Male to Female Support

Created: February 2014 Last Update: February 2014 Last Reviewed: September 2015

Transition

Transitioning is the process of changing one's gender presentation to accord with one's internal sense of gender. For male to female trans people this process typically involves undergoing hormone replacement therapy and can also include, changing one's name, electrolysis or other forms of facial hair removal, learning feminine voice techniques, undergoing various forms of facial feminising surgery and sex reassignment surgery.

Transitioning is a process, not an event, that takes anywhere between several months and several years. This section of the Gender Centre's website contains a collection of articles, research papers and surveys, books and book reviews, videos and other miscellanea relating to the transition process of male to female transsexual people.

Full list of M.T.F. Transition Resources

Medical & Surgery

Several surgical options exist for the male to female transsexual, from breast augmentation, orchidectomy, trachea shave and hair transplants, to sex reassignment surgery, otherwise known as vaginoplasty, and the follow-up procedure, labiaplasty.

These surgical options, along with other medical procedures like electrolysis and feminine voice techniques are covered in the articles within this section of the male-to-female support pages, along with the risks, side-effects, aftercare and more.

Full list of M.T.F. Medical & Surgery Resources

Personal Stories

Learning from those who have gone before can be a great way to ease anxiety levels and reduce the isolation that one may feel while questioning their gender options or even while in transition. Reading personal stories of other women at different stages of transition, learning how others have dealt with issues like disclosing one's intentions to loved ones, coping with relationship issues, hormone issues, learning to live with the effects of hormone replacement therapy or discussing surgery options or just getting along in the wider community.

Mentors can be hard to find but fortunately a number of trans women have put pen to paper and shared their experiences, their thoughts, and their concerns in an attempt to make life easier for those who follow in their footsteps and encounter similar issues to the ones that they have in the past. This kind of peer support can be terribly important to a transitioning trans woman. We remain very grateful to those that have shared their stories.

Full list of M.T.F. Personal Stories

Relationships

History tells us that relationships in which one of the partners discloses their transgender status, or their intentions to transition, can experience some turbulence that may unfortunately become the catalyst for some uncertain outcomes. This is true not only for intimate relationships with partners, but also relationships between the transgender person and their parents, their siblings, their children, extended family and friends.

Fortunately, a number of trans women and their partners, family and friends have kindly put pen to paper in an attempt to make life easier for those who follow in their footsteps and encounter similar issues in their relationships that they already have.

Oftentimes the relationships that transgender people share with their loved ones strengthen following disclosure of the innermost feelings expressed by the trans person. Time given to listen and understand each other is of the utmost importance, and this goes for all relationships, not only those involving partners.

Full list of M.T.F. Relationship Resources

Wellbeing

This section of the Gender Centre's website contains a collection of articles, research papers and surveys, books and book reviews, videos and other miscellanea relating to the wellbeing of male to female transsexual people.

Full list of Wellbeing Resources

People

Transgender women and other feminine-identified people who were assigned male at birth have existed throughout history, from ancient times through to the middle-ages and beyond. Some well-known, some not, and so have many male cross-dressers and others who experimented with their expression of gender for many reasons including taking on typical feminine employment and pastimes.

This section already contains, or will contain the stories of many well-known and lesser-known trans women like Georgina Beyer, Christina Jorgensen, Jin Xing, April Ashley, Carmen Rupe, Cate McGregor, Wendy Carlos, Aleshia Brevard, Rosalyne Blumenstein, Leslie Townsend, RuPaul, Julia Serano, Julia Doulman, Katherine Cummings, Elizabeth Riley, Kate Bornstein and Jennifer Finney Boylan.

Full list of M.T.F. People Resources

Opinion

Acollection of thought-provoking opinion pieces written by and about male to female transsexual people, and about the many and varied issues and concerns of male to female trans people, subjects that occasionally encompass confronting areas of contention among our ignorant and ill-informed opponents.

Full list of M.T.F. Opinion Resources

Gender Theory

An academic field devoted to gender identity and gendered representation as central categories of analysis. Generally speaking, gender studies / gender theory encompasses women's studies (women, feminism, gender, and politics), men's studies, and L.G.B.T. studies and covers gender, sex and sexuality in fields such as literature, language, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, cinema, media, human development, law, and medicine.

This section of the Gender Centre's website includes a collection of articles, research papers and surveys, books and book reviews, videos and other miscellanea relating to gender theory and the many other areas of interest to male to female transsexual people.

Full list of Gender Theory Resources

The Gender Centre is committed to developing and providing services and activities, which enhance the ability of people with gender issues to make informed choices. We offer a wide range of services to people with gender issues, their partners, family members and friends in New South Wales. We are an accommodation service and also act as an education, support, training and referral resource centre to other organisations and service providers. The Gender Centre is committed to educating the public and service providers about the needs of people with gender issues. We specifically aim to provide a high quality service, which acknowledges human rights and ensures respect and confidentiality.

FTM Connect

The Gender Centre will be hosting monthly meetings on a Friday evening from 6:30pm to 8:00pm exclusively for F.T.M.

Guest speakers will be in attendance with a different topic each month, participants are strongly encouraged to inform the staff of suitable topics.

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