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AEGIS Internet News, March 1997

Posted on May 30, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS Online News, Editing & Layout, Gender

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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AEGIS Internet News, February 1997

Posted on May 29, 2013 in AEGIS Online News, Editing & Layout, Gender

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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AEGIS Internet News, January 1997

Posted on May 29, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS Online News, Editing & Layout, Gender

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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AEGIS Internet News, December 1996

Posted on May 29, 2013 in AEGIS Online News, Editing & Layout, Gender

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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AEGIS Internet News, November 1996

Posted on May 29, 2013 in AEGIS Online News, Editing & Layout, Gender

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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AEGIS Internet News, October 1996

Posted on May 29, 2013 in AEGIS Online News, Editing & Layout, Gender

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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AEGIS Internet News, September 1996

Posted on May 29, 2013 in AEGIS Online News, Editing & Layout, Gender

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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AEGIS Internet News, August 1996

Posted on May 29, 2013 in AEGIS Online News, Editing & Layout, Gender

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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AEGIS Internet News, Nov. 1995 – July 1996

Posted on May 29, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS Online News, Editing & Layout, Gender

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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AEGIS Online News, May 1995 – Feb. 1996

Posted on May 28, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS Online News, Editing & Layout

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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AEGIS Medical Advisory: Blanket Criterion for RLT Before Hormones is Unethical (1992)

Posted on May 25, 2013 in Advisories, AEGIS, Gender

AEGIS periodically released medical advisories. This one addressed the then-common practice of therapists to require an (often extensive) period of real-life experience before initiation of hormonal therapy. Our advisory board felt this constituted unnecessary risk for transsexuals and set them up for failure.

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AEGIS Position Statements: Mandatory RLT Before Hormonal Therapy (1992, 1998)

Posted on May 25, 2013 in Advisories, AEGIS, Gender, Position Statements

AEGIS periodically released position statements. These from 1992 and 1998 addressed the then-common practice of therapists to require an (often extensive) period of real-life experience before initiation of hormonal therapy. Our advisory board felt this constituted unnecessary risk for transsexuals and set them up for failure.

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Ssshhh! The Newsletter of the National Transgender Library & Archive (1995)

Posted on May 25, 2013 in AEGIS, Gender, History, Newsletters, NTL&A

Shhhh! was the newsletter of the National Transgender Library & Archive, a subsidiary of the nonprofit American Educational Gender Information Service. This was the first issue—a one-pager that made the community aware of AEGIS’ interest in preserving transgender history.

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Introduction to Gender Dysphoria Syndrome (Sister Mary Elizabeth, 1990)

Posted on May 8, 2013 in AEGIS, Editing & Layout, Erickson Foundation, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender, Offprints

In 1992 Sister Mary Elizabeth passed on to me the privilege and responsibility of reproducing and distributing the publications of the Erickson Educational Foundation, a clearinghouse for information on transsexual issues. That included this paper, which she distributed through her nonprofit (with Jude Patton) J2CP. I distributed it throughout the 1990s.

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My Son, My Daughter (Jane McDowell, 1992, 2013)

Posted on May 8, 2013 in AEGIS, Editing & Layout, Erickson Foundation, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender, Offprints

In 1992 Sister Mary Elizabeth passed on to me the privilege and responsibility of reproducing and distributing the publications of the Erickson Educational Foundation, a clearinghouse for information on transsexual issues. This article was first published in Ladies Home Journal and then reprinted and distributed by the Erickson Foundation. I laid out, published and distributed this version throughout the 1990s.

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Bibliography of HIV & AIDS in Transgendered Persons (1995)

Posted on May 7, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Bibliographies, Editing & Layout, Gender, Newsletters

Back in 1995 there were only a handful of scientific papers about HIV & AIDS in the trans population. Most researchers included male-to-female transsexuals and transgendered people in the Men Having Sex With Men group. I did find a few articles, and published a brief bibliography in the fourth edition of AEGIS News. AEGIS News was one of the newsletters of the nonprofit American Educational Gender Information Service.

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The Professional Literature of Gender Dysphoria (1991)

Posted on May 6, 2013 in AEGIS, Gender, Offprints

Much of my early work concerned the truly repressive medical model of transsexualism. This is but one of several discussions of the literature that was born of the medical model.

