Please cry for me, Argentina!

Dear Argentinian Embassy,

I hereby wish to apply for political asylum in Your highly developed country. In my homeland, I belong to a minority who is denied medical treatment and correct papers of identification. I’m an illegal man in the eyes of the Norwegian state. It  is my hope that Argentina will be my new homeland.

Kind regards,

Tarald Stein

(P.S. Unfortunately I can’t afford the plane ticket (I’m an author), but if You could spare a one way ticket Oslo-Buenos Aires, it would be very apreciated!)

Argentina adopts gender identity bill

How do you know if transitioning is right?

One person I feel a deep connection with, athough I have never met him, is Matt Kailey. His book Just add hormones made a huge impact and I am forever thankful. I missed gay transmale idols and humour, and he filled that gap. On Mondays he posts answers to questions from his readers. There is always a lot of food for thought there, and I really recommend reading his blog. The quotes here are from his post Ask Matt Monday: Is This Enough Reason to Want to Transition?

I subscribe to the philosophy that transition is a necessity, and that if you need to transition, you will, and that if it is right for you, you will know.

I tried for years to define male and female, gender and sex, thinking that I needed to know what these were before I could do anything about how I felt. No one has ever been able to define these concepts in simple ways without excluding several groups of people or their experiences. And neither could I. This made me more and more depressed. When I finally decided to follow my gut feeling instead of my head, I felt extremely relieved. Les videre

The irreversible(?) changes of testosterone

The doctors usually have high reservations on prescribing testosterone to transmen. Female hormones do not cause as much irreversible changes as testosterone does.

I had a really hard time getting a prescription for testosterone because of this. Because I was not approved by the Norwegian gender clinic, I would not get testosterone from them either. I was ready to start hormone treatment when I went to the clinic the first time, fall 2006, but knew it would not happen.

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