Transsexual patient with cerebral palsy

July 27, 2014

Dear Dr. Reed,

hi my given name is Jason Hartmann but to most im known as Laurie or Brandy.I say that because government name has still not been changed I?ve been working on that for the last year and a half because the town I live in is very small here in virginia. I am m/f transgender with cerebral palsy and I have been transitioning for the last eight years because there is no help for transgender woman where I live I have to travel and hour and half away my home to see my doctor for hormone treatment. I am stuck at that trasitioning point because i only receive a certain amont of money a month to live off of which will never leave the funding to complete my transition. I want a breast augmentation and srs so I can feel complete. Im reaching out for help. Please help

July 27, 2014

Hi Laurie,

Without knowing any medical history or the seriousness of your disability, I cannot determine if you are a surgical candidate.  So step one is to have a consultation with our office ($250) if you believe you are a surgical candidate.  Step two, is to secure funds for surgery at a reduced price.  Please check with other transsexual surgeons who do this surgery frequently and work out your best deal.  What have you leaned thus far, and who have you spoken with?  You have computer skills so that should be no problem.

Have a pleasant Sunday,

Harold M. Reed, M.D.
Transsexual Surgeon

305-865-2000

Medicare, Transsexual Surgery, and the office of Dr. Reed

                                         Medicare, Transsexual Surgery, and the office of Dr. Reed

Dear prospective patients who are on Medicare or are considering Medicare to fund their transsexual surgery,

Yesterday, we got a verbal update from Medicare (phone call) and their policy is always evolving.   As of November or December, 2014, our office is no longer going to be listed as an accept assignment office.

Allowing a month for transition, after either December, 2014 or January, 2015, we will still see Medicare patients, but they will get the check, which may be 10 to 15% less than if they went to a doctor who accepts Medicare assignment.  The catch is, doubtful you will find a doctor who will doing MTF vaginoplasty for the 1,800 or so Medicare has allowed.

What this means is with each Medicare patient we will have a written agreement that we are not accepting assignment.  The patient will get the check directly from Medicare.   To schedule surgery which will be done at the hospital for Medicare patients, simply call Anne, our amiable office manager.  Our fees will be reduced, because the hospital is the facility (not our office)  – Medicare takes care of that, and anesthesia is also provided by the hospital.  A savings of several 1000 s of dollars.  We will fill out your Medicare form, send it in, provide you with a copy.  So you will be paid directly by the US government.

We have always been looking for a comfortable way to make Medicare work and I think for now this is it.

Should you have any questions, please call our office and speak with Anne.  We will try to make your dreams come true at a real savings.

Sincerely,

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

 

Medicare update (July 25, 2014)

                             Medicare, Transsexual Surgery, and the office of Dr. Reed
Dear prospective patients who are on Medicare or are considering Medicare to fund their transsexual surgery,
Yesterday, we got an verbal update from Medicare (phone call) and their policy is always evolving.   As of November or December, 2014, our office is no longer going to be listed as an “accept assignment office.”
Allowing a month for transition, after either December, 2014 or January, 2015, we will still see Medicare patients, but they will get the check, which may be 10 to 15% less than if they went to a doctor who accepts Medicare assignment.  The catch is, doubtful you will find a doctor who will doing MTF vaginoplasty for the 1,800 or so Medicare has allowed.
What this means is with each Medicare patient we will have a written agreement that we are not accepting assignment.  The patient will get the check directly from Medicare.   To schedule surgery which will be done at the hospital for Medicare patients, simply call Anne, our amiable office manager.  Our fees will be reduced, because the hospital is the facility (not our office)  – Medicare takes care of that, and anesthesia is also provided by the hospital.  A savings of several 1000?s of dollars.  We will fill out your Medicare form, send it in, provide you with a copy.  So you will be paid directly by the US government.
We have always been looking for a comfortable way to make Medicare work and I think for now this is it.
Should you have any questions, please call our office and speak with Anne.  We will try to make your dreams come true at a real savings.
Sincerely,
Harold M. Reed, M.D.
305-865-2000

 

Eric from the Philippines seeking a sponsor

hi im eric i am  26 years old and im looking for sponsor like organization for helping me to raise money for transgender. im living here in phillipines and here pls help me to reach my dreams thank you.

 

July 22, 2014

Good afternoon Eric,

How do you spell Philippines, your native country?

Why is it that 40% of American women who get married never work seriously again in their life in a full time cost of living paying job?  Their husbands are doing this for them.  These are social skills that people acquire.

Sponsors are people you know.  People who will pitch in and help you out because they believe in you.  50% of our patients come in with a sponsor who is seated right next to them.  Could be a parent, a loved one, a spouse, a friend, a church group, a business partner.  To  think someone out of the clear blue sky is going to give you several thousand dollars, to someone they do not know is fantasy land.

What about your next financial need, a car, a home, food, shelter, how are you ever going to make it happen.

Sincerely,

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

Meet the Transgender Grand Marshals of Pride 2014!

 

Mom’s speech challenges bias against her transgender 6-year-old

WATCH: Mom’s speech challenges bias against her transgender 6-year-old

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Debi Jackson, the mother of a 6-year-old transgender girl named A.J., gave a speech about her daughter several months ago at Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City. A video of the speech has gone viral with more than 200,000 views, and was shared in an article from the Huffington Post and in a tweet from Ricky Martin.

In her speech, Debi talks about her process of accepting that A.J. is transgender, and supporting her in living life as the girl she knows she is. At 3-years-old, A.J. began asking to wear girls’ clothes, and eventually told her parents that she is a girl. Debi realized they couldn’t hold A.J. back any longer, as she was showing signs of depression and refusing to leave the house in boys’ clothes.

