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As I've said elsewhere, there are literally thousands of TS sites on the web, so I can't offer any more than a tiny selection here, but I hope that this short list will help you on your journey, wherever it may lead.

Contents

 

Articles

  • Transsexualism: A Primer. A comprehensive and easy to read introduction to the condition - what it is, what it isn't and what can and can't be done about it.
     
  • How Frequently Does Transsexualism Occur?. A study by Prof. Lynne Conway on the prevalence of intense gender dysphoria (transsexualism) worldwide. The conclusions may surprise you.
     
  • Transsexual Women's Successes - Links and Photos. Despite the immense trauma of transition and the ever present danger from the bigotted minority, most transfolk manage to integrate back into society after their treatment has completed. This gallery tells a little about some of the trans women who've successfully done so.

    Of course, we mustn't forget the guys - they get their own page at Successful Trans Men - Links and Photos.
     
  • C4 on Transsexualism. For a long time Channel 4 seemed to be the only terrestrial TV channel in the UK to regularly screen documentaries about transsexual people. This article on their site is a good introduction to the condition and what can be done for those who suffer it.
     

Support Sites

  • Transsexual.org is the site I started with when I was trying to come to terms with who I was. It was written by a lady called Jennifer Diane Reitz who had reassignment surgery in the US in 1982, and contains an immense amount of information about why the condition arises, how sufferers feel, and what can be done. Her story is an incredibly sad indictment of the way society can react to anyone who doesn't fit into "normal" life.

    Two of the tests I took (the Moir-Jessel Brain Sex test and the COGIATI gender-identity test) are also hosted on this site.
     
  • TS Roadmap is something of an online encyclopedia for anyone contemplating or undertaking a gender transition. Just about every topic is covered, and as such it is well worth spending some time exploring it.
     
  • A Kindred Spirit is a (US based) site dedicated to changing the way we think about ourselves and the way that society and the medical community views us. There's a great deal of information on this site, including details of surgeons, patient accounts and support information. Highly recommended.
     
  • Bodies Like Ours is a (US based) site promoting the interests of intersexed people, and in particular campaigning to end the practice of non-consentual genital surgery on intersexed children. As well as news, research and other information, the site also includes message forums.
     
  • Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA) is a national US based organization focused on the needs, issues and concerns of gender variant people in human society. They seek to educate and advocate, not only for ourselves and others like us, but for all human beings who suffer from gender-based oppression in all of its many forms. 
     

Support Groups

  • The Gender Trust is a UK Registered Charity which specifically helps adults who are Transsexual, Gender Dysphoric or Transgenderist. It's probably the largest organisation of its kind in the UK.
     
  • The Gendys Network is a UK support/research group for transgendered people, families and health professionals (it has a pretty long list of doctors associated with it).

    Unusually Gendys has a chaplain (Rev. David Horton) who's written a fair bit on the subject - and in particular on the rather closed minded book published by the Evangelical Alliance a little while ago and the oft quoted Deuteronomy 22 verse 5.
     
  • Press for Change is a UK pressure group which campaigns for equal rights for transsexual men and women.
     

Online Support Groups

  • Transsexual-UK and Transsexual OK! are Yahoo groups providing general support to transfolk. Highly recommended.
     
  • NuttycaTS is a UK based online message forum providing general support to transfolk.
     
  • TGSuicidalSupport is a Yahoo group founded in memory of Debbie Fox - a vivacious, joyful woman who, one day, found the stress of having a transgendered history too difficult and took her own life. If you want to do all you can to stop the loss of another life, (perhaps yours), please subscribe to this group. Be there if someone needs you. Know that if life starts to overwhelm you, people will be there for you.
     
  • Trans-Surgery is a Yahoo Group for transfolk undergoing - or seeking to undergo - surgery. If you want to know what to expect from surgery such as Reassignment Surgery, Augmentation Mammoplasty or Facial Feminisation Surgery, this is the place to come.
     

Medical

  • Anne-Lawrence's site is one of the more comprehensive online medical resources for transsexual women. Noteable are detailed descriptions and accounts of all the major surgical procedures, some of which are illustrated (for those with a strong constitution). Be aware however that she subscribes to the discredited theory of Autogynephilic Transsexualism, which may be very distasteful to some (it certainly is to me!)
     
