LGBTQ* Profiles and Public Speakers You May Be Interested In
Ryan Sallans - 8 years of personal growth
I thought it might be fun to post side-by-side photos of how my facial structure has changed on testosterone use over the past 8 years. The years are noted by “year” after the number. The other numbers are the months on T.
For anyone thinking about starting testosterone or just recently have started I recommend maintaining a diary of your changes so that you can look back at your changes, where you have been, and where you are going.
My 8 year anniversary on T was last month and now I am reflecting back on my own experiences.
Physical Changes on T:
When it comes to physical changes, the first thing I noticed was my voice dropping in pitch, the first three months were very subtle but by month four there was a significant drop and it didn’t change much after month nine for me. …..Okay, maybe the first thing that I should of listed was an increase in libido. That happened right away and stayed with me for the first year (it died down a lot after as the years have gone by). Along with a change in libido, I also experienced a change in clitoral growth. Many (including myself) find this to be uncomfortable for the first few months, but after a while that discomfort also subsides.
The second thing I noticed was the changes in both body and facial hair. By month three I could make out noticeable hairs on the underside of my chin, by a year I had more on the underside of my chin and neck and a few coming in on the sides of my face. Sideburns didn’t really start to become noticeable until month 13 and my beard didn’t get to where it is today until year 7! As far as body hair, my chest and stomach are super hairy, but my back and behind remain hairless…for now.
The third thing I noticed was the stopping of menstruation. This took me six months to come to a full stop and after a year on testosterone I went in for a complete hysterectomy due to SEVERE cramping. Research and testimony is showing that this cramping usually goes away after one to three years on testosterone, but for people like me who couldn’t handle it and didn’t won’t those parts in, I can say that surgery does eliminate that problem.
As far as personality, that stays the same!
I’ll do a series of changes with my torso next week for those interested!
Ryan - Learn/see more about transitioning via my websitewww.ryansallans.com
LGBTQ* History You Might Have Missed
Trans* Religious History 101
(Catharina Margaretha) Linck - FTM Transgender Person, executed for sodomy in Prussia in 1721
Above Graphics from Words Without Borders
A selection of art from the biography of Catharina Margaretha Linck
by Elke R. Steiner
Translated by Edna McCown
At this time the KNOWhomo team is digging deeper into the story of Linck. There have been too many opposing stories to share any accurate information at this time. We wanted to share the graphics above and start a conversation about how we research and compile information for our posts. If you have more information on Linck, please pass it our way.
Keep On, Keeping On!
Shout out post to fellow mods still in Virginia(!):
Ryan will be at VaTech on April 4th. -Rebecca
If you attend Rutgers University - Camden. I will be sharing my transition story and speaking on the topics of sexuality and gender on March 28th from 5 to 7 pm with a meet and greet and book signing after!
Not a Rutgers-Camden Student? Here is a list of other Universities I’ll be visiting/speaking at this spring:
- Northwest Missouri State University - March 15
- University of New England - March 27
- Iowa’s Safe School Coalition LGBTQ Youth Conference - April 3
- Virginia Tech - April 4
- University of South Dakota - April 9
- Drake University - April 16
- Equality Forum, Philadelphia - May 2
You can find out more on my website!
LGBTQ* Trans* Deviant Art and Artists We Wanted To Share
LGBTQ* Graphic Novels to Keep on Your Radar
(AKA, LGBTQ* graphic novels the KNOWhomo team is currently reading)
TRANSPOSES by Dylan Edwards
"Transposes will teach you something about what it means to have a body and to feel desire. About what it means, in short, to be human." - Alison Bechdel From the foreword by the New York Times bestselling author of FUN HOME and ARE YOU MY MOTHER
TRANSPOSES separates gender from sexuality and illustrates six fascinating true stories of transgender men who also happen to be queer. The result is a laugh-out-loud, funny, heartbreaking, challenging, inventive, informative, and invites the reader to explore what truly makes a man a man.
Interested? Read some of the first pages HERE.
Note from Rebecca:
I ordered TRANSPOSES after running into it time and time again online. (I am an avid comic book and graphic novel reader.) I ordered it from NORTHWEST PRESS and had it in my hands within 2-3 days (at regular shipping price). If you are unfamiliar with NORTHWEST PRESS and enjoy queer graphic expression and fiction, I highly recommend spending some time on their site.
LGBTQ* Statistics And Graphs You Should See
Transgender Statistics (2012)
Trans* Insight Vlogs You May Have Missed
Moderators Adrian and Zak discuss overcompensation.
If you are unfamiliar with Art Of Transliness, do yourself a solid and check them out. Adrian (his personal Tumblr) and Zak are someone you should keep close on your dash. They are two of the most dedicated and compassionate people I have had the joy of getting to speak with over the last two years.
P.S. Zak’s mom is the moderator of PFLAG Mom’s Tumblr.
Part V of A&Z Discussion Series: On Overcompensating for Being Transgender
LGBTQ* Videos You May Have Missed
The VlogBrothers’ Hank Green weighs in on “infinite shiny boxes.” (I also fall into a deeper infinite love for this man.)
If anyone would like to discuss gender and sexuality on YouTube right now, go ahead and watch the new vlogbrothers video. Tell me what you think about what Hank says and his commentary.
LGBTQ* 2011 Movies You May Have Missed
Quintessential Movies from the Trans* Film Canon You Should Know
TRANS* Tumblrs You Should Know
In honor of the 11th Annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, here are some of the spotlighted and featured FTM blogs on tumblr and many of the people attending this year’s conference.
Personal Note: Trans* representation is NOT limited to these blogs and the above blogs do focus on FTM trans men. If you know of other trans* tumblrs (safe for work), please pass them my way. Thanks, -Rebecca
LGBTQ* Deviant Artist You Should Know
LGBTQ* “Rush” of History
"Mountain" Charlie Darkey Parkhurst
Legend states that Parkhurst started his young life by running away from his parents, being placed in an orphanage and escaped with only his trousers and shirt to set out as a farm and ranch hand. From there, Parkhurst went on to work his way towards California as a stagecoach driver.
Parkhurst was one of the toughest stagecoach drivers to ever work for Wells Fargo and command the mountains during the California gold rush. It is even said the Parkhurst shot and killed at least one bandit during the rush. Respected by miners and Wells Fargo, feared by those who upset the balance of the miners and a man of legend, Parkhurst was one of the most known individuals in California in the mid-1860s.
Upon death, as neighbors prepared Parkhurst’s body for burial, it was discovered that Parkhurst was born biologically female. This information was not shared with newspapers or others. Both Parkhurst’s neighbors and doctor only shared with others that they would remember Parkhurst as one of the most impressive drivers and men of their time.
Parkhurst has since made one of California’s “first-to-do-so” lists. Parkhurst is credited as being California’s first female born individual to cast a vote in an election (1868).
(note: The above photo is from Wells Fargo’s Blog and I highly recommend reading their blogger discuss sharing the story with grade-schoolers.)