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  • 20 Aug 2016
    Part Two Trans weekends   I allot half hour periods twice a day to those Trans females who wish to discuss issues relevant to my medical expertise. If they stick to the protocol, I feel that I can really contribute to their planning and positively influence their furure welfare. However, this is increasingly rarely the case; and, I am frequently expected to act as Psychiatrist, Psychologist and counsellor. In order to escape, I have to just get up and say I am going to the loo or bed. Thus, I have reluctantly decided to terminate this free facility.
  • Part Two Trans weekends   I allot half hour periods twice a day to those Trans females who wish to discuss issues relevant to my medical expertise. If they stick to the protocol, I feel that I can really contribute to their planning and positively influence their furure welfare. However, this is increasingly rarely the case; and, I am frequently expected to act as Psychiatrist, Psychologist and counsellor. In order to escape, I have to just get up and say I am going to the loo or bed. Thus, I have reluctantly decided to terminate this free facility.
    Aug 20, 2016 394
  • 20 Aug 2016
    Part One:   Last Friday week, in the early afternoon, I was standing chatting to the Trans girls in the bar of our Hotel, when I noticed a young and extremely well dressed, attractive young woman looking at me across the crowd. Every time I looked in her direction shw was looking at me with a lovely smile on her pretty face. After a while, she came across and started an animated conversation. It was her very first time with the group, having obtained a cancellation, at the last minute. We swapped details, and it became quite clear that her intentions this weekend were to meet someone nice. If I had been of the same inclination, I would have had no hesitation in accepting her advances. She must have realised that I was not going down her route, and eventually wandered off. Did I make a mistake? Well, we will never know.
  • Part One:   Last Friday week, in the early afternoon, I was standing chatting to the Trans girls in the bar of our Hotel, when I noticed a young and extremely well dressed, attractive young woman looking at me across the crowd. Every time I looked in her direction shw was looking at me with a lovely smile on her pretty face. After a while, she came across and started an animated conversation. It was her very first time with the group, having obtained a cancellation, at the last minute. We swapped details, and it became quite clear that her intentions this weekend were to meet someone nice. If I had been of the same inclination, I would have had no hesitation in accepting her advances. She must have realised that I was not going down her route, and eventually wandered off. Did I make a mistake? Well, we will never know.
    Aug 20, 2016 355
  • 11 Aug 2016
    Hello everyone, it's me again. Not sure I'd consider this a rant or just talking. I recently bought some weights for lifting which I've been planning to do for a while. Thing is, my dad went with me and bought them for me. He also seemed more than happy to get them. I can't tell if he realises why I got them, but at the same time with all the steps I've taken (getting a haircut, getting weights, etc.) I would think it'd be obvious, but at the same time I'm not sure he fully believes I'm transgender (or bigender) yet. I said this before, but the one time I brought the subject up to him, he wouldn't answer me as far as if he'd disown me if I was this way or not. I think it should also be said that when I got my hair cut, I told my dad I saw myself being single my whole life... I'm not sure if he realises gender and sexuality are different meaning even if I am going to stay single, I'm still going to try to look like my male self. Not sure exactly why I'm saying all this, but I guess I just had to vent and maybe it's about time I tried to tell my dad again.
    520 Posted by Kris McKinley
  • Hello everyone, it's me again. Not sure I'd consider this a rant or just talking. I recently bought some weights for lifting which I've been planning to do for a while. Thing is, my dad went with me and bought them for me. He also seemed more than happy to get them. I can't tell if he realises why I got them, but at the same time with all the steps I've taken (getting a haircut, getting weights, etc.) I would think it'd be obvious, but at the same time I'm not sure he fully believes I'm transgender (or bigender) yet. I said this before, but the one time I brought the subject up to him, he wouldn't answer me as far as if he'd disown me if I was this way or not. I think it should also be said that when I got my hair cut, I told my dad I saw myself being single my whole life... I'm not sure if he realises gender and sexuality are different meaning even if I am going to stay single, I'm still going to try to look like my male self. Not sure exactly why I'm saying all this, but I guess I just had to vent and maybe it's about time I tried to tell my dad again.
