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General Information

Being differently gendered in today's society can be difficult but today there are more and more resources devoted to providing information and support both in the form of online web pages and in real life in the form of support groups in many cities and gender variant specific therapist.

Terminology

Here are terms which are important to know in the Transgendered community.

Admirer 
Someone who likes and respects the Transgendered. Used more pejoratively in some circles to mean a skirt-chaser.
AFAB 
Acronym - Assigned Female At Birth.
AMAB 
Acronym - Assigned Male at Birth.
Androgynous 
The combination of masculine and feminine characteristics, look, identity and/or lifestyle.
Autogynephilia 
A sexual response in biological males characterized by sexual arousal over the thought of being or becoming female.
Asexual/Non-Sexual 
Little or no sexual attractions and practices.
Bigendered/Bi-Gendered 
Is a person who feels that their gender is fully male & fully female, generally by switching between the two. For some people, the switch is between two very distinct genders, which some consider to be separate "facets" or "personas". For others, the switch is much more fluid, with more of a grey area. Transitioning is a difficult idea for many bigenders because it is difficult for a bigender person to achieve a presentation or body that allows them to be comfortable in both genders. Also see Gender Fluid
Binder/Binding 
Clothing used to cover/hide breasts. Often used by FtMs.
Bisexual/Bi 
Attractions to female and male.
Butterfly Woman 
English translation of the Native American term for a transgendered MtF.
Cisgendered/Cisgender
What you are if the body you were born with and your gender presentation (clothes, mannerisms, etc) are aligned.
Cissexism 
The belief and treatment of transgender and/or transsexual people as inferior to cissexual (non-trans) people.
Cross-Dresser 
Someone who dresses as the opposite sex as they are, either in private or public. Often related to a sexual fetish.
Drag Queen 
A male identifying with female/feminine but for whom the female persona is often a show or public display.
Drag King 
Female counterpart of a drag queen.
Dysphoria 
A state of feeling unwell or unhappy
Electrolysis 
The removal of facial hair or genital hair by means of an electrified probe inserted into the hair follicle.
FFS
(Facial Feminization Surgery), reconstructive surgical procedures that alter the typical male facial features to bring them closer in shape and size to typical female facial features.
Full Time/FT 
Being, living as a Transgendered all the time, at work, at play, 24/7/365.
F2M, FtM 
A person who was born a female physically but transitions to a male.
Gafe, Gaff, Gaffe
Garments/underwear designed to hide/cover/minimize a penis (used by MtF). Also used by male ballet dancers.
Genderqueer 
Individuals that do not feel that they fit into either female or male.
Gender Dysphoria 
A negative feeling toward one's current gender presentation.
Gender Fluid 
Moving between genders. To relate to neither female or male but drift between the two, sometimes more to male and other times relating more to female but never fully one or the other.
GG 
Genetic Girl. Born female and having a female self-identity.
GID 
Gender Identity Disorder. A diagnosis made by psychologists and physicians that indicates a patient is feeling significant gender dysphoria.
GRS/Gender Reassignment Surgery 
see SRS
Heterosexual 
Attraction to the opposite sex/gender.
Homosexual 
Attraction to the same sex/gender.
HRT/Hormones/mones
Medication (usually pills or shots) prescribed by a doctor to change hormone levels in the body. This is usually estrogen in the case of MtFs or testosterone in the case of FtMs. Other hormones may also be prescribed to bring levels to a defined gender norm.
Intersexed/Intersex 
Born with both sexes, often with partial and not complete organs. The old non-politically-correct term was "Hermaphrodite".
Intense Pulsed Light/IPL 
A non permanent method of hair removal using a high intensity pulse of light to kill the follicles.
Laser 
A medical-grade laser, in the red visible spectrum, used to essentially 'cook' the follicle and kill it. Only works on dark hair, not blonde, white or gray.
LGBT 
Acronym for Lesbian Gay Bisexual TransGender.
M2F, MtF 
A person who was born a male physically but transitions to a female.
Mastectomy 
Removing and or rearranging tissue in the breast area.
Metoidioplasty 
The surgical release and repositioning of the enlarged clitoral tissue forming a neo-penis. The tissue is enlarged from the effect of male hormone replacement.
Orchiectomy/orchie 
The removal of the testicles (some times called poor-girl's SRS).
Pansexual 
All kinds of sexuality, not limited to or inhibited by sexual choice, gender or practice.
Part Time 
Living openly as a member of the opposite biological sex only part of one's life, the rest of the time living in hiding or secret (closeted).
Phalloplasty 
The surgical construction of a penis.
Post Op, Post, "Post-Operation" 
Has had SRS/surgery(s).
Polysexual 
A person who is attracted to more than one gender or sex but not the same as "Pansexual" (pan is all, poly is many).
Pre-Op, Non-Op, Pre-operation 
Before any or no surgeries/SRS done.
RLE/Real Life Experience 
A process where transgendered people live full-time (usually 12-24 months) in their preferred gender identity for a period of time, often required before referrals for GRS/SRS
SO 
Significant Other (wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend)
SRS 
Sexual Reassignment Surgery. Genital re-constructive surgery.
T-Blocker 
A medication that blocks the effect of testosterone.
Top surgery 
Breast implants (for MtF) or mastectomy (for FtM and not just removing tissue but rearranging and sculpting tissue).
Tracheal Shave 
The surgical procedure for removing material from the thyroid cartilage, producing a more female appearance of the Adams apple area.
Transgender/TG 
Is an umbrella term that does not have a precise definition. It tends to include a very broad spectrum of gender-variances. Transgender does not imply any specific form of sexual orientation; TGs may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, polysexual or asexual.
Transman 
A person who is FtM, born physically female but identifies as being/is male.
Transsexual/TS 
Someone who has transitioned and identifies with another gender/sex.
Transvestite 
Someone who dresses and acts as the opposite gender/sex for exhibitionism or show but not necessarily for personal reasons.
Transwoman 
A person who is MtF, born physically male but identifies as being/is female.
Trans, Tranny, Shemale, Ladyboy 
Slang terms for transgendered. Sometimes/some countries can be offensive or pornographic in nature but not always.
Transition 
Transitioning from one gender to another. This can, but doesn’t always, include surgeries.
Troll 
A term that includes those looking for sex, dating, or just confrontational; abusive persons; and attention seekers in chatrooms.
Twin Spirit 
Primarily Native American belief in both a male and female spirit inhabiting the same body.
Vaginoplasty 
The procedure creating a neo-vagiana from the inversion of the skin of the penis and scrotum.


