This website covers various aspects of male-to-female transsexuality. Most of the articles were written in the run up to my transition in late 2000, with some changes and additions based on personal experience.
There have been no major changes since 2004, although I still very occasionally make some small updates, corrections, additions, or apply requested deletions. Also, some of the original images and articles have been deleted to comply with "permitted use" policies. Whilst somewhat dated, I hope the remaining information is still helpful.
The articles extensively use terms such as transsexual and transwoman, which in recent years have been increasingly replaced by the term transgendered. Even the prefix trans (a latin noun or prefix, meaning 'across', 'beyond' or 'on the opposite side') appears to becoming considered offensive, although personally I see nothing wrong with it. The articles use trans in the context of people making changes to their physical characteristics (hormonal and surgery) and lifestyle in order to match their selected gender.
An interesting development since about 2010 is the emergence of the prefix cis, e.g. in new words such as ciswomen, cisgendered and cissexual. Cis is another latin term (meaning 'on this side') and is increasingly being used as a prefix in the context of women (usually but not always genetically XX) who were assigned a female gender at birth, and whose bodies and their personal identity have always agreed with this. It does make sense as an alternative to phrases such as "genetically XY women" that I have resorted to in some articles.
The site has been erratically available at numerous web addresses since its origin - indeed it's almost a history of the web as it moved through Geocities, Tripod and Yahoo. Most notably the site was available at the URL www.annierichards.net until mid-2004, and then at www.secondtype.com until early 2010. I can give no guarantee as to how long this domain will remain live!
With or without my permission, copies of the pages seem to be widely available on the internet, appear on various boards, and are even used on academic portals. I thus now consider my articles to be 'public domain', but do appreciate an acknowledgement if they are copied.
I'm always delighted to hear from readers, contrast experiences, and perhaps attempt to answer any questions. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Disclaimer: I'm not a qualified medical professional and the contents of this website are merely based upon my experience and research. It does NOT in any way constitute Medical Advice.