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Breast Implants For Transsexual Are Denied

Breast Implant surgery for a transsexual has been denied – and he claims the refusal is sex discrimination. Watch this week’s Plastic Surgery News to find out more.

Doctor sitting at laptop computerA man in the United Kingdom who says he has been living a s a woman for ten years wants breast augmentation surgery, but has been refused. Now, he is claiming sex discrimination and has made a case against his health care organization.

The transsexual, known only as “C,” hasn’t yet had a sex change operation but has reportedly had hormone treatments to become more feminine. He claims breast augmentation would help complete his female identity. But, C has been denied this operation since 2006.

C is claiming discrimination. But the attorney for the West Berkshire Primary Care Trust organization said C was denied because his request for breast augmentation coverage didn’t meet their “exceptional” criteria for funding.

An appeal hearing was scheduled for earlier this week. We’ll keep you posted on the outcome.

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The Plastic Surgery Channel Surgeon Answers: (3)

  1. Why do you address this person as a he, when it’s obvious their gender identity is she and that’s how they want to be address? Trying to make a redundant point here? We all know this person is bilogically male, but you can show a little more respect.

    Posted on October 29th, 2009
  2. Come on, folks — even the AP and the major broadcast news organizations have been using “she” and “her” in stories about male-to-female transgender women, and vice versa for female-to-male transgender men. Further, whether someone has had reassignment surgery is not the criterion for being transgender. The fact that she has been living as a woman for ten years pretty much removes any doubt. You may want to look at www(dot)glaad(dot)org/referenceguide.

    Now, whether she wants or should have surgical breast augmentation, and who should pay for it, and whether (in the UK) it’s unlawful discrimination: that’s a separate issue, and I hope that you follow up on it.

    You can probably guess why I have strong opinions about this…

    Posted on October 29th, 2009
  3. Ah, I see. The surgery was not denied, per se. Just paying for it was. Maybe she just needs to pay for the surgery herself and be done with it.

    Posted on November 3rd, 2009

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