We wrap up our series on living transgender with your questions from our Friday live chat:
Why are so many young people comfortable with the idea of “genderqueer”?
How’s sex after sex reassignment surgery?
Which sports team do transgender students play on?
Answers from you and the panelists follow.
Dr. Cecile Unger, OB/GYN who trained at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospital and is currently a fellow at the Cleveland Clinic where she is training in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery and developing a subspecialty in transgender women’s surgery and health.
Bianca, transgender advocate. A former patient at Boston Children’s Hospital, Bianca transitioned from male to female when she was 14. She was the first person in the country to have Medicaid pay for her surgery. Now 26, Bianca is applying to law school.
Jennifer Levi, runs the Transgender Rights Project at GLAD and specializes in transgender legal issues.
Question from Margaret: Is there an age cutoff for surgery? That is, can someone be “too old” for gender-changing surgery? I have a good friend, born male, who has been transitioning to female for about two years now. She’s in her mid-50s and has been taking hormones most of that time.
Response from Cecile Unger: Margaret, as someone who sees these patients, I can say that there is absolutely no age cut-off. One-third of patients discover their identity later in life while some patients choose to wait. Many individuals undergo surgery in late adulthood.
Comment From Kelly: [I ] would love to hear you discuss the concept of “genderqueer” and the generational divide. Continue reading