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7th January 2012

goldenwolfrose9:33pm: Prescription Question
Howdy Everyone,

I'm sure this has probably been asked once or twice before...but I didn't see anything recent.

I recently lost my medical insurance and am in need of a refill on one of my prescriptions. Ordinarily I would just bite the bullet and order from a local pharmacy, but the cost of my prescription is just to crazy. 200 pills of 100mg Spironolactone is running like $180 at a US brick and mortar pharmacy.

I was wondering if anyone had any good recommendations for inexpensive pharmacies. I am willing to use an international/Canadian pharmacy as long as you have experience with them. Any help or suggestions you can offer would be great.

All comments are screened.

I'll be cross posting to other forms...

Thanks!
Jess
Current Mood: optimistic

17th December 2011

goldenwolfrose4:52pm: Happy Saturday the 17th....
Can you believe its a week till Christmas and that 2011 is almost over?

Realized I've been bottling things and not writing her as much as I'd like to... so a quick update on things in my life.

Been up and back a few times to Northern California, to visit one of my oldest friends. She was kind enough to let me crash on her couch for a few weeks while I've been trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and just work through thoughts and emotions.

Back now for the holidays with my parents... We won't go there. There are reasons we grow up and move out. I'm glad that they have been able to help out but the drama and aggression (my dad's driving style & tension between mom and dad) haven't been overly helpful for me. Add to that the fact that they accept my transition but they don't necessarily support it. As long as I keep things fairly middle of the road, I'm fine....

Been able to spend weekends and school time off with the bug...which has been nice. But she kinda up ended me the other night, complaining about my transition. It was hard, because she has always supported and stood by me in the past.

Realized while reading another friend's journal that I've been on hormones for a really long time now. It's been ten months I think. End of January or early February will be a full year. I guess I could actually look back in my journal to check that but...
I would love for there to have been more progress this year, but I'm mostly happy with what has developed. I am pretty solidly in a "A" cup and can comfortably wear a bra top tank or lower cut shirt and feel comfortable. I've slacked off on trying to get rid of my tummy, which is bad. That really needs to be a priority in the new year. If I could make my tummy a bit less round and could figure out what to do with my receded hairline, I think I could pass much more comfortably in a full time female-ish setting. My hair has certainly grown nicely, the sides and back are easily at my shoulders and from the back I've gotten called "miss" plenty of times. It's the front bangs section that receded just too much before starting hormones, that screams male. Possibly hitting up a good stylist may be in order in 2012, so they can give me some styling tips. Also need to start looking at facial hair removal options in the new year. When I was working full time and had started on hormones, it was something I was going to start doing. But since I lost my job I just can't justify the $60 or so a treatment. But not having to shave every morning and worry about shadow would be nice.

In highly more exciting news... I pierced my ears for my birthday last month! My six weeks of daily care and using the initial posts is almost over... At first they kinda bothered me when I looked in the mirror, but now I can't believe I waited so long to get them.
Also my name change is official now--- So I am legally Jessica Elisabeth Watson!!!! :)
I've started the more annoying process of changing my name with SSA, DMV and others which will probably take me another two months or so,but I have a piece of paper signed by a judge saying I am now legally the person I've felt like for awhile! YEAH!!!!

On the daily side, I've gone essentially full time. Or as much as I can--- or something. I would really like to live somewhere, where I can wear skirts dresses and leggings on a regular basis without having to worry about what people will say, soon I think! But my daily clothes and style are definitely more feminie, and definitely where I want to be. I would just like to be able to enjoy the reflection I see in the mirror a bit more (see the hair and stomach thing).

Honestly though, I feel like I am in a much better place emotionally and mentally than in a long time. My gender dsyphoria is WAY down. My depression is usually in check (Damn Glee and Adele for making me want something, and reminding me I don't have it). My anger and resentment are in a, "whatev" position, so they are getting better. And I think I might actually be on a road right now that will be good, that will make me happy and open up some positive situations and doors.

Merry Christmas to everyone!
And if you are reading this and I haven't posted to your journal in forever, I promise I have been reading....
Current Mood: blank

12th October 2011

childprogeny12:45pm: Psychatrist in Los Angeles
Hi guys. I just moved back to Los Angeles after a long absence, and I'm looking for a psychiatrist to continue my treatment for depression and ADD. I don't need a therapist, just someone with an MD who'll write the prescriptions, but I would prefer that whoever I see be trans-friendly (or at least not trans-unfriendly).

