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  • Title: AlbertaTrans.org News
    Descriptive info: Home / News.. Resource Library.. Contact.. By Community:.. M2F Transsexual.. F2M Transsexual.. Crossdressing.. Two-Spirit.. Intersex + Trans.. Genderqueer.. Am I Trans?.. Family / Friends.. Medical Profes'ls.. Trans Youth.. Trans Admirers.. By Region:.. Alberta.. British Columbia.. Saskatchewan.. Manitoba.. Ontario.. Quebec.. Maritimes.. North Territories.. National.. Online / Int'l.. March, 2009: The website gets  ...   the AlbertaTrans.. org brochures and useful documents to transgender people, family/allies, media and more.. 28may08: AlbertaTrans.. org.. responds to the DSM-V controversy (*.. doc format).. * AlbertaTrans.. org website was born on 30sept2006 and has been through 4 incarnations.. -.. Contact.. 2008 AlbertaTrans.. org (AlbertaTrans.. org was born on 30 September, 2006)..

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  • Title: AlbertaTrans.org MTFs
    Descriptive info: Hyperlinks:.. The Gatekeepers.. ,.. Hormones.. Breast Development.. Standards of Care and the Real Life Test.. Lesser Surgeries and Concerns.. GRS Surgery.. Aftercare,.. Legal Name Change.. , Employment, Marriage And The Transgendered Person,.. Social Issues.. Relating to Men.. Relating to Women.. Dating.. When To Tell.. The Male-to-Female Path (Transsexuality).. The following assumes that you are interested in or considering transitioning male to female.. Transition is in fact.. not.. the only choice available to you.. Some choose to live more androgynously as genderplayers, and challenge the notions that society has about gender.. Others are happy with.. part-time crossdressing.. , either alone, with a significant other, and / or with a community such as the.. Illusions Social Clubs.. There are also those who look at the difficulties with transition, the potential loss of friends / loved ones, the social biases they would have to face, and choose not to change (or to wait) -- and they also often also become a part of the crossdressing community.. It is the belief of this site that no choice is an invalid choice.. A transsexual may have a wider range of experience in some areas than a crossdresser, but that by no means makes the crossdresser's experiences or motivations any less valid.. If a transsexual chooses to remain non-operative, that is her prerogative, and does not somehow make her ingenuine.. A transsexual who chooses to slip into hiding in society once they pass, or a crossdresser who remains in hiding are no less worthy because they choose to live in stealth -- it takes a very specific type of person to be an activist, and this responsibility should not be expected of everyone.. These are all valid choices, and given the exact same circumstances in our own lives, we might be compelled to make those exact same decisions.. Ours is a fractured and marginalized community as it is.. We need to find our commonalities, respect our differences, and find our strength together (even those living in stealth are more than welcome to the information and support on this site).. We are sometimes all that we have.. The Official Process.. If you need to transition, the official process is long, and you will have to be certain and committed.. Once you begin, you make serious changes to your body that often cannot be reversed.. Also, the waiting lists for the doctors who oversee this process are extremely long, so be prepared (acting sooner is better).. That's the bad news.. There is good as well.. But it is not a decision to be made lightly.. Before all of this, it is an extremely good idea to get out into the trans community, meet like-minded folks, and get a good feel for whether this is for you.. Chances are, you'll meet some great, supportive people, and get a chance to get a balance of information, and some idea of where you will be on the other side of this journey.. It is invaluable to have people to turn to with those questions and concerns unique to our process.. In addition to the above, I recommend that you read Calpernia Addams' excellent.. Transsexual Road Map.. site, detailing pretty much.. all.. the necessary considerations and steps to be taken along the way.. It could stand to be better-organized, but it really does have the best information for the new transwoman.. 1) The Gatekeepers.. Gender Identity Disorder (transition is currently addressed as a mental health issue) is not something that many psychiatrists deal with.. At the moment, the two doctors referred to as the Gatekeepers (they may not like that term, it is a colloquial reference) who can start the process, are Drs.. M.. Warneke and J.. H.. Brooks.. Dr.. Brooks is working one day a week.. Both doctors are based in Edmonton -- Dr.. Warneke at the Gender Identity Clinic at the Grey Nuns Hospital and Dr.. Brooks at F.. A.. C.. S.. downtown.. There seems to be no new developments in doctors taking up the practice in Calgary.. In order to see them, you will need to get referred to them by your G.. P.. If you don't have a family doctor, a walk-in clinic doctor will be able to do so for you as well -- however, every doctor's reaction is different, and some may refuse to do so, or may say they'll refer you, only to later say the referral must have been lost in interoffice mail.. It is also possible to get a referral from a psychologist or another psychiatrist.. Once the referral is sent, you may still have to wait a long time for your appointment.. Warneke's waiting list spanned over 9 months at last hearing, and at times has been over 1 year.. Brooks may not be taking on new cases.. Do not harass the clinic -- it will not get you seen faster.. However, you can call the clinic a week after your referral request to make sure that they received it.. You can also request at that time to be put on a cancellation list, meaning that if there is a cancellation sooner, you might be able to get in at that time.. It can shorten your wait considerably.. One way to cope with the waiting period.. is to proceed as best you can with transition with your G.. 's assistance, preferably also with the help of a supportive psychiatrist or psychologist and an endocrinologist.. It is possible to begin your real-life test (RLT, i.. e.. living completely as female).. before.. meeting with Drs.. Warneke and/or Brooks (make sure there is a paper trail, so that you can point to an accurate date that you went to living full-time), and it is also possible to find a G.. , endocrinologist or psychiatrist to prescribe hormones and monitor them.. In this way, by the time you first meet Dr.. Warneke or Dr.. Brooks, yours may be more a question of finalizing the details before surgical funding is approved.. For one point of reference, Calgary psychologist Dr.. Kevin Alderson specializes in Gender Identity Disorder, and has a.. specialty list.. for his practice.. More doctors can be found on the.. Trans-Friendly Doctors Lists.. 2) Hormones.. Drs.. Warneke and Brooks are able to refer you to an endocrinologist once you pass your initial interviews.. It is usually the endocrinologist who prescribes the hormones, and is best able to monitor this part of the physical process.. Your G.. is actually able to do this as well, but most don't, as most are unfamiliar with proper hormone levels required for transition, or are relatively inexperienced with this.. Please note that some doctors may not prescribe hormones, or prescribe greatly reduced levels, if you are a smoker.. This is because smoking closes the estrogen receptors, and in some cases, hormone regimens are almost so ineffective as to be a waste of money.. It is actually recommended that if you are transitioning MTF, that you should quit smoking (no bull).. Caffeine also has a detrimental effect, though not as severe.. It is not recommended to take black market (non-prescribed) hormones.. However, if you do start doing so, please discuss this with your doctor -- most, if they know that you are doing this, feel ethically compelled to continue the process, so that your health can be monitored.. On the other hand, if you are seeing a doctor for this, make sure to educate yourself on hormone regimens -- particularily those recommendations by medical professionals such as those on.. Anne Lawrence's site.. The Transhealth program in Vancouver also has a.. PDF.. which discusses both FTM and MTF hormone regimens.. An unfamiliar doctor may prescribe levels too low to be effective.. If your doctor is open to the idea but inexperienced, it might be good to have a guide