If to say about transsexualism and transsexuals
position in Russia,Ukraine and former USSR countries,the
situation still hard and ambiguity at present
This is because of, in the first place, absence
of legal base from authority on this question.
For example in Russia if one wants to get official
permission for sex change operation, he need to
change documents first. And he needs to make sex
change operation to change documents.
is deadlock. As result courts are snowed with
statements of claim and this is not a fact that
courts always deliver fair decision. I don't mention
that there is no legal base at all in many ex-USSR
Generally this can be observed in most
of middle-Asian republics, Baltic states and Caucasus.
And those laws that exists in at present day,
particularly in Ukraine and Blarus, unreasonable
tough, imperfect, and sometimes, sorry, just foolish.
Majority of these laws has ambiguous statements
and may be treatise in different ways. For example
according to Ukraine and Belarus law about transsexuals'
treatment, patient must be observed in mental
hospital during a month, where he experienced
not only mental,but sometimes physical pressure!
I know a situation when transsexual was located
in one room with criminals who nearly rape her
"Now we will make a girl from you!"
Even the fact of such severe and cynical relation
is terrible and awful.
But it is twice as terrible
and awful that doctors and hospital employees
neglect it and did not undertake any actions.
This was the way of how they tried to break man
and force him to refuse his idea, crazy in their
to be one whom she feels herself all
To be one she is. Certainly this is
single instance, but there are no warranties it
can't repeat any more.
The idea itself to place
the transsexual in psychiatric hospital is inherently
severe, senseless and useless.
If its purpose
is to determine mental condition, then it, as
it take place in Israel and other civilized countries,
can be done by just a psychologist, who offers
to take some different tests and observing the
And what is the cost of clause
that forbids sex change operation to one who have
wife and/or non-aged children.
I even stay silent
about the age from which it is authorized to do
such operations - 25 years!
Today it is new editions
of laws preparing in Ukraine and Belarus. But
whether they will be better then former ones,
in which all the mistakes and defects would be
considered, or not - is still a big question.
There is a fear of that, considering mood of a
society and being guided purely by political purposes
and a conjuncture, they can be even tougher.
it was demanded by representatives of Communist
Party of Ukraine at one of sessions of the highest
legislature of authority - the Verkhnaya Rada.
The deputy from this fraction clearly said: "
all these transsexuals need to be imprisoned in
madhouses long time ago and we need to purify
our society from such sort of perverts", end of
The same moods reign in a legislature
of authority of many former USSR countries.
RENDERING MEDICAL AID
What is about qualified medical aid to transsexuals,
it is necessary to examine this question in details.
I haven't exact statistical data, but can say
that according to different assessments quantity
of sex change operation significantly increased
during the last years. Today in some large cities
of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus it is possible to
perform such operation, much cheaper then abroad,
and even, as in Moscow for example, on the certain
quotas, free of charge.
Though, conditions in some medical institutions
and the quality of the operation itself still
leave much to be improved. But there are some
pleasant exclusions - today such operations can
be performed by:
and Sokolshik M.M. in Moscow
Mikhaylichenko V.V. in St. Petersburg
Pukhov A.G. in Chelyabinsk
Khrapach V.V. in Kiev and so on.
These highly qualified specialists mastered present-day
methods of such operations. And in some cases,
as in case of prof. AdamyanR.T. for example, supplemented
it with their own original innovations, which
successfully implemented in practice.
I can say
I am very glad with operation result and limitless
thankful to my, as I called them, second parents,
R.T. Adamyan and A.R. Jumanov for the new life
they gifted me.
And there are quite a few thankful
patients like me today.
However, in whole, situation
with rendering qualified medical aid to transsexuals
has much to improve at present day. The cause
is low competency or sometimes incompetency of
medical workers, whose job is to be busy with
this problem. There is acute shortage of hormonal
therapy specialists, psychologists. Specialists
who know how to do with transsexuals doesn't studied
in medical universities. And those who try to
study this problem, in major approach it formally,
and while proposing treatment they guided by obsolete
medical knowledge and experience of their colleagues,
which have been disproved in scientific world
And these "sorrow-medicians"
can't find time to visit library, or, at present
day, an Internet, where many useful information
can be found. Looks like they are too lazy to
do so. The easiest way is to get reference book
with obsolete information and set a treatment
for patient. As result many transsexuals set hormonal
therapy to themselves, in the very end this has
sad results. In the best case these peoples becomes
invalids, in the worst they just dies.
