What Is Transgender Conversion Therapy?

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 22 November 2017

At birth, we are assigned a sex based on our genitalia. For some people, the sex they were assigned at birth does not match how they feel inside. If you are one of those people, you are not alone and there is nothing wrong with you. Many people may try to fight you on this issue and convince you that being trans or wanting gender-affirming surgery is wrong and that the only way for you to be “normal” is through transgender conversion therapy. This is very dangerous. What is transgender conversion therapy? Some people believe that being transgender is a disease that has a cure. This false set of beliefs has led to a non-fact-based therapy aimed at turning trans individuals into people that conform to what the dominant idea of “normal” is. In reality, there is no such thing as “normal” when it comes to gender identity. Conversion therapy…

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Transgender: When To Transition

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 15 Nov 2017

We can set reminders in our phones and computers to tell us to pick up milk on our way home from work, but we can’t set an alert that tells us when the best time to transition is. If you are transgender or struggling with your gender identity, it’s up…

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Why Transgender Identity Is Not A Mental Illness

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 8 Nov 2017

There has been much debate on whether or not transgender identity is a mental illness. Some believe that being transgender is something you suffer from like depression, while others feel that this is simply not the case. In truth, being transgender is not a mental illness. What is mental illness?…

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What Insurance Covers FTM Surgery?

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 1 Nov 2017

For many trans people, the idea of undergoing gender-affirming surgery is daunting, not because of the fear of finally becoming who they really are but because of the price. Without insurance, the surgery can be quite expensive. However, insurance is available in Canada that covers the cost of the surgery.…

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