to put into all the public school systems all of the gay and transgender days. AND now are our schools have become an indoctrination center for LGBT activities. It's we're not, we didn't step up the activity on teaching kids how to get better prepared to go into society to become engineers and scientists were teaching them how to change genders. I think it’s a powerful political move for the Democratic Party, to embrace this group and grow them up so that they become part of the base of the Democratic Party for future voting. And that’s exactly what’s gonna happen. So if they can grow the transgender and LGBT population, they also grow their voting base.
Patrick Courrielche: With activists now pushing the agenda, gender dysphoria became a political weapon. Anyone that opposed hormone blockers for kids became a transphobe. Any treatment that tried to help a child accept their biological sex was labeled as “conversion therapy” – an ugly smear dating back to when people tried to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals.
Activism had now entered a field that should have been void of politics. By the time the 2016 election cycle began in 2015, the stage was set.
With the debate over gay marriage taken off the table by the Supreme Court – another issue was needed to attack Republicans with. Nothing could do that like the issue of Transgenderism. Bruce Jenner’s transition announcement lit the fuse
Bruce Jenner: I can say I’ve always been confused, with my gender identity since I was this big. 2015 is gonna be quite a ride. Quite a ride.
Patrick Courrielche: Transgenderism went mainstream overnight. It was immediately weaponized to attack Republicans.
Ben Shapiro: Caitlyn Jenner, I’ll call him Caitlyn Jenner.
Panelist: No it’s her. You’re not being polite to the pronouns. You’re disrespectful.
Ben Shapiro: Ok. Forget about the disrespect. Facts don’t care about your feelings.
Patrick Courrielche: And at times it’s been used with devastating precision to take out prominent Trump supporters whose comments suggest an insensitivity towards transgenders.
Owen Benjamin: I said three year olds can’t be trans. And everyone’s like, what…so long story short, I make the problematic statements and my agent drops me.
Gavin McInnes: You’re not a f*cking woman. I’m sorry. It’s not something you can procure. And that’s my opinion and there’s a lot of data to back it up. So the sh*t hit the fan. I mean, I always have 15 spinning plates, and all the plates flew off the sticks and crashed to the floor. My company I think is shut down.
ABC News Host #1: One self proclaimed Internet troll, Milo Yiannopoulos tells us he’s unapologetic and proud for being banned from Twitter for his infamous online taunting of Ghostbuster’s star Leslie Jones.
ABC News Host #2: In the Twitter storm you called her a dude.
Which leads us back to the question, why has transgenderism become such a massively popular topic?
Quentin Van Meter: There are the puberty blocking drugs which are you know for per patient that's about a twenty thousand dollar a year expense per year to suppress puberty… centers being created and trained specifically to do plastic surgery revisions.
Walt Heyer: The surgeons who do the surgery will make over a million dollars a year…
Patrick Courrielche: The answer is that transgenderism has been weaponized. It has become the perfect tool for so many different groups to further their cause. It is being used by the Left to attack Trump, by activists to deplatform his supporters. It’s being used by the media as click bait. By the gay community to add to their ranks. And it’s being used to create a booming pharmaceutical, treatment center, and surgery market.
Let me make myself clear here. I think gender dysphoria is a real condition – and if adults want to choose to have sex reassignment surgery…that’s their decision. That’s what living in a free society is about. But when a topic as serious as transgenderism becomes weaponized, lives can be unnecessarily ruined. We should be able to debate whether automatically affirming a person’s desired gender is healthy for our society. We should be able to debate the normalizing of hormone blockers for kids. And we should be able to discuss whether what we are experiencing is culture’s natural evolution, or some new form of trendy-genderism caused by Hollywood, the media, Silicon Valley and political activists.
We should be able to debate all of this without being branded transphobes.
If Walt Heyer wasn’t automatically affirmed in the 80s, and instead met with a treatment to explore the origin of his gender dysphoria, he would never have had to go through the irreversible ordeal of a sex reassignment surgery…twice.
Maybe as a society, we should be teaching our kids that they are beautiful just the way they are. That they don’t need to change their body. Because if we open the door to affirmation for how people identify, no matter what the biological facts, we will be opening up a door that we may never be able to shut again.
Jewel Shuping: I first developed the idea that I wanted to be blind when I was around six years old. Becoming blind was definitely a difficult decision to make.
Dr. Phil: Let me argue the side of the advocates of this disorder. They analogize this to gender identity disorder. But here, instead of a sexual reassignment, Jewel is saying I want a sight reassignment.