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aaskew [userpic]
by aaskew (aaskew)
at April 14th, 2014 (11:25 pm)

Asking on behalf of a trans female friend - do any of you have suggestions for a good psychiatrist in Toronto who's great with trans stuff and also a Christian? Her mother is open to her transition, but is also pretty adamant about the Christian bit.


__________ [userpic]
Calling all people of trans experiences for a survey.
by __________ (lostcrumpet)
at April 10th, 2014 (02:19 pm)

Hi there,

Are you a person of trans experience? Let your voice be heard (and enter to win one of several $25 amazon gift cards)!!

We are a group of researchers from the Marginalization, Mental Health, and Empowerment Team and Columbia University. Our team is made up of LGBTQ folks and straight allies. We’re interested in learning more about your experiences of with marginalization and empowerment as a trans individual.

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aaskew [userpic]
Trans article on Cracked!
by aaskew (aaskew)
at March 21st, 2014 (10:17 pm)

"5 Shocking Realities of Being Transgender the Media Ignores"

Written by a trans woman and a guy of unknown transness.

Some inaccuracies regarding the DSM-V (IIRC, the gender dysphoria diagnosis only applies to trans people who have gender dysphoria, such that non-dysphoric individuals (e.g. those who are post-transition) no longer have it; also I think the recommended treatment is transition, even though some people naturally don't listen.)

But other than that, it's great. I especially love how there's almost been a million views of the page, and the comments - at least those I saw - were surprisingly positive. But I only saw about five, so it's possible that I just got lucky. To stay on the safe side, don't read comments.

Chasechik [userpic]
Familial (un)Acceptance
by Chasechik (chasingtides)
at March 15th, 2014 (02:50 pm)

Cut because it's upsetting and personal that my parents aren't accepting / Also US politicsCollapse )

Any ideas for good books/workbooks/New England trans family resources, especially ones accessible by a couple of rich, angry Conservative Christians?

x-posted to ftm

steepholm [userpic]
General category to which 'cis' and 'trans' belong?
by steepholm (steepholm)
at February 24th, 2014 (09:12 am)

Yesterday I was filling in yet another HR form that asked me to identify my Gender as either Male, Female or Transgender. This always gives me pause. My gender is female, and I also happen to be transgender, so which box do they want me to tick? More seriously, being trans simply isn't experienced by me as a gender at all (though mileages may vary) - so why is it listed as a gender category? But UK law seems addicted to this formulation, referring to "men, women and transsexual people" as if they were three different kinds of being - whereas to my mind this makes no more sense than saying men, women and gay people, or men, women and disabled people. At worst, it's pretty offensive; at best, it's a category error. (Of course, it also erases non-binary, genderfluid, etc. people, which is another kettle of fish.)

Anyway, this got me to wondering what, in an ideal world, the forms ought to be asking. (Or in a semi-ideal world - in an ideal one they wouldn't need the forms at all.) Male, female, genderfluid, etc. are examples of gender. Gay, straight and bi are examples of sexual orientation. Trans and cis are examples of... what? What is the general category to which trans and cis belong, as male and female belong to gender, or straight and bi to sexual orientation? There really ought to be a word (and not just so that it can be used on forms), but then "cissexual" itself isn't that old a word, so maybe there isn't yet.

On a slightly tangential subject, a friend just recommended Susan Kuklin's Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, but noted that none of the teens in the book used the word 'cis' at all. Is that typical, or has its use really not spread beyond activist and academic circles?

Justin [userpic]
Transgender people have reproductive rights
by Justin (likethewatch)
at February 23rd, 2014 (11:04 am)

This comes as a surprise to many, both within and outside of the trans community. Two trans men who've had pregnancies, post-transition, are fighting for their rights to access to reproductive health care, and to maintain their legal genders in the process. My latest article for The Good Men Project, "The Reproductive Rights of Trans Men,"

chibifukurou [userpic]
Looking for recommendations of doctors
by chibifukurou (chibifukurou)
at February 17th, 2014 (07:59 pm)

Okay so I really need to schedule a doctor's and/or gyno visit. It has been five years. Since just before I figured out I was trans.

I was wondering i if anyone has some recommendations of a good doctor in southern coastal NC? I've found some leads in the Raleigh area but any suggestions for anybody a little further south would be amazing.

My insurance is BCBS.

lilywolfsolomon [userpic]
Spiro and sperm banking
by lilywolfsolomon (lilywolfsolomon)
at February 14th, 2014 (09:35 pm)

Hi everyone.

So, I started HRT (MTF) about six weeks ago. After about a month, thanks to a friend's recommendation, I realized I could bank sperm for a lot cheaper than I thought it would be. At that point I temporarily stopped with the spiro, in case my short time on HRT had reduced my count. I kept taking the estrogen. I'm expecting to bank my sperm early next week. I don't know if it's the effect of estrogen alone or what but in that time I've noticed my hair falling out like crazy. It's possible that it's the initial fallout before it regrows, but I don't know what's going on. Since hair loss was an issue a year ago before I started on finasteride, I'm sort of freaking out.

