T-Vox:About

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T-Vox is designed as a support and community website for transsexual, intersex and genderqueer, people questioning their gender identity and anyone with any other gender identity issues. We also welcome friends and family members of people who fit into any of the above and we're willing to discuss the possibility of membership for students and professionals in the fields of Gender Identity Disorder and Gender/Trans/Queer Theory.

Areas on T-Vox

While originally designed as a wiki with a support forum attached, T-Vox has developed into a resource with three main areas: the wiki, the forum and the chat room.

The Wiki

The wiki is the primary focus of T-Vox. The primary goal of T-Vox is to create an extensive library of topics that cover every aspect of subjects relating to genderqueerness, intersexuality and transsexuality. So far, the wiki has amassed 20 articles and continues to grow.

The Forum

In order to provide extensive support and information to its members, T-Vox hosts a large, friendly and lively forum using secure message board software. The forum supports areas for genderqueer, intersexed and transsexual people plus an area for the friends and family of genderqueer, intersexed and transsexual people. The two areas are separated from one another to preserve their users' "safe space". There are sections of the forum that are free for members of both areas to participate in, helping to create a true community amongst our users.

The forum is restricted viewing to maintain the safe space it has developed. In order to access the forum you need authorisation.

The Chatroom

Because sometimes people want to chat in real time, T-Vox hosts its own chatroom via a Java client that links to an IRC server. This allows for myriad means of connecting to a stable, real-time chat system.

History

T-Vox was begun in November 2005 by Jennifer Kirk and Zoë Robinson. They created the site in response to there being no central site that contained all the information in one place that transpeople might need. They were also conscious that many support sites on the internet tended to be mtf-centric which in turn might put off transmen from making use of their resources.

Over the course of late 2005 and the first half of 2006 the Wiki was expanded to include much information of relevence that included articles on hormones, legal issues and passing tips amongst others. Some of these articles were forked from Wikipedia, or several other small Wikis dealing in part with issues of relevence to transgendered people, whilst other articles were written from scratch based on research from books and databases.

By 2009 T-Vox had grown to become one of the principal online resources within its field on the internet.

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