When Roy Berkowitz-Shelton was 50, he told his wife he was a woman — and probably always had been. Not in any way you could immediately see, but deep inside — a woman in a man's body.
Now, the marriage is effectively over. Roy is "Deborah" — Dr. Deborah Bershel. Her patients are getting used to it. Her children's lives have been changed by their dad's revelation. And she is living a transgendered life.
It's been a hard road to what feels, for this human being, like liberation.
This hour On Point: Dr. Deborah Bershel talks about her transgender journey.
Dr. Deborah Bershel, physician at Davis Square Family Practice and subject of a 2-part Boston Globe Magazine article.
Dr. Norman Spack, Senior Endocrinologist and Co-Founder/Co-Director of Gender Management Services at Children's Hospital Boston.
This program aired on August 21, 2007.