Anonymous asked:

Do you guys know about the process for a hysterectomy? How long is recovery? How long are you in the hospital? Is a catheter required, or can you go to the bathroom without it right away?

theartoftransliness answered:

Adrian: As per usual, I will start out this ask as I have every other ask, It Depends. I’m sure you all are sick of us saying it but unfortunately, it always does depend.

So there are several kinds of hysterectomies that you can get, some remove all reproductive structures, others remove only some. And there are several ways to get those organs removed.

Check out these articles for more information about hysterectomies:

Also check out my 3-part hysterectomy series for trans* people.



Facebook made serious waves in the LGBT world a couple months back when it introduced 50 custom gender options expanding beyond the binary of “male” and “female.” Now, Facebook UK has build on this concept, with 70 custom gender options available to users. 

Like with the US version of this feature, Facebook users can keep their gender identities as private as they like, customizing the audiences who can see their gender selection, and can choose multiple identifiers. Users can also choose to appear with the gender-neutral pronoun “they” in others’ newsfeeds if desired.

Today’s announcement indicates that U.K. users will have at least 20 more gender options than the 50 originally introduced to U.S. users, including “intersex man,” “intersex woman,” and “asexual,” reports The Independent.

"By challenging the gender binary, Facebook will finally allow thousands of people to describe themselves as they are now and it will allow a future generation of kids to become truly comfortable in their own skins," Press for Change’s vice president, Professor Stephen Whittle, told The Independent.

Like the US version, this is admittedly imperfect — asexual is obviously not a gender identity, but presumably can be chosen alongside an identifier that is — but it’s still a pretty great development. UK friends, let me know how you like it! 


My Transition: Testosterone


Closer and closer to full acceptance


My mother found a photography project online that features agendered individuals. She called me into the office to show it to me because she thought of me. It’s been a long journey to getting her to accept my gender, but tonight was a key moment in that acceptance. It’s really the little things that matter most.

Love this. A reminder of how important these articles are and why I agree to be in them.

But for transgender and gender non-conforming people like myself, the question of what to wear to work becomes an exhausting question of identity and of survival. For us, the question changes from “how do I present my best self at work?” to “can I present my best self at work?”

Ci sono persone che non si sentono né maschi, né femmine. Passano vite intere a cercare di affermare la loro identità. Il loro problema? Una società che ragiona con un sistema binario. La storia di Micah e le foto di Chloe

My story featured in Vanity Fair Italy as part of Chloe Aftel’s #Agender photo project. 

 I’ve wanted for some time to have one place to send everyone who complains about singular they, a single page that can debunk whatever junk they’re peddling against it…. Without further ado, here’s the evidence for singular they, and why you ought to stop “correcting” it.

Another article on the photography series by Chloe Aftel profiling non-binary people (including myself!), on Refinery29.

While it’s not an ideal source of knowledge on this topic, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has shifted its understanding of a trans* identity from “gender identity disorder” to the slightly more sensitive “gender dysphoria,” which is defined as “the condition of feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one’s biological sex.” But, for many people, gender identity is not fixed or limited to “male” vs. “female.” 

Some of Aftel’s subjects identify as gender-fluid (with a fluctuating gender identity), some as gender-queer (a more general term for any gender identity other than “male” or “female”), and some as agender (those who do not identify with any gender). Aftel describes her subjects as “very sure of themselves, and with a certain level of contentment living in the way that really feels honest and best to them.”



Intimate photos of agender youth challenge society’s gender norms

"I think a lot of people like to see gender as this scale of blue and pink," Emma, a 20-year-old college student, told the magazine. "I never really identified with either side of that, or even in between blue and pink. It’s so much more complicated — my identity varies so much on any given day. Sometimes I tell people I’m gold or something."

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I appreciate that it includes a bit from the original article, which clarifies:

"This growing community encompasses people who see themselves as agender (neither male nor female), bi-gender (both genders) and gender-fluid (shifting from male to female)."