General Discussion of Transgender Issues

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  • #46275
    angela_g
    Angela Gardner
    Keymaster

    Questions? Information on transgender issues you’d like to share? This is the place for it!

    #46749
    Panties4danni
    Panties4danni
    Participant

    Good afternoon All,
    I live in the U.S. Virgin Islands, 1,200 south-east of Miami. I am seriously considering transitioning and there is little support here relating to Doctors and hormones. Seriously, none. I am looking for assistance and guidance on how to proceed?
    To put my situation in perspective, imagine you live in a third-world country and you are considering transitioning, what is my best course of action? I can fly state-side but is there a right and wrong way? Can this be accomplished in some type of structured visit(s)?

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Danni

    #46833
    angela_g
    Angela Gardner
    Keymaster

    Danni,
    The Standards of Care were established so professionals (doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists) would have a guide in the treatment of transgender people transitioning genders.
    https://www.wpath.org/publications/soc
    You can download the Standards and read them. You then should find a psychologist in on your island and if they are not familiar with gender transition you can give them the Standards. The other advice is, make a plan. Don’t just leap into things. Read the Standards, and then look for the professionals you need to facilitate. Also have a plan for how to come out to family, friends, co-workers, etc. There is another thread on this Forum dedicated to transition questions. Check it out. Good luck!

    #47087
    MelissaD
    MelissaD
    Participant

    Google is your friend. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/transgender/virgin-islands
    I would start with some therapy for two reasons. First is to help myself cope with and deal with the upcoming changes. The second is they will probably have contacts in the local community or be aware of contacts other clients have made use of. Back before the internet we had the public library. From there we would find a doctors name to get “into the system” and that would open other options to us. Transition is a long process. Mail order for some things like meds is easier today but limiting distance traveled to doctors will minimize stress. I had to travel into NYC about every week or so. Luckily I had days off during the week as it was 2 hours each way plus the office visit, train schedules etc.. it pretty much used up the day for a 1 hour office visit. Best of luck.

    #47635
    malloen
    malloen
    Participant

    I think I’m a transgender male, but I have some questions:

    1: Previously I identified as a woman, and I felt comfortable with it. It’s safe to say I was more tomboy-ish than your average woman, but I was still a woman. I only felt like I should be a man until recently. I noticed that many trans people have felt like their true gender their whole lives, so do I really qualify for being trans?

    2: Can I say I’m transgender if I haven’t actually transitioned, or do I say I want to be transgender? Will I offend anyone by saying I’m transgender before I start the transition?

    Thanks to all who answer my questions!

    #47655
    MelissaD
    MelissaD
    Participant

    Hello malloen,

    Welcome. As to question #1 That’s really up to you to figure out. If you have questions to might try a LGBT counselor to help you sort it all out. They really can be helpful. Have you tried to “butch up” your life and see how that makes you feel? To try being more masculine in your everyday life? You really have not given us much information for a more detailed answer.

    As for question #2 trans is such a wide umbrella these days that anyone one who questions their gender can fall under it.

    Just ALWAYS remember to be true to yourself. Everyone’s journey is different so what someone else needs could be totally wrong for you. You have to walk your path. Avoid group think.

    #47659
    malloen
    malloen
    Participant

    Thanks Melissa! Lucky for me, my wardrobe is mostly gender neutral, so I don’t have to change what I wear too much. However, I look pretty feminine so I’m not sure that will matter. Hopefully I can get a chest binder or something, that would help a lot.

    #47660
    angela_g
    Angela Gardner
    Keymaster

    You can find binders here: https://www.f2mbinders.com/
    Also check or Resources page for FtM resources.

    #48114

    Anonymous

    Thank you for your willingness to provide answers for some tg who had questions.

    #48115

    Anonymous

    Wow, that’s good. Lemme go ahead and suggest this for my tg friend also. Good idea and thank you for the hint.

    #48116

    Anonymous

    Thanks for this source, now I can have my answers here in my head.

    #48236
    torry4738
    torry4738
    Participant

    thanks for information provided!

    #48244
    torry4738
    torry4738
    Participant

    Thank you so much for useful thread! it really helps me, because i want to do a coming out

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