in hand.. Leslea has also prepared an excellent feminizing HRT guide as follows:.. Estrogens.. Anti-Androgens.. Progesterones.. Please note that hormones are not to be played with.. There are sometimes those who wonder about taking hormones to increase breast size, but with no intention of living as female.. Hormones will do much more than this -- they will soften facial features, round out the hips, bring on mood swings (it is very difficult for males to cope with the severity of the change), quite often they will cause sterility, and the penis will shrink, and not return to its original size.. Sex drive will be greatly reduced as well.. This is only for those who are serious about transition.. The effects of hormones always range depending on the types used and the individual physiology.. Not everyone will be affected the same way.. However, transwomen usually do experience significant swings in emotion and bouts of depression during hormone therapy.. Some transwomen report increased irritability, others report an overwhelming sense of calming.. There is a loss of strength as fat and muscle mass are redistributed, and there is also usually some loss of energy.. -- This is always a long process.. It takes teenage girls years to develop theirs, and it will take us years to develop ours fully.. The amount of growth is determined largely by genetics, and yours will probably be just slightly smaller (by about one cup size) than your mother's and other women on your mother's side of the family.. Growth.. will not.. increase or occur faster by increasing hormone dosage.. During the development, breast tissue will become very sensitive, and occasionally itchy or sore.. 3) Standards of Care and the Real Life Test.. Current medical practices follow the.. Harry Benjamin Standards of Care.. Currently, the medical community treats Gender Identity as a mental health issue, even though there are now provocative medical theories that may lead to a biomedical theory of causation.. The HB SoC guides psychiatrists in this process, and dictates much of how transition is handled.. The theory is that there needs to be a real life test, roughly a year in length, in which the patient lives and works full-time as their chosen gender.. This RLT needs to be fulfilled before SRS surgery is prescribed, and partial fulfillment of this is sometimes considered required before prescribing hormones or lesser surgeries.. There are cases,  ...   not have the benefit of having been socialized (raised) as such through adolescence, with parents to guide us into what we're supposed to know, and peers to share the things that we're supposedly.. supposed to know.. This not only means that we are at a disadvantage in the beginning with regards to things like makeup, dating, comportment, fashion and the like, we are also coming into a world where women are expected to be warm and intimate, while we had been trained (as males) to be aloof and stoic.. Relating To Men.. You will find as you transition that those men who.. do not.. know that you are trans and.. do not.. read it will usually treat you much differently.. We are generalizing here, and there are always exceptions, but most men aren't comfortable buddying with women, especially in group situations (notable exceptions can be if they have romantic designs on someone or personal curiosity).. Men can also still sometimes regard womens' intellectual views as less valid, and their emotional needs as a nuisance.. There also tends to be a certain amount of distrust between the sexes, so where you once were welcomed in as one of the boys, you'll find men to be on their guard and limited on what they will say and do in front of you.. Of course, the behavior toward you of men who know that you are a transwoman or read it will entirely depend on their personal views on transgenderism.. Relating To Women.. Women who.. read it will behave differently, according to your level of closeness to them.. Again, these are generalizations and there are exceptions everywhere, but there is often some similarity because of the way girls are socialized as children.. Women can be quite competitive by nature.. While women tend to be pretty warm toward people when meeting, there will be a certain amount of guardedness until they decide to welcome you into their circle of close friends.. Women tend to be more observant, more deliberate and particular about their actions, and may be prone to gossip or cattiness toward someone who isn't particularily close to them.. Dating And Relating To A Lover Or Potential Partner:.. Dating Strangers.. Safely.. Dating can be dangerous, especially with transwomen dating straight men or men who are not yet fully comfortable with their sexuality (and this is not always visible in the beginning).. This can be complicated moreso by Tranny Chasers, who will often either be fetishists of a sort who will view you as not much more than a novelty sex toy, or else questioning men who might just as easily play with you, then turn around and blame you for their guilty feelings.. and possibly take it out on you physically or emotionally.. First impressions are never enough.. , as some questioning men may be completely believing their own words when they express their affection for you -- and therefore not betray their hidden prejudices and guilt, because those things are completely submerged during the conversation.. In the leather community, a concept was developed which is perfect for transwomen who are going on blind dates -- especially with men who know they are trans -- although it requires the assistance of a friend who can be trusted completely.. It is often called the silent alarm, and there are several variations.. you can settle on what is most comfortable for you.. As preliminaries, for your first meeting, always insist on a public place.. A restaurant or a mall coffee shop is ideal.. Never agree to meet a stranger in a private place such as a hotel room or home.. Make sure that your transportation to and from your first meeting is under your control -- don't rely on your date for a ride home.. And don't let someone know your home address until you're comfortable with them first.. A silent alarm is a situation in which you tell your trusted friend where you are going, and when you expect to be back; you also give him or her any information that you may have about the person you will be seeing.. You arrange with that friend to call them at a prearranged time, no matter what the events of the evening bring.. If you don't check in, your friend is to call the local authorities immediately, with any information they have.. It's also a good idea to prearrange with this friend to have an unsafeword or phrase that you might include in conversation, in the event that you are forced to make the call under duress, and need to indicate that you need help, without arousing suspicion from a person threatening you.. Helpful points:.. If you have your date's phone number, try to arrange to call it first, to verify that it is correct.. Inform your friend beforehand what your plans for the evening are: time, place, etc.. If anything changes, let them know during a check-in call.. Don't use your date's phone or cell, in order to help avoid the call being traced later, thereby potentially putting your friend in danger.. The silent alarm is most useful as a deterrent.. If he knows that you need to check in with a friend, he'll know that if he harms you, this will alert someone else.. This all sounds paranoid, of course, but when it comes to blind dates, people met online and the like, there is virtue to it.. You can, of course, modify the procedure to suit your situation, and if you feel that a more relaxed system of simply passing your date's name and number on to your friend and arranging to call them whenever the date is over will suffice, then do that.. But.. any.. Plan B is better than.. nothing.. When Do You Tell Him/Her?.. The question is first one of.. IF.. you need to tell a partner that you've transitioned (or are transitioning) from the opposite gender.. People will often have strong viewpoints on either side of this.. It's basically an issue of whether you want to 1) tell someone you're interested in now and risk having them run away without ever getting to know you, 2) tell them later and risk having them leave despite all the care and emotion you've invested in the relationship, or 3) never tell them and risk having them find out another way, making them feel often quite betrayed and angry.. And honestly, none of the