    Aug 11, 2016 520
  • 02 Aug 2016
    Just feeling the need to rant after realizing it's already August. (Time flies after high school). I told myself this would be the Summer I learn or at least start to learn to drive. Yes, I'm 25 and still have this horrible fear of driving. I am a nervous/paranoid person and for those who don't know, I have Asperger's Syndrome. The reason for the title of this blog is because I'm not driving, I constantly battle this gender male stereotype in my head... Telling me things like "What kind of man doesn't drive a car?" "Men love cars so you have to drive!" "Men drive better than women so if you drive badly, YOU are a woman." I absolutely despise this voice in my head and I've brought it up a coulple times how I've been brought up and had to battle sexist beliefs. I'm so nervous to actually get behind the wheel... I keep telling myself (despite that stupid voice) that just because I'm not a driver (yet) doesn't make me less of a man. Still, I hate having this phobia and really hope to overcome it this month. PS: I know men don't drive better than women, but it's something my father ALWAYS said to me growing up and now it's just something that automatically pops up in my head when I try to drive. It really sucks. 
    507 Posted by Kris McKinley
  • Just feeling the need to rant after realizing it's already August. (Time flies after high school). I told myself this would be the Summer I learn or at least start to learn to drive. Yes, I'm 25 and still have this horrible fear of driving. I am a nervous/paranoid person and for those who don't know, I have Asperger's Syndrome. The reason for the title of this blog is because I'm not driving, I constantly battle this gender male stereotype in my head... Telling me things like "What kind of man doesn't drive a car?" "Men love cars so you have to drive!" "Men drive better than women so if you drive badly, YOU are a woman." I absolutely despise this voice in my head and I've brought it up a coulple times how I've been brought up and had to battle sexist beliefs. I'm so nervous to actually get behind the wheel... I keep telling myself (despite that stupid voice) that just because I'm not a driver (yet) doesn't make me less of a man. Still, I hate having this phobia and really hope to overcome it this month. PS: I know men don't drive better than women, but it's something my father ALWAYS said to me growing up and now it's just something that automatically pops up in my head when I try to drive. It really sucks. 
    Aug 02, 2016 507
  • 02 Aug 2016
    FINAL PART:   After an appropriate period of Oestragen therapy, the levels achieved are within the satisfactory female 400 to 600. However, in some cases  there is a failure in testosterone suppression and its levels remail refractory, in the male range.   TREATMENT MODIFICATION:   Additional therapy is in the form of Decapeptyl 11.25 mgs every 12 weeks as an addition to current therapy, in order to suppress the testosterone production. For the initial 2 weeks following injection No 1, the physician will co-administer Cyproterone acetate 100 mgs once daily, to suppress the flare in testosterone that can occur with initiation of GnRH analogues. This is not required after subsequent injections.   TESTS:   * weeks after commencement of the above additional therapy, blood should be drawn for oestradiol, testosterone, prolactin, SHBG and Liver Function..
  • FINAL PART:   After an appropriate period of Oestragen therapy, the levels achieved are within the satisfactory female 400 to 600. However, in some cases  there is a failure in testosterone suppression and its levels remail refractory, in the male range.   TREATMENT MODIFICATION:   Additional therapy is in the form of Decapeptyl 11.25 mgs every 12 weeks as an addition to current therapy, in order to suppress the testosterone production. For the initial 2 weeks following injection No 1, the physician will co-administer Cyproterone acetate 100 mgs once daily, to suppress the flare in testosterone that can occur with initiation of GnRH analogues. This is not required after subsequent injections.   TESTS:   * weeks after commencement of the above additional therapy, blood should be drawn for oestradiol, testosterone, prolactin, SHBG and Liver Function..
    Aug 02, 2016 515
  • 01 Aug 2016
    The GIC Endocrinologist is not infrequently faced with an unchanging and unacceptable (male) level of Testosterone. This may be despite increased dosage of Oestrogens: leading to an oestradiol level in the female range   If she has not suppressed her testosterone into the female range of <3, they will consider a GnRH analogue use in the form of injections, every twelve weeks, of Decapeptyl 11.25 mgs to supress the testosterone level down in to the female range Additional therapy may be required in the first twelve week period only, to suppress potential initial 'rebound' high levels of testosterone.