It is worth to examine in details actions of medical
committees, which gives permissions to perform
sex change operations, and to change documents.
Here I tell about my own, concrete episode and
the facts I observed myself.
episodes is not single. Many transsexuals from
Belarus, Ukraine and Russia were in such situation,
and sometimes even in more difficult.
According to Ukrainian and Belarus, they are almost
equal, laws about medical aid to peoples who need
to change (correct) sex, patient who want to change
1. During a year, and sometimes longer, to be
observed by sexual pathologist assigned to work
with such patient by local authorities.
2. It is mandatory to pass stationary examinations
psycho neurological specialized clinic during
I wrote about it earlier.
3. Pass different psycho tests and numerous, sometimes
absolutely unnecessary, analyses.
And only after all that he can get to a specialized
medical committee, which decides whether or not
to give permission to perform an operation.
one gets such permission, he can get specified-form
certificate with which he may get to a clinic
to perform operation. In Ukraine such committee
assembled one or two times a year.
on quantity of patients who submitted declarations.
If there are few patients, and this mainly depends
on sexual pathologist who observes such patients,
committee may not to assemble at all.
It is not
necessary to say about preconceived and sometimes
rough relation of some committee members.
example chairman of one committee openly said
"I am not going to procreate transsexuals
And one member of the same committee
said "Are you going to change sex from female
to male only to receive pension earlier?"
At times hard-heartedness, soullessness, baseless
decline produce sad results.
In this way at the
committee I passed, there are was another MtF
girl from small Ukrainian city with me.
passed the committee second time and was sure
that in this time, al her tortures and afflictions
are going to end at last. She fulfilled all the
requirements of previous committee, collected
and granted all the necessary documents. And what
do you think? They declined again!
are was absolutely no ground for that. She was
just advised one more time to think well and come
the next year. I don't know how, but I feel that
irreparable trouble may happen and called to her
friend, inducing to follow her. My foreboding
does not fake me.
Being in no minute at her home
friend took this girl out of the loop.
we can't save another girl from Novosibirsk.
About this aching-the-heart accident one can read
She was clever, beautiful, kind, and vulnerable.
Facing the soullessness of officials who declined
permission to perform the operation, the transfobia
of her boss who fired her, rejected by own and
near peoples, she have not seen another way, ate
medicaments and make suicide. And how much such
accidents we just don't know about? Unfortunately
there are still very many attempts of suicide
among transsexuals. However medics proudly reports:
"We cured one more patient. He doesn't come
again - this means we cured him!" Everything
else, as it said, interests no one.
DOCUMENTS EXCHANGE ORDER
Now as to about documents exchange order.
documents exchange order regulated by the same
After one performed an operation, he came to the
same medical commission,which now decides whether
to give permission to change documents or not.
What about me, I consider humiliating the procedure,where
I need to visually proof presence of another genital.
Official documents from clinic where operation
were performed had not satisfied the committee.
And in some committees there very jealous relation
to their colleagues.
So, in Ukraine they don't
want to give permission foe operation only because
all the medical examination was performed in Israel.
The official diagnose from Israel - nuclear transsexualism
don't satisfied commission and it was advised
to me to pass all again. And especially to stay
in psychiatry clinic stationary for 30 days.
you pass examinations here, then perform operation
here" - declared committee chairman.
I am returned to Ukraine and now live there"
- I answered. "This is not interests us".
"Pass all the procedures at common basis".
Exactly same situation occurred with receiving
documents exchange permission.
It was said to me exactly the same: "You
have performed operation in Moscow,so go here
and let they change your documents". "But
I am Ukrainian citizen and live in Kiev".
"This is not concern us".
This is how
it was, short and clear.
At least I was successful
in getting the permission, but this win costs
me wasted nerves, health and strengths.
was only beginning of hell circles journey. It
can't be called in other way.
