Girls Will Be Boys: The Tragic Life of Laura/”Michael” Dillon, First Person to Undergo “Sex Reassignment Surgery”

Excerpted from Girls Will Be Boys, by Mary Roach, published Mar 18, 2007, by The New York Times:

Michael Dillon wanted nothing more than to be invisible, to be one of the guys. Problem: he was born with a woman’s body. Everything he did toward realizing his humble dream — the cross-dressing, the hormones and surgeries and the chimera that resulted — pushed it further from his grasp. He went through life as the most visible sort of human being: a physical anomaly. He was the first person on record to undergo surgery (13 operations between 1946 and 1949) to change his gender…

Happiness eluded Michael Dillon. Isolated, depressed, hounded by the press, he traveled to India and, bizarrely, to a series of ever more remote Tibetan monasteries. He could not speak the language of his fellow novices, but with his shaved head and robes, he felt he fit in someplace. Sadly, he faced prejudice in the monasteries too, and his visa ran out before he was allowed to become a full-fledged monk. In 1962, he died impoverished near the border of Ladakh. He was 47, and had been trying to get back to the monastery where he’d felt at home.

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This article was posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 at 11:06 pm and is filed under 04 - Gender Confusion (Transgender), Born that Way?, Gender 'Fluidity' (Confusion), Mental Health, New York Times, News, Physical Health. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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