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    The transgender community: Urology has a role and responsibility


    Whether or not we like to admit it, there are very few other surgical specialties that have the experience with these patients that urologists do. This is especially true for those dedicated to pediatric urology.

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    As I researched this blog post, I found a significant amount of scientifically incorrect information in the public sphere. I believe this is an opportunity. At the least, the AUA or perhaps one of the pediatric urology societies should take this chance to educate the community by offering irrefutable scientific evidence to clear up the numerous misconceptions that exist regarding this topic. They could even go so far as to draft a consensus statement on the transgender community and public restrooms.

    I’m not saying this is going to be easy. As a father of four young girls, I understand the legitimate, if hopefully overhyped, concern that people with nefarious intentions could take advantage of a poorly written law about bathroom access to hurt our children. But the fear of a hypothetical situation should not be used to place restrictions on the life of one of our transgender patients.

    Common-sense accommodations can be made, and I would hope that urologists could play a small role in this highly controversial topic before the political talking heads make any more of a mess of it.

    If anyone else has experience with this situation or has an idea about how to best make our voices heard, please write me at [email protected] or sign in below to post a comment.

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    Henry Rosevear, MD
    Dr. Rosevear, a member of the Urology Times Clinical Practice Board, is in private practice at Pikes Peak Urology, Colorado Springs, CO.


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      I'm all for sensitivity and social consciousness and all that jazz, but gender is biologically binary and no amount of hemming and hawing will change that. It is of no concern of mine what style of clothing someone chooses to wear, or whether thy choose to wear make up or not, or what clubs they choose to frequent, or whose genitals they choose to rub genitals with and with regards to "public" bathrooms, if a third bathroom is in order for the gender confused, then so be it. But, if there are only two available, I really think that people with penises should use the male bathroom and those without, the other. Now, intersex, that is a urologic issue. Transgender issues are social issues and increasingly a political issues and in the case of North Carolina, an economic issue.
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      Thank you for raising awareness. Its so important to point out " The fear of a hypothetical situation should not be used to place restrictions on the life of one of our transgender patients." Urology plays such an important role for these patients. Truly life saving