Since I'm hoping to have this covered by insurance, I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a psychiatrist who's under an LA-area Aetna HMO program. Even better, is there a list of trans-friendly psychiatrists out there that includes insurance information? I feel like there used to be, but it's been a long time since I had to go looking.

And as long as I'm at it... the insurance referral program gave me a list of four names to start with, so I'm wondering if anyone has experience with any of the following: Read more...Collapse )

x-posted to ftm & socal_trans

3rd May 2011

tipsykitten4:36pm: when she lowers her eyes......
When she lowers her eyes she seems to hold all the beauty in the world between her eyelids; when she raises them I see only myself in her gaze. Kate Lesbian Dating blog

13th December 2010

rebklyn11:18pm: Check out this trans film
Hey guys,
check out this trans road trip film's Kickstarter page. It's a project by an FTM director with an FTM star (to be shot in LA!)
They need to raise some money before the Kickstarter deadline in a few days or the film might not get made.

There's a lot of cool incentives available-- lots of trans/ queer related stuff.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1446723812/rhys-thesis-tristan-and-zooey

19th October 2010

rebklyn11:55am: CASTING CALL: TRANS GUY/ FTM WANTED FOR FILM!
CASTING CALL: TRANS GUY/ FTM WANTED FOR FILM!
For MFA thesis short film by award-winning trans director
Shoot will be in Los Angeles early Dec 2010
COMPENSATION for travel, food, and accommodations will be provided

For the role of TRISTAN- a transitioned FTM. 20's - early 30’s, boy-next-door type.

"TRISTAN AND ZOOEY" (a comedy)
SYNOPSIS: Gender, cats, and mythical roadside attractions are at the center of a tumultuous roadtrip embarked upon by a young woman and transman. Will the couple break up? Will the cat get a UTI? Will they ever find out what's at their mysterious destination known as "The Thing"???

Casting can be arranged nationwide, and casting tapes will always be accepted. Please email to set up an audition.
Please send an email with: info about yourself, what city you live, age, acting experience if any, and a photo/ headshot to rhys.ernst@gmail.com

**First-timers and non-actors encouraged to apply.

For more info:
http://tristanandzooey.blogspot.com/

4th August 2010

operationtyler11:55am: Stay Away From This Site!
Attention all members of the Trans and Intersexed Community:

Be advised this site www.genderid.org is run and operated by one Arianna Davis, someone who is deliberately mis-representing herself as a PhD in Neuroscience. Do not be misled into giving this person money or personal information.
This comes from personal experience as I lived with this person for several months and came to know her methods on a familiar basis. In fact, I am current in contact with one of the people that Arianna is claiming is a board member. They were not aware they're picture was being use, on top of the fact that information on the website is blatantly false.

So I repeat, please stay away from this website.

I will be cross-posting this to the communities that I am apart of, though please spread the word out to any others you may know of.


X-Posted.

24th May 2010

viiincent3:52pm: PRIDE!?
Hey LA Trans Unity Pride 11 is June 3-6th is anyone going? has anyone ever been? just wondering wat its like...

19th January 2010

ira_gray7:06pm: just an intro about myself since i joined recently. my name's ira; i'm pre-everything. i'm working on getting t right now though through the la gay and lesbian center. i live with my girlfriend dana in costa mesa, but we might move to long beach at the end of the semester.

also, has anyone ever gone to the ocftm meetings at the center in santa ana? if so, how was it?

19th July 2009

styxuser3:27pm: Outre!
 Come Play at Outre!!  LA's new Gay club!

July 19th at 9:00!

Mandrake, 2692 S. La Cienega Blv.

Trans friendly atmosphere.


3rd July 2009

codytyler3:13pm: Getting hormones at 13/14?
I have a friend who wants to start on T, but he's not going to be 16 for two years. Are there any endos in the Long Beach/LA type area that are willing to prescribe T to someone that age?