three are particularily appealing.. In all cases, the reaction from a potential partner can often be a strong one -- it can even lead to violence.. Although there is the sense of bravado that says if he (or she) doesn't like it, then it's better not knowing him (or her), but the truth is that rejection always hurts regardless.. What's more, once you're.. out.. to someone, your origins in the other gender may become a recurring point of contention in the relationship -- it may be thrown in your face frequently, or your partner may start seeking out your male traits (physical, personality, etc.. ) and find fault with them, whereas he or she.. might have.. remained otherwise oblivious.. If this doesn't happen, then at the very least there is still the risk that in your partner's eyes, you might cease to be the cute girl who likes club music and visiting the art galleries and become just the transsexual -- as if there are no other interesting facets about you beyond that point.. This can especially be a problem in that we as transwomen are psychologically female (or at least mostly so), but the stigma of being transsexual can often make others think of you more as male or ex-male, than female.. To others, the word transsexual may also often conjure the image of drag queens, pornographic she-males or misguided gay men, and connotations from those things that may not have the least bit of relevance in your life -- but these things might become the standards with which you become measured.. Everyone's choice is different and valid.. There is.. no shame.. in hiding a transgendered past -- however, this can lead to the same sense of living behind a mask as the one that drove you to transition in the first place.. Also, if your partner can tell that you're hiding elements of your past (i.. why don't you have any childhood photos? ), this can sow distrust in the relationship.. your partner is ultimately going to find out, either because of the way you pass or because his or her life overlaps your old male life in any way, or for any other reason, earlier is undoubtedly better -- there is always a far greater feeling of betrayal if it is felt that a truth has been hidden for a longer period of time.. It is also a good idea that this disclosure should come before any physical intimacy is shared -- intimacy with a transsexual will often raise a lot of questions with people about their own sexuality, and these questions become more a thing of panic if intimacy has already been shared.. But it is.. necessary to tell someone on day one.. You can get to know the person, give them the opportunity to discover what they like about you, and give things the chance to click.. Sometimes, the key to your partner accepting you depends on how badly he or she.. wants.. to accept you.. And if this person does not know you at all, there is no reason for them to not walk away.. If you decide to tell, it's best to set aside a time, collect your thoughts, and make it special and comfortable for both of you.. Let them know how much you value the partnership, and that you want to share something very personal, that you rarely share with anyone else (if, of course, it's true that you rarely tell anyone else).. And if your partner sees himself as strictly straight or sees herself as strictly lesbian, be prepared for this person to need some time to reassess things.. And at that point, all that can be said is, good luck..

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  • Title: AlbertaTrans.org FTMs
    Descriptive info: GRS in General.. Mastectomy.. Hysterectomy.. Clitoral Release.. Metoidioplasty.. Phalloplasty.. Centurion.. , Forthcoming Surgical Procedures,.. Additional Information.. The Female-to-Male Path (Transsexuality).. The following assumes that you are interested in or considering transitioning female to male.. Others are happy with part-time crossdressing, either alone, with a significant other, and / or with a community.. There are also those who look at the difficulties with transition, the potential loss of friends / loved ones, the social biases they would have to face, and choose not to change (or to wait) -- and they also often become a part of the crossdressing community.. If a transsexual chooses to remain non-operative, that is his prerogative, and does not somehow make him ingenuine.. If you need to transition (whether male-to-female or female-to-male), the official process is long, and you will have to be certain and committed.. Also, the waiting lists for the doctors who oversee this process are extremely long.. It is the endocrinologist who prescribes the hormones, and is best able to monitor this part of the physical process.. is actually able to do this as well, but many don't as most are unfamiliar with proper hormone levels required for transition, or are relatively inexperienced with this.. On the other hand, if you are seeing a doctor for this, make sure to educate yourself on hormone regimens --.. Hudson's FTM Resource Guide.. has several links that will help you glean information on hormone regimes (as well as several other bits of advice) as well as.. Nick Gorton.. org.. However, transmen usually do experience significant increase in energy and sex drive, gradual increase in strength, some periods of anxiety and aggressiveness, and some clarity of emotion.. If they are genetically predisposed to it, they can experience male pattern hair loss.. Facial hair growth will increase over several months, but the amount and quality can be variable.. It is possible that after full transition, a person's facial and body hair might still be fine and sparse -- genetics once again play a big part, here.. Fortunately, most of the FTM surgeries do not fall under cosmetic classification (top surgery and hysterectomy are covered by health care).. Unfortunately, however, transitioning FTM requires several major surgeries (hysterectomy, mastectomy, and a number of options for GRS surgery).. FTMs are lucky in the beginning of the process, because they can pass very quickly (unfortunately, they have the much harder time on the surgery side of things).. Testosterone will actually help deepen their voices considerably.. Sexual Reassignment Surgery (or Gender Reassignment Surgery, as it's starting to be called) is very different depending on the direction of transition.. For female-to-male transfolk, several surgeries are involoved.. The first is mastectomy, the second is hysterectomy, and then there are anywhere between one and three bottom surgeries, depending on the mode preferred.. In the case of phalloplasty, for example, the first bottom surgery constructs the male parts using skin grafts taken from forearm or thigh, and the second takes place usually a year afterward, to install a pump for functionality (a third surgery is required to construct the testicles).. Unfortunately, the bottom surgeries are not as perfected, results tend to be mixed, and satisfaction with this part of the process is much lower than with MTFs.. We remain on the lookout for a clinic that has better-perfected this procedure, but much of the trouble resides in the fact that constructing a functioning penis is a very difficult feat to accomplish.. Maybe someday, we can do transplants.. :D.. Surgical results always depend on the procedures used, and the individual's ability to recover.. The older a person is, the less resilient they are, and the more difficulties there can be.. FTMs have the unfortunate situation of having several surgeries to undergo, and the bottom surgeries still have mixed results.. -- For many FTM's this is the first and most life-changing surgery.. There's no more binding or layering up and it's easier to pass -- great to be able to wear just a t-shirt in the summer.. There are two main types of top surgery.. One is double incision and is better suited for bigger chested guys.. Two incisions are made under the pecs and these are used to remove excess tissue and excess skin.. The nipples and aeriolas are taken right off, re-sized and grafted back on in the proper location.. The downside is that there will always be scars.. Depending on how well or badly the person scars and how hairy they are, the scars may or may not be noticable.. They do fade eventually.. The scars may be two straight or curved lines under the pecs and they may also meet in the middle.. Some surgeons are not very good at re-sizing nipples and their patients may end up with 2 circles of aeriola and no actual nipple in the middle but that can be fixed later or just pierce the middle and