Digital Transgender Archive

Interview with Dr. Walter Bockting

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Dr. Walter Bockting is Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University. In this interview, Dr. Bockting narrates a history of the evolution of medical transitional care from his perspective as a clinician and researcher. For 20 years, Dr. Bockting worked as the Coordinator of Transgender Health Services at the University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality. Along with Dr. Eli Coleman, Bockting was responsible for transforming the Harry Benjamin Association into the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH), where he served as President. Under his leadership, WPATH revised their standards of care to be more open to gender diversity and gender non-conformity. Bockting’s current research is on the long-term and developmental effects of puberty suppression treatment on transgender youth. This interview sheds light on important shifts in the history of transgender clinical care and the future of transgender health.

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