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Thursday, August 19th, 2010
8:38 am
Monday, March 29th, 2010
7:38 pm
Seattle area therapist question?
Looking for anyone who has seen, or knows someone who has seen the therapist Robin Singer. I am going to see her, and just curious what she is like, and what sort of questions she asks, etc...?

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, January 28th, 2010
11:58 am
Hey guys--

I currently live up in Bellingham and I have not, in all of my years of looking, found any recs or listings for docs/endos willing to proscribe hormones here, and any help I can get would be appreciated.  I'm just over half way through my 3 months of therapy, which I've been commuting all the way down to Seattle for, and I'm desperately hoping for some tips for some place closer.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
11:31 pm
The Low Cost Clinic vs. Pike Clinic
So, right now I'm going to the Pike Clinic. I really, really appreciate what they do for the community by providing much-needed low cost medical care. I have to say though, I'm really dis-satisfied with my experience there. I've been there a few times, and have yet to meet the doctor that is offcially *my* doctor. The first time I went, I had an appointment specifically scheduled for HRT and I saw some rotating doctor who didn't know anything about it. I had a UTI and the soonest I could get an appointment with any doctor there was a week and a half out.

Reasons aside, I'm unhappy, and you just have to be happy with your doctor. At Pride there was a booth for a clinic in Shoreline called The Low Cost Clinic (web research also implied it's called My Pain Clinic). At Pride they had info geared towards people transitioning.

I'm curious if any of you have been a patient at this clinic? What'd you think? Did the doctors seem to know their stuff? Were they personable? The office comfortable? I'm especially interested in opinions of people who've been to both clinics, but just opinions of the Shoreline clinic are better than nothing.

Like I said above, I really appreciate what Pike does for the community. I'm not bashing them at all. You need a doctor and don't have insurance? Don't hesitate to go there. That's why I go there. I'm just weighing other options that may be better for me individually. I also really like that the Shoreline clinic is more geared towards natural medicine.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Sunday, August 9th, 2009
9:57 am
SHE: A New Women's Party

She: A new party for all self-identifying women because womanhood doesn't hinge on a letter.
A New Party For All Women

Join us every third Friday of the month as She redefines the concept of women's parties at the Center. We welcome all CSPC members and guests who identify as women. If you prefer people to use feminine pronouns to address you then you are welcome at SHE. Let our Party Hosts, EC, and volunteers present an evening that is inviting, comfortable, and satisfying. Come help us make SHE an amazing experience!

Free social 8pm-8:45pm, party 9 pm to 2 am

Chocolate is optional.

"SHE" addresses a problem that exists with the current Women's Event: Trangendered women whose ID does not have a F for the gender marker are forbidden from partaking in, and contributing to, the women's space the Women's Event represents.

By introducing a play party which is open to all self-identifying women who agree to respect women's space, we hope to provide an answer to this problem. We feel that enforcing the need to respect the women's space may make it easier to police that space. If this admission policy proves workable, which we believe it will, the policy can be applied to the existing Women's Event, making it more inclusive.

If you have any questions about SHE, please take a few moments to review our Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked QuestionsCollapse )

Current Mood: good
Thursday, May 14th, 2009
2:03 pm
Toby Meltzer in Seattle tomorrow night
Hey Seattle folks:

Toby Meltzer will be presenting at the Ingersoll Center tomorrow night at 7. The address is 1216 Pine St., Suite 300. He'll be there to answer questions about SRS, but I'm not sure if he is doing consults or not. Meltzer is a surgeon based in Arizona.
Monday, April 27th, 2009
3:51 pm
Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival, May 7-10, 2009
Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival, now in its 4th year, is happening May 7-10, 2009. Out of the entire world, Seattle is one of a handful of places that has a transgender specific film festival, so since it's in your back yard, make sure to come on out.

Highlights include:
*Opening night party at Cafe Stellina on 12th and Pike
*Discussion of digital media and gender variance
*Documentary on black transmen called Still Black
*Rare screening of a vintage transplotation film: Let Me Die a Woman

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: http://threedollarbillcinema.org/08/translations.

Translations is produced in partnership by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, producer of the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Gender Odyssey, producer of the Gender Odyssey conference and is supported in part this year with a generous grant from the Pride Foundation.
Friday, March 13th, 2009
12:00 pm
LGBTQI Friendly Neurosurgeon
I am a vp shunt patient. I have had this condition (hydrocephalus & spinalmeningitis) since birth. I'm also a 30 yr old ftm transguy. I've been on testosterone for one month today. I am planning to have top surgery in the next three months. The surgeon I have been talking to is willing to perform my surgery if they can move the shunt tubing out of my chest before the actual top surgery.

