17beta is a community and an informative web site about transsexualism. It is named after 17β-estradiol (also known as just “estradiol”), the main endogenous estrogen in humans of both sexes. The site is focused on scientific information supported by the literature. Browse using the links at the top.
I make this website for free with the intention that it will be useful for transsex people. However, VPS and domain name costs me money that I pay out of pocket, money that I would otherwise use for my own transition and other living expenses. If you want to help with paying for the costs of hosting, please donate via Bitcoin to the address 16CcLt78dHAfdAGSmxCnthWemJ42i9eptb. The running cost is approximately 3.15 EUR per month (varies depending on exchange rates).
Community and our chat room
We have a XMPP chat room: firstname.lastname@example.org for the exchange of ideas and experiences and general conversation. If you sympathize with our vision (even if you do not embody it currently), we invite you to join. What sets our community apart is:
- We approach transsexualism as the choice to transform our bodies to be feminine through the use of female hormones (and optionally surgery). Transsexualism is not a feeling and not about “identifying as a woman”.
- We are exclusively gynephilic because we appreciate the female form in ourselves and women, and we aim to embody it.
- We are against gatekeeping and in favor of taking control of our own treatment. We value scientific knowledge that allows us to take our own informed decisions.
- We see social transition as optional and secondary to physical transition. Those of us who want to be treated as a women by society earn it by passing.
- We are not a hugbox nor ultraliberals, nor politically correct.
- Dissent and rational discussion is allowed because it is intellectually enriching.
XMPP is a decentralized protocol for instant messaging. You can register an account in the server of your choice, or run your own server. For a list of public servers, see https://list.jabber.at/. I recommend Gajim as a client. For a list of other clients see https://xmpp.org/software/clients.html.
Although there are centralized instant messaging applications more popular than XMPP, we choose XMPP because it gives users control over their communications, whereas centralized applications put the users at the whim of a company which is free to censor them or invade their privacy as it pleases.
- Library Genesis.
- PubMed: Search engine for biology-related papers.
- PubChem: Data base of small molecules with computed and measured properties, and listings of the published literature on the relevant compound.
- DrugBank: A data base of pharmaceuticals and data relevant for their application (commercial names, interactions, et cetera).
- Binding DB: Data base of binding affinity and related assays.
- HUGO Gene Nomenclature. In the literature, proteins are often named the same as the gene they are coded in, but note that some genes encode several proteins (e.g.: D2R encodes 2 types of dopamine receptors).
- “Shortcut to female voice” by Lena.
- Audacity: Free software for editing audio. Can be used to record and analyze one’s voice.
- Imageboards: /lgbt/ in 4channel, /tttt/ in 8ch. Both of them have a running series of /HRTgen/ threads about MTF pharmacology and practical concerns. See /HRTgen/ in 4channel for a list of online pharmacies that sell HRT pharmaceuticals. I can not vouch for nor against any of the online vendors listed there, because I have not used them.
- The Red Cellar: Information about the practice of drinking blood, especially human blood, and the people who practice it (known as sanguinarians, sanguivores, human vampires or real vampires).
Online HRT sellers
I can not vouch for these vendors, as I have not used them.
- Lena estradiol valerate: ready-to-use injections.
- Purple Panda Labs: raw active ingredients.
- Dragon Ordnance: raw active ingredients.
Please contact me if you are skilled in technical writing, you are knowlegdeable in some aspect of transsexualism (pharmacology, surgery, dating or just living as a trans person) and you want to contribute your knowledge to other trans people. I will be glad to add your contributions in this web site if they are of good quality, with due credit.
About the author
I am a Mexican MTF transsexual. I started HRT at 22 years of age. I did not start earlier because of ignorance that it could be done. My main interest is mathematics. I also like physics, chemistry and related areas of engineering, especially electrical power systems. I am vegetarian for moral reasons. Occasionally I contribute code to free software projects. I keep a repository of computer-verified proofs. I like Eastern Slav culture (Belarus, Russia, Ukraine).