Lori D Ariz's picture

Over the Mountain: So What Does It Feel Like to Change Your Name?

This being Day One of the rest of my life, I've asked myself and have been asked by a couple of people, "So what does it feel like now that you've changed your name legally?'

Lori D Ariz's picture

Is Isis Distancing Herself from the Trans Community?

 Last Friday Larry King featured several trans guests in a show called "The Secret Life of Transgenders." Included were Alexis Arquette, Stu Rasmussen, Ryan Sallans, and Isis King.

glam.riot's picture

Transgender and Statism

Transgender (pronounced /trænz?d??nd?r/, from (Latin) derivatives [trans <L, combination form meaning across, beyond, through] and [gender <ME <MF gendre, genre <L gener- meaning ki

arvan's picture

Request: Transgender folk for upcoming podcast

I received an email from a podcaster seeking a transgender individual or two who are willing to be interviewed for an upcoming podcast.  If you are interested, please reply to



As per the earlier twitter, I’m attempting to locate someone willing to be on my podcast show, Closet Talk. Preferably, this Wednesday at 8pm Central Time as I had a cancellation somewhat last minute, but the 15th will work as well if that notice is too short. The podcast is intended to offer an inclusive forum for all members of the LGBTQA community to tell their stories, discuss their own coming out and answer questions and expose myths about the community they reside it. It is a call in show, so no travel will be required.

One particular aspect I would like to cover is a transperson’s coming out. I imagine emotionally, it is similar to a gay man’s coming out (of which I am). A few months ago I ran into an old friend of mine. When I knew him, he identified as a lesbian woman, but has since “come out” as a transman. Is that a typical progression for transpeople, to identify as gay prior to trans? That would, of course, be the focus of the conversation, but not the entirety of it.

You mention placing a call for it on the site, but I wasn’t sure what that meant. I’ll be happy to write something up for that purpose, but appreciate suggestions/information.

In solidarity,


------------------- | because simon isn’t cool anymore


Lance A Worth's picture

Un/Supportive II

After further emails from my friend, I believe I may have sourced the problems:

arvan's picture

WGLB-TV Presents: Women’s Health: LBTs Fighting Breast Cancer

For over a year, in the 1990s, I worked for a county HIV testing clinic. During that time, I gave HIV test results to frightened people who sat across from me waiting for news that might change the course of their lives; knowing that a positive result would bring more tests, toxic medications, changed relationships, and possibly death. With each test result, positive or negative, I tried to put myself in that person’s place and treat them how I would want to be treated—with kindness and compassion—if the situation were reversed. But I knew, no matter how much empathy I had, I would never really know what that person was going through. I would never know what it was like to sit on the opposite side of that table, hoping for the best but expecting the worst. I would never know…until suddenly, in a different but all too similar way, I did know.

This year, an estimated 175,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 43,300 will die from it. In November 2008, I became part of these statistics. I was diagnosed with pre-menopausal, invasive ductal, triple-negative, grade 2/3, Stage IIa breast cancer.

Lance A Worth's picture

What's In A Name? Everything.

I announced to friends, family, and colleagues this week that I was changing my name as part of my Gender Confirmation process.

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