Worcestershire backs man in bid for gender re-assignment

Bobby Fransis Barnes, who was born a girl, wants to give courage to other transgender people. Picture: Gail Braznell Reflected Images.

Bobby Fransis Barnes, who was born a girl, wants to give courage to other transgender people. Picture: Gail Braznell Reflected Images.

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A COURAGEOUS man who was born a girl has thanked the people of Worcester for backing him.

Bobby Fransis Barnes, of Diglis, Worcester, was flooded with messages of support after a story appeared in the Worcester News about his battle against the ‘haters’ and his bid for gender-reassignment surgery.

And the 19-year-old barber, who is hoping to have female-to-male chest reconstruction and sex-reassignment surgery on the NHS as soon as possible, was grateful for support from his home city.

"Worcester backs me man, that means a lot,” he said.

“Thank you to my mum first, to Donna (his partner) and to Gail Braznell (his friend), without who none of this would have been possible, and to all my friends and those who have supported me.”

We reported yesterday how Mr Barnes appeared on This Morning to talk about his life, telling presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby he had always known inside he was a boy and used to cut off his hair and tear off his dresses when he was younger.

He also spoke about his battle against the bullies and his desire to give hope to other young people going through the same thing.

And Worcester News readers took to the internet to respond.

Liz Ashton Colin wrote on facebook: “The sooner people can be treated, the sooner they can get back to a normal life, working, paying their taxes and raising their kids. Just like everyone else. If you want to look at this from the purely financial then appropriate treatment on the NHS is the most cost effective option. Do you know how many trans people kill themself or try to kill themselves because their bodies feel so wrong and alien to them?”

Gail Braznell wrote: “Very very proud of you Bobby Barnes mostly great comments and massive support.”

Karen Lock wrote: “It's all about what makes u happy today, and as 4 the negative options. You never know what your own children will grow up to be. Happy for you both and congratulations on speaking out takes guts.”
katiekins wrote on the Worcester News website: “Good for you. But I think the NHS have better things to spend money on.”

knick-knack said: “The mental turmoil must be horrendous. This decision is not a passing ‘fancy’, it’s all about life itself. Living in the wrong body must be a living nightmare.”

TDH123 said: “I’m in the wrong body too, I should be in one far more toned than it is - I do not expect the state to pay for it.”

pinkfluff said in response to those who had said the NHS had better things to spend its money on: “It’s IMPORTANT to Bobby. I’m happy for my NHS contributions to pay for something so IMPORTANT.”

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7:32pm Tue 12 Mar 13

murfyboy says...

bobby should pay for his own gender change , not the tax payer . its his choice to do this to himself and hes not going to die if he doesnt have the operation. Worcester news you really havent done bobby any favours have you "STOP THE HATRED" front page im sure all of Reditch will sympathise now they are losing their accident and emergency department due to lack of funds
bobby should pay for his own gender change , not the tax payer . its his choice to do this to himself and hes not going to die if he doesnt have the operation. Worcester news you really havent done bobby any favours have you "STOP THE HATRED" front page im sure all of Reditch will sympathise now they are losing their accident and emergency department due to lack of funds murfyboy
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6:26am Wed 13 Mar 13

worcswolf says...

I think that this is a problem that was swept under the carpet years ago and people really do not understand the anguish of people in this predictament. I personally would rather see money invested in these operations because it must really be hard to be living your life in anothers body.
How much is spent on gastric bands being fitted to the fat but we are told of their mental anguish of eating themselves to death.
The NHS has to support all of society.
I think that this is a problem that was swept under the carpet years ago and people really do not understand the anguish of people in this predictament. I personally would rather see money invested in these operations because it must really be hard to be living your life in anothers body. How much is spent on gastric bands being fitted to the fat but we are told of their mental anguish of eating themselves to death. The NHS has to support all of society. worcswolf
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7:39am Wed 13 Mar 13

TDH123 says...