For psychological peace of mind, I really wanted to start on spiro again. I took it again today for the first time and I don't want to stop. So what I'm wondering is... can I safely go back on spiro now if I'm planning on banking my sperm very, very soon? Has anyone tried banking sperm at some point after starting HRT, or gotten a sperm count at some point after starting HRT? Spiro doesn't lower sperm count so immediately, does it? I know everyone's starting count is different... but will going back on spiro for several days significantly affect my sample? Thanks for your input!

aumentou [userpic]
Questioning Transphobia
by aumentou (aumentou)
at February 11th, 2014 (07:13 pm)

Has QT been hacked or something? It keeps having adverts as updates.

Confused [userpic]
Fallon Select Health Insurance
by Confused (cowhockey)
at February 10th, 2014 (06:21 pm)

Hi guys! My friend is looking for a doctor who takes Fallon Select Health Insurance. He lives in MA but is willing to travel. Does anyone know of doctors that take Fallon Select Health Insurance for Top Surgery. When he called the insurance, the person told him me needs codes. To get codes, he needs a surgeon.

Quinn [userpic]
LBG and Transgender Presentations
by Quinn (ghostlove)
at January 25th, 2014 (07:18 pm)

I'm presenting two sessions at the University of Chichester for social work students, one on LGB awareness and one on transgender awareness. I've got to fill 2.5 hours for each one. This is where I'm hoping you guys can help me. If you were sending a cis or straight friend to such a session, what would you like an awareness session to cover?

Thanks all!

Naturally estrogenated MTF
by cirhossis (cirhossis)
at January 5th, 2014 (11:58 pm)

Mood: contemplative

I am wondering if there are any MTF out there who came to the 'change' without the aid of Hormonal Therapy.
I have only Spirolactone (5-1/2 months) , but that's all it took to start my journey.
And by what I have read, an accelerated journey. A journey which started upon waking from a near coma in the hospital 1st week of October, 3 months ago.
This Spirolactone was given to me to save my life, and for posterity's sake, the story is in my journal.
It would be a great comfort to hear of like experiences, for naturally estrogenated men and/or accelerated transformation stories.

didactic_cudgel [userpic]
Trans Awareness Project 2 Complete!
by didactic_cudgel (didactic_cudgel)
at November 30th, 2013 (04:52 pm)

I have been recording a video a day throughout the month of November for Transgender Awareness Month. I'm all done now, so I've embedded the whole playlist here instead. Some of these are pretty long, but many of them are short. The actual playlist link is:

x-posted to bigender

All questions come from the 30-Day Transgender Challenge by TheMiserableMuse on DeviantArt.

Edited to fix embed code

didactic_cudgel [userpic]
My Transgender Awareness Month video project
by didactic_cudgel (didactic_cudgel)
at November 18th, 2013 (02:03 pm)

Location: at home
Mood: accomplished

I have been recording a video a day throughout the month of November for Transgender Awareness Month. I'm up to 24, and since I've forgotten to post them here prior to now, I've tried embedding the playlist here instead. Which has the benefit of containing all of the updates from here til the end of the month! Check back each day! I'll update the "I'm up to ..." number until the end of the month, so you'll know when I've updated the playlist.

x-posted to bigender and my personal journal

All questions come from the 30-Day Transgender Challenge by TheMiserableMuse on DeviantArt.

L [userpic]
Renewing license in NJ
by L (skittlewolf)
at October 18th, 2013 (04:31 pm)

So, I got my license changed in MA from F to M no issue. However, I am back residing in NJ and I am worried about getting my license renewed. Most of my documents still have F on them (like the birth certificate I need to renew my license). The rest are all gender neutral (like my SS card), and my only document with an M is my old license. I'm terrified that when I go, because my birth certificate says F, they will switch my license again.


c_minor_scale [userpic]
by c_minor_scale (c_minor_scale)
at September 29th, 2013 (01:59 pm)

Hi everyone! I am a PhD student at The University of Technology, Sydney, and I am researching the online experiences of trans* people in a range of online spaces. At the moment, I'm looking at the relevance of Facebook ads and how they effect people's experience of Facebook. I'd like to invite anyone who's interested to participate in a short (online, anonymous) study that involves taking some screencaptures of the ads displaying on your Facebook and then filling out a short 5 minute survey.

We already know that people have mixed feelings towards ads on Facbeook, for example annoyance, confusion or indifference. What I am interested in looking at is how trans* people feel, particularly when the ads are incorrect. A simple example of incorrect advertising comes from my own Facebook. I am not stereotypically feminine, I don't wear dresses or enjoy makeup. However because my Facebook profile is set to female, I receive adverts of this type. I would like to hear what types of ads others receive, and what people think about the own ads on their pages.

I hope some people are interested in participating - if so please visit the study website for more info, or don't hesitate to drop me a line.

