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Many cases of changes in gender identity during a person's lifetime have been reported in medicine and science during the last half of the 20th century. These began with Dr. John Money in the mid-1950s, who founded a gender identity clinic at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. This was a time of strict gender roles, due to Cold War pressures to ensure that men were very masculine and fit for war, while women were prepared to be homemakers and mothers (Corber, 1997; D'Emilio & Freedman, 1988; Herman, 1997). This clinic began to receive increases in parents' requests to examine and possibly treat their children who seemed to be different in terms of gender identity. Know Yourself Among the most famous of these cases was chat of a Canadian boy named David Reimer, and is described in the book As Nature Made Him (Colapinto, 2000). David was born a genetic male. At about 8 months old, his penis was destroyed when he was circumcised. Dr. Money suggested that he be assigned to the female sex, given the name "Brenda," and be reared as a girl. Doctors created a vagina for him and later gave her hormone treatments to promote breast development and other female secondary sex characteristics. This his- tory was hidden from her until she was 13. Brenda, however, never felt like "It is so funny when people ask me how I know that I am a boy. I just ask them, how do you know you are a boy? You just know those things. I have known all my life!" -Tommy, 7-year-old transgender boy Source: Brill & Pepper, 2008. 303
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