4th June 2009

codytyler10:09pm: Roxanne Cherry vs. Gender Dysphoria Program of Orange County, inc.
So I was kind of looking at getting a therapist in the future... according to T-vox these are the two closest ones. They're both in south orange county california area. I was hoping I could get some input on anyone who's gone to either one, or knows someone who has, or knows anything about them at all. As far as whether they're good, whether they'll get me letters in three months, all that stuff. Also the second one is beginning to sound like a mental hospital based on the discription? And just in general, what's the difference between going to a private therapist and going to a center type thing?

t-vox page for second one: http://www.t-vox.org/index.php?title=Therapists_in_the_Pacific_States#San_Juan_Capistrano

And if I were to move while seeing someone, would I be able to just change therapists and have the time count and everything?

x-posted to transgender and ftm

4th March 2009

firepie4:40pm: Teri Tinsley, L.A. transgender & HIV Advocate - rest in peace
Our Beloved Sister Teri Tinsley, written by Ms. Valerie Spencer

This is a word about our dear sister Teri Tinsley. Teri is a bright light. An individual that was unique and brought so much down home goodness to our lives. We will miss her, will we not? I met Teri when Kellii Trombacco and I coordinated the Life Skills Training Program at Minority AIDS Project. She came, told us how her life had changed, and how she was ready to “participate in her own success” (Kellii’s often used term). And that she did. Even with the limited resources and the limitations of its facilitators, she was loyal to her own growth. Teri stayed at MAP and became one of its key leaders and soon a relevant force in Transgender movements in Los Angeles. Teri was clear that what she could do, she would, and that was that. I loved her. I loved her spirit of honesty and graceful simplicity – and of course there was those church hats. I remember her hardy laugh, and I remember her tears when just how far God had brought her would well up in her being. But most of all, I will remember most that OVA lemon-jello cake. OH MY GOD!! I would tell her all the time, "2girl you need to work that cake and buy you a house”. Teri please send me some cake from heaven. That cake, that cake, that cake!!

Teri and I were both “momma’s girls” – extremely close to our moms. When her mother made transition, it took something from Teri. She had been forever changed. Now that she has moved into the “realm of unknown goodness”, they can be together again. At least that is my thought. Teri leaves behind an examples of lady-like grace and kindness. We will love you always sister.
Rest – Transform – Emerge – BE



29th January 2009

loneboi9:22am: Trans Poet to read in February in Riverside and LA
More info. can be found at:

http://elyshipley.com/
or
http://elyshipley.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 19th @ 7pm
Poetry Reading by
Ely Shipley
(Boy with Flowers; Barrow Street Press)
and Ching-In Chen
(The Heart's Traffic; Arktoi Books)
Riverside Public Library
Riverside, CA

Friday, February 20th @ 7:45pm
Poetry Reading by
Ely Shipley
(Boy with Flowers; Barrow Street Press)
and Ching-In Chen
(The Heart's Traffic; Arktoi Books)
Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Info: http://www.skylightbooks.com

28th January 2009

sand_dweller2:36pm: SD-area electro?
So I hit up another community (probably the wrong one, as I got zero responses) a while ago with this question: does anyone know any good electrologists in the San Diego area?

I've been on hormones for going on six years now, had about half a dozen laser sessions, and I'm almost 4 months post-op... but the past year or so, it seems like my facial hair is making a little comeback. Rather than chance laser not doing it for me again, I'd like to try the electro route this time. I'd prefer personal recommendations, i.e. someone you've actually tried before and found to be good. I'd also like to know how much they cost.

I live way the hell out in the desert, but I get into town on a weekly basis so it's not a big deal to travel anywhere in San Diego county. Also the Coachella Valley area too, since it's just as close for me.

I'm shaving on a near-daily basis again and it's driving me nuts. HALP!!!!


P.S.: also, I'm curious if anyone knows anything about that North Park "Tuesday Night Clinic" thing... I'm sick of getting my hormones from Inhouse as I'm sure they're not the cheapest.
Current Mood: blah

19th January 2009

travellar7:03pm: Community-Based Participatory Research
  Hello!

 

I'm an undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Currently, I am working with various professors and graduate students in a collaborative project with representation from Pacific Pride Foundation, Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast, UCSB, and community members. We are members and allies of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, and are working to improve community support for LGBT individuals in Santa Barbara County and nearby areas.

We are currently looking for transgender individuals who live, work, or socialize in Santa Barbara County and nearby areas [Oxnard, Ventura, Lompoc, Santa Maria, and San Luis Obispo] to complete an anonymous and brief (10-15 minute) survey.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to answer questions about issues, concerns, and strengths of the Central Coast LGBT community. Upon completion of the survey, you will receive a $5 coupon for amazon.com or have the option to make a donation to the charity of your choice.

If you are interested in participating, please follow this link [https://survey.ucsb.edu/communitysurvey]. From this secure website you can read about the survey, complete the survey, and get your coupon.

Let your voice be heard! Please feel free to forward this message to other members of the local LGBT community. 

