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Gender Education Training for the New Millennium (2001)

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 in AEGIS, Gender, Gender Education & Advocacy, Inc., Presentations

As a movement, the time has come for us to prioritize our public gender education efforts in order to remove this stigmatization and restore our basic human dignity.

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On the Future of the Transgender Community (1998)

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Editorials

Considering the profound nature of the change I expected, I thought it expedient to begin with a look at the transgender community as it existed at the time I began writing and end with speculation about the community’s future.

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The Language of Gender Variance (2014)

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 in AEGIS, Presentations, Research

In 1998 Jamison Green, Jason Cromwell, and I distributed a questionnaire asking transgendered and transsexual people their reactions to selected terms and asking them what they did and did not wish to be called. One hundred thirty-seven questionnaires were returned, of which 134 were usable responses. We also conducted focus groups in September and October 2001 at the Southern Comfort and Fantasia Fair conferences to discuss our project and ask what message(s) about language usage participants would like professionals to hear. Ten years later we again distributed the survey and received 2651 responses. In our paper, we present our findings.

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Preserving Trans* History: A Short History and Suggestions for the Future (2014)

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 in A/V, AEGIS, AEGIS News, Gender, History, NTL&A, Presentations

Clearly the mere establishment of a trans archive at the University of Michigan has resulted in donations in the form of money and materials—and clearly the university itself is proud of the collection and is motivated to grow it. And clearly, the collection has grown since 2000.

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Discovering Who You Are (1991)

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in Books, Gender, Transition Series

Much has changed since I wrote this series of booklets in the early 1990’s. Not only have I become older and hopefully wiser, but there has been a revolution in the way gender identity issues are viewed. The term “gender dysphoria,” with its implication of mental illness, does not accurately describe the transgender process for all of us, and for most of us, we are only dysphoric for a relatively short time.

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Deciding What to Do About Your Gender Dysphoria (1991)

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in AEGIS, Books, Gender, Transition Series

Much has changed since I wrote this series of booklets in the early 1990’s. Not only have I become older and hopefully wiser, but there has been a revolution in the way gender identity issues are viewed. The term “gender dysphoria,” with its implication of mental illness, does not accurately describe the transgender process for all of us, and for most of us, we are only dysphoric for a relatively short time.

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Dealing With Your Feelings (1991)

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 in AEGIS, Books, Gender, Transition Series

This was the first of a series of booklets I wrote while executive director of nonprofit American Educational Gender Information service.

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A Word from the Editor (Chrysalis, 1991-1998)

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 in A Word from the Editor, AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines

Here are the Word From the Editor/Publisher columns from the various issues of Chrysalis.

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The Shark in the Swimming Pool (1993)

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Editorials, Gender, Magazines

Confronted, Willis claimed the increasing tensions within the group were the fault of the various group members, and certainly not his. He was insistent he was not the problem.

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My Three Transitions (1996)

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines

Ten years earlier, at age 18, the answer to the question “Will I someday pass?” would have been an unequivocal yes. Ten years in the future, at age 38, the answer would have been an unequivocal no. Looking at my thinning hair and hardening features, the best answer I could come up with was an unequivocal maybe.

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In Search of the “True” Transsexual (1996)

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines

In dealing with my own transsexualism. and in working with hundreds of other transsexual people, it has become clear to me that transsexualism, as conceptualized by Benjamin, is an invented way of looking at a much larger transgender phenomenon, and that the process of sex reassignment is but one way of dealing with that phenomenon.

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Prodigal Son (1994)

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines

My feelings about the rejection have ranged from bewilderment to sorrow to anger, but the overriding emotion, the one which came first and which has lasted longest, is disappointment. It reinforces my belief that my family was just an assortment of people I drew by chance, like one draws a roommate in a college dorm. My family is made up of imperfect human beings, unable to love unconditionally, unable to rise to a challenge, unable to communicate. I’m sad for them, for I gave them a wonderful challenge, and they have failed to rise to it.

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Three Great Quarterlies (1994)

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines, Reviews

In which I review three great quarterly trans magazines.

