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[Perspectives] Transgender: why should we care?

It was entirely coincidence that I changed employment in 1988 as I was awaiting confirmation from the doctors at Stanford University that I was a worthy candidate for sex reassignment. I had researched and soul-searched for years, struggling with the decision to apply to that programme. I had learned that their entrance criteria were rigorous, and I wanted the validation the programme would give me. I could tell my mother that I had been diagnosed by real doctors, and that there was no doubt my health would benefit from the transition from female to male.