Episode 3: Transgender and Nonbinary Affirming Surgery ft. Kayla McLaughlin, PA-C

Photo date and artist unknown. Source:  GDW

Photo date and artist unknown. Source: GDW

Queer History Lesson of the Day

Magnus Hirschfeld is termed “The Einstein of Sex”. He was born in Kolberg, Prussia (modern day Poland) on May 14, 1868. Dr. Hirscheld was one of the first pioneers of the “gay liberation movement.” According to his biography, “Hirschfeld helped found the Scientific Humanitarian Committee in Germany to defend the rights of homosexuals and develop a scientific framework for sexual equality. By 1933 Hirschfeld’s commitment to sexual liberation made him a target for the Nazis, and they ransacked his Institute for Sexual Research and publicly burned his books.” As described in Gay City “his troika of identities — Jew, Socialist, and gay man — infuriated them”. Hirschfeld fled Germany by the time Adolf Hitler was in power in January 1933. The National Socialist Students’ League destroyed Hirschfeld’s Institute of Sexual Research in Berlin and the all of the material within. He was one of the first people to perform gender affirming surgery on Lili Elbe in 1930. Have you seen the movie The Danish Girl? You should. He spent his last years in Nice, France with his partner, Li Shiu Tong.

This episode is dedicated to all those rule breakers out that believe in something bigger than themselves. The road less traveled is a path towards exponential creativity.


Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand

Making Gay History

Gay City Article


In this interview, we dive into transgender and nonbinary affirming surgical options including pre-operative, peri-operative, and post-operative care. Kayla McLaughlin is a physician assistant practicing in transgender and nonbinary affirming surgery in Los Angeles, California. Kayla graduated from Chatham University in 2015 and began practicing transgender and nonbinary medicine at the LA LGBT Center. In 2018, she was hired as the first physician assistant in the Gender Affirming Surgery Department at Kaiser Permanente.


Show Notes


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Anatomy Basics

Anatomical Positions and Directional Terms

Anatomy of the Urinary System

Anatomy of Genitourinary System

*Note binary medical terminology utilized for descriptions in above publications

Hormone Replacement Therapy Monitoring

WPATH Standards of Care, p. 33

Visual Representations of Procedures

Vaginoplasty Animation Tutorial created by Rebecca Betts

Tracheal Shave

Facial Feminization

Clitoral Release, Phalloplasty Metoidioplasty Animation Tutorial

*All videos are animations or verbal descriptions. No blood and guts.

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