Yuzen-painted furisode. Late Meiji period (1880-1911),
Japan. An elegant silk furisode featuring large yuzen-dyed flying cranes whose
highlights are decorated with simple and sagara embroidery. Five mon (family
crests). The Kimono Gallery.
“I used to think that was the gold standard,” she said afterward. “Transgender patients could just go [to these clinics] and get everything they need. I think it’s wonderful in theory, but … it lets everyone else off the hook. It makes it this special ‘other’ thing that you have to go to a special center for.”
Transgender care should be primary care, she thinks. It should require no special center, and unless a procedure is needed, no specialists.
“Any doctor should be able to do this,” she said.
Yes! When people email me asking what type of specialized physician they need to see to get hormones, they’re surprised when I answer: your regular doctor can do that.