Resurrecting Transgender Science

So something interesting and unexpected has happened: Transgender Science is coming back. For those who weren’t around: in 2013 I started a Tumblr blog where I intended to blog about science and health issues of interest to transgender people. At the time I envisioned myself being a science journalist, doing research, writing long articles, etc. […]

The Next Step: Surgery

Now that my social transition is well and truly complete, I have begun to think about the next step in my new life: gender-confirming surgeries. Surgery is a big, expensive, disruptive step, but it’s also an important one. Some sort of surgery is absolutely required in most states before one is allowed to change their […]

HRT One Year Later

On November 18, 2013 I took my first dose of hormone replacement therapy. Now it’s one year later and I can hardly believe it’s been so long. On a day to day basis it is NOT that big of a deal. Except that it is, because I’m 100% certain that I’m thinking better and being […]

The Catch-22 of the WHO Statement on Forced Sterilization (W101)

I failed! Oh, I so failed. I have allowed work and life to get in the way of the Daily Challenge. In my defense, this is one of the four hardest weeks of my job each year, in terms of workload, stress, and late nights. I intend to catch up, however! Beginning with Tuesday … […]

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 […]

HRT First Month: Patience is a Virtue

I can hardly believe it’s been four weeks since I began HRT. No, really, I can’t believe it, because nothing’s really happened yet. Other than last week’s observations, I really haven’t felt much this first month. Is my skin a little softer? Maybe, though it’s hard to tell in the cold and snowy weather we’ve had. […]

HRT Week Three: Flaccid

I am experiencing my first definite effect of HRT: erectile dysfunction. Specifically, the loss of spontaneous erections. [Oh, I forgot to warn you: we’re going to be talking about naughty bits in this update. NSFW and all that.] The SOC advises that “decreased spontaneous erection” will begin in 1-3 months, so I guess I’m a […]

HRT Week One: All’s Quiet

Since this is a journal of transition, it only makes sense that I might keep some sort of log of the changes and effects of HRT. I expect to do this on Sundays, as I started on a Monday and so Sundays break nicely into weeks. The first week of HRT has been rather underwhelming. […]

Skeptoid: ‘Tis the Season for Ghost Stories

I was so busy last week that I forgot to put up my usual link to the Skeptoid article. But seeing as how this is Devil’s Night, and the theme of my post was ghost stories, today seems like as good a day as any to rectify that error. Happy Halloween everyone!

Skeptoid: Media Reporting and the New BPA Scare

I won’t lie; this isn’t my favorite Skeptoid article I’ve ever written. But it’s there all the same, and you should read it so that my article gets the site hit and I feel better about it. 🙂