February, 2014

    Media Beginning to Acknowledge the Problem of Trans Healthcare

    There have been a fair number of articles in the mainstream media and blogosphere recently highlighting the problem of transgender patients finding competent, accessible healthcare in the United States. The most recent story has been today’s announcement by Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray concerning efforts to improve trans healthcare in the city. Within the last […]

    A Second Chance to Make a First Impression

    After going a month without a group meeting, Erica convinced me to venture out to the general trans support group that took place on the U of M campus. This was different than Cecelia’s small meeting; it wasn’t therapist-run, and it was a mixed meeting — not just MtF, but also FtM and anyone in […]

    What a Difference a Year-ish Makes

    It occurred to me that I have never posted a “Before” photo of me on this blog, primarily because I was always so paranoid about being found out by someone. But now that my family and friends are in the know, I’m a lot less paranoid about that. So it’s time to share. Below is […]

    HRT, Month Three: >crickets

    Warning — This post contains TMI. First, an update from my last post: My father passed the cardiopulmonary stress test and was cleared to begin chemotherapy. He’s already had his first doses. Things are finally turning around on that front. Phew! Meanwhile, I continue to vow to log my monthly experiences with HRT, at least […]

    Too Many Names For Gender?

    Asked recently on Tumblr: Is having many different names for gender a productive thing to have? I’m not entirely clear on your meaning, but I’m going to work under the assumption that you’re referring to the use of terms like “cis” or “trans” or “natal” to distinguish between varieties of male and female. If that […]

    The Bad Diagnosis

    I’ve mentioned previously that my father was moving closer and closer to a definitively bad diagnosis of cancer. I just wanted to let the world at large know that the diagnosis has happened. An aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and due to his prior health issues his heart may not be strong enough to tolerate […]

    Operation Gamer Girl: January and February

    Another month-ish has gone by, so it’s time to check in once again with this silly motivational scheme I have going on: Operation Gamer Girl! In terms of goals, January Weight Loss was not a spectacular success. In the end I squeaked by in my pound a week goal, but I didn’t hit the magical […]

    Why Aren’t E-Blockers a Regular Part of HRT?

    Asked on Tumbler recently: Is there a legitimate reason why so many FtMs are not prescribed estrogen blockers in tandem with testosterone? I just find it odd and I don’t understand why blockers + hormones are standard procedure for MtFs but not FtMs. I suspect most individual doctors don’t prescribe them because the guidelines they […]

    What Led To Me Coming Out

    Okay. I promised to tell you all about what’s been going on in the last week and a half. So let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. About ten days ago, I got the flu. It was really bad timing — not that there’s ever a good time for influenza, […]