Lynn Conways homepage:
Computer Scientist, Electrical Engineer,
Translated by Quinton,
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Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Emerita
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Member, National Academy of Engineering
About This Website:
(Ch) = Chinese (simplified)
(Ch) = 简体中文
My goal for this website is to illuminate and normalize the issues of gender identity and the processes of gender transition. This project began in the year 2000, as I struggled to "come out" about my past to my research colleagues. I wanted to tell in my own words the story of my gender transition from male to female three decades earlier, in 1968, and then of being outed 31 years later in 1999, while living quietly and successfully in "stealth mode".
Since beginning work on this website, I've come into contact with ever growing numbers of people concerned with gender issues. I've interacted via e-mail and in personal meetings with large numbers of people who are transitioning or who have transitioned. Given the still-remaining social invisibility, ignorance and superstitions about gender conditions, I've felt a strong need to provide whatever information, encouragement and hope that I can to help others who are struggling with these issues.
As a result of my contacts with thousands of TG/TS/IS people over the past few years, this website has evolved into a major informational and support site for transgender and transsexual people. The site now reflects years of field work and empirical research, and intensive efforts at framing and writing up the resulting observations regarding this previously almost invisible, highly stigmatized minority about which many superstitions still prevail.
This work has been conducted in the style of an investigative journalist who herself is embedded in the "war zone" she is covering. These investigations, carried out in an arena swirling with new shifts in existing paradigms of thought, have been continually shaped and guided by very close interactions with hundreds of people who are themselves very experienced in these issues. Many of these individuals have shared in the creation of this website, by contributing valuable observations and practical information about gender transition, and by sharing keen insights and wisdom that they've gained from their own personal experiences.
The website is informal in structure, and is still rapidly evolving as new ideas and information become available. I begin by first telling my own story, as best I can. That story, of someone who underwent gender transition earlier in life, illustrates that such transitions can turn out rather well in the long term. The story also provides personal vignettes relevant to the gender identity sections of this website:
The website then presents an array of informational webpages and constantly updated reference links concerning gender identity and gender transition, in an effort to help others who may undergo such transitions. The site also links to webpages containing photos and stories of over 150 other people who've undergone complete gender transitions (both MtF and FtM). These many additional true-life "success stories" can provide encouragement, hope and role models for others, especially for the many young transgender and transsexual people who often feel so much fear and desperation about their futures. Experienced-based knowledge and real-world role models can go a long way towards easing the fears of these young people, helping them more confidently confront the challenges ahead of them, and illuminating pathways they can follow to build a full and joyful life:
I always welcome new ideas and practical information about these issues, as well as critical feedback about this website. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail at the address below if you have any ideas you'd like to share. Increasingly we transgender and transsexual women are speaking for ourselves, instead of fearfully hanging back while the old-time psychiatric establishment, sex-obsessed "sex researchers" (such as J.Michael Bailey*), talk-show comics, tabloid media and various conservative religions spread awful misinformation about us.
By openly sharing our stories and life-experiences, we can help build a more realistic knowledge of and genuine wisdom about transgender issues. We can also help society see us as the human beings we truly are. In the process we can enable more and more people to live fuller and happier lives in an increasingly inclusive, harmonious society.
Prof. Lynn Conway,
3640 CSE Bldg.,
University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2121
密歇根州 安娜堡市 48109-2121
密歇根大学 3640 CSE 大楼
See the newly-expanded section on Transitioning Early in Life,
which includes links to stories of teenage transitioners:
For more information, see the
Outreach Program for Children with Gender-Variant Behaviors and their Families
at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
*For Background on the Bailey Investigation see:
J. Michael Bailey Investigation & Andrea James' BBL Clearinghouse
J迈克尔贝利事件 以及 安德里亚詹姆士的BBL资料中心
Andrea James, Lynn Conway, and Calpernia Addams
Chicago, Illinois, July 19, 2003
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News about V-Day in L.A, from Calpernia Addams and Andrea James
Link to performers' Bios and Photos!
Transsexual Road Map
Deep Stealth Productions presented the V-Day 2004 Worldwide Campaign event for Los Angeles on Saturday, February 21st. In cooperation with the author, internationally-known playwright Eve Ensler, and under the auspices of Jane Fonda, this benefit performance featured the first ever transgender cast of "The Vagina Monologues," and included a new monologue written by Eve especially for this event.
Deep Stealth Productions于2月21日（星期六）在洛杉矶掀起了2004年度全球V-Day运动，本次义演获得了国际知名剧作家伊芙·恩丝勒的合作，以及简·芳达的大力支持。《阴道独白》是有史以来第一次由跨性演员参与的演出，剧中包含有伊芙专为本次活动最新编撰的独白。
The performance showcased notable trans women reading Eve's beautiful monologues about the experiences of womanhood and the reclaiming of self through loving and respecting our bodies. The event also featured artistic, literary and musical contributions from trans women from around the country. Among the many women participating were: Calpernia Addams, Becky Allison, Marci Bowers, Lynn Conway, Andrea James, Donna Rose, Gwen Smith, Leslie Townsend, and many, many more...The V-Day Los Angeles event was held in Hollywood on Saturday evening, February 21, 2004 in the Silver Screen Theater at the beautiful Pacific Design Center.
A special keepsake publication for V-Day LA 2004 was produced as a remembrance of this wonderful event, and a documentary of the event, entitled "Beautiful Daughters", will be released on DVD and seen on the new LOGO Channel this fall.
CS Update of 3-13-06
to include Jean's and May's copy-editing