Transgender Surgeries Now Deemed ‘Non-Essential’. They Should Be, Forever.

The novel coronavirus has forced doctors across the country to halt elective procedures, including many transgender reassignment surgeries. However, some studies suggest these surgeries may not ever be essential. In the 1960s, John’s Hopkins University pioneered the sex-reassignment surgery. Outpatient studies conducted in the 1970s found that, while most of the post-surgery patients described themselves as “satisfied” by the results, the treated patients showed no psycho-social improvements. Dr. Paul McHugh, psychiatrist-in-chief at John’s Hopkins Hospital at the time, eventually discontinued the procedures citing the unfavorable outpatient data. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality