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segunda-feira, agosto 20, 2007

[UK] [Blog/Television]
Sex Change Hospital on Channel 4

This six-part series, previously seen on More 4, has caused quite a stir among the critics. Giving us a behind-the-scenes look at a sex-change hospital in Trinidad, Colorado, everyone rates the series - saying that the human stories are very moving - but warn that the surgery is exceedingly graphic, so it's not for the squeamish.

Fa'afafine definition still shaky
FA'AFAFINE: (pronounced fah-ah-fuh-fee-nay) means "like a woman" in Samoan, and describes a third gender, with characteristics both male and female.
There's disagreement among anthropologists about the origins of fa'afafine, but there's evidence of their presence in Samoa over atleast the last century, though some anthropologists believe they were part of Samoan culture for much longer. Many other Pacific island cultures have similar words for a third-gender person born male but seen as female.
PHOTO: Tafi Toleafoa

A TRANSSEXUAL is taking on the Howard Government in a bid to be acknowledged as a woman named Stefanie, not a man named Stephen.
Stefanie Imbruglia - a first cousin of pop star Natalie Imbruglia - is fighting a recent law change that forbids her identifying herself as female on her passport.
A TRANSGENDER cousin of singer Natalie Imbruglia says new federal laws will force Australians seeking sex-change operations overseas to risk humiliating body cavity and strip searches.
Photo: All woman ... with the support of cousin Natalie, Stefanie Imbruglia is having a sex change in Thailand.

When Dr. Roy Berkowitz-Shelton decided to live as a woman, he gambled that his marriage and medical practice would survive the change. In the conclusion of our two-part series, Dr. Deborah Bershel emerges and confronts her new reality.
[Part 1: A Family Doctor's Journey From Man to Woman<http://tinyurl. com/27z2ur>]