murfyboy wrote:
bobby should pay for his own gender change , not the tax payer . its his choice to do this to himself and hes not going to die if he doesnt have the operation. Worcester news you really havent done bobby any favours have you "STOP THE HATRED" front page im sure all of Reditch will sympathise now they are losing their accident and emergency department due to lack of funds
Nice idea but, in the real world, there is a limit to the NHS budget. Whilst people enjoy this type of operation and procedures such as gastric band fitting, there can be no proper complaint of queues at A & E and waiting lists for operations, some of which would really improve an individuals quality of life or indeed be life saving in the short-term.
Surely the NHS should priortise their spending placing those such as the morbidly obese, the authors of their own misfortunes, at the bottom if the list, thereby freeing up money to be spent on, for example, some of the more advanced cancer-fighting drugs presently not authorised by the NHS budget controllers.
[quote][p][bold]murfyboy[/bold] wrote: bobby should pay for his own gender change , not the tax payer . its his choice to do this to himself and hes not going to die if he doesnt have the operation. Worcester news you really havent done bobby any favours have you "STOP THE HATRED" front page im sure all of Reditch will sympathise now they are losing their accident and emergency department due to lack of funds[/p][/quote]Nice idea but, in the real world, there is a limit to the NHS budget. Whilst people enjoy this type of operation and procedures such as gastric band fitting, there can be no proper complaint of queues at A & E and waiting lists for operations, some of which would really improve an individuals quality of life or indeed be life saving in the short-term. Surely the NHS should priortise their spending placing those such as the morbidly obese, the authors of their own misfortunes, at the bottom if the list, thereby freeing up money to be spent on, for example, some of the more advanced cancer-fighting drugs presently not authorised by the NHS budget controllers. TDH123
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7:41am Wed 13 Mar 13

TDH123 says...

Oops! My comment related to worcswolf comments!!
Oops! My comment related to worcswolf comments!! TDH123
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7:52am Wed 13 Mar 13

leemo79 says...

I am all for people being happy in life.
Bobby i do not know, but fair play to him for putting himself out there and telling his story.
Donna i have known for a very long time and she really is the nicest person, if anyone can help him through and keep him smiling she can.
Good luck to you both.

xx
I am all for people being happy in life. Bobby i do not know, but fair play to him for putting himself out there and telling his story. Donna i have known for a very long time and she really is the nicest person, if anyone can help him through and keep him smiling she can. Good luck to you both. xx leemo79
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9:13am Wed 13 Mar 13

ushmush83 says...

murfyboy wrote:
bobby should pay for his own gender change , not the tax payer . its his choice to do this to himself and hes not going to die if he doesnt have the operation. Worcester news you really havent done bobby any favours have you "STOP THE HATRED" front page im sure all of Reditch will sympathise now they are losing their accident and emergency department due to lack of funds
So we don't treat anyone that isn't at risk of dying? Good one.

What about a 'self-inflicted' sporting injury? What about depression?

As a society we have a duty of care.
[quote][p][bold]murfyboy[/bold] wrote: bobby should pay for his own gender change , not the tax payer . its his choice to do this to himself and hes not going to die if he doesnt have the operation. Worcester news you really havent done bobby any favours have you "STOP THE HATRED" front page im sure all of Reditch will sympathise now they are losing their accident and emergency department due to lack of funds[/p][/quote]So we don't treat anyone that isn't at risk of dying? Good one. What about a 'self-inflicted' sporting injury? What about depression? As a society we have a duty of care. ushmush83
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10:41am Wed 13 Mar 13

Fishy says...

This man is trapped in the wrong body and far more deserving of NHS treatment than some people who do get it.
This man is trapped in the wrong body and far more deserving of NHS treatment than some people who do get it. Fishy
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10:43am Wed 13 Mar 13

mr.meldrew says...

ok.so let self inflicted obese people pay for their ops,and alcohol related treatments,smoking,p
oor diet etc etc.good on you bobby i for one dont begrudge a penny of my nhs contributions if it gives you a better quality of life.....
ok.so let self inflicted obese people pay for their ops,and alcohol related treatments,smoking,p oor diet etc etc.good on you bobby i for one dont begrudge a penny of my nhs contributions if it gives you a better quality of life..... mr.meldrew
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12:31pm Wed 13 Mar 13

old misery says...