Does anyone here in Seattle know of a neurosurgeon who works with the LGBTQI community?

Pls email me.

Thanks for your time!

Brian T. Marr

Current Mood: anxious
Friday, February 13th, 2009
6:15 pm
queer housing!
My awesome house is looking for a new housemate. We're queer and trans friendly & competent, and we've had some good replies so far, but we'd prefer to offer the room to another queer or trans person.


Friday, December 19th, 2008
10:37 am
Trans friendly ATS Belly Dancing Class
For the last year or so I have been wanting to take a belly dancing class and a friend of mine recommended her studio, Mandala Tribal, which is lead by Sahron Moore. Mandala Tirbal teaches American Tribal Style Belly Dance. When I enquired with her about joining her class, I was turned away on account of my birth sex.

Mandala Tribal and Sharon Moore is not trans friendly.

On the other hand, Skin Deep Dance Studio, which not only accepted me for class, but welcomed me with open arms and said I had come to the right place.

Here is the full post from my journal and the transgender community.Collapse )

Current Mood: happy
Monday, November 17th, 2008
10:57 am

DATE: November 18th 6pm-9:00pm


Ravenna United Methodist Church

5751 33rd Ave. NE Seattle, WA 98105

[corner of NE 60th St and 33rd Ave NE]



6pm - "Naming Jennifer" - a documentary film by Scott Rice and Steven Lane

7:15pm, Peterson Toscano's play Transfigurations

8:30pm Candlelight vigil and the reading of the names of those lost this year to anti-gender variant violence.

See the Background info for information on each activity.



              Ravenna UMC will again host an observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance this year on Tuesday evening November 18th.starting at 6pm 

Background on "Naming Jennifer":

              "Naming Jennifer" is a documentary film by Scott Rice and Steven Lane about a Missoula, MT transgendered woman who died a brutal death, the questions surrounding her death, and the intolerance of the local law enforcement community to in refusing to investigate the death. The very loving and sometimes confused story of Jennifer's life is told through interviews with Jennifer's family and friends. Also interviewed are the Police and the District Attorney where the attitudes toward the transgendered community are all too evident. This is going to be one of the more moving films you will see this year. The producers Scott Rice and Steven Lane will be in attendance to answer questions afterward.

Background on Peterson Toscano's play "Transfigurations":

              . This year, Ravenna is also bringing in Peterson Toscano to present his play "Transfigurations" followed by the candlelight vigil. Peterson, a gay man, has written a number of plays including "Doin' Time In The Homo No Mo' Halfway House" about his experiences in the Ex-gay movement, "Footprints," "The Re-Education of George W. Bush--No President Left Behind" and now "Transfigurations."

              Transfigurations is a play written and performed by Peterson Toscano. "In this one-person play, theatrical performance activist, Peterson Toscano, unearths transgender Bible characters--those people who do not fit in the gender binary, and who in transgressing and transcending gender, find themselves at the center of some the Bible's most important stories." 

              "Peterson has been featured in the US Media including The New York Times, People Magazine, the Montel Williams Show, Public Radio International, Logo TV, and The Tyra Banks Show. Peterson has also presented his work internationally in Canada, Cameroon, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, England and Wales. He is featured in German and Swedish Wikipedia and has been interviewed on radio and Television in Europe and the UK.**"

              To many, the rise in visibility of the transgender community starting with the Compton Cafeteria riot in August 1966 in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco and with Silvia Rivera starting the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969, has sometimes made people think that transgender people are a new and modern phenomena. Quite to the contrary, gender variant people have existed throughout all of recorded history. The temple of Artemis on the steps of which Paul often preached was led by transgender priests. Eunuchs of various types (eunuch being in the Bible anyone who did not marry) have played key roles in the Old and New Testaments. They are spoken of in Isaiah 56, Matthew 19, and Acts 8, and so have been with us for all of recorded history, yet most people know little or nothing of the transpeople within their own communities.

Background on Transgender Day of Remembrance and the candlelight vigil:

This general information is available on www.gender.org/remember/day/what.html

              "The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgendered — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgendered people.

              The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgendered people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgendered people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.". 