LGBT Community Collaborative of the Central Coast


Much Appreciated & Best Wishes,

Todd R. Avellar

13th January 2009

prophetsurfer6:46pm: Finding a Good Resource to Meet F2M Peepz
Hey everyone :D /wave

Hope everyone had a great holiday. I am very very very (very) new to the trans scene and am not trans myself but more of an admirer. I was wondering if anyone would be so kind as to point me to a good resource for meeting F2M people around my area. I'm in Long Beach and am pretty much clueless where to start. I checked online and through a bunch of dating sites but they don't seem to be pointing to F2M people. Any suggestions? Puhlease? :D
Current Mood: hopeful

12th January 2009

rebklyn12:30pm: LA trans healthcare
Hey folks
I'm an ftm looking for a good trans specialist/ trans friendly doctor in Los Angeles to monitor my testosterone treatment.
I have insurance (Blue Cross PPO). I know about Dr. Maddie and would like to go to her but she doesn't take insurance and I can't afford it out of pocket.

Where are guys in LA going for trans healthcare? I have a glbt friendly regular doctor right now, but he's not totally up on my hormone details and doesn't seem that keyed into it.

If there's a website with a directory or something, that would be helpful too.

8th January 2009

fitzwilliamlogo11:08am: January is National Drag History Month!
The Logo channel has announced January as National Drag History Month. It will feature lots of drag and transgender video content.

There's a PSA that I cut and embedded below that announces the message. It's pretty funny actually -- in a let's make fun of ourselves kind of way.

Oh and here's a link to the video content for this history month: http://www.logoonline.com/video/franchise.jhtml?ctid=2182

National Drag History Month PSA CUT BELOWCollapse )

20th December 2008

angstypenguin12:33am: Know any queer rural zines? x-post (if this doesn't belong/breaks rules, sorry; tell me&I'll delete)
Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but my friend Jenna (a.k.a. trashcan_chica) needs some help:

"does anyone know of any queer zines about living in rural areas or going to rural areas?

any help/pointing in the right direction would be amazing. i went through the whole Queer Zine Archive and couldn't really find anything.

thanks!
jenna b

p.s. i just got a wordpress site, sassyfrasscircus.com!"


Her (AIM) away message also says: "is looking for zines about/by members of radical queer ANTI-URBAN communities, so if you know of any..."

So please comment if you can help at all; thanks. :]

-Beth
Current Mood: hopeful

9th December 2008

firepie7:29pm: English/Espanol Transgeneros/Transpeople & LAPD/Departamento de la Policía
La Comisión de Relaciones Humanas de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles Grupo de Trabajo Transgenero esta investigando las interacciones entre individuos Transgeneros y el personal del Departamento de la Policía. Esta encuesta intenta tratar solo una interacción con la policía; si Usted ha tenido múltiple interacciones, por favor escoja sola una interacción como el tema de esta encuesta. Con esta encuesta Usted nos asistirá en hacer recomendaciones al departamento de policía sobre los procedimientos de arresto y detención afectando a los individuos Transgeneros. Además de esta encuesta, habrá una audiencia pública donde miembros de la comunidad podrán compartir sobre sus experiencias.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Vgnt5gmWO0MTsoNF3LaRZw_3d_3d

The City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission's Transgender Working Group is researching interactions involving Transgender individuals and law enforcement personnel. This survey is based on ONE police interaction; if you have had multiple interactions, please choose one as the subject of this survey. By taking this survey, you will assist us in making policy recommendations to the LAPD on arrest and detention procedures affecting Transgender individuals. In addition to this survey, there will be a public hearing where community members can share their experiences for the public record.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=2nvovfyvqQ4zWlPDwScSDA_3d_3d

6th December 2008

firepie8:39am: Equality & Parity II: list of workshops and presenters

Equality & Parity II: list of workshops and presenters

 

This is a list of the workshop and roundtable abstracts and presenters. This list does not include the Plenary Talks or entertainers. If you want to register for the conference, go to www.equalityandparity.org. You can register in English or Spanish. If you reside in California please apply for a scholarship. The conference is free, but scholarships cover, if live 50 miles from the conference location, transportation, food and lodging. If you live less than 50 miles from the conference location, scholarships can't cover lodging. And if you live outside of California, you are not eligible for a scholarship, but you are welcome to attend the conference. Hotel registration deadline is January 5th, so get your registration in ASAP!

 

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7th October 2008

fitzwilliamlogo2:36pm: I urge all the FTM community to make sure you are taking the necessary precautions for breast cancer. Watch the video below for a news story on transgendered and breast cancer.
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