Gender reassignment surgery anyone?

Will the government pay for it?  Silly question, of course, we will.  We already do, you just have to wait 5-10 years.  

People who don’t want to wait that long can travel to Thailand for immediate surgery costing $25,000.  One transexual did just that and now thinks taxpayers should stump up for everyone else to travel to Thailand for gender reassignment surgery (GRS).  Because it’s cheaper and you don’t have to wait.  Fast surgery.

Yes, there are people out there who think our public health system should be modelled on mackers. Can I have a facelift and liposuction with my GRS, please?


I naively thought GRS was for people with ambiguous genitalia, that is, at birth, their genitals didn’t conform to accepted male or female norms.  These babies can be given hormonal treatment to delay puberty until they are old enough to decide their own sex.  Or more likely, their parents decided at birth whether to raise the child male or female but puberty dictated otherwise.  No problem with funding this surgery.

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But there’s been an increase in the number of people wanting GRS both overseas and here. No mention of whether these people fall into the category of being born with sexual ambiguity.  Because that evaluation would be sexist wouldn’t it? 

“After overseas clinics observed a marked increase in the number of transgender people requesting therapy in recent years, a team of researchers sought to see if there had been a similar trend here.

They reviewed data from the Wellington Endocrine Service and found 438 peopleidentifying as transgender referred to the clinic between 1990 and 2016. The numbers steadily rose over that time.” 

“It represents a rapid change in the population’s understanding of the range of gender identity in individuals and the practicality of therapy,” study author Dr John Delahunt, of Otago University’s Department of Medicine, said of the findings. 

However, we could only note the rate of change of referrals not the reasons for this.”

So, there’s been a rapid change in our understanding of gender identification.  Gone are the days of being born male or female, now we can give the other side a go if we want.  But why would we?

Is our farmed meat contaminated with steroids which screw up our hormones and mess with our sexuality?   

Or is the current trend of raising children “gender neutral” instead of boy or girl adding confusion to a child’s sexuality? 

Maybe, but the researchers do give their thoughts on the likely reason for the increase in numbers of transgender people requesting therapy as “related to the increasing societal awareness and acceptance of gender diversity”.

Say again, increasing societal awareness and acceptance of gender diversity?

Because it’s now acceptable to change sexuality more people are choosing to? 

These are people who don’t necessarily meet the test of atypical genitalia or chromosomal aberration.  We don’t know how many of them are genuine because it’s sexist to ask.

The increase in requests for GRS is because the LGBT community has grown. 

A 2016 New Zealand medical study on people who identify as transgender reported: Internationally, individual clinics have observed an increasing number of referrals of individuals identifying as transgender, and this has been confirmed in at least one New Zealand clinic.”

It’s straight economics.  

The LGBT community has cottoned onto state-funded-sex-change-operations and they are going for it.  

And we are paying for it.  In more ways than one.  The same 2016 NZ medical study also reported: “Individuals identifying as transgender are more likely to experience mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and functional impairment, and are at higher risk of suicide.”

The social and economic costs of the growing transgender community will only go one way and that is up.

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