              The Seattle observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance has been held almost as long as the San Francisco one where it started. In the early years it was largely a private ceremony within the transgendered community of Seattle and Washington State. In recent years the event has continued to grow in attendance and size both here in Seattle and worldwide. Held usually only by and for the transgender community, Ravenna UMC this year would like to invite all the allies and would be allies of the transgender community to gather with us to mark this solemn occasion and stand in unity against the violence perpetrated against the trans community. This is your opportunity to take a stand supporting some of the most alienated and oppressed in our society. Please join us.

              The event is free, but if you would like to donate, there will be donation baskets at the event. All proceeds from donations at this event go to support Ravenna UMC's hosting of this event this year and for next year.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
9:35 pm
President Obama!
When the announcement came across, husband and I both got tears in our eyes and goosebumps on our skin. We never thought we would live to see an African-American President, and here we are, 2008 and it is possible.

It gives me hope. Just as our African-American brothers and sisters are celebrating tonight, I hope that other groups will celebrate their total equality in my lifetime. This gives me hope for all races as well as for gays, lesbians and bisexuals, transgenders, transsexuals and genderqueers.

We are slowly moving towards that idealistic vision of a united race: the human race.

Gods bless, I hope that this brings a little happiness to everyone tonight.

Current Mood: giddy
Friday, October 10th, 2008
9:37 am
2008 National Gay Men's Health Summit
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

You are all invited to the 2008 National Gay Men's Health Summit, hosted by Gay City!

As Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or questioning men of all races and ages, our health as individuals and as a community is paramount. Health is about the integration of our physical body, our mental health, our spirituality, culture, and how we come together to form relationships and build ties that support us all in our rich diversity and complex issues.

Fred Swanson and his staff at Gay City (206-860-6969) are hosting the 2008 National Gay Men's Health Summit here in Seattle from October 17-21. The summit will be held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel 515 Madison St. This summit is open any and all who are interested in learning about and contributing to the health of GBTQ men. Check out the website at www.gmhs2008.org. It is a great opportunity to be a part of something that is consequential to us all!

The work of Fred Swanson, his staff, the presenters, and the participants of the summit is crucial because it has far-reaching implications and influence locally, nationally, and internationally for GBTQ men. This summit is an integral part of a long history of work done by men, for men. It will influence the direction of our future and the contributions to the well-being of our community will be building blocks that will benefit in ways that are yet unseen.

As individuals and a community, we are still faced with complex, inter-related issues regarding HIV- transmission and care, the impact of addictions, the rejection from our religious/spiritual base, and the isolation that men feel because of the stigma of being GBTQ.

Isolation can happen to anyone, yet men of color who have sex with men experience the isolation in a different way and for different reasons. Cultural norms and messages put distinctive pressures on these men which leads too many of them to live isolated lives, or lives on the "down-low." Some of these men then miss out on the opportunities for support or proper healthcare because of their isolation. One of the very positive components of this summit is the invitation and genuine interest in the experiences, knowledge, and recommendations of the men of color who have sex with men. I can't express enough how important bridging the racial separation and isolation is in the health of individuals and the community.

HIV transmission and care is still a critical part our community. It remains a very real crisis with very real consequences - physically, spiritually, and mentally. Yes, the drugs are helpful AND contracting HIV will still impact your life. Work in this area is still needed and the summit will provide participants information about where the community is and what still needs to be done about safer-sex strategies, messages, and behaviors of GBTQ men.

Spirituality/religion is an important element in many men's lives. Many GBTQ men want to keep their beliefs and faith yet often feel rejected and pushed away from their spiritual base because of hurtful, harmful dogma. The National Gay Men's Health Summit recognizes the importance of spirituality as an fundamental part of being healthy individuals which makes a healthy community. This piece adds links and makes meaningful connections for participants.

Interwoven in all of these issues is drug addiction. Too many GBTQ men struggle with substance use/abuse. The organizers of the summit, much to their credit, see that substance addiction needs to be addressed within the context of other issues for GBTQ men. Substance addiction/abuse doesn't exist on its own. Addiction is fueled by the problems and reactions in one's life. Addressing this complex piece of our community fabric will contribute to the strength of individuals and of our community.

These intricate issues are not contained within the GBTQ community. These issues branch out and touch family and friends. Healthcare providers, enlightened spiritual leaders, business leaders, and some politicians work hard - on individual, social, and legal levels - to provide services, rights, and support to GBTQ men and their families. This is why this summit is important. You, too, can be an important part of what happens in our community. Remember, our community really is a global community and the work you do here is far-reaching.

