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Transgendered and Thinking of Starting the Transition?

One of the first steps taken in gender reassignment is hormone treatments. These treatments consist of injections of large amounts of hormones that slowly change your body over the span of a few months to years. You have to be okayed by a psychiatrist before you begin treatments, and the treatments themselves are actually administered by a psychiatrist. Insurance does cover it sometimes but you'll have to check with your provider to see if they cover it for you.

Regardless of whether you're an MtF (Male to Female) or FtM (Female to Male), you should note and be aware of the side-effects of hormone therapy.

For MTFs this means eventual sterility and shrinking of the testicles as well as diminished strength, less hair growth on the body, slow formation of breasts, loss of ejaculation and erection, smoother skin, redistributed fat, and all of the other physical changes you'd associate with what happen to a girl in puberty (with marked differences involving the reproductive organs, obviously.)

For FTMs, the effects are sterility, more hair growth, lower voice, larger clitoris, increased sex drive, sterility, increased aggression, beginning of balding patterns, increased acne, and so on.

FTM testosterone treatments CAN also have the side effects of:
* Breast cancer
* Cancer of endometrium
* Diabetes
* High cholesterol
* Hypertension
* Liver disease

MTF estrogin treatments, on the other hand, can result in:
* Benign pituitary tumors
* Gallbladder disease
* Hypertension (high blood pressure)
* Hypothyroidism
* Liver disease
* Migraine headache
* Tendency for blood to clot, causing related conditions:
---o Aneurysm
---o Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
---o Pulmonary embolism (can be fatal)
* Weight gain
* Worsening of depression (if present); increased sensitivity to stress

Despite all of the risks (remember that while some of these seem like huge side-effects, some of the medication you may already take might list "heart attack leading to death" among many other major side effects on their bottles, too...it doesn't mean that you'll automatically contract any of those diseases) you're probably still dead-set on it. If you are then more power to you and I completely understand.

This varies from state-to-state and country-to-country, but for the most part you have to be 18 years or older OR have parental consent to undergo the treatments.

Unfortunately the psychiatric analysis a transperson has to undergo to be cleared for surgery is sort of odd and assumes some things about people in general. Your answers to their assessment will be compared against the guidelines set forth by the American Psychiatric Association for the diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder (GID). I'm not saying I agree at all that our condition should be considered a disorder...that kind of maddens me...but if you look at the logic behind the word, coming to terms with the label of GID is easier as we're way out of society's regular supposed order for things.

There's a lot more you need to consider and look into, and I hope that you can manage to get to at least some of this material while at school. Here's a few places you may want to go read up at (some of which I referenced in writing this note):

Transgendercare.com www.transgendercare.com/medica…
LGBThealth.com lgbthealth.healthcommunities.c…
FTM Info Network www.ftminfo.net/
TS Roadmap www.tsroadmap.com/index.html
- the TS Roadmap list of forums where you can seek help from people that have undergone it or are undergoing treatment www.tsroadmap.com/info/transge…

~Alex(andra) ;)


Please send a note to kproductions for more information in confidence, or post about it in the forum if you want multiple opinions (just please note that if you do this, your questions will be public.)

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Wake Up
March 12, 2014 at 9:11pm

Can I have your attention please? I am not going away, but you're welcome to walk out the door. What i have to say, may not be enjoyable. For too many years i have kept quiet. But now i have a microphone, I HAVE A VOICE. There is no escape, I demand and now have your full attention



I am transgender, and I'm here to speak out. I am not doing this for attention, or to trick guys into sleeping with me. We are not sex crazed maniacs. So when you see me in the washroom, shut the fuck up. I'm trying to take a piss, not see up your skirt. Contrary to popular belief, we are human fucking beings.



Everyone wants to try me out for just a little but. But what's so hard about taking me home to mom and dad. Good enough for your bed, but not the dinner table. I am not your dirty little secret. You fellows would be surprised at how many of your friends take a pass at me when you're not around. So what's so difficult about keeping that "faggot" to yourself?



Know what's truly scary? Going out the door, changing rooms, and all these gender barriers. Equality shouldn't be a thing, it should just be. There is a huge difference between asking my sexuality, and assuming it. This is a gender change, not a preference change. No wait, i lied. This is a correction. I've been playing catch up since day one.



You have no idea how frustrating it is having to constantly explain the gender marker on your identification card. If you're too comfortable, you're doing something wrong. If you've never fought for something, you've never tried. The unknown  walk the earth. So get off your ass and be someone, and leave me the fuck alone. I'm just trying to live my life.



This is not a choice. The crisis of being trans is black and white. Life, and death. Too many of my brothers and sisters choose that final solution. Lose a son, or embrace a daughter. I know it's hard to change all those memories of your darling baby boy. You don't have to. But turn your back, and you never understood love.



Today i stand before you, liberated and free. This skin is finally my own. I can take back the rental. For the first time ever, i looked into a mirror, and not glaze over some moving image of a stranger. They call this gender dysphoria. But i am not confused! Not anymore. It's more like gender euphoria, nirvana, shambhala.



