Remembering Trans Man Dr. Maxwell Scott Anderson

Tristan (left), Maxwell (center) & Franky (right) *(Photo Credit: Clarice Gauf)

On January 14th, 2010, Dr. Maxwell Scott Anderson was transported to a higher place after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in late December.

“Dr Maxwell Scott Anderson August 26, 1956 – January 14, 2010 On January 14th, 2010 at 3:10pm, Dr. Maxwell Scott Anderson was called home to God’s glory in a peaceful rest. He was a native of Chicago, Illinois; moving to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and then to Atlanta, Georgia where he called home for 20 plus years.”

Maxwell was surrounded by much love when he passed and his life has left a print on this world that will never be forgotten. He was a man with a heart of gold and touched the lives of many. His spirit will forever live on.

Maxwell was a well known therapist in Atlanta. One of my best friends, Franky, went to Maxwell and they became as close as brothers in a short amount of time. Franky spoke very highly of Maxwell and this is how my wife and I were first introduced.

The first time I saw Maxwell was upon viewing the 2001 Sundance film festival winner “Southern Comfort”. In the documentary, I was able to soak in a glimpse of Maxwell as I watched him live his life by the side of his best friend, the late Robert Eads. Robert was also a trans man who died of Ovarian cancer due to doctors refusing treatment. The film covered the last year of his life.

My wife and I got the honor to meet Maxwell face-to-face at the Southern Comfort Conference in 2009. He was working on a new documentary that will still be made in his honor.

Maxwell was a person you quickly came to love and see as family. My wife and I helped with a benefit show to support the documentary and the next thing we knew, he was at our home for a cookout. That was the last time we saw Maxwell before we found out the news. He was supposed to be at my wife’s birthday party and we found out days later he did not show up due to the fact that he collapsed in his home and wasn’t found until days later.

When we visited him at the hospice, he was asleep and we told him how much we love him and gave him lots of hugs and kisses. Two people that remained by his side the most were his sister Susie who flew down here to be with him from Chicago and my best friend Franky.

This past weekend, I was at Maxwell’s apartment and watched Susie going through items and Franky and Cass help transport belongings.

Dr. Maxwell Scott Anderson (Photo Credit: PJ Pilgrim of Appleblossom Photography)

The most important part of all of this is that Maxwell needs your help.

His life insurance was given to someone who only is contributing to pay for Maxwell’s cremation and nothing else. A HORRIBLE truth. There is much more to this story, but I believe God will deal with this person and it’s not up to us.

Pastor Paul of Gentle Spirit church in Atlanta is a wonderful man and is holding the memorial service at his place of worship.

As you can imagine, there is a great need here to help cover costs that accumulated and his death.

I’m asking for people to PLEASE help and know that even $1 will help out. The funds are going to a safe account that belongs to his sister. She is a great person and said after the costs have been covered ALL remaining funds will go to help fund the documentary Maxwell was making so it can be completed.

They also have some of his items for sale trying to raise money. Click HERE to donate!

HOW to”CHIPIN”: First click on the link below and it will take you to the ChipIn page. You will see a “widget” on the right-hand side, click the button that says “ChipIn!” – This will now direct you to the Paypal page. At the top, insert the amount you want to donate in the box that says “unit price” THEN click on the button “update totals” — NOW you are ready to either log in to your paypal account OR you can follow the steps below and enter in your account info on the safe server. After you complete your transaction, you will be notified via email and receive a confirmation. THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

Some Posts on Maxwell’s FaceBook page:

“Rest in peace, Max. A special “thank you” to his close friends for keeping us all in the know. It was an honor to have seen his life from the outside while knowing I would always be in his heart as he is in mine… and to know the size of his heart from thousands of miles away. You will be missed, my brother.”

“RIP max..you have no idea the impact you have made on the trans community… the doc. made such an imact on me and 1,000s of others. Almost made it to SCC this year, i sorry i didnt so i could meet you. The trans community is truly in mourning. RIP say hey to robert for me”

“This is the Maxwell I want you to remember. This is the speech from the Trans Rights rally and march in Atlana last June, on the 40th Anniversary ofthe Stonewall Rebellion. When ATL postponed Pride, we did not. Maxwell helped to organize it. The speech moved me. His memory, and hisactivism, are survived in us. Plenty of fight to carry onward.”

