The bottom line is that this obviously troubled man had gender reassignment surgery about 33 years ago and had it reversed about eight years ago. Now, to get some attention, Heyer is on a mission to prevent anyone else from doing it. It did not work out for him; Ergo, it could not possibly be appropriate for anyone else. The latest screed from Heyer is titled “Regret Isn’t Rare: The Dangerous Lie of Sex Change Surgery’s Success.”
According to Heyer (quoting a 2004 piece in the Guardian): “Research from the US and Holland suggests that up to a fifth of patients regret changing sex.” That is considerably higher that the data the NIH is providing but let us assume, solely for the sake of argument, that it is correct. That means that at least 80% benefited from the surgery. If none of them had the procedure then 20% might be happier but 80% might be miserable. None of those hypothetical 20% were coerced into the surgery. They all elected to have the procedure. I suspect that the same people would have had the surgery if they were told in advance that the odds of satisfaction were 5:1.
Regret is probably rarer. According to a respected German study provided by NIH, 90.2% of male to female surgical patients, five years out, said their expectations for life as a woman were fulfilled. The conclusion of the study, along with a caution regarding the sample:
The very high rates of subjective satisfaction and the surgical outcomes indicate that gender reassignment surgery is beneficial. These findings must be interpreted with caution, however, because fewer than half of the questionnaires were returned.A piece on the Huffington Post explores surgical satisfaction in far more detail. The basic theme is that religious conservatives like to muddy the waters to create doubt; mythology vs. reality.
Heyer only gets space at conservative Christian outlets. I don't know but suspect that his conflicts stem from religious belief. Most of us would say: “Walt, go live your life.”