Navy vet offers free sex reassignment surgeries for transgender troops

January 26, 2019 - 4:00 am
Dr. Christine McGinn

Courtesy of Dr. Christine McGinn


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Following news of this week's Supreme Court ruling on the military ban on transgender service members, a Bucks County surgeon and veteran is offering free sex reassignment surgeries to transgender troops.

Dr. Christine McGinn has a bustling practice in New Hope. As a transgender woman, she spent years in the Navy, where she went to medical school. Now, she performs gender reassignment surgeries. 

In 2017, after President Donald Trump tweeted that transgender individuals would be banned from the military, she offered to perform free gender reassignment surgeries to active duty military troops.

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"In an effort to show the military that it's really not as expensive or a problem for deployment as Donald Trump is saying," she added.

She's performed 14 free surgeries, and nine are in the pipeline. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Trump's ban to move forward while the lower courts litigate the matter.

"I have people coming in that are helicopter pilots. Financially, it doesn't make any sense to get rid of somebody who you spent millions of dollars to train."

The Pentagon said this week, there would be no changes to the policy for now. McGinn believes the ban is a betrayal, and trans soldiers should continue to serve.

"Regardless of what ban he puts in, there's going to be transgender people in the military."


To hear McGinn's full interview and a detailed discussion on human trafficking, listen to KYW Newsradio's Flashpoint podcast.