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DIY

Do-it-yourself, often abbreviated as DIY, is a vernacular term used by many trans people to refer to practices of transition outside of the context of institutional and professional medicine. In the 21st century, in which the Internet hosts substantial forums and communities under this umbrella, the most commonly imagined trans DIY practice is the self-administration of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with medications obtained without a doctor’s prescription. This kind of trans DIY is subject to varying degrees of legality, depending on the location. However, the concept of DIY can be extended to encompass a wide repertoire of knowledge and practice by which trans people, either individually or in community and collectives, create access to, distribute, and make use of methods to affirm gender, whether or ...

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