Transition Related Surgery is just one name given to the many different operations that a transgender person might receive as a part of their transition. These surgeries exist to better align a transgender person’s body with their gender identity.
Access to these surgeries has long been controlled and restricted. In limiting access, cisgender people in medicine and politics have been allowed to decide who counts as transgender. Transgender activists have fought against this type of gatekeeping for decades.
This exhibition tells the history of the social access to transition related surgeries in Ontario. Instead of taking a medical perspective that focuses on how surgeries developed, it looks at how access to these surgeries has been available to the transgender people of Ontario and how politics and medicine have evolved together over the past 50 years.