Amazon sets release date for “Transparent” dramedy series

‘Transparent’ Could Be 2014′s Groundbreaking Show

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There are five new comedy and drama pilots streaming on Amazon for free right now, but there’s one that stands out as the next game-changing TV show.

From creator Jill Soloway (“United States of Tara,” “Six Feet Under”), “Transparent” is a half hour dramedy about a transgender parent. From the pilot alone, it’s clear that it has the potential to be the best show of 2014, to adopt a huge following similar to “Orange Is the New Black,” and even change LGBT television in a bigger, bolder way than “Orange” has.

Within the first five minutes, it’s clear that the pilot is a remarkably well-written first episode. Vulture already called it the best pilot they’ve seen in years, and I couldn’t agree more with its smart and funny script and solid cast, which includes Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann (“Girls”), Jay Duplass (“Jeff, Who Lives At Home”), Amy Landecker (“Revenge”), and Judith Light (“Dallas”) — all of whom are fantastic. But beyond this, “Transparent” is also an important pilot, and if picked up, it could be an incredibly important series.

In the pilot, we’re introduced to an L.A. family of three grown kids called to their father Mort’s (Tambor) home for dinner for a seemingly urgent announcement. But when each of them reacts selfishly with no regard for Mort’s news, which is clearly a struggle for him to share, he decides to keep it to himself. It remains unknown for the remainder of the episode until he’s revealed sitting in a transgender support group dressed as a woman. Mort is making his transition to Moira, but isn’t ready to come out to his family yet, who are each dealing with their own issues of body image, past romance (which was a lesbian relationship), and love in the wake of success.

There’s no doubt that 2013 was an groundbreaking year for transgender characters in television, and much of that is owed to “Orange Is the New Black” and Laverne Cox. Yet while “Orange” brought trans awareness and discussions into the mainstream, it wasn’t a series fully dedicated to the subject matter, and that’s where “Transparent” can prove truly monumental. America doesn’t just need a show that unveils the trails of a trans character, but a show that is both poignant and humorous, and puts this character in the context of a relatable American family. This is a show about characters learning how to discover, embrace, and express all forms of identity, and that’s something powerful audiences can connect to.

Surprisingly, however, out of the five drama and comedy pilots Amazon unveiled this week, “Transparent” currently has the fewest user reviews and one of the lowest total ratings. After watching two of these five (both of which had higher ratings), I can easily assure you that the writing and acting quality of the others is far below that of “Transparent.” Perhaps audiences prefer fast-paced, one-note shows with uninspired archetypes, or perhaps they want something that doesn’t challenge the norm, but that’s all the more reason Soloway’s pilot deserves a shot at a series.

All episodes of Amazon’s original series “Transparent” will be available at once to Prime subscribers September 26.

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Seeking crotch with female genital organs

September 1, 2014

Dear Doctor,

As James I want to have a crotch with a female genital organ.
Is this possible?

Enzo

Thank you Doctor Reed to answer us.

 

September 1, 2014

Good morning and happy Labor Day Enzo,

Requests similar to yours for genital sex change  are received every week. Because this is not conventional surgery,  2 letters of psychiatric clearance are required. Yes, we can talk about doing this.

Call the office to arrange for a oonsultation.

Sincerely,

Harold M. Reed, M.D.
305-865-2000

Wish to remain a male, but want genital sex change, genital dysphoria not gender dysphoria

September 1, 2014

Dear Dr. Reed.

I also want to remain male, but wish to have genital modification surgery to have a vagina. I?m no expert on trans issues or gender, but it does seem that there is a difference between gender dysphoria and genital dysphoria, and many trans people have gender dysphoria, but not genital dysphoria because they have no issues with their inherited genitalia. If this is the case, why can?t one have genital dysphoria but not gender dysphoria? I?m seeking out a therapist with whom I can talk about this, because although I?m not obsessed with having this modification, it is something that I have thought about consistently for a while now. If my therapist(s) and I conclude that there is no harm in my going through with such a procedure, then I would prefer to have in done in the US with a reputable surgeon. I also want to remain male, but wish to have genital modification surgery to have a vagina. I’m no expert on trans issues or gender, but it does seem that there is a difference between gender dysphoria and genital dysphoria, and many trans people have gender dysphoria, but not genital dysphoria because they have no issues with their inherited genitalia. If this is the case, why can’t one have genital dysphoria but not gender dysphoria? I’m seeking out a therapist with whom I can talk about this, because although I’m not obsessed with having this modification, it is something that I have thought about consistently for a while now. If my therapist(s) and I conclude that there is no harm in my going through with such a procedure, then I would prefer to have in done in the US with a reputable surgeon.