  • The GIC Endocrinologist is not infrequently faced with an unchanging and unacceptable (male) level of Testosterone. This may be despite increased dosage of Oestrogens: leading to an oestradiol level in the female range   If she has not suppressed her testosterone into the female range of <3, they will consider a GnRH analogue use in the form of injections, every twelve weeks, of Decapeptyl 11.25 mgs to supress the testosterone level down in to the female range Additional therapy may be required in the first twelve week period only, to suppress potential initial 'rebound' high levels of testosterone.
    Aug 01, 2016 393
  • 31 Jul 2016
    Christine Shye points out that the rapidly increasing death-rate of the remnants of the Behaviorist School of Psychiatrists, who took as the basis of their shaky 'discipline' the theories of Freud & Co, may assist the repatriation of Gender Dissonance with the Wider Medical profession; and, hopefully, gradually the General Public, also. As a Psycho-pathological Sexual Deviant of three and a half years of age, I reported my gender marker to my wealthy Grand-mother and maternal aunt. When this fad had persisted to four years of age, they indulged me with a girlie bedroon, girls dresses, frilly socks, a pram and dolly, and allowed me to grow my hair. i can actually remember being the happiest of so-called lonely farm children, living in my own make-belief world with dolly and the pet farm animals.   All idyllic happiness came to an end, at six, when I went to school. It thankfully returned two or three years ago, when I joied two Gender Groups, the Gender Society and the Beaumont Society; and, came out in Public as a woman, full-time.   I have never been, am not now, nor will ever in the future be a male politician: so, how on earth can I be ever labelled as a Psychotic Sexual Deviant!   Those male individuals, who without exception had middle-european surnames, who wrote the Pyychiatry books on the shelves of the medical section of Cambridge University Library when I was virtually the only student who used to study there (bar one girl) have a lot to answer for: both in my locking myself in solitary confinement for a life-time sentence after I had read their mis-directed garbage, and for the resulting policy of "Sectioning under the Mental Health Act for 28 days', (remember the film the "Danish Girl") then transfer to an appropriate secure Mental Asylum for a minimum two year period to enable forced twice-weekly Electro-convulsive Therapy under Sodium Pentothal injections. April Ashley suffered this Pathway after her attempted suicide; and funding for free ECT 'treatment' for trans-sexuals was only withdrawn by the UK's West  Midlands Strategic Health Authority (or successor) in the autumn of 2003; a few months before the Gender Recognition Act came into being!!!
  • Christine Shye points out that the rapidly increasing death-rate of the remnants of the Behaviorist School of Psychiatrists, who took as the basis of their shaky 'discipline' the theories of Freud & Co, may assist the repatriation of Gender Dissonance with the Wider Medical profession; and, hopefully, gradually the General Public, also. As a Psycho-pathological Sexual Deviant of three and a half years of age, I reported my gender marker to my wealthy Grand-mother and maternal aunt. When this fad had persisted to four years of age, they indulged me with a girlie bedroon, girls dresses, frilly socks, a pram and dolly, and allowed me to grow my hair. i can actually remember being the happiest of so-called lonely farm children, living in my own make-belief world with dolly and the pet farm animals.   All idyllic happiness came to an end, at six, when I went to school. It thankfully returned two or three years ago, when I joied two Gender Groups, the Gender Society and the Beaumont Society; and, came out in Public as a woman, full-time.   I have never been, am not now, nor will ever in the future be a male politician: so, how on earth can I be ever labelled as a Psychotic Sexual Deviant!   Those male individuals, who without exception had middle-european surnames, who wrote the Pyychiatry books on the shelves of the medical section of Cambridge University Library when I was virtually the only student who used to study there (bar one girl) have a lot to answer for: both in my locking myself in solitary confinement for a life-time sentence after I had read their mis-directed garbage, and for the resulting policy of "Sectioning under the Mental Health Act for 28 days', (remember the film the "Danish Girl") then transfer to an appropriate secure Mental Asylum for a minimum two year period to enable forced twice-weekly Electro-convulsive Therapy under Sodium Pentothal injections. April Ashley suffered this Pathway after her attempted suicide; and funding for free ECT 'treatment' for trans-sexuals was only withdrawn by the UK's West  Midlands Strategic Health Authority (or successor) in the autumn of 2003; a few months before the Gender Recognition Act came into being!!!
