My name is Rischa and I identify as an androgynous lesbian, and I am doing research with our community.
I am passionate about research because professionals use studies like this one to make decisions about our health care.
For this study, we are looking for women (trans-community included) 18 years of age or older, who self-identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer, or questioning (LBQ). The purpose of this study is to learn about gender presentation and substance use in LBQ women.
Make sure your experiences are heard, be a part of LBQ research!
You can complete a brief, anonymous 25-minute survey by going to www.lbqresearch.wordpress.com.
This study had been approved by the St. John’s University IRB. Thank you for your time.
Make sure your experiences are heard, be a part of LBQ research! Thank you for getting involved, and be sure to tell your friends to participate as well.
How do you identify?: (sexuality/gender)Attracted to girls/Transmasculine
Interests/hobbies: Poetry, music, trumpet, films, stage crew, theater, certain video games, anime, manga, neuroscience
Favourite books:Fullmetal Alchemist, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Favourite films:Hard Candy, Resident Evil, Sucker Punch, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Joan of Arc: The Messenger, Underworld
Favourite music:Tegan and Sara, Christina Perri, Frou Frou, Rise Against, Hans Zimmer, Akira Yamaoka
What would you like to send/receive?: Mail, email, small packages
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Prefer 16-18, and FTM/GQ.
Or 16-18 lesbian.
Or whatever, if you're a cool person.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: USA, UK, Australia, basically anywhere.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: (eg. "food/candy with nuts") Nothing offensive, obviously.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Something awesome. Maybe pictures, and a long letter?
Anything else you'd like to add?: Looking for a long term penpal, preferably.
Location: San Jose, California
How do you identify?: Bisexual and polyamorous FTM.
Interests/hobbies: Reading novels, memoirs and one-shot/one volume graphic novels (and unearthing some of my old favorites and rereading them); drawing (I do commissions) on restaurant napkins and old grocery receipts; looking for, listening, playing, composing and writing music; writing short stories and nonsense (I love enjambment); collecting and giving away stickers, bottlecaps, pins and buttons and other little knick-knacks that make me happy; turning "junk" and "scrap" (old shampoo bottles, used shoeboxes and cardboard boxes, water bottles and empty dog food bags) into STUFF (toys, make-shift instruments, whatever)... a bunch of stuff; VIDEO GAMES.
postscript: I am vegan, love animals and am big on being green. ... I am also really big on education reform (child development major). Hmm... yeah.
Favourite books: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein; Blankets, Good-Bye Chunky Rice and Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson; Not Simple by Natsume Ono; Solanin by Inio Asano; Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green; What Becomes You by Aaron Raz Link and Hilda Raz ... off the top of my head, anyway. :)
Favourite films: Up, How to Train Your Dragon, Coraline, Despicable Me, Rio, Bolt, Fantastic Mr. Fox ... (can you tell I like animated films?) ... also... RENT, Black Swan, Gattaca, Im Juli, Bella Martha, Jenseit der Stille, Saving Face, Imagine Me and You, Lost in Translation ... ... I'll leave it at that for now, haha.
Favourite music: electronica (I've been listening to a lot of General Fuzz recently); video game music remixes; lounge; nu-jazz (?); solely piano instrumentals; classical; crazy stuff, e.g. happy hardcore, drum n' bass, "LET'S KICK BUTT" music... yes. <3
What would you like to send/receive?: I'd like to send AND/or receive letters, postcards, little knick-knacks, stickers, mixed CDs, book trades, drawings, etc. <3
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone! :)
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: No preference. :) Though, if you can write in German, that's a plus. <3 (English is my second language [Chinese is my first, but I can't write in it], but I took German for a few years and would like to get back into reading and writing in it~)
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: (eg. "food/candy with nuts") Please do not send me anything against my vegan lifestyle, e.g. food items containing animal products or things that, well, aren't animal-friendly, e.g. leather, fur, etc. Much appreciated.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: I love handwritten letters and hand-drawn illustrations or hand-made things. They make me happy. Art trades, mixed CDs/mixtape trades, book trades... I'd be thrilled if anyone were to be up for that.
Anything else you'd like to add?: It may be relevant to add that I'm in an open relationship (my girlfriend is amazing <3). Hm... not much else for now.
