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Gender Transition

At Choices we honor and celebrate gender transition and diversity and all expressions of gender.  Many people identify with a different gender than the one they were assigned at birth, and sometimes their gender does not fit within the male/female binary.  Many people are also born intersex, which is far more common than people generally think.  In these cases, people may struggle with invisibility, loneliness, isolation, and a sense of being different from everyone else.

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The path to gender affirmation celebrates every individual’s lived gender, and while hormones and surgery may be necessary for many, we recognize that they are not for everyone.  Therapy in this context works to help a person discover and process how to live their true gender identity, cope with the shift in roles, and recognize the emotional impact of body changes it entails.  Often, relationships become challenging as people assert their gender, and therapy can be useful in navigating these as well

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Facts about Gender Transition:

Based on the recent information from the Facts and Statistics – Marie Claire:

  • 700,000 – The number of estimated people who identify as transgender in the U.S.
  • 1966 – The first year transition surgeries were practiced in the States.
  • $15,500 – How much gender reassignment surgery can cost.
  • 207 – The number of companies with healthcare for transgender workers.
  • 41% – The percentage of transgender people who have attempted suicide.
  • July 10, 2014 – The date Laverne Cox was nominated for an Emmy.
  • 16 – The youngest age a person has undergone reassignment surgery.
  • 15,500 – The number of transgender individuals in the military.
  • 19% – The percentage of transgender people who experienced violence or abuse from a family member.

Psychiatrists & Therapists specializing in Gender Transition:

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