Through the Looking Glass
Through the Looking Glass with Alice Novic, M.D.
Friends, trannies, country-women, lend me your ears and welcome to my new column. As many of you know from my nothing-if-not-colorful memoir, Alice in Genderland, I'm a psychiatrist and a crossdresser. Through this unusual looking glass, I'll be exploring issues like crossdressing, transitioning, relationships, and sexuality.
I'm a Los Angeles based psychotherapist and psychopharmacologist and member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (formerly known as the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association) who has worked with many transgendered people, as well as gay, lesbian, bi, and yes even straight people. I welcome your feedback and ideas for future topics at Alice.firstname.lastname@example.org.
URNA is pleased to be able to provide a space for Alice and the URNotAlone Community to interact via her Through the Looking Glass Column!
The Two Types of Trans People (continued)
Today I'd like to pick up where I left off last month. You may want to take a quick peek at it so you don't think I'm about slipping into the native tongue of Kazakhstan. When it comes to the different types of MTF trans people, there's the conventional what-works-me trichotomy of crossdressers, transsexuals, and drag queens, and the better-substantiated seems-to-be dichotomy of love-to-be-femme people and act-femme people. Whether we're expressing our womanhood on a limited basis or a full-time basis, most of us loath to recognize th... [more]
The Two Types of Trans People
Yes, you heard it right, ladies. I and many other people in the know believe there are two types of MTF trans people, not the traditional triumvirate of crossdressers, transsexuals, and drag queens, but a dynamic duo based on two rather distinct groups of transsexuals. I admire Prof. Ray Blanchard for recognizing this but sincerely regret the labels he and others use. Terms like 'autogynephilia' and the tone that often accompanies them are so menacing that they have caused most of us t-people to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Crossdressers and Hormones
'You're a crossdresser, yet you're on hormones. How do you do it? Can I do it too?' I must have heard that question on a regular basis since my book came out and even more since mentioning my half milligram of estradiol in a piece called 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game.'(See AliceinGenderland.com for more.) So far, I've resisted commenting publicly on this question, but finally I give up. You girls win.
Is it okay for crossdressers to try hormones? Though the average CD may have no use for MTF hormones, I think it's okay for the curious am... [more]
Could I Be TS?
'Do you think you may some day face the music and transition? And could you shed some light on what distinguishes a CD from a TS?' I was asked the other week in an email from Katherine, a recently post-op TS I met at the Be-All who was struck by how similar we seemed to each other.
'About two years,' according to a popular joke, which implies that crossdresser is just a temporary way of thinking about yourself, while digesting the deeper, more difficult reality of being transsexual. Like the best humor, the joke works because of the surprising ... [more]
Welcome Alice! (Oct 8, 2006)
Beginning this Month, URNA is pleased to announce another New Feature on the Site... Through the Looking Glass with Alice Novic. We've been talking with Alice for quite some time about doing a Column for URNA and her October, 2006 Column is now Online and they'll be a new Through the Looking Glass C... [more]