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New company starting up selling cheap 'starter kits' for trans people needing the essentials







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Week 22 Update

5 1/2 months. Acne is an ongoing problem, but bizarrely confined to one side, which is making me look a little like twoface. I’m definitely starting to see my face shape trip down a little; I’m losing the apple-cheeked look I had on estrogen.

I went to see my surgeon for the 3 month appointment a week ago, and he prescribed me a treatment for the raised scarring I have in places. That’s the thicker/darker bits in the picture. He says it should minimize that in about two weeks. Otherwise, I’m looking good. Insurance actually covered the cream, though it was still $60.

Speaking of insurance, I tried to file for my top surgery and did not get rejected right out. They asked that I re-file with more information, which my clinic provided. I’ve since then sent in the re-filing. I’m hoping I get at least half covered, since Washington recently passed a ruling forbidding insurance providers from not covering treatments for trans people that they would otherwise cover for cis people.

Here’s hoping! The procedure was $7,500, so if I can get even half of that back, I’ll be very happy.

My arms are looking noticeably bigger, which is excellent. And look at those nice masculine curve when I flex! I am very satisfied by  Dr. Mangubat’s work.

I’m pretty sure my voice has more resonance these days, but it hasn’t gone down in pitch yet.

Also, more hair. Lots of hair. It’s starting to becoming apparent on my chest even. I doubt I’d care so much if I had been born cis, but I’m pretty jazzed, ngl.

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T Week 20 Update

Five months on T! Pretty exciting. It feels like an accomplishment to be sure, and also such a short amount of time. Still, I think I’m making pretty good progress.

Most of it continues to involve hair — on my face, on my legs, and on my stomach. However, I do believe I’m starting to see some weight-distribution changes. My stomach is getting a little more prominent, but at the same time my waist has slimmed down just a bit. (I measure myself every T day, and my weight has gone up slightly but my waist measurement has gone down slightly. Seems like it might be significant, anyway.) My arms are definitely looking more masculine. Even roomie has noticed that. 

My booty continues to annoy me. I’ve got junk in my trunk for a black girl, so it’s going to take a while to shift that. (Case in point, I was in underwear with my door open and roomie was surprised to see me in girl underwear. They’re not. But they look like girl underwear when seen on my hips and butt. SIGH.) I wish I could donate my butt to someone who deserves it.

All combined, I’m juuuust starting to move into that awkward period where I’m starting to tip the scales into male, but all my documentation still lists me as female and with my given name. I live in a certain amount of anticipation of a problem whenever I have to show id, but so far nobody has said anything. Even when the waitress came up with a “hi gentleman” and then saw female markers on my id. One of the perks of living as a trans man in Seattle, definitely. (Though it is one of the reasons I’m loath to fly anywhere.)

Also? I can’t be sure that it wasn’t just my throat being dry cause of potweed, but my voice broke a few days ago. Sign of things to come? I really hope so. I’m finding myself mumbling a lot, so people don’t hear my voice and misgender me.

Five months on T!

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Gender Odyssey has extended the registration deadline one whole month! Register by midnight on June 22nd to take advantage of discounted rates.


Hey, Seattle-area peeps! If you follow me and you’re going, let me know and we can meet up! <3

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Trans Translated: 'Boys Don't Cry' Director Kimberly Peirce on 20 Years of Queer Culture


Twenty years ago, in 1994, filmmaker Kimberly Peirce was a down-on-her-luck 27-year-old film student at Columbia University. Living in an enclave of artists, intellectuals, and queers in Manhattan’s East Village, she lagged behind on rent; her unpaid phone line was cut and she’d already depleted her life savings. According to a recent cover story in Columbia Magazine, she didn’t even have the funds to retrieve the raw footage of her first film from DuArt, a local processing center on West 55th Street in midtown. 

Luckily, independent producer Christine Vachon (Kill Your DarlingsHappinessKids) swooped in, along with support from the Sundance Institute and Hart Sharp Entertainment, helping Peirce bring transman Brandon Teena to life in what became, five years later, her breathtaking debut, Boys Don’t Cry

It’s been two decades since the brutal rape and murder of Brandon Teena. And while we’ve made significant strides in trans awareness and visibility since then, some media mavens— Katie Couric and Piers Morgan—fail to cover transgender issues with a nuanced understanding and sensitivity.

Peirce’s theories about why transgender people unsettle some might explain why. And who better to ask? She dedicated five years of her life to researching and filming her 1999 dramatization of Brandon Teena’s heartbreaking story. It garnered numerous awards, including a Golden Globe and Oscar for its lead actress, the incomparable Hilary Swank, and last year, Outfest, the prestigious LGBT film festival, honored Peirce with the 17th Annual Outfest Achievement Award for her beautifully daring work. 

Related: America’s Most Colorful Congresswoman: Krysten Sinema

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Brandon’s passing, Peirce spoke to me from her L.A. office. Fresh off a whirlwind press junket for her latest directorial effort, a remake of Steven King’s Carrie, she eloquently mused on queer culture and politics—and how Brandon might have fared in today’s world. 

We’ve made important progress since 1993. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed in 2011, allowing gays to serve openly in the military; DOMA was ruled unconstitutional last year, granting gays the right to wed. Has queer culture gone mainstream?
I think it’s great that gay people can get married, but I am also very open to the idea that all people get the rights and benefits that marriage offers even if they are not married. I know a lot of queer people, including myself, who find our experience of queer culture has been a powerful and formative part of our lives, and we don’t want to lose that as queer life gains acceptance in the mainstream. I’d like to see all people have their civil rights protected regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, sexual preference, etc. 

Do you think our cultural comfort with transgenderism has changed since 1993?
I certainly see more trans visibility. Even the queer movement changed its name from GL to GLBTQ. I know more people who are living openly as either transmen or transwomen. Some are choosing to physically transition using surgery and hormones. Some aren’t. And there seems to be more trans visibility in mainstream culture, which can mean more family members are learning about trans issues. My family members and their friends may not have known trans people or seen them represented or depicted in pop culture before 1993, but if they’re consuming pop culture now, they’re probably seeing more trans people and more realistic depictions of trans people—Chaz Bono on Dancing With the Stars, Laverne Cox on Orange Is the New Black. That said, there is still work to be done. I would push to keep improving awareness and sensitivity.

Related: I’m a Trans Woman, But Please Stop Asking Me About My Genitalia

Why do you think trans people unsettle some people so much?
Gender identity can be a profound thing for many of us. We may have a gender. We may have multiple genders. Yet, we have a society that suggests there are only two genders, that assigns us one of those two genders and tends to suggest we stay put in the one we are originally assigned to. Society can place expectations on how we, as a “male” or as a “female,” should dress, cut our hair, talk, and behave. It’s encoded in our language. Unless you’re calling someone by their name, it’s very hard to refer to them without “gendering them.” Even the law and our jobs treat us differently as either men or women. 

Given all these expectations put on us regarding gender, it’s not surprising that some people might be unsettled by someone who they think doesn’t fit into that simple binary. A person might be unsettled because they find that person threatens the simplicity and comfort they get from being one of only two genders. 

Another reason a person might be unsettled is because they have their own transgender feelings. They might feel they are not the perfect girl or the perfect boy, so when they see somebody venturing into this area that perhaps they’re curious about they may feel pressured to explore it. They might feel threatened they are going to be exposed. 

Arthur Dong made a great documentary called Licensed to Kill, which I studied when I was making Boys Don’t Cry. He asked a number of men who were in prison for having killed gay men why they committed this crime. Many of the men interviewed revealed scenarios where they had felt desire for gay men, had lured them into situations or entered into situations where they could explore their desire, and then they killed these gay men. It was heartbreaking. It seemed to me these men who killed gay men did so because after satisfying their desire, they were terrified of their desire being exposed to these men, to themselves, and to others. So they destroyed the thing (these gay men) that revealed their desire. 

Read more: Kimberly Peirce - Transgender Perceptions in Society - ELLE 
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Trans people are exactly who they say they are. No matter what the culture or media would lead us to believe. ~ @JanetMock

Self-definition and self-determination for all.



Trans people are exactly who they say they are. No matter what the culture or media would lead us to believe. ~ @JanetMock

Self-definition and self-determination for all.

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Today is a weirdly big day for me. NOT JUST BECAUSE OF the Seahawks dominating at the Superb Owl but also because I took the second concrete step in transitioning.

The first? Changing my Google name to Jay. I know, it’s incredibly minor, but it actually took a decent amount of nerve to do. The only reason I didn’t immediately change it back is because Google sort of frowns on multiple name changes.

The second step was also incredibly minor, but significant. I called my doctor’s office and left a message seeing if I could see the doctor about starting on T. I’m already going in for a physical a week from Monday, so I figure I could just do both at once.

I feel like this “isn’t the right time” to start, considering I’m in the middle of buying a condo and acquiring a job. But really, when is the “right time”? This is always going to be scary and difficult and there are always going to be reasons to stop. So why not just start?

Clearly, the office isn’t open on Sunday, but I left a message. Hopefully on Monday I can set this up. I’m excited, but also absolutely terrified.

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Transgender Teenage Couple Transition Together (via The Huffington Post)

A pair of teenagers from Oklahoma might seem like your typical young couple, but their love story is unlike many others. The transgender couple actually transitioned together.

Just two years ago, Arin Andrews and Katie Hill hadn’t transitioned yet. The two had struggled with their identities throughout childhood; Hill had struggled with bullying. Then one day they met at a trans support group, after each had begun the transitioning process, and they fell in love.

Found this ridiculously sweet story today and wanted to share it with my followers.

this had 48 notes like 20 minutes ago you guys what the FUCK

Thank you for reminding me about this lovely couple. :)

I’ve seen this couple before, they are adorable

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Please Support: WE EXIST

WE EXIST is an upcoming film that follows the life of Lauren, a person who identifies as gender neutral, as well as the life of others who exist outside the binary gender structure of female and male.

Here’s where you come in:
From January 1, 2014 — March 1, 2014 the creators of WE EXIST are offering an exclusive opportunity to feature YOU in their film. All you have to do is follow these three simple steps!

1. Record a 3-5 second video clip of yourself saying the following statement:

“[First name only]. [Your city/town] . I exist.” (Example: “Lauren. New York City. I exist.”)

2. Next, submit your video via email to Enlist@WeExist.co

3. Lastly, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours once they have reviewed your submission.

Help them out! This is important work!

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