When a patient’s gender identity or expression is deemed to be outside of the range of acceptable medical practices, there is a need for a transition for them to be able have a transition, especially for those with severe gender dysphoria.
The Gender Identity Clinic, which offers free and medically supervised gender reassignment surgeries to people of all ages, is one of the few providers that offers the service.
Dr. Elizabeth Schulte, who founded the clinic, says it was a life-changing experience for her patients.
When her first patient transitioned, she felt a rush of hope that it would finally be possible for them not only to be accepted as a woman, but to have their identity affirmed.
“The first few weeks, it was very disorienting,” she says.
“I was in shock, I was confused, I wasn’t used to seeing a doctor.
I was in denial that my surgery was a transition.
It was a big leap of faith for me.”
One of her patients, Sarah, had undergone a second gender reassignation surgery, and now she wants to make a transition too.
She recently underwent a second surgery to have her breasts removed and her genitalia changed to the male shape, and is now in her second year of the clinic.
She has not yet made any changes to her appearance, and feels she is a little more feminine than she was. Dr