Speculums and Stirrups! Oh, My! : 5 Nerve Calming Tips for Navigating the Routine Pap Smear

Fellow ovary owners and cervix bearers have long heard the foot stomping importance of getting routine Pap smears, the stats for cancer prevention and early detection. Yada, Yada. However, for many Genderqueer and Trans-identified folks, visiting the gynecologist is not an easy endeavor. It is...

We ‘Can’t Wait’ for you to hear this! | Laith Ashley releases his first single

Our friend and brother Laith Ashley is at it again by creating for us a quality single definitely worthy of dancing to. As we know from FTM Magazine’s own Winter 2016 Issue no. 6,   Laith wears many hats. Between his more recent break...

Something to Talk About – Post-Op Depression

When I received the letter for my top surgery date I didn’t know how to feel. Of course I was happy that I was taking a massive step in my transition and was relieved to know this was my last summer of having to...

Deadname | Deven Balsam

“Almost burned up coming in,” I told him. “Nah,” he said, rubbing his greasy hand back and forth across his matted hair before slapping his bright blue hat back on. “That never really happens anymore. At least not in the twenty years I've worked on...

A Glossary of Terms Surrounding Gender

This glossary is provided as a starting point for discussion and better understanding. Language is dynamic, continually growing and changing. This is particularly true with the language we use to identify ourselves. We should strive to ensure that our language does not demean, exclude...

Being Trans in a Rural Area

I grew up in a very small town, about half an hour outside of the state’s capitol. We were close enough to the city to know that some people are different, but far enough outside of the city to think that “different” people belonged...

Ian Harvie, Comedic Trailblazer

This past year has been one that has found all walks of life very publicly divided. We as human nature look for outlets to forget the pain, worry and stress. Comedians can take the role of heroes to some, and take our minds to...

A Thank You Letter to the Online Trans Community | Jeffrey Lucas

A Thank You Letter to the Online Trans Community, Jeffrey Lucas (currently), jaahjam@gmail.com, Patrick Lapin As a pre-t, pre-surgery, nameless, and still somewhat closeted trans guy, I want to publicly say THANK YOU to all the transgender folks who share their lives on social media....

How Trans Men can help Cis Men

I am the partner of a wonderful trans man. I am also a cis female, which has, sadly, made me a victim to the big, bad patriarchy my whole life. I struggled, at first, to accept my partner’s transition as many partners do. I...

The Prince and The Toad | Colin Harris

Ever since I was a young, inquisitive child, I have been in love with frogs. I spent many hot summer nights on my hands and knees catching toads in the backyard until my mom would call me inside and send me to bed. Lying...

What my confusion about my gender was like | C. Hansen

As if life isn’t difficult enough, questioning one’s gender can cause a tailspin of confusion and emotion. I came out as a lesbian when I was about 24 years old.  I was a week away from marrying my Marine boyfriend and living happily ever...

What Does It Feel Like To Be Trans? | Coral Murphy

"What does it feel like to be trans?". This is the question every trans person is bound to hear religiously and repeatedly at least 10 times in their life. Needless to say that the answer to this is quite evident and can get tedious once...

An Open Letter to My Mom | Toby Moeller

Dear Mum, Right now you are losing your daughter. It seems like nothing can ever bring her back again. You are calling her by her birth name on the phone – it hurts, but you don't understand….although you said: “It's okay for me, I mean...

Will you still recognise yourself after T? | Christopher Greenwood

A few people told me that I wouldn’t recognise myself in the mirror after a while on Testosterone. I'm starting to realise that I never recognised myself in the mirror. Now when I look in the mirror, I see the person I always have...

A Working List of Gender-Affirming Surgeons that take Insurance/Loans

Without a doubt, the costs of transgender procedures can be ridiculously pricey.  It can be challenging to save up for these surgeries, especially with added hospital fees. The worst part, in my opinion, is the fact that many surgeons won’t even take insurance, because...

To Anyone Struggling With Their Identity | Logan Merrill

Right up until my freshman year of college and all throughout high school, I didn't know who I was. This may seem like something everyone goes through at some point in their life, but it was really starting to bother me. I knew something...

Mom uses tattoo redesign as a way to show support for her son

Lindsay Peace and family have an awesome coming out and coming together story that has been floating around the internet lately. Her son Ace came out to her as trans, and request that the tattoo his mom had of him as a young female...

Philadelphia Trans Health Conference will be in September this year

The biggest trans event on the East Coast is by far the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. It is typically help in late May, early June and kicks off our tabling tour. This year PTHC has announced that it will be held Sept 7-9. The purpose for workshops...

“Soldier” – Written and Performed by Jaimie Wilson

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