Gender Outlaw

FTM Transition Blog


I’m just another transsexual and this is my FTM transition blog. My journal is an important personal development tool: I use it to track and observe the complex, challenging, and sometimes wondrous aspects of being transgender. I’m pleased to know that others find this public navigation helpful.

I’m in my 40s and live in rural BC, Canada. I was diagnosed with GID by a school psychologist when I was five years old, but I didn’t think of myself as trans until October, 2007. Honestly, I didn’t know I had options. I didn’t really know that trans men existed. Learn more about my transition process here.

If you’re new here, check out the most popular pages of my blog:

Feel free to comment on my posts (see comments policy below), and if you’d like to get in touch directly, send me an email at genderoutlaws [at] If you have a question about surgery, please post it in the FTM Surgery Support Forums where I’m a moderator.

You can also find me on Twitter. Contributor FTM Surgery Support Forums badge-GO2014-attendee Gender Odyssey 2012 Gender Odyssey 2009 Facilitator


This work (text and images) is © Joshua Riverdale and Gender Outlaw, 2007-2018. All rights reserved worldwide. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and owner is strictly prohibited. This includes academic and commercial use. Text excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Joshua Riverdale with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

I take the protection of my copyright and privacy seriously. If I discover that my copyright materials have been used in contravention of the license above, I will issue cease and desist orders and DMCA notices to appropriate parties, and also reserve the right to begin legal proceedings. Please note that the open-ended concept of fair use is not observed under Canadian law, and for the purpose of venue, any legal proceedings will be filed in BC, Canada. If you become aware of any use of my copyright materials that contravenes or may contravene the license above, please contact me.

Comments Policy

There are a variety of ways in which blog readers view and use the comments sections of blogs. Some readers ignore comments completely while others abuse them by automatically posting thousands of self-serving and irrelevant comments with links to unrelated websites.

Each blogger has their own standards of what is and isn’t acceptable on their blog. After all, it is their space. For the purposes of clarity, here’s where I stand:

  1. I love it when readers add comments! Comments add to the knowledge and community that we have here. If you feel the urge to comment, then please feel free to have you say.
  2. I encourage you to include relevant links in your comments. This adds to the conversation and is useful to other readers. On the other hand, irrelevant links are discouraged, and if you leave a comment with a link in it that has no relevance to the post you’re commenting on, your contribution could be deleted.
  3. I dislike signatures in comments. allows you to include a single link with your name, and I feel that should be enough of a signature. If you leave a signature, I may edit your comment and remove it.
  4. Hateful comments will be removed. Freedom of speech is not an absolute right and should be exercised with responsibility. Freedom of opinion remains an absolute freedom without restriction, but the right to express such opinions must occur within the limits and boundaries enunciated by law (and compassion.)

Before you comment on any blog, please remember that you are in a sense visiting someone else’s home, and behave accordingly. Also remember that as a permanent record of who you are and what you stand for, your comments have the ability to influence your online reputation, whether positively or negatively. Before you click the Submit button, please pause and consider the value you are adding (or not adding) to this blog as well as to your own online profile.


The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of other trans men or transgender people. I make no claim to speak for anyone but myself.

This website and all of the information it contains are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, whether express or implied. All implied warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties of fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement, are hereby expressly disclaimed. Under no circumstances will the author of, Joshua Riverdale, be liable to any person or for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other damages based on any use of this website or any other website to which this site is linked.

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