WPATH STANDARDS

New WPATH standards: Summary article

Full WPATH standards


Older News

History

Legal

Info about legal status of being transgender in various jurisdictions goes here as well as information on subjects such as name changes, marriage, etc.

Identity Documentation

Discrimination

Police and Prison

Marriage

Child Custody

Letters From a Therapist

Medical Information and Treatment

In this section you will find links to most of the medically related topics. News, new topics and updates will be added as I come across them.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) - In this section you'll find information regarding hormone treatments for both MTF's and FTM's.

Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS/SRS) - In this section you'll find information regarding the various genital reassignment surgeries available for MTF's and FTM's.

Orchiectomy - In this section you'll find information regarding the surgical removal of the testes.

Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome - In this section you'll find information regarding Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome.

Intersexuality & Sex Chromosome Anomalies - In this section you'll find information regarding Intersexuality and it's various medical causes.

Klinefelter's Syndrome - In this section you'll find information regarding Klinefelter's Syndrome, one of the more common intersex conditions.

Cosmetic Surgery - In this section you'll find information regarding various non-genital related surgeries often, but not always, chosen by FTM's and MTF's.

Voice Surgery - In this section you'll find information regarding voice-related surgeries.

In Popular Culture

World Wide Web and the Internet

Famous People

Books

User Vinmeister suggested the following books:

"The Testosterone Files" (amazon.com) written by Max Wolf Valerio is a biography about an FTM.

"Parrotfish" (amazon.com) by Ellen Wittlinger for teens.

TG Movies

Soldier's Girl (amazon.com)

Boys Don't Cry (amazon.com)

The Crying Game (amazon.com)

Ma-Vie-en-Rose (amazon.com)

Transamerica (amazon.com)

The Danish Girl (amazon.com)

A Girl Like Me (amazon.com)

Beautiful Boxer (amazon.com)

Breakfast On Pluto (amazon.com)

Becoming Chaz (amazon.com)

Normal (amazon.com)

Boy Meets Girl (amazon.com)

Albert Nobbs (amazon.com)

Venus Boyz (amazon.com)


Television

Popular TV shows about TG's

Recent TV Interviews

Degrassi (imdb.com) has a FtM character Cisgender female 15-year-old Jordan Todosey

A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (imdb.com)

All in the Family had a regular guest star Female impersonator Beverly La'Salle played by Female impersonator Lori Shannon on 3 different episodes throught its run plus 1 in memory episode after a horrible murder. The show actually portrays Beverly in good light especially for the time early to mid 1970's. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lori_Shannon

Fan Fiction

Serialized Fiction

Resources

As we find resources for each local area, we will post them here.

Coming Out

Should I? How did you do it and what happened?

Transition

What Happens? What Do I Need?

WPATH

Standards of Care

Real-Life Experience

Family

What you and your family went through and your thoughts on family.

Transgendered Parents

Transgendered Children

Science

Current Science

Cutting Edge Research

Politics

We will discuss the Law and political views about transgendered.

What is the Republican party's position on transgender?

What is the Democratic party's position on transgender?

What is the position of other political parties around the world?

Other Cultures

Countries, places, times will be discussed here.

Religion

Not many religions support or accept Transgendered. I hope to discuss this and add as many examples as possible, the positive and the negatives.

Our goal is education and understanding and acceptance of all.

Links

  1. TGChatroom.com Supportive, Friendly Chat Room
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