Man undergoing third sex change: ‘I hope I will finally be happy’
GREAT BRITAIN, August 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Brad "Ria" Cooper, who was the UK's youngest "sex change" patient at 15, announced he is undergoing his third "sex change" operation, this time to make himself more like a woman again.
Shortly after his 18th birthday, Cooper "transitioned" back to his biological gender and lived as a "gay man."
"But five years in Ria is more certain than ever that is not the real her – and is making her second attempt at becoming a woman to have the future she always dreamed of," The Mirror reported.
De-transitioning back to a man "made me even more unhappy," Cooper said. "Now I’m going to be me – and I hope I will finally be happy."
Cooper told the UK show This Morning that his life went downhill after a documentary about his "transition" was released when he was 18.
"I was really depressed and I was struggling to find work – no one would give me a job," he said. "My documentary was out when I was 18 and that like, kind of ruined my life from there."
"I never wanted to change back to a man. I was 18, I was going through a really bad patch," he said. "I was in a really bad relationship."
This Morning anchors Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford gushed about Cooper's "journey" and asked how society can be more "enlightened."
"I just knew I wanted to be a girl" as a young child, said Cooper.
Langsford suggested that for young Cooper it wasn't so much wanting to be a girl as it was "feeling you’re in the wrong body."
"This is a very troubled individual and anybody that’s a fair-minded person would look at this and realize that changing genders is not gonna fix what we know to be co-morbid psychological and emotional disorders," Walt Heyer, the founder of SexChangeRegret.com, told LifeSiteNews. "I feel bad for him."
Heyer, who lived as a transgender "woman" and then embraced his biological sex, said many people who are gender-confused are suffering from psychological disorders like Dissociative Identity Disorder or Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
"What so often happens is that we just go headlong into giving people hormones as therapy and then push them into surgery without ever dealing with the…co-morbid disorders that are causing the desire to change genders," he said. "It’s a tragedy."
In his This Morning interview, Cooper emphasized that the British government isn't paying for his recent and upcoming surgeries. It seems the NHS did pay for Cooper's first "transition."
"I had my boobs done three weeks ago and I’m getting my surgery in December and then next year," he said. "I was funded the money by somebody else to get my boobs done."
During his first "transition," Cooper took hormone blockers to stop puberty, "had female hormone injections to help [him] form breasts and cut down [his] body hair, but [he] didn’t have full gender reassignment surgery," according to The Sun.
The Mirror reported that Cooper "paid £5,000 to get [his] dream 34EE breasts."
The YouTube description of the documentary on Cooper said before his first transition, he was "fighting the system to try and get a sex change operation on the NHS."
Cooper said his dream is to open a salon that caters to young people who are trying to switch genders and do "makeovers for them."