In Israel al the
documents were changed in 2-3 days. Therewith,
I need for this only:
1. Write a statement in Department of the Interior
and attach to this statement
2. Reference from clinic about the such operation
3. Reference from domestic doctor, assured in
Ministry of Public Health, who performed medical
check and confirmed the fact of performing such
But in Ukraine documents exchange process takes
a whole year.
A year of pacing the instances,
persuasions, tears, outright extortions and humiliating.
Although I granted all the necessary documents
in time, employees of registry office, the foundation
which must solve this problem according to law,
has always founded causes for the process not
to move from dead point. Simple no one wants to
do something. Thanks to their "diligence"
in fact I am NO ONE.
Without registry and without
work, because it is impossible to get a job with
There are also were problems with get in and out
of country. And it was extremely necessary to
get out of a country. After the heart operation
performed in Israel,and also after sex change
operation performed in Moscow,
I need to be observed
by medics and pass examinations.
It was also necessary
for me to meet with my family who lives in Israel.
All that required overwhelming efforts, still
injuring soul pain and sorrow.
Thus Russian female border guard
takes my passport, then looks in it for a long
time and then loudly said into whole coach:"
Sorry, are you Georgy Stanislavovich?" She
clearly saw the attached reference about the operation
where my sex was changed from male to female.
But it looks like she wants all the coach passengers
knows who sit near them.
Such situation repeated
when I flight from Israel to Ukraine.
guards relate to me with tact and understanding.
They even congratulate me with such a huge event
in my life. But when I arrived to Kiev I saw completely
different picture. First, gloomy Ukrainian border
guard examine my documents, then me.
After a short
pause he nearly throw passport in my face and
cried "would you now prove me that this is
you?!" "Stay calm" I answered "this
is me, and this is my passport, and documents
about sex change operation were performed to me
in it" So, through such humiliations and
insults transsexuals needs to pass not once.
is good if you have all necessary references or
documents with you.
But in most cases, especially
at early stages of preparing to operation, when
patient already begin the life of chosen sex,
many transsexuals haven't any references, and
this, very often, have negative results.
an event when law enforcement employees beat up
transsexual, heavily mutilating her face.
beat her only because they don't like such peoples
and consider "perverts".
And it was
done by peoples who need to protect the honor
and dignity of citizens! Who protects the law!
Then what can I say about common citizens, many
of whom just dream to "kill" such a
TRANSSEXUALS AND MODERN COMMUNITY
As it known, great role in making social opinion,
developing culture and morale of citizens, plays
This is press, radio, TV and Internet. Thanks
to them, most peoples form one or another opinion
about facts, events and peoples. To the great
regret, at present day, most of the population
from the ex-USSR countries has the opinion about
transsexualism and transsexuals like about some
incomprehensible event,strange,peculiar people,
which, as it seem to them, just a sexual perverts
and "great sinners".
Peoples, in essence, doesn't understand the problem,
and accordingly doesn't understand and accept
such peoples. They relate to transsexuals, in
best case, with mockery, and in worst case,with
aggression and sometimes cruelly. Because of my
activity kind I need to communicate with many
They are simple workers and employees,
pensioners, church servants and businessmen.
after one explain and tell them clearly about
this problem, they sincerely amazes and said "Really?
We just doesn't know about, we think you, transsexuals,
all are mad.
But you provided to be such peoples
as everyone else. You just was unfortunate, nature
played an evil joke with you". If people
can receive reliable, truthful scientific information
then misunderstanding and the more - unacceptance
of transgender peoples becomes lesser and lesser
with every day.
But, while in internet, where
words "transsexual" and "transsexualism",
thanks to porno sites, associated with prostitution,
and press and TV still presents to their readers
and watchers this theme like "XXX".
During this, usually, signing word "equal"
between transsexuals, transvestites and homosexuals,
entangling and mixing all the conceptions, society
would not accept these peoples and consider them
Unfortunately at present day there is very very
few programs at TV and articles in press,which
will throw light upon this problem deeply and
scientifically. Differing from Israel, where it
is special TV channel, translating science and
popular science movies about gender and transgender
Moreover, translation performs both in
Russian and Hebrew.
Thanks to that, even small
children know that transsexualism is an illness,
which can be successfully cured in the world.
And transsexuals is not a perverts, but, as all,
- normal peoples.
But not just usual.
Zhanna Wilde ® 2008г.