Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday May 24, 2017 - A transwoman almost died having a back alley orchidectomy.

So many in our community have tough obstacles to overcome.  Here is a story of a Transwoman attempting to have a "back alley" orchidectomy.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday May 23, 2017 - 49 weeks of HRT

I am almost at my 1 year HRT anniversary. I can not believe how fast this year has gone.

Its raining today in Atlanta and I am in a reflective mood. I  am thinking about all of the changes in the past year.

For decades, I dreamed about this time. Now that I am in it, I am trying to enjoy everyday. I started this most recent journey in early 2010.

Now 7 years later, it was worth taking my time and doing it right.

  1. lost the weight (15 months), 
  2. had electrology  (48 months) and 
  3. now HRT with a supportive Doctor (11.5 months).

I do not plan on SRS or FFS. I like where I am both mentally and physically. I may end up presenting 24/7 as Susan but it in not a requirement at this time. I like that I can present how I feel on any given day. I now know that my family and friends will remain, not matter how I present.

Some of the important physical changes:

  1. I can no longer sleep on my stomach, unless I place a pillow under my breasts. Without a pillow, the pressure on my breasts cause them to hurt.
  2. I decided against wearing a bra to bed. But its the first thing I put on in the morning. I need the support and comfort.
  3. I love looking in the mirror. No matter how I am presenting, I look feminine and I love it. Its me. I got compliments all the time, whether as a male or female about how young I look for 61.
Some of the important mental changes:
  1. I do not let things stress me out.
  2. I stopped following sports and listen to music.
  3. When listening to music, its the words that are more important than the beat. It was always the opposite.
  4. I do not enjoy the action movies like I use to. Also horror and SiFi have changed. I need a nice story line and not just violence. I am not going to see the new Alien movie. Last year, I would have been first in line.

I can not wait to see how this plays out. There have been big changes in my social life, But I will discuss that around August or September as things play out.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday May 22, 2017 - Texas Anti-LGBTQ laws are very bad for our community

A variety of anti-LGBTQ bills, continue to move thru the Texas legislature and toward the Governor's desk.

Below is a highlights (lowlights):

1. Allow medical professionals to deny care to gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people and emergency contraception for rape survivors.

2. Allow pharmacists to deny birth control to women and hormone therapy to trans people.

3. Allow state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to turn away applicants on religious grounds, denying parents who are LGBT, or even those who are Jewish, Muslim or atheist.

4. An amendment added at the last minute to a nursing care bill, HB 2950, would bar the Texas Board of Nursing from punishing discriminatory actions if they are committed in the service of a nurse’s “religious beliefs” ... a nurse could “cite his religious beliefs as a reason to refuse to care for a gay patient on the grounds that he believes homosexuality is a sin” or is against his faith. “A nurse who believes that men are the head of the household,” the group also notes, “could breach client confidentiality to disclose a woman’s medical condition to her husband against her wishes.”

5. Pharmacists could opt-out of the practices that are standard based on personal religious convictions. A pharmacist could decide not to fill a prescription for hormone therapy for a transgender customer ... Or a “pharmacist could use religion as a justification to refuse to serve African-American customers because they believes the Bible mandates the segregation of the races.”

6.  Two bills that would regulate legal services, SB 302 and SB 303, now have amendments which allow for religious refusal by state-licensed attorneys ... an attorney could deny his or her duty to inform a client about his or her rights in a divorce proceeding, for example, even trying to talk the client out of getting a divorce, all based on the attorney’s religious objection to divorce.


Of the six issues above, three of them (#1, #2 and #5) can affect HRT directly. It may not affect people in the major cities, but its the smaller cities where pharmacy options are limited.

These laws are creating a "Jim Crow" type system against our community. I think today's growing virtual economy will help off set this discriminating system. But its ridiculous that they we will have to deal with this.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday May 21, 2017 - New Trans Documentary June 23rd on Showtime.

The more our community is shown in a positive light, better for all of us.

SHOWTIME will debut MORE THAN T, a timely documentary that depicts the daily lives of seven transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals on Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. 
In celebration of Pride Month, Showtime will make the documentary film available on the Showtime streaming service, Showtime ON DEMAND® and Showtime ANYTIME® starting on June 1. 
The 50-minute film is directed by Silas Howard (Transparent, The Fosters) and is produced by M·A·C Cosmetics and its philanthropic arm, the M·A·C AIDS Fund, as part of the Transgender Initiative launched last year to support organizations and programs working to improve transgender lives across the country.

MORE THAN T tells the illuminating and empowering stories of transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. Through Howard's lens, the film shines a light on their multidimensional lives and the unique experiences that challenge and enrich their individuality and their gender identities. In MORE THAN T, these members of the community share their passions, hopes for the future and life's work and how they battle the issues faced by the trans community at large. 
Filmed in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., the film highlights the intersectionality and diversity of human beings who refuse to be defined by the label of transgender. 
Since 1994, M·A·C Cosmetics has given more than $450 million to protect and support the LGBT community and others - More than T is the latest project in the brand's storied history that shines a light on the beauty of all people.