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Education / Re: Federal Aid
« Last post by Jennifer on July 15, 2018, 06:30:20 PM »
I know the pain of registering. I didn't understand why at first when I was 18. Apparently it's one thing left over from the draft. Since the government did away with the draft after the Vietnam war, I don't get why they kept that. So not registering can throw a severe monkey wrench in your engine if you need any kind of aid later in life. And it can cause a lot of other problems as well. I hope it doesn't hold you back too much, or for too long.
Education / Federal Aid
« Last post by Little Tony on July 14, 2018, 06:46:20 PM »
So as I decided to go back to college I realized I would have to use some federal aid this time.  I went on and filed my application for FASFSA.  All was good, no hitches, so I thought.  When I got to my school there was one big HITCH.  I want to inform others before they find out the same thing.  I had not registered for the Selective Service, nor did I have any documintation to say that I did not have to. 
I now have a request form in for the documintaion of not needing to register.  All I can do is wait but you can rest ashured that it will be kept with all of the other parper work from where I have changed things.
From Administration / It's a privelege not a right
« Last post by Jennifer on July 12, 2018, 02:15:11 PM »
If this is the only board you are able to have a real discussion at, then obviously you are on parole. That means that you did something that the staff felt warranted restrictions. You are here so that we can monitor your behavior and see how you act. The amount of time spent on parole, as already stated, is determined by the initial offense. But if the staff feels that additional time should be added, that is entirely up to their discretion. There are no favorites games being played. You are here because of you. You will be allowed back to the rest of the forum when the time is right.
Introductions / Re: Transitioning is a long Journey
« Last post by Jennifer on July 12, 2018, 01:26:46 PM »
Welcome to the forums Little Tony. It's good to see you here, and good to hear that you're able to live as who you truly are. May I ask what pronoun we need to use? We have a very diverse group here, even though there's not much going on. But feel free to ask questions, offer opinions, and in general just have fun.

Introductions / Transitioning is a long Journey
« Last post by Little Tony on July 11, 2018, 07:25:44 PM »
HI I am just over a year living as myself.  I have been involved with other groups but have not found the support that I feel like a person needs as the go this journey.
I am in my mid 40s and live in Columbia.  I enjoy the relaxing pace in the area that I live.  I am looking for honest and open support and some new friends, lost most of mine during my divorce.
Look forward to chatting with some of you all.
New Members / Board Descriptions
« Last post by Jennifer on July 09, 2018, 12:17:01 PM »
If you look at the board descriptions, you will see that some of them in the Trans category just say "For people who are...", whereas others give a much different description. The reason for this is because on some gender identities, I honestly don't know how to describe them. I have yet to meet someone who is of that particular identity, so I don't know what to put there. If someone does join, and knows more than I do, please let me know. This is one area where I honestly don't know what to say.
Announcements From Staff / Contributors
« Last post by Jennifer on July 03, 2018, 02:46:32 PM »
As I'm working on getting the actual site built for the community, I thought I would as for something from anyone interested. I would like to find some people to be regular contributors to the site. People to write articles, or testimonials, things of that nature. When I get the site finally ready to be opened, I'll let everyone know, but if anyone is interested in contributing I would love to hear from you.
Transitioning / Re: Slowly Coming Out
« Last post by Jennifer on July 03, 2018, 10:10:13 AM »
Depending on the doctor, it's not always a war of the worlds so to speak. I came out to my general practice doctor first, and he referred me to a specialist, that by a stroke of luck was also his wife. I met her, we discussed everything. She needed to make sure that I was truly transgender, obviously. So don't be offended when your doctor asks a bunch of questions. But after we talked a bit, she started me on a low dose of estrogen and a testosterone blocker. Over time the dose has risen, and other meds have been added. The doctors will check you blood regularly. Not just for hormone levels, but things like liver enzymes, blood sugar, and lots of other stuff to make sure your hormone treatment isn't doing more harm than good. So give it a while. Taking the meds you're prescribed (this it to both the men and women here) will soon become such a routine you won't really notice taking them. Then a year later you'll look at yourself in the mirror and be blown away! The women will have breasts, the men will have beards, the list goes on. It takes a bit of time, but it's absolutely worth it.
Introductions / Re: Hello, I am new
« Last post by Jennifer on July 03, 2018, 10:01:50 AM »
Hello Cedric. You are absolutely welcome to post here. Just because it says Missouri at the top of the page doesn't mean it's limited to only Missouri. I only called it that, because I personally am from Missouri. Hopefully soon, there will be a wide enough range of people here that I can change it to Midwest or Central USA or something like that.

You and I share some of the same interests. I love poetry, and have written a bunch of unconventional poetry myself. I also love mythology. Fantasy is my favorite genre of book. My absolute favorite novel is Knight's Wyrd. And yes, that's supposed to say Wyrd. You can find it on eBay for next to nothing. I just picked up a hard cover first edition in perfect condition for $5 with no shipping. Paperback copies are almost being given away, which I don't understand because the book is flat out amazing. It's gotten to the point to where I loosely "collect" copies of it. I have somewhere in the vicinity of 15-20 copies with a healthy mix of paper back and hard back.

We all hope to make friends with you also.

And please forgive me taking so long to welcome you. I've been out of town for a good while, and left my phone at home, so I had no way to check things out here.

Transitioning / Slowly Coming Out
« Last post by CJP on June 29, 2018, 08:39:46 AM »
I've been socially coming out to the people at my workplace and telling them i'm a guy now and my new name. It's been going well so far and I've only gotten support. I'm going to come out to my boss tomorrow and see how that goes. Shes a good person with a good heart who has always been a friend to me so i'm hoping she'll accept me.

I have an appointment with my doctor in about a week and I'm going to ask her for a referral to a specialist so I can begin the processes of getting approved for hormones. I know it will be anything but a quick approval but I am still very excited.

I told my brother and his wife and they were supportive as well. It was less of a shock because I came out to the family in my high school years and i'm glad they didn't just see it as a phase or anything.

My mother was less supportive of the idea but basically it ran down to "It's your choice and I wont hate anything you do and you're always welcome here, it's just weird to me." I don't think she understands how much it means to me but I'm glad she's not kicking me out or anything.

Sending good vibes to everyone!  :)
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