BY all appearances, Andy Guy looks like any other young man with his dark
stubble, thick brows and blokey clothes.

The only physical giveaway that all may not be what it seems is his
delicate-looking hands.

You see, Andy Guy wasn’t always a guy.

The 33-year-old was born Anna, biologically female, and grew up to become a
beautiful blonde actress – albeit one who always felt intrinsically male.

In June, Mr Guy became the first Australian to undergo the sex reassignment
surgery, phalloplasty, in the US.

He returned to Sydney last week, declaring he’d never felt happier since
undergoing the $80,000 procedure in which a layer of skin, a vein, artery
and two nerves were taken from his right forearm to craft a penis and
scrotum.

The surgery, done under general anaesthetic, was performed by three
surgeons who also stitched up Mr Guy’s vagina.

“I feel a lot more grounded and relaxed and a lot happier for no other
reason than I’m able to exist as what I’ve always felt like,’&# 39; Mr Guy said.

Growing up in St Leonards, in Sydney’s north, Mr Gray felt like he was a
boy since he was five years old.

As a youngster Anna eschewed dolls and dresses in favour of more
traditionally male toys like racing car sets and skateboards, and always
preferred wearing board shorts to the beach.

“I said to Mum, `If you want to be a boy, what can you do about it?’ She
said, `You can have an operation,&# 39;’&# 39; he said.

“I guess parents brush that off as just a question or a tomboy phase.’&# 39;

He attended the private girls school Wenona in northern Sydney, where he
wore a dress every day and dated boys, despite always feeling attracted to
females.

“If anything, it just felt like a uniform I was putting on,” he said.
“If I had gone to a school where there would have been boy and girl
toilets, it would have been a lot harder.’ ‘

After a couple of high school boyfriends, she tried dating as a lesbian and
dressing very femininely.

But after his mother passed away from breast cancer 10 years ago, he began
to be honest about who he really was and started hormone treatment in 2010.

His father, from whom he was briefly estranged after revealing he had
gender identity disorder, eventually loaned him the money to have the
procedure in San Francisco because no Australian surgeons were trained in
the operation.

Mr Guy said he gets frustrated that the gender reassignment gets confused
as a gay rights issue when it is really a health issue.

“This is a procedure about becoming the person you are, not about your
sexual behaviour or sexual orientation, which is what it becomes caught up
in,” he said. “For me, I’ve always felt male. That’s what I know I am. I’m
just a guy.”

Mr Guy is finishing work on a documentary on his experience, It’s Not About
The Sex, which he is co-executive producing with Augusta Miller, daughter
of legendary director George Miller.

Since his surgery, he has been lobbying the Australian government to
recognise sex reassignment as a medically necessary procedure for those
suffering from his disorder.

Many other governments around the world are already helping fund the
procedure, including New Zealand, where citizens receive a subsidy to
travel to the US for the surgery.

However, new Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton said: “There will be no
change to existing arrangements in Australia.”

News Ltd 2013 Copyright

Courier Mail, Australia

Andy Guy is first Australian to undergo the sex reassignment surgery,
phalloplasty, in the US

CAROLINE MARCUS
The Sunday Telegraph

October 05, 2013 10:00PM

 

 

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