See also A short History of (Harry) Benjamin Syndrome.
Charlotte is a resident of Vigo in Galacia. She was diagnosed by the school psychologist as a trans child at age 7, and from age 16 was on hormonal therapy from the Vigo hospital - the first such patient to be so treated in Vigo. However she met much derision at school from both students and teachers that she was unable to complete high school. Since 1992 she has been in psychiatric treatment, and living on welfare.
In the early 2000s Goair developed the concept of Síndrome de Harry Benjamin (Harry Benjamin Syndrome) taking the term from Tom Reucher in Paris, but changing the meaning to exclude most trans persons. She set up www.shb-info.org, and while posting on the Australian WOMAN forum encountered Diane Kearny in the US, who had similar opinions. They initially worked together, but then split and set up competing web sites, Yahoo forums and Standards of Care.
In 2007, after Carla Antonelli' s hunger strike led to the Ley de Identidad de Género (Gender Identity Law) finally being passed, Charlotte was able to change her legal name and gender as surgery was not a requirement.
Charlotte describes HBS:
"Harry Benjamin Syndrome (HBS) is an intersex condition developed in the very early stages of pregnancy affecting the physical process of differentiation between male and female. In this patients, the brain develops as a certain sex but the rest of the body takes on the physical characteristics of the opposite sex. Genetic aetiology for this condition had been showed also by modern medical research.
Today, what was previously known as intense True Transsexualis m is cons idered by medical res earch experts in this area as a physiological condition of birth, which is both neurological and genetic in origin, and therefore an inborn intersex condition (physiological). That is why by following the medical naming conventions in regard to physiologically intersexed states or syndromes, the condition formerly known as intense True Transsexualism (Type VI on the diagnosis table of Harry Benjamin), must be named Harry Benjamin Syndrome.
Since people with Harry Benjamin Syndrome are conventional in their gender identity and expression, like most members of society, these people need a physical rehabilitation of their endocrine system and phenotype in order to function in society as any other average person.
They are not seeking to defy social norms of gender or sexuality as is the case of transgender and most who call themselves transsexuals .
People with Harry Benjamin Syndrome as a group are naturally opposed to ambiguous groups of sex and/or gender such as transgender persons and most who call themselves transsexuals . People with Harry Benjamin Syndrome are not a part of a supposed continuum with these other states of sexual or gender-related ambiguity.
Despite the confusion in terminology with the old concept of True "Transsexualism", persons with Harry Benjamin Syndrome (which in reality is a type of intersex condition) should not be confused with transgenderism and other ambiguous sexual states in general.
People born with Harry Benjamin Syndrome are persons with a binary gender orientation of either Man or Woman, as any other average person in society. Their identity is woman or man, never "transsexual". Therefore they need a complete physical rehabilitation in order to function sexually and develop socially as any other average person in our society.
People with Harry Benjamin Syndrome repudiate sexual ambiguity and don't feel identified with sexually ambiguous labels like "transsexual" or "transgender" which neither define nor represent them."Initially Goiar claimed that 1:500 are HBS, but has been reducing the frequency and now says that HBS is "an extremely rare condition [1:100,000]" (which would mean that HBS persons are only a fraction of 1% of transsexuals). She is further contentious in that she and her movement have become known for its disparaging of other trans persons, even post-ops, and GLBT persons in general.
Despite her non-surgical status for two decades, Charlotte has been critical of the Press-For-Change leadership, in that the UK Gender Recognition Act allows for non-ops and other transsexuals whom Charlotte would not regard as HBS, and has a similar opinion of Carla Antonelli and the Ley de Identidad de Género.
Charlotte Goiar is a member of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a Church of Scientology front organization that uses Thomas Szasz as a spokesman. She features a 90 minute CCHR video on her HBS home page. Charlotte proclaims that she is a licensed Human Rights Investigator: this is a CCHR bestowed title.
In 2008 a Vigo judge recognized her problem, and admitted that her "anxious-depressive syndrome" was caused by her discomfort with her body. However the court ruled against her request for surgery in that such surgery was not available in Galicia.
Charlotte is antagonistic to the STP 2012 depathologization campaign, and has emphasized in contrast that HBS want medical repathologization.
Some HBS activists have since split with her.
She has been blocked from Wikipedia (here) for frequently breaking its rules.
Charlotte's forum was discontinued and closed in 2011.
In 2012, Charlotte won a ruling in the Galician High Court that Galacian Health Service should pay for her to have genital surgery. However the Galician government appealed to the Spanish Supreme Court, which in turn also found in Goiar's favour in May 2013. shortly after the death of her mother - the one person who had stood with her. By September, as Galicia had taken no steps to conform with the ruling, Goiar went to the press.
- www.shb-info.org/goiar.html. Taken down 2015
- www.myspace.com/goiar REMOVED early 2009.
- Laura Amato. Laura's Harry Benjamin Syndrome HBS: A Peer Review http://harrybenjaminsyndrome-not-transsexual.com.
- http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/HarryBenjaminsSyndrome. Closed in 2011.
- Ángel Paniagua. "Primera condena al Sergas a pagar una operación de cambio de sexo: El Tribunal Superior da la razón a una viguesa que sufre transexualismo". La Voz de Galacia, 13 de marzo de 2012. www.lavozdegalicia.es/noticia/sociedad/2012/03/13/primera-condena-sergas-pagar-operacion-cambio-sexo/0003_201203G13P28991.htm.
- "El Supremo ratifica la condena a Galicia a pagar una operación de cambio de sexo". 20minutos, 01,09.2013. www.20minutos.es/noticia/1907927/0/supremo-ratifica/condena-galicia-pagar/operacion-cambio-sexo.
- Silvia Pontevedra. "Unprecedented legal victory as health service is made to cover gender reassignment". El Pais In English, 6 Sep 2013. http://elpais.com/elpais/2013/09/06/inenglish/1378470581_127491.html?rel=rosEP.
The most common meaning for HBS is Harvard Business School. The Business Exchange used to profile graduates of the major business schools, and somehow had an entry for Charlotte Goiar which pointed to this profile on my site.
Charlotte used the name Charlotte T. Guren for a while, and wrote to Laura Amato that Guren was the name to be used, but SHB-Info.Org still calls her Goiar, and she had a Myspace page as Goiar until early 2009.