MercatorNet 9 October 2015
At the age of 42, Walt Heyer was married and had two children. But he had felt for years that he was stuck in the wrong gender. So he fully transitioned and emerged as Laura Jensen. After living as a woman for eight years, he realised that he had made a terrible mistake. Now he has detransitioned back to his birth gender and provides encouragement to people who regret their gender change.
MercatorNet: Bruce – now Caitlin – Jenner seems perfectly happy with his gender change. Doesn’t his experience prove that a gender change is possible?
Walt Heyer: I was also “perfectly happy” with my gender change for about eight years. No one knows if Jenner will remain happy. It has been only a few months and he has had great financial benefit. When the cameras are no longer rolling and reality sets in, things could change very quickly for Jenner.
MercatorNet: You have been very harshly criticised for your “transphobia” in the media. Does that trouble you?
Walt Heyer: Name calling is hardly a good argument. When people call me names it says much more about them than it does me. The goal of the activists is to silence anyone who disagrees with their agenda.
MercatorNet: Why don’t we hear much about people who have “detransitioned”, like yourself?
Walt Heyer: There is an important reason. They are so ashamed and devastated about their mistake that they do not want to come forward.