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An Interview with Anne Bolin (1993)

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Interviews, Magazines

Is the feminist movement a threat? You’d better believe it. It’s a big threat. When my male students get concerned in my classes on gender and sex, I tell them. “You bet it’s a threat. It’s going to change everything.” But what do you get from it? You get partnerships in life. You’re both on equal footing. You can work it out with your partner according to your different likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses.

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Mini-Interview with Dr. Michel Seghers (1993)

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines, Medical

Dr. Michel Seghers is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who practices in Brussels, Belgium. The following interview was conducted on Sunday, 4 October, 1992, at the Southern Comfort convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Psychology as Art; Psychology as Science; Psychology as Pseudoscience (1992)

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines, Research, Reviews

Holly Boswell did a good job of critiquing Glenn Humphrey’s doctoral dissertation. I was outraged enough by Humphrey’s analysis to critique it myself. I was not gentle.

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An Interview with Dr. David Gilbert (1992)

Posted on Dec 25, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Interviews, Magazines, Medical

Dr. David Gilbert is a plastic surgeon and microsurgeon who is co‑founder of The Center for Gender Reassignment in Norfolk, Virginia. His wife, Deborah, is a registered nurse, and Coordinator of the Center. Plans were to interview both Dr. and Mrs. Gilbert at Southern Comfort, but Mrs. Gilbert became ill shortly after arrival, and was still under the weather on Sunday afternoon, the last possible time for the interview. Dr. Gilbert, who was obviously worried about his wife, nevertheless gave us what we believe to be the finest interview on sex reassignment surgery which has ever appeared outside, and perhaps inside, the pages of a medical journal.

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The Care and Feeding of the Neovagina (1992)

Posted on Dec 25, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines, Medical

Those who are lucky, and who have chosen wisely, will end up with neovaginas which are virtually indistinguishable from natural vaginas. And guess what? They will have most of the disadvantages of natural vaginas: susceptibility to infection, sanitation problems, increased vulnerability to STDs—everything but menstruation (and pregnancy, which is only a disadvantage under certain conditions).

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An Interview with Carolyn Cossey (1992)

Posted on Dec 25, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Interviews, Newsletters

Caroline has dealt maturely and wisely with a burden that generally only those who do not pass well have to face—identity as a “known transsexual.” To show our support, we hosted a reception for her at Atlanta’s Petrus night club (the same place where she was given Mayor Jackson’s award) in October. We presented her with a nonrescindable award for service to the gender community and welcomed her to our advisory board.

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Results of AEGIS Survey on Community Building (1998)

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Gender, Newsletters

As AEGIS was winding down in preparation for rebaselining as Gender Education & Advocacy, I mailed a questionnaire to members, asking them to rate the services we provided. As you will see, respondents identifying as providing some sort of professional service to transsexual and transgendered people ranked items quite differently from respondents who did not identify as providing services. \

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The Price of Inclusion (1998)

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Gender, Newsletters

With transgender acceptance by the larger gay/lesbian/bisexual community now the norm, the question must be asked: can and will existing G/L/B organizations take on the support of transsexual and transgendered folks? Can they do a better job than the existing transgender organizations to meet our needs? And more importantly, should we hitch our wagon to organizations which were not interested in meeting our needs in the past and may not be interested in the future?

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Meeting the Information Needs of Transsexual People (1998)

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Gender, Newsletters

We’ve been an important voice in transforming the treatment setting from one in which we were grateful for and unquestioning of whatever courtesies and services professionals chose to give us to one in which we have the same rights as other consumers—believe it, in 1990, this was not the case.

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Whither the Transgender Community? Whither AEGIS? (1997)

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Gender, Newsletters

The growth of the transgender community, the changes in the ways we view ourselves, demand that our organizations evolve to meet today’s needs. It’s no longer possible for a volunteer-based agency to serve the many persons coming out about their transgender issues, or of persons in transition, or of helping professionals. We need professional organizations with paid staff.

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How NOT to Get Rid of Unwanted Hair (1997)

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Gender, Newsletters

One day, no doubt, some ingenious soul will figure out a safe, fast, painless, and inexpensive method of permanent hair removal. When that happens, those who have had electrolysis will of course be miffed because newcomers will not have to go through the same pain and expense they did. But until that day, it is only those who have had electrolysis who have thrown away their razors.