(I'm the one on the bottom. With glasses. The kid on top o' me is my girlfriend's son Phoenix (he likes to rough-house and climb on top of me :P ).postscript: Sorry if I don't reply right away (to comments, I mean)... and for not browsing the community more. I have work tomorrow morning and must therefore go to bed NOW if I want to function at my best. :) <3
How do you identify?: Queer/Femme
Interests/hobbies: I like to go dumpster diving, read books, write letters, take a ”fika” with my friends, travel etc. This summer me and a friend went on a road trip in South east USA to visit our pen pals in prison. It was a fantastic (and sometimes sad) experience. We couch surfed different peoples homes and got to see the US beyond the big cities. I work at the Swedish LGBT-rights organisation and other than that I’m involved in a lot of feminist / queer / anarchist activism. I’m polyamorous and I like to discuss relationships, both in theory and practically.
Favourite writers: Haruki Murakami, Sofi Oksanen (read her!), Joyce Carol Oates, William Gibson, Jeanette Winterson etc etc (please do give me tips on good books – I tend to read way to fast and run out of books all of the time)
Favourite TV-series: America’s Next Top Model, Glee, United States of Tara, Six Ft Under, True Blood
What would you like to send/receive?: My letter set collection is getting way to big to not be used. I especially like kawaii style stationary or to make my own. You can be sure to never get a boring looking letter from me.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Queer people out there who’d like to tell me about their everyday life, their views on relationships, activism or Tyra Banks latest hair style. Who’s not afraid to write about how to stay sane in a crazy heteronormative world. Enlight me :)
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: Any as long as you write in English or Swedish.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Just finding a hand written letter on my doormat with my name on it is enough to satisfy me.
Name: Cyrus (I go by Cy)
Location: Newmarket, NH
How do you identify?: Panromantic demisexual with an aesthetic preference for the male body. Also, pre-transitioned trans dude. I call myself a gay man for the simplicity. Also taken.
( Cut to save your flist from my rambling... )
Location: Southern California
How do you identify?: basically? A gay man in a chick body. or, if you're into labels, genderqueer transmasculine pansexual, but that is just such a mouthful. and I'm taken :3
Interests/hobbies: Writing, Reading, torturing fictional characters... But anyway, I have a lot of interests, but I also don'tget to delve into some of them as often as I'd like. I am a TOTAL language geek, and I currently am almost trilingual (english, spanish, German), but I'd like to learn about 10 more, including Finnish and Lithuanian. Yeah. I know. I'm crazy. I also love psychology and poking around inside what makes the mind tick, because crazy characters make for interesting characters. I love music, both my parents are opera singers and my dad sings on movie soundtracks, so music is always an important thing. I like a lot of computer stuff and video games as well. Oh and Roleplaying. I roleplay online, via IM, in 1 on 1 situations, I'm also up for email RPing, and if you live near me, D&D is fine too :D
Favourite books: Oh dear jesus. where to begin. I love books that are strange. I confess that since becoming a full time student on the quarter system, I have had very little time to actually READ anything, and I'm in the middle of about six books. But I really like fantasy novels, like the Night Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko, and I'm also a fan of Warren Ellis, James Patterson, Dean Koontz, etc. I know there's a scad of books that I NEED to read, such as anything by Gaiman and Pratchett, but I just haven't yet, please don't kill me lol.
Favourite films: My mom used to be a film studies teacher, so um. almost anything. Except for really stupid movies like Jackass or movies that look to be entirely about fart jokes. My favorite genres are fantasy, psychological thriller, drama, and action movies. I fucking love action movies, especially stupid ones that are just there for the sake of LET'S LOOK AT EXPLOSIONS.
Favourite music: I prefer foreign music to American music, and my favorite genres are rock, metal, industrial and "other" since I have some strange shit in my ipod. My favorite band is a German band called OOMPH! who are listed as Rammstein's inspirations. I also like VNV Nation, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Van Canto(a capella metal, how can you NOT like that), Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Icon of Coil, Letzte Instanz, Kaizer's Orchestra.... and of course I've got a soft spot for the stuff I listened to when I was growing up like Eve 6, Crazytown, *NSYNC, old No Doubt, etc. I also have a bit of guilty pleasures, like Banghra music, and Limp Bizkit, and old seventies German pop music, or those old dance hits from the 90s that were played around the 8th grade dance.
What would you like to send/receive?: Mostly emails or IMs, I have no time to write and will frequently forget that I have mail I need to send.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: pretty much anyone? I really like to talk to other people who are somewhere around the same area as me in the gender spectrum, just because I haven't found many people to talk to about it, but outside of that? just people who share my interests.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: anywhere. If it's somewhere that English isn't the main language, I'd like to learn others, but right now German would probably be the best foreign language to send me. Or Finnish if you can translate it in the email because damn y'all's language is hard xD
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: angryness, bad spam, trolling etc.
What would be in your dream letter or package?: I'd just like to make some new friends, if I can do that? I'd be happy.
Anything else you'd like to add?: mmm.... I won't be online that often, but I'll always try to respond within a day or two to your emails!
