Monday, November 18, 2019

Heyer the Liar - Again

“This entire narrative is an exercise in sophistry and the manufacture of people and circumstances. None of it survives critical review.”
walt Heyer
Walt Heyer via YouTube
Monday, according to Walt Heyer, 1 Year After Sex Change, This Teen Regrets His ‘Frankenstein Hack Job.’ I have my doubt because Walt Heyer is a liar. I will get back to this teen but first a refresher on Walt Heyer.

Mr. Heyer likes the attention that he receives from religious conservatives who believe that transgender people do not really exist (they cannot exist according to scripture).

Heyer claims that numerous people contact him about their dissatisfaction with being transgender. The only way to contact Mr. Heyer is by email. You cannot send him materials nor discuss things by telephone. One of my friends tried:
…thank you for contacting me…
Email is essential in keeping a historical record of our exchange of information so if it "don't fit" in email I cannot help you.
Walt Heyer
Mr. Heyer is relatively unknown except in conservative Christian circles. Heyer's religious utterances are unlikely to engender an audience of transgender people. More importantly, Heyer has no relevant information.

In other words the probabilities are not in Heyer's favor given a limited number of transgender people unhappy with their transition from a very limited audience. Why  would anyone contact Heyer? He has no special knowledge. He cannot help anyone.

Heyer had surgery about 40 years ago. Heyer has no training in medicine or counseling. His statements demonstrate that he knows nothing about gender dysphoria. The diagnostics have changed over the last four decades and have become much more objective.

Lately, through self-diagnosis, Heyer has been claiming that what he really had (or has) was dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder. Heyer claims that he was misdiagnosed with gender dysphoria which was then called gender identity disorder.

One of the diagnostic requirements of DID is amnesia. That is, one personality does not have memories of other personalities. Typically, the host personality is unaware of the alter personalities. Heyer's claims do not exactly bolster his credibility.

The outlet for Heyer's latest bit of BS is Heritage Foundation's blog. That is no surprise given that Heritage is the employer of anti-transgender warrior (for the faith) Ryan T. Anderson. According to Heyer:
Less than a year after having gender surgery, Nathaniel now says, “This whole thing was a bad idea. I am 19 years old, and I feel as though I have ruined my life.”

It’s heartbreaking each time I get a letter from someone who underwent gender-change surgery and regrets it, especially someone as young as Nathaniel.
Except that Heyer doesn't receive letters (see the above). Furthermore, there is no such thing as “gender-change surgery.” Gender is extremely resistant to change. The correct term is gender confirmation surgery which is the exact opposite of the term Heyer uses. Heyer, who claims to have expertise, should at least get the terminology correct.
With his permission, I’m telling a bit of his story to raise awareness of the young lives being ruined by the rush to surgery, and hoping that hearing the testimony of this young man will influence others on this path to slow down and consider the consequences before consenting to surgery.
As I will explain, there is never a “rush to surgery.” Bear with me for one more quoted passage:
In Nathaniel’s case, he says he was bullied by the boys in elementary school because he was sensitive and preferred playing girl games. When he was a bit older, he discovered internet pornography, heard about transgenderism, and as he says, “convinced myself that’s what I was.”

When he finally worked up the nerve to tell his mother in the summer after eighth grade, she made an appointment with, in his words, “a doctor at an informed-consent clinic.”

He started seeing the doctor a week after his 15th birthday, and from how he describes the next years of his teens, I’d say going to the clinic didn’t improve his life.

“From then on,” he says, “I slowly detached from everything until I was just staying home, playing video games, and going on the internet all day. I stopped reading, drawing, riding my bicycle. I surrounded myself in an echo chamber that supported and validated my poor decisions, because the others were also, unfortunately, stuck in that pit, too.”

