While Nathan Verhelst, a 44-year-old Belgian transsexual, was recently allowed to be euthanised after an unsuccessful sex change procedure in 2012, Andy Guy of Australia is luckier.
Born Anna 33 years ago, Andy made history as the first Aussie to successfully undergo gender reassignment surgery or phalloplasty in the U.S. in June 2013.
As Anna, she was beautiful blonde actress but had the heart of a man. Since she was five, she felt like a boy growing up in St Leonards in Sydney's north.
Hence, she didn't play with dolls but instead opted for racing cars and skateboards that are traditionally toys for boys. But she couldn't escape having to wear a dress for school in Wenona and even dated boys, but was attracted to girls.
In 2010, he started hormone treatment and with a loan from her father, who initially disapproved of her plans for a gender reassignment procedure, Anna went to San Francisco, California, for the surgery due to lack of trained Australian surgeons in that kind of procedure.
Last week, she returned to Sydney as a he after spending $80,000 for the procedure in the U.S. where three surgeons stitched her vagina and took a layer of skin, a vein, artery and two nerves from her right forearm to create a penis and scrotum.
Andy insisted that the gender reassignment procedure is not a gay rights but a health issue, stressing, "This is a procedure about becoming the person you are, not about your sexual behavior or sexual orientation, which is what it becomes caught up in ... For me, I've always felt male. That's what I know I am. I'm just a guy," quoted by News.com.au.
He is sharing his story through a documentary titled It's Not About The Sex, co-produced with Augusta Miller, the daughter of famous director George Miller.
Andy is also lobbying the Australian government to recognise the operation as a medically necessary procedure, but Health Minister Peter Dutton has rejected suggestion for subsidy to travel to the U.S. for the surgery, saying there will be no change in Canberra's policy.
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