'My Religious Trans Patients Want to Talk About Faith. What if God Doesn't Forgive?'

Dr. Iris Yaish, head of transgender health at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital, talks about the challenges Israeli trans people encounter, how the army treats them and the misconceptions Israelis have

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Dr. Iris Yaish. “It’s like diving, in minutes, into the most intimate stories. About the moment they understood that they weren’t born into the right sex. I hear stories that are unbelievable.”
Dr. Iris Yaish. “It’s like diving, in minutes, into the most intimate stories. About the moment they understood that they weren’t born into the right sex. I hear stories that are unbelievable.”

Tell me briefly about yourself.

I am a physician – an endocrinologist – and I’m the head of the Center for Transgender Health and Medicine at Ichilov Hospital. The unit seeks to provide all the relevant medical responses for trans people in Israel: hormonal therapy, gynecological treatment, fertility preservation, surgery and also the services of dieticians, psychologists, social workers and so on.

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