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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
8:53 pm - Hey :)

Hey everyone,

A very happy new year to you all!

My name is Imogen, I live in Cambridge UK. I was born female and am happy with my body but consider my self Gender Queer. I came out as gay at 14 (nearly wrote 144!!) and have been with my partner for a number of years now.

I am a photography student in Cambridge and I am just about to go into the final term of my 3rd year. I have covered quite a few topics over the last three years including self harm, mental health, eating disorders and physical disability. You can see some of my work here: Flickr or my own web site here: Indigo Clouds Photography

This term I want to do a project surrounding 'Gender Queer' and 'Transsexuality'. So I am looking for people who might want to be involved in the project. I will be hoping to photograph a few aspects of the topic including things like: following someone through aspects of their transition, photographing people with their families, following people to Dr's appointments, visiting and photographing both home & work, doing some studio shots (including partners, with/with out make up, in underwear etc) .. For helping me out you would get a copy of your images on a disk, a copy of your favorite 5 printed up to A2 and many many thank yous from me!

Having dealt with subjects that are often unknown to family members or friends I am more than happy for people to remain anonymous. As you can see from my self harm images most participants don't have their face in the images. I would like for some of those who wish to take part to be able to have their face in the images, purely due to the nature of the project.

I don't have any money to pay those who take part but I could help with travel costs if people are on a low income and I am more than happy to provide accommodation in the form of the sofa in my front room!

Please feel free to contact me with questions, anything you might like to know. Also, feel free to pass this post onto friends who might not see it on LJ or even to other communities. I would also like people to take part in a survey that will be part of the final project so if you would like to receive that you can get in touch.

Finally, during previous projects people have contacted me suggesting that aspects of the project might be highlighting the 'wrong' parts of the issues. I warmly welcome this contact and can only understand the subject to a point with out this source of information.

My contact details:

E mail - Imogen.Jo@Gmail.com
Mobile - 0754 99 33 030
LJ - New_Kinda_Freak

Thank you for reading,
Kind Regards,

Imogen May

current mood: artistic

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
5:30 pm - The Men's Room - Private FtM Community


The Men's Room is an exclusive community solely for FTMs of all ages, transition stages, backgrounds, and cultures. We have English-speaking members from all over the world and hope to update our site for all languages in the future. We do not approve membership applications from SOFFAs, MTFs, Butches, Studs, etc., this an exclusive community and we invite you to join one of our other communities if you do not qualify for this one. To qualify for membership, you MUST be interested in transitioning from female to male, regardless of if this is something you have already begun, are doing, or have done.

Features of the Mens Room are similar to Facebook and other popular social networking sites, only this community is made with FTMs in mind. In addition to the blogs, forums, and groups, you can find more resources in our style guide, state links section, gender wiki, and other specialized areas. You can also keep track of or post events occurring around the US.

The most important feature of the Men's Room is that its one of few locations on the internet available exclusively to FTMs. This means that you can share and discuss freely without worrying about family, romantic partners, friends, and co-workers finding your information.  All members are required to fully fill out their profiles and upload a picture in order to gain and retain membership to the site.

For more information on the Men's Room or to sign up, please visit http:men.ftmcommunity.com

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Thursday, June 26th, 2008
5:08 pm


The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young.  GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.


The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFEtm campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution


Fill out the survey at:  www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student.


While we greatly appreciate the interest taken in GENIUS by students, staff and faculty at academic institutions outside of the United States, at this time GENIUS is only able to track schools based in the United States.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
10:49 pm - Parental unit difficulties

Why are some parents such douche bags? I talked to my mom today about the issue of Trans-gender, since I have been recently coming to terms with it. When I spoke to her this morning and gave her some background information, she said that she supports all her children in whatever they do with their lives. I didn't come out to her yet, I was waiting for this summer when I go home. I just wanted her to know some information so it wasn't a complete shock and confusion when I did tell her. I was happy after this morning's conversation. This evening's conversation is a different story. She assumed that I was talking about myself, even though I had given her no indication to believe that. She also completely contradicted herself and stated that she had "Two daughters and ONE SON." She said that she didn't know what I was being told while I was here in college, but that there was something wrong with me. She said that I was CRAZY. I still denied that it was me, but she still believes differently. She also said that if I didn't stop talking about it that she would cut off communication with me. I don't know what to do. I have already started to come out to friends, so I can't go back. But I also can't go further with it without losing my family. I don't know what to do. I am totally and completely lost. It never fails, something starts going right and then something comes along and turns it all to crap. What am I going to do??

current mood: sad

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Monday, June 11th, 2007
4:56 am

I was wondering if anyone knows of any trans friendly therapists in the Dayton, OH area?

cross posted to a couple other groups so sorry if you see it twice

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
1:16 am - MSNBC special

There has been a special on transsexuals airing occasionally on MSNBC. I'm not sure when it is on again, but I have seen it twice. Some things in it are represented very well and others not so great, but overall, I thought it was a good thing. Watch it and judge for yourself!