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An Annotated Bibliography of Gender Dysphoria (1992)

Posted on May 6, 2013 in AEGIS, Bibliographies, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender, Offprints

My efforts to catalog materials which I had located in my efforts to learn about transsexualism slowly grew into a huge computer file which was published in book form in by Garland Press with the title Gender Dysphoria: A Guide to Research.

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Transsexualism at Forty (1993)

Posted on May 6, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, History, Magazines, Tapestry, TG Forum

Forty years ago, Christine Jorgensen was in Copenhagen, Denmark, and not just to see the sights. She was undergoing the final stages of a series of hormonal and surgical treatments that would enable her to live the rest of her life as a woman, even though she had been raised as a boy, had duly grown into a man, and had even served a hitch in the U.S. Army. Her “sex change,” as it came to be called, was hardly the first, but when the story was leaked to the newspapers, the headlines shocked the world, creating a media circus which has lasted for forty years.

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Violence Against Transgendered Persons: An Unrecognized Problem (1992)

Posted on May 6, 2013 in AEGIS, Gender, Press Releases

In 1991 and 1992 the nonprofit American Educational Gender Information Service campaigned against violence toward transgendered and transsexual people. This was years before Remembering our Dead and the Day of Remembrance. No one was talking about the problem. We did.

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Do Transgender Issues Affect the Gay Community? (1992)

Posted on May 5, 2013 in AEGIS, Gender, Magazines, Press Releases

Margaux Schaffer and I wrote this article in response to the murders in Atlanta of three crossdressed women of color in Atlanta in as many months.

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Atlanta Killings Require Community Response (1992)

Posted on May 1, 2013 in AEGIS, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender, Magazines, Press Releases

The murders of three transgendered persons in Atlanta during a one-month period is a matter of grave concern. Whether or not the killings are related, they must be stopped. We hope and trust law enforcement officials will take immediate and thorough action to find the perpetrator(s) and put a stop to these tragic deaths.

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The Paradigm Shift is Here! (1995)

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Editorials, Gender, Newsletters

In 1995, in the pages of AEGIS News, I noted the change of paradigm from the medical model of transsexualism to a healthy transgender model.

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Vaginal Politics (1994) (NSFW)

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Editorials, Gender, Newsletters

Does having a vagina make me any more a woman than if I had a penis? No. Women are not judged by their vaginas, nor men by their penises, except when in bed with their lovers, and most people are not their lovers.

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Chrysalis Quarterly Issues (1991-1998)

Posted on Apr 13, 2013 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Editing & Layout, Gender, Magazines

Chrysalis Quarterly was the house journal of the nonprofit AEGIS, The American Educational Gender Information Service. It averaged sixty pages, with glossy cardstock cover. The cover, and, when we could afford it, the interior pages, were printed with gray ink and a burgundy spot cover.Each issue was themed.

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Erickson Educational Foundation

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 in AEGIS, Erickson Foundation, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender, Offprints

The Erickson Educational Foundation was founded in 1964 by Reed Erickson, a wealthy philanthropist. The executive director was Zelda Supplee. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Foundation provided information about transsexualism to medical and mental health professionals, journalists, the general public, and of course transsexuals and their loved ones.

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AEGIS News Issues (1994-1998)

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Editorials, Gender, Newsletters

AEGIS News was the newsletter of the nonprofit American Educational Gender Information Service, which I founded in 1990. I designed, wrote, edited, laid out and published some 13 issues, all of which were distributed internationally.

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AEGIS Southern Comfort Giveaway Cookbook (1991)

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 in AEGIS, Editing & Layout, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender

1991 was a heady time. The American Educational Gender Information Service was up and running, and the Southeast was about to have its first trans conference— Southern Comfort. The cookbook was Margaux Schaffer’s idea, and the design is hers. We placed it the SCC registration packet and every attendee received one.

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A Primer of Sex and Gender (1991)

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 in AEGIS, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender, Magazines, Transition Series

Gender Identity is one’s sense of being a boy or a girl, a man or a woman. Kessler & McKenna (1978) have noted that as gender identity is a self-attribution, it isn’t measurable with psychological tests. The verbal statement of the individual is the best indicator of gender identity (“I am a man”; “I am a woman”).

