Sound uninteresting, it’s not. The basics on TG/TS information below from Lynn Conway is without a doubt the most comprehensive and interesting writings on the subjects of transgender and transsexual men and women that I have found. It’s not just written from experience, but in an easily readable manner. It’s like an exciting adventure story. And if you ever wondered why we are what we are, she definitely supports the evidence in “Brain Sex” about the causes of transgenderism
The fact is, transgenderism, in one form or another, is obviously nothing new. It’s a biological fact of life that can be traced as far back as 7000 B.C. Buried in the Altai Mountains, central Asia, archaeologists and anthropologists say this woman was a part of a warrior tribe who died over 2,500 years ago. New DNA analysis has discovered the skeleton was genetically male but it had been buried with all the adornments of a young woman, potentially the earliest proof of a trans woman not only existing but being accepted and cherished as well.
Just a few years ago, very few people knew anyone that was transgender (less than 10%). How that has changed. The latest from PEW Research indicates that two of every five people know someone that is transgender. This is significant as it impacts on our acceptance by the general public.
We are fortunate that this decade has seen progress in the acceptance of transgender people thanks to celebrities like Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner. So, if you so inclined, here are links to some of our history: You will find that our early history predating Christianity has many examples of societies that accept or embrace transsexualism.
• History of Transgender (part 1: 7000 BC-1895 AD)
• Examiner – History of Transgender (part 2: 1900-1968)
• Examiner – History of Transgender (part 3: 1970-1989)
• Examiner – History of Transgender (part 4: 1990-1999)
• Examiner – History of Transgender (part 5: 2000-2005)
• Examiner – History of Transgender (part 6: 2006-2009)
However, to really understand transgenderism, we need to look into the Foundations of LGBT Normalcy and this essay by E.S.Carpenter talks about LGBT from a Historical, Psychological, Biological and Religious Perspective. It’s a long piece (9600 words), but it provides all the evidence and argument needed to refute the hateful detractors of the LGBT community
Gender Core Theory….there just may be a little bit more to it. I don’t know if you have already seen this but it does present very solid scientific explanations to why we are the way we are. It basically says that in terms of brain, hormones and chromosomes you cannot rely 100% for any of these to determine if you are male or female.
Then Thomas (Dana) Bevin’s recent book (published 2015), on the Psychobiology of Transsexualism and Transgenderism delves into the science of transgenderism. It’s a complex tomb so this review of the book by Pat is a good summary of its contents
Basic TG/TS/ Information This is an extensive compendium of writings by Lynn Conway, a trans woman, on all aspects of transgender, transsexual, and intersexed people of both sexes.
The Forum in Crossdressing.com discusses Dr bevan’s new book on transgenderism and transsexualism with our favorite “Why” transgender questions.
Becoming a Woman by Brianna Austin deals with the realities of being a woman or perhaps the fantasies you have of becoming one. Being a woman is just not the magic of the moment and Brianna walks us through the different paths that we may take.
Feminists have created deep divisions and cutting controversy over what a woman is. This battle over what it means to be female is essential to protecting the rights of trans women and allowing them to access women’s spaces. It does not infringe on the rights of women. These fears are unreasonable and unfounded and are more about protecting the privilege of certain women than protecting the rights of all. This essay is an in depth look at this controversy
Rachel Williston helps us Understand T-Girls in a series of videos and articles by herself and others.
Transgender documentaries – a selection of videos about the everyday lives of transgender people
10 Common Myths About Transgender People. Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover has triggered widespread discussion about transgender issues in America, but there are still many misconceptions about transgender people. Debunking these myths is vital not just for getting Americans better acquainted with trans issues — but to actually solving them, as well.
Myth #1: Transgender people are confused or tricking others
Myth #2: Sexual orientation is linked to gender identity
Myth #3: Letting trans people use the bathroom matching their gender identity is dangerous
Myth #4: Transitioning is as simple as one surgery
Myth #5: All trans people medically transition
Myth #6: Transgender-inclusive health care is expensive
Myth #7: Children aren’t old enough to know their gender identity
Myth #8: Transgender people are mentally ill
Myth #9: Transgender people make up a third gender
Myth #10: Drag queens and kings are transgender
Gender Identity 101, a Transgender Primer. Some more basics that you should know.
Biological Underpinnings of Transvestism. A explanation of why we are the way we are
Psychology of Crossdressing Wanda Wilson is a psychologist with expertise in crossdressing and transvestism, who promotes acceptance and understanding of the transgendered community
Zinnia Jones is undoubtedly one of the most logical and intellectual woman in the transgender world that I’ve read. Her recent video series on Gender Analysis is superb and her entire video series on the transgender world will keep you enthralled for hours. Don’t miss her
Finally, be sure and visit Transline Hollywood as Suzanne and Camille talk about Suzanne’s experiences in transitioning and the many amusing episodes that many of you will relate to