To Transgender Women Wanting to Take Hormones

By Ms. Juicy Queen Bee

From PHN Issue 46, Spring/Summer 2021

I’ve been on my treatment for over 3 years. Here are some tips:

  1. Wait, don’t rush—let the process take its course.
  2. The doctor is actually doing what you go through on the street, checking your mental health to find out what psychological help you may need and to make sure you are prepared.
  3. Most people think getting on the hormones they’re going to get the result they want ASAP, but it may take some patience, or it may not be exactly the result you want.
  4. When you start taking estrogen, you may find that your mood swings change and your emotional state changes.
  5. The older you start, the higher you are at risk for certain health issues.
  6. If you take certain medications, you may not be able to take hormones until they replace them, or you may need to take the medications differently.
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Transgender Housing in Prison

By Fatima Malika Shabazz

From PHN Issue 41, Winter 2020

Hello everyone: Since it’s been so long since I’ve written an article for Prison Health News, it makes sense that I introduce myself. My name is Fatima Malika Shabazz. I am a formerly incarcerated Afican American Transwoman. The last time I wrote anything for Prison Health News, it was due to a civil action I filed against the California Department of Corrections. Since that time, I have been released on parole; I have also been heavily involved in advocacy and activism surrounding either reforming or eliminating bad department of corrections policies related to the trans population.

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Resource Guides for Currently Incarcerated Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex People

By Caleb Christ

From PHN Issue 40, Summer/Fall 2019

The TGI Justice Project (TGIJP) is a group of transgender, gender variant, and intersex people inside and outside prisons, jails, and detention centers. They work to create community and share resources with transgender, gender variant, and intersex (TGI) people navigating incarceration, re-entry, and surviving in communities that are highly policed. TGIJP works with community members and legal experts to end human rights abuses and police violence against TGI people in prisons, jails, detention centers, and beyond.

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