Transitioning is the process of changing one's gender presentation to accord with one's internal sense of gender. For male to female trans people this process typically involves undergoing hormone replacement therapy and can also include, changing one's name, electrolysis or other forms of facial hair removal, learning feminine voice techniques, undergoing various forms of facial feminising surgery and sex reassignment surgery.
Transitioning is a process, not an event, that takes anywhere between several months and several years. This section of the Gender Centre's website contains a collection of articles, research papers and surveys, books and book reviews, videos and other miscellanea relating to the transition process of male to female transsexual people.
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... AND A NOTE ON LABELS, SURGERY, DEFINITIONS, RELIGIONS AND TRANSCENDENCE
Article appeared in Polare 28, December 1998
Transition can be fraught with lots of hidden issues that aren't that obvious at first. In this article, Laura Seabrook discusses some of the observations that she has made during her transition, as well as two of the more contentious issues, passing and being labelled ...
A LOOK AT THE PROCESS OF CHOOSING A NAME
Article appeared in Polare 45, April 2002
Some transpeople adopt a more appropriate name in childhood. For others it only becomes necessary when they realise Ralph isn't all that suitable for a person wearing a sequined little black dress and four-inch stilettos. Catherine S talks to a few name droppers ...
DOES YOUR DOCTOR FOLLOW THE STANDARDS OF CARE?
Article appeared in Polare 41, August 2001
Some medical practitioners who are not members of the H.B.I.G.D.A. don't know what the Standards of Care are or choose to ignore them or have never even bothered to read them, affording their clients deficient care ...
AND CONSIDERING YOUR FELLOW TRAVELLERS
Article appeared in Polare 96, July 2013
Marika feels maddeningly frustrated at having her personal progress in terms of mainstream acceptance of her as just another woman, undermined by demanding, attention-seeking individuals, demanding special consideration and behaving in ways guaranteed to draw negative attention ...
WHO TO TELL, HOW TO DO IT AND THE RIGHT TONE TO ADOPT
Article appeared in Polare 64, July 2005
One of the problems often facing transgender people about to transition is who to tell, how to tell them and the right tone to adopt. This article aims to address some of these issues by giving examples of different ways people have approached this traumatic experience ...
NOT A PROBLEM AFTER ALL
Article appeared in Polare 84, July 2010
Katherine Cummings reports that Centrelink advise that a change of name should only be implemented if the person has indicated that the name will now be used exclusively in dealings with the Department and there is no indication that the new name is intended to deceive the Department ...
COMING-OUT FOR TRANSSEXUALS AND TRANSVESTITES
Article appeared in Polare 33, October 1999
Sharing our gender and sexuality issues with people close to our hearts can be intimidating, yet 'coming-out' can also be a very powerful experience, often serving as a catalyst in revealing our special secret self, while at the same time, improving our overall communication skills ...
TRUE TALES OF SEX AND GENDER DIVERSITY
Article appeared in Polare 54, October 2003
Finding the Real Me by Tracie O'Keefe and Katrina Fox is unstructured and as such reflects the nature of diversity, stories of male-to-female, female-to-male and androgyny are interspersed with stories of older and younger people, complete and incomplete transitions ...
TRANSITIONING IS BEING GIVEN THE TOOLS AND KNOWLEDGE TO ASK THE QUESTIONS WHOSE ANSWERS SET THEM FREE
Article appeared in Polare 33, October 1999
Transitioning is being given the knowledge to ask the questions that help the old artificial persona fall away, revealing a brand new self. However transitioned people appear to others, to themselves they are happy, and sometimes for the first time, whole individuals ...
STAYING SANE AND WHOLE WHILE IN TRANSITION
Article appeared in Polare 18, April 1997
The transsexual person runs a gamut of obstacles with no guarantee of success, yet transition is possible, it can be done. It just can't be done without disruption, sacrifice, hard work, stubborn determination, money and it can't be done in the absence of support ...