Andrew Guy

We speak to our NSW #YourChair winner Andrew Guy about his journey as a trans person #TheProjectTV

Posted by The Project on Monday, September 7, 2015

Sunday, December 1, 2013

ALARMING ISSUE WITHIN THE AUSTRALIAN GLBTI COMMUNITY

So I just finished the trans panel discussion at this year's Australian Pride in Diversity Conference:

http://www.prideindiversity.com.au

A very necessary Australian initiative that I applaud and have a huge respect for delegates who take the time in their busy corporate job schedules to attend. I hope more companies year on year start to go as 'Diversity' as a word in Australia truly does need a lot of work and attention. I don't believe Australians realise how backward we in fact are in relation to the rest of the world in SO many areas.

To my point today. It is a very problematic situation to have The Gender Centre NSW - the NSW Government funded body responsible for supporting transgendered people, suggesting that gender in fact does not relate to the sex organs of a person. I assure you it certainly does and in fact it can be excruciatingly painful for a trans person to have to live consistently incongruently in this way. It is in fact why all of the US and UK / Europe have a medical system to support this community with Life Affirming Surgery.  

And although I have no doubt the work done at the Gender Centre is entirely necessary and useful for the community, the mindset publicly communicated that  it is the stance / policy that gender in fact does not factor or relate to sex organs, is in fact a hugely dangerous place to be working from and is  also endangering and keeping a part of the community ill and backward. 

I have three youth trans kids and parents that I have grave concerns recommending getting support from this place as affordable surgery options are in fact VERY necessary for these kids and I have serious doubts whether these individuals will be alive in 3-5 years time if this doesn't change as one has already tried to slit their wrists twice this year (I look forward to you meeting him in my upcoming documentary). It is irresponsible for this place to suggest to these kids that their gender issue doesn't require the help of healing by genital reassignment surgery.

With this in mind please note that your stance is not the belief of some Australian trans men and some trans women I'm sure as well … surgery is highly necessary and needed for a normal quality of life. For those who say they are working for the benefit of the community who are not trans and disagree with surgery -- I would like to challenge you by saying lets change your body make up to the other gender for 30 years and see how you are fairing on this issue physiologically, I have a feeling you may feel a tad differently. 

Please get out of the way and let this country heal trans people the way some people need. I have a feeling the Government decision makers who allocate your funding may be a lot more questioning toward you if in fact one of these youth do commit suicide over the coming years. Sex reassignment surgery does in fact need to be included in the Australian health system the way it is in the rest of first world nations, seriously, start helping get this into the medical system or get out of the way! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Museum of Transgender History and Art Award Nomination

In some better news this week, myself alongside my tech supporters who always go unseen and unnoticed, have been lucky enough without even knowing to be nominated for "Transition VLog (video obviously!) of the Year"

If you like what you've seen on our channels, we'd love your support in voting for us at this link here (4th category down):


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

labels and contexts

I had this conversation recently and figured it was a good point to share as it's not something I give a milli-second's thought to each day (like most of us individually don't wake up thinking about whether we are male or female) but I can see now that for others it is a big topic of thought and conversation when mentioning me. 

I've always struggled with the context of being "transgendered" or a "transexual" because it's box and it's my belief you can't process authentically and healthily in a context box but I know in society people need their box or label to feel safe and comfortable so for that reason I respect it. All I feel I've been doing is shifting along a gender spectrum that isn't as black and white as we're conditioned to believe.

If I have a conversation with anyone now, I don't say I'm trans, I'm a straight male and that's kinda it. I've always questioned why T comes under the GLBTI banner because it's about gender and not sexual orientation. Males who transition can be gay or straight, but then again I see it's about community and belonging and people who transition do need that as the alpha straight white stereotype does on some level get off on ripping this context box to shreds ... a power hungry and fear based bunch possibly?! 

Now that my transition is almost complete I don't consider myself to be "trans", I'm just a person who's transitioned their sex in the past. I appreciate this can and will anger people as I'm not adhering to a label which others like to view me in, or possibly can't help but view me in, but with all I've been through I really don't care (I just don't favour being controlled and boxed in this way). Each individuals view of their own gender is a fluid thing and should only rest with the individuals idea of themselves I believe ... in a perfect world. 