PS This group seems a little dead, we should try and liven things up

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Friday, March 30th, 2007
10:54 pm - Looking for NYC transguys

who are interested in studying about transexuals, spending time together and helping to battle gender identity discrimination and indifference to our struggle and growth. 
I have been attempting to spread the word about tolerance and the fact that such thing as a "transexual" exists. I have observed that it is not yet a common consciousness and that people are much prejudiced and bigotrous in spite of a number of transexual people. 
So, if you are in NYC let's get together and talk. 
Theo Gabriel

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
12:11 pm

so i already posted here about my fafsa concerns, largely surrounding the issue of selective service. so here's my concern now: my driver's license says i'm male but ALL my other id says female (birth certificate, ss, etc). so, if i fill out fafsa and check female will this cause a lot of problems? will they think i'm two people or something? it seems like they would be going more off of my social and birth certificate but i don't know. anyone dealt with something similar?

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Monday, November 20th, 2006
6:49 am
transman57 Hello,

I am a transman and I am working with a graduate student who is collecting some information for a study on how hormones affect emotions.

As transpeople, we have a unique opportunity to help scientists understand the ways that physiology affects behavior, which could eventually help the transcommunity itself.

Will you help us by filling out a short survey? It will take less than three minutes.

Your answers will help us immensely.

Even if you have not started taking any hormones yet, your answers on this survey will help us tremendously.

Because the results of our study depend on the honesty of all participants, we ask you to share as openly and accurately as possible.

The survey can be found HERE

Thank you so very much!

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
4:03 pm - fafsa

i am currently filling out a fafsa worksheet and am kind of stumped on where i fit in some of these questions. for example:

"most male students must register with the selective service system to get federal aid. if you are a male between the age of 18 and 25 and not already registered with selective service, answer "yes" and selective service will register you"

so i don't really now what to put. my birth certificate still says female but my driver's license says male and i am planning to change my birth certificate soon. also, i'm assuming on the actual application they will ask me if i am male or female and i don't know what i'm supposed to put there either. anyone have some advice or could reccomend a social service that might be able to help me with this process?

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Friday, November 10th, 2006
6:45 pm
transman57 Hello,

I am a transman and I am working with a graduate student who is collecting some information for a study on how hormones affect emotions.

As transpeople, we have a unique opportunity to help scientists understand the ways that physiology affects behavior, which could eventually help the transcommunity itself.

Will you help us by filling out a short survey? It will take less than three minutes.

Your answers will help us immensely.

Because the results of our study depend on the honesty of all participants, we ask you to share as openly and accurately as possible.

The survey can be found HERE

Thank you so very much!

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Friday, October 20th, 2006
5:25 am - The Ballad of Seth - Chapter One

Someday, I'm going to write my memoirs and publish them in book form.

Today is not that day.

I used to keep online journals, blogs, on a regular basis. I used to think a really good idea to keeping track of dream I had. I used to have such vivid dreams, and it seemed that night after night they told a story. I still hve those dreams, but now I think it's all so trivial. No one cares about kittens and yachts and the color of leaves in caves made of crystal.

I want to write about something important. Something that means something. I want to write something that opens eyes. I want to write something that makes others feel like they are not alone. I want to write something empathic, touching, liberal, tolerant, world-changing, and above all things ... real.

And then it hit me.
I'm going to write about my life.

I look back on it, and it's not your typical life story. My teenage years were not filled with the stereotypes of high school life - of cheerleaders daydreaming about quarterbacks, goth kids silently protesting pep rallies, geeks playing Magic in the gym before class ...
I realize that at the time, when you're living it, it may seem like life - the biggest thing that could ever happen to you - ballgames, weed, prom, detention, band camp, art class - but honestly? In the larger spectrum of things ... it's all so very trivial.

But I knew all this when I was in high school. I knew that then and I know it now. It's probably why I didn't quite fit in, why I exceeded at so many things and was so determined about my future beyond education.
Experiences really do carry a heavy weight on your personality. Nature versus Nurture and all. I tend to lean towards Nature on somethings, but NURTURE on much more.

My parents.
My parents had always been supportive of me. When it came to playing the piano, writing, religion, school, orientation - all the major decisions in my life - they were there to support me. It was my life. I was allowed to live it how I wanted.
That's important - the support of your family. My parents gave me room to grow, learn, play, and experiment. They allowed me to become my own person, taught me that it was so much easier to be who I am than to live as something I'm not, taught me manners and tolerance, taught me to treat others how I expected to be treated, taught me that Karma is a bitch. They taught me how to fish, how to ride a bike, how fighting my big brother would never bring the cookie back. They taught me the value of negotiation and compromise, taught me how to love my neighbor and my enemy.
They guided me to the path that was Me.

My parents died when I was fifteen. Killed my a drunk driver.
My father was that drunk driver.
The tragedy changed my life, but I lived through it. I'm still here and I'm still me.
After they passed, I was sent to live with my mother's mother, Mamaw Cole. She hated me, my decisions, my life. She hated ME. And not just because I was Wiccan and she was very strongly a Baptist.
Not because I was bi-curious and she was very strongly opposed.

But everything to do with the fact that I was a boy.

