Several years ago, Dr. Bobbi Lancaster was working as a medical director for Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix. One day, Bobbi sat down with her supervisor – intent on having a conversation with her about her plans to live more openly and authentically than ever before. For the past few years Bobbi had been coming to grips with an innate part of herself that she could no longer ignore – the fact that even though she was born male and had lived almost 60 years as a male, she identified as a woman. After coming out to her supervisor, he discouraged her from transitioning, and ultimately he told her they would no longer require her services. When she lost this job, she began a second life as a champion professional golfer, winning several titles and attempted to qualify for the LPGA in 2013.
“I am hopeful for the future,” she said. “In my own small way, I am going to nudge the needle toward acceptance of transgender people everywhere. I am going to keep telling my story. And I am going to keep delivering my educational message as only a physician can. This is my issue. This is my time. I have to speak for those who have no voice.”