While Arkansas lawmakers were wringing their hands this past legislative session over what to do about genitalia sightings in bathroom stalls — a nonexistent problem that, had the legislation passed, would have required bearded, buff men to use the ladies' room — doctors, medical students and activists were working to address a real problem: the dearth of health care for transgender individuals.
Nonscientific ideas about gender crowded out reason, as Republican state lawmakers like Sens.
"I promise you have peed next to a transperson plenty of times." Rodgers has been a patient of Cathey's since 2015.
"I was very depressed when I went in there," he said.
There is emotional gender: Whether you feel like a boy or a girl.
"It's a complex system that goes into creating a child," Hutchison said.
Boys with Reifenstein Syndrome —partial androgen insensitivity — may be born with either male or female genitalia and may identify as either male or female."Of course, behavior and experience shape brain anatomy, so it is impossible to say if these subtle differences are inborn," she said.Arkansas Children's Hospital, which has physicians on staff who address such things as ambiguous genitalia, is looking into creating a gender clinic, Hutchison said.Janet Cathey for making his life, and that of his fiance and two kids, better. Cathey, an obstetrician/gynecologist, sees transgender patients in clinic one morning a week at UAMS.It's work she said is the most rewarding of her life.