Transsexualism is ‘delusion’ says former sex-swap man

Mon, 8 Nov 2010

A man who underwent sex change surgery to look like a woman – then changed back – says the NHS should halt all sex change operations.

Charles Kane, who spent £100,000 on operations to make him look like a woman, says he needed counselling, not surgery.

“Based on my own experiences, I believe sex-change operations should not be allowed, and certainly not on the NHS”, he says.

Counselling

Mr Kane says: “People who think they are a woman trapped in a male body are, in my opinion, completely deluded. I certainly was.

“I needed counselling, not a sex-change operation.”

He adds: “In many ways I see myself as a victim of the medical profession.”

Trauma

Mr Kane was born Sam Hashimi but had an operation to make him look like a woman in 1997.

He believes that the decision to have sex change surgery came as a result of the trauma of the breakdown of his marriage.

He then lived as Samantha Kane, working as an interior designer and engaging in a jet set lifestyle.

But Mr Kane was not happy. He said he felt he was merely playing a role and he disliked what female hormones were doing to his emotions.

Mistake

In 2004 he decided he had made a mistake to live as a woman and proceeded to spend £25,000 on three further operations at London’s Charing Cross Hospital.

He is now Charles Kane and is seeking funding for a documentary entitled The Sex Change Delusion.

Critics of sex change operations say that gender dysphoria is a psychiatric problem, not a physical one, and radical physical surgery does more harm than good.

A Home Office report from April 2000 said: “Many people revert to their biological sex after living for some time in the opposite sex”.

Youngest

In 2007 Dr Russell Reid, a doctor specialising in gender dysphoria, was found guilty of serious professional misconduct because he rushed patients into sex change surgery before they had been properly assessed. In 2004 Charles Kane accused Dr Reid of convincing him to have a sex change operation.

At the beginning of this year it emerged that a 16-year-old boy was to become the UK’s youngest sex change patient after the NHS approved his surgery.

In an interview with a national newspaper Bradley Cooper said: “People might think I’m too young to make such a huge decision but I know my own mind and this is what I want.” He added: “The doctors have said I need the surgery for my own peace of mind.”

Rules

Last year a mother of a 14-year-old boy who wants to have sex change treatment said it should be allowed on the NHS before a child reaches puberty.

Carole Smith says her son wants to become a girl and should be allowed the hormone blockers now before he reaches 18.

According to The Sun, Georgie’s mum (not his real name) blasted health chiefs for banning youngsters from taking sex change drugs until after puberty.

Discriminated

In June a transsexual man won the right to be treated as a man in the marriage system and a woman in the pensions system.

Christopher Timbrell, who has changed his name to Christine, won his case against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in June.

Three Appeal Court judges ruled he was being discriminated against by not receiving a woman’s pension and he will now be paid backdated funds.

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