The shame of sexual inexperience The shame of sexual inexperience

The shame of sexual inexperience

The shame of sexual inexperience

My discomfort is personal, rooted in insecurity and shame due to the reactions that others have had to my inexperience.

The shame of sexual inexperience

The shame of sexual inexperience

My discomfort is personal, rooted in insecurity and shame due to the reactions that others have had to my inexperience.

Gender-affirming surgery ‘standards’: The two letters Gender-affirming surgery ‘standards’: The two letters

Gender-affirming surgery 'standards': The two letters

Gender-affirming surgery 'standards': The two letters

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health standards dictate that for a trans woman to have surgery, she needs letters from two mental health professionals.

Gender-affirming surgery 'standards': The two letters

Gender-affirming surgery 'standards': The two letters

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health standards dictate that for a trans woman to have surgery, she needs letters from two mental health professionals.

Understanding shame after sexual assault Understanding shame after sexual assault

Understanding shame after sexual assault

Understanding shame after sexual assault

These challenges didn’t entirely result from the realisation that I was raped. It was coming to terms with my shame that hurt the most.

Understanding shame after sexual assault

Understanding shame after sexual assault

These challenges didn’t entirely result from the realisation that I was raped. It was coming to terms with my shame that hurt the most.

Archer Magazine issue #14 – the GROWING UP issue Archer Magazine issue #14 – the GROWING UP issue

Archer Magazine issue #14 - the GROWING UP issue

Archer Magazine issue #14 - the GROWING UP issue

Grab a sneak peek inside Archer Magazine’s GROWING UP issue, feat. Zindzi Okenyo, Taz Clay, Kirsty Webeck, Shoog McDaniel, Joanne Leah, Joshua Badge + more.

Archer Magazine issue #14 - the GROWING UP issue

Archer Magazine issue #14 - the GROWING UP issue

Grab a sneak peek inside Archer Magazine’s GROWING UP issue, feat. Zindzi Okenyo, Taz Clay, Kirsty Webeck, Shoog McDaniel, Joanne Leah, Joshua Badge + more.

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It looks reasonable in writing: the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards dictate that for a trans woman to have surgery, she needs two letters from two different mental health professionals. You might skim past that in text and not give it another thought. It might not sound like a big deal – …

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