He worked with anorexic, autistic and emotionally disturbed children. He also counseled trans patients and gave workshops to gay and lesbian care providers.
Gillick was working for Cigna Corp in 1993 as a staff psychiatrist when she started transition as Shoshanna, and was fired on the pretext of violating the dress code.
She moved to San Francisco, partially to be closer to her daughter, and opened a private practice.
"I am a developmental child psychiatrist trained and experienced in evaluating children and adolescents. As both a child and an adolescent with GID, I was seriously leaking gender, and can recall on a daily basis festering and suppurating while attempting to construct a workable core gender identity. Before there was a GID diagnosis I experienced a gender identity disorder which made for one confused and extremely unhappy little boy.
My article strongly differentiated between "gender non-conforming" children and adolescents who displayed variant gender behavior but did not present with the emotional distress and functional impairment of a psychiatric disorder. Unfortunately, most of my psychiatric colleagues are either or both insensitive or ignorant of gender developmental issues, and lump all individuals who display crossgender identification or behavior as sick, weird or psychotic. …
Rather than abolish GID, I suggest a more accurate picture of the diversity of gender presentations. Under the heading of "gender variants" I include non-pathological phenomena such as healthy gender independence, healthy gender-blending, and healthy gender-questioning in youth and adults. Variants means simply different presentations, which are not better or worse than the "normal" masculine or feminine flavors. My concept of "gender deviants" implies a symptomatic, painful, jumping off the track of the gender train. I have introduced a clinical syndrome of anatomical rejection/disgust with the genitalia of birth or "genital dysphoria." A separate condition which I term "gender dysphoria" is a rejection of the gender role and behavior associated with the genitalia at birth. When these two serious clinical syndromes combine that is what I am calling gender identity disorder. I got it, and its no fun."In 1998, apparently again as Marvin although still considering surgery, she became employed at an outpatient clinic in San Mateo. However in August 1999 Marvin was found hanged in the foyer of the clinic.
Sarah Seton (Rachel Tortolini) dedicated her book to Shoshanna.
- Gianna E. Israel. “Interview with Shoshanna Gillick, MD”. Gianna Israel Gender Library, 1997. www.firelily.com/gender/gianna/gillick.interview.html also at www.transgendercare.com/support/etc/tdp/extlink.asp?gtl=601&lid=4a25k5t5wdli.
- Barbara Feder. “Psychiatrist is found dead: Marvin Gillick apparently hangs self from ceiling beam at San Mateo clinic”. Jan Jose Mercury, Aug 19, 1999. Online at: http://groups.google.com/group/alt.true-crime/browse_thread/thread/3bc319f88d75db97/aba4b21ea8652e14?pli=1.
- Jean Bobby Noble. Masculinities Without Men?: Female Masculinity in Twentieth-Century Fictions. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2004: xxviii.
- Sarah Seton. Transsexuality in the late 20th Century: What it was and what it wasn't. Aetheom Press, 2008: Dedication.