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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Transition, or Metamorphosis?

Gillian Cameron is the author and illuminator of Calogrenant. We featured her work here last May. I highly recommend that anyone who hasn't been following her epic story of Cally treat themselves.  

Today, we are featuring a look at a rare post by Gillian to her blog, Mythcongeniality

For Gillian, words are important. She writes:

"Another cartoonist who does a trans comic posted a panel the other day that’s been sticking in my mind. She stated that transition is not a metamorphosis or a transformation, but simply a transition. I beg to differ."

She calls her post Metamorphosis... 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Coping without

"As a part-time girl, operating under what can at times be difficult circumstances, there are inevitably times when I can’t be who I want to be."

Siobhan discusses a topic many of us can relate to in Coping Without, from her blog, Siobhan Hapgood.

Who is Siobhan?  In her words:

Most of the time, I’m a fairly normal bloke. When time permits though, I’m an utterly gorgeous redhead who likes her dresses on the short side, a little too much make up and the occasional outing in skinny trousers. Oh, and we both like very small trains, (British Rail steam/diesel transition period in N gauge), Gilbert and Sullivan operas, early Bowie, (the jury is still out on anything after ‘Alladin Sane’), ‘Frasier’, anything to do with Sherlock Holmes, silver jewellery and ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’, (the old black and white TV series with Richard Greene where Maid Marion wears a lovely pointy bra).

Read more, here.

Monday, March 23, 2015

HELP!..... I Forgot I am Transsexual...........

Being transsexual is an interesting and seemingly never ending journey, living as your true self and surgery is not the end of the journey.


Read what April has to say about all of this by going HERE.   

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Identity fusion predicts gender reassignment surgery

This sounds like another one of those "trans-clinical" posts.....and it is.

I feel that this post is well worth the time to read, so let me break it down into something some of you may relate to:  

You've always had some identity with the opposite gender.  You meet someone with the same feelings.  You become friends and, perhaps find others who are like minded.  Your feelings (as in gender dysphoria) explode.  From there you might take your in-the-closet crossdressing outside the closet, and join in with your new friend(s) crossdressing in public.  And, so it goes.  Transition could eventually be the result.   Some in the psychology world may credit my simplistic analogy to Identity Fusion.

Per Wiki:

Identity Fusion - Identity fusion is a unique form of alignment with groups in which members experience a visceral sense of oneness with the group. The construct relies on a distinction between the personal self and the social self. The personal self refers to the characteristics that make someone a unique individual (e.g., tall, old, intelligent), while the social self pertains to the characteristics that align the individual with groups (e.g., American, fraternity brother, student council member, etc.). As the name suggests, identity fusion involves the union of the personal and social selves.

If you've read this far down the page, and you're still interested, you are going to want to read, Identity fusion predicts gender reassignment surgery on Third Way Trans.

The author of this post, having been there, done that, is certainly in a position to promote this theory:

I am someone who transitioned MTF at age 19 because I thought there was no other way. However, 20 years later I returned back to male presentation and identity. Through the healing of my trauma, reconnecting to my body, and studying psychology, I discovered that my issues were not founded in an essential identity at all and could have been worked through in a different way.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Them vs. Us

Diana is one of the most prolific bloggers listed on T-Central.  You will almost always see Diana's Little Corner in the Nutmeg State near the top of the list. She posts just about every day and sometimes more than once a day.

In 2014, Diana had 664 posts!  That is nearly 2 posts per day, which really shames me, a very infrequent blogger.  In 2006, Diana's first year of blogging, at least with the Blogger app, she had 377 posts.  This girl is one serious blogger! 

Bloggers evolve over time.  In Diana's case, she has become quite the trans activist over the years, nearly always posting something related to trans rights.

I thought it was about time to feature one of Diana's posts.  Why not go with one that might be a tad bit controversial?  Them vs. Us is an interesting post, to say the least.  

Just who is, "Them"?

Wrong answer!  Not who you think.

