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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 ...

A BIOETHICAL CONUNDRUM

Article appeared in Polare 85, October 2010

Debate rages in the U.K. over the amount of masculinisation or feminisation that should be funded by the taxpayers following a decision of the High Court that funding for breast enhancement for transsexuals is not an essential part of their transformation ...

... OR JUST REINFORCING OLD STEREOTYPES ABOUT MEN?

Article appeared in Polare 21, October 1997

Having recently met Susan Stryker at a gender conference in San Francisco,Richard Lavine discusses his observations of transsexualism and features the opinions of Susan Stryker, Jan Morris and others in their exploration and understanding of gender identity ...

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 ...

TO BE ABLE TO CHOOSE IS TO BE EMPOWERED IN THIS WORLD.

Article appeared in Polare 46, June 2002

Callan Williams believes that we have no choice in being born with a predisposition to transgender, but we do choose what to do about it. The notion of choice, and taking responsibility for that choice is crucial to our being able to become the best we can be in this world ...

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 NUMBER OF VIEWPOINTS

Article appeared in Polare 100, August 2014

The ongoing debate within the local transgender community is whether the word tranny is offensive or not. This article explores this question and canvasses the viewpoints of some of the key players in this debate ... 

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 ...

 
 
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