This much is clear: laws which prevent transgender youth from accessing medical care are not in the best interest of those transgender youth.
My perspective is from having MtF hormones and vaginoplasty. There are many other treatments, and people who have had those will likely have very different (yet really neat) answers.
About 2 years ago, I wrote "The ‘D’ word", in which I described my experience at that point with dysphoria. A lot has changed in the two years since, so I'm revisiting the topic to see if I can find any new or helpful information.
This past weekend, the New York times published an op-ed piece by Andrea Long Chu entitled "My New Vagina Won't Make Me Happy (And it shouldn't have to)". This column caused shock waves through the trans community for many of the things the author said and the way she characterized different aspects of her experience as a transgender woman.
Here is my response.
I recently reached the 2-year anniversary of starting Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), so I'm taking a moment to see how my life has changed in these two years.
HRT has helped me mentally, and has had some effects on my body physically. Here are some of the things I've learned so far.