Read the post and form your own opinions. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Language and Transwomen's Place

This one is for those of you who consider yourself the more "clinical" of the T-World.  I put myself in that category and really enjoyed the thoughts set forth in this featured blog post.

Katerina is into language.  I mean she is REALLY into language.  In this case, she has a lot to say about MtF passing and just how women speak, in general.  Vocal pitch aside, think about it:  Do women speak differently from men?  Darn right (or is it damn right?) they do, and many of us feel that how we speak, the words used (Darn vs Damn, for instance), when presenting as women, is one part of the puzzle in passing.  Katerina questions, from a feminist's point of view, how cis-women speak in general and then questions transwomen who try to develop a female form of speech modeled after the way cis-women speak.

Really, I'm probably just torturing Katerina right now with a very poor synopsis of this blog post.  Best to read it yourself and form your own conclusion.  She's put a lot of thought into this, and it deserves to be read.  This post is just screaming for comments, so please consider leaving your thoughts on Katerina's blog.  The post is titled, Language and Transwomen's Place, from her blog, Gender Lane.

I'll note that Katerina has Google's Content Warning page on her blog.  Nothing to worry about other than a few swear words that you have all seen and heard.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Celluloid Heroes: Thelma and Louise

Time for a fun post.

See what happens in this episode of Two Broke Blogger Girls, when both are snowed-in.

Hint: April and Cass both have smartphones.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mother knows best

How many of you have wanted to explain to your mother that you are transgender....but keep delaying it?

I believe I see a lot of hands raised!

Such as been the case with our featured blogger, formerly known as Dexxy.

She told her mother and also let her mother pick out her new and permanent name.  It's a lovely post that you need to read if you want to know Bexx's new name.

The post is titled, Mother knows best.

Just who is the former Bexx?  This is a blog that has not been featured on T-Central in the past.  As is the case of every blog featured here, it's well written, and from the heart.  You can learn more about her by reading her first post, The end and start of a life journey.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The social significance of wearing a dress

An interesting post from Marian.  While centered around the social significance of wearing a dress, the root of the post is about passing in public.

The Significance of wearing a dress is from Marian's blog, Crossing T's and Dotting I's.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Questions Cis People Ask

She's always got something to say about something!  This time, Sophie answers actual questions she's been asked by the Non-T's of this world.

Some questions are valid.  Some are rude.  All have been answered well by Sophie.

Questions Cis People Ask is from her blog, A Woman Named Sophie.

And, yes, that's Sophie in the picture.  Doesn't she look fab? !!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

What If I Couldn’t Transition? That’s An Interesting Question…

Obviously I want to transition and obviously I’m transgender. Nobody cis looks at transitioning and goes “Hmmm loss of privilege, vastly increased chance of street harassment, lowered life expectancy, strained friendships, damaged job opportunities… sounds tempting! I’ll think about it.”

I am trans. I want to transition, but I don’t need to.

What a great post from Mia!  In this post, she shares her thoughts from a recent counseling session.  The post is titled, What If I Couldn’t Transition? That’s An Interesting Question…, from her terrific blog, Gender Drift.

This is so much good stuff in this blog, I really had trouble deciding which recent post to feature.  You may also want to read, Learning to forgive myself.  

From Mia's About page: "I'm a twenty-something, assigned male at birth, British and currently exploring my own gender identity."

I hope you enjoy reading Mia's thoughts as much as I have.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Does being trans really wreck your life?

".....given that most (we assume most) people just get on with being boys or girls, a few (we assume) have the eternal trouble of puzzling why they don't really feel comfortable in their allotted gender. For my part I have spent time each and every single day without exception since I was a toddler wondering if I'm really some kind of girl."

In short, Sue is trying to say that she's trans.

She's learned to live with it.  Does being trans really wreck your life?  To paraphrase Sue...."not necessarily".  It's a well thought out post, from her blog, Sue's News and Views.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Can you please change to a boy?

Can you please change to a boy?

Who asked, and why?

It's a cute story from Katie, a post from her blog, Katie in the Hall.

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