Do we really need another GRS clinic in Canada? Or is gender reassignment surgery — or gender confirmation surgery, as some refer to it these days — becoming a less popular option for those who identify as the opposite of their birth sex designation?
In the days after the only clinic in Canada that offers GRS surgery was attacked by an arsonist, many in the mainstream media and social media as well as transgender advocates said the incident highlighted the need for more GRS clinics across the country.
Yet, some of those same trans advocates have successfully lobbied for the right to change one’s gender designation on official documentation without having to undergo GRS or any type of cosmetic surgery. Most provinces in Canada allow an individual to simply change their gender designation by signing some papers.
Indeed, there seems to be a movement in Canada away from gender reassignment surgery, with some asking why they should “mutilate” their bodies to conform with their gender identity. GRS is part of an outdated way of thinking, they feel, and they see the surgery as risky, with serious potential complications.
And, sexually speaking, some feel that they should be able to enjoy “the best of both worlds,” that their mix of sexual apparatus and gender identity is a blessing, not a curse. I am sensing that fewer trans people, at least, younger trans people feel trapped in their bodies. If anything, they feel trapped within a binary system that dictates how they should behave and present themselves.
So, what is the future of GRS now that it is not deemed to be a medical necessity to change your official gender designation in Canada? Do we still need more GRS clinics? Or will one suffice — for those who still want to have the operations?