Monty

 

September 1, 2014

Happy (and safe) Labor Day Monty,

You have made a very astute call, and I agree.

Requests similar to yours for vaginoplasty sex change are received every week. Because this is not conventional surgery,  2 letters of psychiatric clearance are required. Yes, we can talk about doing this.

Call the office to arrange for a consultation.

Sincerely,

Harold M. Reed, M.D.
305-865-2000

How long do I have to stay in Miami for a primary vaginoplasty (sex change)?

August 31, 2014

Dear Dr. Reed,

Thinking of male to female sex change in Miami.  How long will I have to stay there?

Have a 2 week vacation which could be extended some because of accumulated sick day time.  Will need a note from your office.
Lakesha

August 31, 2014

Good morning Lakesha,

Typical scenarios is office visit the morning before surgery.  Your check list will have been  reviewed by phone, along with your lab work and letters of clearance.
You will need to have availability of a motel room starting that morning (maybe early check in at 11 AM because of the bowel prep).  The next day vaginoplasty with an overnight stay.

We call surgery the “zero day”, because of references to that date with post op instructions, such as removing packing on your 7th post-op day, removal of your catheter on the 12th post-op day, and sutures out on the 14th post op day.

80% of our patients leave on the 7th post op day and most of the remainder the following day.  If you are not local, always advisable if planning a long trip, to stay an extra day . Incision lines take 7 to 8 weeks to regain full tensile strength and your torso weight could be 80 pounds easily.  This is the most common reason which incisions separate.  Using a ring pillow every time you sit down for a good 6 weeks is great insurance.

If you are flying back home, please ask for a letter to TSA saying you have a catheter and leg bag.  We advise emptying out your bag just before going through the scanners.  On my Rx it say to TSA, any questions please call me.  Only received 1 call in 12 years.

Then plan on convalescing at home for another week.  So your 2 week vacation might be very close to satisfying  the needed time.

Best wishes for a beautiful Sunday,

Harold M. Reed, M.D. FICS

Transsexual Surgeon
Senior Member of the American Urological Association
Member Society of Genito-Urinary Reconstructive Surgeons
Founding Member and Treasurer of American Academy of Phalloplasty Surgeons
Founding Member Sexual Society of North America

305-865-2000

68 year old MTF ready to go

August 29, 2014

Dr. Reed,

I would like a MTF sex change  (vaginoplasty).  Am 68 and in good health.  My parents lived in their eighties.  Can it be safely done?

Sammy  (Samantha)

August 29, 2014

Good morning Samantha,

Let’s confer on the phone first.  Needed of course is a letter of medical clearance written by preferably an internist or cardiologist with reference to a stress EKG.  You should ideally be done in a hospital setting.

If you are on Medicare, they will reimburse you for the surgery component and underwrite the costs of hospitalization and anesthesia.  A big savings of several thousand dollars.

Sincerely,

Harold M. Reed, M,.D.  FICS
Senior Member of the American Urological Association
Member Society of Genito-Urinary Reconstructive Surgeons
Founding Member and Treasurer of American Academy of Phalloplasty Surgeons
Founding Member Sexual Society of North America

Thailand MTF seeks clitoral exposure and colonic vagina (more lubrication?)

August 29, 2014

hi i had srs sex change in thailand in 2012 and my clitoris closed up. i wanted to inquire about getting it fixed and doing colon srs for more depth/lubrication. i wanted to get your opinion on this?

Marlene

August 28, 2014

Good morning Marlene,

If you can feel a body there and the area is erogenous, this is a good sign.   If you look at natal vulvas, you’ll notice the glans is often showing just minimally.

Please arrange for a consultation by calling our office. Usually we can de-epithelialize to suit.

Colonic vaginas could produce more depth, but good depth results can be achieved without
colonic surgery.  The drawbacks I have seen are the red stop light sign.  Colonic mucosa in the vulva can be very red and who need a “what’s that?” during intimacy.  Also there is a different odor down there.  In my bias “doesn’t’ smell quite right.”  However there are situations in which a colonic vagina for redos and certain  congenital deformities could be very appropriate.

As for lubrication,  there is not a doctor (that I know of) who when doing a rectal exam  who does not apply jelly to his glove.  Our (non-colonic) patients probably have similar lubrication as determined by FSFI (feminine sexual function index, a survey).

