HRT and herbals,are they safe to combine?????

Hello everyone,my name is Mattie.I am taking  the plunge from caterpillar to butterfly in late june and going on HRT.I am trying to find out if it is safe to take hormones and breast enhancing herbals together.Perhaps I should just ask my doctor,but it has been my experience that doctors abhor the idea of anyone taking herbal concoctions.I was told by a friend that Livejournal might be a good place to find answers.
   
                                         ~Thank you for time,Mattie S.
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Introduction...

Hi.  I have a male body, but often don't feel male fully describes me.  My "normal" state is probably just to the male side of neutral.  I feel more like a male normally, though I have many characteristics that are accepted as being female traits.  There are many times, however, that I feel completely female, sometimes more on that side that I ever do on the male side.

I have no ability to recall what I look like when I'm not looking in a mirror, and can't feel any part of my body without consciously doing so or having something rub against me.  As such, when I feel the most feminine, my mind tells me I have breasts and female genitailia, not male.

I've often wondered what it would be like to actually a female body, but have never had the desire to get a sex change.  Though there are times it would be nice to have a female body when I feel like a female, I am happy with the body I currently have.

Not so sure what else to say, so I'll stop babbling.

~Cadhla
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Petition the British Government to recognise *all* gender identities.

On January 15th I did a post on Genderqueer mentioning how I'd created a petition on the No.10 website, -So that all the British genderqueers and their allies can lobby their government to legally recognise the fact that *not everybody* fits perfectly into the currently available gender categories of male and female.

I've just recieved an e-mail from the number 10 petition team It said that my petition has been approved by the Number 10 web team, and is now available on the Number 10 website at the following address:

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/3rdGender/

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western Massachusetts, southern Vermont, and Connecticut

First-ever Northampton, MA Transgender Pride March & Rally

Hello everyone,

You are receiving this email because I need your leadership and your

voice in organizing the area's first ever Transgender Pride
March and Rally in 2008. It's time to bring the transgender communities in the western Massachusetts, southern Vermont, and Connecticut areas together and have a day of celebration and organizing.



Why? Because it's not enough to be "included" in the Gay Pride Parades.

Because the Transgender Day of Remembrance should not be the only time we get together and have a community rally. Because we have important trans-inclusive legislation pending in Connecticut and Massachusetts that we need to pass to protect
ourselves.



I'm counting on you to forward this email to all trans-related groups

in the area, including all five colleges queer/trans groups, East Coast Female to Male Group, Unity of the Pioneer Valley, TREE, Twenty Club, Sunshine Club, Brattleboro Trans Group, MTPC, and any organizations or groups that I missed.



The first organizational meeting is on NOVEMBER 1, 2007,
7pm-9pm

Media Education Foundation

60 Masonic Street

Northampton, Massachusetts 01060


If you are interested & are in the covered areas, lets meet up and attend together. Comment here, email, etc. I'm in W.Mass, about 30-40 mins away from Noho., and just over the border of Granby & Suffield, CT.
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I WILL BE THERE AND YOU SHOULD BE TOO!

TRANS ON THE SANDS 2007
Sunday, August 12th
11am-5pm

A day at the beach for transgender, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer people, our families and allies.

We don’t always feel safe or comfortable at the beach, but EVERYONE has a right to have fun on the sands! On August 12th, we’re taking over Coney Island (well, a part of it anyway). Whether your “swimsuit” is a bikini or a t-shirt, come to hang out, swim, relax, and play some games in a safe, fun and supportive environment. And bring your friends!

This event was buckets of fun last summer with lots of TMCNetwork members attending. Let’s do it again!

Meet us at Coney Island on Sunday, August 12th, after 11am. Look for us beach-side, directly across from the boardwalk entrance to the New York Aquarium. Look for a sign that reads "G.I.P. Event."

To travel by subway, take the D,F,N, or Q to the West 8th St stop/New York Aquarium.

For rain information, contact the Gender Identity Project at 212-620-7310 ext 254 by 10am the day of the event. There will be a message regarding cancellations.

Flyer with map: http://www.tmcnetwork.com/flyers/Trans_on_the_Sands_2007.pdf

Sponsored by the Gender Identity Project's Trans Events Committee.
westwing

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Howdy all,

First off, I have been in an interesting mind lately about being trans and playing on a women's team. Anyone else play a sport on a women's team? How do you feel about it? II play on a women's football team and over half of the team is gay but still, I wonder how many would have an issue if someone came out as trans and not just really butch. :)

Also, soooo...who in the Northest would be up for a meet up picnic or something in the next month or so?

Peace!

Kelly :)
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Body Modification

So I am in the middle of this book on body modification politics called In the Flesh; it's by this sociologist Victoria Pitts. She talks about the methodology in which she gathered interviews which (I forget the name) basically involves getting a smattering of people in a subculture/[ethnic]group and how there were a large number of queerly identified folk (ranging from transfolk to lesbians and gay men). She points out that it signals something interesting in the movement of modifiers--I just got onto the queer politics and body mod'ing section, so I'll let you all know what she has to say; so far I like her, she's articulate and pretty righteous (the good kind). She says that though it doesn't represent Westerners at large it may/does represent a unique aspect of the body mod community.
She uses the language commonly used by a large number of body modifiers to describe themselves and ths modifiers are said to have "marked bodies" and be "marked persons". She goes on to talk about how this coincides with the rise in Identity Politics over other forms of politics and the emergent (as of 1970-ish) discussions of the place of the body in politics.

I suppose the question I wish to put forth, or rather the invitation, is to gather any input regarding body modification in the queer community.