If you go on TV you will always get positive and negative support dont go on TV and I and millions of others would have never heard about it allowing you to do what you want in private
If you go on TV you will always get positive and negative support dont go on TV and I and millions of others would have never heard about it allowing you to do what you want in private old misery
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1:05pm Wed 13 Mar 13

somewhereinworcester says...

Gender dysphoria is very much a life threatening condition. Rates of suicide prior to treatment for gender dysphoric people is as high as 40% this figure reduces post treatment and surgery to just over the national average. Can you imagine living a life in which every day is a struggle to stop yourself from either self harming or suicide?

Furthermore many of the comments suggesting that the NHS should not fund treatment do not take into account that there is a cost of doing nothing – the NHS pays around £2000 per patient per year prior to gender reassignment to provide the mental health support to a patient yet this support is typically no longer required after successful surgery hence over a typical adult lifetime the cost to the NHS of doing nothing is £116,000 (58 years @ £2000 pa), the cost of clinical support for the approximate 2-3 years of active change to another gender including surgery, medication, support and blood tests comes to approximately £14,000-£20,000 (based on male to female) so it actually saves the NHS £96,000 to offer surgery – this is very much the reason why surgery is offered to suitable patients.

Patients with gender dysphoria have neither contributed nor have any control of this condition, it is scientifically proven to be a congenital birth condition caused at around 4-8 weeks after conception and is caused by an absence of the correct hormones during brain development causing an offset in gender identity between brain and body/genitals.

Please educate yourselves before making uninformed comments!
Gender dysphoria is very much a life threatening condition. Rates of suicide prior to treatment for gender dysphoric people is as high as 40% this figure reduces post treatment and surgery to just over the national average. Can you imagine living a life in which every day is a struggle to stop yourself from either self harming or suicide? Furthermore many of the comments suggesting that the NHS should not fund treatment do not take into account that there is a cost of doing nothing – the NHS pays around £2000 per patient per year prior to gender reassignment to provide the mental health support to a patient yet this support is typically no longer required after successful surgery hence over a typical adult lifetime the cost to the NHS of doing nothing is £116,000 (58 years @ £2000 pa), the cost of clinical support for the approximate 2-3 years of active change to another gender including surgery, medication, support and blood tests comes to approximately £14,000-£20,000 (based on male to female) so it actually saves the NHS £96,000 to offer surgery – this is very much the reason why surgery is offered to suitable patients. Patients with gender dysphoria have neither contributed nor have any control of this condition, it is scientifically proven to be a congenital birth condition caused at around 4-8 weeks after conception and is caused by an absence of the correct hormones during brain development causing an offset in gender identity between brain and body/genitals. Please educate yourselves before making uninformed comments! somewhereinworcester
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1:08pm Wed 13 Mar 13

batchelorboy says...

How is someone assessed as 'being in the wrong body'?

Bobby will be IN the same body even after the op, he will just LOOK a bit different.

Surely it's mostly psychological.

People who harm themselves because they think they're in the wrong body are self-harmers like other self-harmers who do so because they have underlying issues. You can't use that as a reason why trans-gender opes should be praised.

"Liz Ashton Colin wrote on facebook: “The sooner people can be treated, the sooner they can get back to a normal life, working, paying their taxes and raising their kids. Just like everyone else."

