Mr. Heyer shares thoughts on transgenderism from an insider’s 70-year perspective: from child cross-dresser at age four to undergoing total gender reassignment surgery at age 42. He will reflect on why he decided to go back to living as a male after living for eight years as a woman. Dr. Samuel will offer commentary and moderate the questions and discussion with the students.
Walt Heyer is an author and public speaker with a passion to help others who regret gender change. Through his website, SexChangeRegret.com, and his blog, WaltHeyer.com, Heyer raises public awareness about the incidence of regret and the tragic consequences suffered as a result. Heyer’s story can be read in novel form in Kid Dakota and The Secret at Grandma’s House (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015) and in his autobiography, A Transgender’s Faith (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015). Heyer’s other books include Paper Genders (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011) and Gender, Lies and Suicide (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013). His writing also appears on The Public Discourse, and The Federalist.
Dr. Ana Samuel is a research scholar at the Witherspoon Institute and the Academic Director of CanaVox, an organization founded and led by mothers to promote reading groups around the world on the urgent subject of marriage and sexuality. Dr. Samuel picks readings from the natural law tradition, social sciences and practical wisdom so that reading groups can read and talk about the inspiring truths that support a thriving marriage culture. A graduate of Princeton University’s Politics Department, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. She hails from Texas where she was born and raised by Mexican parents. Today, she and her fun husband have six children and live in New Jersey.