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Our Transgender Heritage (1999)

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 in AEGIS, Editorials, Gender, History, Newsletters, NTL&A

This disregard of our individual histories is reflected in our community’s lack of attention to its past. We have done little to preserve and honor our pioneers, our heroes and heroines, those men and women who gave their freedom or their lives because they dared to be themselves, those men who sweated blood to build the community.

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How To Start and Maintain a Gender Support Organization (With Holly Boswell) (1992)

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines

For many of us, finding a support group is the lifeline we need, for there we meet people who we scarcely dared believe existed— those who are like us.

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The Gender Revolution (1995)

Posted on Nov 5, 2011 in Book Chapters, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender

Kate tells us there are millions of genders. The gender we wake up with in the morning may not be the one we go to bed with. We are free to try on one gender after another, as if they were coats at the consignment shop. “Here’s a nice gender. And only $19.95! Won’t it look good at the symphony tonight!”

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XV HBIGDA Symposium: Vancouver Highlights (1997)

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Events, Gender, Newsletters, Standards of Care

Dr. Holly Devor set the tone for the conference by pointing out that gender variability is not prima facie evidence for psychopathology, but can be a healthy adjustment to restrictive gender roles. Dr. Devor brought many attendees to their feet with a call for HBIGDA to acknowledge and serve the many kinds of gender-variant people.

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Night Ride (1993)

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 in Book Chapters, Chrysalis Quarterly, Fiction, Gender, Magazines, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction

Bicycles have changed, and yet they are the same. They are still silent running and breezes in your hair and sweaty palms from holding onto handlebars too long. They are leaning into curves and riding without hands, pumping hard when you go uphill, and coasting when you can find a downhill. Modern bikes only remotely resemble those I rode when I was a kid the first time, but the old-time feeling is still there, fresh as ever it was and ever will be.

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Results of a Questionnaire on the Standards of Care (1995)

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 in AEGIS, Book Chapters, Gender, Offprints, Presentations, Research, Standards of Care

We prepared and distributed a questionnaire which solicited the opinions of transgendered and transexual persons about the HBIGDA Standards of Care. In this paper, we present some results of that survey and discuss some of the issues involved in imposing such standards on transexual bodies.

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Some Notes on Access to Medical Treatment (1995)

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 in AEGIS, Editorials, Flyers & Pamphlets, Gender, Press Releases

We are convinced, after fielding thousands of calls over a period of five years, that free access to medical treatment would be disastrous. We are equally convinced that there should be a clear, non-obstructionistic process to get access to these treatments, and that transsexual people should not be singled out for special restrictions that are not given to other less marginalized groups.

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Behavioral Treatment in Gender Dysphoria (1994)

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 in AEGIS, Applied Behavior Analysis, Gender, Magazines, Presentations, Psychology, Tapestry

If you have a bit of imagination you can see this man, this crossdresser, wild-eyed and perspiring from the amphetamines, smelling of vomit, going into cardiac distress. It’s a scene straight out of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange—but let me remind you that the protagonist in the film brutalized and killed people. Cooper’s patient merely sometimes wore women’s clothing.

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Two Reviews of Gordene MacKenzie, Transgender Nation (1994)

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 in AEGIS, AEGIS News, Gender, Magazines, Newsletters, Reviews

Having transsexual surgery is a political act, but it is not a conformist act. Transsexual persons go against gender norms to exercise their right to modify their bodies as they wish so their bodies reflect their inner visions of themselves.

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Review, Sheila Kirk, How to Be a Good Medical Consumer (1992)

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines, Reviews

There is very little material available to educate and train transgendered men and women to make sane and rational decisions. Dr. Kirk’s booklet is a start.

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Review of Sheila Kirk, Hormones (1991)

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 in AEGIS, Chrysalis Quarterly, Gender, Magazines, Reviews

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Hormones undoubtedly do pose significant health risks. The studies which would clearly show those health risks have, unfortunately, not been done. But remember– until a few decades ago, studies had not conclusively shown the health risks of cigarette smoking.

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