For myself I know that marking my body is something that I do to mark me as an other and because growing up I was already marked, as Victoria Pitts mentions, by those around me. I was/am scarred and bruised, literally and metaphorically, by the consequences of my life. My markings now are my choices and I choose to use them to create a story on my body that illustrates what I believe and who I am. However, like Pitts points out, the readings of my markings are not simply made by the knowledge I possess of their meanings, but by others experiences with/of the symbols I put on my body.
In my experience people who are queerly identified tend to have marked bodies more often than non-queerly identified folks, especially those who defy assimilationist politics. Whether this is an expectation of, or a product of, queer [political]identity I couldn't say. I think, however, that it is interesting to situate, thereby complicating and implicating, body modificatin in the discussion of political identity.
Surely as often as not those anti-assimilationist politics belong to those who are not queerly identified as those who are; further, the question arises: What is the language of the marked body and how do we discuss it without essentializing that language (i.e. saying these images and marking choices are made and implemented to such an extent by such and such a type of person)?

I suppose this is a rant, and maybe it doesn't seem to involve the trans community and/or trans politics, but I feel like it does since Pitts points out (rightly so, I believe) that certain marginalized groups--most notably those that are queely defined--tend towards marking their bodies it might be worthwhile to discuss the experience of marked and marking bodies in the queer[ed] community.

Hello

Hi, community. My first name isn't really "Havana", but close enough. I'm a girl, in terms of sex, but I've always been a bit "off". I never had any interest in being a wife and mother...when the other kids played house, I wanted to be the family dog. I never fit into the tomboy template very well either, but it was pretty clear that I was queer. When I was little, my sister told me that I reminded her of Arvid from "Swing Kids" (my sister had awful taste in movies), and then when I got a little older, she said she thought of me as a brother.

When I first heard about trans people, I couldn't really relate because I didn't want a penis and I didn't feel like I was trapped in the wrong body. I was just a girl who was masculine. Granted, I was 9, and I was hearing about transpeople via talk shows. It wasn't exactly a positive way to learn.

I thought it was wrong that masculine girls got accused of not being "real" women, and because I didn't want to be pigeon-holed that way, I resisted admitting I liked girls. I was perfectly open about being uncomfortable with very feminine things, but that had no bearing on my self-image. As long as I was straight, I was a "real" woman, and anyone who said otherwise was sexist.

Of course, I wasn't actually straight, and throughout adolecense I broadened my definition of what a "real" woman was. And now I realize it doesn't matter very much, and that what was bothering me, and what continues to bother me, is how people treat one another based purely on their sex. I used to think that "queer" was a high insult, a negation of humanity rendering you not he or she but it. So being either a he or she was very important, even if you weren't the stereotypical male or female. Of course, the next step in such thinking is to destroy the two catergories altogether.

Starting 3 years back, I started giving serious thought to gender. I eventually realized that I could relate to transpeople more than I thought...not cartoon transpeople served up as freaks by the media, but living, breathing human beings. I also had to admit that I was rather androgynous. And then I started thinking about my masculinity, and anthropomorphized it for a while. Then I got more comfortable with it and began expressing it more. I cut my hair recently and though I don't dress any differently or bind, I now get mistaken for a boy from time to time. At first it made me very nervous, but nobody's gotten too uptight over it, and to be honest, I sort of like it. I never felt comfortable with "girl" stuff anyway.
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Intro

I guess I, too, need to introduce myself.  I'm never very good at this.

I'll begin with what I have on my user info: I am a middle-aged, multi-ethnic (primary identity is Latino), multi-gender, former foster/street kid turned counselor, and working on a second graduate degree, but this time in psychology.  Natally female, but always have been male with a twist (binders and bows)  in outward expression and multigendered in mentality. 

I have been on t for about 9 months, and menopause was the trigger for me to start it.  Mid-life is a great time to start adolescence again.  I don't care what pronouns people use for me--unless it is a safety issue, and only then I would hope for consistency--and I legally have both a female-ish and a male name.  Many friends mix pronouns in the same sentence...it's good.

Other than that, I work primarily with street youth and families in crisis, and I love what I do.  The youth I work with have been the most accepting and matter-of-fact about my gender(s) or lack thereof. (and yes, I know a high percentage of them are LGBTQ)  One of my clients said it best: when he was asked by another client as to whether  I was male or female, his response was "It depends on the day.  T's an okay dude."  That's enough for me.
westwing

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Hey, go me, apparently I never posted the bio I wrote for this community. I'm a winner. :)

So Howdy all, I am Kelly, a newly 30 year old, trans person in Central Connecticut. As for pronouns, I challenge people to see where I fit in their head and use the appropriate ones...I know, not fair, but kinda fun. :)

I left the old FTM communities years ago because even then the amount of Drama was total crap.

I decided to transition when I was in my early 20s. I got my letter and 2 days before i started T, really started to rethink why I was transitioning. It was a realization that I was going to change my body to make other people feel more comfortable calling me a man. Up to this point, I bound, but did not pack as I found the idea of needing a penis to be a man ludicrous. I did not start T, and I am very happy with my choice, though in traditional FTM settings, it is interesting how threatened and judgemental people can be about it. I love all my FTM brothers who opted down that road, it is just not for me.

I am neither gender and taking T would have just helped other people live in their own little binary place. I still dress male, love my gender neutral name and will have top surgery (just because I find them tedious...i mean, they don't really do anything do they? Kinda like big, ugly christmas ornaments you put on the back of the christmas tree so no one sees them.

Glad to see all the cool people who have joined, great idea moderators!

Kelly