On migration to Australia at age 19 with his mother and sister, he changed to female with hormones and surgery at the Monash Medical Centre’s gender clinic. He failed the psychiatric evaluation the first time, but had learned the proper answers for a second evaluation. He transitioned to being Helen Finch.
She worked in tele-sales. Helen married (illegally by Australian law) an Israeli who was looking for residence in Australia, and was later in a relationship with a man which fell apart because the husband could not cope with her having been born a boy.
She took up transcendental meditation. She had an affair with a woman who encouraged her to revert to being a man, which he did in 1997.
His current psychiatrist is also a transcendental meditationer who ran for Parliament for the Natural Law Party. As Alan, he is now suing the Monash Medical Centre’s gender clinic. This went to the Supreme Court in 2009. This case caused a temporary moratorium on approving persons for surgery at the Monash.
He was featured on Australian Story. He has set up an advocacy group: Gender Identity Awareness Association from which he voices his support for the Australian ban on same-sex marriage and the like.
- Tula. I am a Woman. London: Sphere Books: Rainbird, 167 pp 1982.
- Bunty Avieson. “Goodbye Alan, Hello Helen...and Happiness”. The Woman’s Day 19 Dec 1989.
- Christine Hogan. “Man who became woman wants to be a man again”. The Sun-Herald 31 August 2003.
- “Boy Interrupted”. Australian Story. ABC-TV 01/09/2003. Transcript at: www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2003/s937472.htm.
- "Monash Gender Dysphoria Centre Under Pressure". Melbourne Indymedia. Nov 28, 2003. http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org/news/2003/11/58139_comment.php. This article has several very interesting comments, including the text of The Woman's Day article.
- MyfanwyMcDonald. "Telling the Story of Gender Transition: the Case of Alan Finch". Outskirts: feminisms along the edge.13, 2005. www.chloe.uwa.edu.au/outskirts/archive/volume13/mcdonald.
The only mention of work is that Helen was in tele-sales at the time of the first transition. Did Helen and later Alan stay in that line of work?