“The day I let her to go school in girl clothes, she was happier than I had seen in a very long time. The kids were great, and the teachers were awesome,” said Debi. “But then the kids went home and told their parents, and they weren’t so great after that. Adult bigotry had influenced them.”

The last part of Debi’s speech addressed the hurtful comments she has heard upon telling people that her daughter is transgender. Debi wiped away tears as she spoke about those who claim that God does not love transgender people.

“My God taught us to love one another,” said Debi. “My daughter is a girl in her heart. She knows it. God knows it. And that’s good enough for me.”

WATCH THE FULL VIDEO OF DEBIE JACKSON’S SPEACH

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oIuw3yIyhI&feature=player_embedded

 

“Obama executive order extends protections to about about 14 million workers…”

Obama Gives Protection to Gay, Transgender Workers

 

WASHINGTON — Jul 21, 2014, 11:09 AM ET
By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press

President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.”

“America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people,” Obama said at a signing ceremony from the White House East Room. He said it’s unacceptable that being gay is still a firing offense in most places in the United States.

Until last month, Obama long resisted pressure to pursue an executive anti-discrimination covering federal contractors in the hope that Congress would take more sweeping action banning anti-LGBT workplace discrimination across the landscape of employment in America. A bill to accomplish that goal — the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — passed the Senate last year with some Republican support, but has not been taken up by the GOP-controlled House. “We’re here to do what we can to make it right,” Obama said.

Since Obama announced that he would sign the orders, he’s faced pressure from opposing flanks over whether he would include an exemption for religious organizations. He decided to maintain a provision that allows religious groups with federal contracts to hire and fire based upon religious identity, but not give them any exception to consider sexual orientation or gender identity. Churches also are able to hire ministers as they see fit.

Obama’s action comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case that allowed some religiously oriented businesses to opt out of the federal health care law’s requirement that contraception coverage be provided to workers at no extra charge. Obama advisers said that ruling has no impact on non-discrimination policies in federal hiring and contracting.

Obama said 18 states and more than 200 local governments already ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as well as a majority of Fortune 500 companies. But he noted that more states allow same-sex marriage than prohibit gay discrimination in hiring.

“It’s not just about doing the right thing, it’s also about attracting and retaining the best talent,” Obama said.

The change for federal contracting will impact some 24,000 companies with 28 million workers, or one-fifth of the U.S. workforce. Many large federal contractors already have employment policies barring anti-gay workplace discrimination. However, the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School estimates that the executive order would extend protections to about 14 million workers whose employers or states currently do not have such nondiscrimination policies.

While few religious organizations are among the biggest federal contractors, they do provide some valued services, including overseas relief and development programs and re-entry programs for inmates leaving federal prisons.

Obama amended two executive orders. The first, signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, prohibits federal contractors from discriminating based on race, religion, gender or nationality in hiring. President George W. Bush had amended Johnson’s order in 2002 to add the exemption for religious groups.

Obama added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protections, and ordered the Labor Department to carry out the order. Administration officials said that means the change will probably take effect by early next year.

Obama also amended an order signed by President Richard Nixon in 1969 to prevent discrimination against federal workers based on race, religion, gender, nationality, age or disability. President Bill Clinton added sexual orientation, and Obama will include gender identity in a change that will immediately take effect.

Transgender Orchiectomy: FAQ

What is an Orchiectomy?

An orchiectomy (spelled orchidectomy in British English), is the medical term for the surgical procedure to remove one or more of the testicles. A bilateral orchiectomy is the removal of both testicles and is commonly referred to as castration.

An orchiectomy doesn’t remove the penis, which would be a penectomy. It is also different from a vasectomy, which leaves the testicles and their function intact while still causing sterilization. While sex reassignment surgery (SRS) for male to female transsexuals also removes the testicles and penis, it is different because it also creates a functional vagina in the process.


Why Do Some Trans Women Get Orchiectomies?:

Male to female (MTF) transsexuals, as well as some other transgendered people, sometimes undergo orchiectomy. An orchiectomy can be done before or instead of sex reassignment surgery (SRS). This is an option for those that either can’t afford, aren’t in good enough health or do not want to have SRS.

 It is often recommended to get a bilateral orchiectomy when antiandrogens such as spironolactone or cyproterone acetate cause unwanted and dangerous side effects. Kidney, liver, and thyroid damage are common after long term use. There is also an increased risk of blood clots, hyperkalemia and some people are allergic to the medications.

The Benefits for Transgendered Women Are:

1. Ability to stop taking antiandrogens and reduce estrogen

2. Increased health from reduction of medications

3: Saves money on medications

4: Might be able to legally change sex with an orchiectomy

5: Easier to “tuck” and hide genitals

6: Taken more seriously by society

7: Increased body image

8: Improved and faster feminization

9: Can no longer have testicular pain

10: Never detransition even if you can’t take medications

Why do men need circumcision revisions?

July 16, 2014

 

Hello Dr Reed,

My name is Jim and I was hoping you could answer a quick question.

I am currently researching circumcision and have found information online

in regards to circumcision revisions.  Is there a common reason or reasons

that men would need to have a circumcision revised?

 

July 17, 2014

 

Good morning Jim,

Thank you for your interest in what we do here at the Reed Centre.

10% of our patients request revisions of previous circumcisions for

reasons including: white cross hatch suture marks (scars), uneven cut,

loose skin covering penis when flacid or a waddle of skin on the underside

of the penis.

 

We allow the patient to bring in a work sheet  to which we add

recommendations to produce an optimal cosmetic result.

Healing time is similar if not faster than a original circumcision. Patient

feedback is uniformly satisfactory.

 

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact via

email or telephone.

Have a great afternoon,

Harold M. Reed M.D.

305 865 2000