dglenn: Female (Venus) symbol, with a transistor symbol inside the circle part (TransSister)
[personal profile] dglenn
Okay, weird symmetry here with my last post to this community (three years ago) being about spironalactone, and today's entry being about wanting to get off of spironalactone ... But yeah, I'd like to stop taking it, and my primary physician has said he'll write me a referral for an orchiectomy, so now I have to figure out logistics, find a surgeon (urologist?) who takes my insurance, etc.

Reading aftercare instructions on the web, I see (a) advice to walk a little, then each day a little more, and (b) not do anything strenuous for a while. My bedroom is at the top of a three-storey rowhouse, and even if I put an air mattress in the living room to be on the same floor as the kitchen, I'll have to go up a long flight to the second floor to get to the bathroom. So what I want to know is: does this count as "walking a little" (thus okay immediately post-surgery), or as a risky amount of exervion at first, so I should try to arrange to stay with a friend who lives in a one-storey house for at least a few days after the surgery?

A secondary question, that I figure I'm less likely to get answered but may as well ask anyhow as long as I'm here: since Maryland removed trans exclusions from Medicaid coverage at the end of last year, have folks gotten things like this covered by it, or are the insurance companies handling Medicaid for the state still dragging their feet? (Specifically, I'm with United Healthcare.) If I'm going to have to argue or fight to get this covered, I'm gonna need to psyche myself up for that.
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[personal profile] shoaling_souls
Hi everyone, I hope this post is allowed. I checked the rules in the profile and didn't see anything about whether this was okay or not, but if it's not okay let me know and I will delete it.

I identify as a genderqueer lesbian, and my future wife is mtf. We've been in a ldr for four years now and she's a really good person and we love each other a lot and I want to spend the rest of my life with her. She's a software developer, but she was laid off a few years back and since then we've been working on building a website together that is finally almost done and ready to launch in a month or two which will be great because we'll start having an income again. We've got some opportunities for start up funds that'll be coming through possibly as soon as January or February, so if we can get to that point, we'll be okay.

But she was just a little bit late for rent recently and despite having been a tennant there for 13 years and always being on time before, they sent her an eviction notice. If she can't pay up, she'll be evicted a week before Christmas, and then we'll both end up homeless, far away from each other.

She's set up a gofundme thing, and I'm boosting the signal to try to keep this from happening. She is willing to either pay you back with interest or give you credit towards a paid account on our site once it's launched, whichever you prefer. She gives more information at the link about how she got to where she is right now, which you should read to make your own decision about whether to help. She is a survivor of a transmisogynistic hate crime, which she mentions in the post without going into graphic detail and it's trigger warned but I just wanted to give you a heads up if that will be triggery for you maybe skip that part. It's about halfway down the page or so. The PTSD stemming from that incident is a large factor in the bind she's in right now.

Anyway, please help if you can, either by donating or signal boosting. We'd really appreciate it. http://www.gofundme.com/5m36ps
dglenn: Female (Venus) symbol, with a transistor symbol inside the circle part (TransSister)
[personal profile] dglenn
A web search turned up conflicting answers, so I now turn here ... Does spironalactone cause less testosterone to be produced in the body, or does it prevent cells from responding to testosterone that's still there (i.e. bind to testosterone-receptor sites so the testosterone can't)?

Or to put it another way: while I know that spironalactone reduces the effects of testosterone, will a blood test actually show less testosterone present, or will a test show the same or higher amounts of testosterone that's just no longer doing anything?

[xposted by hand to LL]
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[personal profile] mercurychaos
Ten years ago, we conducted a short survey of our community’s reactions to the use of descriptive terminology in the professional literature of gender identity issues. Basically, we were interested in reforming the literature so it could speak respectfully about transsexual and transgender persons. To do that, we wanted to find out which terms transsexual and transgender people liked, and which they didn't like. The results of our study were reported at the 2001 scientific symposium of the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), and had an immediate impact on the hundreds of medical and social scientists who were present.

A lot has changed since 2001, and we thought it would be interesting to re-open the survey, collect new data, compare the results 10 years later with the original results, and present our analysis at the 2011 scientific symposium of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (formerly HBIGDA).

Take the survey here (at SurveyMonkey)
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[personal profile] mercurychaos
The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health Medical Advisory Board has written a set of recommendations to help primary care doctors provide better health services to their transgender patients beyond hormone therapy such as "sexual health and fertility, cancer and cardiovascular disease, patient intake and insurance issues, and harm reduction."

Recommendations at The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at UCSF.

Related editorial at the Huffington Post.

By request.

Jul. 5th, 2009 11:36 pm
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[personal profile] mercurychaos
Someone over at ElJay has started a forum for neutrois individuals - that is, people who identify as neither male nor female, and typically wish to get rid of any/all gender-identifying characteristics. Here is a link, if you're interested.