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Does Laser Electrolysis Work? (1997)

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Gender, Newsletters

Is it possible for coherent (laser) light to kill hair? Certainly. Has anyone yet devised a laser treatment system which kills hair perma­nently and safely? Perhaps. Has anyone demonstrated permanent hair loss with laser electrolysis. Not yet, at least not to our knowledge.

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My Invited Comments on Proposed Revision of HBIGDA Standards of Care (1997)

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Gender, Newsletters, Standards of Care

In issue no. 9 of AEGIS News I took a look at helping professionals as part of the multi-issue Vision 2001: A Gender Odyssey. I expressed my concerns about the in-process revision of the Standards of Care of the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association. I drew heavily upon statements made by Dr. Stephen Levine, chair of the revision committee. Dr. George R. Brown, a member of the committee, took exception to what I wrote. I published his comments as a letter to the editor in AEGIS News No. 10.

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Is There a Price for Political Activism? (1996)

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Gender, Newsletters

The transgender and transsexual community tends to fractionate along lines of opinions about political activism: is it a good thing, or a bad thing? Not surprisingly some of those most opposed tend to characterize activists as ego-driven, sensationalizing dunderheads and even to claim that activists’ efforts have set us back rather than moving us forward. Equally unsurprising, some activists show little understanding of or concern for those who wish to keep their identities secret.

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Winning Transgender Support and Acceptance at PFLAG (1996)

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Gender, Newsletters

I didn’t think the best place to ask PFLAG, “What constitutes homosexuality when gender is fluid?” was in the hot sun in a milling crowd on a Sunday afternoon, so a week or two later I sent the Atlanta chapter a letter, accompanied by Chrysalis, the AEGIS Transition Series booklets, and other materials, respectfully asking that we begin talking about our common issues.

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Office Care of Transgendered and Transsexual Clients (1997)

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in AEGIS, Gender, Newsletters, Treatment Bulletin

The very presence of transgendered and transsexual persons can have an impact on other clients and office staff. What should a clinician know about how to address the client, how to prepare billing records, what to tell reception­ists and nurses, and which restroom to direct the client to? In other words, what is proper office protocol?

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Advisory: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in FTMs (1997)

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in Advisories, AEGIS, Gender, Newsletters, Treatment Bulletin

This is one of several medical advisories issued by AEGIS after being vetted by our 30-member advisory board. It was released in August, 1997 and re-released in 2002 by Gender Education & Advocacy, Inc., the renamed AEGIS. It also appeared in August, 1997 in the premiere issue of AEGIS’ Transgender Treatment Bulletin, accompanied by an article on PCOS by Jamison Green.

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What is the Role of the Helping Professional? (1997)

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in AEGIS, Gender, Medical, Newsletters, Treatment Bulletin

This was the lead article in the first issue of AEGIS’ Transgender Treatment Bulletin.

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Transgender Treatment Bulletin (1997-1998)

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in Advisories, AEGIS, Gender, Medical, Newsletters, Treatment Bulletin

In 1997 and 1998 the nonprofit American Educational Gender Information Service published two issues of the Transgender Treatment Bulletin. The bulletin addressed a variety of health issues faced by transsexual and transgendered people and was meant to be read by both helping professionals and transfolk. I was editor and I did the layout and some of the writing.

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Vision 2001: A Gender Odyssey (1996-1997)

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Gender, Newsletters

In mid-1995 The International Foundation for Gender Education—the trans community’s largest organization—did an assessment of the transgender community. I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I had ever seen. Issue 6 of AEGIS News began my own assessment. It was fact-based, at least as much as possible considering the scant data that were available. The assessment ran four or five issues. Jessica Xavier was invaluable as a collaborator and author.

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AEGIS Public Service Advertisements (1990s)

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in Advisories, AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender, Magazines, Medical

AEGIS designed a series of public service ads, which ran on the inside front covers of Chrysalis Quarterly, the house journal. We also distributed them as flyers. The ads addressed assorted health issues of transsexual and transgendered people, including silicone injections, overuse of hormones, and HIV/AIDS. Margaux Schaffer designed the first two ads.

