Hung Jury is the first book of personal testimonies focusing exclusively on FTM genital surgery and the important ways it changes our lives. Contributors write about the details and ups and downs of this transformative journey and dispel many myths and misinformation. They provide an in depth, understanding of the surgical, social, sexual, somatic, spiritual, and
Hung Jury appeals to readers from all walks of life. For those considering genitoplasty the book is a valuable resource of information for dealing with the ins/outs and ups/downs of surgery, how to decide which surgery is best for your needs, what to expect in the journey, and how to take care of yourself and optimize surgical results. For others who are curious, including the general public, you will be educated and enlightened about one of the most transformative experiences of female-to-male transitioning. Clinicians, therapists, and partners of trans men seeking genitoplasty will also gain tremendous insight and understanding of the emotional, psychological, and somatic factors underlying and motivating our journey down this path.
Trystan Cotten is a long-time activist in the LGBT movement and Associate Professor of Gender and African American Studies at California State University, Stanislaus. His researches and teaches on gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, sexuality in the geopolitics of transnational capitalism. Trystan is also the Founder and Managing Editor of Transgress Press, a social entrepreneurial publishing firm devoted to empowering communities of trans and queer experience. His most recent publications are: Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men and Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition.
Be sure to check out TransYouth Family Allies’ board member Jo Olson on the Ricki Lake Show on Tuesday, December 11. LA Wellness therapist Casey Weitzman is also appearing. The episode is on transgender youth & adults:
In the wake of Denise Magner’s recent death, several more trans women have come forward with stories of how they were manipulated by her. I have dealt with a lot of scam artists and fraudsters in my work as a consumer activist, and Magner was one of the worst. She was embraced by people with similar ethical sensibilities as some sort of great truth-teller. I’ll have more to say on this next year, but for now, I will present these as the truth emerges:
Kiira played some role when i first peered out of the closet in the early 00s…i had not suspected she was perpetrating a hoax until much later when i was presented with clear and complete evidence that this woman, along with her many sock puppets, lied to me along with other people i consider dear. Kiira was the kind of silver-tongued liar who had a story that constantly changed as her life went on, and though i sympathize with what probably led her to do this, her choice to use sock puppets and her willingness to use other people led to her much-deserved undoing. Ms. Magner often advanced theories toxic to trans women, from intersex primacy to the most fervent transfundamentalism i’ve ever seen.
One of the saddest chapters in the 2003 J. Michael Bailey affair has come to a close with the death of hoaxer Denise Magner. Magner, also known by a number of aliases including Kiira Triea, was a deeply troubled person who took out her anger through internet trolling. She was the creator of transkids.us, where she published misinformation via fake online personae she’d created on USENET in the 1990s. The site attracted a handful of people, most of whom have since come forward with stories of how they were duped by Magner.
Your purchase of the film will help us with our next phase of our project. This next step is an “It Gets Better” type online project to increase the visibility of LGBT families. We feel visibility is the fastest way to change hearts and minds. To avoid location fees and associated costs (about 25% of our production budget), we want to build a small set at Andrea’s house that looks like a table at the restaurant. Then we’ll invite lots of LGBT families come over to be filmed with the puppets as their schedules permit. We will then make those videos available free on our website at thoughtmoment.com, as well as on our Youtube channel.