Kaz (kazaera) wrote in little_details,

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).
Tags: 1990-1999, usa (misc), usa: massachusetts, ~transgender

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