And for those of you with an aversion to Google, Google Community has absolutely nothing to do with Google the search engine/corporation. How they are able to use the name without getting sued, I do not know, but... whatever.


May. 3rd, 2009 11:57 am
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[personal profile] floit63
This post got me thinking. How many of our arguments (either amongst ourselves or with others) stem from the fact that everyone has a slightly different interpretation of key words we use? I'm going to post a few different words that are rather important when discussing trans issues and I'd love it if everyone could go through and give their definitions of these words so that I can make a list for n00bs (all of them can be anon if you wish). My own definitions will be in the comments.

The Words:
Out (as in out of the closet, not as in out to the store)
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[personal profile] purpletigron
I hope this question is OK - please delete if not.

My question is about the usage of the terms 'sex' and 'gender'.

I find it useful to distinguish between sex - as biological genotype or phenotype - and gender - as social construct (and grammatical!) etc.

May I ask about how other readers define these terms?
[personal profile] floit63
Does anyone happen to know of other trans-related communities on DW? I'd like to keep up a running list so that everyone can find the place they feel most comfortable. Communities for transwomen would be particularly helpful as I don't have the same kind of access to women's spaces that I do men's.

So far I've got:
[community profile] trans (thank you [profile] aunty_sarah)
[community profile] tguk (thanks to [personal profile] tornir)
[community profile] queer_rage (trans-friendly, allows crossposts. Thanks to [personal profile] amadi)
[community profile] polygender
[community profile] ftm
[community profile] ftm_adult
[community profile] effeminate_ftm
[community profile] androgynes
[community profile] postqueer (which isn't 100% trans so I'm unsure about including it)
[community profile] late_blooming_trans (thanks to [personal profile] kayden)

From [personal profile] shemale
[community profile] mtf
[community profile] partners_of_tg
[community profile] tranny_rage
[community profile] trans_latinao
[personal profile] floit63

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has awarded a former Army Special Forces commander nearly $500,000 because she was rejected from a job at the Library of Congress while undergoing a gender change from man to woman.

Full text behind the cut )

Just as a note, I don't cross-post these articles to [community profile] ftm because I've noticed that the vast majority of those members are also here and I figure no one wants their reading page clogged up. Once that changes I'll probably start posting to both.
[personal profile] floit63
Hi! Welcome to [community profile] transgender, community for anyone under the trans* umbrella and their friends, families, and allies.

A few rules to start us off:
1 - Be respectful. I'm not going to ban specific words because I think you all deserve to be treated like adults. However, I will not hesitate to pull out the ban hammer on people who repeatedly (read: more than three times) use personal attacks. I reserve the right to skip the three strikes rule for people who insist on trolling or are blatantly hateful.

2 - Stay on topic. I don't moderate postings for the same reason I don't ban words. It's easy enough to keep on topic so just do us all a favour and don't post about your new puppy (even if I do love puppies). If something is off topic I *will* delete it without warning.

3 - No community advertisements. At least not yet. If you'd like to e-mail me and ask for permission to post an advert for a related community go ahead, I just want to avoid the 50 million cross-posts for yet another GLBTQIAA group.

4 - No explicit content. I want this community to stay all-ages, in order to do that it needs to be kept clean.

5 - Please write in prose format. A bit arbitrary, I know. It's just so much easier to understand what you're saying when you use prose.

6 - Use a cut tag. All pictures and long posts need to go behind a cut. I'm going to let you use your judgment for what's considered long, if I have to make a set rule I will.

7 - Be respectful. Repeating this one simply because it's the cornerstone of the community.

Mod Note: I haven't posted a link list because so far there's only been one suggestion and I'd like it to be a community-wide effort. I tend to focus on FtM sites, if I wrote it there'd be nothing for the genderqueer/other gendered/mtf/whatever I'm leaving out people.

Final call

Apr. 19th, 2009 10:45 am
[personal profile] floit63
I'll be making the info page some time tonight, if anyone has anything they want on there go and see this post.

Hi all,

Apr. 17th, 2009 07:33 am
[personal profile] floit63
I'm sorry I haven't gotten to posting here or making the userinfo just yet, life got a bit more hectic than I was expecting. I just wanted to make sure you all knew I wasn't abandoning you or anything so...hi!

Does anyone have any suggestions for the info page? Link suggestions, wording you'd like to avoid? Any particular concerns you have about rules? I tend to make things up on the fly so if you want your voice heard it's probably a good idea to do so now. I won't be working on the profile until Sunday when I finally get a day off, all suggestions made before then will be taken into account.

I do have to warn you that I'm not going to include language specific bans. I think the context of words is important and I'd prefer that new members not get flustered by not knowing which word to use. If I have to make specific contexts banned later (ie: you cannot use gay as an all purpose insult) I will, but for now I'm going to assume that you all know how to behave.



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