Name: Ryan Leaptrott
Location: Southern USA
How do you identify?: (sexuality/gender) FtM preop transgender, pansexual
Interests/hobbies: Reading, travel, cooking, collecting stickers/hyenas/gargoyles/rabbits/
Favourite books: Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, the Dark Elf Trillogy, People of the ____ Series by the Gears, History books, cook books, Freak the Mighty, Where the Red Fern Grows, heck... I'll sit down and read most anything once...
Favourite films: Boys Don't Cry, Better than Chocolate, Inglorious Basterds, FightClub, Full Metal Jacket, Disney movies, Tim Burton movies... I love lots of things but honestly read more than I watch movies.
Favourite music: I have extremely varied music tastes and they really depend on my mood...
What would you like to send/receive?: I would love a penpal who likes to exchange small gifts like stickers, post cards, a hand made bracelet... things like that.. It's not a requirement though, as long as my penpal has something interesting to say and will write at least once a month, though I understand that things come up some times and we don't get a letter out as fast as we had planned.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone! As long as they are open minded and can hold a good conversation on paper.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: Anywhere in the world! I LOVE international penpals, but ones in my own country are fun too because the letters come and go faster.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: (eg. "food/candy with nuts") Uhmmm I don't know.. I'm not too picky, I'd just appreciate that my penpal thought of me enough to send me a gift!
What would be in your dream letter or package?: A nice long letter, maybe some stickers, stamps, or something like that.. I love surprises, so I can't rightly say.
Anything else you'd like to add?: Contact me soon! =D I'm itching to write!
Age: 21, turning 22 in about a month
Location: Ohio, USA (home for the summer), Pennsylvania (school-moving back in mid-late August)
How do you identify?: (sexuality/gender) genderqueer/transmasculine/FTM-ish, almost entirely attracted to girls
Interests/hobbies: marching band, pep band, queer stuff including my university's GLBTxyz organization, linguistics, foreign languages, reading for enjoyment, being on the internet way too much, procrastinating
Favourite books: too many to list, but I especially like fiction-mysteries/detective fiction, young adult fiction/fantasy , novels with queer characters...I'm always open to suggestions/recommendations too
Favourite films: animated movies, comedy, pretty much anything not-scary, but there are a lot of things that end up in the 'scary' category
Favourite music: songs with foreign lyrics, mainly Arabic & French; Disney songs; musicals, particularly Rent & Wicked, among others; extremely random pop songs; instrumental stuff-film scores, sometimes a bit of classical, and I recently discovered a group called the Vitamin String Quartet which does string quartet covers of pop songs
What would you like to send/receive?: emails, IMs, maybe the occasional letter/mix cd/package
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: anybody, really, but I'm definitely interested in hearing from people who don't fit in the gender binary, or transguys. Preferably under 30.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: anything electronic-wherever, as long as it's in English, or somebody doesn't mind helping me practice my not-entirely-fluent languages (French-pretty good, Arabic-getting there, German's a little rusty); letters/packages-Sorry, but I can't really afford to mail things out of the country right now, so US-only
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: (eg. "food/candy with nuts") food (I love receiving candy, but I just added about 8 things to my list of allergies so that might not be a good idea), anything that can go bad, not too much "adult" stuff
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Stickers! I dunno, surprise me :)
Anything else you'd like to add?: I don't think so...
Location: Western New York, USA
How do you identify?: (sexuality/gender) Genderqueer/TransGuy
Interests/hobbies: stop-motion animation, photography, Flash, filmmaking (16mm), 3D modeling, philosophy, programming, bird watching, languages, The Arts, cats, writing, poetry, reading, anime, manga, audio art, digital video, gardening, oil painting, sculpture, veganism, LGBTQ activist
Favourite books: Slaughterhouse-5 [Vonnegut], Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [Adams], Cat's Cradle [Vonnegut], Metamorphosis [Kafka], Notes from Underground [Dostoyevsky], ... naming a few; "Genres": Philosophy, Russian (translations to English), Beat Lit/Poetry, Animation theory, Buddhism, Non-fiction
Favourite films: Star Wars series, Jaws (1975), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Pulp Fiction (1994), Alien series, Goonies (1986), Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975), Nosferatu (1922), The Abyss (1989), MIYAZAKI Hayao films, Quentin Tarantino films, Alfred Hitchcock films, M. Night Shyamalan films, ... naming a few; Genres: Horror, SciFi, Documentaries, Foreign, Classics, Experimental, Animation
Favourite music: The Ramones, Half Japanese, Tokyo Police Club, U.S.S. (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker), Against Me!, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, Dead Kennedys, illScarlet, Pearl Jam, Green Day ... naming a few ; Genres: Punk, Canadian Indie Rock (CFNY 102.1 FM from Toronto, ON), New Wave, Blues, Jazz, Classical
What would you like to send/receive?: email until we get to know each other
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: from anywhere, but I speak/read English -- I have studied some Spanish and Mandarin but not really enough to converse (and few ancient languages)
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: food (too many allergies), anything sent must be in family safe packaging
What would be in your dream letter or package?: artwork
Anything else you'd like to add?: For the most part, anything else can be found in my LJ profile.