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The View from the Other Side of the Treatment Fence (1991)

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines

This article is best read in situ, as it is a counterbalance to my article The Politics of Diagnosis and a Diagnosis of Politics: How the University-Affiliated Gender Clinics Failed to Meet the Needs of Transsexual People.

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How to Shop for Service Providers (1991)

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines

In 1991 professional help for transsexuals was so hard to find we tended to be grateful for anything offered—whether good or bad.

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Review of Shocking Asia (1991)

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in A/V, AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines

This film is the first I came across that had anything whatsoever to do with transsexualism.

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CQ’s Quotations From the Literature (1991-1993)

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines

The first six issues of Chrysalis Quarterly contained a short feature called Quotations from the Literature. In each, I highlighted one or two offensive, stupid, or absurd (and in some cases insightful) passages from articles in textbooks or professional journals.

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No Regets: The Standards of Care (1991)

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines, Standards of Care

The Standards are a road map for service providers, telling them what they must do, at minimum, to provide competent care to transsexual people. To the majority of service providers, who are ignorant about transsexualism, the Standards can serve as a cookbook, giving them the necessary confidence to treat men and women they might not otherwise agree to serve.

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Weight and Transition (1991)

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Interviews, Magazines

Extreme weight is a counterindication for any form of surgery; medical risk is increased dramatically. Here I interview a transsexual woman who committed to lose an extreme amount of weight so she could meet the weight requirements for sex reassignment surgery.

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Sex Reassignment, Hormones, and Health (1991)

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Developmental Disabilities, Gender, Magazines

The theme of the first issue of AEGIS’ Chrysalis Quarterly Journal was transsexualism and disability. This was the lead article.

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Beware Philip Salem (1991)

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 in Advisories, AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines

AEGIS’ first advisory was about a pill-peddler named Philip Salem.

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Selected Readings on Transvestism, Transsexualism and Related Subjects (2000)

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 in AEGIS, Bibliographies, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender, Offprints

JoAnn Roberts took lead on the publication of this bibliography. Most of the references and annoations were drawn from my 1994 book Gender Dysphoria: A Guide to Research.

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AEGIS Recommends Breast Self-Examination (1995)

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 in Advisories, AEGIS, Gender

AEGIS recommends that all MTF transsexual and transgendered persons who have experienced significant breast development from hormonal therapy and all FTM transsexual and transgendered persons who have not had mastectomy/chest reconstruction do a breast self-examination on a monthly basis.

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AEGIS Advisory on Vaginoplasty (1996)

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 in Advisories, AEGIS, Gender

This is one of several medical advisories issued by AEGIS after being vetted by our 30-member advisory board.

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Perfectly Modular Male (1995) (NSFW)

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Fiction, Gender, Songs

This song, is of course, about packing—using a prosthetic device as a phallus. It’s something every FTM knows about. The song is influenced by a book by science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein—The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. In it, the protagonist uses a variety of prosthetic arms, depending upon need. He has a social arm with fingers and simulated a skin, an arm for manipulation of small objects, and an arm designed for brute power. So—why limit oneself to a single packie?

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AEGIS Online News (Some Single Posts, 1997)

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS Online News, Computers, Gender, Online

Below are single posts that were distributed by AEGIS Online News. Some may be duplicated in the other posts of this series. In May,...

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AEGIS Online News (Some Single Posts, 1995-1996)

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS Online News, Gender, Online

In May, 1995, when I was Executive Director of the nonprofit American Educational Gender Information Service, I compiled and transmitted what I believe was the first transgender-specific online news feed. It was called AEGIS Online News. The News initially went out to several hundred AEGIS members and other subscribers as a plain text file over the fledgling internet.

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Gender Dysphoria Update (1995)

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in AEGIS, Editing & Layout, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender, Offprints

AEGIS distributed thousands of copies this excellent article by Blaine Beemer. I was responsible for layout and editing.

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Two Communities (1995)

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS Online News, Gender, Newsletters

©1995, 2013 by Dallas Denny Source: Denny, Dallas. (1995, August). Two communities. AEGIS On-Line News, V.1, No. 3.      ...

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