I was looking for a trans counter-culture

guardian.co.uk – Juliet Jacques

After my gender issues complicated my relationships with ‘straight-acting’ gay men, I had to reconsider my identity – and the centrality of maleness within it. Gradually, I came to define as ‘transgender’. I understood that transgender could include cross-dressers, transvestites, male-to-female (MtF) and female-to-male (FtM) transsexuals, and anyone else who considered themselves beyond the traditional gender binary. Having found a suitable term for myself, which allowed space for me to explore my gender, I wanted to find places where I could express myself and meet like-minded people.