From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
David Reimer (August 22, 1965 – May 5, 2004) was a Canadian man who was born as a healthy boy, but was sexually reassigned and raised as female in an attempt to improve his life after his penis was inadvertently destroyed during circumcision. During Reimer's preadolescent childhood, psychologist John Money reported the reassignment as successful and as evidence that gender identity is primarily learned, but Reimer assumed a male gender role at 15. He later went public with his story to discourage similar medical practices. He committed suicide at the age of 38.
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