Tag: GRS

Closed for Remodeling

| Jan 21, 2019 | 1 Reply

Lynda Martini has been getting out and about a lot in the past several months. From Halloween parties to out of town visits, and going to a football game, Lynda likes to have fun. But another event is looming. One that she longs for but won’t necessarily be fun. In just a few days Lynda will be going into the hospital for her gender confirmation surgery. All the while she has been having fun she has also been preparing for surgery and recovery. And while she had things all planned out and the date set, there was a glitch.

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Dina’s Diner 6/5/17

| Jun 5, 2017 | Reply

Time to head on over to Dina’s Diner for some tasty treats. Dina has cooked up some specials for today and she’s waiting for you to slide into a booth, order a cup of coffee and settle in. First item on the menu is the increase in trans surgeries. Dina tells us it has gone up 20% in two years. Then she has a light, fluffy item about a middle-aged trans woman who is a “Lolita.” The frillier the better for this girl. Then she turns to a tasty item about a mysterious Playboy centerfold whose breast defied physics. Dina wraps up the menu items with a segment on two piece bathings suits and people who sell lingerie and other clothing through Facebook. Don’t miss today’s edition of Dina’s Diner.

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GRS: More than a little penectomy, orchiectomy, and vaginoplasty

| Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

Canadians have the advantage of getting their healthcare taken care of by their government. There is no need for health insurance in Canada as each citizen has government paid healthcare. But, and you knew there just might be a “but,” trans people in Canada can get their GRS covered — and nothing more. The government plan does not pay for removal of testes, hormones, breast implants, trachea shaves or voice surgery. Linda Jensen tells the story of one woman, along with several comments from other trans women, and lays out the case for the health plan to cover more.

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Cherry Picking is Not Science

| Aug 29, 2016 | 12 Replies

Last week a report was published in The New Atlantis, a quarterly journal with conservative or skeptical tendencies. It was about a “study” done by two individuals, Mayer and McHugh, who oppose the idea that trans people are real. They ascribe trans behavior to mental illness or a phase of child development. Their “study” has been picked up and disseminated by right wing media outlets. Our own scientist in residence, Dr. Dana Bevan, goes through the Mayer and McHugh “study” point by point and reveals how the authors cherry picked their data.

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Gender Reassignment Surgeons in Short Supply

| Aug 15, 2016 | 5 Replies

(Philadelphia, PA) – According to Dr. Sherman Leis, a transgender surgery pioneer and founder of the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, “There is a crisis in the transgender community in the U.S., resulting from a dramatic shortage of transgender surgeons and other specialized medical practitioners.  This shortage results in an excessively long wait for those […]

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Just Why do Many T-girls Head to Thailand for GRS?

| Aug 3, 2015 | 2 Replies

Despite it being possible to have any and all necessary surgery in the US or one of the European countries, many trans women opt to come to Thailand–but why? Christine Burr has a number of reasons why people make the trek to Thailand to complete their transition.

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The Moral Dilemma of GRS

| Jul 13, 2015 | 6 Replies

As Amanda nears the time when she will be ready to go for GRS she encounters articles by so-called experts who liken reassignment surgery to mutilation. While she realizes that the articles are from the conservative right and are coming from a viewpoint that denies trans people are sane and able to make decisions about their bodies the articles do give her pause.

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Miami Surgeon Offers Discount GRS

| Jul 13, 2015 | Reply

It’s mid-year and we just celebrated perhaps the most important holiday in US history.  Let’s do something special. Dr. Harold M. Reed’s office is offering the next 5 vaginoplasty patients a surgical fee of $5,000 each.  Some additional expenses will be incurred such as anesthesia, travel, supplies, and hotel stay.  To qualify as a surgical […]

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The Promised Land: GRS for the poor?

| May 18, 2015 | Reply

Amanda is a low income trans woman living in San Francisco. That’s an are that seems like The Promised Land to those seeking gender reassignment since state law mandates that health insurance providers must cover trans related issues. Amanda reports that it’s not all that simple, or easy, to get your surgery covered. Find out what she’s learned so far.

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TG Teens Require a Different Pre-Surgery Protocol

| Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

Dr. Sherman Leis talks about treating TG teens. Because transgender teens are in the middle of experiencing puberty, transitioning strategy for them is not the same as for adult TGs. Special protocols are necessary for teens to delay normal early pubertal changes, and then to add hormones appropriate to their true mental and emotional gender in order for them to experience a puberty congruent with their desired gender.

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