Chasechik [userpic]
Official Paperwork
by Chasechik (chasingtides)
at September 20th, 2013 (08:08 pm)

I work at a nifty nonprofit that is pretty okay with me transitioning on the job. And that's awesome. And I've been selected to be one of the people to go on a business trip and handle training with the government next which, which is also awesome.

What's not awesome is that my name change paperwork hasn't been complete.

My office filled out everything (and I mean everything, from my government registration papers to my train ticket) in my preferred name. While I appreciate the part where they're so accepting, I am very worried that this is going to screw me over on the business trip. My preferred name and legal name don't look anything alike.

Does anyone have experience with this? Is Amtrak going to not let me board at Absurd Hour in the Morning on Monday? Is there anything I can do to cover my ass when I don't have any paperwork at all in my preferred name?

If it helps at all: I'm FtM, on testosterone, pre-surgery, passing about half the time.

kittenmommy [userpic]
Trans Man competes on "Chopped"
by kittenmommy (kittenmommy)
at September 8th, 2013 (12:31 am)

Warning: The freezeframe spoils who goes on to the last round. (Thanks, skittlewolf!) :D

aaskew [userpic]
by aaskew (aaskew)
at August 23rd, 2013 (01:06 am)

Bradley Manning publicly came out as Chelsea Manning, currently top story on Google News:


(as usual, reading comments = bad.)

EDIT: could someone let me know what is wrong with this article? I thought it was great, but it's apparently come under some strong, unspecific criticism from other trans people on Tumblr, and idk why. :/ I find nothing transphobic in there - just the opposite, in fact. I realise that the HRC doesn't have a good track record on trans people (but that's changing...?) and that's fuelling some of it, but that article itself seems completely innocent to the point I'd be seriously glad if more of the other news sources were following its example (the call to respect pronouns, etc).

lolamberite [userpic]
by lolamberite (lolamberite)
at August 21st, 2013 (04:37 pm)

Anyone have expeirence on fighting to get TG coverage?

ellyrouge [userpic]
Need for urgent financial support for a young trans woman
by ellyrouge (ellyrouge)
at August 19th, 2013 (02:54 pm)

I'm not sure if it's appropriate to post that kind of call here, but given the emergency of the situation I I prefer to take the chance. Some people are trying to help a young trans woman to run away from her country where she faces persecution and death theats. There is an urgent need for money, so they have set up a call for support here:

We are currently looking for financial help for a trans woman trying to flee her country because of transphobic persecution. A male hormones treatment was forced upon her by her familly, she was sexually harassed and hit by people who knew about her identity. She is right now threatened to be sent back to her country where she risks a prison or death penalty.
We currently can't say much more for safety reasons, but we will be able to do so in a few weeks when her life will no longer be endangered. She is trying to reach a country where she can be safe and get political asylum.
For this, we have the most urgent need of fundraisin to cover the necessary expenses for this young woman's flight. Every penny counts. The approximated cost is around €2000 and € 3000.

brandii12 [userpic]
Brandii says
by brandii12 (brandii12)
at August 11th, 2013 (06:02 pm)

I am transgender female from Trinidad and Tobago who started transition 2 weeks ago. I am going for my us visa in a few week but its a tourist visa. I really would like to live in the us but my options are so low, idk if i would be able to get a job and apply for a work visa thus far such information has been very little to none. I hope if anyone in the us is new york or virginia willing to assist me with information i would be most happy. I thank you so much. you can contact me on my email skype or fb... brandy.musique (twitter) and

furtivegrace [userpic]
Opinions appreciated . . .
by furtivegrace (furtivegrace)
at July 25th, 2013 (06:18 pm)

I have the opportunity to submit a play I have written to a prestigious theater on my part of the planet. As part of the application process, I have to submit a short biography. I'm pretty far from legally changing my name. I'm not ready or willing to have it produced (if it is) under my old name and then change it later to my real name. This leaves me staring at an entirely blank page for the biography.

Which name should I use? I realize I can probably work with them later, either way, but initially, which should I use?

Nikki [userpic]
Experiences coming out as trans?
by Nikki (nikoru_chan)
at July 24th, 2013 (06:47 am)

Hey transgender LJ friends!! I posted a few days ago looking for people outed when stealth in the workplace, but I'm switching gears a little bit, and am now looking for trans people's experiences around coming out to family/friend for one of my graduate summer classes! I need to do an interview, either in person (I am in MA) or over Skype/video chat. Project is due Aug 8, so interviews would be before then. If you are interested, have any questions, or know anyone who might be, please drop me a note here in the community or in private!

Thank you very much to those who responded to the original post!!

Nikki [userpic]
Being transgender in the workplace
by Nikki (nikoru_chan)
at July 21st, 2013 (08:24 am)

Hey transgender LJ friends!! I am doing a project for one of my graduate summer classes about being transgender in the workplace! More specifically, about being outed at work. I need to do an interview, either in person (I am in MA) or over Skype/video chat. Project is due Aug 8, so interviews would be before then. If you are interested, or have any questions please comment or drop me a message!

EDIT: I should also specify that everything will be anonymous :)

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