Below you will find some blogs and sites I find compelling in one way or another. They all center on trans* issues, mostly in the FTM range, but there are also some MTF links and genderqueer blogs too. Also, many of these links are personal narrative in nature, but you will also find some trans* sites with resources and information.
A Spy in the Enemy Camp: Deanna Joy has been a lovely figure to get to know through her blog and our interactions online with each other. A sweet and caring individual, Deanna has been a bit of a mother hen for me as I worked my way through coming to terms with my trans identity. Her blog is full of wit and honesty, a great read for anyone who would like to learn more about the life of a trans woman in her sixties.
American Trans Man: Anderson writes ATM, and he’s damn good at it. Check it out for an informed and well-written perspective on a slice of American trans life.
Chestless and Beyond: A, the author of this blog, chronicles his transformation post- top surgery and his daily life as a grad student in the Midwest US. Personal and sincere, this is a good place to start if you’re looking for insight into the daily life of a 20-something trans dude.
Dawn to Don: FTM transition blog written by a middle aged dude. I like finding more and more accounts from folks outside of the ubiquitous early 20s zone we usually see FTM accounts written from.
Doubleinvert: From Connie, “Doubleinvert is the blog of Connie Anne McEntee, an MTF who began gender transition in her early forties.” But Connie’s blog is more than about gender transition: it is at times spiritual, social, and personal. You have to see it to fully understand it.
Embodiment: From the website, “A Portrait of Queer Life in America, is a long term multi-media project that explores what it means to be queer in America today though photographic portraits, written statements and short video.”
First Time Second Time: Blog written by both a trans man and his cis partner.
Hudson’s FTM Guide: It ain’t a pretty site, but it’s functional. The tried and true Hudson’s is a mainstay for our community, and for good reason.
Gender Outlaw: Josh is the author here, and this is another great FTM transition blog.
Genderfork: From the website, “Genderfork is a supportive community for the expression of identities across the gender spectrum.” Here you’ll find folks of all ages, races, and sexes and lots of photos, videos, and short essays about gender and what that means to them.
Neutrois Nonsense: From Maddox, the author, “For over three years I’ve been actively blogging about my transition and what it means to have a non-binary gender. In the process I’ve become a vocal advocate and educator within the transgender community. My focus has been on non-binary identity and transition as well as asexuality, along with the broader themes of genderqueer + transgender + LGBTQ + gender diversity.” Maddox has not only his personal transition story available on Neutrois Nonsense, but also tons of links and information for asexuals, neutrons-identified folks, and other queer-related information.
One HuMan’s Journey: A blog chronicling the transition of a gentleman in his 50s.
Queer Rock Love: From Paige, the author, “Queer Rock Love is a collection of personal stories about a gay, transgender, rock-n-roll family raising a son in the heart of the South.” Paige doesn’t post frequently, but when she does, it a yarn of a story, interesting, funny, and tender.
The Adventures of Transman: From the dude, himself, “[The Adventures of Transman] chronicles some of [the transition] process, mostly looking at the humor in it, because, frankly, there are some really funny moments when one switches sexes. This blog is also about good music and the craft of writing ’cause I’m a well-rounded guy.” Really, check this site out: T-man’s voice is sweet and funny and the blog ranges in topic from interactions with his brood of siblings to blues music.
The Gentleman’s Primer: Mason, the author of the Primer, has done a great job building a blog with tons of advice on men’s fashion, specifically tailored with a trans angle. If he doesn’t have a post on something you’re curious about with regard to men’s fashion and etiquette, he has a place for submitting questions.
The Self-Made Man: Yet another good site rich with links and information for the trans gentleman.
The TQ Nation: From the site, “TQ Nation is a private community that welcomes: Trans, Gender Queer, FTM, MTF, Androgenous, Gender Fluid, Non-Binary / Non-Gender Identifying, Transsexual, Pansexual, Questioning, Queer, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Spouses, Partners, Allies, Friends and Supporters.” Find some community here.
Tips for Trans Men: While this site is not longer active, there is still a ton of info on here for the transitions man.
Tranifesto: Matt Kailey, author of Tranifesto, was a blogger, author, public speaker. Matt’s passing in May was a surprise to all of us, and his absence is felt. The Advocate has a fitting op-ed here. His blog is more one-stop shop for trans information than personal narrative. I would go on about it, but it’s best to click on over and see for yourself, it’s that informative.
Trans*forming Family: Written by the mom of a genderqueer* kid, this blog offers insight into the daily life of a family in the southeast when one member is transitioning. Karen is a thoughtful and caring mom, supportive of her son, and you can find his blog here.
Transbucket: From the site, “Rather than simply replace Transster, a new founding vision was to create a site that would be a health care and surgery resource for the entire online trans* community, from FTMs to MTFs to genderqueers, agender individuals, and everyone else who could benefit from exploring the real life experiences collected here. We aim to be as inclusive as possible, and do not make any judgements on what consistutes a trans* identification.”
TransGuys: You guessed it! It’s a site for trans guys, with all kinds of information and links for, well, trans guys.