Don't get me wrong; she loved my brother ... just not me ... because I was a boy.
She had no granddaughter. At least ... not anymore.

She'd enjoyed having a granddaughter for twelve years. When I was twelve I made a life-changing decision. Because until I was twelve ...

My name was Stephanie Marie Glover.

current mood: determined

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12:36 am

(Please let me know if this post is offensive or not allowed and I’ll delete it promptly.)

Hi everyone,

(For anyone who doesn’t know me, I’m an almost 17 year old out lesbian high school student from Sydney, Australia.)Well, this year I’m in my final year of school in Australia and I’m doing my Higher School Certificate (that’s, um, like the equivalent of the final college exams for you Americans and Brits) and one of my courses is 2 Unit Drama. For this I have to present a 6 – 8 minute Individual Performance and I wish to write a piece based on the life of a pre-op transgendered person (at the moment I’m thinking FtM but that may change) to try and challenge myself and raise awareness and acceptance. For this reason I’m asking anyone who is willing to talk to me about their experiences as a transgendered person (FtM, MtF, post-op, pre-op – it doesn’t matter, any help would be invaluable to me) to help me compose my piece. You can email me at silver_qwerty@hotmail.com. Also, any transgendered people in the Sydney, Australia region who are willing to meet up with me, especially FtM, would be absolutely fantastic. Thanks so much guys.

Love Liv xxx

X-posted to other GLBTQ communities across LiveJournal.

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Thursday, July 27th, 2006
7:45 pm - questions
hurtftm My name's Mike and I'm pre-everything. I'm 18 and out to 98% of my friends who are pretty cool about me being transgendered although they still call me by my birth name for the most part. I used to rarely bind, but am begining to do it more often, hopefully daily althought its with ACE bandages. I do not pack, use a STP device, or go into the male restrooms. My father knows, but completly ignores the fact and the rest of my family has no idea.

Here's my questions:

I'm a senior in high school, and in JROTC (I love the program and Idk if me being out would create an issue). Would it be a good move to come out to the highschool so I could graduate under my prefered name? I'm worried about the Staff and Administration reaction, not as much the students.

Also, what can I start under the radar living in my house without my parents knowing this year to get a jump on transistioning??

Does anyone know of some good colleges in TX that are friendly with Transistioning??

Anything else that you all know that could help me out???

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Saturday, July 15th, 2006
1:53 pm - phaloplasty

i am currently considering getting phaloplasty in late august. my girlfriend and i both have some concerns about how well it really works, how risky it is, and if there are any big risks the dr's aren't telling me about. i would love to hear from anyone who has had phaloplasty and what they're experience was. i am working with dr. wilson in detroit, so if anyone has used him as a surgeon before, that would be particularly helpful. thanks.

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Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
8:47 pm - Preregistration for CampOUT 2006 closes July 1

Preregistration for CampOUT 2006 will be closing on July 1, 2006.  After that date, the price for CampOUT will be $100 for Thursday through Sunday, July 27-30, 2006.  More information can be found at the website.  www.LaGarou.org

CampOUT will be held at Lothlorien Nature Sanctuary near Needmore, IN.

We all look forward to seeing you there.

Ethan Thomas Young, Co-founder,  LaGarou

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
5:30 pm - HIYA!

Hello all i am vince and new here so short intro....

I am 28 transguy pre everything...i identify male all the time and live as male. i am eager to meet others and make some friends so feel free to friend me....

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
2:31 pm - hello

I dont believe i have posted here before so here it goes.

My name is Rylee. Yes. That is my legal name. It isnt my birth name but its my now legal name. i am a pre-op FTM. My family obviously knows and i am single. (not relative).
I just thought id say hello and post a pic of myself from like... a month ago.
Here i amCollapse )


current mood: apathetic

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Friday, November 18th, 2005
12:07 pm - Hello to all

Hi to everyone in this group..My name is Riley I am 23 living in Carmel Valley, ca..I thought this would be a good place to read more on what FTM's do go through both before and after transitioning..I am pre-op wanting to have my chest done and eventually get on T..but I have to wait cause right now I cant afford it..

I do have one question to all those that have transitioned..How did you tell your parents? Did they always know? Were they supportive?
I am scared to death to tell my family..though I think they will support me, i dont know what would really happen..

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Thursday, November 17th, 2005
7:44 am - a few questions...

hey guys, i'm sort of in a sticky situation. the job i have doesn't offer health insurance or benefits or anything. however i'm getting really close to getting T and really starting the physical process. How can I get afordable health insurance? I live in Syracuse, NY and pretty much T is revolving around money. My therapist is on a sliding scale, so shez not a problem. However the physicatrist and the eval and the T and all that jazz are gonna be expensive (not to mention if i get sick) any ideas on how to get insurance? My parents never had health insurance for me cuz they considered medicine/doctors optional and chose not to use them. So here im am ready to start my transition, working 2 jobs (minimum wage--50 hr wks) just to make a lil more than even with my bills and no insurance. HELP please! i should totally move to canada atleast they offer health insurance to EVERYONE...

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