hormone replacement therapy

On Chelsea Manning: “you expect the tax payers to cover this?”

Yes, absolutely.

Do prisons provide insulin to individuals who suffer from diabetes? Yes. Do prisons provide antidepressants to prisoners suffering from depression? Yes. Do prisons provide chemotherapy to […]

By |August 22nd, 2013|Uncategorized|4 Comments

“Do you suffer from low testosterone?” “YES! INTENTIONALLY!”

You know those “low testosterone” commercials? The ones that usually feature men doing manly things like construction, playing football or just being dude-like? “Do you suffer from depression, fatigue, decreased sex drive, or weight gain?” Um, yeah, that’s kind of what happens to people as they get older. Those are freaking ridiculous.

Could you imagine […]

By |August 20th, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Vacation, bathing suit, anxiety

I traveled to Michigan this past weekend with my girlfriend and one of our other friends. We stayed at our friend’s family’s lakeside cottage. We had a lot of fun. I wore a bathing suit (top) in public for the first time ever. That was… that was an intense feeling. There were certain very familiar […]

By |July 9th, 2013|Personal|1 Comment

Shut your brain off, stop worrying

“What can I get you ladies?,” said the barista at the first floor Starbucks, to a co-worker and me.

“I can’t imagine what it’s like to have to be constantly aware of how others are viewing you, always paying attention to signals that let you know who they see you as. That’s got to […]

By |May 31st, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment

life’s tiny celebrations

I’m now approaching the 6 month mark of starting hormone replacement therapy. I’ve just passed the 1 month mark of transitioning at work. The 1 year mark of coming out to my partner about being trans is coming up next month. Two weeks from now, I’ll have my name & gender updated on my drivers […]

By |April 7th, 2013|Personal|1 Comment

[HRT update: Day 48]

I really want to write a book. Fiction, non-fiction, or total garbage. Ever since starting hormones, I’ve just had such a rush of emotions coursing through my mind, begging for a true outlet.

This is certainly a change from the pre-HRT days of either no emotions or only negative emotions (frustration, anger).

I just want to get […]

By |November 28th, 2012|Personal|0 Comments

[gatekeepers, be gone: why we need to support informed consent clinics]

Here, in Chicago, trans* individuals can gain access to hormones through a relatively simple 3-step “informed consent” process at Howard Brown Health Center. For that, we are lucky.

More and more, I’m finding accounts of trans individuals who have been held back by various gatekeepers, making them jump through hoops for months […]

By |November 20th, 2012|activism|0 Comments

[HRT update: 1 month]

1 month down. 31 days.

The past week has been a true trip for me. So many ups and downs, I’m still trying to make sense of where I’m at. Overall, though, I’m proud of myself. This is a point that, even 10 months ago, seemed […]

By |November 12th, 2012|Personal|0 Comments

[hrt update: day 23]

Basically, the best way to describe this…

This is my brain before hormones:

This is my brain after hormones:

By |November 2nd, 2012|Personal|0 Comments

This is the first day of my life

As of yesterday morning, I am officially in possession of a prescription for HRT.

I am psyched.

This puts me on a path that I’m just so very sure of. This puts me on a path towards being a person, and not just a shell […]

By |October 12th, 2012|Personal|0 Comments