This website covers various aspects of male-to-female transsexualism, now often referred to as Gender Identity Dysphoria (GID).
Most of the articles were originally written around my own transition in 2000, when I was doing a lot of research. There have been no major changes since 2004, although I occasionally make small updates, corrections or additions when these seem important or of particular interest to me (e.g. medical developments). The site is thus largely historical in nature, it represents a snapshot of an extraordinary period around the turn of millennia which was truly transformational for transsexual women.
Most people now personally know someone who is transgender - a family member, class mate, friend, work colleague, etc. Transwomen are no longer rare freaks, and this is changing attitudes to the point that going deep stealth after transition is no longer the obvious goal of a passable transwoman. Other key developments include:
I'm going to be controversial in my belief that some of these complaints are valid - and may get even worse if proposals to allow people to self-certify their gender (regardless of any medical treatment) start to become law.
In the UK, the Gender Recognition Act 2004 combines gender (a mental and lifestyle attribute) with sex (a physical attribute which includes sexual intercourse and reproduction). As a result, it has become easy to legally change both gender and sex from male to female, or vice-versa, without having had any medical treatment. The requirements are filling in a form, finding a registered doctor who will sign it, and paying the requisite fee - and about a month later a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) will arrive in the post. The UK is now in the extraordinary situation where someone can be legally female whilst physically still a fertile male with a fully functional penis. One example of the appalling consequences of this situation is David Thompson. Whilst on remand for grievous bodily harm, burglary, multiple rapes and other sexual offences against women - he applied for and obtained obtained a female GRC as Karen White. When subsequently convicted as a male paedophile, her GRC meant that 'she' was sent to a women-only prison despite still having had no hormone treatment or genital surgery. Within a few weeks Karen had raped or sexually assaulted four fellow prisoners. Leeds Crown Court later described Karen as a "predator who was a danger to women and children".
Extreme and polarised views are dominating now dominating the transgender agenda in the UK and in other western countries, for example lesbian women who refuse to engage intimately with self-labelled 'lesbian' transwomen who have not had "bottom surgery" (i.e. still have a penis) are being called "transphobic'. Supposed transphobic behaviour (e.g. posting a comment on Twitter that a post-SRS neovagina "goes nowhere") has become so unacceptable in the UK that it can lead to an unannounced police visit, with a formal warning that "whilst a criminal offence has not been committed, you now have civil offence record for a hate incident". I find it impossible to defend this situation - it's a modern incarnation of the Thought Police in George Orwell's novel 1984.
In the UK the GRA2004 is currently being reviewed, with the expected outcome being a 'simplified' Gender Recognition procedure where people can self-declare their gender with no medical assessment required, and this declaration will be legally binding. I fear that this will be a triumph of the views of a very small but very vocal trans-lobby, with the rights, safety and best interests of women with a vagina (yes, I'm including constructed neo-vagina's) being subordinated to anyone with a penis.
Over the years I've met several very scary (both physically and behaviourally) supposedly transgender 'women' who probably had had no medical treatment. The prospect of being legally forced to share with them women's toilets, women's changing rooms, women's hospital wards, etc., is very uncomfortable. Some countries such as Japan (since 2002) and Sweden (until 2013) require an applicant requesting a legal change sex to have been sterilized (e.g. orchiectomy) or have completed sex-assignment surgery before this is granted. There is a lot of opposition to such rules, but I personally consider they are the least worst hurdle (excluding intersex sufferers) to set for a very serious matter.
I hope that some of the information presented here might still be helpful. 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.