  • Dr Suporn Watanyusakul is by all accounts one of the best GRS/SRS surgeons in the world. His clinic in Chonburi Province, Thailand is where my own reassignment and facial feminisation surgery was performed.
     
  • The site of Dr. Becky Allison M.D. includes a paper on the effect of hormone therapy on the incidence of heart disease, and a European/US listing of therapists experienced in treating T* people. Along with Lynne Conway, she was also one of the transpeople who I found great inspiration in during my own transition.
     
  • TS Voice. Lots of information about voice feminisation, including samples of others "having a go".
     
  • The European TS Information Resource is (despite the title) a site giving details of surgeons worldwide performing Genital Reassignment (SRS or GRS) and facial Feminisation Surgery. Although it doesn't list all of them (particularly in the Far East), it is a very useful site to know about, particularly when used in conjunction with Anne Lawrence's site and others.
     
  • The Neo-Vagina Monologues is a pretty unusual site - it's an attempt to create an equivalent of the "Vagina Monologues" from the perspective of the trans women who undergo genital reassignment surgery. I found it to be a fascinating account of the experience and - together with other accounts - it's helped me gain an insight into what to expect. Be warned though that the monologues contain explicit language, and aren't for the faint hearted!
     
  • Lynn's Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS).  A detailed and honest account of FFS performed by Dr. Ousterhout in San Francisco
     
  • Zen and the Art of Post-Operative Maintenance This article deals with the subject of looking after yourself (dilation, hygene etc.) after surgery. if you are contemplating Male-to-Female genital surgery, you should definitely read this.
     

Christianity and Transsexualism

  • God Don't Make No Junk. Christian transfolk often hear the argument raised against changing their bodies: "God created you to be a man [or a woman] and that is how you will always be; how you should remain". This is Dr. Becky Allison's response, and thoughtful and heartening reading it makes too.
     
  • GoldenGlory's Page  Glory Anastasia Wheeler's account of her struggle to reconcile her Transsexualism with her Faith
     
  • Religion, spirituality, and transsexuality. A general essay on Faith and Transsexualism focusing mainly (but not exclusively) on Christianity
     
  • Transgendered Christians, Gays and our Common Bond. An essay exploring the issues which Transgendered Christians (including those of us who are Transsexual according to the medical definition) must confront, and comparing and contrasting them to those faced by Gay Christians. Thought provoking and challenging reading.
     
  • Metropolitan Community Church of Bournemouth /South London. The website of my own church in Bournemouth and our sister church in Balham, South London
     

News and Politics

  • TNUK Digest is a free Internet News Service acting as a 'news' focal-point for the UK's Trans Community, including some carefully selected relevant news stories covering the World's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities.
     
  • Amnesty International needs no introduction to anyone who's aware of human rights issues worldwide.
     

Friends and other Sisters

  • Susanna's Little KnooK on the Net the website of my friend Susie, and contains not only TS support information (including a detailed account of her reassignment surgery with Dr. Suporn in Thailand), but also a significant amount of her own poetry. Like me, she is a Christian. As she says: "I have what I call a Christian Faith. Not a Religion".
     
  • Ginny Bourne founded the MSN TS Chat Group I found support in during my transition. She's put an incredible amount of her time into helping others, and I'm proud to have met her - even though not in person.

    Her site includes an honest account of the conflict dysphoric people feel and what's involved in transition and surgery (she went to the same clinic I hope to, so it's particularly relevant to me). This page is particularly revealing since it includes "before" and "after" portraits, which give some idea of what can be achieved by hormone therapy and facial surgery.
     
  • Calpernia Adams became well known as a result of the brutal murder of her boyfriend - Pfc Barry Winchell - by two of his colleagues in the 101st Airborne Division who couldn't deal with the fact that he was dating Calpernia - then a pre-op trans woman. The movie Soldier's Girl tells the story of their unexpected love and the tragic consequences transphobia can have. I can't recommend it highly enough, although it's next to impossible to obtain a copy outside the US.
     
  • Melanie-Ann Philips was something of a celebrity in the TS world when I was transitioning. As well as a very detailed and frank transition diary, her site offers advice on many aspects of transition. Worthy of note is a voice training CD she produced - which I found to be useful when trying to sort out my own voice.