Film on Demand: "Born to Be"
A fascinating and sensitive portrait of Dr. Jess Ting and his pioneering work in gender reassignment surgery. Free for Dartmouth students and Hop members.
Dr. Jess Ting, a Juilliard-trained bass player-turned trailblazing surgeon, leads Mount Sinai Hospital's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery. With compassion and candor, Tania Cypriano tells his story and that of his transgender and nonbinary patients, who come to him from all walks of life and whose diversity reflects the multiplicity of communities that make up New York.
Although the Affordable Care Act put transition-related health care and gender-affirming surgery within their reach, the Trump administration's reversal of anti-discrimination health care protections for LGBTQ people put that access to care at risk. Born to Be spotlights the modest and understated Dr. Ting and his patients, who too often sacrifice their jobs, family ties and safety to be their most authentic selves.
This film is programmed as part of our "Because Science" series, which explores how science, technology, engineering and medicine impact people's everyday lives.
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