In the 1970s, a well-known transsexual model was occasionally featured in Her World magazine.
The Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) at the National University Hospital quietly closed in 2001.
The official explanation was that the gynecologist in charge had left for private practice, and without him, the clinic did not have the skills to perform SRS.
Transgender was listed as a condition in a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) 'Directory of Diseases' and recruits who outed themselves to the examining doctors at the Central Manpower Base (CMPB) at Depot Road had their 'deployability' denied in sensitive positions.
They were classified as Category 302 personnel, downgraded to a Physical Employment Status of C or E and assigned only non-combat roles at military bases.
They are individual subcultures with many different priorities and concerns.