Transgender News

Changing Sex: Transsexual Teens

Sarah Green is 17 and she was born with the body of a boy. But since the age of six Sarah has felt that she is supposed to be a girl. She dresses like a woman and wants people to see her as female. ‘The first time I went out as a woman I felt really embarrassed but it was …

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A Dictionary of Words for Masculine Women

I have been diagnosed as a female to male transsexual. However, I am dissatisfied with the word ‘transsexual’. First, ‘transsexual’ is a medical term describing a pathological condition, and I do not agree that the right to determine my own destiny constitutes mental illness. Further, I object to the word itself, with its implication of ‘trans’ meaning ‘to pass through’, …

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Some Notes on the Special needs of Young Transsexual People

What do the younger ones need ? This is a little of what I have picked up over the last few years. Please bear in mind that everyone who is TS seems to be able to “cope” and pretend to be happy in their biological gender for a certain length of time, until suddenly a crisis enters their life and then they …

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Female to Male: Sex Reassignment Surgery

This is one of the more controversial aspects of the transgender (TG) experience. There are many transgender folk who choose not to have any surgery, some who pick and choose which surgeries they want, and some who feel they have no choice but to go through all of them. There are also the moral pressures to consider from internal and …

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Female to Male Transgender: General Health Care

There are many reasons why FTMs will be reluctant to seek out medical attention or even preventative health care. Many older FTMs have assimilated even without hormones or surgery. Their greatest fear is discovery. Sometimes even their own partners and families don’t have a clue about their situation, and if they do, they are just as frightened of discovery. Mainstream …

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Female to Male Transgender: Mental Health

Mental health is tightly intertwined with general health. Most FTMs tend to isolate. Not only do they deny themselves contact with society at large, they tend to isolate from each other. Even though this has slowly been changing in urban areas within the past five years, it tends to be the rule of thumb. Many FTMs who meet at meetings …

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Hormones

Female to Male Transgender: Hormones

Any person on hormones is a chemistry experiment. It is very important to listen to the FTM (or MTF) as they tell you what is occurring for them physically and emotionally. FTMs have learned to watch and monitor the changes they experience over time. On this note, it is very important that if you have a pre-op transsexual come to …

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Sexuality

By and large, the transsexual condition is referred to, and often dealt with, as a sexual problem. Gender identity and sexuality are two separate aspects of our lives. Yet, it is amazing how many people have trouble conceptualizing the difference. Since transsexuals began approaching the medical community after W.W.II, the general view of those practitioners was one of taking a …

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