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Johns Hopkins to provide gender assignment surgery

Johns Hopkins to provide gender assignment surgery

CREATED ON // Friday, 14 October 2016 Author // Andrew Shaw

American private research university Johns Hopkins has confirmed it will be begin providing gender assignment surgery, following claims by two of its academic staff that there is little evidence that people are born trans.

In a recent report for The New Atlantis titled ‘Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences’, Dr Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr Paul McHugh conclude there is very little evidence supporting that trans people are “born that way” or that people are born gay.

McHugh, a psychiatrist, was responsible for the university ceasing gender assignment surgery in 1979, as he believes being transgender is a mental disorder.

The University responded:

“The Johns Hopkins Medicine commitment to the LGBT community is sincere, strong and unwavering.

“We have committed to and will soon begin providing gender-affirming surgery as another important element of our overall care program, reflecting careful consideration over the past year of best practices and the appropriate provision of care for transgender individuals.”


Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of QP [queensland pride magazine].

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