Danna Elaine Wheeldon sent me this link to an article by Dr. Brian Ginsberg about transgender skin care and dermatology treatment. One item I noted was he mentions “pumping parties” as an aside, and it’s terrible to think that in this day and age “pumping parties” still exist. But when folks are desperate and money is short, it’s unfortunately a fact of transgender life.
Commentator Dana Beyer explains in detail some of the factors surrounding transition and why we aren’t all just flipping gender like an pancake. This is more written for the lay non-transgender person, so it may be good to forward.
This couple has appeared here before on Transas City, but they are being highlighted again because they and their story have really set social media abuzz across the world, as mentioned. This longer interview has a slide show of photos at the bottom of it, and while some may focus on what a lovely couple they are, notice how happy they look in each photo!
My father told me about a movie he saw many years ago where two male police officers, one white, one black, are riding together in a car. The black guy turns to the white guy and says, “Do you ever think about being white?”
“Of course not,” says the other guy. “Why would I?”
“Well,” the black man said, “I think about being black every day.”
I doubt that born women and men ever spend much time thinking about it. I’d do anything to be able to be that way. I’d do anything to have a uterus, ovaries, and periods. My many born-woman friends all think I’m totally nuts for wanting periods, but they don’t understand. When you’re outside this, it’s hard to comprehend what it really feels like.
I’m stuck spending my whole life looking over the fence, wishing I were on the inside. Sometimes it’s hard to believe all this struggle is worthwhile. But, again, I have little choice.
A perspective on being a female to male transsexual which we don’t often have the opportunity to read about. His description of “the arrival of thick hair on my thighs is exciting” reinforced to me very viscerally what a different world he lives in.
From the Huffington Post, an interesting collection of advice, however I dvery mildly isagree with some of it. For example, I would modify (2) to also say “…and say hello to feminine privilege,” because I have definitely benefited from that more than I lost anything.
I recently received a lot of useful information for those who wish to change their name and/or gender in Missouri, including some real-world examples kindly provided by Jamie Glistenburg, who went through the process recently.