voila, you have a nipple.. Better yet, if your nipples are small enough to pass, just ask the surgeon to leave the nipple attached to the aeriola and just resize that.. (note: although double-incision is a procedure of choice among doctors in Alberta, there is a high rate of failure when it comes to the nipple part of the surgery.. The majority of FTMs I've known who had nipples removed during surgery have ultimately lost them and much of the feeling in that region.. If you're particularily attached to yours, you might want to see if other procedures are an option.. ).. The other type of surgery is better suited to small chested guys and comes in a couple of variations, it may be called keyhole or peri-aeriolar and it varies between surgeons and the size of the chest if skin is removed and how much.. Some surgeons do this as a two stage surgery, first removing excess tissue by going in at the side or bottom of the aeriola and a few months later after seeing how much the skin contracts they may cut around the aeriola and remove excess skin.. If this is done on bigger chested guys, there is too much skin to remove to be able to close it nicely around the aeriola which may result in pleats in the skin and a not so good result.. The only scar is around the aeriola so this can be a very nice result if it goes well.. Both procedures might have problems with too much tissue being left or (worse) not enough.. Nipples can get infected or end up looking misshapen.. With double incision, skin might bunch up at the ends of the incisions (dog ears) and with peri-aeriolar, it might pleat around the nipple.. Some surgeons will do fix-ups on their work for free.. Otherwise, talk to AHC about needing a revision and see if they will cover it.. Most guys will probably not need a revision.. When choosing a surgeon, ask around.. The main  ...   and urethra extended just like when doing a meta but that is where the similarities end.. The penis is made from flesh, muscle and nerve tissue taken from elsewhere on the body.. The clinic that Alberta Health refers to (Montreal) usually takes the skin graft from a person's left arm, based on a set template.. The clitoris is cut off and nerves from it attached to nerves from the arm microsurgically.. The new penis will slowly regain feeling as the nerves grow and reconnect.. Before having this surgery, hair removal of the arm is required but if the person is hairy, in most cases the hair tends to grow back.. Not that having a hairy penis is the end of the world but it can cause problems in the urethra because the urethra inside the new penis is also made from skin from the arm.. The urethra of the phalloplasty is also more complicated than the urethra of the meta because it has two joints, one where the old urethra is extended upwards to the base of the penis and one where the extension connects to the new penis.. For pre-phalloplasty preparation, laser hair removal or electrolysis on the arm hair where the skin graft will be taking place is recommended.. Otherwise, the remaining hairs growing back within the urethra can be a painful thing to endure.. If you have smaller arms, it is also recommended to beef them up early.. If the phallo template wraps completely around your arm or falls short, it could affect the result of the surgery significantly.. The first part of the surgery is creating the penis.. It requires 3 weeks in Montreal.. Some guys will need physical therapy for the arm after surgery to get it's mobility and strength back.. An erectile implant can be inserted 9 months after the first surgery.. A cylinder is inserted into the penis and a pump and reservoir into the belly usually going through the old scar from the hysto.. A bulb in the groin is used to pump the fluid from the reservoir into the cylinder to make the penis hard.. The testicle implants can be done 6 months later.. The complication rate is almost 100%.. Sometimes there are complications with the urethra, stricture or fistula like with the meta.. Sometimes there are complications with the erectile device.. Infection can also happen both with the penis and arm.. Normally the complications can be worked out and everything works out in the end but it can take some time and extra surgeries before that happens.. The scar on the arm will be noticable and people will ask about it but most guys just make up a story about how it happened, got burned, had a car accident etc.. This procedure yields the most realistic-looking result thus far, but is not erectile until the second surgery to insert the prosthetic pump implant.. After this appliance is in place and healed, the new penis can be used for vaginal penetration.. There has been some development in using a dual pump to strengthen the penis more (i.. for anal penetration), but this cannot always be done.. -- The Centurion is a variation of metoidioplasty in which the ligaments from the sides of the labia are freed from the labia majora, and brought together along the clitoris to provide girth for the new penis.. This leaves a hollowed-out area for a pocket for scrotal implants.. The labia major are later joined to form a scrotal sac.. A urethral extension to the tip of the new penis is formed by joining skin flaps around a catheter that runs along the underside of the clitoris.. The catheter remains in place for about two weeks until the new urethral extension has healed.. It is a natural looking but small penis with full sensation.. Erection occurs unassisted.. The resulting penis is usually quite small, however, and usually can't be used for penetration.. Currently, this procedure is only being performed by the surgeon who invented it, Dr.. Raphael, in Texas.. Forthcoming Surgical Procedures.. -- When information about new alternatives arise, we will add as much as we can verify.. As with any procedure, there is always risk of infection.. With FTM bottom surgeries, especially phalloplasty, it is crucial to watch out for bladder or urinary tract infections, as they can have quick onset, spread rapidly and become severe.. Watch carefully for signs of infection and have it addressed as early as possible.. Although transmen are largely psychologically male, they do not have the benefit of having been socialized (raised) as such by through adolescence, with parents to guide them into what they're supposed to know, and peers to share the things that they're supposedly.. This not only means that they are at a disadvantage in the beginning regarding things like dating, male bonding and the like, they are also coming into a world where men are expected to be aloof and stoic, while they once had the ability to be warmer and more expressive.. --.. to someone, your origins in the other gender may become a recurring point of contention in the relationship -- it may be thrown in your face frequently, or your partner may start seeking out your female traits (physical, personality, etc.. If this doesn't happen, then at the very least there is still the risk that in your partner's eyes, you might cease to be the buff guy who likes club music and visiting the art galleries and become just the transsexual -- as if there are no other interesting facets about you beyond that point.. This can especially be a problem in that transmen are psychologically male (or at least mostly so), but the stigma of being transsexual will often make others think of you more as female or ex-female, than male.. your partner is ultimately going to find out, either because of the way you pass or because her or his life overlaps your old female life in any way, or for any other reason, earlier is undoubtedly better -- there is always a far greater feeling of betrayal if it is felt that a truth has been hidden for a longer period of time.. And if your partner sees herself as strictly gay or sees himself as strictly straight, be prepared for this person to need some time to reassess things.. Additional Resources.. : Medical therapy and health maintenance for transgender men -- a guide for health care providers.. FTM International.. The Transitional Male.. FTM Passing Tips.. FTM Alliance.. TransMan's Information Project.. FTM Network (UK).. The Whizzinator Packing Harness.. : An easy to conceal, easy to use urinating device with a very realistic prosthetic penis.. Important --.. Catheter Use and Warnings.. : University of Ottawa instructions on urinary catheter usage pertaining to some packing devices.. Packing Harness Instructions.. : To make a cheap packing harness.. Prosthetics for FTM's.. : A great place to buy soft packs cheap..

