Transcript: Ask Hunta, Part 3:
Footage Description: 7:18 video featuring Hunta (Black man with long locs, pulled back, wearing a striped shirt. He is seated on a sofa, against a light colored wall and there is a lamp next to him. He has tattoos on his arms. There is also textile art hanging behind him (only one corner of that is visible) discussing his experiences with testosterone.]
Hunta: Hey, everyone! I’m Hunta [Name sign is Handshape 8 with fingers tapping twice, near eyebrow area].
Where are we right now? We’re at Family Tree Clinic, which is in St. Paul, Minnesota.
What’s today’s video about? Hormones that can be injected.
Now, allow me to show you my beautiful set-up. [Proceeds to lean over and pick up a medicine vial, needle, cleaning pads, bandage, etc.]. What’s this? [points at bottle] It’s testosterone. This is the stuff that is injected. I know it looks like a lot of stuff! [Puts items away]. But really, it’s simple.
I’m not going to show you the actual process of giving myself a shot. Don’t worry! I wouldn’t do something so graphic, ha ha.
The reason I use testosterone is because I’m a transgender man (female to male). So how can testosterone help someone who is transgender? It is an individual decision. Everyone can decide for themselves if they want to use hormones or not. I decided for myself that I wanted to start testosterone because I wanted to begin the process of physically transitioning.
Testosterone affects the body in several ways. Your voice will change. It will deepen, so that it sounds more like a male voice. The change isn’t sudden- it is gradual. You will grow a beard, and again this is a slow process and varies from person to person. Menstruation will stop and you will no longer have periods. Your natural scent will also change to a more masculine scent.
There are some side effects that can come up when using testosterone. Examples include: heart disease, blood disorders, diabetes, that kind of thing. This happens to men who are transitioning from female to male.
And sweat. Oh, yeah, you will sweat a lot. I sweat a lot. It soaks my shirts. I have to change my shirts regularly. [Smiling.] Your hair may fall out or recede—mind you this doesn’t happen immediately, but later in life. You’ll follow your father’s genes, any genes in your family that cause receding hair or baldness.
And one huge area to pay attention to is changes in your emotions. This is important.
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