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.
- Support Sites
- Support Groups
- Online Support Groups
- Christianity and Transsexualism
- News and Politics
- Friends and other Sisters
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.
- 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
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
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
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.
are Yahoo groups providing general support to
transfolk. Highly recommended.
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
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.
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.
in Chonburi Province, Thailand is where my own
reassignment and facial feminisation surgery was
- 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".
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
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
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
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
Metropolitan Community Church of Bournemouth
/South London. The website of my own church
in Bournemouth and our sister church in Balham,
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
- 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
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.