Picture (optional): See icon
Location: Longmont, Colorado
How do you identify?: Transmasculine androgyne, fancies the androgynous and masculine and get into a little BDSM.
Interests/hobbies: I'm really into science fiction, video games, and graphic novels. I love creative expression, and personally get into a lot of visual art (mostly in photoshop), as well as participate in a lot of free form text based roleplaying. Culture and language are really big interests of mine, as well as traveling.
Favourite books: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 1984 by George Orwell, The Commonwealth Saga by Peter F. Hamilton.
Favourite films: Fight Club, Das Experiment, How to Train Your Dragon
Favourite music: Industrial genres mainly, mostly electronic or electronic hybrids. Bands include: Oomph!, KMFDM, Punish Yourself, Rammstein, Atsushi Sakurai.
What would you like to send/receive?: Letters, cards, maybe little packages... That sort of thing. Enough to have fun and get creative, but that doesn't cost a substantial amount.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Anyone who digs it, anyone who wants to ask me questions, whatever. Would be absolutely amazing to find another Dutch speaker to correspond with!
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: I'm open to the world, though if postage costs more correspondence will probably be slower.
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: Not that I can think of, common sense providing. :P
What would be in your dream letter or package?: Individuality and creativity. :) Just be yourself!
Anything else you'd like to add?: Nyup
Hey out there. I am an adult child of a transgendered parent and am looking for other adult children of TG parents to talk to. My Father/Mother is M2F, and I recently (2 years ago) found out as she is still in the closet so to speak.
Location: New Hampshire
How do you identify?: Mostly queer, a lot of gay, and somewhere around demisexual. Also, trans dude.
Interests/hobbies: World of Warcraft, webcomics, LiveJournal, writing, reading, playing time-wasting games... I bounce around a lot of different things.
» Fandoms: D.Gray-man, Kingdom Hearts, Tales of the Abyss, Gankutsuou, DOGs, Glee... I also like a bunch of other things, but don't really follow them.
Favourite books: Lynn Flewelling's books, LotR series, Good Omens, Terry Pratchett's Discworld books... And some other random stuff.
Favourite films: Films are kinda come-and-go for me. I like the shiny ones with explosions or cool worlds or both. Most recently I've seen and enjoyed Avatar and How to Train Your Dragon. The only one that's stayed a favorite is The Princess Bride. Unless Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog also counts.
Favourite music: Uhmm... -shuffles through library- Lady Gaga, the Glee soundtrack, And Then There Were None, 30 Seconds to Mars, access, Bump of Chicken, Angels and Airwaves, Bloc Party, Stabilo, David Bowie, The Hush Sound, Jack's Mannequin, Less Than Jake, The Matches, Mindless Self Indulgence, Placebo, Queen, Rammstein, Trans-Siberian Orchestra... I listen to a lot of different things.
What would you like to send/receive?: I'm not picky about what I get. As far as giving goes, I like to babble on about stuff. I can draw when the mood strikes, but I'm more of a "silly doodle" kind of person, not a "work of art" one. I have a tendency to give advice - I like to try and help people when I can. At this point, I would prefer email, because my physical address is going to change soon, but I'm definitely open to snail-mail once that's settled.
Who would you like to send and receive mail from?: Doesn't matter, really. Just looking for other people to correspond with for fun.
What countries would you like to receive mail from and send to?: I don't care with email, but seeing as I'm a poor college kid, I'd really like to be able to send snail mail with just one stamp (unless you're willing to pay for postage, at which point, I'll gladly send to anywhere!)
Anything that you would particularly NOT like to receive?: Anything sexual. My boyfriend might have to be angry about that... Packages are cool as long as I'm warned beforehand.
What would be in your dream letter or package?:
Anything else you'd like to add?: I'm really just a dorky guy. I like talking and chatting with people. I can get a little weird and a little ranty (seriously, just look at my latest LJ entries - none of it's locked), but I really do love trying to help people out. If I can be the one guy you can unload on and get some understanding, that makes me happy.
Picture (optional): This one! And my boy. Also, my kitteh.