Brief notes on Transgenderism
... I ask myself, in mercy, or in common sense, if we cannot alter the conviction to fit the body, should we not, in certain circumstances, alter the body to fit the conviction?...
— endocrinologist Harry Benjamin who pioneered hormonal therapy in the 1950's. Quoted in "Gender loving care" by R. Ettner (Norton, NY,1999).
Most people have heard about transsexual people and have probably seen transsexual characters in movies or television soaps. Artistic licence and sensationalism has led to the propagation of a number of misconceptions surrounding transsexualism. Fortunately the situation is being rectified by an increasing number of intelligent and sympathetic documentaries and movies. This site presents a brief overview of the main issues surrounding transsexualism and the broader category, transgenderism.