Cordially,

Harold M. Reed, M.D. FICS
Senior Member of the American Urological Association
Member Society of Genito-Urinary Reconstructive Surgeons
Founding Member and Treasurer of American Academy of Phalloplasty Surgeons
Founding Member Sexual Society of North America

You did my friend’s MTF sex change, now do me.

August 28, 2014

Hey Dr. Reed,

You did a sex change operation on a close friend and secretly I’ve been saving up planning for early 2015.  I was there when you took care of her, so you should recognize me.

Your unrushed daily visits show great concern and compassion.  Glad you brought me into the exam room when you explained to Marta how to dilate, and now it will be her turn to make sure I’m doing it right. “Aim for the belly button”    I remember.

Isabel,

August 28, 2014

Good morning Isabel,

Sex change is the specialty of the house.  Please initiate a consultation and let’s make sure you are qualified, 2 therapy letters, good height weight confirmation, you know the routine and we’ll begin.

Cordially,

Harold M. Reed, M.D.  FICS
Senior Member of the American Urological Association
Member Society of Genito-Urinary Reconstructive Surgeons
Founding Member and Treasurer of American Academy of Phalloplasty Surgeons
Founding Member Sexual Society of North America

305-865-2000

Male to female sex change, possible maximum vaginal depth

August 24, 2014

I will be undergoing MTF sex change vaginoplasty this fall.  Have yet to select a surgeon in the US, but would like to be assured of a good depth, 6 inches or better.   Any suggestions.

Chloe

 

August 24, 2014

Dear Chloe,

If your height is above 5′ 6″, a 6 inch depth is possible, no guarantee, unless you have a colonic vagina. where more depth can be achieved because the upper end could be intra-peritoneal.   A natal female vagina is elastic and if a regular partner is well endowed, possibly could be intra-peritoneal.

To create a space that might risk getting into the peritoneal cavity is not wise.  Possible peritonitis.  If you are an aggressive user of vaginal dilators within the first  1-2 weeks after surgery, use numbing cream, you can build upon what the surgeon has given you.  Even if you just get 1/8″ more at the end of the dilating session.  In 8 days, the increase could be enough to please you.

The corollary is also true, if you do not dilate a few times a day, you could lose what would have been a very acceptable initially.

Sincerely,

Harold M. Reed, M.D.
Transsexual surgeon
305-865-2000

 

Penis enlargement without surgery for underaverage gent

August 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Reed,

I am seeking penile enlargement.  My size is under average.  Are there valid non-operative methods of achieving this?

Michael

August 24, 2014

Good morning Michael,

Yes, there are and they should be used under the guidance of your urologist.

Some of what you see on http://www.penisdoctor.com/enlargepenis.htm could be accomplished without surgery

I look at my job as to convince prospective patients that normal is a range, not a singular number.  Also they are a package and have many gifts to please a mate, including intelligence, support, confidence, charm love, encouragement, and looking like someone they would be proud to be with in public.

How many men marry not the perfect physical specimen, but the love is there.  The overall  package is there and bells ring.

Sincerely,

 

Harold M. Reed, M.D. FICS
Senior Member of the American Urological Association
Member Society of Genito-Urinary Reconstructive Surgeons
Founding Member and Treasurer of American Academy of Phalloplasty Surgeons
Founding Member Sexual Society of North America

305-865-2000

Need MTF sex change surgery, from LA, what grants/sponsors are available there?

August 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Reed,

I heard that grants are available for sex change vaginoplasty.  Also I have heard you mentioned the availability of sponsors.  Am from the west coast.  Any suggestions.

Carmelita

August 23, 2014

Good afternoon Carmelita,

Thank you for your interest in what we do and visiting http://srsmiami.com/

I am sure if you ask around on the west coast, you’ll find many transsexual surgeons who will be happy to provide a grant to assist a needy patient.  While we do not maintain a directory of such programs, your local support groups and therapists should know.

Our fees may be slightly lower in that we own our facility, but that should not be your foremost consideration. In our office Anne our amiable manager is the brains behind pa and the maker of deals.  She has my full encouragement without conferring with me to be extremely generous.

You have a dream, we have a mission.

With every best wish,

Harold M. Reed, M.D. FICS
Senior Member of the American Urological Association
Member Society of Genito-Urinary Reconstructive Surgeons
Founding Member and Treasurer of American Academy of Phalloplasty Surgeons
Founding Member Sexual Society of North America

305-865-2000