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Session 3b

“Gendercraft: Tools to Align Body & Mind” by Gary Cordingley, MD, PhD

Gary Cordingley, MD, PhD, (they/them pronouns) is an LGBT health educator who has lectured or led workshops on this subject for groups of physicians, medical students, community members and transgender people. They are board-certified in neurology and have published numerous articles in neurology, neuroscience and medical history. Dr. Cordingley is an associate lecturer at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. They earned their graduate degrees at Duke University, interned at University of Michigan Hospitals, completed residency training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and conducted research at the National Institutes of Health.

Brief Description:

“Gendercraft” is a toolkit of devices, methods and skills available to people who seek presentations more consistent with their gender identities. Tools to masculinize and feminize include management of hairstyle, facial hair, facial appearance, shape of torso, clothing, posture, movement and communication. The toolkit also contains the potentially harmful practices of binding breasts and tucking genitalia. Healthcare professionals can learn about the awkward and difficult choices their patients and clients are up against in living their identities, and the risks and benefits of those choices.

We will also discuss: (1) the emotionally-charged concept of “passing,” and (2) methods a trans or gender-nonconforming person can use to minimize embarrassment in obtaining clothes and other materials associated with a gender different from their sex assigned at birth.



1) Define “passing” and provide reasons why gender-diverse people have conflicted relationships with the concept.
2) Describe tools available to gender-diverse people who wish to feminize or masculinize their presentations, including by managing hairstyle, facial hair, facial appearance, skin care, shoulders, chests, waists, hips, genitalia, clothing, accessories, posture, movement and communication.
3) List methods that gender-diverse people can employ to minimize awkwardness and embarrassment while obtaining clothing and other materials associated with a gender different from the sex assigned at birth.


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