SparkPeople Transgender Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=9322 This group is dedicated to discussing fitness goals and offering motivation and support to the transgender community. SparkPeople Transgender Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=9322 Dating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x58831588 Just putting this out there that I have a horrible time trying to date. I've only had one serious boyfriend and I kind of would like another, but I keep getting rejected and I don't even know why most of the time. It's frustrating and discouraging, and I was wondering if this is a common thing for transgendered people to deal with and if anyone has similar experiences? Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:37:28 EST Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x55288880 Howdy, my name is Dominic. I am a pre everything FTM man trying to get healthier in all areas of my life. I am stoked about eventually starting T, but I am putting that off till I am done applying to grad school. <BR> <BR> I've technically been on Spark for three years but I've only really been involved about a month. I'm also in the Steer Queer group which is where I heard about this team. <BR> <BR> If I had to say I want something specific, it would be help with motivation/mood. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:40:10 EST You can call me Lucas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x54700793 So, it appears I'm the new administrator. Let's get this party started. <BR> <BR> A few things about me... I'm ftm transgender, and a senior at university. Transitioning was quite a wild ride, with not always having support, but things are pretty cool now. I fought my whole childhood to have short "boy" hair and finally got it in the 7th grade. Unfortunately, not in time for pictures. Ever since then I was known as the tomboy as they called them back then, or the lesbian as I hit high schoo... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 06:46:44 EST Tell us about yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x53419082 A - Age: 30 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Double <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Going to the laundromat <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: I experience dogs vicariously. I have three cats, Emma, Mattie, and César <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Iced Coffee <BR> <BR> F - Favorite movie, book and color: Star Wars, The Baroque Cycle, and Charcoal <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: Chrome. <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5'5". <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play(ed): I have a guitar. I do not play it. <BR> ... Mon, 20 May 2013 22:53:03 EST Starting HRT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x52149353 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I just started on a very small dose of Testim, a gel based testosterone. I'm only doing about 1/4 of a tube a day (appx 12.5mg a day). Part of the reason is that I'm not really looking to make a full transition--I find myself in the gender-queer range--so, we're starting very slow and titrating over time to see what feels most comfortable. <BR> <BR> I'm mostly concerned because I've been working very hard on getting my weight to a healthy place--though my doctor said I'm l... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:41:35 EST What has been your success during the past 7 days? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x51977727 I haven't binged in an entire week. This is a huge victory for me. Have you accomplished anything this week? Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:07:24 EST Leader? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x51935678 So, I see we still don't have a leader. <BR> <BR> I did say at one point that I would try if nobody else volunteered, but I'm just wondering if anyone else is even considering it. <BR> <BR> The thing is that I don't have home internet, and am unlikely to have it for quite a while (years?). I use the data from my cell phone to get online at home. I have 6GB of data, but that's by no means a lot for home internet use. SO I can try and lead this team, in addition to my other one, but I can... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 21:26:56 EST What are your goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x51839283 The New Year can't really be called "new" anymore. I think we've all finally gotten used to writing 2013 (or nearly). What resolutions did you start out with? How have they been modified in the past few weeks? How do these (if at all) apply to your weight-loss journey or your gender identity? There has been at least one motivating, boundry-pushing struggle on this forum. Let's hear some more! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:58:16 EST Gender and body metrics—what's your SP gender? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x51703105 You all no doubt know that many body metrics based around weight/fat/waist size/etc. are often different based on one's gender. I was wondering how you all navigate that. <BR> <BR> As for me: I've been on testosterone for over a year and a half, so SparkPeople (and everything else I can "choose" my gender on) knows me as male. So far, that's worked out fine. I know it's probably estimating my calorie burns as higher and giving me more calories to eat than if I put my gender as female. I figu... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:00:44 EST Gender Neutral Gyms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x51545673 Hey, y'all! <BR> <BR> I've recently moved, and had to switch gyms. This meant the process of finding genderqueer friendly gyms started all over! Out of the eight (!!!!) different gyms I tried out, only one had single-stall changing rooms or showers. <BR> <BR> It was a chain gym, Anytime Fitness, so I wanted to recommend it if anyone was searching. I'd also be interested in hearing other people's experience with locker rooms. I can't be the only one paranoid about changing at a gym! ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:44:25 EST Hi, I'm Ari! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x50827424 Almost 25 years old, FTM, pre-op and one month away from hormones. <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:52:31 EST Lana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x50590899 Wow, you have to watch this. <BR> <BR> She is fab! <BR> <BR> http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/video/h<BR>uman-rights-campaign-visibility-winner<BR>-382123 Sun, 28 Oct 2012 19:58:47 EST Mady's surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x50342460 So... Mady left for Montreal on Sept. 29, and will be coming home on Saturday. Healing always kind of sucks, but he seems to be doing well, and be reasonably happy with the results so far. He is staying in a residence next to the hospital that is exclusively for trans people undergoing surgery. He was one of only 2 boys there, and the other guy had phallo, whereas Mady had meta, so for them nobody else is going through the exact same thing, but they are still surrounded by trans people and... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:00:28 EST Book Recommendation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x50028572 A friend of my recommended a book and I haven't put it down since receiving it. The title is "Nina Here nor There (My Journey Beyond Gender)" and I highly recommend it. I have spent the past few nights barely sleeping because of the thought-provoking trans content. Here is the book blurb. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ambitious, sporty, feminine "capital-L lesbians" had been Nina Krieger's type, for friends that is. She hadn't dated in seven years, a period of non-stop traveling - searching for wha... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:02:14 EST Need some help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x49261929 Hope everyone is doing well these days! A lot has changed for me. I now have a beautiful and wonderful partner. She is the founder of a transgender organization in Fort Worth and has made a petition on Change.org to allow for gender marker changes to be standard and not a crap shoot. Please go to the site and sign. Thank you. <link>www.change.org/petitions/standardize<BR>-the-legal-transgender-gender-marker-p<BR>rocedure-in-texas-sign-the-petition-to<BR>-show-your-support </link> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 17:34:11 EST Need some help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x49261481 Hope everyone is doing well these days! A lot has changed for me. I now have a beautiful and wonderful partner. She is the founder of a transgender organization in Fort Worth and has made a petition on Change.org to allow for gender marker changes to be standard and not a crap shoot. Please go to the site and sign. Thank you. <link>www.change.org/petitions/standardize<BR>-the-legal-transgender-gender-marker-p<BR>rocedure-in-texas-sign-the-petition-to<BR>-show-your-support </link> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 16:58:29 EST Name Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x49049573 Last week I sent my name change application to the government. Whooo! The down side? I'll be traveling this coming fall and have a fear that the application won't come through in time. I'm hoping this is a ridiculous fear to have. The website states 6-8 weeks but two of my friends have had to wait nearly 4 months for it to be returned to them! <BR> <BR> In 6-weeks we (my sister and I) send in our application to travel through Iran as "two women." If it doesn't get approved I'll be sending in... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:22:53 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x48904576 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a 42 yr old FTM who is looking to jump start his motivation and drive in general, and for weight loss specifically. I used to do these long distance bicycle tours on my own but since taking on a job that has me travelling a lot (I can be on the road anywhere from a week to 3 weeks in a row). <BR> <BR> I had added the Spark book to my Kindle app and had started reading it and noticed that in the opening intro that there was a constant mention of the SparkPeople we... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 17:11:51 EST Lucas & Skye http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x48861692 One of my two favourite trans men, Lucas Silveira, proposed to his gf at Toronto Pride during his show after the trans march! Did it right on stage in front of everyone after performing a song together. So cute. I couldn't believe I missed it. This is the first year I haven't been there in ages. I'm so happy and excited for him to have found someone to spend his life with. Less than a year ago he was telling us about really bad blind dates and how he'd just about given up. Now he's eng... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 21:46:25 EST News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x48861478 Hey, <BR> <BR> I thought y'all would be interested to hear that my hubby has had his bottom surgery scheduled! <BR> He has a consult in Montreal in August and then he'll be back there for the surgery at the beginning of October. He is excited but I think he's also nervous. I'll go to the consult if possible but he doesn't want me to go with him for the surgery itself. He'll be there a week or two so I'll likely visit, but that's it. I'm thankful for the location of our new home - almost ... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 21:31:38 EST New Team Leader wanted... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x48747852 I'm leaving. It's been great, but it's time for someone new. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:33:26 EST On the Grand Jury http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x48591343 I've been honored to be picked for the 2012-2013 grand jury for my county. The grand jury doesn't decide on court cases, like a regular jury. We are an investigative body into the functioning of cities and the county. I'm getting a cram course on civics right now, talking to mayors, supervisors, the sheriff, health services, and on and on. It feels good to "give back" to my community and be a good citizen. <BR> <BR> I'm sure I'm not the first transsexual to serve, but I'm very honored. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 09:49:09 EST one month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x48474195 I took a hands off on writing any topics, to see if anyone would participate. Guess not! <BR> <BR> This SparkTeam can only be as good as what you put into it. Please don't wait for me to post something of interest. Share what is going on in your life, your journey. You could open a discussion others may be experiencing too. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:23:16 EST Laura Jane Grace http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x47998328 Today a Rolling Stone article came out about how Tom Gabel, lead singer of Against Me! had come out as trans and will be taking the name Laura Jane Grace. While I'm not surprised (if you've ever heard the song "Ocean", you wouldn't be either!), I am very proud of her for coming out publicly right at the beginning of her transition. It took guts and she will likely suffer some backlash. It's a wonderful thing to have such a well-known artist come out, she will be able to be an inspiration f... Wed, 9 May 2012 23:02:31 EST My Spark-a-versary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x47693383 I've been on Sparkpeople 4 years! I've lost 50 pounds, gained some of it back, learned a lot about nutrition, met some interesting people, and had a place to log my fitness and eating. <BR> <BR> How long have you been on Sparkpeople? <BR> <BR> --Drake Sat, 21 Apr 2012 17:22:24 EST Camping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x47625032 When I was in high school and into my 20's I was a backpacker. Then I got introduced and spoiled with 4 wheeling with friends. You could take a cooler! Now I'm in my late 50's and we camp in a pop up trailer. <BR> <BR> We're heading to Big Sur for a whole week starting Sunday. This will be our first time "off the grid". There will be no power or water. I am so looking forward to this. <BR> <BR> Making breakfast burritos today to freeze. I still have two more dinners to make before Saturda... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:33:32 EST Come out to play http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x47470066 I've been on SparkPeople since the middle of February and was so stoked to find a Trans team. Since I've been around, this team has been pretty quiet, so I'm posting this just to say hello (insert echoing "hello...hello...hello... right about here) and to invite anyone else who's been wishing to see a little more activity here to come out of the woodwork and *be* the activity we wish to see (to mangle an overused quote). <BR> <BR> I'm not usually much of a joiner, but I just would so love to... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 13:28:35 EST Back again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x46915349 I've been gone for the week, bak from a week long camping trip. This was another of my "wine safari" to visit far flung wine regions on the west coast. This time it was to central California, around Paso Robles. Came back with 9+ cases that now have to be cataloged and racked. My wine cellar just gets better all the time! I sincerely doubt anyone cares, but it is one of my little life enjoyments. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 11:32:58 EST Blue Striped Love Story! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x46703954 Lately I've been obsessed with James Cameron's Avatar So I've also been writing a fan-fiction , (pg) GAY love story featuring me as Ateyo, a blue-skinned striped Na'vi and a human helicopter pilot, which is actually my Brie. The story is well received and I am writing a new chapter evey night! Here's the link if you are interested! <BR> <BR> <link>forum.learnnavi.org/fanfaction/ateyo<BR>-tesyaksyuk-tsulfatu/ </link> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:38:38 EST This was on SparkPeople's frontpage today: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x46676314 Gender Identity Issues Can Harm Kids' Mental Health: Study <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=661896 </link> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:44:48 EST CALORIES BURNED DURING SEX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x46540690 The weather will be nasty tomorrow, so Brie and I will stay home and spend some quality time together. With that in mind I decided it was time to post this article that I found on theGLBT We Are Family team lastyear: <BR> CALORIES BURNED DURING SEX <BR> Following are the results of Dr. Robert S. Wieder’s exhaustive study of the average <BR> calories burned during sex activities of various kinds, as published in the American <BR> Journal of Exercise Calorimetry in August 2006. Dr. Weider’s ... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 22:27:02 EST Community... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x46528055 So... I'm not trans, but I am married to a trans man and I will always fight for trans rights... Would I be considered part of the trans community? Similarly, can a straight person who is heavily involved with the LGBTQ community be considered a part of the community? <BR> <BR> Mady recently made some comments that made me think about this and I am curious how other people will see these questions. I never really thought about it much before. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 00:58:09 EST GENDER-BENDER MODEL? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19159x9322x46526917 <BR> IDK but she looks like a she to me. I remember when Diane Keaton started wearing vests ties and fedoras and everyone was aghast. Perhaps none of her male modeling shots were shown. What I find noteworthy is that he doesn't feel the need to be surgically defined as one gender or the other. <BR> I've never paid attention to models. They all seem like Barbie Dolls to me. <BR> (I liked the G.I, Joe!) <BR> http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/li<BR>ving/2017470246_model10.html?syndicati... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 22:54:08 EST The Art of the Male Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x46448659 People come in all shapes and heights. The following is what is perceived in scientific research as to what proportions females find attractive in males. I will give you formulas to help you figure out your ideal measurement and weight. <BR> <BR> Measurements you need (inches): <BR> waist <BR> shoulder (line up the tape to go along the underarm path; including your deltoids) <BR> height <BR> neck <BR> hips (though the hip measurement is technically not needed for mal... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 12:40:24 EST Use of "tranny"... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x46126477 Does context change how offensive it is? I feel that it does, but here's where this question comes from: <BR> <BR> "Poll: if Lucas Silveira (or any other well-known trans man) says "tranny", within the context of "follow my trans friends on twitter #trannythursdays", do you consider it offensive?  Just curious to get opinions of ppl who may not already be in this convo on FB and Twitter." Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:12:18 EST Bad weather... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x46101881 For much of the continent the winter weather has hit. What do you do for exercise? <BR> <BR> It has been uncommonly dry for us in northern California, but the rain will start tomorrow. I have an exercise bike in the basement with a bench and hand weights. I'll miss the beautiful weather, but we get all our water for the year over the winter. We are currently at only 10% on normal. No more walks (I need better rain gear). Wed, 18 Jan 2012 11:19:05 EST What is your resolution? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x45950760 Well it's 10 days into a New Year and so many people have come out with New Year's Resolutions. Have you made any? How about some fitness goals? Or even little things in your personal life. <BR> <BR> Here are a few of mine: <BR> -Be a little cleaner <BR> -Get a passport <BR> -Knit a blanket <BR> -Run a 5k+ every 4 months <BR> -Be able to do pushups (I'd settle for one right now) Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:20:01 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x45735615 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am Justin, not so new to Spark, but new to posting and networking here. I just started transitioning and have gained a bit of weight, mostly due to a lack of time for the gym and my increasing appetite. <BR> <BR> I have recently had a food allergy test and found out I am gluten, dairy, chicken, egg and meat intolerant and guess what I've been eating!!!! So I am starting a new diet plan and things are challenging, but still going well. I am looking forward to th... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 19:36:03 EST Early new year wishes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x45681633 Happy New Year to you all. Be safe. 2012 is bound to be better. <em>411</em> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 11:20:18 EST Found My Way Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x45669625 Happy Holiday's Beautiful People! <BR> <BR> So, I disappeared from SparkPeople for awhile while I started dealing with early-transition drama. On the upside - I've only got to come "out" at work now and then I can be me full time! <BR> <BR> So, I didn't do too bad with my weight since I've been on hiatus - I only gained 2 lbs and I think I've been off SP for like...umm...maybe 3 months??? However, I want to put a plan in place for chest reconstruction and I would feel MUCH more comfortable... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:44:55 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x45595232 Hello everyone, my name is Sean. I've just started using spark people,although i've heard it was an awesome place to network, and get helpful tips. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 03:49:05 EST ANY HOLIDAY PLANS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x45428695 Brie and I are sticking to ourselves (literally? nevermind!) We spend our evenings with our friend Mo who is straight and age 73, but he is like a Dad to me, and he and Sabrina were both Majors in the Army. We will have dinner with him. Brie doesn't like Christmas trappings, too commercial and family oriented. ISo I have become complacent. We will play it by ear. I'll call my Mom and visit with her over the phone for a few hours. Right now I'm beginning to paint some simple gifts and send h... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 11:38:20 EST Police http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19159x9322x45424350 Some of you likely have seen coverage of the recent tazing of a transwoman in California. The video shows her with her hands in the air when the rangers shoot her abdomen with the tazer. Several seconds later, when she is on the ground and the rangers are wrestling her, they shoot her again, this time in the genitals. <BR> <BR> Michelangelo Signorile had a good blog about increasing violence by police against trans people. <BR> <BR> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelange<BR>lo-signorile/... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 04:25:26 EST HALF JACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x45183250 Dagon Xanith shared this youtu.be video of Amanda Palmer's performance. I have included the lyrics to this powerful and heart wrenching song. I'll get Dagon to post his drawing here, too. It illustrates the dichotomy that we each live with in this world. <BR> <link>www.ratemydrawings.com/drawings/port<BR>raits/828813.html </link> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcM17fDEdBA&<BR>featureyoutu.be </link> <BR> half jack by amanda palmer <BR> for my father <BR> <BR> half underwater <BR>... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 11:55:43 EST TRANS REMEMBERANCE DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x45141772 RT @BethanyBlack This Sunday is trans day of remembrance, a trans person somewhere in the world is killed every 72 hours because of who they are. <BR> <BR> This was on Wolfwynds Face Book page. I don't know who Bethany Black is. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:45:49 EST Heroes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x45135131 For some reason, I seem to keep hearing people saying "don't meet your heroes" lately.  I get that the idea is that they can't live up to your expectations, but I keep thinking that it really depends on why they're your hero in the first place, how much you know about them, and how willing you are to accept that they are only human. <BR> <BR> All this led me to this topic: Who are your heroes?  Why?  Have you ever met a hero?  If so, how was your experience?  Either way, do you think that it... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 23:54:43 EST ALTERNATIVE SEX IN THE AGE OF STEAM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x45117960 I found this intriguing article that I just HAD to share: <BR> http://thesteamerstrunk.blogspot.com/201<BR>1/10/ffanother-way-to-love-glbt-cultur<BR>e-in.html#more <link>://thesteamertrunk.blogspot.com/2011<BR>/10/ffanother-way-to-love-glbt-culture<BR>-in.html#more </link> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:33:47 EST Tennessee can't have it both ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19159x9322x45108982 A transwoman in Tennessee was arrested for indecent exposure after being denied changing her gender marker on her driver's license to F. She stood out in front of the Department of Safety and removed her top and was then arrested for a female gender specific infraction. "If I was a male, I had a right to, when I stepped out the door, to take my shirt off." <BR> <BR> The police report even referred to her as a man: “Mr. Jones continued to yell that he had the right to show his breasts in pub... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 11:10:46 EST SURVIVAL TACICS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x44946008 As transgendered people, we have to cope with being shunned because of our differentness. <BR> And a lot of us have adapted to the onslaught of rejection by over-eating. If we try to blend-in with the crowd, we are accused of being imposters, masquerading as straight people. If you are honest with yourself, you are accused of wanting special dispensation for your sexuality (as if human dignity is an unusual request!) Brie and I are fortunate to live in a remote area,where a lot of open minde... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 11:01:19 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x44744349 Hello, my name is Lawrence. I'm glad to see there is a trans team on spark people! I am FTM, and started transition about six years ago, but don't take testosterone anymore. I want to lose weight so I can breathe better and to make chest surgery easier. Mon, 24 Oct 2011 17:51:39 EST I'm just Curious http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x44716920 I wonder something. How many of you have had your faith, or self worth shattered by a Bible <BR> thumping Anti Gay Zelot, or worse yet, Family member? <BR> Do you know that David, just before he acended to the throne of Israel was an ACTIVE BISEXUAL, and the BIBLE spends several chapters proving it? <BR> But GOD STILL gave David the crown of Israel, and CALLED DAVID a Man after HIS own heart? <BR> Remember that when someone tells you that you are a worthless Queer in GOD'S eyes. <BR> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 23:18:08 EST Let's talk about hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x44715430 Hey everyone. <BR> <BR> Just for fun, I wanted to throw out a question about hair. For those of you who have transitioned hormonally, did you notice any changes in your hair, esp. texture? <BR> <BR> Before I transitioned, I had the straightest hair in the world. Now, I have much more texture. Cowlicks emerged from nowhere. I even have curls around my sideburns. And my hair is much more course to the touch. <BR> <BR> Any hair-related observations out there? <BR> <BR> --Drake Sat, 22 Oct 2011 21:17:39 EST Is it too early if you really know? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x44444096 <link>www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-204<BR>3345/TheCalifornia-boy-11-undergoing-h<BR>ormone-blocking-treatment.html#ixzz1ZZ8HtN6R </link> <BR> <BR> So the question is: Is it too early for medical corrective measures if, as a child, you really KNOW? <BR> As a child, I knew I was a girl. I didn't like it. But I knew I wasn't a boy. <BR> <BR> The Lesbian Jewish parents have been villified, but are standing their ground. <BR> I applaud their bravery, and that of their child. <BR> What do... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 16:17:02 EST Heading out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x44440275 In four days we need to vacate our home to have our hardwood floors sanded and refinished. If you're familiar with finishing wood, it takes time for the the stain and varnish to dry, followed by more coats of varnish. So, we need to leave for about 5 days. Not to worry, we are taking a pop up camper to the Russian River in northern Sonoma county, very close to the ocean's coast. It is heavily wooded with redwoods and there are several wineries close by renowned for their pinot noir. Shouldn't... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 11:54:46 EST Transphobic ad in Canadian Paper http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19159x9322x44359371 Have you all heard about this? I'm posting a link to the facebook page about it, because there is too much info to write it all out! <BR> <BR> http://www.facebook.com/pages/Response-t<BR>o-Transphobic-National-Post-Ad/2265301<BR>30736755 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 20:24:25 EST Things are Changing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x44225756 <BR> So in May, I found out I had another tumour, yet again on a peice of 'connective tissue' in the lower abdomen... they diagnosed me with a disorder that only1-2 people a year have, that causes tumours to grow like that- they're NOT malignant, they just pop up randomly about once every five years. They obviously have to be removed, or they grow out of control. <BR> <BR> The ones I had before were all on the tissue around my intestine- but this one, as "Luck" would have it, was on the cu... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 21:33:31 EST DADT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x44182549 It's a great day for the GLB community with the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. But the trans community is still left out in the dark. Transgender expression is still considered a mental disorder and you will be kicked out of the military if they find out. This is wrong. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:05:24 EST OMG TOBY AND BRIE!