A transgender woman in Perth has become the first person in Australia to receive gender reassignment surgery.
Key points:A transgender woman is the first transgender person to receive a gender reassigment surgery in AustraliaAn 18-year-old transgender woman who transitioned at the age of 15 said the surgery made her feel more confident and confident in her gender identity”I’m a nurse and I’m happy to be in this position, it’s been my dream to transition for so long,” the woman said.
“The surgery is amazing and the team at The Transgender Hospital at TGH have really helped me through the process.”
Transgender woman Kate Burdon has undergone a gender transition at The Gender Identity Clinic at TGL, a private health centre in the Perth suburb of Glenelg.
Kate is a transgender woman, who has transitioned at 14 years old.
“I don’t think I’ve ever felt like I was a girl in my life,” she said.
Kate underwent gender reassignement surgery at the TGH at the beginning of 2019.
“When I was about 17, I was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, which is when you don’t identify with your gender at all,” she explained.
“When you have gender dysphoric disorder, you think your gender identity is wrong and you feel it is wrong to be who you are.”
That’s what I was told was going to happen and that was when I started transitioning.
“Kate said the decision to undergo gender reassigning surgery was not an easy one.”
It’s been incredibly difficult and emotional,” she told ABC Perth.
When I started transition, I wasn’t comfortable being myself.
I felt like a fraud.
I felt like my feelings were wrong, and I wanted to change that.
My family weren’t supportive of it at first, and then when they found out, they came up with all kinds of reasons.
One of the things they were saying was that it’s a psychological thing.
It’s very difficult for a transgender person.”
If I go into the doctor and tell them that I am a fraud, they won’t be able to tell the difference between a fraud and someone who really wants to be treated well and truly,” Kate said.
Kate said she has had support from family and friends throughout her transition.”
They have really embraced me and supported me through this whole process,” she added.
She said her transition has also been a blessing in disguise.”
Being able to be myself has made me a better person,” she shared.
While there are many other trans people who have undergone gender reassogination surgery, Kate said she feels lucky to have the support of a close-knit community.
The clinic said it was committed to providing quality care and supportive services for all patients.