Out of the Ordinary: A Life of Gender and Spiritual Transitions

out-of-the-ordinary-a-life-of-gender-and-spiritual-transitionsBy Michael Dillon/Lobzang Jivaka. Fordham University Press, 2016. 256 pages. $34.95/hardcover; $19.99/eBook.

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Here is a memoir written in 1960 but unpublished until 2016, and highly relevant today. Dr. Michael Dillon (1915โ€“1962) was born female and transitioned to male from 1939 to 1949. He was the first known patient to undergo, in addition to hormonal transition, successful phalloplasty. It is a tremendous gift to be able to hear, in his own words, what his life, including his ten-year transition, was like.

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