Archana Raj told media that he had a sex-change surgery
and took on the name Dipu to please his partner and in the hopes that they would get married.
At age 16, some are given the option of taking hormones of the opposite sex to ready them for joining the adult gender identity service which allows sex-change surgery
. Records show 20 per cent of the children who come to them before puberty go on to live as the opposite gender in adult life.
The Associated Press reported November 11 that the city's Health Commission voted November 6 "to create a comprehensive program for treating transgender people experiencing mental distress because of the mismatch between their bodies and their gender identities." San Francisco already offers free hormone therapy, counseling, and other health services to individuals desiring a "sex reassignment" procedure, but up until now had not offered sex-change surgery
under its universal health plan.
About 2,000 people in China have undergone sex-change surgery
and up to 400,000 could be considering one, according to a report in 2009 by state newspaper China Daily.
Move over "gay" rights, "trans" rights want in, with gender changes confirmed in birth certificates, passports, sex-change surgery
funding and all.
The disorder is treated with therapy to help people cope with their condition, and sometimes with hormones or sex-change surgery
. Although often confused with homosexuality, the medical consensus is that gender identity disorder is a mental condition entirely unconnected to a person's sexuality.
(Sexuality and gender-adjustment experts spoken to by Izindaba emphasised that an added benefit of sex-change surgery
was being able to escape such labelling.)
The first celluloid glimpses of transsexualism came soon after news of George/Christine Jorgensen's 1952 sex-change surgery
had jolted and mesmerized the world in movie theatre newsreels, and in attention-grabbing newspaper headlines such as "Thousands in US Don't Know Their True Sex!" (3) The following year, Ed Wood, a quirky filmmaker who was once declared "The World's Worst Director," attempted to capitalize on the story.
Now, patients requiring sex-change surgery
and other care including psychotherapy, hormone treatment, speech and language classes and facial hair removal, will be dealt with in the same way across the region.
Although she is on the margins of society, she continues to perform the Muslim prayers, fasts during the holy month of Ramadan and respected her mother's wish that she not undergo sex-change surgery
'A', who grew breasts after undergoing hormone treatment and wears skirts and make-up in her cell, has also been allowed to have full sex-change surgery
, from which she was previously banned while in a male prison.
This diagnosis, which is used to justify "treatment" for gender-nonconforming children and for adults seeking sex-change surgery
, has implications worldwide, given the influence of the DSM on other diagnostic tools, such as the World Health Organization's International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (2007).