Day 11 and we’re a third of the way through our series. Michael Dillon (1915 – 1962) was the first British person to undergo FTM transgender surgery.
He first attended Oxford as an undergraduate, and sought treatment from Dr George Foss in 1939. He was prescribed hormones, as part of which treatment he was asked to speak to a psychiatrist. Unfortunately, thanks to the indiscretion of the said psychiatrist, Michael’s desire to transition became public knowledge, and Michael moved to Bristol where he took a job in a garage. He later became a ship’s doctor. In 1944, having undergone several surgeries, Michael successfully had his birth certificate amended in order to reflect his transition. His brother, Sir Robert Dillon, 8th Baronet of Lismullen, Ireland, did not react well and severed contact. Even so, the peerage journal Debrett’s, which records noble and aristocratic lineage, willingly updated Michael’s details in their publication, placing him next in line for his brother’s baronetcy. Unfortunately, the equivalent journal Burke’s Peerage did not make the changes, and this anomaly was picked up by the national press, which cheerfully publicised Michael’s history.
To escape further attention, Michael went to live in India, where he was ordained as a Buddhist monk, and remained for the rest of his life.
Michael Dillon is author of the 1946 book Self: A Study in Ethics and Endocrinology. He wrote: “Where the mind cannot be made to fit the body, the body should be made to fit, approximately at any rate, to the mind.”
You can read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Dillon