(Above) A stellar photo spread of 14 well-known transwomen published by the short lived C*ndy Magazine in 2014
This website covers various aspects of male-to-female transsexualism, now usually referred to as Gender Identity Dysphoria (GID). It was developed in the years around my own transition in 2000 and there have been no major changes since 2004, although I occasionally made small updates, corrections or additions in areas of particular interest to me. I have also reluctantly removed some pages and information of a personal or controversial nature - views and opinions that were the norm in the late 1990's are often now considered unacceptable.
The site was launched during an extraordinary period around the turn of the millennia which was truly transformational for transsexual women. In 2000 the Internet had hundreds of small websites [admittedly often amateurish] published by transgender women on free hosting platforms such as Geocities, which collectively contained a huge amount of helpful information. Fast forward 20 years and these time-consuming websites are sadly long gone - replaced by thousands of social media accounts such as Instagram and Facebook, and easy to make videos on YouTube and TikTok. The content these is often very benign (or get banned!), and heavily focussed on getting lots of views and likes.
Whilst this website is largely historical in nature, I hope that it contains some information that may still be useful and helpful.
The articles often use words such as transsexual and transwoman, which have largely been replaced by the term transgender. The prefix trans is a Latin noun meaning 'across', 'beyond' or 'on the opposite side'. The articles use trans in the context of people making changes to their physical characteristics (hormonal and surgery) and lifestyle in order to match this to their selected gender.
A significant development since c.2014 is the use of the prefix cis, e.g., in words such as ciswomen, cisgendered and cissexual. Cis is actually another Latin term, meaning 'on this side', and is increasingly used in the context of women (usually but not always genetically XX) who were assigned a female gender at birth, and whose bodies and their personal identity have always agreed with this. It does make sense as an alternative to awkward phrases such as "genetically XY women" that I have resorted to in some articles.
I support the recent substitution of the term Gender Confirmation Surgery (GCS) for the very inaccurate term Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) that dates to the 1950's, but due to age of the articles they do extensively use the abbreviation SRS.
The March of Time
It's impossible exaggerate how much things have changed since 2000. For example, in 2020 I was watching TV when I realised that two commercials in a prime-time ad break had featured female models who I knew were MTF transgender - one was for a shampoo brand and the other was for a fashion retailer. Twenty years ago either ad would have resulted in a major story in a Sunday newspaper!
In 2000 there were about 60,000 post-GCS women in the entire world - and most had used a few dozen surgeons (each performing between 50 and 300 procedures a year) whose individual merits were intensely debated within the trans-community. Fast forward to 2020 and a million post-GCS women is probably an underestimation. Thailand has overtaken the USA as the 'market leader' due to the low price and generally high quality of the surgical procedures performed there. Once small clinics in Thailand have now grown into specialist hospitals which each perform up to 3,000 Gender Confirmation surgeries annually (over 90% on foreigners) - more than were being performed in the entire world twenty years ago!
Probably because of the huge increase on the number of transwomen, they are no longer constantly featuring on afternoon television shows or in a tabloid newspaper expose. Transwomen are no longer rare freaks. Most people (particularly in younger age groups) now personally know someone who is transgender - a family member, classmate, friend, work colleague, etc. This is changing attitudes to the extent that going deep stealth after transition is no longer the goal of every transwoman who can pass convincingly as a woman.
Other developments since 2000 include:
I'm always delighted to hear from readers, contrast experiences, and perhaps attempt to answer any questions. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.