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Transgender Youth and Resilience April 9, 2010

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For the entire article, click here Transgender Youth

Development, Risk, and Resilience of Transgender Youth

Kimberly A. Stieglitz, PhD, RN, PNP-BC
(Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care,
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Transgender youth are a group of people who are interesting, curious, passionate, and self-motivated. Like their peers, transgender youth strive for independence and take risks. However, they experience some unique challenges in figuring out who they are and who they are attracted to in a society that does not understand them.

The stigma they face because of different gender identity expression places them at high risk for becoming victims of discrimination,verbal harassment, and physical violence.The purpose of this article is to explore and describe the literature on the childhood developmentof gender identity and social reactions to nonconforming gender behavior, which in part explain behaviors that place transgender youth at high risk for HIV infection. Related topics include a discussion of common terms used in this article, typical gender identity and sexual development, challenges to development experienced by transgender youth, and HIV risks in transgender youth. The concept of resilience is introduced as a counterbalance for assessment and intervention in practice and future research with transgender youth.


Women Partners of Transgender Men Doing Housework and Emotion Work April 3, 2010

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‘Women’s Work’’? Women Partners of Transgender Men Doing Housework and Emotion Work
CARLA A. PFEFFER Purdue University North Central

Journal of Marriage and Family, February 2010

Despite increasing family studies research on same-sex cohabiters and families, the literature is virtually devoid of transgender and transsexual families. To bridge this gap, I present qualitative research narratives on household labor and emotion work from 50 women partners of transgender and transsexual men. Contrary to much literature on ‘‘same-sex’’ couples,the division of household labor and emotion work within these contemporary families cannot simply be described as egalitarian. Further, although the forms of emotion work and ‘‘gender strategies,’’ ‘‘family myths,’’ and ‘‘accounts’’with which women partners of trans men engage resonate with those from women in (non-trans)heterosexual and lesbian couples, they are also distinct, highlighting tensions among personal agency, politics, and structural inequalities in family life.
Purdue University North Central, Department of SocialSciences, Schwarz Hall 30G, 1401 S US Hwy. 421,Westville, IN 46391 (cpfeffer@pnc.edu).

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Women Partners of Transgender Men

Dr. Milton Diamond and Transgender Research December 23, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in A Biologist Speaks, Commentary, Gender Identity, LGBT, medical, Resources, transgender, transsexual.
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If you have not heard of Professor Milton Diamond at the University of Hawaii, you really should check out his research. He is one of the leading researchers in the field of transgender and intersex science. His website also has links to a large number of resources for LGBT folks.

“Nature loves variety. Society hates it”

Sexual Hormones and the Brain – Part 1 December 21, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in brain, Developmental, Gender Identity, genetics, heredity, in the womb, transgender, transsexual.
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Over the next few days, I’ll be summarizing this article. I can’t print it in it’s entirety due to copyright restrictions. So I’ll summarize the information in bits and pieces.

Stay tuned. This will get interesting.

Sexual Hormones and the Brain: An Essential Alliance for Sexual Identity and Sexual Orientation

Alicia Garcia-Falgueras  Dick F. Swaab Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, an Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Endocrine Development, 2010, vol 17, pp.22-35


The fetal brain develops during the intrauterine period in the male direction through a direct actionof testosterone on the developing nerve cells, or in the female direction through the absence of this hormone surge. In this way, our gender identity (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender) and sexual orientation are programmed or organized into our brain structures when we are still in the womb.

However, since sexual differentiation of the genitals takes place in the first two months of pregnancy and sexual differentiation of the brain starts in the second half of pregnancy, these two processes can be influenced independently, which may result in extreme cases in transsexuality.

This also means that in the event of ambiguous sex at birth, the degree of masculinization of the genitals may not reflect the degree of masculinization of the brain. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender identity or sexual orientation.

Copyright © 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel

Transgender Basics Video and Vocabulary December 20, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in Gender Identity, LGBT, Resources, transgender.
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Transgender Basics – an amazing video from The Center in New York City.

I have also included their glossary of terms, as an educational tool. As always, comments are welcome.


Gender Identity Disorder to be discussed for DSM V December 19, 2009

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American Psychiatric Association appoints a working group on Sexual and Gender Identity disorders. Activists want this term removed, since transgender and transsexual individuals are not mentally ill. But without it, how will transgender individuals get access to necessary health care?

I do not have access to the publication. But if you are interested, I suggest that you email the author of the paper, who advocates change.


Arch Sex Behav. 2009 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Queer Diagnoses: Parallels and Contrasts in the History of Homosexuality, Gender Variance, and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

Drescher J. (more…)

Transgender Health Care – A Real Problem for Real People December 13, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in Gender Identity, Health, Intersex, Legal and Policies, LGBT, medical, transgender.
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Do you know about The Trans PULSE Project? The Trans PULSE Project is a survey whose purpose is to learn more about how discrimination and erasure affect health care services of transgender individuals living in Ontario, Canada.  The Project continues to need volunteers for the survey.  Unfortunately, you have to live in Ontario to participate.

Part of what I find exciting about this project is (more…)

Gay and bisexual identity development among female-to-male transsexuals September 27, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in sexual orientation.

Arch Sex Behav. 2009 Oct;38(5):688-701. Epub 2009 Mar 28.

Gay and bisexual identity development among female-to-male transsexuals in North America: emergence of a transgender sexuality. (more…)

Brains: Males, Transgender and Hormone Therapy September 26, 2009

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These researchers studied the brains of three groups of individuals:  men who are not transgender, MtF transgender individuals before hormone therapy and MtF after hormone therapy.

Bottom line: The brains of the MtF Transsexuals were different from the brains of men who are not transsexual, and these differences appear before hormone therapy and stay that way after hormone therapy.

Also, please do not be offended by the language. I know this is a tough one. Scientists, sadly, are still using words like abnormalities and gender identity disorder. For scientists, these words do not carry judgment. But I know that for the rest of us, they do. There are scientists out there trying to change the language to more accurately reflect that these differences are not abnormalities. Just because something occurs infrequently, doesn’t make it abnormal.

Neuroimaging Differences in Spatial Cognition between Men and Male-to-Female Transsexuals Before and During Hormone Therapy. (more…)

No Regrets for Changing Sex September 19, 2009

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No regrets for changing one’s sex, say FtM individuals in Serbia after 20 years.

J Sex Med. 2009 Apr;6(4):1018-23. Epub 2008 Mar 4.

Transsexualism in Serbia: a twenty-year follow-up study. (more…)