Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Nicole's transition. . .

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Sacramento: River City Gems

A Resource For Crossdressing and Transgender Support in Sacramento and Northern California

The River City Gems are a social and support group for crossdressers, their partners, and their families. We are based in Sacramento and have members from all over Northern California and neighboring states.

Our primary goal is to provide crossdressers and their significant others with opportunities to socialize in a personally affirming, safe, and supportive environment. We also strive to raise awareness of crossdressing and to promote a positive image of our community to business owners, the media, and the general public. But most of all, we like to have fun! The joy we feel in being who we are is captured in our motto, “Celebrating Feminine Expression.”

We range in age from our twenties through our seventies and come from diverse backgrounds. We are businesspeople, teachers, truck drivers, lawyers, and artists. We are parents, siblings, employees and bosses. In other words, apart from our gender gift, we are ordinary people – just like you. . . .

New club night for transgender Christchurch

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News
By News Staff - 19th December 2007

Miss Hollywood - Christchurch drag personality and owner of Diva's Boutique - will launch a club night in the New Year especially for transgender people, cross-dressers, their friends and admirers.

Miss Hollywood
"For so long, cross-dressers and trannies have been coming up to me saying how much they would love to have their own 'tranny bar' here in Christchurch," says Miss Hollywood.

Called Lipstick, it will be the only regular event of its kind currently available in New Zealand catering to the transgendered community.

"Lipstick will be a great new opportunity for trannies, cross-dressers and their friends to meet up weekly for a few drinks and enjoy a fabulous social night out," explains Miss Hollywood. "Similar tranny nights have all been very popular overseas in Europe and Australia.". . .

Less invasive hysterectomy okay for transsexuals

December 18, 2007

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Total laparoscopic hysterectomy, a type of minimally invasive "key-hole" surgery, is suitable for removing the uterus in female-to-male transsexuals, according to a report in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Transsexuals are individuals with a gender identity that is opposite to their biological sex. Some transsexuals undergo sexual reassignment surgery in an effort to match their appearance to their gender identity.

Hysterectomies often involve an incision in the wall of the vagina. With female-to-male transsexuals, however, this is often not possible because many of the patients have taken testosterone, a hormone that thins the vaginal walls, making them unsuitable for these procedures.

With total laparoscopic hysterectomy, by contrast, incisions are made only in the abdominal wall, not inside the vagina.

In their study, Dr. Katherine A. O'Hanlan, from Gynecologic Oncology Associates in Portola Valley, California, and colleagues reviewed the outcomes of all patients who underwent total laparoscopic hysterectomy at one center since September 1996. Of the 593 patients studied, 41 were transsexuals. . . .

Gay Ind. teen sues school that wouldn't let him go to prom in a dress

Kevin "K.K." Logan is suing his principal for not letting him attend prom because he was wearing a dress.

By Mallory Simon
Court TV

When Kevin Logan went to his high school prom in 2006, he was hoping it would be a night to remember. What he'll remember, though, will be standing outside in the parking lot while his classmates danced inside.

As Logan walked up to the prom, clad in a pink prom dress, West Side High School Principal Diana Rouse blocked the doorway and refused to let him inside.

Logan, who goes by the name "K.K." and describes himself as a gay bisexual male, filed a suit Dec. 12 against Rouse and the school board, claiming they violated his civil rights by denying him entrance to the prom based on his attire.

"What should have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Logan to share memories with friends before graduation became an episode of humiliation and exclusion," the suit states.

When contacted by phone, Rouse declined to speak, referring comment to the school board public information spokesperson before hanging up. The school board declined to comment because of the pending litigation. . . .

Boy registered as girl


A Welsh mum reckons her son will be a laughing stock after he was registered as a girl.

Rachel Chick, 22, demanded a fresh birth certificate giving the correct sex of Ieuan James Jones, reports The Sun.

But she claims an official told her the mistake had been permanently logged in their computer and could not be changed.

Instead, they issued her with a new document listing nine-week-old Ieuan as female on the front - with a correction on the back stating he was a boy. . . .



As told to Cara Davis


Craig Andrews ...

We started a network for the guys in November 2001, and were surprised at how many people turned up. We now have 230 members across Australia, and a lot more who just use the website. FTM Australia (FTMA) is basically a support group for men with transsexualism, as well as female-to-male transgender guys, their partners, family, supporters and service providers.

I was assigned female at birth but it wasn’t until I was 13 or 14 years old that I experienced a very strong sense of dislocation. I was deeply depressed, but I honestly didn’t have words for any of it.

My friends now tell me I was constantly telling them through high school that I should have been born a boy. When I later told my friends I wanted to transition, one said, “Come to think of it, I have never thought of you as any particular gender,” and another said, “I wondered when you were going to do that.”

I would have been 23 or 24 years old when I found out it was possible to have treatment. Transitioning was a natural process. I wouldn’t call it exciting. “Exciting” implies that you are doing something outrageous, whereas this was just “relief at last”.

The surgery options for guys [FTM] are a bit limited, but it is not because there is no demand. One member recently put all his savings into surgery and has flown to Belgium where the best work is being done at the moment.

Testosterone affects the genitals to a degree that a surgeon can shape the flesh that is there. It is probably not what you would look at and think “wow”, but for our guys who, in a sense, have never had anything, to then have something that is sensate, erectile and still orgasmic is something to go “wow” about at the end of the day. . . .