Bowers, though, had no intention of being quiet about it. “In September, I finally said, ‘Look, if I’m going to stay here, we’ve got to address this media policy,’ ” she said.
Her work has been recorded in documentaries, magazine articles, TV shows — attention she has welcomed, even courted. The hospital and its board weren’t about to do that.
She said, ‘I’m transsexual.’ He had no idea what it was.
So he started to investigate and found a doctor trying this surgery,” she said.
Biber started the gender-reassignment thing in Trinidad but not intentionally.
He was an Iowa boy who showed up in Trinidad after serving as a surgeon in a Korean War MASH unit, said Ella Biber, his fourth wife, whom he was married to for 24 years.
“There are many residents of Trinidad who would like to have the city known for something other than gender-reassignment surgery,” said board member Dr. Chance at a new image Bowers is convinced that one thing town leaders would prefer to be known for is the Cougar Canyon Golf Course. Then, the economy crashed, taking the market for golf-course homes with it.
Golf-course backers, including some on the hospital board, may worry that potential residents wouldn’t be enthusiastic about relocating to a transgender mecca, Bowers said. “As far as I know, the golf course wasn’t part of our discussion at any time,” he said.
It may not be the greatest cataclysm the town of about 10,000 has weathered. Gender-reassignment patients didn’t fly in and out overnight.
Their procedures kept them in town for days, if not weeks. They also needed a place to stay after they got out of the hospital.
“Trinidad learned to respect their privacy,” Hot Spot owner Velarde said of the transgender patients. He was Jewish in a town that, back then, was overwhelmingly Catholic.