So as I walk around now, I have no control over who's seeing me as trans or knowing me as that person who used to be Anna, but for me, I'm Andrew, I'm an actor / film maker ... and I used to be Anna (if that comes up organically) as my penis passes as a biological one. At this point I don't really plan to be talking about this in 5 years time (unless its related to my art or work) like most of us don't talk about what we did 5 years ago, it's generally tends to be about present matters don't you find?!. 

Thanks for reading!

Monday, August 19, 2013

my point of living in 2013 and beyond

Having lived both sides of the coin now, what I know is this; we're all here to love, be loved, smile, cry and just breathe. All that really matters is that a soul is here to live as an expression of itself irrespective of what body cloak it wears. it doesn't care, it's just grateful to be here even if i forget that sometimes

a. guy





Thursday, August 15, 2013

Its Not About The Sex film synopsis on IMDb

It's with great delight to share that we now have the film synopsis 
for your viewing pleasure up on IMDb.

Looking foward to debuting this film with you all in 2014.



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A New Letter for the Health Minister


Brownstein & Crane Surgical Services
Curtis Crane, M.D.
208 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 207
San Francisco, Ca 94107
Office: 415.625.3230
Fax: 415.625.3233
Site: www.brownsteincrane.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         






To whom it may concern:

Sex reassignment surgery is considered medically necessary as outlined in this excerpt from the standards of care of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health.

X. Surgery

Sex Reassignment is Effective and Medically Indicated in severe gender identity disorder (GID). In persons diagnosed with transsexualism or profound GID, sex reassignment surgery, along with hormone therapy and real-life experience, is a treatment that has proven to be effective. Such a therapeutic regimen, when prescribed or recommended by qualified practitioners, is medically indicated and medically necessary. Sex reassignment is not “experimental”, “investigational, “elective”, “cosmetic”, or optional in any meaningful sense. It constitutes very effective and appropriate treatment for transsexualism or profound GID.

Currently, there is a lack of access to medically necessary sex reassignment surgery in Australia as no surgeon trained in this subspecialty is available. There are a few hundred trans patients in Australia who are in need of sex reassignment surgery to relieve the stress of living with gender dysphoria.  With no government or medical insurance support a trans individual is faced with a sum of approximately $50,000 – 150,000 US dollars as well as associated travel costs to establish a sense of everyday mental well being.

American patients now have considerable support growing from insurance companies, as do the UK citizens. The New Zealand Government has recently begun subsidizing and funding their citizens to come to the US for medically necessary surgeries, however, the Australian patients still have no means other than to pay the fees in full and associated travel costs personally. This is significantly limiting the ability for Australian transgender patients to reach the necessary medical care they require from the small amount of specialized surgeons who can support them.

In order to help such patients, I have completed residencies in both urology and plastic surgery and fellowships in reconstructive urology and transgender surgery.  I have a private practice in San Francisco called Brownstein and Crane Surgical Services and we currently offer the world's highest standard in phalloplasty and vaginoplasty, genital reconstruction needed for trans men and women.

It is my professional opinion that this be reviewed in the Australian Medical System with hopes of establishing a system so that patients can be supported financially to receive care from myself and other medical colleagues.

Sincerely,

Curtis Crane, MD
CC: Andrew Guy

Friday, August 2, 2013

"the arm" at 5 wks ... check it out, cool huh?! ... and beyond! wait for 6 months down the line! :-)

At 10 wks
23/8/13




ooh yeh! who said u were ever going to notice, i can type again now too!! :-D
apologies if i scared you! xx

5/8/13



Thursday, July 25, 2013

One month post surgery

I've decided to celebrate my one month / 31 days post surgery mark with cookies and cream coconut vegan ice cream (surprisingly good!) as I'm officially now off my aspirin blood thinning regime and 30 day chocolate / caffeine ban. This has been necessary to prevent blood clots or aka further potential complication to the areas of new blood flow, (truly not trying to be funny) full loss does actually occur rarely after surgery.

I'm feeling quite good and positive, my pain has lessened, walking and carrying light loads seems to fine (no marathons yet!), a few stitches here and there have a bit to be desired but I hope the surgeon is going to be able to help me out with them at an extra check up I've volunteered to have before I fly out to a more beach orientated setting in California this month. In the name of healing it's time to move on from post surgery land.