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  • Title: AlbertaTrans.org Local Resources
    Descriptive info: Support.. Nightclubs / Restaurants.. Clothing / Shopping.. Services.. Medical Professionals.. Faith.. Local Community.. A current roster of meeting groups in Alberta and their information links.. (Additional information, meeting times, etc.. can be found in.. , below):.. Edmonton:.. Alberta Trans Peer Support Network.. Illusions Social Club of Edmonton.. Reflections.. The Pride Centre of Edmonton.. TTIQ.. Calgary:.. Calgary Girlfriends.. Calgary Outlink.. Illusions Social Club of Calgary.. New Directions.. Red Deer and Rural:.. Illusions Social Club of Red Deer.. PFLAG Canada Toll-Free Gender Question Line:.. 1-888-822-9494.. Edmonton.. Alberta Trans Peer Support Group.. : Currently consists of a Yahoo Group, and an Edmonton group which meets 2:00 - 4:00, the first and third Sundays of every month, at the Pride Center (9540 - 111 Avenue).. These forums have been created as a safe haven for Trans related discussions.. It is open to Alberta Transsexual, Transgendered, Intersexed, Two-Spirited and Questioning individuals at any point in transition.. DECSA: Transitions.. : A program designed to provide women and transgendered people with skills and program support to promote leaving the sex trade and living healthier and safer lifestyles through involvement in other programs, education or employment.. Edmonton Transgender Support Line.. : (780) 488-3234.. Edmonton Police Service Hate and Bias Crime Unit.. : The City Police Service unit devoted to investigating violence, threats and other crimes levelled against our community simply because of who we are.. There is also an established.. LGBTQ Liaison Committee.. that can be contacted if there are ever any issues or concerns about the EPS and/or the Hate Crimes Unit.. HIV Edmonton.. : A non-profit organization providing support, information, advocacy and health promotion related to HIV and AIDS.. : A safe, secure, and discreet support group for crossdressers and transgendered individuals.. Lambda Christian Community Church.. : Located at 11148-84 Avenue, Lambda has a mostly trans-friendly congregation, for those wanting to.. OUTreach.. : The UofA's GLBT group.. Pride Center of Edmonton, The.. : Community based resource centre for Edmonton's GLBT communities.. Includes news, resources and programs being offered.. : a safe environment for transgender people and their significant others to discuss and support each other with their journeys in life.. Cross-dressers, transsexuals, transgender individuals, their spouses/significant others are all welcome to attend the events.. However, since there is the possibility of adult discussions, we request that attendees be of mature age.. There are no professionals working with Reflections; it is purely peer support.. Includes a.. Significant Others Support Group.. on the first Thursday of each month, a.. Social Group.. on the second Saturday of each month and a.. Fireside Chat.. on the last Thursday of each month.. : TTIQ is a mixed gender support group for people who identify as transgender, transsexual, intersex or are questioning.. In this space you can share information, educational resources and all things trans related.. It is a place for discussion, support, struggles, celebrations and grief as it relates to your journey of gender discovery.. Meets in Edmonton, second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 - 9:30 at the Pride Center (9540 - 111 Avenue), and with an $8 Brunch on the last Sunday of the month, 12:00 - 2:00 at Prism Bar and Grill (10524 - 101 Street, entry in back).. Youth Understanding Youth.. : A support group providing a warm and friendly place for LGBT, questioning and straight youth (typically under 25) to have fun and learn about themselves in a safe, caring environment.. Two Spirit of Edmonton Circle Society.. : A two-spirited aborginal group which aims to repatriate and enhance traditional roles and responsibilities as two spirit people in Indigenous communities, while creating supportive environments within all societies for contempory two spirit peoples.. Youthsafe.. net.. : a project formed to address the gaps in violence prevention services offered to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgendered and questioning youth in Alberta.. Calgary.. : Province-wide Yahoo Group.. : A group for everyone from CD to TS, dedicated to providing the resources and information for you to look good and feel good (especially inside), then to give you an opportunity to get out and face the world.. Calgary Legacy House.. : A kink community which is also open to transfolk.. Gay Calgary.. : Calgary's resource for Business, Tourism, Events, Bars and Entertainment for the Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Gay Friendly Community.. : A transgendered social and support club especially for crossdressers which meets on the first Friday of every month, 7:00 - 10:00PM, at.. Outlink Centre.. , Room #4, 1230A - 17th Avenue SW (2nd floor), rear entrance.. MiscYouth.. : A website designed to provide and increase education, support and resources with regards to and for gay, bisexual, lesbian, queer, questioning, two-spirited and transidentified (GBLQQTT) youth and the community through youth friendly gatherings and educational programs.. : a TS support group which emerged from Calgary's Illusions, and meets the 3rd Friday of every month, 7:00 at.. : Calgary's GLBT Community organization designed to create networking and community building among all people by providing GLBTQ (Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transsexual / Two Spirited / Questioning) support, education, and resources.. PrideCalgary.. : Committee for the summer Pride Festival in Calgary.. Red Deer.. : They meet the 2nd and last Sundays of the month in a safe location.. For more info, call Dana on Thursday Friday at 1-877-346-8858.. (please.. send.. any information you might have).. Rural.. HIV West Yellowhead.. : An organization providing support, info, advocacy and health promotion related to HIV and AIDS.. Yahoo Groups.. : Currently consists of a Yahoo Group, and an Edmonton group which meets alternating Sundays at the Pride Center.. This forum has been created as a safe haven for Trans related discussions.. CRONE.. : An international list about proper uses of female hormones and related products.. A searchable archive of over 14,200 postings is  ...   