Gender setters

Bernadette* was born with a penis but a steadfast conviction that she was a girl. At about the age of 12, she began to dress and live as a girl. She received puberty blockers at 13 and, after securing the necessary court orders, hormones to bring on female pubertal development at 16.

At 18, Bernadette had genital reassignment surgery. Today, at 20 years of age, she is a manager of a women’s products company and living happily and independently in Melbourne.

While this may sound like a