What... so before the op Bobby is unable to 'live a normal life' or work? I imagine the majority of disabled people in Worcester would detest this remark.
How is someone assessed as 'being in the wrong body'? Bobby will be IN the same body even after the op, he will just LOOK a bit different. Surely it's mostly psychological. People who harm themselves because they think they're in the wrong body are self-harmers like other self-harmers who do so because they have underlying issues. You can't use that as a reason why trans-gender opes should be praised. "Liz Ashton Colin wrote on facebook: “The sooner people can be treated, the sooner they can get back to a normal life, working, paying their taxes and raising their kids. Just like everyone else." What... so before the op Bobby is unable to 'live a normal life' or work? I imagine the majority of disabled people in Worcester would detest this remark. batchelorboy
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1:22pm Wed 13 Mar 13

somewhereinworcester says...

batchelorboy wrote:
How is someone assessed as 'being in the wrong body'?

Bobby will be IN the same body even after the op, he will just LOOK a bit different.

Surely it's mostly psychological.

People who harm themselves because they think they're in the wrong body are self-harmers like other self-harmers who do so because they have underlying issues. You can't use that as a reason why trans-gender opes should be praised.

"Liz Ashton Colin wrote on facebook: “The sooner people can be treated, the sooner they can get back to a normal life, working, paying their taxes and raising their kids. Just like everyone else."

What... so before the op Bobby is unable to 'live a normal life' or work? I imagine the majority of disabled people in Worcester would detest this remark.
It is not a question of 'being in the wrong body' it is a definite case of genuinely being in the wrong body! Recent scientific evidence shows that following post mortem the brain structures of Gender Dysphoric patients is that of the opposite of their birth gender. Even the NHS agrees that Gender Dysphoria is not a mental health condition however the symptoms of Gender Dysphoria have an adverse effect on the mental health of the individual.
Many patients are at a social disadvantage and in a study perormed by the charity GIRES their is a disproportional number of Gender Dysphoric people out of work compared to the national average this situation typically reverses post treatment and hence post treatment patients instead of being a burden to the state actually contribute to society through tax contribution - So yes many are unable to 'being in the wrong body'.
[quote][p][bold]batchelorboy[/bold] wrote: How is someone assessed as 'being in the wrong body'? Bobby will be IN the same body even after the op, he will just LOOK a bit different. Surely it's mostly psychological. People who harm themselves because they think they're in the wrong body are self-harmers like other self-harmers who do so because they have underlying issues. You can't use that as a reason why trans-gender opes should be praised. "Liz Ashton Colin wrote on facebook: “The sooner people can be treated, the sooner they can get back to a normal life, working, paying their taxes and raising their kids. Just like everyone else." What... so before the op Bobby is unable to 'live a normal life' or work? I imagine the majority of disabled people in Worcester would detest this remark.[/p][/quote]It is not a question of 'being in the wrong body' it is a definite case of genuinely being in the wrong body! Recent scientific evidence shows that following post mortem the brain structures of Gender Dysphoric patients is that of the opposite of their birth gender. Even the NHS agrees that Gender Dysphoria is not a mental health condition however the symptoms of Gender Dysphoria have an adverse effect on the mental health of the individual. Many patients are at a social disadvantage and in a study perormed by the charity GIRES their is a disproportional number of Gender Dysphoric people out of work compared to the national average this situation typically reverses post treatment and hence post treatment patients instead of being a burden to the state actually contribute to society through tax contribution - So yes many are unable to 'being in the wrong body'. somewhereinworcester
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1:25pm Wed 13 Mar 13

somewhereinworcester says...

somewhereinworcester wrote:
batchelorboy wrote:
How is someone assessed as 'being in the wrong body'?

Bobby will be IN the same body even after the op, he will just LOOK a bit different.

Surely it's mostly psychological.

People who harm themselves because they think they're in the wrong body are self-harmers like other self-harmers who do so because they have underlying issues. You can't use that as a reason why trans-gender opes should be praised.

"Liz Ashton Colin wrote on facebook: “The sooner people can be treated, the sooner they can get back to a normal life, working, paying their taxes and raising their kids. Just like everyone else."

