December 12th, 2012

awareness of genderqueerness and top surgery requirements in the 1990s

So, I have a FAAB genderqueer character at college in Massachusetts sometime in the 90s (most like early-to-mid, but my timeline is a little flexible and some of this takes place over years so answers for any part of the decade are appreciated.) My questions:

* How much information would there have been out there about genderqueer identities, under whichever name? Wiki tells me the term "genderqueer" wasn't coined until 1995 - were there any descriptions of the concept beforehand? Anything my character might stumble across upon researching transsexuality and binary transgender identities?

* How difficult would it have been for a genderqueer FAAB person who cannot/will not pretend to be a trans guy and is not planning on taking hormones or socially transitioning to access top surgery? I except close to impossible given that it's still difficult even now, but my character is very rich and quite happy to throw money at the problem (so surgery in another country is a possibility, and so is attempted bribery).

Researching for the second question I've stumbled across the WPATH Standards of Care - I can't access the 4th or 5th editions (which would have been current then), but descriptions make it sound as if it was/is recommended surgeons follow those and my character would not have qualified. Is that accurate? How difficult would it have been to find one who didn't? Would there have been any perceived or real difference in quality of treatment/result with a surgeon like that?

Research done: I've Googled variations on "genderqueer history", "genderqueer awareness/visiblity 1990s/nineties", "transgender awareness 1990s/nineties", "genderqueer access top surgery", just "top surgery" and reading up on requirements nowadays, as well as some Wikipedia-ing of terms (top surgery, genderqueer, the WPATH standards of care).

Longest Possible Total Hallucination? [ANSWERED]

I'm coming down the home home stretch of my project.  My protagonist, a doctor, has been in this--for lack of a better word-alternative universe for almost a year.  He wakes up in our reality, and I'd like it to be the same amount of time.  He's convinced he's been hallucinating for months.  Is it possible to have a full blown hallucination for more than six hours?  And by full blown, every single detail, not auditory/oral or anything else.  One problem, of course, is what he has been doing in our reality all of this time? (I've had him missing the entire time but he awakes in the same bed he was sleeping in.)

At the beginning he has been released from a mental hospital--he might think he was back there this whole time.  I can fudge the timeline in a variety of ways.  What I can't find on Google or ask.com is how long can someone have an entire hallucination?  I find different types of hallucinations, sleep-diprivation hallucinations, etc.  But nothing on longevity and possible causes (a doctor would make assumptions about what is wrong with him and it might be mental illness or something else).

I hope this makes some kind of sense.  I need medical answers.  Thanks so much!

PS - what are all of those "retags"?  Will they be changed to something else?

ETA: Thank you!  I am going to rewrite my scenario drastically.  All of the answers were extremely enlightening!

Napoleonic War shore leave for officers?

I've been researching the British Navy for a Napolenonic War-era novel and I've found a lot of resources for the various details I'll need to know, but there's one thing I've had trouble finding. Is there a legitimate reason for the officers of a ship to be ashore for any significant length of time? "Shore leave" apparently wasn't a thing during this era because of the fear of desertion. The only sources I've been able to find about the crew of a ship being ashore during are for very temporary liberty when in a port to resupply or if one of the officers is injured and he has to recuperate. Would a crew be ashore for a time if their ship was damaged enough in a battle to need extensive repairs or would they just be reassigned?

Basically, what I need to know is how likely it is that during wartime an officer aboard a British ship would be at home long enough to fall in love and get married? Or do I need to injure him in some way or maybe even date it later so it's after the war?

EDIt: Thanks for the helpful info everyone!