I'm happy to say that the number of people asking to see my surgery work has dropped quite significantly this week, as much as I appreciate the curiosity, please see my film next year ( 'Its Not About The Sex' the revenues hopefully will help to fund others to make their way to Dr Crane).  And if you are trans email me anytime for the private forum application link, this is important for you to know of and be part of in any case as it has a full library of surgery pics from all regions of the globe where surgery is possible.

My arm is going exceptionally well, I'm now off the 48 hour special xeroform bandaging routine, and onto daily washing in the shower and light bandaging after layering vitamin e moisturiser. My hand has been swelling a little, which we've managed with some bandaging as the arm re-learns lymph drainage from a deeper level (this can take a few months).

I'm exceptionally impressed with how real and normal my member looks, peeing is fine so at the moment I'm entirely grateful that the 30%-40% complication rate of stricture or fistula is not my reality (touch wood as this can still happen for a while yet). I've booked in to have my scrotal implants next March (the final outpatient procedure that still has to happen with the small fee of $15k I'm still to fund somehow?!). And finally I can expect full sensation in the next 5-7 months as the nerves connections grow and become stronger throughout the phallas.

My bladder seems to have minimised its complaints which I am entirely grateful for (as in living can go on now) and I'm still doing a physical body journey process daily which I think is aiding this healing process hugely as well.

I'll check in again soon with more updates as they come to hand...until then enjoy xx




   

Friday, July 19, 2013

My Surgery Experience Synopsis ... a few have been asking (again only read if you really want to know)


My surgery experience has been good and personally a bit rough, I had to pay out of pocket so I was a bit stressed about complications as I didn't have more money to go back to hospital if anything went awol.
Dr Crane and his teams were great, I woke up though with blood spurting from my arm & a groin build up (hematoma) from too much blood thinner so had to go in for a second surgery an hour out so was under for about 14 / 15 hrs all up. Then the morphine made me ill the next day so the nurses had a lot to do to stabilise me but they did a great job, by day three I was a-ok. A couple of nurses were a bit random calling me 'she' occasionally, not sure if they meant anything by it (learning process!) but most were awesome. 
The rest of the hospital stay was supportive, although there was a slight argument between Dr and Pharmacist over which pain meds I could leave with. They sent me home with the lesser ones however day one at home, my catheter drainage didn't want to work properly as less fluid was going through me being off IV. This sent my bladder into excruciating spasm and forced pee out my new lengthened urethra (not ideal so soon at all, but luckily the surgery was that good it happened with no problem) and I got the stronger meds pretty quick smart after that. That all settled down after a day with, as per usual, some Journey processing.
Otherwise the healing has been tracking along very well, I did have one other small 'episode'  two days ago when the final stomach cath tube came out, Dr Crane wanted to test how well I cud pee (and to film it as I was his first forearm patient) so he pumped a load of water through this pubic cath tube, and say bladder really did not like that at all. I didn't really pee it out, in fact it all sprayed back out my stomach (visualise a metre high fountain) when he removed the tube, kinda funny for a second, (I cud pee fine anyway) but I didn't really like that as I was crouched over in pain rest of the day spewing & wasn't sure what to do. Luckily that also settled after a day and night of Journey processing and pain meds, it's still a bit painful now and again but I'm just focusing on it all being good now.
I have a follow up to check my arm with Dr Safa (Dr C's side man) next week & hoping he'll say its all good now too...onwards and upwards!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My donor arm (please view with caution, this is graphic)

I've been internally debating over whether to share this or not and have decided for me personally that it's ok to do so even if it attracts more negative response than not. Normally this sort of a photograph would only be shown in a private forum. 

The main choice in phalloplasty surgery is to decide which skin you would like to use for the reassignment. The different body parts (each have merits and disadvantages) are as follows; forearm, thigh, lower abdomen, side of torso. Despite my extreme resistance to wanting a chest scar I did chose my forearm for this (right arm as I write left handed), as even though its the most exposing place it offers the most in terms of the artery and amount of nerve harvesting possible which is micro surgically connected by the two teams of surgeons over the 12 hour period (the main reason why it is such a lengthy procedure).

Surprisingly to my surgeon, I have had no pain in this area (most likely due I believe to the body's wanting and agreeance to all of this alongside some potent Journey and NLP tools that I use) and it has been healing faster than he has seen before. I have had a very successful outcome, meaning the skin graft from my upper thigh has taken to it, I have full blood flow going to and from the fingers with one less artery and there is full range of hand and finger motion. 

