February 28, 2024

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Melbourne, Britain, Montreal

  • A Melbourne man has launched a world-first legal case by claiming damages from the Victorian government and from a gender identity clinic which had advised him to proceed with a sex-change operation. Alan Finch had his genitals removed but later reverted to being a male. Together with a woman who underwent surgery to become a man, he has founded a group called “gender menders”. They claim that doctors at the state-funded clinic followed a rigid ideological belief that surgery, and not psychology, was the remedy for gender identity problems.