Why Transitioning Can Often Feel Like a Fetish

One thing I get asked frequently by trans women early in transition is the question of whether their gender identity is just a fetish. And ya know I started out only crossdressing in the bedroom. So it made me wonder if that’s all it was too? But this really has more to do with the way society paints trans women, and there are a few reasons for that: Lack of Nonsexualized Representations in MediaWe could talk about the fact that trans women – especially trans women of color – were barred from employment for so long (and still are to … Continue reading Why Transitioning Can Often Feel Like a Fetish

Is Transitioning Going Against God or Whatever?

I’ve met a number of transgender people who fear that they are going against God by transitioning. The fear that God made them one gender, so who are they to go against that? Like if they accepted that they’re trans, then they’d be saying that God made a mistake. Except that literally no major religion says anything of the sort. In fact, early Judaism recognized 6 genders. In Hinduism (before Britain colonized India and shat all over LGBT people), hijra (third gender) were considered closer to the gods (especially Ardhanarishvara – roughly, “the Lord whose half is a woman” – … Continue reading Is Transitioning Going Against God or Whatever?

Gender Incongruent Prisons are Dangerous for Trans Women

For all the fear about trans women invading women’s prisons, over 40% of transgender people face sexual assault in prisons, and are five times more likely to be sexually assaulted by prison staff than cisgender inmates are.  A transgender woman in Colorado was placed in a disciplinary pod along with 4 men who had previously threatened to rape her. She had requested to not be placed in that pod due to the hostilities those men showed, but she was denied by a federal judge and wound up being raped and needing hospitalization after. A Brooklyn trans woman was raped repeatedly over the course of months while locked … Continue reading Gender Incongruent Prisons are Dangerous for Trans Women

Addressing the Detransitioner Myth

The Actual Numbers A meta analysis of 28 studies published in Clinical Endocrinology showed that after sexual reassignment surgery, “80% of individuals with GID reported significant improvement in gender dysphoria; 78% reported significant improvement in psychological symptoms; 80% reported significant improvement in quality of life; and 72% reported significant improvement in sexual function”. A similar European study revealed a 2.2% regret rate for SRS. For context, the regret rate for vasectomies is 7.4%. That’s over 3 times the regrets for a simple 15 minute procedure! But we’re not making them get therapist approval first, are we?  A meta analysis by … Continue reading Addressing the Detransitioner Myth

Voice Feminization

Introduction I’m going to preface this with: All voices are beautiful. All voices are valid. There are women with deeper, warmer voices and men with higher, brighter voices. And that’s okay. To complicate things more, every culture experiences gendered voices in their own ways, so what may come across as “masculine” in one culture may be perfectly “feminine” in another. Why? Because these are artificial terms that are constantly changing. A 1998 study by the University of South Australia compared recordings of Australian women ages 18-25 from 1945 and the early 1990’s. What they found was that the fundamental frequency … Continue reading Voice Feminization

Fertility Outcomes for Transgender Patients

There is a risk of infertility with prolonged Hormone Replacement Therapy. However, even still, trans people do still achieve pregnancy (example, example, example, this guy was pregnant with his second baby post-HRT, this trans man used a trans woman’s sperm to get pregnant). The likelihood of fertility post-HRT is currently unknown because we’re lacking in good studies on the topic. A study by the journal Pediatrics examined two trans women who were on HRT to see if they could regain fertility. Of the post-HRT study participants, one was able to produce viable sperm after halting HRT for 5 months, while … Continue reading Fertility Outcomes for Transgender Patients

Informed Consent and Why it Matters

What is Informed Consent? The traditional way of handling Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for transgender patients is to obtain a letter of recommendation from a therapist. This can take anywhere from one visit to one year or even more of regular therapy sessions, which, as you can imagine, can be both cost-prohibitive and too time-consuming for a community that faces inordinate rates of homelessness, unemployment, and lack of adequate insurance and transportation access. The traditional way of handling Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for transgender patients is to obtain a letter of recommendation from a therapist. This can take anywhere from … Continue reading Informed Consent and Why it Matters