What... so before the op Bobby is unable to 'live a normal life' or work? I imagine the majority of disabled people in Worcester would detest this remark.
It is not a question of 'being in the wrong body' it is a definite case of genuinely being in the wrong body! Recent scientific evidence shows that following post mortem the brain structures of Gender Dysphoric patients is that of the opposite of their birth gender. Even the NHS agrees that Gender Dysphoria is not a mental health condition however the symptoms of Gender Dysphoria have an adverse effect on the mental health of the individual.
Many patients are at a social disadvantage and in a study perormed by the charity GIRES their is a disproportional number of Gender Dysphoric people out of work compared to the national average this situation typically reverses post treatment and hence post treatment patients instead of being a burden to the state actually contribute to society through tax contribution - So yes many are unable to 'being in the wrong body'.
Last sentence should read (copy and paste error!):
Many patients are at a social disadvantage and in a study perormed by the charity GIRES their is a disproportional number of Gender Dysphoric people out of work compared to the national average this situation typically reverses post treatment and hence post treatment patients instead of being a burden to the state actually contribute to society through tax contribution - So yes many are unable work or live a normal life.
[quote][p][bold]somewhereinworcester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]batchelorboy[/bold] wrote: How is someone assessed as 'being in the wrong body'? Bobby will be IN the same body even after the op, he will just LOOK a bit different. Surely it's mostly psychological. People who harm themselves because they think they're in the wrong body are self-harmers like other self-harmers who do so because they have underlying issues. You can't use that as a reason why trans-gender opes should be praised. "Liz Ashton Colin wrote on facebook: “The sooner people can be treated, the sooner they can get back to a normal life, working, paying their taxes and raising their kids. Just like everyone else." What... so before the op Bobby is unable to 'live a normal life' or work? I imagine the majority of disabled people in Worcester would detest this remark.[/p][/quote]It is not a question of 'being in the wrong body' it is a definite case of genuinely being in the wrong body! Recent scientific evidence shows that following post mortem the brain structures of Gender Dysphoric patients is that of the opposite of their birth gender. Even the NHS agrees that Gender Dysphoria is not a mental health condition however the symptoms of Gender Dysphoria have an adverse effect on the mental health of the individual. Many patients are at a social disadvantage and in a study perormed by the charity GIRES their is a disproportional number of Gender Dysphoric people out of work compared to the national average this situation typically reverses post treatment and hence post treatment patients instead of being a burden to the state actually contribute to society through tax contribution - So yes many are unable to 'being in the wrong body'.[/p][/quote]Last sentence should read (copy and paste error!): Many patients are at a social disadvantage and in a study perormed by the charity GIRES their is a disproportional number of Gender Dysphoric people out of work compared to the national average this situation typically reverses post treatment and hence post treatment patients instead of being a burden to the state actually contribute to society through tax contribution - So yes many are unable work or live a normal life. somewhereinworcester
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7:04pm Wed 13 Mar 13

murfyboy says...

im sorry for sounding horrible but whatever operation bobby has done he will still be a woman , but a mutillated one at that , sorry for being blunt .but its scientificaly impossible to change gender. may as well hang a xmas cracker between his legs .I think its more a case of top surgeons trying to play GOD, does anyone think this will be the end of his phycological problems ,its a total waste of tax payers money
im sorry for sounding horrible but whatever operation bobby has done he will still be a woman , but a mutillated one at that , sorry for being blunt .but its scientificaly impossible to change gender. may as well hang a xmas cracker between his legs .I think its more a case of top surgeons trying to play GOD, does anyone think this will be the end of his phycological problems ,its a total waste of tax payers money murfyboy
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7:31pm Wed 13 Mar 13

somewhereinworcester says...

