We talk to Beans Velocci about the early history of medicalized transition in the US, how the earliest clinical guidelines were largely written with physician indemnity in mind, and the harms of the perpetual myth that trans and nonbinary people are a novel phenomenon.
Beans Velocci is a historian of sex, science, and classification, and an Assistant Professor in History and Sociology of Science and Core Faculty in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Read Beans’ piece, “Standards of Care: Uncertainty and Risk in Harry Benjamin’s Transsexual Classifications” in the November 2021 issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly.
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