Element.. (1006 11th Avenue SW) (they typically have drag shows on Sundays and some Wednesdays).. Shopping.. Edmonton Trans-Friendly Clothing and Shopping.. Addition Elle.. (Mayfield Common - 2109, 8882-170 Street): Plus-sizes clothing.. Alluring Intimates Boutique.. (18, 9977-178 Street, 483-7831): Fetish wear and lingerie.. Annex Hair Design.. (10113 - 81 Avenue, 435-5621).. B D Emporium.. (101-11745 Jasper Avenue, 428-5847): Leather, goth and fetish wear, including custom-made works.. The Breast Form Store.. : A web-based mail-order service located in Richmond B.. which specializes in breast forms at decent prices, as well as pocketed bras.. Bryan's.. (West Edmonton Mall):.. Caprice Consignment Boutique.. (10118 - 124 Street, 488-0240): Consignment clothing store with an excellent reputation in the trans community; contact Glenda.. Dawn's Bratique.. (10507 Kingsway Avenue, 428-2727).. Fifth Avenue Jewellery.. : A web-based mail-order service located in Moose Jaw, SK.. MAC Cosmetics.. (West Edmonton Mall): contact Sherry -- the other staff have also been historically very good.. Nightshade Corsets.. (10832A 124 St.. ): Quality custom-made corsets and bustiers.. Ricki's.. Rodeo Drive.. (11528 - 89 St.. ): Fetish fashion and lingerie; contact Brenda Lee.. Rowena.. (10762-82 Avenue): Fetish wear.. Sanctuary Curio Shoppe.. (10310-81 Avenue): Goth and fetish clothing.. Stitchwitch Custom Corsets.. (11745 Jasper Avenue, 428-5847).. Tall Girl.. Transit Shoes.. Unique Boutique.. (14226 Stony Plain Road): High-end fashions; contact Heidi.. The Wig Boutique.. (10123 - 123 St.. ): excellent quality wigs and great service and advice; contact Pat -- the other staff have also been historically very good.. Calgary Trans-Friendly Clothing and Shopping.. Deva Dave Salon Boutique.. : Professional stylist.. Edmonton Services.. (Please use caution when seeking laser hair removal, and even electrolysis -- these clinics.. are not regulated, and are able to make wild claims without having to live up to them.. Inexperienced persons can also cause lasting damage if not properly supervised.. For laser.. centers, look for a qualified dermasurgeon on staff, and for electrologists, look for a good.. number of years in business).. Glenrose Voice Clinic.. : requires a reference from your doctor.. Grey Nuns Voice Clinic.. Groot DermaSurgery Centre.. (#200, 9670 - 142 Street): Dr.. Nakatsui specializes in top-quality hair transplants.. Jeamie's Electrolysis.. (#209, Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre -- upstairs, 469-2333):.. Laser Sheer Hair Removal.. (#282, West Edmonton Mall, 471-1800):.. Midwest Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Center.. (102, 9145 - 82 Avenue, 469-4704): The facililty does laser hair removal as well as laser surgery and skin rejuvanation.. They have flexible hours, and a qualified surgeon.. Marnie was very thorough, honest and forthright during consultation.. Calgary Services.. Ambber Professional Esthetics Salon Training Centre.. : (4911 Marlborough dr NE, Calgary -- phone before going: 245-0022, ask for Salma.. Note from May 2007: tell her Darla sent you, and you will get her best price.. Champion Laser.. (#222, 1632 - 14 Ave NW -- 2nd floor, North Hill Mall): they have even offered a discount for trans people, in the past.. Very trans-friendly.. Medical personnel have generally not wanted their names posted online.. I have a short list of transgender-friendly doctors in the Edmonton area who are accepting new patients, and am looking to develop a list for Calgary, Red Deer and rural areas as well.. For this list, or if you have additional information that you can provide, please.. contact me.. In Alberta, the practice of medicine is governed by the.. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.. , located at the 9th Floor, 10180-101 Street (Manulife Place), Edmonton.. (does Calgary have a branch? let me know).. In the Edmonton area, you can call them at 423-4764, and in the rest of the province, you can call toll-free at 1-800-561-3899.. You can also email them at.. publicinquiries@cpsa.. ab.. ca.. If you are looking for a General Practitioner who is accepting patients at this time and is open to seeing trans patients, you can put this request to them, and they will do their best to locate one -- however, this can yield mixed results.. With the low number of doctors accepting patients at the moment and high number of those who are uncomfortable with trans concerns or who feel that they don't have the training in this area, they may not be able to locate one close by, but it is certainly worth a try.. If you have a complaint about a physician, they also have an additional toll-free number to address these issues at 1-800-661-4689.. There is a Yahoo group called.. TS-care.. to discuss the positives or negatives about specific doctors (usually more specific to SRS doctors than local G.. s -- it is an international group in scope), if you prefer to do your homework -- it is only asked that if you have a complaint about a particular doctor, that you quantify it with valid reasons, rather than say Dr.. N is a jerk.. For something more local, the.. has some of this kind of discussion at times, as well.. Alberta Health refers GRS surgery to Drs.. Brassard and Menard in Montreal, both for transwomen and transmen.. Their.. Flash-based site.. has an excellent explaination of what their surgeries involve.. Calgary psychologist Dr.. Other surgeons and international medical information:.. Complications of microsurgical phalloplasty in transsexuals.. : research paper.. Michael L.. Brownstein.. : Surgeon specializing in plastic, reconstructive and gender-related surgery.. Feminine Facial Surgery.. :.. FTM Phalloplasty.. : a gathering of information.. GRS/SRS surgery links.. : Many different surgeons on one site.. Marci Bowers.. Phalloplasty movies.. SRS in Japan.. SRS Thailand.. Toby Meltzer MD.. - GRS/SRS surgeon in Scottsdale, Arizona.. Transster.. : FTM surgery pics and information.. Faith (LGBT-Affirming Congregations).. (Garneau United Church): 11148-84 Ave.. 887-8611.. Mill Woods United Church.. : 15 Grand Meadow Cresc.. 463-2202.. Southminster-Steinhauer United Church.. : 10740-19 Ave.. 435-2028.. Unitarian Church of Edmonton.. : 10804-119 St.. 454-8073.. Deer Park United Church.. : 77 Deer Point Road SE.. 278-8263..

