Archive Report

New Openness About Sex Change

Shift in Medical Opinion and Public Attitude

Transsexualism has come out into the open. This strange condition, in which a person is tormented by a feeling of being at odds with his or her sex, is now receiving sympathetic attention from a growing number of specialists. Before this recent growth of interest, those so peculiarly afflicted had to live as best they could with their secret distress. Either they lived unhappily trying to behave in conformity with their hated body formation, or they dressed as and tried to live like a member of the other sex, but always in fear of discovery. Exposure of their secret meant shame, alienation of friends, often loss of job and destruction of family life.

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