murfyboy wrote:
im sorry for sounding horrible but whatever operation bobby has done he will still be a woman , but a mutillated one at that , sorry for being blunt .but its scientificaly impossible to change gender. may as well hang a xmas cracker between his legs .I think its more a case of top surgeons trying to play GOD, does anyone think this will be the end of his phycological problems ,its a total waste of tax payers money
I'm sure that Bobby really couldn't care less about the factual incorrect opinion of a transphobic bigot such as yourself.
You are correct you can't change gender as your gender is what is going on in your head, your sex on the other hand can be changed as sex is defined by your genitals and clinically this is easily changed hence in the case of a transsexual who has a male brain and female genitals as the brain cannot be changed the only solution is to change the body/genitals So that gender and sex now match.
You are also wrong that he 'will still be a woman', legally he is a man and I am fairly sure that if you show a random selection of people his photo they would all agree he is a man.
You are trying to define gender by what is between someones legs which is simply incorrect, By that definition a soldier who has lost his genitals in an explosion would be a woman? good luck telling them that!
Surgery and the transition process is 98% effective and most patients need no further care beyond a prescription costing less than the prescription fee charged. Gender reassignment is more cost effective than any cancer treatment hence why the NHS funds gender reassignment for suitable patients and will continue to fund such treatment. All of the above is backed by fact rather than opinion.
[quote][p][bold]murfyboy[/bold] wrote: im sorry for sounding horrible but whatever operation bobby has done he will still be a woman , but a mutillated one at that , sorry for being blunt .but its scientificaly impossible to change gender. may as well hang a xmas cracker between his legs .I think its more a case of top surgeons trying to play GOD, does anyone think this will be the end of his phycological problems ,its a total waste of tax payers money[/p][/quote]I'm sure that Bobby really couldn't care less about the factual incorrect opinion of a transphobic bigot such as yourself. You are correct you can't change gender as your gender is what is going on in your head, your sex on the other hand can be changed as sex is defined by your genitals and clinically this is easily changed hence in the case of a transsexual who has a male brain and female genitals as the brain cannot be changed the only solution is to change the body/genitals So that gender and sex now match. You are also wrong that he 'will still be a woman', legally he is a man and I am fairly sure that if you show a random selection of people his photo they would all agree he is a man. You are trying to define gender by what is between someones legs which is simply incorrect, By that definition a soldier who has lost his genitals in an explosion would be a woman? good luck telling them that! Surgery and the transition process is 98% effective and most patients need no further care beyond a prescription costing less than the prescription fee charged. Gender reassignment is more cost effective than any cancer treatment hence why the NHS funds gender reassignment for suitable patients and will continue to fund such treatment. All of the above is backed by fact rather than opinion. somewhereinworcester
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8:57pm Wed 13 Mar 13

murfyboy says...

hows the sex gonna match his brain , his vagina is going to be in parts on the outside of his body you moron so he might look like a man , in no way will he have a real penis and never will so will never be a real man . the only people who can choose sex/gender should be hermaphrodites and the gender/sex operation would be valid for these people. idiot dogooders like you are whats wrong with society today, its wrong to smack your kids but then they grow up with no discipline respect , ban fox hunting and badger baiting so kids get mauled and cattle get T.B i could go on .wake up and look at the facts bet you are supported by the state and also a member of the minority gay community. ive written to my local MP to complain anyway , because if bobby didnt want this hassle he wouldnt be rubbing everyones noses in it by publicising it everywhere and little kids shouldnt be exposed to this crap , schools dont start sex education untill secondary school why front page this so minors can see it?
hows the sex gonna match his brain , his vagina is going to be in parts on the outside of his body you moron so he might look like a man , in no way will he have a real penis and never will so will never be a real man . the only people who can choose sex/gender should be hermaphrodites and the gender/sex operation would be valid for these people. idiot dogooders like you are whats wrong with society today, its wrong to smack your kids but then they grow up with no discipline respect , ban fox hunting and badger baiting so kids get mauled and cattle get T.B i could go on .wake up and look at the facts bet you are supported by the state and also a member of the minority gay community. ive written to my local MP to complain anyway , because if bobby didnt want this hassle he wouldnt be rubbing everyones noses in it by publicising it everywhere and little kids shouldnt be exposed to this crap , schools dont start sex education untill secondary school why front page this so minors can see it? murfyboy
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11:04pm Wed 13 Mar 13

somewhereinworcester says...

