Hormones: Transition Begins
Dear David 4/28/1980
Newsletter articles enable transmen to share experience and medical advice and serve as one of the most reliable places to find information about hormones. As doctors around the country continue to be uneducated when it comes to trans issues, and trans activists advocating for better treatment for trans individuals through standards of care, newsletters provide a way to share frustration as well as information.
Unable to trust the medical community for advice, trans men often document their transition through photography. This not only provides documentation of the individual's transition, but it also allows other trans folk to imagine what their own transition could look like. Below you will find photos of Lou Sullivan's transition. Donated to the GLBT Historical Society, which Lou helps to establish, Lou wanted his life and work to be able to mentor to GLBT individuals after his death. While some may use these photos inappropriately, in today's society where so much inaccurate information about transmen can be found on the internet, these photos continue to serve the educational purpose for which they were intended.
- Dillon, Joe, "The Male Hormone Therapy Experience," Gateway 2:6, December 1979.