What is Gender Dysphoria (formerly GID)?

The Use of Plastic Surgery in Treating Gender Dysphoria Defining Gender Dysphoria It is difficult to apply a precise Gender Dysphoria definition that satisfies both the transgender, non-binary and gender expansive community and the medical and support professionals who care for them. For any discussion of gender confirming plastic surgery, it is advisable to first explore the often confusing terminology employed by both professionals and the general population to describe a condition that is now medically referred to as Gender Dysphoria, or the various more outdated terms like Gender Identity Disorder, Gender Distress, Gender Conflict, or Transsexualism. Activists for reform in the standards of diagnosis and treatment of transgender and …

Talking With Schools About Your Transgender Child

Talking With Schools About Your Transgender Child Often, school can be a daunting place for transgender, non-binary, gender-expansive, or genderqueer young people. Navigating a gender transition and informing schools, teachers, and administrators might be an important part of your child’s process. Throughout this page you will find resources to move these important conversations forward and further help you and your child with this process. The language of this page is directed at parents of transgender young people in K-12 schools, but this can also be helpful for educators, school staff, and trans youth who might want to go about navigating a gender transition at schools on their own. Occasionally, trans …

Explaining Your Child’s Transgender Identity to Others

Explaining Your Child’s Transgender Identity to Others If your child or another young person in your life recently came out as trans, non-binary, or gender expansive, you might have questions about how to navigate their gender transition. There is a lot to think about, and this page will help answer some questions around how to talk to family and friends about your child’s trans identity. To see our FAQ on trans identity and youth, click here, and to find more resources aimed at supporting parents and family like yourself, click here. An important first step is having an honest conversation with your young person about what they want and need …

Changing your gender marker to Non-Binary

Changing Your Gender Marker to Non-Binary What is a gender marker?  All people born in the United States are assigned a sex at birth, which is then reported on all identifying documents. The category “gender marker” or “sex marker” refers to the sex the baby is assigned by a doctor based on their chromosomes and the appearance of genitals. Usually, the baby is assigned an M for male or an F for female, and this is what is put onto your official documents from birth. To learn more about the difference between assigned sex and gender identity, visit our informational page on misgendering. Continue reading to find out which states …

Transgender Voice Therapy

Transgender Voice Therapy Voice therapy, also known as transgender speech therapy or transgender communication therapy, can be a way for transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive people to alter the tone and pitch of their voice if their voice causes them gender dysphoria or discomfort. Among other reasons, trans and non-binary people can use voice therapy to increase confidence and self-satisfaction in their communication style. Although voice therapy is often used by binary-identifying transgender people, non-binary people can tailor voice therapy to their own specific goals based on what feels affirming and important to them.  What is Transgender Voice Therapy?  Voice therapy encompasses a series of non-surgical interventions used to change key …

Can I get top surgery even if I identify as nonbinary or genderqueer?

YES! We welcome patients of any gender identity. We believe in every person’s right to feel comfortable in their own body.  Transition is a highly individualized process, and some patients with gender dysphoria still find it easiest to use the pronouns of their gender identified at birth around the time of surgery.  We are very accepting of the many different transition journeys that patients may take.

Are there support groups for family members or loved ones of transgendered individuals?

Support for Family and Loved Ones of Transgender Surgery Patients Supporting a transgender individual who is determined to seek gender identity satisfaction is a difficult, complicated, and often long-term undertaking. It requires love, understanding and a willingness to look past personal beliefs and traditional social conventions and preconceived moral or social attitudes. There are many resources that can be explored to find information and support for family, friends and partners of transgender patients undergoing a gender transition process. Begin by consulting the websites of national organizations established for the purpose of supporting this segment of the population:  Transgender Network (TNET), an arm of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), a long-established national …

Transgender issues

Gender Transition Gender identity – whether you identify as a woman, man, transgender and/or gender non-conforming – is a basic element that helps define an individual’s sense of self. Though it’s difficult to pinpoint a definition that satisfies both the medical community and the transgender community, the term gender dysphoria (formerly gender identity disorder) is used to describe a mental health condition individuals who do not identify with the sex and gender they were designated at birth have. Myths and misconceptions about transgender individuals are all too common. Most people, even those who are well-intentioned, are simply uninformed about gender identification, how the social and medical transition process works, or the …

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal Laser hair removal (LHR) can be an important part of medical gender transition for many members of the trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive communities. In order to better serve our patients, we now offer LHR in our downtown San Francisco office. Laser hair removal is often used by trans folks to remove hair follicles in areas on the body to prepare for bottom surgery and/or to reduce experiences with gender dysphoria related to hair growth.  Laser Hair Removal at The Gender Confirmation Center At The Gender Confirmation Center, our Clarity laser works with all skin tones and our office only serves the larger trans and gender-diverse community. If …

Facial Masculinization Surgery

Facial Masculinization Surgery We are excited to announce that we now offer gender-affirming facial masculinization surgery (FMS) with Board-certified surgeon Dr. Alexander Facque. FMS can help trans men and masculine-spectrum gender-diverse people who experience discomfort or gender dysphoria associated with their face. Not all trans men or trans masc folks experience facial dysphoria, but facial masculinizing procedures may help reduce some of those negative feelings for those who do. During surgery, Dr. Facque targets areas on the face that are generally impacted by testosterone in people assigned male at birth. This means that all facial masculinizing procedures alter either the bones, skin, or soft tissues of the face in an …