Sex reassignment surgery (SRS) is also known as gender reassignment surgery (GRS), genital reassignment surgery, gender confirming surgery. Simply put, it involves a sex change operation. SRS is a surgical procedure that entails removing the genitalia of one sex and constructing the genitals of the opposite sex.

In the 2014, a planning meeting was held at Bangalore Medical College with support of NIMHANS, Bangalore Medical College, Victoria Hospital, M. S. Ramaiah Hospital, and Ondede along with the community members took part in the meeting.

After three years of constant efforts, on September 12th, 2017 with the joint efforts of NIMHANS, Ondede and Swatantra, a national meeting called “Socio-Medical Status of Transgender Persons in India” was organized at Govindaswamy Building, NIMHANS.

At this meeting, we had representatives from the States of Manipur, West Bengal, Delhi, Mumbai, Telangana, Karnataka, Pondicherry and Kerala shared the developments on availability of SRS for Transgender persons in their States. The main objective of the meeting is to bring focus of the State and private institutions on the lack of access to SRS for transgender persons in order to ensure the implementation of guidelines or policies in the context of NALSA Judgment and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

From the medical fraternity, we had doctors from Victoria Hospital, M.S. Ramaiah Hospital and NIMHANS.

After all the State representatives and  the medical experts shared their experiences and opinions on health-care, the problems faced by them and their solutions for it, resolutions were unanimously passed. The entire meeting is documented in a  form of a Report which will be published soon. This meeting was necessary to know the how it works in other States of India and their position as it will help us to form a  committee for SRS and hence form better guidelines/ protocols/ policies for the State of Karnataka.