is a six part series based in Trinidad, Colorado, the sex change capital of the world.Each one hour episode is a self-contained journey following 2 people as they take the final step in their transition from one gender to another. Marci Bowers performs the surgeries and calls upon her own experiences as a transgender woman to guide her patients as they go through the ultimate life changing procedure.
Born Dale Archer, the 64-year-old American said she felt trapped in the wrong body right from the start, recalling secretly trying on her mother’s dresses as a boy—much to the horror of her conservative military father. “While I was recovering I came to the conclusion that I had to transition or die.” A small but steadily increasing number of transgenders are travelling to socially conservative India for such procedures, which are cheaper than those in their homelands and with no waiting lists, according to industry experts.
I couldn’t be myself,” said Archer, who is from Arizona.
Some are even choosing India, which has traditionally shunned its own transgender community, over leading sex-change destination Thailand which is regarded as more accepting on this issue.
In November, Archer found herself at the Olmec Centre nestled in a northern Delhi neighbourhood, which she picked over clinics in Thailand which she felt were “just a bit too expensive”. This is an option that some transgender people can look at and not have to kill themselves because they can’t afford it,” said Archer, who paid about US,000 (RM23,997), a fifth of the price back home, and said India’s conservative views on transgenders had not been an issue when deciding to come.
Shopping trips For up to US,000, Olmec provides the treatment, but also accommodation, airport shuttles and post-operative care that includes shopping trips and visits to the Taj Mahal and other tourist favourites.
Olmec founder and plastic surgeon Narendra Kaushik said he operates on up to 200 mostly local patients a year.But Kaushik said he was also seeing increasing numbers of foreigners: Westerners from countries such as the UK, US, and Australia, seeking lower costs and those from developing countries wanting better quality care than they receive at home.The number of foreign nationals having such surgeries has jumped from between five and ten to as many as 20 a year, Kaushik said, predicting the figure would continue to rise.He explained: “The number of surgeries are increasing day by day.“This community is very well connected all over the world...If they are satisfied with their procedures in India, they spread the word.” The government is actively promoting India’s booming medical tourism industry, including by recently overhauling a special M-visa, now issued faster and valid for one year.