20 Icelanders have undergone the medical procedure of correcting their gender, but Anna Kristjánsdóttir – the first Icelander to undergo the procedure – believes doctors are still reluctant to perform the task.
Last Sunday, four individuals had underwent the procedure.
Vísir contacted a number of doctors to try and get comments on the matter, but none of them wanted to comment for fear of instigating prejudice. Anna contends that an open, honest discussion on the matter will pay off better than trying to keep it under wraps.
Anna, apart from being the first Icelander to undergo the procedure, has also been very publicly open about her experiences – what led to her decision, what life has been like before and afterwards, and so forth.
She told Vísir that while society has come a long way in this matter, there is still a long way to go. For example, she thinks many people still regard the procedure as purely cosmetic.