    Jul 31, 2016 492
  • 30 Jul 2016
    This week, one of our members, Kristelle Watkins, launched her new Youtube channel. I strongly urge you to take a look - the first of her videos can be found here:   When I first joined the Gender Society (or Trannyweb as it was then), one of our members, Marsha, strongly expressed her opinion that everyone in our community had a responsibility to be out and visible, because that was the only way that transphobia in the general population could be overcome. I didn't fully agree with this then, arguing that education and social policy were the key drivers to acceptance. We had some spirited debate on the subject, before agreeing to disagree.   I miss Marsha.   Anyway, in the years since then I've come to agree that visibility has a greater effect on how trans people are accepted, and this was reinforced by a study published earlier this year. The researchers found that transphobic prejudice could be significantly reduced by interviews in which cisgender people were invited to find experiences which they had in common with transgender people. The reduction in prejudice was long-lasting, and was even more effective when the person carrying out the interview was trans. You can read more about the study here:   In the light of this realization, I try to interact with people wherever I can to bring them into contact with a real, live transperson, and these interactions have been overwhelmingly positive. I'm out at work, and the hundred or so people in my office have all been supportive and accepting. I've delivered presentations to senior managers throughout my organisation, and once again the feedback has been nothing but positive. However, in all I may have spoken with three or four hundred people. Add in the general population of my home town, and I may have had the opportunity to represent an authentic, transgender life to a thousand or so people.   Which brings me back to Kristelle's channel. Social media have found their way into every aspect of modern life, to the point where many people no longer differentiate between people they 'know' from Facebook and the people they know from work. There's a transwoman named Danni Munro who posts videos to Youtube which are viewed by five thousand or more people. Another trans channel, hosted by a transwoman named Maya, has viewing numbers close to three million. That's three million people who have chosen to hear what an openly transgender person has to say about her life and experiences.   I'm now firmly of the opinion that social media will be where trans acceptance finally makes the progress that we've seen in the arena of sexual orientation. We all have our part to play in letting the people around us see that we all have much more in common than we have differences, but it'll be the media-savvy young people with their fearless and authentic communications that will deliver the cultural paradigm shift that's so long overdue.   So to Kristelle I say"You go, girl, and my sincere thanks for what you're doing for our community". To everyone else, "Watch, subscribe and like. The future starts here".   Hugs to all,   Judith xx  
    348 Posted by Judith Harmon
  • This week, one of our members, Kristelle Watkins, launched her new Youtube channel. I strongly urge you to take a look - the first of her videos can be found here:   When I first joined the Gender Society (or Trannyweb as it was then), one of our members, Marsha, strongly expressed her opinion that everyone in our community had a responsibility to be out and visible, because that was the only way that transphobia in the general population could be overcome. I didn't fully agree with this then, arguing that education and social policy were the key drivers to acceptance. We had some spirited debate on the subject, before agreeing to disagree.   I miss Marsha.   Anyway, in the years since then I've come to agree that visibility has a greater effect on how trans people are accepted, and this was reinforced by a study published earlier this year. The researchers found that transphobic prejudice could be significantly reduced by interviews in which cisgender people were invited to find experiences which they had in common with transgender people. The reduction in prejudice was long-lasting, and was even more effective when the person carrying out the interview was trans. You can read more about the study here:   In the light of this realization, I try to interact with people wherever I can to bring them into contact with a real, live transperson, and these interactions have been overwhelmingly positive. I'm out at work, and the hundred or so people in my office have all been supportive and accepting. I've delivered presentations to senior managers throughout my organisation, and once again the feedback has been nothing but positive. However, in all I may have spoken with three or four hundred people. Add in the general population of my home town, and I may have had the opportunity to represent an authentic, transgender life to a thousand or so people.   