I stumbled across Walt’s story in a heartbreaking documentary called I Want My Sex Back.
He is a man who underwent hormone replacement therapy and gender reassignment surgery in 1983 to become a woman, and regretted it. After eight years of identifying as Laura Jenson, he decided to “de-transition” back to being a man, albeit with a messed up body and butchered genitalia.
So that we’re clear, men can never be women, and women can never be men.
Or, as Walt notes, a man can identify as a woman, but he is still a man and no amount of pretending and self-mutilation can change that.
It’s unfashionable to say such things in a postmodern society, but it’s nevertheless the harsh truth and Walt doesn’t care about being fashionable. He created a website called Sex Change Regret through which he receives thousands of emails from men and women with stories of regret.
He chatted to me about his childhood, family struggles, surgery, psychological trauma, and recovery.
It’s an incredible journey.