With more female-to-male transitions, long-held perceptions of what it means to be a Transgender are no longer valid.
(Bala Cynwyd, PA) Time was when the conventional image of a transgender individual was that of a man dressing as a woman. Inaccurate as that image was, the popular definition or concept of the transgender person was more sexual-based than biological. It was thought that the underlying motivation behind being transgender could range from homosexuality to perversion and was the province largely of males.
Today, it is understood that being transgender is biological and it is the result of a so-called cross-wiring within the person, often being described as one sex being trapped inside the body of the other. A recent paper published in Europe1, supports the position that a transgender is just as likely to be a male or female. Its authors have observed a growing number of women who have transitioned and who identify themselves as part of the transgender community. According to Dr. Sherman Leis, world renown transgender surgeon and founder of The Philadelphia Center For Transgender Surgery said, “Due to societal bias and/or ignorance, transgender female-to-male individuals have long suffered in silence because few understood their condition or that women could even be transgender. Including them in that community will dramatically change its complexion and popular perception. High profile female-to-male cases like that of Chaz Bono, puts the spotlight on transmen and broadens the support and acceptance of them and their inclusion as a significant part of the transgender community.”
Said Dr. Leis, “Although the transgender community truly includes trans women and trans men in near equal numbers, the public perception of that community has been slow to change. In fact, there is a great deal of misinformation out there even among transgender people. But it is changing. One of the reasons I founded The Philadelphia Center For Transgender Surgery is to provide a complete resource for the transgender community worldwide. Although our focus is on transgender surgery and health, we also make available a wealth of experience and information for both trans men and trans women. We look forward to the day when transgender people will be both understood and universally accepted.”
The Philadelphia Center For Transgender Surgery is recognized as one of the premier facilities in the world for gender reassignment surgery. Located on a quiet street in Bala Cynwyd, in suburban Philadelphia, it offers
unequaled experience together with a comprehensive program of surgical and non-surgical care for the transgender community by Dr. Leis’ team of dedicated specialists – surgeons, psychologists, endocrinologists, aestheticians, speech therapists, legal experts, and others.
Dr. Leis has developed a worldwide following because of his experience, expertise, and his devotion to his patients. He keeps a busy travel schedule
and is a popular speaker at the many transgender conferences that he visits throughout the year. Dr. Leis is passionate about his work and is known for personally answering emails and phone calls well into the night in order to keep up with curious and questioning patients.
The Philadelphia Center For Transgender Surgery is located in suburban Philadelphia at 19 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Phone: 610-667-1888. Website: www.thetransgendercenter.com