GBTQ men from all over the country are coming to participate. These men are not just healthcare professionals. They are men who want to learn and contribute to the health and wellbeing of the men in our community and the community as a whole. This is a summit about pride, health, and community. Every one of us has something to contribute so please make time to participate in some or all of this summit.

Welcome, presenters and participants, to Seattle. Your work is important and take pride in the fact that you are making a difference. Thank you, Fred Swanson, Peter Jabin, and the staff at Gay City (www.gaycity.org) for your endless hours and for hosting this event.

When we are healthy individuals, we come together to create a healthy community. A healthy community takes a stronger, more prominent position in our larger community and ensures a better future for all. The 2008 National Gay Men's Health Forum is making this happen.

Michael Raitt, MA LMHC, is a therapist who writes a bi-monthly column in the SGN. If you would like to comment on this column, ask a question you'd like him to write about, or suggest another topic of interest, please contact him at askingmichael@comcast.net.
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
3:14 pm
T. D. O. R
I was asked to post this in communities that I am in, feel free to repost info anywhere you feel there might be interest.

10TH Annual Seattle Day of Remembrance

Tuesday November 18th

Ravenna UMC
5753 33rd Ave NE
Seattle WA 98105 

         Corner of 33rd Ave NE and NE 60th Street                                 

Peterson Toscano
performing his play

Shannon Buzard
Monday, September 22nd, 2008
10:53 pm
FTM and cat look for new home.
I'm Cole, he's Little Guy, and we need a new place to live! I'm a laid back kind of guy with a stable 9-5. He's a sweet 8 month old who plays well with others. A sober environment would be ideal, but not necessarily required. I'm in need of something that tops out at $500 per month, and hoping for something closer to $400.


x-posted to FTM
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
3:26 pm
Mission Impossible
I just changed my insurance provider to Group Health and am looking for a new physician in the system. This is complicated by the fact that I need to see a doctor pretty much yesterday. Does anyone know of a doctor with trans health experience who is in the group health system and who doesn't typically have a long waiting list? Failing that, just a recommendation for a good physician would be great, if I call around off a long enough list maybe I'll get lucky.
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
8:42 pm
getting rid of full sharps container
Hey all, I live in the u-district and am having a really hard time finding a pharmacy that will accept full sharps containers.  I had no problem finding a new one to buy but none of the pharmacies in the area seem to want my full one.  To all of you on injectable hormones, where do you take your full sharps containers?

Thanks in advance.
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
4:51 pm
Coffee Anyone???
Hey guys! This Thursday (August 14th) is FTM Coffee Night. We meet every second Thursday of the month on the second floor of Café Vita (1005 E Pike Street, Capitol Hill) Meeting time is 6:30-8 as usual. Look for the table tent and friendly hosts. Look forward to seeing ya'll there!

If you would like to receive reminders by e-mail shoot us a line at FTMCoffeeNightSeattle@yahoo.com to get added to the list.
Sunday, July 27th, 2008
2:24 pm
Hey all, I'm moving from Cincinnati in three weeks and my housing situation fell through about two weeks ago (after signing a lease no less--long story). I will be going to UW, but don't really care about being super close as I'll be in a doctoral program and don't need to show up every single day. I'd like to be close-ish, but really safety is most important to me as I don't pass. Most people probably wouldn't assume I was trans, but still, I'd hate to end up in an area I felt really uncomfortable in. I have been looking at Capitol Hill, because it's the only area with lots of apartments listed on craigslist, and also the only area I was in when I visited (besides at UW). I might have found somewhere on Boren, called the Embassy I think. Trying to move without being there sucks, especially since I don't know anyone and am leaving my family behind since we don't have enough money for us all to move. I'm feeling highly stressed and thought perhaps if anyone knows something/somewhere I should look at instead, or if this is a bad idea, that'd be great. I don't need much space, since I'm shipping my things, so really it's all about safety at this point. Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom!
Monday, July 7th, 2008
4:18 pm
It's that time again...
Just a heads up, this Thursday (July 10th) is FTM Coffee Night. It will be our fourth month in our new location, the second floor of Café Vita (1005 E Pike Street, Capitol Hill) Meeting time is 6:30-8 as usual. Look for the table tent and friendly hosts. Look forward to seeing ya'll there!

If you would like to receive reminders by e-mail shoot us a line at FTMCoffeeNightSeattle@yahoo.com to get added to the list.
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