A month after his 18th birthday, Nathaniel had what’s euphemistically called “bottom surgery.”
The notion that being bullied or watching pornography cause gender dysphoria (which is what Heyer is implying) is preposterous. Having “heard about transgenderism,” as Heyer puts it, has no relationship to whether or not a child is experience gender incongruence. If years later, the child would have surgery, there is a strong likelihood that he would have been in severe distress in elementary school which would have required medical attention'

An “informed consent clinic” is one of Heyer's inventions. I have no idea what that might be. Hormones are provided in accordance with informed consent (which is not “hormones on demand”) but there is no mention of this teen receiving hormones which require parental consent. More importantly, what is missing from this narrative? There is no mention of a social transition which is a requirement for surgery.

Heyer is seemingly unaware — and his audience is presumably unaware — of just how difficult it is to qualify for gender confirmation surgery. The surgery requires the approval of both the surgeon doing the procedure and the hospital where the surgery will be performed.

The first requirement is at least a year “of real life experience,” living as one's gender. Heyer's subject would have to have been attending school as a girl for at least a year. Moreover, during that time, the teen would have to have been on hormones. Hormone treatment for at least a year is a requirement for surgery.

Then, to qualify, the patient would have to have a record of continuous therapy and that therapist would have to approve the surgery. In addition, a second approval is required from a psychologist or psychiatrist previously unknown to the patient — someone who has never treated him. Both referrals have to be from people with demonstrable expertise and training in the area of gender identity.

The teen would have to demonstrate emotional stability and physical health. Then there is the cost. Depending on where one lives, Medicaid might cover the procedure if one qualifies for medicaid in the first place.

Patients also have to demonstrate an existing support system of friends and family. In this case, the surgeon or hospital might have interviewed family members.

Heyer refers to “bottom surgery,” a description reserved for trans men who might have two procedures including breast removal (top surgery). Bottom surgery refers to procedures for a transgender man including a hysterectomy bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes) along with a possible metoidioplasty and phalloplasty to create male genitalia.

Heyer goes on to write:
Nathaniel is a bright young man who never had the benefit of sound, effective counseling, which would have prevented this horrible mistake from happening. He will deal with it for the rest of his life.

No one will help this young man to detransition. The so-called “informed-consent clinic” (as if a teenager can give informed consent) washed their hands of him. The reckless ideology claims another life.
Effective counseling is a prerequisite for surgery. Were a post-surgical person in distress a gender identity clinic would provide the necessary counseling. What is Heyer talking about?

Earlier on, Heyer quotes “Nathaniel:”
Now that I’m all healed from the surgeries, I regret them. The result of the bottom surgery looks like a Frankenstein hack job at best, and that got me thinking critically about myself. I had turned myself into a plastic-surgery facsimile of a woman, but I knew I still wasn’t one. I became (and to an extent, still feel) deeply depressed.
The surgeons who perform this procedure are highly trained which might be one of the reasons that satisfaction with MtF surgery is so high. To perform gender confirmation surgery a surgeon has to have privileges at a hospital. The hospital must approve training and credentials.

Through counseling patients know exactly what to expect. I am unaware of anyone claiming that the surgery was a “hack job.”
Later on. In the final analysis patients are highly motivated, have had extensive counseling, are cared for by highly trained clinicians and have the approval and support of family. Nathaniel is describing an alternate reality.

Heyer continues:
Nathaniel’s story is not unique. Specifics may vary, but I’ve found that everyone who regrets can point to something that happened that caused them to not want to be who they are and attempt to become someone else.

For Nathaniel, “what happened” was bullying about not being male and viewing pornography on the internet. When he sought help in his distress, the transgender ideology and the gender clinic and surgeons affirmed his false thinking and enticed him down the primrose path.
Gender identity is formed by about two-years-of-age. Mr. Heyer cannot point to any medical literature which concludes that trauma has some effect on gender identity or that trauma creates gender dysphoria. The idea that pornography is a contributor is insane.

Heyer is also describing some sort of conspiracy among numerous clinicians — all in agreement — to mistreat someone due to “transgender ideology.”
David's ruling:
Deep fried bullshit. This entire narrative is an exercise in sophistry and the manufacture of people and circumstances. None of it holds up to critical review.

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