Surgeries are crucial to many transgender people who want to fully complete their transition. The importance of surgeries allows transgender people (who want to have surgery) to feel complete and fully comfortable in the body in which they live. The very first step most transgender people take before having surgery is starting on hormone treatment. This is normally either testosterone or estrogen.
Surgeries can cost a lot of time and money. There are also many different types of surgeries. Here are a few:
Mastectomy– A Mastectomy (also knows as top surgery) is surgery to remove all breast tissue from the breast.
Male to Female Breast Augmentation– this is plastic surgery done in order to have breast implants.
Vaginoplasty– this surgery is to reconstruct the penis into a vagina.
Hysterectomy– this surgery is to remove all or part of the uterus.
Phalloplasty– this is plastic surgery to construct, repair, or enlarge the penis.
I may be forgetting some surgeries so feel free to comment and I will add them. These are the ones I could think of off of the top of my head.
Schools can have a lot of problems and often students may not feel safe in their schools. There is so much bullying that happens in schools based on peoples sexual orientations and gender identities. Most of the time school administrators want to help, they may just not know how to help. Here is some information that can be passed along to help improve your schools.
Find out what your schools policy is on bullying, most schools have a no tolerance policy. If the school does have a no tolerance policy make sure that they are doing everything to enforce the policy. It is there for a reason and needs to be reinforced. You have the right to feel safe in your school.
If you are in the process of transitioning and have changed your name in your social surroundings, but have not legally changed it and want it on your school records as a preferred name talk to your administration. Most schools cannot change the name on your record if it is not your legal name, but often schools can add a preferred name or a secondary name.
Have your school bring in outside resources; this can be something as simple as putting LGBT books into your libraries. There is a list of books on our site that can be found here. You can also have your school bring in other resources such as professionals who can do presentations and trainings for the staff and/or students.
Find out if your school has a Gay Straight Trans Alliance (GSTA). Many schools have a GSTA and people don’t even know. If your school does not have a GSTA, you can start one or find a faculty member who may be interested in helping you start one. GSTAs are a great way to make your school a more accepting place and provide resources for other students who may not know where to turn.
These are just a few things your school can do to make it a more accepting and inclusive place. If you have any questions or would like more information feel free to contact us.
Today I was asked about binding. So, what is the proper way to do it?
The person I was talking to wanted to know my thoughts about binding with an Ace Bandage. My response, “Nooo, please DO NOT bind with an Ace Bandage, it is very bad for your ribs.” Binding with an Ace Bandage can cause more harm than good. It can injure your breasts, which makes it more difficult to operate in the future if you are looking to have top surgery. It can also cause other problems such as fracturing ribs which could potentially puncture a lung and kill you.
You can order binders online, just google it. I ordered mine through www.underworks.com. However, binders can be expensive and some people don’t have a way of getting them, which is understandable. There are organizations around that do binder drives, which means they collect binders from transgender people who do not need them anymore and give them to other transgender people who do not have access to them. If you can’t get your hands on a binder quickly a temporary safe solution would be to wear a sports bra; this is the safest alternative. I highly recommend that you DO NOT use ace bandage to bind.
If you are looking for additional information please feel free to contact us on our contact page or comment on this post!
This past weekend was the pride parade and festival in Portland, Maine. It was amazing to see how many people came out to support the LGBTQ community and how much love was in the air. These are some photos from the festival.
Our hearts hurt with the news of a mass shooting in Orlando, FL. This is the largest mass shooting in the United States to date. We stand with Orlando during this hard time. The mass shooting killed 50 people and injured 53 other. The LGBTQ community needs to stand together and stay strong during this time. We need to be there and support each other, know that you are not alone. We are here for you all. For some additional information about the shooting and victims you can go to the following link:
This weekend Walking Life’s Path had the opportunity of participating in the 2016 Belfast pride parade. It was great to see all of the people from the LGBT community and their allies together supporting a cause near and dear to their hearts.
On April 11, 2016 founders Aiden Campbell and Sue Campbell presented at the Wiscasset high and middle school diversity day on transgender issues and the differences in acceptance between high school (middle school) and college.
Today, Founder Aiden Campbell presented at Kieve Wavus Education to a group of high schoolers from around the state of Maine. He shared his story and also talked about the differences seen between high school and college.
This is a day to allow us as LGBTQ community members and allies to support and respect fellow members of the LGBTQ community who have been victims of bullying and harassment.
“The GLSEN Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT.”