Which brings me back to Kristelle's channel. Social media have found their way into every aspect of modern life, to the point where many people no longer differentiate between people they 'know' from Facebook and the people they know from work. There's a transwoman named Danni Munro who posts videos to Youtube which are viewed by five thousand or more people. Another trans channel, hosted by a transwoman named Maya, has viewing numbers close to three million. That's three million people who have chosen to hear what an openly transgender person has to say about her life and experiences.   I'm now firmly of the opinion that social media will be where trans acceptance finally makes the progress that we've seen in the arena of sexual orientation. We all have our part to play in letting the people around us see that we all have much more in common than we have differences, but it'll be the media-savvy young people with their fearless and authentic communications that will deliver the cultural paradigm shift that's so long overdue.   So to Kristelle I say"You go, girl, and my sincere thanks for what you're doing for our community". To everyone else, "Watch, subscribe and like. The future starts here".   Hugs to all,   Judith xx  
    Jul 30, 2016 348
  • 30 Jul 2016
    Now that you have, finally and with enormous relief, achieved a place in the GIClinic, found that you are totally supported in your given pathway, and have been pleasantly surprised at the lack of recriminations over self-administration, then the hard work starts. I have previously outlined the 'History' details, usually required in the GIC, for documentation purposes.   EXAMINATION   Blood Pressure: Height; Weight. Breasts: Testes and chest   Blood tests, undertaken and reviewed: SHBG, Testosterone, Prolactin, LH, FSH Liver Function, Cholesterol, HDL, total to HDL ratio, PSA   ASSESSMENT: the Endocrinologist will undertake to continue your oestrogen therapy, if he/she concurs with a Psychiatric opinion of male to female transsexualism. The plan is to dose titrate the Progynova or Climaval ( Oestradiol Valerate 2mgms ), or similar, until you hit the tardet range of 400 to 600 pmol/L. When on 4mgms, if you have not supressed your testosterone into the female rsnge of>3, then they will consider for a GnRH use in the form of Decapeptyl 11.25mgs.
  • Now that you have, finally and with enormous relief, achieved a place in the GIClinic, found that you are totally supported in your given pathway, and have been pleasantly surprised at the lack of recriminations over self-administration, then the hard work starts. I have previously outlined the 'History' details, usually required in the GIC, for documentation purposes.   EXAMINATION   Blood Pressure: Height; Weight. Breasts: Testes and chest   Blood tests, undertaken and reviewed: SHBG, Testosterone, Prolactin, LH, FSH Liver Function, Cholesterol, HDL, total to HDL ratio, PSA   ASSESSMENT: the Endocrinologist will undertake to continue your oestrogen therapy, if he/she concurs with a Psychiatric opinion of male to female transsexualism. The plan is to dose titrate the Progynova or Climaval ( Oestradiol Valerate 2mgms ), or similar, until you hit the tardet range of 400 to 600 pmol/L. When on 4mgms, if you have not supressed your testosterone into the female rsnge of>3, then they will consider for a GnRH use in the form of Decapeptyl 11.25mgs.
    Jul 30, 2016 491
  • 29 Jul 2016
    At last, the long-awaited appointment day has arrived. Arter owning up to self-administration, and discovering there are no recriminations, it is down to further interview and then to ongoing care.   Questions: Were you a normal pregnancy? Approximate age of puberty? Was there any gynaecomastia? As an adult: reduced facial and/or body hair? Erectile function, normal? Genitalia normal? Children? If not, out of choice?   History: Past Medical History, in detail Allergic History? Social History: Tobacco, Alcohol and occupation Family History Dating of Gender Dissonance and details Schooling and friends Traumas of Dissonance Presentation in Public and work-place. Support in these environments Legal name change Downsides of transition   Psychiatric History: GP's report History of deliberate self-harm, suicide attempts or eating disorder   Forensic History   Substance abuse   Social History Housing and finance Friends Fertility Relationships (family) Objects of sexual desire Future Transition plans. Marriage hostory   Treatment, under supervision - to follow.
  • At last, the long-awaited appointment day has arrived. Arter owning up to self-administration, and discovering there are no recriminations, it is down to further interview and then to ongoing care.   Questions: Were you a normal pregnancy? Approximate age of puberty? Was there any gynaecomastia? As an adult: reduced facial and/or body hair? Erectile function, normal? Genitalia normal? Children? If not, out of choice?   History: Past Medical History, in detail Allergic History? Social History: Tobacco, Alcohol and occupation Family History Dating of Gender Dissonance and details Schooling and friends Traumas of Dissonance Presentation in Public and work-place. Support in these environments Legal name change Downsides of transition   Psychiatric History: GP's report History of deliberate self-harm, suicide attempts or eating disorder   Forensic History   Substance abuse   Social History Housing and finance Friends Fertility Relationships (family) Objects of sexual desire Future Transition plans. Marriage hostory   Treatment, under supervision - to follow.
    Jul 29, 2016 467