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  1. I am doing a project for school and I found your extremely helpful website! I was wondering if you could tell me what the difference is between transgendered and transexual individuals?
  2. what are your thoughts, suugestions or opinions for those who are not really transgendered but want to be involved in the community for a sense of self? I guess you could call them posers or wanna-bes. Do you run int this a lot?
  3. I saw a tv show where a ftm was attracted to females when she was a female is now attracted to men as a man. I have seen it alot on other tv shows, while others remain or "become" straight. Why is this.
  4. Im interested in knowing if I go through the sergury of FTM transgender will i be able to reproduce (or get a woman pregnant)
  5. The only person i have ever came out to is my current girlfriend, but i constantly drop hints to people. I quess my question is how do I find more people like me? I can't tell what little family I have left, and dont get me wrong my girlfriend is a loving wonderfull person, but i could really use some support from someone like me. I live in Northern Michigan, and i have never even met any other transgender people.
  6. Is there any proof of a high rate of suicide for Transgender people?
  7. What should I do if I am considering suicide or already attempted suicide?
  8. I am an 18 year old male and I've wanted to be a girl for my whole life. I'm just not sure if i could go through the surgery. I'm scared to ask my doctor for hormones because i don't want my parents to know until I'm ready. Is there any over the counter hormones that i could take that my help me feel more feminine or help me develop small breasts?



  1. I am doing a project for school and I found your extremely helpful website! I was wondering if you could tell me what the difference is between transgendered and transexual individuals?
    Transgender is an umbrella term that includes gender varied individuals: Transsexuals, Transgenderists, Crossdressers, Androgyne and Intersex. A Transgenderist is a person who lives as the opposite sex. They may take hormones and get facial and body feminization surgeries. They usually do not get gender Reassignment surgery GRS. "Shemale" is a porn industry term. Intersex is a pysical condition sometimes displaying both sexes or parts of both sexes.
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  2. what are your thoughts, suugestions or opinions for those who are not really transgendered but want to be involved in the community for a sense of self? I guess you could call them posers or wanna-bes. Do you run int this a lot?
    Wanna-bees are a term uised by others to make them feel superior to you. Only a Gender Therapist can tell you if you are transgendered or not for sure. http://www.lauras-playground.com/gender_therapists.htm . Don't let others tell you what you are or are not. The imprtant thing is what you believe. Here you will find support for the asking. You will not be judged here.
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  3. I saw a tv show where a ftm was attracted to females when she was a female is now attracted to men as a man. I have seen it alot on other tv shows, while others remain or "become" straight. Why is this.
    While being Transgender is about gender Identity not oreintation many are wrongly seen as gay. A pre-op Transsexual person has two genders. One is the sexual orientation of the gender one is born with and the other is the orientation of the gender they actually feel they are. While one could be gay the other could be straight both could be either straight or gay and some go back and forth between the two. It is confusing to say the least. Most will stay the same. Others can and do change the longer they are on hormones and in transition. By the time gender reassignment surgery is done most orientations will be fixed. Once the mind and body are finally one the confusion often ceases and orientation is set. A postop MTF who likes men would be considered hetrosexual and an FTM postop who likes men would be considered gay or Gender Queer and often call themselves Boi's. Remember that many FTM's don't have bottom surgery because tequniques are not perfected yet. Its not everyone who's confused though as some never question their orientation throughout the whole process and remain the same.
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  4. Im interested in knowing if I go through the sergury of FTM transgender will i be able to reproduce (or get a woman pregnant)
    Unfortunately, No. The organs needed for sperm production are not present. Genital surgery for FTM's is not yet perfected. The common complaint for some, is lack of sensation and functionality. Choose your surgeon carefully.
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  5. The only person i have ever came out to is my current girlfriend, but i constantly drop hints to people. I quess my question is how do I find more people like me? I can't tell what little family I have left, and dont get me wrong my girlfriend is a loving wonderfull person, but i could really use some support from someone like me. I live in Northern Michigan, and i have never even met any other transgender people.
    Currently I have no listing for a transgender support group in your area. However we do have weekly support group meetings on this site in our Chat Rooms. Our online Transgender Community is very busy and consists of both the Forums and the chat rooms both available 24/7. You'll soon find many like you and assure you that you are not alone. Forums: http://www.lauras-playground.com/forums/index.php? . Chat: http://www.lauras-playground.com/chat.htm .
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  6. Is there any proof of a high rate of suicide for Transgender people?
    The Transgender suicide rate has been estimated at between 31% to 50%. This is difficult to prove since medical examiners are not told of transgender status due to family embarrasment. This site has an online transgender suicide prevention service and our records indicate that our high suicide rate is in fact real. In a crisis survey here 50% of transsexuals have had at least one suicide attempt by their 20th birthday with one as young as age 7. Many have had multiple attempts. As of April 3rd, 2009 staff here have handled 78,800 suicide crisis's with 11,629 being actual attempts in 5 years of operation. 46,933 were suicide ideation and 20,238 were suicide ideation with a plan. To us this is proof positive that the Transgender suicide crisis is very real and that the estimates are too low. We are the only site to deal with actual transgender suicide. This is based on interaction with over 9 million visitors.
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  7. What should I do if I am considering suicide or already attempted suicide?
    If you have attempted suicide or feel you are about to, you should call 911 or emergency services immediately. If you are having suicidal thoughts no matter how small call 1-800-suicide or one of these services below: LP online Transgender suicide prevention crisis rooms. http://www.lauras-playground.com/chat.htm . Trevor LGBT Suicide prevention up to age 24. http://www.thetrevorproject.org/staging/home2.aspx . LGBT Hotline. http://www.glnh.org/ . Suicidal thoughts are not normal and indicate a serious life threatening problem even if it seems minor. People who think about suicide are not in the right frame of mind and are not thinking clearly. This means you need help. After talking on a hotline consider longer term care by consulting a gender therapist on this list: http://www.lauras-playground.com/gender_therapists.htm . Suicide is never ok nor the answer to a problem. Do realize that we have thousands of success stories here of people who were exactly where you are now that made it.
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  8. I am an 18 year old male and I've wanted to be a girl for my whole life. I'm just not sure if i could go through the surgery. I'm scared to ask my doctor for hormones because i don't want my parents to know until I'm ready. Is there any over the counter hormones that i could take that my help me feel more feminine or help me develop small breasts?
    The first place to start is not with the body but with the mind. See a Gender therapist http://www.lauras-playground.com/gender_therapists.htm who will be a guide through your transition. It's not for those who aren't ready yet. Therapists follow the WPATH STandards of care which have been proven safe http://www.wpath.org/Documents2/socv6.pdf . Over the counter herbal hormones and those marketed on the Internet for transsexuals will not get you the growth you require and have caused strokes and heart attacks when taken in megadoses. When you are ready your therapist will recommend prescription hormones that will be monitored by a doctor for your safety as their are sometimes undesirable side effects like deep vein thrombosis. Doctor's monitor for this. Most parents will agree to therapy so I'd start there. The therapist with your permission will explain transgenderism to your parents.
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