Currently my carer and dear friend has been re-bandaging this every second day (not for the faint hearted), and this will continue for the rest of the month. In time the scar will heal to be the same skin colour as the hand and upper arm. It will have a slight texture disfiguration, which I plan to restore in the coming years via the medical aid of 3D printing. This is growing as a vastly worthy healing tool in European medical research for a variety of ailments. http://whatsnext.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/31/study-at-home-3-d-printing-could-save-consumers-thousands/

Feel free to observe the current state of my forearm below. Further images of my surgery and the healing process will be available to view via the documentary being made around this process 'It's Not About The Sex' in 2015. Thank you for your compassionate viewing here.                                                                                                                                           







Sunday, June 23, 2013

Surgery Times

Hi gorgeous souls, quite a few people have been asking the start of surgery time to send love, good vibes and light candles (will go for 10-12 hrs beyond this time). Just a huge huge thanks!! Feeling very loved and held and supported at this time by you all, means the world!!! Pre-consult is tomorrow (Monday San Francisco time). For your information the time is below and for any time zones of interest I've missed - have a click here:

Tuesday 25th 7.30am San Francisco (West Coast USA)

Tues 25th 10.30am New York

Wednesday 26th 12.30am Sydney Australia (East Coast)

Wed 26th 2.30am Auckland New Zealand

Tues 25th 8.30am Santa Fe New Mexico, Calgary Canada  

Tuesday 25th 3.30pm London, Cardiff

Tuesday 25th 4.30pm Berlin, Amsterdam, Rome, Zurich

Tuesday 25th 5.30pm Kyiv Ukraine

Tuesday 25th 6.30pm Dubai, Moscow

Tuesday 25th 8.00pm Chennai

Tuesday 25th 10.30pm Shanghai

Tuesday 25th 11.30pm Tokyo


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Gender Centre Fundraiser Sydney Friday 21st June

Please drop in and support this hugely important fundraising event if you've got the time this Friday evening. It's purpose is to raise the vitally needed $5000 to ensure the Youth and Parent Support Groups hosted by the NSW Gender Centre are able to continue this coming year! 


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Government Proposal Excerpt - Surgeon letter (information for parents)


"Diving into contexts"


Brownstein & Crane Surgical Services

Curtis Crane, M.D.
208 Pennsylvania Avenue
Suite 207
San Francisco, Ca 94107
Office: 415.625.3230
Fax: 415.625.3233

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         






To Whom It May Concern:

Mr. Guy has been living in the male gender since June 2010, although his gender dysphoria dates to childhood.  He is a female to male transsexual. He has been diagnosed with transsexualism, severe, 302.50 ICD 9 and Gender Identity Disorder 302.85 DSM IVr.  He has legally changed his name to reflect his male identity and has been taking the male hormone testosterone since October 2010.  Mr. Guy had a hysterectomy and bilateral oopherectomy In June 2011.  He had a chest reconstructive surgery to reflect his male identity a year ago and is now ready to proceed with his final gender confirmation surgery, phalloplasty.

Gender reassignment surgery is considered medically necessary as outlined in this excerpt from the standards of care of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH):

X. Surgery

Sex Reassignment is Effective and Medically Indicated in Severe GID. In persons diagnosed with transsexualism or profound GID, sex reassignment surgery, along with hormone therapy and real-life experience, is a treatment that has proven to be effective. Such a therapeutic regimen, when prescribed or recommended by qualified practitioners, is medically indicated and medically necessary. Sex reassignment is not “experimental”, “investigational, “elective”, “cosmetic”, or optional in any meaningful sense. It constitutes very effective and appropriate treatment for transsexualism or profound GID.

Mr. Guy meets the criteria of the WPATH Standards of Care for genital altering surgery, which can be viewed at www.wpath.org Standards of Care, version 7. Mr. Guy's mental health professionals indicate that he is ready for genital surgery and can provide additional documentation of this if needed.  I have spoken with Mr. Guy many times over email and do agree he would make a very good candidate for gender confirmation surgery.  I am meeting him in consultation early in 2013 to discuss the final surgical stage to relieve his dysphoria.

Sincerely,

Curtis Crane, MD
CC: Andrew Guy



































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