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First off, I want to apologise to everyone for neglecting you for so long. Life got hectic and I only had time to make sure there wasn't drama being started before crashing (thanks for not causing any, btw).

Now I have a full month off (!!!) so I'm thinking of maybe putting together a few resource posts to be linked to in the profile. I'm thinking a general list of online resources (DW/LJ/DJ/etc comms, blogs, Underworks, etc), a basic Trans 101 type overview, and maybe a few subcategories.

I'd like all of these to be a community effort, it seems to be the best way to make sure everyone's voice is heard. I could put them together myself, but then it'd be biased towards my own views and my opinions aren't always the popular ones (actually, it's usually quite the opposite). What I'll do is put up an info gathering post for each of the topics and then base the actual resource posts on what's in the comments. I figure the more people contribute, the better they'll be.

So, does anyone have suggestions for other resource type posts?

New Layout

Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:16 pm
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Just wanted to alert you all to the new layout on here (here being [community profile] ftm). It's basic and completely NOT done by me (I'm not that talented). It's Core2 so it may break at some point, but for now it's better than the default. If anyone happens to have CSS skills and wants to give designing something custom a shot feel free. I haven't designed layouts for LJ since I was about 13 so I can guarantee it'll be better than what I'd do =)
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It's going to be quiet around here until the site goes to open beta, but I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for posts they'd like to see. A FAQ page maybe, links list, whatever you can come up with.

I was also wondering if anyone would be interested in a basic "haircut tips" post. As you may know I'm a stylist and one of my main focuses is giving quality haircuts to transpeople since that's an easy way for me to give back to the community. One of my more recent projects was giving a female mannequin a haircut to make her more masculine, it highlights some of the more common issues with transguy haircuts pre-T.

My intro

Apr. 15th, 2009 02:08 pm
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I'll probably end up introducing myself again after the site goes to open beta and there are a few more members, but I figured the couple of you who've joined already should get a chance to know who's running the comm.

My name is Nicky, I'm a 23 year old cosmetology student and I'm from San Francisco, CA (though I currently live in Washington, DC). I came out as trans when I was just past 20, started T about six months after that, and have been living mostly stealth for the past two years.

Boring history details behind the cut )

I'd like this community to become a resource for transmen, allies, and those who are questioning. Because not everyone is a gender studies major I'd like to ask that we not attack people for a simple mistake. We all started off on this without knowing much (if anything), I think it's important to give people a chance to learn rather than shouting at them to look everything up themselves.

This means that I'm not going to be the language gestapo. If you're offended by something someone has said go ahead and tell them POLITELY. Be prepared to back up your feelings, not everyone agrees with what is offensive and what isn't (see: queer). I'm not going to ban people for debating (lord knows I do it), but I will give out warnings for open attacks. Three warnings and you're gone, I don't have the patience to deal with people who can't argue civilly.

Please, no genderqueer issues in here. I know that a lot of times they overlap, but I'd like this community to maintain a more narrow focus. [community profile] polygender seems to be the genderqueer resource on DW and I've opened up [community profile] transgender for all people on the trans* spectrum.

By the same token, this is an ALL AGES community so keep the explicit stuff on [community profile] ftm_adult. I don't want this community to be screened, especially not when the youngest of us are often the ones who need the most support.

Really I'm pretty laid back. I prefer everyone act like adults simply because it means I don't have to be the bad guy, I hate being the bad guy. Play nice, stay on topic, and we'll all get along just fine.
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Who we are: Transmen, men of transexual history, family, friends, partners, and allies.

Who we aren't: Bill O'Reilly, transphobes, homophobes, sissyphobes, racists, sexists, classists, other negative -ists.

What we do: Provide a forum for trans* men (transexual men, ftms, etc) to discuss issues pertaining to transition, life as a transguy, medical options, coming out, disclosure, and anything else relating to...well, FtM. Also, provide a resource for people who may be questioning their gender identity.

What we don't do: Police guys' gender expression, use this as a forum for your PhD in Gender Studies, jump on people for an accidental word misuse, be the PC Police in general, act like special snowflakes.

What is allowed: Pretty much anything on-topic so long as it is in prose format (no poetry, please), not inflammatory, appropriate for those under 18 (boobs and bits somewhere else, tyvm), and not one of the items banned below.

What isn't allowed: Explicit sex talk, photos of "swimsuit areas", personal ads, spam, personal attacks, community advertisements, hate speech, "do I pass?" posts, screening or deleting comments.

What goes behind a cut: Pictures larger than 360x240, any picture beyond the first, long posts (use your judgment for now, if it becomes a problem we'll come up with a clear definition).

What doesn't go behind a cut: Everything else.

Are there exceptions? Yes, of course. If you wish for something to be considered an exception go ahead and PM an admin.

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