SABRINA MARCUS, FATHER AND EX-SPACE SHUTTLE ENGINEER
Sabrina originally married and fathered two children with a woman who tolerated his living partially as a woman. However, when Sabrina’s spouse couldn’t stand Sabrina’s desire to live fully as a woman, they divorced. Then in 2003, Sabrina got fired from her job as a space shuttle engineer after announcing she had commenced transitioning from male to female.
She thinks a lot of people don’t understand what it means to lose everything just for who you are, “You lose it all. Immediately now everything is gone. You have to leave your house, pack your clothing and you’re just gone and you have to be 500 feet away from your house. It’s not a choice, it’s not something you choose, like so many other things in life.”
Whereas Dr. Bowers sees herself as a woman now, Sabrina sees herself as a trans-woman. Transitioning from male into female is important part of her identity and she doesn’t try to “pass.” Along with Dr. Laura Ellis (another patient of Dr. Bowers), she helps renovate a Victorian house in Trinidad into “Morning Glow”, a bed-and-breakfast where Dr. Bower’s post-operative patients can rest and rehabilitate in the company of other trans-operatives.