A Russian doctor has confessed to murdering and dismembering a woman he dated when he discovered she had undergone sex change surgery. The medic Mikhail Tikhonov, 27, cooked some of her body parts in her oven and flushed her remains down the toilet, he told police. He had been on a night out with Nina Surgutskaya, 25, in Kursk, before going back to her flat, he said. The pair were having sex when he realised that she was 'transsexual' and had undergone surgery. He immediately strangled her on her bed and then to hide the murder, dismembered her corpse, he told police interrogators. Tikhonov was detained and questioned after Nina went missing and her mother called in police to investigate.
But, given her backstory, one quality seems particularly surprising: her poise. Hers was a voice of sublime confidence, delivered by someone sure of her power and purpose. Shane, who died last week at the age of 78 of undisclosed causes, was a transgender woman performing in the clubs of Nashville and Toronto in guises, and with affectations that, at the very least, would suggest homosexuality, if not the full truth of her identity, during a time of profound ignorance about such things. Sporting a bouffant, full makeup, and a sequined top over a pantsuit, some patrons at the clubs where Shane performed thought she was a lesbian.
Jacqueline Rose is co-director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty is out in paperback. Psychology and psychoanalysis , Psychoanalysis , Biography and memoirs , Autobiography , Gender , Sex.
Research on the health of transgender and gender nonconforming people has been limited with most of the work focusing on transition-related care and HIV. This review summarizes research to date on the overall development and quality of life of transgender and gender nonconforming adults, and makes recommendations for future research. Pervasive stigma and discrimination attached to gender nonconformity affect the health of transgender people across the lifespan, particularly when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. Despite the related challenges, transgender and gender nonconforming people may develop resilience over time.