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opinionA collection of thought-provoking opinion pieces written by and about male to female transsexual people, and about the many and varied issues and concerns of male to female trans people, subjects that occasionally encompass confronting areas of contention among our ignorant and ill-informed opponents.

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TRANSWOMEN CONTINUE TO GET THE RAW END OF THE DEAL

Article appeared in Polare 89, October 2011

Matt Kailey breaks down the question of why it might be that transwomen get the raw end of the deal when it comes to complaints about either reinforcing gender stereotypes, reinforcing the sexual stereotypes that some people have about transpeople, or both ... 

WE ARE NOT THE ONES WITH GENDER ISSUES!

Article appeared in Polare 24, April 1998

As a community, we have become more empowered and less comfortable with the idea that we are the ones with gender issues.Indeed, many of us are comfortable with our identity and note that any troubles that others have with our identity is a result of their own gender issues ...

WE CAN'T EXPECT MORE FROM OUR HEALTH PROVIDERS

Article appeared in Polare 69, November 2006

As Trans people, it's up to all of us to take responsibility for our own health and wellbeing and to make our health care providers aware of our needs. When we are open and honest, we are more likely to get the advice and the care that can keep us healthy ...

TRANSSEXUAL PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE SINGLED OUT FOR SPECIAL TREATMENT

Article appeared in Polare 35, February 2000

Because the S.O.C. were initially written as minimal standards, they were often over-interpreted by physicians that used the promise of hormones and surgery to influence changes in the transsexual's sexual orientation, manner of presentation and physical characteristics ...

SOME CONSIDERATIONS AND A POSSIBLE SOLUTION.

Article appeared in Polare 24, April 1998

Nancy Nangeroni investigates the debate in the transgender community over whether Gender Identity Disorder should be de-pathologised and suggests that the elimination ofG.I.D. as a mental illness, would help to further reduce the stigmatization of transgender folk ...

JAMISON GREEN'S THOUGHTS ON THE MUCH DISCUSSED ISSUE OF 'PASSING'

Article appeared in Polare 47, August 2002

Jamison Green responds to issues raised in aTransgender Tapestry article where Jessica Xavier and Holly Boswell express their views on the topic of 'Passing' and raises some very valid points especially in relation to transmen, and their involvement in the lesbian community ... 

NEVER NATURAL BECAUSE THE NATURAL IS HIDDEN

Article appeared in Polare 10, December 1995

What does it mean when whatever you say or do is wrong, never enough, never right, appropriate, or what's expected? When what is inside must be hidden, to reveal it would invite ridicule ...

A DIALOGUE BETWEEN KATHERINE AND GAYE

Article appeared in Polare 85, October 2010

Former Gender Centre Counsellor, Gaye Stubbs, interviews Katherine Cummingsabout some of the most pertinent issues involving transgender people including employment, mental health, stigma and those transitioning in their youth ...

FEMINISM AND TRANS THEORY

Article appeared in Polare 40, December 2000

Stephen Whittle writes that gender was an excuse for oppression – nothing more and nothing less and furthermore he posits that this is the position we - both feminism and trans - can now reach: knowing when the ball is out of play through consensus rather than rules ... 

AND WE LIE TO THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES

Article appeared in Polare 27, October 1998

Jessica explains why she and perhaps other transsexual people have told lies, and suggests that it's because we are terrified of rejection or what else might happen when others find out and that it's also to protect the extremely fragile shell that keeps us alive ... 

A PRICE WORTH PAYING FOR GENDER IDENTITY DISORDER?

Article appeared in Polare 80, July 2009

This paper written by Sam Winter is about transpeople and transphobia and the role of Western psychiatry in relation to both, transphobia that often leads to discrimination and in turn to stress, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and worse for the transgender person ... 

THE REAL REASON FOR GOING THROUGH THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF TRANSITION

Article appeared in Polare 29, February 1999

The experiences of many post-transition years have allowed Jennifer Diane Reitz to learn and grow enough to see that the real reason for going through the perilous journey of transition is not to be a woman or a man, but to be an individual expression of our heartfelt selves ... 

 
 
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