transsexual reveler at the Toronto Gay Pride parade circa 2005

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Transsexual Reveler at the 2005 edition of the Toronto Gay Pride Parade

  • One of the realizations of [...] Eugene Pichler, who was on your show a couple of weeks ago, I think is a good realization, because it is true that men who have had the orchiectomy or whatever don't have so much the erotic thing going. I didn't after my orchiectomy. It became sort of a habituation and because it had been so highly charged as a fetish, as a kind of life style, that everything that validates me as a "woman" makes me feel that little tingle and even after the erotic tingle was gone it still ticks off all the boxes for Narcissistic supply. It feels nice just to have the routine. I tell you I femmed it up. I was like perfect nails, perfect jewlery, every little thing of like stereotypic [so-called] femininity I had to exhibit. It was just ridiculous. So when I finally did snap out of it, even though I knew, I was like 'Whoa I am a guy. What am I doing? Why am I pretending all this stuff?' this is nothing like my normal self. I have been just putting on this mask for thirteen years. It was hard actually to emerge from that, because I was self-habituated to my routines and everything I like to do. I practically buried my actual self.

    Awesome Cat, author of the wordpress site, THE TRUTH ABOUT AUTOGYNEPHILIA (transition radio broadcast, dated September 24, 2015), 9/24/2015
  • [Regarding the male-to-female ratio of transsexualism being the same as all other behavioral addictions] That sounds very interesting Though a similar ratio could imply a causal relationship or a correlated variable like testosterone. Still generation of interesting and novel testable hypothesis is what drives great science!

    Ben Barres (e-mail message, dated January 31, 2009), 1/31/2009
  • Great website by the way as it provoked a lot of questions I refused to honestly consider. It opened my eyes!

    J Cunningham (e-mail message, dated March 20 2009), 3/20/2009
  • The ideas that some people suffer tremendous losses as a result of going through a transsexual process, and that some people do lie about their medical history in order to get treatment, are ones that certainly do need to be discussed. [...] Efforts to build community are not always smooth or easy, but giving up on them would be an unacceptable loss for all of us.

    Jamison Green (article on transgression.com, Un-Acceptable Losses, dated July 31, 2005), 7/31/2005
  • [The book, The Men & Women Who Transgress Gender Norms] could blow the doors off the current understanding of transsexualism.

    Karlene Nation, CTV News (telephone conversation, dated January 06, 2010), 1/6/2010
  • To anyone researching information on transsexualism the general prescribed treatment was pushing towards gender re-assignment surgery to bring the body to match the mind. It left you with the feeling that once that was done you lived happily in that role. What Mr. Pichler does is look at the lives of those who have transitioned, and for many we see that the results were not good at all. Perhaps the best thing about this book is the concept of treating transsexualism as you would a behavioral addiction. As a layperson it was excellent to find the information about this subject presented so clearly. The research he presented would not have been available to the average person, or most would not know how to access it. A must read for anyone confronting this problem.

    Sunshine, mother of a heterosexual, male-to-female transsexual (reader review of the book, the Men and Women Who Transgress Gender Norms, amazon.com, dated August 25, 2010), 8/25/2010
  • I believe that it is important for the community to be aware of cases like [Jennifer Pallister's], and to ponder the reasons for transition failure in those individual cases. As in any area of human endeavor, we learn from mistakes as well as from successes.

    Lynn Conway, Ann Arbor, Michigan (e-mail message, dated August 25, 2005), 8/25/2005
  • [The author] is apparently someone, who believes very much in autogynephilia—the myth there being only two motivations for transsexualism, which is either you are a gay man in denial or you are only attracted to yourself and you can only get off on yourself and there is no possibility that if you are an MTF trans* person that you are ever attracted to women, [these people] don't exist. [1]

    It is very much the Michael Bailey spin on things. It is a heterosexist, misogynistic piece of garbáge. [...]

    It is ignorant cause it ignores a huge body of work out there to the contrary. It is racist, too. We understand that [the author] is harming people in Canada.

    [The author] is opposing SRS in Canada for those, who can't afford it. [The author] published the case studies of three transsexuals in Toronto that was pejorative in nature, that used their full names without their permission. So this is a libelous [...] [he] said these people were mentally ill on [his] website without justificaiton.

    I don't know if [he] is dealing with a full deck or what, but [he] has slandered trans* people. [He] is hurting trans* people.


    Nancy Nangeroni (Gender Talk #520 radio broadcast, dated July 23, 2005), 7/23/2005
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    References
    [1] Gender Talk, Episode #520, Transgression Magazine: transgresses more than gender; July 23, 2005