From freak to fashion: transsexualisms’ 40 year transition
I do not know how many transsexuals I have clinically assessed during 40 years. But, I do know there has been an unpredictable evolution engaging transsexualism. Academy Award films portray transsexuals, television serials and talk shows regularly feature them, and transsexuals are prominent physicians, entertainers, religious leaders, writers, and scholars. Transgenderism has become increasingly prominent, as have persons identified as a third sex or with none at all. This presentation charts the metamorphosis of Harry Benjamin’s transsexual phenomenon from my initial perspective in his 1960s New York office to my twelve years at the world’s largest gender identity program—London’s Charing Cross Hospital.