[okay, so you should know that this website is pretty much frozen in time from january 2002 when i was first coming out as trans. i initially created this site as an easy way to let friends and acquaintances know about my transition, and to answer many basic questions they might have. obviously, now that it is over ten years since my transition, this website no longer serves that purpose. but I am keeping it around mostly for posterity's sake. perhaps some people may still find it helpful, or at least find it to be an interesting relic.

also, it must be said that times have changed. and my perspectives (as well as those of the trans community more generally) have evolved significantly since I created this website. so keep in mind that some of the language I use here, and the way I frame certain issues, may be out of date now. for a more recent take on transsexuality, trans issues, and trans-related language, check out my 2007 book Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity.]

hi, thanks for stopping by my personal website! i'm assuming that the vast majority of you are here because you've just found out that i am transitioning from male to female and that i am changing my name from tom to julia serano. obviously, this is a huge change for a person to undertake and it's not something that most people have had to deal with before. this change is bound to evoke confusion and/or curiosity from nearly everyone i know. for obvious reasons, i am unable to get together with every single person i've ever met and talk with them at length about my life, all of the things that have led to this decision, and what all of this means for my future. so i set up this website as a resource for people who want to learn more about transgenderism and transsexualism in general or who are interested in finding out more about my personal transition.

i should say right off the bat that this website contains a lot of really personal stuff that i have kept to myself for most of my life. i am making it public now because i am in the process of learning how to be totally honest and upfront about who i am for the first time. also, i would have to say that one of the worst parts about being transgendered is the isolation, the lack of information, feeling like you exist in a vaccuum. so maybe what i have written will be helpful to others who are going through what i have gone through. i suppose it is possible that some people may be disturbed or offended by what i have written here - if you think you may fall into that category, please turn away now!

i have arranged the following pages in what seem to me to be a logical order, but feel free to jump around if you'd like...

gender 101
a must read if this subject is relatively unfamiliar to you
my story
a quick take on my life and experiences as a transsexual
questions and answers
these are the types of things people ask me all the time
a potpourri of stuff related to my transition
i play in a band called Bitesize and we have some songs written from a transgendered perspective
this page contains links to other things i've written
contains links to books, webpages, etc., regarding transgenderism and related topics

btw, this site is named after the Bitesize song "Switch Hitter". it is a semi-autobiographical tale about the first time i decided to change my sex. i was 15 years old at the time and was watching my little league all-star game when i made the decision. needless to say, it took me a while to actually get around to doing it.

anyway, if you have any questions or wish to contact me, please feel free to get in touch with me by email. obviously, my life is pretty hectic these days, but i will do my best to get back to you...

julia serano ©2001-2002