I wonder if Leach is suspicious of everything his clients tell him? What an awful therapist experience that would be!
* You didn't once suggest that I get on some kind of medication to more effectively deal with my emotional anguish. Why?
This is not true. According to Leach's letters, both his endocrinologist and psychotherapist considered medication.
* Your sociological and psychological training has caused you to treat us all the same, giving us a ‘‘one-size-fits-all - solution.'
Also not true. If the solution was one-size-fits-all, they would not have spent some much time and effort to understand Leach's individual needs. Rather, Leach gives a monolithic solution by fitting every single transman, transwoman, genderqueer, fetishist, bigender person, and drag queen all live according to their genitals.
* You readily believed my stories, some of them actually being the
experience of others I have known; the remaining ones my own experiences
and perceptions/magnifications, so you'd feel sorry for me, saying, "Oh,
this poor dear! We must sanction this surgery, for fear that suicide might
be the seemingly only other choice for this patient."
Elsewhere Leach says that he was living as a transexual each and every day, obviously not realizing the difference between being bigender and transexual.
I had no real support system to sustain me following surgery. It wasn't
that I didn't try to put one into place; it's just that finding
emotionally well men or women to support you in your decision to abandon
your biological sex...fails to meet their expectation of a person they'd
love to spend time with or befriend. Some of the new female relationships
I was developing while shopping and carousing in women's environs were
only superficial at best; to their distinct advantage since I was there to
prosper their business.
I doubt any psychotherapist wants to be lied to. In Flight, Leach's psychotherapist supposedly says, when sensing he's having doubts, "you have to be sure or you'll make a fool out of both of us." Doesn't sound like she wants a lie.
Questions that beg an answer are:
do not know if this is true or not. Leach says he forged a divorce
certificate for the therapists. I assumed he showed it to them. Perhaps
he's mad that he went through all his effort at forgery and did not get
to use it or perhaps he did it voluntarily and wanted it required. For all therapy, except group therapy, there is no attempt at contacting anyone except the client.
* Why was I treated with such undeniable and unquestioned integrity?
Because they respected him.
* Why did they not ask for at least several letters of reference from other friends?
* Why did they not at least ask for one other person to verify that I was really living full-time as a woman?
Because therapists are not babysitters. There are not the police. They were there to help Jerry but he did not want their help; he wanted what he individually decided was the solution.
* They never asked for a letter of recommendation from the male lover I
had told them about.
There is no anatomical test for transexuality. What is he asking for?
All the endocrinologist and urologist needed to know was that the
Psychiatric team were in total agreement that sex change was the
irrefutable best course of action for me; that female hormones and
surgical correction was my right and best choice.
"Irrefutable" is not true. It's not like a homicide trial where they require evidence without a shadow of a doubt. They are there to help people, but they can only help those who accept it and cooperate. By lying to them, he broke the system and should have expected the negative consequences.