Thursday, December 9, 2010 - Trinidad: The Movie - DVD Available
Dr. Bowers is offering the award-winning documentary "TRINIDAD" for sale just in time for the Holidays! To purchase a DVD, call or email Robin at 877.439.2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org. $19.95 plus $6 shipping and handling, please allow 7 days for delivery after payment is received. Additional Information
A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Jim Collins Foundation, whose mission is to provide financial assistance to transgender people for gender-confirming surgeries.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - The Move to San Mateo, CA Read the latest news about the move to California here!
Monday, February 02, 2009 - Important Notice Regarding Fees Recently, Mt. San Rafael Hospital has experienced significant increases in cost. This means that their fees will unfortunately need to increase effective April 1, 2009. The fee increase could be as high as $4,000 above current prices, for the Male to Female GRS. No further increases for the GRS are expected. Dr. Bowers will be reducing her fees to partially offset some of the increase. Please contact our office for specific information about your surgical fees.
- Sex Change Hospital Nominated for GLAAD Award This just in from World of Wonder: Sex Change Hospital has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the best documentary category! Congratulations!
View a listing of the nominated works here
Friday, September 05, 2008 - Morning After Guest House is Now Open! Carol Cometto, Dr. Bowers' partner of 5 years, has opened a beautiful new guest house for Dr. Bowers' patients. The house is located in a quiet neighborhood in Trinidad, and has been lovingly restored and furnished with the goal of providing a restful and healing atmosphere. There are currently two separate apartments with a total of three bedrooms (5 by Spring 2009!) that are described in this document. Each apartment has a fully stocked kitchen, beautiful living room, and dining room. Please keep in mind that this is a private apartment complex. The units have been/ decorated with Carol, Marci and Robin's loving details. There are personal photos, artwork, personal trinkets and other items that belong to us but are there to make you feel comfortable. Please respect Morning After so that it may remain a joyful place for many years to come.
While patients have had a six day hospital stay in the past, you can now enjoy leaving the hospital two days early to rest and relax in a comfortable and home-like atmosphere. (Of course, if for some reason Dr. Bowers is not comfortable discharging you to the guest house, you will continue your hospital stay). A partner or guest may stay with you in the house, pending available space, for a small fee. You may also choose to stay before surgery, or continue your stay (again, pending availability), for fees similar to other lodging available in town.
Please contact Robin at Dr. Bowers' office with any questions. Rest assured that if you are scheduled for surgery, your two day stay will be booked and you will be contacted regarding additional reservations and information.
Thursday, May 08, 2008 - California Dreamin' Keynote - April 18, 2008
Dr. Bowers recently gave the keynote speech at the 2008 California Dreamin' conference, and she has shared her address here.
Saturday, September 15, 2007 - Stacy Fair Tessler
We had some bad news recently - Stacy Tessler, Dr. Bowers former assistant, has passed away unexpectedly.
From our office and staff: "We are deeply saddened to hear of Stacy's untimely passing. She was a giving and caring person, and will be greatly missed by everyone here, and by those who's lives she touched."
Friday, August 24, 2007 - APA Plenary Speech - August 19, 2007
Dr. Bowers recently addressed the APA in San Francisco., and she has shared her talk, Psychological Aspects of Gender Transition From a Trans-Surgeon’s Perspective, here.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - Trinidad Kiwanis Club Address - April 2007
Dr. Bowers recently addressed the Trinidad CO Kiwanis, and she has shared her speech here.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - Biber Girl / Boy Reunion and Get-Together The Biber Girl/Boy Reunion & Get Together, planned for May 4-6, 2007, has been canceled due to lack of participation.
If you have any questions, or wish to just get involved in planning a future event, please call (505-466-4277) or send email to TGWSGSantaFe@aol.com, or write me at 22 Juego Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87508-4298
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Monday, January 30, 2006 - Dr. Biber Memorial Service
A public memorial service is planned for Monday, February 6th @ 7 pm. It will be conducted at the Sebastiani Gym on Animas Street. It's across from the Police Station (135 Animas) and next door to the library (220 Aminas). Parking behind the library, the public lots between Main and Church, or on the street. Both front and rear doors should be open.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - Dr. Stanley Biber Passes Away
A personal note from Dr. Bowers:
I found out about Dr. Biber's passing this morning, moments before entering surgery.
We had known of his ill health since he had arrived home from a cattle drive to Texas in December. Not surprisingly, at age 82, Dr. Biber insisted upon leading the cattle drive, culminating work from his 2000-head ranch. I think all of us had expected him to live on given his vitality and energy. A former pre-olympic weight-lifter, Stanley would leave his family practice each afternoon at 3 PM to lift weights and work out until the pneumonia slowed him in late December. He appeared to improve on antibiotics until declining once again just prior to New Year's Day. Dr. Biber then called his wife to say he was "not feeling too well" and asked her to bring him to the hospital.
I am devastated personally as Dr. Biber has meant so much to me personally...and has meant even more to the transgendered community. Fitting irony has it that on the night of Dr. Biber's passing that Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman was awarded the Golden Globes Award for Best Actress for her role as a transgendered woman in "Transamerica". It occurred to me how that honor might not have been possible had Dr. Biber not courageously altered his practice in 1969 when a local social worker here in Trinidad asked Dr. Biber, a General Surgeon and true family physician, to perform her surgery. When he asked 'What surgery?', Dr. Biber's surprise was calmly muted when the young woman told him that she was biologically male but felt herself to be female. Dr. Biber, always non-judgmental and unconditional in his love for patients and other human beings, simply sent for drawings describing Dr. Georges Burou's technique for male-to-female genital conversion. The surgery was successful and his legacy was borne.
Word of Dr. Biber as 'Sex Change Surgeon' quickly spread as his reputation for precision, reliability, safety and functionality of the surgery . Over 35 years Dr. Biber performed more than 5000 of these life-changing procedures, ending his surgery career in 2003 at age 80, though he continued to serve our local community as a general practitioner over these past 3 years. He had a swagger, a grace and a calming influence that I'll never forget. He was an anchor in this small community and will be dearly missed.
I spent 7 amazing months learning this man's trade, having myself practiced gynecologic surgery and obstetrics over the preceeding 16 years. Although it seems that the baton was passed in 2003 when I took over the surgery duties in this 'Sex Change Capital of the World', it will be many years and many surgeries before I fill his shoes in any meaningful way. Dr. Biber had a resoluteness and fairness about him that transcended this small town's objections to his controversial practice. He had a way of convincing the undecided and calming the fearful among Trinidad's residents. He blazed the way through the 70's and 80's when university-based programs were restricting access to their gender programs or closing altogether. Dr. Biber not only welcomed these patients but embraced their struggle, eventually helping found the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association. The HBIGDA organization gave legitimacy to the concept of gender dysphoria and set in place criteria by which an individual could objectively climb through the maze of decision points inherent in a 'sex change'.
Above all, Dr. Biber will be remembered as a simple townsperson and an overachieving rancher; and as someone with whom you could sit down and share a cup of coffee. His legacy as one of the pioneering surgeons of the 20th century will remain a footnote to Trinidad's recollection of him simply as 'Doc'.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 2004 Fall Harvest Keynote Address
Due to popular request, we have put Dr. Bowers' keynote address for the 2004 Fall Harvest online here.
Friday, November 12, 2004 - News Page!
We've set up a news page to post updates to the site as well as things Dr. Bowers would like to get out there.
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