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    Descriptive info: (Online resources are welcome to exchange links with us.. If you provide a service to the transgender community, please.. contact.. me.. Online Support Sites.. Yahoo Groups / Forums / Chat.. Mail-Order.. Legal.. Activism.. Wellness.. Culture.. Recommended Reading.. Online Resources by Region.. Treatment Resources for Medical Professionals.. Trans-Academics.. -- A gathering place for scholars interested in gender studies.. Bint el Nas.. -- Site for women who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (including female-to-male and male-to-female trans people in any state of transition), and who are identified ethnically or culturally with the Arab world, regardless of where they live.. Includes writing (articles, poetry, etc.. ), message/chat board, and lists of community resources.. Bodies Like Ours.. -- Intersex community forums / peer support and information for people born with atypical genitalia, as well as education for family members and health professionals.. Working to help eliminate shame, secrecy, and isolation.. Handouts, message boards, research papers, referrals, and much more.. (Website unavailable possibly temporarily).. Coming Out As Transgender.. -- The Human Rights Campaign Foundation's guide and support site.. Deaf Queer Resource Centre.. -- Resources for Deaf LGBT folks.. Extensive links, info, support and chat space, and much more.. Focus on non-trans lesbian/gay but some trans info.. -- A Canadian activist organization working for, among other things, inclusion in the Canadian Human Rights Charter.. EgaleCanada Trans Information and Resource Site.. --.. Ethan St.. Pierre: Radicalguy.. -- An activist and transman who regularily hosts an online podcast and stays on top of issues affecting our community.. -- A listing of FTM information on the web.. GenderEuphoria.. -- A PHP message board forum and chatroom.. GenderTalk.. -- A radio podcast program about transgender issues.. Heartstrong.. -- A website for GLBT persons trying to reconcile their orientation and identity with their religious beliefs, and for people struggling with time spent in religious schools.. The International Core.. -- A website for leather lifestyle, with specific openness to transgendered leatherfolk.. Renee Reyes' Admirer's Handbook.. -- the only.. Renee Reyes' Tgirl's Survival Guid.. e.. Survivor Project.. -- Organization dedicated to addressing the needs of trans and intersex survivors of sexual assault, rape, or domestic violence through caring action, education, and expanding access to resources.. Amazing site filled with great educational resources, survivors' stories, etc.. Tall Teri's Transgender Page.. -- Testimonial from an Albertan encompassing her transition from start to finish.. TransGender Guide.. -- to provide the Transgender community with quality resources, services and information.. TransFM.. -- A network of talk shows broadcast by Transgender, Transsexual, Genderqueer or Intersex people.. Transgender Day Of Remembrance.. : The ongoing memorial which takes place annually, around November 11th, in conjunction with the.. Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation.. -- Dedicated to funding research and education about transgender issues to build a brighter future for all TransKids.. -- A photo repository of female to male (FTM) gender reassignment surgeries.. Emergence.. -- A group for Christian transsexuals.. HandiTrans.. -- Listserv for trans people with disabilities, caregivers of trans people with disabilities, and allies.. Mentally Ill Underground Queers.. -- Listserv for LGBT people who are mentally ill and part of an underground culture (punks, goths, etc.. ), to talk about our trials that come from living in so many alternative cultures and discuss therapy, medication and stabilization.. QueerDisability.. -- Listserv for the development of ideas, challenging existing norms, and providing information for the Q/D community.. This list is not a personal support group.. The Successful Crossdresser.. : A group for CDs and their partners who wish to make positive changes in our ideas, attitudes, lives and public perception of who we are.. Temenos Two-Spirit LGBTI Community.. -- News, message board, recommended books, mailing lists.. TG Christians.. TransgenderPDD.. -- Listserv for individuals who have lives that have been touched by both Pervasive Developmental Disorders (autism, Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, PDD, Attention Deficit Disorder, or similar) and Gender Identity issues.. TransJews.. -- Listserv for trans Jews and loved ones, focusing on discussion of how Judaism/Jewish culture affects gender experiences -- and vice-versa.. All levels of observance and backgrounds welcome.. Online Mail-Order.. FemImage.. : Denae Doyle's Feminine Movement series of instructional DVDs.. Finding Your Female Voice.. : Andrea James' and Calpernia Addams' instructional DVDs / videos.. Make Your Own Shoes Online.. : Having trouble finding the right sizes anywhere? There is also a book for sale online that can teach you to make your own -- a perfect fit!.. The Mango.. : An excellent FTM prosthesis.. Legal Resources.. Changing Legal Gender Assignment in Canada.. -- Wikipedia entry.. Gender Advocacy Internet News.. -- A free internet news service (mail list) run by Gender Education Advocacy and It's Time America.. Social, political,  ...   movement; Wikipedia entry.. Sylvia Rivera (1951-2002).. -- early transgender activist; Wikipedia entry.. Many accounts at that time state that it was she who had initiated the Stonewall riots -- but this has also been contested and denied by writers since, mostly to justify the Gay community's abandonment of transgender causes in the mid-'70s.. 1977, Renee Richards.. has ban overturned which had prevented her from playing tennis in.. U.. Open as a woman.. Patrick Califia (1952-present).. -- Writer on women's sexuality and alternate lifestyles, as well as erotic fiction, essays and poetry.. Previously well-known in the lesbian community, where he championed many causes and wrote extensively.. although he has been somewhat abandoned by said community since transitioning.. Georgina Beyer (1957-present).. New Zealand's.. (and the world's) first transsexual mayor (1995) and member of parliament (1999).. 2002, Gwen Araujo.. is murdered.. activism and publicity surrounding the court case eventually leads to legislation (Justice for Victims Act;.. California, U.. ) which opposes a defendant's use of societal bias against their victim in order to decrease their own culpability for a crime.. Online Activism.. (website currently down).. NCTE's 52 Things You Can Do For Transgender Equality.. -- Each week during 2006, we will feature an idea for action that you can take at a local level.. Some will be challenging, some will be simple; all are effective ideas and we will include links, resources and thoughts to help you get started.. Some are things you can do on your own, while others are ideas for local groups to work on.. Transgender Day of Remembrance.. -- The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the.. web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999.. (See also the.. Vancouver TDOR Yahoo Group.. ).. TransInternational.. -- A new international trans group.. We hope to do much of the international work that is lacking in our community.. Healthcare access, workplace rights, UN charter challenge, etc.. Online Wellness.. Trans-Health.. -- diet, fitness and other advice specifically designed for M2F and F2M body types.. The Transgender Health Program.. in Vancouver -- an impressive library of information.. -- an active Yahoo Group discussing medical issues for both pre- and post-op transsexuals.. The Cliks.. -- An emerging rock band featuring a lead singer who is FTM.. Recommended Reading:.. For Transgendered persons who have come to accept who they are and are interested in the science and history of transgender culture:.. The Riddle of Gender.. by Deborah Rudacille.. (paperback at Amazon.. ca).. For Significant Others, Friends, Families, Acquaintances and anyone coming to terms with another's transition:.. True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism--For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals.. by Mildred L.. Brown and Chloe Ann Rounsley.. Online Reading (Academic / Psychology):.. The Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, Inc.. -- the medical guidebook on gender identity, and treatment.. Anne Vitale PhD: Notes on Gender Role Transition.. -- writings from a Psychologist specializing in GID, with links and resources.. Online Reading (Scientific / Medical):.. Genital Reassignment Surgery In Montreal.. -- Flash-based site by respected surgeons which describes in detail the various procedures they can do.. Menard and Brassard are often the doctors to whom Alberta Health refers.. Online Reading (Personal Stories):.. -- a website covering various aspects of transition in detail, along with personal reflections.. Melanie Anne Phillips.. -- Melanie's diary, as well as information and links.. -- a wonderful site courtesy of Lynn Conway, featuring some of the many women who've transitioned successfully, offering encouragement.. Online Reading (for Youth):.. Online Reading (Political):.. Online Reading (for Significant Others, Friends, Family, Aquaintances):.. Transfamily.. Pflag.. -- probably the best links for parents, family and friends of transpeople.. Pflag is primarily gay/lesbian, and Transfamily is very underdeveloped.. However, they are probably the best resouces available for SOFFAs (Significant Others, Families, Friends and Acquaintances) at this time.. Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE).. -- also provides support for children of Transfolk.. Straight Spouse Network.. -- also provides support for spouses of transpeople.. Online Reading (Miscellaneous):.. -- Calpernia Addams' invaluable site, detailing all the necessary considerations and steps to be taken along the way, primarily for MTFs.. Groups by State.. Massachusetts.. GenderCrash.. is an on-line resource for the Boston transgender and genderqueer communities and for free thinkers of all kinds, everywhere.. Washington State.. Washington Gender Alliance.. is a gender support and educational group.. K.. and International.. Groups by Location.. Asia:.. Transgender Asia.. -- Links to transgender support, information, advocacy, education, and research websites in Asian countries and/or in Asian languages..

