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Man to sue over sex-change op
By GREG ANSLEY
CANBERRA - A Melbourne man who regrets becoming a woman has launched legal action against the surgeons and medical centre that gave him a sex-change operation.
A County Court judge is considering whether to extend a six-year limit on litigation to allow British-born Alan Finch to sue Monash Medical Centre's gender dysphoria clinic over the removal of his testicles and penis and the construction of an artificial vagina in 1988.
Finch, now an anti-sex change activist who took his campaign public on national television last year, claims that, far from being a man trapped in the wrong body, he had in fact been clinically described as displaying above-average masculinity before the operation.
The neuropsychological report made as part of the process to determine his suitability for a sex change found he did not display female gender identity but instead escaped into fantasy. The findings were not made known to Finch until eight years after he became a woman.
Finch, who runs a support group called the Gender Identity Awareness Association, claims he was misdiagnosed. He has had his hormone-induced breasts removed and again lives as a man, although without a penis.
Is the sex change industry simply a vile conspiracy to separate the gender-dyphoric from their cash?
Finch underwent the operation at the age of 21 because of what he now describes as an identity crisis. But he told ABC TV's Australian Story last year that the results had been disastrous, leading him into an illegal marriage, another failed relationship with a man, and finally a relationship with a woman who had urged him to change back to a male.
*SNIP*International research indicates that up to 20 per cent of sex-change patients regret the operation.
A 2001 report by the Victorian Psychiatrist's Office reportedly expressed some concerns at the Monash Centre's procedures, and a confidential review was ordered last November.