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x44102395 googled up Toby and Brie onthe off chance that I could find a drawing I lost. <BR> But I found THIS instead. It's a movie called TRANS AMERICA from 2005. <BR> Have any of you seen it? <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt0407265 </link> <BR> <BR> Watch the trailers! (get past the ad) It seems like it was sensitively done. Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:43:52 EST Weight Watchers works http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x43963451 I just saw a report of a study showing that those going to WW meetings and following the plan lose more (15 pounds annually) than those who seek and follow the advice of a professional (7 pounds annually). <BR> <BR> http://yourlife.usatoday.com/fitness-foo<BR>d/diet-nutrition/story/2011-09-07/Diet<BR>ers-lose-more-on-Weight-Watchers-than-<BR>visits-to-doctor/50303964/1 <BR> <BR> --Drake <BR> Wed, 7 Sep 2011 20:20:56 EST CASTER SEMENYA WINS SILVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x43911383 Remember a few years ago, there was a controversy in South Africa regarding a transgendered runner? This article is brief and clearly written. I hope you take the timeto read it. I like her last phrase, <BR> "Pull up your socks and face the world!" <BR> <link>sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-wo<BR>rlds-semenya </link> Mon, 5 Sep 2011 09:31:33 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x43892461 Hey, my name's Geoffrey, Geoff for short. I'm starting college and figured I'd use the extra freedoms in a productive manner, and get in shape. I am pretty sure I set my profile to public or whatever it's called, so if you wanna know more about me, feel free to check that out :) I can't say how excited I was to see that there was a trans team on here. Makes the whole experience that much more fun. But anyway, just wanted to introduce myself and say hey to all you people :) Sun, 4 Sep 2011 01:00:16 EST Oh gosh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x43817724 I totally fell off the wagon (again), but I managed to not gain all of the weight back, actually I lost a little bit of weight (though I don't think I lost weight in a good way). <BR> <BR> I've been on a diet for a solid month and I love this diet (and have lost healthy weight on it). <BR> <BR> I'm currently trying to even afford therapy and a binder that works. It's been a process, especially when I'm making less then minimum wage (about $2 a day) on disability, but hopefully losing weight... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 18:21:05 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x43753515 Hi all, I'm Shashi. I've had a SparkPeople account for a while but I'm trying to actually use it now. <BR> <BR> I'm neutrois, which some people count as transgender and some don't (I do, obviously. At any rate I'm a somewhat transmasculine neutrois in a FAAB body, which as far as I'm concerned is more than close enough.) Currently trying to get steady on the Natural Transitioning diet and exercise system so I can at least get a less 'feminine' shape. <BR> <BR> I'm also an artist (mostly di... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:33:26 EST Awfully quiet lately... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x43689357 I don't know what everyone else has been up to, I've been busy with a large clean up effort. Along with my usual late fall work with the garden and canning (good year so far). We've lived in this house for over 20 years and our basement is always in need of better organization. We did a major clean up a couple years after we moved in when we rented a dumpster and filled it. Since then it filled up with old furniture, books and debris of life. I think we have enough Christmas decorations for 2... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 11:22:02 EST Wanna help Lucas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x43460380 In case you are interested in helping but not following Lucas/The Cliks on Facebook or Twitter... He sent out this message earlier today: <BR> <BR> Lucas Silveira: So what darling's in San Antonio and Austin wanna soooo sweet and be on my street team and put up some posters advertisin&#8203;g my shows there in October? You do??? YAY! Email me at info@thecl&#8203;iks.com and you will get a guest pass, a signed poster, a CD and a hug from yours truly! <BR> <BR> I know a lot of you on here are... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 23:11:28 EST Hello out there, I'm not on fire so its a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x43413181 Howdy, My name is Shelby and I joined this team after deciding I wanted a more interactive involvement with Sparkpeople. I am working through the last bit of my weight goal but have been grinding down since last July and am getting ready to start maintaining. I hope I hope. <BR> <BR> I'm a transfemale attending college in Chicago and although I am a sophomore I'm old enough to be most freshman's parent. I am engaged to my lovely fiance and she is on here as well. Hilarych. Yup, a Transfemale... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 11:40:33 EST Guide to masculinizing your body from an FtM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x43371155 Has anyone else seen this or downloaded it? I've read through it and it seems pretty solid. He recommends Paleo or something similar; I'm just doing a ketogenic diet for now to get rid of mmy carb addiction (I've been bingeing bigtime lately). <BR> <BR> Anyway his website is <link>finallyfitness.wordpress.com </link> and there's a link to download the program from there. <BR> <BR> The only fault I see with it is no details on how to do pushups or chinups/pullups if you've never done any... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 17:49:02 EST DR. Renee Richards! reluctant role model http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x43213074 I noticed that Charlie Sheen's ex-wife, Denise Richards, is in the news recently. <BR> I don't give a fig about Hollywood, but her name served to remind me of Renee. I remember being acceptably (I was in a hetero marriage) shocked when I first learned of her, but I could not deny an affinity, somehow with this person. I was clueless back then. <BR> <BR> How do you feel about her being a reluctant role model? <BR> How would you feel if she advised you against trans surgery? <BR> <BR> <link... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 23:15:49 EST Off and away http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x42963472 In just a few hours I'll be boarding the California Zepher for Denver. I've always wanted to take this train through the Sierra and Rockie mountains. On the other end will be a family reunion with distant cousins I have not seen in over 20 years. I'm a bit nervous, not knowing what to expect, but I am excited about the train trip so I focus on that. I'm sure there will be some issues but I doubt it'll be anything I can't handle. <BR> <BR> Talk to you all when I get back. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:44:21 EST BUTTERFLY CIRCUS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x42861411 This movie is circulating the internet. I didn't get anyone's permission to post it, so watch it past the credits where Chris Cade, the producer, promotes his inspirational videos. <BR> It runs over 20 minutes and the download is time comsuming, but worth the watch! <BR> <BR> <link>www.flickspire.com/m/Share_This/Butt<BR>erflyCircus?Isid-421f826983890f3a7514d<BR>4e166f22ba </link> Thu, 7 Jul 2011 20:53:22 EST Willa Cather: was she or wasn't she? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x42841661 Lately, I've been reading O Pioneers! by Willa Cather. She writes about pioneer life in the harsh landscape of Nebraska. Those of you who know me realize that my Sweetie and I have been struggling to build our home and airfield in the harsh landscape of West Texas. <BR> So I was interested in seeing how a woman addressed this topic. Much to my surprise, Willa once posed as William while in college. Trying to get ahead in a Man's World, no doubt. Is it any wonder then, that her closest female ... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 20:53:58 EST KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (1985) movie review http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x42695566 <link>movies.yahoo.com/movie/1800085789/in<BR>fo </link> <BR> KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN <BR> I remember seeing this film at an Art Film Theatre in Tempe, Arizona. <BR> I must have seen it soon after it had been produced. I was impressed by the acting skills of John Hurt, and Raul Julia, and Sonya Braga. What imressed me is that each man had his fantasy, one was marked by idealism and nobel causes, the other, well, more fanciful. It is a great character study. Here is the synopsis presented ... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:18:11 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x42674161 Just got to this site wanting to make myself more feminine. Have never been as sexy in a dress as I wanted to be but hopefully by finding other people like me then maybe we can encourage each other to be better people. I hope to find the willpower by being with you all in this quest for losing weight. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 19:37:04 EST Totally Fell Off The Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x42651207 Soooo... <BR> <BR> In keeping with me trying to live a more healthful life, I need to air my dirty (diet) laundry --- I TOTALLY fell off the healthy-eating wagon over the past two weeks. <BR> <BR> I've honestly just been having quite a time deciding what the heck is going on (or not going on) with my transitional process. It seems to be a bit "all consuming" (no pun intended, but appropriate it seems). <BR> <BR> When I get overwhelmed and dejected about my body stuff, I eat. And boy have... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 16:27:35 EST NYS Marriage Equlaity, personal reaction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19159x9322x42642108 By request, I'm reposting my reaction to NYS Marriage Equality passing. I have two written responses, so I'll share both <BR> <BR> First: I am so relieved, exhausted, and overwhelmed by the Senate's vote tonight. Mark Grisanti moved many of us to tears, by supporting us when it wasn't expected. Roy McDonald's 'F*ck it... I'm doing what's best" will become a rallying cry for us. <BR> <BR> I was in the chamber ALL DAY. Got there a bit before 10, when they were due to convene, but they didn'... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 02:04:55 EST LOOKIE WHAT I FOUND! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x42604550 I wasbumping around in Hudson's MTF Guide and bumped into a new resource through MIT, which seems to have an extensive library. There are a lot of titles I've never heard of, books and movies for FTM and MTF, some novels, some clinic handbooks: <BR> <link>web.mit.edu/trans/alliestoolkit.html </link> <BR> Haven't even explored it yet! <BR> TOBY Thu, 23 Jun 2011 20:56:59 EST TG POP SINGERS IN ISRAEL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x42467940 Israel gives us, not one, but two pop singers to cheer-on. <BR> ADERET and DANA INTERNATIONAL <BR> Tenth Floor <BR> (Aderet & Hit Records) <BR> Five years ago, The Jerusalem Post profiled Aderet shortly after her song, "Le'at Uvatuah" ("Slowly and Surely"), off her debut album The Answer, entered radio rotation. Now the singer-songwriter is back with a second release, Tenth Floor. Her new songs continue with her signature mix of ethnic tunes meshed with electro pop. Her music is satisfactor... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:16:24 EST FA'A FAFINE in Samoa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x42368279 FA'A FAFINE IN SAMOA <BR> The term Fa'a (in the manner of) FaFEEna (woman) is a term used in Samoa to describe those boys who prefer to take on the role and the chores of the women. Traditionally, Fa'aFafines were honored among their people and every family was pleased to raise a family member who embodied both male and female qualities. Besides; having male musculature, they were capable of pounding copious amounts of TARO and doing more chores than a regular gal. Being that babies were not ... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 16:05:56 EST Words of Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x42317054 So, I'm not normally the type to ask for help. It's just not really in my type-A, control-freak nature. But there' s a first time for everything. I'm struggling and could use some encouragement. Maybe some positive words or thoughts that helped you through? I just feel dejected and could use a little positivity right now. <BR> <BR> As ever, <BR> Dee Wed, 8 Jun 2011 18:34:34 EST Inspirational http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19159x9322x42233835 This was in my paper today and I think positive role models are always needed. The "Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon" begins with a swim from the "rock" 1.5 miles to shore, an 18 mile bike race, and ends with an 8 mile run. You might think a 1.5 mile swim isn't much, but the tide current is very strong and the water temp is about 55 degrees. No one ever escaped from Alcatraz as far as they know. <BR> <BR> This guy is out there and making a difference. I'd love to meet him someday. He sounds l... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 15:35:20 EST LUCAS SILVEIRA - the CLIKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x42187776 MIKIKITI, my friend from the Transgender group, has been raving about this TG songer from Canada. Recently she went up on FaceBook and learned that Lucas attended her high school, contacted him, and let his band crash at her pad with her partner Mady. She has blogged about that experience so I thought I would share this with you: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=cte6ZWucJSs&<BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> BIOGRAPHY <BR> from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia <BR> LUCAS SILVE... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 08:56:39 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x42090964 Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Dee, I'm 30 and live in NH. I'm non-op trans (FtM) and am really looking for a supportive community as I haven't been able to find one in my local area. Over the past year I realized that my weight struggles are directly linked to my gender struggles, so hopefully this group will be able to help me out a bit with both. I put on a lot of weight at the onset of puberty and just really never took it off; I think somewhere in the back of my mind I thought that since I w... Sat, 28 May 2011 12:50:37 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x42077687 Hi, I'm a trans guy from New York. I joined this group specifically for advice in dealing with exercises as a trans man. I have a very large chest which causes problems with exercise. I usually bind but I know I shouldn't when exercising. Jiggling also makes me freak out. <BR> <BR> So...yea. Looking for some support and suggestions. Fri, 27 May 2011 16:06:49 EST TG in Native America http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x42052781 TWO-SPIRIT <BR> Among the Native Peoples of North America, there is a long tradition of two-spirited people. Although not true among all tribes, there was a special place for people who were gay or cross-dressers. They were often ascribed duties as guards, when thewomen made seperate camps, and artists. They were sought after and regarded well as artists because they embodied both male and female energies. This is true among the Lakota Sioux, as depicted in Dances With Wolves. A beautiful cro... Thu, 26 May 2011 10:06:20 EST End of the world May 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x41876320 I don't know if this is spreading around the continent, but here in the bay area we are being inundated with billboards proclaiming the end of the world this Saturday, "The Bible Guarantees It!" (Check out FamilyRadio.com) <BR> <BR> They proclaim all the righteous will rise to heaven Saturday and the dead will awaken, followed by five months of hell on earth until October 21. All I'm saying is if you haven't seen "Zombieland" or read "The Zombie Survival Guide" just be sure to stock up on am... Tue, 17 May 2011 10:49:08 EST CHAZ BONO ~ Becoming A Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x41717472 First thing on my Yahoo news page. Has lots of links for his documentary and his interview with Oprah. <BR> <link>abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/chaz-bo<BR>no-tells-oprah-cher-chaz/story?id=1356<BR>1517 </link> Mon, 9 May 2011 12:49:18 EST a marker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x41626497 Today on my weekly weigh-in, I've officially lost over 40 pounds since the end of February. Another 40 and I will earn my first reward to myself ... I want a bicycle. I'm averaged 2-3 pounds of weight loss a week, a good number. I'm still horribly fat, I always will be. But less of me will be a good thing. Wed, 4 May 2011 15:44:50 EST ANNIVERSARIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x41399718 Any time a transperson achieves success it enriches the entire community, if it is shared. <BR> I'm talking wedding anniversaries, (legal and otherwise), spark anniversaries, surgery anniversaries and the like. <BR> <BR> Brie and I have been together 18 years We celebrated that in March AND <BR> MAY 3rd. marks our LEGAL marriage (hehe) <BR> <BR> I believe Kat and Lauren celebrate their anniversary in May, the 23rd? <BR> <BR> Each achievement gives hope and courage to those of us in the c... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 14:59:49 EST Tragedy at Baltimore McDonalds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19159x9322x41397063 A young transwoman was severly beaten by two patrons for attempting to use the bathroom. This is disgusting. It was filmed on a cell phone while McDonald employees and other patrons watched. You should never eat there but even if you buy coffee there, please boycott McDonalds. <BR> <BR> http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Mc<BR>Donalds-for-Bashing-Our-Transgender-Fa<BR>mily/181080638606858 Sat, 23 Apr 2011 11:40:18 EST How to Make Love to a Trans Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x41386026 Someone posted this one the We Are Family spark team. It is raw and open and describes the brain gymnastics that accompanies our love. <BR> The source is sited at the bottom. <BR> <BR> How to Make Love to a Trans Person <BR> <BR> Forget the images you've learned to attach <BR> To words like cock and clit, <BR> Chest and breasts. <BR> Break those words open <BR> Like a paramedic cracking ribs <BR> To pump blood through a failing heart. <BR> Push your hands inside. <BR> Get them messy. <BR> ... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:49:37 EST Gender Clinic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x41190903 Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to let everyone know that I am back and with some good news too. I've just recently gotten my referral to the Gender Clinic. Whilst I'm incredibly scared (and don't get me wrong, I am) I am also excited. It is on May 10th. I'm not exactly sure what to expect, and I still don't think I can verbalise how I feel enough for them to understand and put me on T, but I'm going to try. Changes need to happen, big changes, and I need to go along with it. <BR> <BR... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 06:09:10 EST Discrimination in NJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19159x9322x41174539 From the New York Times comes the story of a man who has been wrongly fired solely because he was not born as a man. Mr. El'Jai Devoureau was hired part time at a drug rehabilitation center to monitor patients as they urinated into specimen cups to insure they didn't swap urine for drug testing. Mr. Devoureau has a driver's license, amended birth certificate, and other legal documentation identifying him as male. So why was he fired? <BR> <BR> http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/nyregion<BR>... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:03:12 EST What's up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x41130655 What is going on people? It's spring time and for many of us, we can venture outside once again without the gear worthy of a major expedition. Many are stowing away those heavy coats, hats, and gloves for another year. So, what are you doing? <BR> <BR> For me, springtime is always major work getting my garden in. If I pay it forward now, I can be a bit lazy in the summer and reap all the rewards. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> <em>126</em> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 12:10:36 EST Hello new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x41050833 Greetings all. Live in Texas and have struggled with weight release for over 30 years. So now you know I'm over 30. Have an expansive knowledge of nutrition, supplements and exercise physiology and methodology. Doesn't mean I can do it for myself! <BR> Surgeries have really kicked my butt and made it a challenge to stick to my program. <BR> <BR> Saw my internist today, got some base line lab work and a script for a base line body composition scan using DEXA at Cooper Institute. Have starte... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 13:53:53 EST Weight loss and hormones http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x41048099 All of you may be aware, but I wanted to put this out there just in case. <BR> <BR> Fat stores hormones. So as you lose weight, those hormones are released. Sometimes that may be contrary to what you are working towards, and sometimes the opposite. My examples - When I was in transition I was dieting and losing weight for my surgery, so I had male hormones in cotrast with the female hormones I was taking. Now, I'm on maintenance hormones levels, and even more female hormones are being relea... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 11:36:53 EST Who will be 150? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x41023034 Wow! Three new members this week, and only four to go to break 150! Welcome to Marissann, Kalamama777, and Alexmancerx. Please feel free to tell us about yourselves, or your goals or your weight/health issues or whatever you'd like to talk about. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>229</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 5 Apr 2011 10:25:42 EST More airline problems... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19159x9322x40999782 What is up with this rash of airline flights being disrupted by mechanical failures? Within the past few weeks I've heard of radical decompressions, cracking fuselage, and this morning a complete failure of electronics. It would certainly make me think twice if I want to fly somewhere soon. Mon, 4 Apr 2011 11:27:47 EST The return of ENDA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19159x9322x40787410 The Employment Non Discrimination Act should be re-introduced any day now, according to sponsor Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass). He holds little hope it will get pass the house with the republicans in control. It does include transgender protection and gender identity rights, but even that portion can be picked off by the house. Personally, in these hate filled times, I hold very little hope myself. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 11:33:36 EST New beginnings - in several ways. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x40772784 Hello everyone! I'm new, and I'm nervous, but I'm determined! <BR> <BR> My spouse is transgender, and I myself am currently on a journey of self discovery after considering myself genderfluid for years. <BR> <BR> I'm wanting to lose weight (and some curves), but also tone and build muscle at the same time without necessarily "bulking up". <BR> <BR> Look forward to getting to know you all! <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 17:16:22 EST Transexuals denied access to Egypt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19159x9322x40719990 Two post- op transexuals were denied access into Egypt on a flight from Jordan. Both of their passports were in their birth genders(a transman and a transwoman). In the story it doesn't sound like they were traveling together. They were both examined and found to be truthful about their claims of being post-operative, but in the end still refused access. <BR> <BR> Story-http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/no<BR>de/366507 <BR> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:23:53 EST Radiation on the west coast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x40638229 OMG! What are they drinking at Fox News these days? A friends dad called to offer her land in North Carolina because of the radiation from Japan reaching the west coast. Does anyone take these clowns seriously? You probably expose yourself to more radiation from your computer screen cruising the net than we will from this accident in Japan. <BR> <BR> I was also surprised to hear everyone rushing out to buy iodine tablets. Seriously? Talk about mass hysteria. Get a clue America! And for God'... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:24:06 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x40617952 Just looking at the local offerings around my home was enough for me to just lock the door and hide out until it's all over. Green beer is bad enough, but one place has green martinis. Is anyone celebrating out there? What are you doing? <em>137</em> <em>439</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:47:16 EST Starting over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x40453502 It's been three weeks now since I finally took a good look in the mirror and faced the facts. I'd put every pound back on that I lost, and added more. I lost my job two years ago and have taken very sporadic catering jobs since. Add to that I quit smoking nearly a year and a half ago. I think a little depression and some boredom made me eat too much and not exercise at all. So, I'm starting over. <BR> <BR> It's back to tracking my food intake (honestly). I've cut out all rice, pasta, breads,... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 17:54:05 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x40373670 Hi, my name is Charly. I'm MtF, but still fairly early in my transition. I've been on E for the past 4 months and I've only started electrolysis. Before I go full time I want to lose weight and at least try to shape my body in a more feminine way. Since I don't own a car, I walk everywhere, often 8+ miles in a single day (my electrolysis requires an overall 9 mile walk). Anybody that lives near Tempe I'd love to be able to buddy up, hopefully somebody can talk enough sense into me before... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 12:59:30 EST Bad weather? WORK OUT ANYWAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x40369456 Our little Western themed "Shooting Gallery" is starting to take shape now. We just got the lumber recently, and Friday, we started building the stages that we will use in the shooting matches. Today, we need to show the Brits some of the area before they go home to England on Wednesday, so the construction today will consist of only an hour or two in the morning. Tomorrow, we will be able to spend ALL DAY on construction, but there is already an advisory out for 50 to 55 HPH winds in the ... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 09:27:31 EST Leaving the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x40368780 Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you all know that I am leaving this team. I originally joined because my bf was FtM and the team was a great resource for both of us. We broke up in January and I've been having quite a hard time with the break up. I need to focus on myself, becoming independent and learning who I am again without Nick as my partner. I am still 100% supportive of the Transgender community, but this team is not very active and I need to focus on the teams that I am on that wil... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 08:51:49 EST OBAMA AND ATTORNEY GENERAL SLIT DOMA'S THROAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x40131029 HEY FOLKS, DID YOU SEE IT? Obama and the Attorney General BOTH said that the Defence of Marriage Act, is legally INDEFENCIBLE, so the Federal Government is NOT going to try to defend it in the Courts. THIS has been a LONG TIME COMING!!! Brie Wed, 23 Feb 2011 22:05:11 EST I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x40081210 Hi all! I'm back after who knows how long! I have decided to revisit my fitness goals. I am on another website with my best bud and roommate in solidarity however this is where I am most at home and so decided to come on back. I see we have some new team goals - exciting! What are some of the personal goals being reached for? <BR> <BR> Things I am working on/toward: <BR> <BR> Quitting smoking (I quit 2/11/11) <BR> Workout 4 days a week, 50/50 cardio vs strength training <BR> Workout 1 day ... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 21:47:01 EST FTM webcomics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x39790485 I came across this tweet today, and I know someone mentioned webcomics before. Can we help this guy out? <BR> <BR> "Crappit, I need to ask once again, does anyone know of any #FTM #Transgender webcomics? Not fantasy, but dealing with the real-life stuff?" Tue, 8 Feb 2011 21:44:59 EST Bill C-389 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x39757817 Bill C-389, aka "The Trans Bill" went through the third reading debate today. This is a Private Members Bill that would add "Gender Identity" and "Gender Expression" to the Canadian Human Rights Act and to the Hate Crimes section of our Criminal Code. The excuses the Conservative party have are so incredibly lame. Clearly just excuses and nothing more. They have an issue with the fact that there is no definition included for "Gender Identity" or "Gender Expression", even though they have ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 16:25:42 EST EMPLOYMENT ISSUES FOR GLBT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x39735160 ChefCat! You live in the ONE city I thought no one was discriminated against for bring TRANS. Fat lot I know. I am praying that you land a job that lets you demonstrate your talents daily, and that you and your Sweetie will be covered on your insurance policy with you. <BR> Miki! Please provide updates. It is progressive that such a bill even be introduced. <BR> Please continue to send good thoughts our way. The VA decided to withhold Sabrina's entire disability allotment without war... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 18:18:46 EST THE VA LIED TO US, WE COULD USE PRAYER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x39715035 The VA STOPPED MY 100% VA disability without warning, when they were only supposed to take out 500 a month. I wrote ALL the details on today's blog, PLEASE READ IT <BR> Brie Sat, 5 Feb 2011 20:33:23 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x39656317 Nos you get a second chance at those new year revolutions. Today marks the lunar new year, the year of the rabbit. Gung Hay Fat Choy! Thu, 3 Feb 2011 09:31:37 EST TG JOBS IN BOSTON http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x39601829 www.hrcbackstory.org/2011/01/hrc-to-bring- <BR> training-program-for-transgender-job-s <BR> eekers-to-boston/ <BR> <BR> JOO PRINCESS POSTED THIS IN TRHE GLBT WE ARE FAMILY TEAM <BR> TOBY Tue, 1 Feb 2011 09:51:22 EST gender identity and weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x39424273 I see this group has become a bit inactive and hoping to start some conversation. <BR> <BR> How has your gender identity affected your weight loss journey? <BR> <BR> I know with being gender queer that my gender indentity issues had a major contribution to my weight gain as a teen. Its something i still struggle with and its hard taking care of a body that you hate. So I'm gradually doing better with taking care of myself and its a struggle but with the weight off my feminine features can b... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:30:52 EST News from the Doc... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x39257379 Hey gang, <BR> I'm relatively new here. Just went to my first real doc after a decade of clinics. She's tested me and found a number of issues that need immediate attention, namely diabetes, vitamin D deficiency, and high cholesterol. <BR> <BR> I got reinvigorated on Spark due to the news and am tracking everything and trying to move more. Wondering if anyone here has dealt with any of these issues? And if so, how you're doing? Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:26:10 EST Hello from the UK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x39158202 Hi, I suppose as I'm posting in here it goes without saying that I'm new here, new to the whole site really. <BR> <BR> I'm Eriw I'm a XXY Genderqueer MtF so that's quite a lot of confusion, I'm from Nottingham in the UK. I've known I was Genderqueer for a while, but was two afraid to do anything about it for a long time. Finally in November 2009 a friend gave me enough confidence in myself to start transitioning to try and be more like I feel I should be. I've been self medicating, but I'm i... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 13:09:04 EST Hysto time for my hubby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x38929181 This afternoon, Mady is going to his meeting with the surgeon prior to his upcoming hysto surgery on Jan. 24. After his top surgery a couple years ago, he was pretty immobile for a while, and I just want to know what kind of experience any of you have with post-hysto recovery, because he will be home alone after the first 2 days and I will be at work. I just want to get myself prepared and know what I should expect him to need from me during that time. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 09:39:44 EST Difficulty Sticking to Diet/Exercise Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x38883112 The title says it all. It's taking everything in my power to just maintain my weight. My meds aren't helping the situation either. Could someone offer some encouragement to help me? Or tips? Tue, 4 Jan 2011 18:27:51 EST Charlie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x38845494 Hey I'm new. I want to get my BF% down before I get chest surgery (which doesn't have a date, lol) - I'd love to look like Buck Angel. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:25:43 EST Good Trans Media? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x38838731 I was wondering if anyone's seen any really good Trans-related media. I've seen some like the movie Boys Don't Cry, or TransAmerica, but I'm really hoping to find some more high quality trans-media. Especially anime, if anyone knows of any. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 10:36:59 EST Newbie MTF http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x38630086 Hi, my name is Maria and I'm a 20-something MTF living in Philadelphia, PA. I'm looking to lose about a hundred pounds, but not only am I transitioning, but I have an anxiety disorder, am unable to work physically stressful jobs, sleep issues, and I'm a stress eater. Fun, right? Is there anyone (preferably local) who wants to buddy up, maybe push each other to exercise, swap recipies, and otherwise be friends. My girlfriend is very supportive, but works all day while I sit around eating. Any ... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 20:24:11 EST HOLIDAY HAVEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x38120442 WE are your home. THIS is your family. The holidays are always stressful for our biologic family because SOMEONE doesn't fit the Norman Rockwell stereotype! Use this place to vent, to groan and moan, or to share something positive that might have happened regarding your HOLIDAYS. Thu, 25 Nov 2010 11:09:03 EST Spirit Day Oct. 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x37401694 Just wanted to remind those of you who already know, and inform any that don't, that tomorrow is what is being called "Spirit Day". We all are to wear purple in memory of all the LGBTQ teens that were so bullied that they felt that suicide was the only way out. Some people ask what good wearing a certain colour will do: the idea is to show our solidarity, and to give a visual sign to the youth that they are not alone... there are people who care. It's a terrible thing for ANYONE to deal wi... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 08:26:48 EST Happy Moments Stories. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x37287318 I feel like I've told this to everyone already but I can't remember posting it. <BR> <BR> I was chatting with an ex last week who told me they just had top surgery. Congrats! They are now officially transitioning from female to male (before, they were still unsure and unwilling to come completely out). Later that same day I was talking with my dad. "Izzy says he misses you." "Oh, Izzy? I haven't heard from her in a while. How is she doing? She sent me a message a while ago and she never repl... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 11:15:59 EST IMMEDIATE WORLDWIDE BAN ON DADT ORDERED BY JUDGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x37271673 I just got this on my computer from the local ABC TV affiliate. <BR> A Federal Court judge has just issued a worldwide injuntion, effective IMMEDIATLY, on the 17 year long witch hunt on gays called Don't Ask, Don't Tell. <BR> IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!! <BR> Brie, PROUD Retired ARMY Veteran Tue, 12 Oct 2010 16:20:30 EST Recent Top Surgery? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x37208672 I seem to recall that someone on our team was getting top surgery soon. Who was that guy? I know melted glass dressed as a pirate to raise money for his friend that will be getting TOP, but I thought there was someone HERE that we all know. I'm I going coo-coo or am I right? Who was it? And HOW is HE doing? TOBY Sat, 9 Oct 2010 12:24:45 EST Sagging Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x37161556 Over the course of my weight loss I've gone from a 36D to a 38A. I'm actually thrilled with this... but the skin on my chest makes me a) look larger and b) look like I'm sagging in my 20's! Is anyone else having a similar problem on any are of their body? Is this fixable? Thu, 7 Oct 2010 01:22:14 EST HOW ARE YOU BURNING YOUR TRANS FAT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x37113906 Brie and Toby are doing construction on their house, mostly the roofs over various rooms. That entails selecting lumber from a lumberyard, in a crouched position from the bottom rack, loading everything on the truck, then getting home and loading everything onto the roof. Including 45 pound buckets of tar! <BR> Who is geocaching? Who is unicycling and creating exercise contraptions? who is running mini-marathons with their Mums? I thought for certain I would see lots of people Jazzercizing... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 23:26:27 EST Favourite books...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x36923421 What are your favourite books with queer / trans topics or acknowledgments in them? <BR> <BR> Currently I'm stuck on "Mean Little Deaf Queer" which is a wonderful book about, well, exactly what it sounds like. It touches on a few trans-thoughts but it's mainly about a 'girl' growing up and the world around them becoming silent. The main focus is on deafness and queer relationships. Sun, 26 Sep 2010 01:56:33 EST Gleeful moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x36777111 i went out last night to a club (nightclub in vancouver called lick) dressed as a pirate. why? my friend is having top surgery soon and it was a fantastic way to fund raise. not only is that a success story on its own but it contains a personal one for me, too. A friend was taking photographs all night. After they were uploaded to facebook i could barely recognize myself. Even facial hair brings out my newly defined jaw bones and facial structure. weight loss goes a long way toward helping on... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 23:31:22 EST Intro and SP usage question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x36762186 Hey all, I'm Patrick. I'm a drop-in to SP (meaning I've been here before, under my cis-identity, dropped out, and have come back). I came back b/c I've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and I REEEEEAALLLLLY don't wanna go full-blown. <BR> <BR> I'm 31 FtM in upstate NY, a full time college student double majoring in Psych (minor in criminal justice) and Spanish (minor in French). <BR> <BR> My SP usage question is, for gender--I am pre-T in my transition. On most sites I'd put male without a... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 03:00:07 EST Dysphoria and body envy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x36700096 Can I just ask what other people do to ease their body envy, and dysphoria? Sometimes I can just get on with things and I deal with what I have and it's not so bad, but other times I just want to scream and curl up into a little ball? Even if it just eases for a little while, that would be amazing. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 05:29:22 EST Chit Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x36602832 Hello guys and gals, <BR> <BR> I've been antsy to chit chat, but there is only a sad number of people who can hold up their side of a genderqueer conversation. <BR> <BR> Blah, blah, blah. I'm not moody or anything of the sorts. Just wanted to drop in and say hello. <BR> <BR> I've been chatting with the friend I mentioned a ways back. He's getting ready to "come out" to a mutual friend soon and I'm both nervous and excited for him. He's spent this time taking things slow to let his lady ad... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:56:36 EST Goal Weight Trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x36393446 I'm having trouble figuring out my goal weight, now that I'm taking testosterone and working out. <BR> <BR> My first year on T, I lost 50 pounds and got to my goal weight. I looked pretty small (see the pic of me wearing a black shirt and sunglasses in front of a brown wall). <BR> <BR> For the last 8 months, I've been going to the gym pretty regularly and working out, including intense weight lifting. I'm building muscles like I've never had before. But muscles weigh a lot! I'm gaining weig... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 12:10:37 EST Degrassi feat. trans teen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x36117406 Degrassi TNG had a couple episodes featuring Adam, a FTM teen. My hubby gave me the links, I just finished watching them, they're pretty good, and I wanted to share them with all of you here. <BR> <BR> http://www.muchmusic.com/tv/degrassi/epi<BR>sodes/episode1015.aspx <BR> followed by: <BR> http://www.muchmusic.com/tv/degrassi/epi<BR>sodes/episode1016.aspx Tue, 17 Aug 2010 19:21:50 EST L-O-L-A http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x36007876 Hey youngsters! And those of you with fond memories ... <BR> in 1970 a song topped the charts in both the UK and the US. It is about a TV encounter, but the lyrics are great. On your search engine type: <BR> lyrics Lola the Kinks <BR> You will find lyrics and a live performance. It should make you smile! <BR> Brie already gave you the URL for our news story that aired last night. So we should keep you entertained! <BR> TOBY Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:53:06 EST Truthful TV coverage on Transgenders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35997921 Tee and I just saw the coverage after the 40 minutes of the interview tape was shaved down to five minutes. <BR> It was done in a VERY professional, sensitive, and positive manner. <BR> The entire raw interview was loaded p on the station's wepage. <BR> The coverage is very affreming, and eyeopening for for folks that are straight, but not narrow. Brie Thu, 12 Aug 2010 01:27:36 EST NOT OUR BODIES, NOT OUR SELVES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35902044 There is a book entitled, Our Bodies, Our Selves. <BR> I remember this book from my Feminist Lesbian Days. <BR> I remember NOT relating to it. I found a similar quote today: <BR> "Stop struggling and just relax into health. Honor your body and be grateful for it, and affirm that you want to give it only the healthy food it needs. Cherish your body. Nurture your body. Enjoy your body. It is not the enemy, it is your home. Bless it and care for it accordingly". <BR> <BR> (This message was se... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 13:06:47 EST The TransThespian! Greetings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x35897310 Greetings folks! <BR> Name is Erik. I am a 23 year old gay transman from NY. I'm a professional actor/vocalist looking to -finally- get my life in order after much chaos in my personal life/transition. It took 5 years to get on T because of money/relationship issues and I am FINALLY having top surgery [ August 23rd ] hence why I am here trying to get myself in the best shape I can for it! However I intend to make major life changes from here on out, so don't write me off just yet. Heh. <BR> ... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 08:37:18 EST HOORAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35884997 Nick got his prescription for testosterone today!!!!!!!! I just had to share the good news!!! <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 6 Aug 2010 14:27:00 EST Oh look, another post from me. :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35780621 I’ve been feeling really down just lately. My brother has a girlfriend and they’re always kissing and stuff, and it’s just not fair. I don’t have anyone. I feel so alone sometimes. Well, most of the time. I feel so lost, with no way of finding…well, a way through everything. I can’t be me because I can’t move out because I can’t afford it. I try little things but it doesn’t help. I get so frustrated. All I want to do is scream, ger rid of all this anger and frustration and argh! *sighs* I jus... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 04:43:31 EST Hey all I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x35738507 Hi I'm FTM and new of course. I'm 5'6" 250 pounds so I'm looking to get in better shape. I'm post-op , have had every thing (yes phallo). So now I'm looking to lok and feel better. Thanks hope to talk soon:) Fri, 30 Jul 2010 20:26:28 EST Restaurants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35726953 I know, a bit random but... I am looking for restaurant recommendations in El Paso... someplace nice. I dunno if there's anyone here from that region... I decided to ask in the queer communities because it's for some queer bands from Toronto... Hunter Valentine and the Cliks... it's Lucas' birthday, so the girls from HV wanna take him out tonight. Living in Ontario as well, I had no ideas. Any thoughts? <BR> <BR> x-posted Fri, 30 Jul 2010 09:29:13 EST Annoying Parents http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35676127 Interesting things going on this week. Mady's parents still refuse to acknowledge his transition. They call him Melanie, and she, and her and it drives him absolutely crazy. He's reached the end of his rope with the family situation really... it's been about 2 years and they are still not even TRYING to deal with it. Mady spent all day yesterday in a rage about it and barely ate a thing. His uncle is really sick and could die any time now, and he was sitting there worrying about what wou... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 21:40:03 EST Coming Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35675907 I told 2/3 of my co-workers that my husband is TG... normally I do say that nobody needs to know, but I spend all day with these people, they already know I'm bi, and I HATE not feeling like I can be open and honest with people I have to spend every day with. I'm long since done with that crap. There are things going on in my life that make a lot more sense if you know the entire situation, and I like to be able to have an open and honest line of communication around me. <BR> <BR> It was a... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 21:29:54 EST Don't know how to cope... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35620659 I’m feeling a bit down. My mother and I had an argument about why I bind, I tried to explain to her without coming out to her but I don’t think she understands. I don’t think she’d understand even if I do tell her I want to be a guy. And sometimes I wonder whether it’s the right path to transition. I mean I feel male quite a lot of the time, like…90% and the other 10% is me feeling nothing at all. But I don’t know how much of that is the depression/being stuck in a rut or what. It’s depressin... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 10:01:56 EST INSOMNIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35570846 F.Runner and Wolfie! <BR> You both have insomnia, and I noticed SparkPeople have addressed this issue. There appears to be a series of articles. Brie has suggested a soft rubber mallet on the noggin, but I have declined her offer. :) <BR> I don't know if this will help, but there ya go! <BR> TOBY <BR> <BR> Dietary Supplements for Insomnia <BR> <BR> Along with other lifestyle changes, you may wish to consider a natural sleep aid supplement. Discuss the appropriateness of these supplements ... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 15:15:50 EST Coping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35522095 I know this isn't TG specific or anything, but I feel most comfortable with this group. <BR> <BR> What do you do when you are having trouble dealing with something very emotional? Every time I think about my friend who passed away a couple years ago I break down, get really depressed, and can't get anything done, unless you count eating a whole bowl of cookie dough! <BR> <BR> How do you pull yourself out of a funk like that? I need to get things done, but I've lost all my motivation to do... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 12:22:04 EST Hi... I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x35436338 Finally I decided to introduce myself =]... <BR> It's just that I don't know what to say xD <BR> I'm Gattitho, from Chile, I'm 18 years old... sadly I'm a... girl :(... <BR> I think I might be transgender but I'm not sure... <BR> I came out as bisexual, but I'm not sure about that either... <BR> My life is a mess =[ <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm here because I want to lose weight and I for now I will only focus on that =] so... hi everybody!!! =D <BR> <BR> btw... sorry for my bad english ^^" I'm r... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:46:28 EST Nutrition for new body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35273051 I've been working out since January and doing very well in exercising and nutrition. I've been on testosterone for 2 months and now everything is going a little crazy. I thought my weights and energy would increase, but it is going downhill. I want to sleep all the time because I'm so tired. I even fell asleep in the parking lot of the fitness center before I worked out!!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm very strict with my sleeping habits and sleep well. <BR> <BR> I have been racking my brain about why th... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 07:28:16 EST Read Anything GOOD Lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35248614 Specifically on our topic of gender <BR> <BR> In 1969 Ursula LeGuin published a science fiction book entitled, The Lefthand of Darkness. On this particular Ice Planet, each person undergoes a transformation from one gender to the other during certain seasons or cycles. The protagonist, who is from another single-gender planet, is stuck in a slow moving ice crawling vehicle during the entire transformation of his host/hostess. It is a psychological journey of one who must address his own ... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 23:56:39 EST Late Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x35141305 No surprise that I’d jump into anther thread before I remembered to properly introduce myself… <BR> <BR> Proper? Ha, no. Not this girl. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I’m a bi girl that writes queer fiction with a focus on gay men (both paranormal and contemporary settings). I don’t identify as cis or transgender. Instead I believe that everyone has a bit of everything in them, but some suppress it or don’t acknowledge the minor gender if they’re very strong in their main. For example, I am female but ... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 10:35:26 EST Frustrated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35136068 I've been so frustrated just lately. I'm sick of being read as a butch lesbian, I'm sick of not having a binder and not being able to sneak one in the house without questions, I'm sick of not having a dick and not being able to sneak one in the house without questions.. I'm sick of having to be someone I'm not at home. I'm sick of having to be someone I'm not at work, and answering to the birth name, and the wrong pronouns. :( I'm sick of not being able to cut my hair shorter than I have it n... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 04:08:51 EST Support Groups http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x35092683 I came across this question in another forum, wanted to help but didn't have any information, and thought it made a whole lot of sense to re-post it here to all of you! <BR> <BR> "Recently a friend came out as MTF and his SO is looking for an online support group. She is in one currently, but its focus is geared more towards the transgendered person, so she'd like to find a second one that is designed for the straight ally / support for partners of transgender people. <BR> <BR> Specificall... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 02:15:49 EST I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x34999400 Hi! My name is Vin, I'm 26 and from the UK. I'm pre everything and have just admitted to myself who I am after many years of denying it to everyone, and hiding from myself. I'm new to Sparkpeople but I'm already finding it very helpful, and now I'm very relieved that there are others here that know how it feels. I'm looking to make more friends/get help in bulking up, so yeah, this is me! :) Thu, 24 Jun 2010 08:39:28 EST Hi, I'm Liam! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x34971333 Hi. My name is Liam. I'm 35 and live in Alberta, Canada. I'm also FTM, though currently pre-op and pre-T. I hope to start testosterone later this year, once my blood sugar is under better control. I'm working on losing fifty pounds to help make my transition easier. Tue, 22 Jun 2010 22:08:56 EST I'm so happy to be here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x34959145 I was worried that I'd have trouble finding other transgendered folks on this site and that I'd have to explain who I am and what I'm doing over and over again. Thank you all so much for forming this community! Tue, 22 Jun 2010 11:30:08 EST No Exercise today, or for the next week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x34924062 Well folks, it was 103 today, and 100 inside the house. Last night, it did not drop below the nineties in the house till 03:30 in the morning, so we only got three hours of sleep. <BR> Obviously there was NO exercise today, or for the rest of the week till the temperatures drop back into the nineties. The nearest place with ANY type of cool aire around is a two hour drive away and we have just enough <BR> gas to go pick up our Retirement pay on the first IF we don't burn it on something "fri... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 20:40:06 EST Hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x34824181 Hey everyone! My name is Miki, I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. My husband is FtM, and so I wanted to join a community of people who would understand the experiences we go through, as well as being supportive of my healthy lifestyle changes! My hubby is one of those people that has always been skinny without trying, and drives the rest of us crazy. haha. BUT, he's not the most healthy person in the world... he has given me the go ahead to change his whole lifestyle around in terms of the... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 19:06:04 EST HELP! I'm stuck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x34799481 No, I'm not talking about a yoga position or a sexual position, either! <BR> It's my diet and weight loss program. <BR> I usually say SEE IT! BE IT! <BR> But lately I've been doing SEE IT! EAT IT! <BR> OK maybe not to that extreme, but it is getting harder and harder to resist the sweets under the glass dishes at the cafe, or the fresh pies, UMMM <BR> They are calling me. <BR> So I need a kick in the butt or lots of encouragement, so that I can resist. My recumbent bike is great for cardio... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 17:52:55 EST Hi all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x34364095 Hi I'm Nicole. Im 22 years old and live in Michigan. <BR> I am MtF and have been taking hormones for about 4 months now. <BR> My goal is to get back on track and maintain a healthy weight. Mon, 24 May 2010 23:34:27 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x34178381 Hey Ya'll, My name is Shorty <BR> I am pre everything right now out side of Therapy. <BR> I am FtM, I live in Phx with my fiancee Sun, 16 May 2010 14:56:02 EST Mother Nature Informed Against Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x34043282 I feel so betrayed. When I was 13 years old, I was still wrestling with my three brothers in the backyard. I was just one of the boys until Mother Nature informed against me and my period started. My body is going menopausal now, for the last two months I have had very little inconvenience, but this month, it seems like payback time. <BR> This is an unpleasant subject, but I couldn't think of another team where I could express that sense of betrayal by my own body. I can't wait for this ... Mon, 10 May 2010 15:03:31 EST Five of our wedding photos are in my photo gallery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x33990671 I just loaded five of our wedding photos into the photo gallery on my Spark Page. They are the bottom five photos in the Gallery. Take a look, and tell me what you think. Brie Fri, 7 May 2010 22:40:29 EST Beginning testosterone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x33977136 I'm hoping some FtMs can shed some light on whether I should lose all or most of the weight I want before I start testosterone or go ahead and begin now. I still have about 75 lbs to lose. I'm doing well now with cardio, lifting weights, and eating properly. I'm currently losing about .5 lbs per wk which is about right since I do not wish to lose muscle mass. I know biological men lose faster than women due to increased muscle mass, so theoretically, if I were on testosterone that would incre... Fri, 7 May 2010 10:42:58 EST Tee and I are now LEGALLY MARRIED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x33943375 On Monday, Tee and I were LEGALLY MARRIED in San San Antonio Texas. They agreed that the Littelton Vs. Prange decision FORCED the State to identify me as Male strictly for the purpose of Marriage. As a result, regardless of my genitailia, I am NOT allowed to marry a male in this state, but as uncomfortable as it may make some straight people feel, I CAN marry another genetalic female, with the FULL BLESSINGS of the State of Texas, and that is what the two of us did. <BR> A VERY HAPPY BRIE!!! Wed, 5 May 2010 22:20:28 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x33895886 Thanks for the warm welcome when I joined this team. I ID as genderqueer. My preferred pronouns are "they, them, their." <BR> <BR> I'm interested in losing weight and toning up in general. In specific, I'd like to get my upper body in good shape for such time as I can afford top surgery. I'm glad to find trans-inclusive folks here. Tue, 4 May 2010 04:37:09 EST Our Marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x33792349 Well everyone, here is the pre-San Antonio trip update. <BR> Channel seven has been running thirty second announcements of tonight's full length interview with Tee and I concerning our upcoming marriage. <BR> The spots open with a still photo of the Texas State House, and the lead male News Anchor saying " Texas State law defines a marriage as being between a man and a woman, but what happens if one of the two parties is BOTH?" <BR> Then they cut to a couple of quick sound bites of the two o... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 15:17:09 EST "Ren and Stimpy's" Exercise log http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x33710859 Tee and I are going to start logging our walks, rides, strength training. and exersize machine times. <BR> Today we just got done greeting the day by walking a "lap" of the western third of our runway, which works out to six tenths of a mile. Brie Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:14:19 EST First time I went over 500 Sparkpoints in a month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x33703525 This is the first time that I went over 500 spark points in a month, better things next month!! Brie Mon, 26 Apr 2010 08:05:11 EST Where's LIZFINITY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x33665477 Tried to locate the new member to say Hello, but I can't find any mention of her. Did she reconsider? Did she fall through the cracks? (No pun intended) <BR> TEE as in TOBY Sat, 24 Apr 2010 11:20:38 EST Hello! I'm Rafi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x33644274 I haven't been on SparkPeople in almost 2 years and in that time gained another 20+ pounds! Very depressing! I came out as an FTM in 2007 and was sure that my transition was all I needed to drop the excess weight since I felt so uncomfortable as female and kept the weight on for comfort. Now I realize that my eating patterns had nothing to do with gender and I search for comfort in food no matter what. It calms me down. But it also makes me fat! So I need to learn new coping skills and create... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 11:04:14 EST Cooking question for Chefkat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x33572240 I would like to do some Grouper Japanese style, for Tee in a few days. The two of us love Ginger, but it can be a very overpowering spice on fish. How can we dilute it's strength, or what othe spice should I use with it? <BR> BOTH of us love to use Sesame Oil on our Rice, I add hot garlic oil to it on my rice at the table, could the use of these oils, sabotage our diets? Brie Tue, 20 Apr 2010 12:08:44 EST Two Hour Transgendered TV Interview http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x33468378 Yesterday we hosted an amazing event: the local ABC affiliate did a two hour interview on the plight of our pursuit of happiness. Brie and I intend to get MARRIED. <BR> In February, we went to the El Paso County Recorder's Office and tried to apply for a marriage certificate. There is a big loophole in Texas law based on the case of Littleton vs. Prange. Littleton, MTF had married and became widowed. <BR> Littleton's in-laws had opposed the marriage from the outset, though Christine ... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 20:59:51 EST TEE, the SweetiePie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x33338456 Hi! You have probably heard about me by now. I am Brie's (Taylorcraftbc65)sweetie-pie and have been for 17 years plus! <BR> I joined SparkTeams last month because I would like to cut a trimmer figure, and KEEP UP WITH BRIE! <BR> I'll be fifty-three next month. I'm 5'1" and over 200 pounds. I want to lose the fat and put on some muscle. <BR> I'm not exactly trans but I was actively searching for a partner who didn't want to enforce gender specific roles onto the relationship. BOY DID I FIN... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 11:58:15 EST S.O. might be able to transition soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x33327719 Nick got a job offer from UT Health Science Center! This means he will be able to get more money, be closer to home and be able to start transitioning once his insurance kicks in (August!)! YAY! We were thinking it wouldn't be until next year sometime because it was taking so long for him to find a new job. So excited! <em>244</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 9 Apr 2010 20:59:22 EST TG friends in Lakeland Fl. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x33219612 Looking for Transgendered Friends in Lakeland to walk with and maybe have weigh inn's and maybe some Fitness things along with dinners and stories to share in our lives of trying to get the Girls figure we want. Not a pick up but a help group. kisses Mon, 5 Apr 2010 16:48:47 EST Intro Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x33202287 Since I'm down there on the new board, I better say hello. I'm in my 50s. I'm the FTM. I'm gay. My partner is a gay man which feels weird when the world thinks we are straight. Not hardly. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I have a lot to lose. I use to work in the forensic psych hosptial system [yeah Silence of the Lambs ok] and you add up all the injuries and the stress and my body ended up taking all of it with knee, back problems.. I often say if I was a horse they would shoot me out of ... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 23:01:08 EST Makeup and dressing advice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x33143884 I want to learn how to present myself more ... beautifully. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> And maybe you'll regject me because I'm a tomboy (girl) wanting to embrace my divine feminine. <BR> <BR> But at the same time, I see so many who could help me learn so much. <BR> <BR> Girls don't tell me much of nothing. <BR> <BR> I want to be divine! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, if I'm "kicked out" that's fine ... but I want some help learning to "be a woman" - if anyone is willing to help, I'm all yours. <BR... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 00:09:45 EST Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x32680409 Hi everyone! I saw a blog by another member of this group the other night and got so excited! I didn't realize how large this team is, and it's fabulous! My sig other is FtM, pre everything, and although he is not on SP, I think me being on this team will help us both out a lot. I'm so excited to get to know all of you and have us support each other through our weight loss and in life! <em>247</em> <em>244</em> <em>30</em> Sun, 14 Mar 2010 10:39:46 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x32674647 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am 27 and FtM. I not quite out to everyone yet but getting there slowly I am working on getting on T by July-August time. <BR> I work full time for a Department store as an EDI/Merchandise Support Assistant and am a full time student at USF majoring in Economics <BR> My weight loss goal is initially at 50ibs. When I reach that depending on how happy i am with my body I may try to go a little lower. But really I just want to get rid of the extra weight a get healthy before... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 22:51:17 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x32668117 New to SparkPeople today! Good to see a group of transfolk here! <BR> <BR> About me: 42, MtF--still very new, too big, but losing. I'd been on Weight Watchers, and had made some headway, but I like the looks of SparkPeople even better! :) Sat, 13 Mar 2010 16:42:58 EST My other half joined Spark People last night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x32587144 My other half, "Tee" joined Spark People last night, and joined the Artists Team. (She is a Christian Artist). This morning, she started her own Blog Journal, (I don't have a blog, and I've been here a while). She may join this team as well, we will see. <BR> Brie Wed, 10 Mar 2010 13:11:17 EST How do I tell my trainer my FTM goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x31415616 I am new to SP although I meant to join almost a year ago...I guess you say I procrastinate very well when it comes to taking care of myself. Anyways, I researched two gyms today and I am going back to one of them on Friday to meet with a trainer to discuss training packages (I hate that they can't just give you a simple price). At this meeting we are to take body measurements, weight, and talk about my personal goals and target areas. As a pre-op, pre-t FTM living in a very conservative area... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 22:44:16 EST Hullo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x31011496 Hey y'all, thought i'd introduce myself. I guess I fall somewhere between genderqueer and FTM - I don't identify on any particular binary, I just roll with whatever strangers peg me as. Have had top surgery and am on T tho as without that I can't achieve the middle of the road appearance that I feel inside. <BR> <BR> Both the surgery and the hormones have really motivated me to get my self in shape. Sort of like i've been spending all this time working on my internal emotional self and ident... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:05:32 EST Workout Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x30881334 Hey everyone, I am a huge lover of music and am always looking for new people or music that I may not have remembered or thought about in awhile. So I am curious to what other people favorite songs, artists, and/or genre's are to workout to. <BR> <BR> Nena <BR> Kill Bill Soundtracks <BR> Bob Dylan <BR> John Mellancamp <BR> The Doors <BR> and a whole mix of artists the the country, pop, and rock genre's. <BR> Pretty much anything that has a solid beat or superb lyrics. Fri, 8 Jan 2010 05:17:52 EST Team Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x30824502 Hi all! I disappeared for a time here, and having received my copy of The Spark, decided that I needed to redefine my goals and work on getting back the motivation I once had. I've given myself a fresh start and took a minute to evaluate where I may have fallen off course. <BR> I would love to see this group come up with some Team Goals, beyond drinking 8 cups of water a day. I would love to see this group become more of a group, more involved with each other. I am sure there are common goal... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 12:19:54 EST BMI and Other http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x30813583 This may seem like a stupid question, but I have no idea. The main thing I have is, being mtf and having been on hormones for four and a half years, I am curious to what influence that would have in calculating my BMI. Everywhere I have ever measured it being 6' BMI calculators say I should weigh around 150ish. There is no way that I could get to that weight without being anorexic. A long time ago I went to Curves and joined them. The trainers/attendents/or whatever they were called, wer... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 05:17:36 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x30741826 Hi! <BR> My name is Kayleigh and I am 26 years old and an MTF transsexual. I am currently an undergrad student at the University of Utah. My biggest motivation for needing to lose weight is that I am having SRS in May and need to be below 210 lbs and want to be below 200. I have tried a thousand times to get into a routine but kept failing at it after a couple of days. With the turn of the year and the beginning of something new, I realized that my deadline is much nearer then it looked b... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 05:38:37 EST Hello new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x30514434 Hi my name is Theresa. I am not transgender but my wonderful boyfriend is. He is ftm. We went to high school together and 18 years later I was looking for "her" on myspace. All I found was a hot guy with same name. It wasn't till a week later when talking to another mutual friend I learned that there were changes lol. We have been together almost 2 years. I was shocked that i fell so hard as i am very straight. He is just wonderful and love him more than anything. My kids love him too. He wa... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 04:15:31 EST I have been named as an administrator of this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x30216846 Hey everyone, I have been named as an administrator of this team, and I would LOVE to see this team really take off, not just with it's traffic, but in it's acchievement of both team, and individual goals that each of our members hold dear. I know from personal experience, that this gender journey that we are on, either we, ourselves, or, our loved ones, can be either maddening, or depressing at times. When those times come to us, we need to "let our hair down" among friends, where we know we... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 13:40:55 EST Hello All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x29921549 Hi! I'm not trans, but my man is! (FTM) <BR> He is starting his transition and along with that comes some weight loss and gain and so I am joining SP to meet resources and people that can help both he and I as we go on this journey together. We are both late 20's with about 100 lbs to lose and we need all the support we can get! Thanks so much! Mon, 23 Nov 2009 12:35:03 EST Transgender Day of Remembrance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x28911148 <link>www.transgenderdor.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> As the weather gets colder I always start thinking about TDOR. I live in a University town and every year the students of the Spectrum center put something on for the local community. It's been getting smaller and smaller the last few years that I've gone and this year I'm going to see about becoming involved. <BR> <BR> Every year I make a new resolution on this day - it's really more like a re-commitment. I challenge myself to come out to... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 03:20:44 EST Most difficult goal/Where you excel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x28819997 Hello again! It's nice to see the huddles already started by the time I stop in here. Exciting. <BR> <BR> Thought I might start a new topic and get a little something something started. You know, have a little fun in the forum kind of deal. <BR> <BR> We are all on here for many reasons some of which we have in common with a lot of folks and some that are a little more unique to come across. Well, I'm curious to hear what everyones most difficult goal to reach is (or was - way to go you!) ... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 21:13:59 EST Hello, Hello, Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x28749484 Hello! <BR> <BR> I must say I was really excited that this group existed. Just spent a bit checking it out, and kind of bummed that it's not so active. So - I huddled. That's right, I did it. And I plan on coming back and doing it again too. Watch for it - hey maybe you could even participate in it. <BR> <BR> I am new to the SP site and trying to put myself out there, keep up on my trackers and keep a close eye on my goals and such. I've started small and doing mostly observation on mysel... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 22:42:50 EST Here in support of someone with courage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x26984628 This was written by her! Shows we can all suceed. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “ALONE” <BR> <BR> <BR> From Childhood’s hour I have not been as others were – I have not seen as others saw – I could not bring my passions from a common spring! EDGAR ALLEN POE <BR> <BR> Each day I live a lie. Mine is a life of deceit. For, I am forced to wear a mask, to be an actor on a stage which is not my own choice!. I cannot do! I cannot act as I would like or as I feel. Yet, I am not sick, m... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 07:48:14 EST hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x25857776 hey guys. I'm semi-new to the spark. I was on here for a while a year ago but never really active within the community. <BR> i'm jackson, 24, ftm. pre-op, non-t, artist, musician, and i'd love to have some buddies on here! <BR> Wed, 27 May 2009 16:21:13 EST You can relax now, Nia-Desu has arrived!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x25737529 SUP Humans!!!! I'm Nia! OH MAN I'M SO AWESOME. <BR> <BR> I'm also on a boat, don't you ever forget. <BR> <BR> So, here's the stats. Girl, 26 years old, mtF, cellist, awesome, college student, louisville ky, trans. <BR> <BR> Had weight problems my entire life. Been trying to fight off my weight for so long, but now that I'm transitioning, it's like, it would be stupid for me not to try to change this about myself too. <BR> <BR> Max weight: 297 LBS <BR> Lowest weight: 217 LBS <BR> <BR> Cur... Fri, 22 May 2009 11:35:07 EST New Logo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x25198988 How do you like the new logo? Fri, 1 May 2009 20:37:42 EST Hi there :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x24549177 Hey there <BR> <BR> Thought I would introduce myself. My name is Troy and I have been on sparkpeople for awhile but not really sticking with it. Generally I just use this site to track my food but now I am starting to track other things as well. I used to be really into trying to build muscle as well as lose weight but I have decided to really for now just focus on losing weight and then putting the muscle back on. <BR> <BR> So about me... im 24, live in Oregon, go to school, work, and d... Wed, 8 Apr 2009 12:52:14 EST Lost seven pounds last week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x24535426 Hey folks,I weighed myself this morning, and I am now down to 223 pounds. I lost seven pounds last week, and now my jeans are falling off of me. Looks like I'm now in size 18's. This is why I don't use the small cement mixer that I have, but rather mix it by hand in a wheelbarrow with a shovel. THAT will do a number on your core muscles. Brie Wed, 8 Apr 2009 00:42:59 EST Whagt have you done today to make you feel PROUD? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x24336502 Today I ran several bushels of yard waste through the chipper/shredder and stirred it into the compost barrels. Wed, 1 Apr 2009 13:58:42 EST Hi from Salt Flats, Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x24304365 Hi everyone, My name is Sabrina, "Brie" for short. I am 59, retired Army, and live on 80 acres with my own airstrip in extreme west Texas. <BR> I was born a Hermaphrodite in 1950, and back then, parents were given the choice as what they wanted. My father being Career Navy wanted a "boy" so I received a unique peritoneal scar at a week or so of age. Too bad they guessed WRONG as decades later was discovered by genetic testing. <BR> I knew what my true situation was from the age of toddler h... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 15:14:41 EST Starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x24300703 I've been looking at these posts here, and some of them are quite elderly. I've removed some of the sticky notes status and eventually these old postings will be cleared out by the new posts. I think that turned some people away seeing posts over two years old. So together we'll try to resurrect this site. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 13:17:41 EST Success stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x24114801 What have you accomplished today that made you feel good? Wed, 25 Mar 2009 11:22:36 EST Participate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x23700648 This has to be the quietest SparkTeam on the board. Why don't we be more vocal about our issues, and our goals? C'mon people! <BR> <BR> I'm still adjusting to a healthier diet and making changes to realize it. I haven't yet even addressed the exercise part because I hate to exercise. I'd like to join a gym, but the thought of it really frightens me. I'm post-op mtf, but I let my body go to hell after my surgery and now I'm obese. I am reluctant to join a gym (and go!) because of my body. I'... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 12:29:25 EST Getting healthy...again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x23475411 Hi Everyone! I'm a post op MtF. I've always been a large person and to qualify for my surgery I had to lose 130 pounds. I did it with a physician monitored liquid fast. That was last year and now I've put about half of the weight back on. I am going to change that now. I will focus on my diet and exercise levels. I'm very happy to talk to others in our community. We do have "other" issues that is difficult to sometimes talk about with people who've never had to question their birth gender. Wed, 4 Mar 2009 11:18:34 EST Say Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x23161791 Hey everybody! <BR> <BR> Whenever you check into this team, post a note here to say hey! Then people will know that folks do check in to this team, and you get 3 points every time! <BR> <BR> --Drake Mon, 23 Feb 2009 00:24:00 EST Hi every one. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x22155197 I'm new to the group. I'm a pre-op, pre-t transman. I'm here trying to lose some weight for my health since I'm disabled. I'm hoping to get my top surgery this year. It's a start I'm looking forward to. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Thu, 22 Jan 2009 17:56:30 EST January 27 : Equality on Campus Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x21850819 After the initial out cry re: prop 8, it may have seemed like the energy for marriage equality has lessened somewhat. However, January 27th is National Equality on Campus day. On this day, students at High Schools and Colleges across the country, will all wear the same tee-shirt, to increase visibility and awareness re: equal rights particularly marriage equality. <BR> You don't have to be a student in order to support "National Equality on Campus Day", you can purchase a tee-shirt and wear ... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 10:24:27 EST Hello New to the Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x21819765 Hello Everyone: <BR> I am the partner of transgender MTF. It is so encouraging to see this Sparkteam. In a nutshell, here is my story . . . about 3 years ago, I lost 80 pounds, was exercising, ran several half marathons. Then due to an extremely stressful time in my life, I started smoking (a habit I gave up for 8 years), started stress and emotional eating, and hey, if your doing all that, then you might as well not exercise either. So, I found myself, unfit, out of breath, stinking lik... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 13:53:13 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x21418096 My name is Dana and I'm from Baltimore. I was turned on to SparkPeople by the nutritionist that my doctor sent me too. <BR> <BR> I'm fifty something and I've been transitioning for ten months. My primary goals are nutritional. <BR> <BR> I need to lose twenty pounds too. But right now I'm mostly concerned with tracking what I eat so I can share it with my doctor on my next visit and plan from there. <BR> <BR> Peace, <BR> Dana Sat, 3 Jan 2009 12:24:10 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x20744976 I'm new to the group, here for support and understanding more than anything else. My partner is just recently coming to the realization that she is transgendered. I am being as supportive as possible because I love her, er him (sorry, haven't gotten used to that just yet), but I really don't understand what he's going through. I'm hoping some of you on this group can help me understand what I can do to help him through this transition and make it as easy as possible for both of us (if that's ... Sat, 6 Dec 2008 18:51:20 EST weight loss for non-health reasons? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x20590828 Depending on how much of a pessimistic attitude you want, it seems that losing weight can be almost pointless. One seems to realize that one cannot escape fate, and if fate weaves one into the wrong body, what other options does one have? <BR> <BR> There's always that thought in the back of one's mind; it seems that everyone sees through the disguise and depending on their level of politeness may choose to not cooperate. When one is passing, is it not merely an act of politeness on the oth... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 22:12:19 EST Salutations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x18912878 Hello all, <BR> <BR> I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm an MTF from Michigan. I'm hoping to lose some weight so I can start going full time except work. It's embarrassing to have a gut lol. Plus I've been thin once before and I think I'll be pretty hot, which is my overall goal. Mon, 29 Sep 2008 19:15:01 EST New here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x18660475 Hey! I'm new here.. I'm 24 years old. <BR> <BR> I've resisted starting to lose weight for a long time because I'd rather be fat then curvy. But then after looking at some pictures I realized that if I lost weight my BOOBS would get SMALLER! <BR> <BR> Plus I want to learn how to do running. <BR> <BR> Hope to meet you all soon Sat, 20 Sep 2008 23:16:39 EST New Guy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x18640835 I'm David, a 40 year old ftm (preop, but for financial reasons alone- I changed over fulltime at 18, and have been on Testosterone most of that time). <BR> <BR> I'm happily handfasted (=married, till they make that legal in my state anyway!) to a partner of 10+ years, and we share our home/lives with two cats, a dog, and a horse. <BR> <BR> I'm surprised there is a transgroup here, and almost passed it by- but then I realized that there might be some interesting issues that TG's face, in wei... Sat, 20 Sep 2008 04:25:17 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x17817565 What's up everyone I'm Zack, 22 and pre-op ftm however been on testosterone for a while now. Really didn't think there would be a trans group but cool that there is. Wed, 20 Aug 2008 02:05:33 EST Howdy Folks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x15021955 I am a 25 yo transguy living in New York. Been battling weight loss stuff for YEARS... my mother is convinced that if I was thin, I wouldn't "feel the need" to be trans. Sigh. Lotsa issues. I'm having surgery in July and would like to lose some weight before then and then MORE weight after but seem to lose motivation... I was on this site over a year ago!!!! Anyhooooooozles, I hope to be back into sparkpeople and doing well.. :% I hope. Rafi Sun, 18 May 2008 20:40:49 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x14572073 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm joining Sparkpeople to get fit and stay fit. I'm FtM and just started on T last month. I'm really trying to get my weight down, work out, and feed my body good healthy foods while I'm transitioning. <BR> <BR> This group doesn't seem very active, but I hope someone responds to my post! <BR> <BR> --Drake Fri, 2 May 2008 09:12:32 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x13379607 Hi, I'm Angel. I've been on this team for a while, but I haven't introduced myself yet. I joined spark as a way to make sure I was getting enough nutrition while dieting. <BR> <BR> I had successfully lost weight and kept it off pre-hormones. Three years ago, I started taking estrogen and progesterone, and it became very difficult for me to not eat things. My willpower with food just wasn't there as much. I gained 50 pounds my first year of hormones, and then it leveled off. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 24 Mar 2008 23:59:38 EST Message Removed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x13377065 Message Removed Mon, 24 Mar 2008 22:09:51 EST So glad to see us here!! I am new to SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x12505084 Hi folks, <BR> Im in my mid 30s and live in the greater Boston, MA area. Married trans couple!! F2M Transitioned in the mid 90`s,..one of the things with T is Cholesterol and Fat! Fri, 22 Feb 2008 09:24:24 EST Suppose I should say hey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x12058716 I'm 24 years old and currently pre-transition (FtM). Right now I'm in the military (eep), but should be getting out soon, and hope to start transitioning then. My partner is CD, and exploring his gender idenity right now. We're in a LDR right now, but I'm moving closer to him after I get out. I have a 3 year old as well. uh...yeah. I hate these intro things. Thu, 7 Feb 2008 10:14:10 EST Movies/sh ows/books with transgender people? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x11729785 I'm just curious if anyone knows of some good resources that include transgender people? Maybe we can compile a nice list of titles! I love to read and have read several books about gay issues or with gay characters, but not many with trans people. <BR> <BR> I just watched a documentary series (got it from Netflix) called "Transgeneration" and it follows four college students in their transitions. Two are MTF and two are FTM. Very interesting and emotional. <BR> <BR> A book I've read: "She'... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 01:57:02 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x11729312 Hi everyone.. just joined and thought I'd introduce myself. I'm not trans but I do have major body issues relating to sexuality (at least that's how I feel about it). I am a lesbian and have always been uncomfortable with my body, even when I weighed 130 which is now my goal weight. One of my main things is hoping my boobs will shrink down, even though I am about a B cup I wish I was an AAAAAAA... so yeah, I've had issues for awhile about wanting to be able to look boyish and pass for being m... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 00:51:35 EST Yay! Transfolks on Sparkpeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x11684605 Hi everyone, my name is Samuel. My focus right now is to lose some weight (about 30 lbs) that I gained in the last 3 years at law school, sitting on my... <BR> <BR> Also hoping to get in shape in general, and to get some muscle into my chest (i had chest surgery in 2003 and have totally been slacking on re/building the muscle). <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm really excited to see this group. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? Sat, 26 Jan 2008 10:30:46 EST Team Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x10361050 This is the web-board for team challenges. Sat, 1 Dec 2007 11:29:26 EST Just the group I been looking for http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x10335967 Hi, I'm Devon. I live in Portland Maine with my partner of almost 18 years. I am pre-op pre-T. Just started the "official" long journey by getting a Therapist. I have known my whole life, 51 years that this body and spitit didn't match. My starting weight loss goal is 50lbs. I want to be lighter before top removal. I understand it is safer that way. My long term goal is to get down to 145lbs, and be a fit gentelman. <BR> I didn't know a trans group exsisted I thought I'd try to start o... Thu, 29 Nov 2007 23:18:25 EST Community News Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x10237212 I thought it might be a good idea to start a transgender community news thread. :) We all share common goals, both in our histories and in our unification to a fitter lifestyle. Hopefully, some of these posts will allow everyone to stay in touch with community, whether it involves transgender news or health articles... or... articles on transgender health. <BR> <BR> With the passing of a trans-uninclusive ENDA, November has been a hard month for the transgender community. According to 365, ... Sat, 24 Nov 2007 15:16:04 EST Just an intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x9235274 I'm just very glad to find a Trans team here!! I really hate even looking at most weight loss stuff cause the first question is always male/female! I'm trying to write-up more info on my sparkpage so check it out if you have time. <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Oct 2007 11:38:34 EST Brief Introduction... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x8502972 I am a 25-year-old, FTM pre-T pre-op, guitar newbie, graphic designer, film buff, music lover, looking to drop some fat and gain some muscle... Fri, 24 Aug 2007 17:45:40 EST VERY Glad this team is here!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x7998139 Hi. <BR> I'm somewhat new to Spark. Still feeling my way around. I'm 52 years of age and basically consider myself Two-Spirits. If I were younger I guess one could call me a Boichick? I'm also a gramma (hard to believe by my photo.) and an avid motorcyclist. I've struggled with weight loss for the past 20 years after having back surgery and quitting smoking. Sugar addiction and obesity run in my family. I was on 'T'/hormones for 2 years, which made my efforts to lose weight interesting. Have... Mon, 30 Jul 2007 23:07:45 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9322x7303199 hey y'all I'm Dan, I'm 25, no-op FTM kickin it in LA. I'm tryin to get into some good habits while I'm still a young buck. I work with LGBTQ young people so I feel like I should try to be a decent role model and take good care of myself. I'm also getting married (!!!!) and have been thinking more about the long-term - I want to be able to take care of myself and my honey for a long time, and that means staying in good health. So now seems like a good time to start. <BR> <BR> I also have som... Mon, 25 Jun 2007 03:06:16 EST Welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9322x5386536 Welcome! <BR> <BR> This team is dedicated to discussing fitness goals and offering motivation and support to the transgender community. It is open to the entire gender spectrum as well as to partners, allies and friends of the community. <BR> <BR> We hope to provide support and motivation to the community as well as allow for networking and a place to meet others in similar situations. With help, we can all reach our goals. <BR> <BR> Feel free to start off with an introductory post and l... Wed, 14 Mar 2007 07:28:39 EST