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  • Title: AlbertaTrans.org Significant Others, Friends, Families and Acquaintances
    Descriptive info: This section is still awaiting development.. We are hoping to develop a page with additional information to help others understand the trans condition, how to support a transperson, and how to cope with their own emotional turmoil and questions.. In the meantime,.. is an invaluable reference for those struggling to understand.. For employers and co-workers, we do have a resource page for.. transgender people in  ...   face-to-face support and assistance to significant others, and for all friends / family / partners / acquaintances, there is an online support mailing list operated by a parent in Calgary (.. to forward your email address) -- there are also.. groups in Edmonton and Calgary.. Articles for:.. Significant Others.. Families.. Friends.. Acquaintances / Coworkers.. Employers.. Dating a Transsexual.. Crossdressers' Wives.. TransKidsFamily.. -- discussion list.. TransFamiliesCanada..

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  • Title: AlbertaTrans.org
    Descriptive info: Please contact us using the form following below, which we use to avoid being put onto SPAM lists.. We do not speak for the Edmonton or Calgary Communities and do not operate any of the Alberta-area groups, although we will help you as best we can.. -- Thank you.. Name:.. Email address:.. Comments.. Powered by thesitewizard.. com..

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  • Title: AlbertaTrans.org
    Descriptive info: Documents indicated with an asterisk(*) are available for community organizations to print, distribute and -- in the cases of trans-related and ally organizations outside Alberta -- adapt for their use (note:.. anything that will retain the albertatrans.. org name and logo, i.. the PDF brochures, should not be altered.. , but the text can be copied and used in other documents).. Publications linked to off-site and not indicated with an asterisk are subject to those organizations' or websites' reprint policies.. AlbertaTrans.. org does not pretend to speak for all trans identities, we simply do our best for those we understand, to the best of our knowledge and ability.. We welcome other opinions  ...   the time being.. AT.. org Brochures:.. Transsexuality: What It Is, What It Isn't.. *.. : An introduction to transsexual-specific subjects.. Transgender People in the Workplace.. : A guide for employers and co-workers for when someone transitions at work.. Why Sex Change Surgery is Medically Necessary.. *.. Safe Dating, the Silent Alarm and Signs of Predation*.. (old brochure format.. frontside.. backside.. text version.. ): Ways to help stay safe when dating new people.. org Articles:.. Transgender Needs Assessment.. Related Documents and Articles on the Internet :.. Medi.. a:.. National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Stylebook.. Med.. ic.. al:.. American Medical Association Policy Statement on Transsexual Care.. Youth.. Social Issues (Dating, Suicide, Violence, etc.. ):..

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  • Title: AlbertaTrans.org CDs
    Descriptive info: Marriage And The Transgendered Person.. Coping With A Dual Identity.. Going Out: Tips.. Make-up.. Flatter Your Figure.. Body Shaping.. Wigs.. Feminine Movement.. Voice Training.. Performing Drag.. Note: this page is still in development, and contributions to fill out portions are welcome and appreciated.. Crossdressing and Drag.. While some of the following is also useful to male-to-female transsexuals, most of the following assumes that you are.. interested in or considering transitioning.. Perhaps also because of difficulties with transition (potential loss of friends / loved ones, social biases) some of you choose not to change (or to wait) -- and also become a part of the crossdressing community.. Marriage and the Transgendered Person.. (In development -- I wish to have this written and discussed by people more successful than I at achieving this.. How To  ...   beginning; this danger is also not necessarily limited to men).. Coping With a Dual Identity.. For the purposes of discussion here, we are.. talking about a split personality, multiple personality disorder or anything near schizophrenia.. We are talking about people who have a single identity but feel that that single identity needs to present alternately as male and as female on different occasions.. There are also people who are transsexual at heart and fully identify as female, but need to express themselves as male at times, because of life circumstances (their career, their spouse / children, their extended family, their financial limitations, their medical limitations, etc.. ) -- which in the transgender spectrum is arguably the hardest path of all that one might have to take.. Asia Carrera has a good.. website for tips..

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  • Title: AlbertaTrans.org
    Descriptive info: Two-Spirit Tradition.. Note: The term Two-Spirit is sometimes wrongly co-opted by transgender communities to denote a sense of being bi-gendered or gender variant.. org considers this to be an incorrect and harmful misappropriation of an important cultural concept, and does not support this misinterpretation.. Two-Spirit refers to a collection of countless Native traditions (some of which have been since lost by the subversion of Native culture through westernization, Christianization and even genocide) that allow for gender-diverse expression and sexuality, covering the full range of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, as well as intersex and other gender-variant people.. A rough generalization of the tradition is that it was sometimes thought that Two-Spirits had two spirits inhabiting the same body, and consequently of potentially great power and blessing -- but it is important to note that traditions varied greatly among different tribes ( two-spirit is a blanket term created in 1990 to encompass a wide range of beliefs among Native peoples, to replace the derogatory berdache that has been used in historical texts), and that a few tribes may not have had two-spirit understanding.. Two-spirit tradition existed freely in North America as late as 1930 (with the Klamath in the Pacific Northwest), before being driven into  ...   his dogs, because they crossdressed or had same-sex partners.. Spaniards committed similar genocides in the Antilles and Louisiana.. It is partly for this reason that some Native peoples and organizations are afraid to re-embrace two-spirit understanding.. The term two-spirit comes from the Ojibwa words niizh manidoowag (two-spirits).. It is chosen as a means to distance Native/First Nations people from non-Natives, as well as from the words berdache and gay.. (The older term of berdache had been French in origin, and is derived from Arabic and Eastern words meaning kept boy or male prostitute.. ).. Two-spirit traditions were most notable among the Lakota, Ojibwa, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Mojave, Navajo and Cree tribes, but certainly not limited to them.. Two-spirited childrens' gender could be determined at puberty, based on their inclination toward masculine or feminine activities, and often accompanied by visions.. In the last century, modern Christianity had evangelized, indoctrinated and destroyed many Native traditions, and two-spirit people are only now just re-emerging from homophobic stigmas.. Two-Spirit R.. esources:.. 2SPR.. : Two-Spirit Press Room, a GLBT Native media and cultural literacy project.. Healing Our Spirit.. : a B.. -based Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Society.. Turtle Island Native Network.. Two-Spirited People of the First Nations.. (Toronto-based), a.. 2spirits.. com.. Two-Spirit Links..

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