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In 1963, Reed Erickson, a wealthy transman, became a patient of Dr. Benjamin and underwent masculinizing hormone transition under his care. Their subsequent collaboration led to radical changes in the field of transgender health. Erickson, with his fortune and vision for social change, established the Erickson Educational Foundation in 1964, a non-profit philanthropic organization with the mission “to provide assistance and support in areas where human potential was limited by adverse physical, mental or social conditions, or where the scope of research was too new, controversial or imaginative to receive traditionally oriented support.” For the next twenty years EEF supported scores of programs on transsexuality, specifically related to patient care resources, referrals, advocacy, education, medical research, and the creation of professional infrastructure. The EEF developed lists of providers who served transgender patients, launched campaigns to educate the general public through media presentations, and sponsored a series of international professional symposia, which ultimately lead to credibility to the field.
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