I can tell from your swearing and lack of any grammar that you have been educated to a poorer standard than myself.

You have made assumptions about my income and sexual orientation which are totally incorrect but never mind that as that is not the point of this post.

You do seem to have a very strange obsession about another mans genitals? I'm not quite sure why you care about what the reassigned genitalia will look like or how they will function?

Let me explain the procedure that many female to male transsexuals undergo: The procedure is called a Phalloplasty and the procedure creates a penis which is capable of erection (albeit not spontaneous), penetrative intercourse, and urinating standing, the organ is sensate. On external appearance there is little difference to any other mans penis.

Post surgically this would mean that he would continue to have a brain gender which is male and his sex would now be male thus alleviating Gender Dysphoria.

Technology is improving all the time and within the next 10 years it is likely that either a lab grown organ will be possible or a penis transplant (which has already been successively performed on a cisgender man).

Gender Dysphoria is a medical condition no different to cancer or as you quoted 'hermaphrodites' (the correct terminology is intersex by the way!). No patient makes a conscious choice to be Gender Dysphoric this is a condition they are born with and they have no way to make the condition better without surgery.

Please feel free to contact your MP, I doubt that he will have any interest as Gender Dysphoria is an internationally recognised medical condition and therefore the NHS is compelled to treat patients with the condition. In fact case law exists which prevents the NHS from placing a blanket ban on funding for Gender Dysphoria.

Thankfully the NHS makes decisions on care based on peer reviewed clinical evidence and not uneducated opinions for people such as yourself.

With regards to your strange comment about sex education - Gender Dysphoria has nothing to do with sex! In fact there are lots of children who are also treated for Gender Dysphoria.

As for your comment about 'bet you are supported by the state' I take it when your daughter was born you used the NHS for maternity services and I bet you are claiming child benefit for your 'lifestyle choice' to have a baby.
I personally have never in my life claimed a penny from the state.
I can tell from your swearing and lack of any grammar that you have been educated to a poorer standard than myself. You have made assumptions about my income and sexual orientation which are totally incorrect but never mind that as that is not the point of this post. You do seem to have a very strange obsession about another mans genitals? I'm not quite sure why you care about what the reassigned genitalia will look like or how they will function? Let me explain the procedure that many female to male transsexuals undergo: The procedure is called a Phalloplasty and the procedure creates a penis which is capable of erection (albeit not spontaneous), penetrative intercourse, and urinating standing, the organ is sensate. On external appearance there is little difference to any other mans penis. Post surgically this would mean that he would continue to have a brain gender which is male and his sex would now be male thus alleviating Gender Dysphoria. Technology is improving all the time and within the next 10 years it is likely that either a lab grown organ will be possible or a penis transplant (which has already been successively performed on a cisgender man). Gender Dysphoria is a medical condition no different to cancer or as you quoted 'hermaphrodites' (the correct terminology is intersex by the way!). No patient makes a conscious choice to be Gender Dysphoric this is a condition they are born with and they have no way to make the condition better without surgery. Please feel free to contact your MP, I doubt that he will have any interest as Gender Dysphoria is an internationally recognised medical condition and therefore the NHS is compelled to treat patients with the condition. In fact case law exists which prevents the NHS from placing a blanket ban on funding for Gender Dysphoria. Thankfully the NHS makes decisions on care based on peer reviewed clinical evidence and not uneducated opinions for people such as yourself. With regards to your strange comment about sex education - Gender Dysphoria has nothing to do with sex! In fact there are lots of children who are also treated for Gender Dysphoria. As for your comment about 'bet you are supported by the state' I take it when your daughter was born you used the NHS for maternity services and I bet you are claiming child benefit for your 'lifestyle choice' to have a baby. I personally have never in my life claimed a penny from the state. somewhereinworcester
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1:11pm Thu 14 Mar 13

batchelorboy says...

How do you determine someone's brain gender?
How do you determine someone's brain gender? batchelorboy
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