Wake up! We do exist and i'm nothing like the image hollywood would portray me as. Try to look the other way, but it is going to get harder and harder to ignore this six foot tall tranny. I'm going to rape your bigotry, the same way your ignorance ruined my childhood. Fear me! Because i no longer fear you. I'm going to take these streets back in the name of acceptance. One person at a time I am going to show you; i am not a threat to your manliness, to your religion, or your fucking family values. If this is the face of evil, i weep that i cannot show you heaven.



Right here is the result of an extremely conservative upbringing. My friends will not disown me if they see me in a skirt. They showed me true love. And with them behind me, we can change the world. So fuck Money, fuck materialism, fuck imposed values, fuck right and wrong, and above all; fuck bending hate! I will not rest, so long as another person suffers. Even if i do not share your rights. This freak has woken up.







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Monologue i wrote ages ago. Figure i should put it online somewhere before i lose the paper.
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Why So Proud?
"Hello, I have a question that is not an insult. I am uhm. Andro.
Anyway, I would like to know why you say ' pride ' if you are born with it? Like being proud of good looks, you don't do much for them, you just are born with them."

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My answer:
Thanks for the question! No insult was taken. Here's my answer:
Well it's very similar to an African American person being proud of their heritage. There truly is no difference between African Americans and everyone else in the nation (or world) other than their skin tone, but many are proud nonetheless.
I wouldn't consider being proud of good looks to be the best analogy in this situation, as someone that has good looks is almost always boosted up by our society. That constant positive energy from people because of their good looks naturally leads to pride. The reason it's important for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered people, and so on to be proud is because society has yet to fully accept us.


"Hello, I have a question that is not an insult. I am uhm. Andro.

Anyway, I would like to know why you say ' pride ' if you are born with it? Like being proud of good looks, you don't do much for them, you just are born with them."


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Well it's very similar to an African American person being proud of their heritage. There truly is no difference between African Americans and everyone else in the nation (or world) other than their skin tone, but many are proud nonetheless.

I wouldn't consider being proud of good looks to be the best analogy in this situation, as someone that has good looks is almost always boosted up by our society. That constant positive energy from people because of their good looks naturally leads to pride. The reason it's important for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered people, and so on to be proud is because society has yet to fully accept us.

Same sex marriage is still illegal throughout the majority of the United States, crimes committed against LGBT people out of hate are still not considered hate crimes by federal law, police still raid gay bars at the drop of a hat (just happened last week in the town next to mine), LGBT people are forbidden from joining the armed forces, and on top of many other problems there's still a general misunderstanding about and disdain for the LGBT community throughout the nation and worldwide.

The pride that we feel and proclaim so visibly and vocally is our inner voice and strength pushing our respective nations towards equal rights for everyone. Rather than gather our pride from others through compliments for our good looks or anything like that, we generate our own pride from within to help keep ourselves motivated in our fight for equality in the face of discrimination.

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SniperNoSniping1 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey can anyone help me? My friend whom i have been friends for about three years, i'm a lesbian and she's bi.
i broke up with my girlfriend just recently, and of course i started to complain about it, my friend replied with "why do you date JUST girls? they are so complicated, just date a guy at least once" already i got annoyed and changed the conversation. weellll she started trying to "persuaded" me to be bisexual, openly saying its better than being gay. I like being gay, i like girls, not guys.
so can anyone help me with this?
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ArenaDeborah Mar 26, 2014  New member
Thanks alot for have accepted me have a great day :D (Big Grin) 
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WolfStar113 Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello...
I am pretty young to be considering the change, only 14, but I can't stand it anymore. When I was nine I lost all of my female friends and I've been hanging around with guys ever since. Since that moment, I have felt out of place, I still wear female clothing but I don't care about anything feminine. I'm still into males as well but I just feel so strange all the time...
Please help me: I have a journal here: wolfstar113.deviantart.com/jou… Out of the 35 people that looked at it, only one has actually talked to me. 
Thank you
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Lord-Jack Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey fellas
I could need some help, donīt know what to do.
Was out with one of my best friends on friday, sheīs lesbian and hooked up with a cute Girl. I drove home allone and she called in the middle of the night. Some idiots beat her up. I took her to Hospital and called the Police.
Today, as I went to the Supermarket, apperently the same idiots got to me. Again Hospital and Police, but they say they canīt do anything, as Long as we donīt know names of these guys....
any ideas how to end this?
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Pixelpenguino 4 days ago  New member
Jeez that's terrible !!!:O

Perhaps they have CCTV images recorder on a camera outside the Supermarket?
If you ask them you might get images of the idiots. You can then print them out and ask around and maybe people will recognise them and give you their names, contact details or their address??
Idk it seems like a pretty long shot but it's the best I can think of :S
Also if you know anyone associated with them, they might be able to give you a name...
Be careful now okay? Don't let them get to you and hurt you again
Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Huggy Hug) [V2] 
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Its-A-Beautiful-Day Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing group amazing spirit 
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Thirdeyeindigo99 Mar 16, 2014  New member Professional Traditional Artist
You are all beautiful to me. Don't ever let anyone tell you differently. We are who we are and we deserve happiness whether it is found in a man or woman. I am so happy to be apart of this group. If you ever feel you need a friend or someone to reach out to please dont hesitate. Helping everyone and anyone is what I live for. 
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alvaen-art Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So sweet of you! 
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alvaen-art Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I finally found a LGBT-Group! Thank you (all) for this group! I hope i find many friends here! :D
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