“Goodbye max although we never met you were a great man. its saddens me to have never met you but in my heart you are begining your journey with God. you will shine ever so bright being the angel that you are. you will be dearly missed by so many people i wish the most love and cheerfulness to all in this sad time. lots of love from me to you all.”

“comfort and peace for the people who loved him. he set a wonderful example.. we will see him again though. he had such a sweet heart.”

“God speed Maxwell, I hope you find an eternity of peace and joy. We will meet again. Thank you Susie for all that you have done to see him off. It can’t have been easy. Please accept my condolences for yourself and your family. You are now part of a larger family and I appreciate everything you have done these past few weeks.”

My Post:

“♥ My tweet last night for you, dearest big brother ♥ Today the world lost a very special man, Dr. Maxwell Scott Anderson, and heaven received him. Three things I know: he will never be forgotten, that he will always be very loved and in our hearts forever. Xoxoxo Max, your spirit will forever live on. I know you are watching over us now from heaven. You and Robert.”

Some Posts on Maxwell’s passport on TQ Nation:

“Dr. Max. you are an awesome guy. You have helped so many who were lost confused and hurting, i’m one of them. didnt talk for long just one email but you helped me through your encouragement and wise words. We all love you Dr. Max.”

“Thank you for all you did in your life. You will continue to be an inspiration to me and for that I am forever grateful. Rest in peace.”

Remembrance Video by Monica Helms:

Written by: Tristan Skye of TQ Nation

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8 responses to “Remembering Trans Man Dr. Maxwell Scott Anderson

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  2. Bruce

    I saw that stuff on the facebook fan page about him practicing without a license and all the rest of it and then the fan page was taken down and everyone went quiet. My brother-in-law is a licensed therapist and I asked him about it and he said if that stuff was true – even just the part about him practicing and writing letters and not having a license – it was pretty serious stuff.

    Even the part you mention above, about your friend Franky being a client and then “close as brothers” and helping Maxwell’s sister and all that – my bro-in-law said even that is way out of line ethically and if Maxwell was alive it could lead to an investigation by the licensing board.

    So, my question is, after all that started coming out is I am wondering if the documentary is still being done? Because it sounds like it could be pretty controversial if it is.

    • Bruce,

      I am unaware of Maxwell ever practicing without a license. I do know that Franky went to Maxwell in a professional therapeutic environment and they did not have a “brotherhood” until after Franky’s therapy sessions ended. You must also keep in mind how small our FTM community is and I’m not certain if any lines of friendship were crossed with Maxwell’s professional practice and at this point all I can say was that I knew him to be a very wonderful man and his soul should be at peace. Anyone helping out his sister during that difficult time was out of pure, genuine love and everyone coming together as a family. In times of death, personally, I do not feel actions of love should be judged and discussed. I’d much rather point fingers at crimes of hate, rather than love. Life is too short to engage our minds in finding the wrongs in others, especially after they have passed on. Like I said, out of plain and simple respect, his soul needs to be left in eternal peace.

      As far as the documentary, the last that I heard it was still being made. I would be unaware of anything being controversial with the making of it, due to the fact it is not based on Maxwell, his life, or anything of that nature. It would be filmed in his honor because it was his idea and something he was aspiring to complete before he passed away.

      I hope this answers your questions.

    • Griffin

      @Bruce, I’m a psychology student applying to doctoral programs in the fall, so that’s my disclosure for what I am about to say.

      Ethics are extremely important in psychology and therapy, with substantial APA guidelines governing relationships between clients and former clients. As long as the therapeutic relationship continued, they could not be friends, but after therapy ended they could start a friendship without any real problem. It’s unusual and inappropriate for most psychology divisions, but not uncommon in health psychology or GLBT-related issues because of the advocacy that is involved in those arenas. The state board would not raise an eyebrow here.

      As far as practicing without a license, I think there’s a bit of misinformation that has gotten to the Atlanta community. One of the major PR problems that Argosy University has is that some people believe that graduates are not licensable. Because Argosy Atlanta IS APA-accredited, graduates are eligible for licensure in Georgia, most states, and most countries. You can see Argosy listed on the APA site here as accredited.

      Granted, I did not know the man so I can’t comment on his situation specifically. I recommend that anyone with a concern in that area contact the GA board of examiners by phone, as they may not maintain a list of deceased psychotherapists on their site.

  3. Do you know who to contact if we are interested in helping out with the documentary? I’m experienced with web design and graphics, so that could help post-production. I can also create video effects in After Effects.

  4. Ray

    Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since I’m more of a visual learner.

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