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Transpedia was a wiki-based website
Transpedia was your free content Encyclopedia of Gender Expression and Presentation. It covers topics related to, and of interest to, people who are Transgender, Transsexual, Gender Queer and Intersexed. Whether you're trans or not, you will find this a valuable resource for understanding those who are, as well as their struggles, obstacles and triumphs.
Transpedia is written collaboratively by volunteers (often anonymously). Anyone with access to the web can read, create and make changes to articles. You can contribute without having an account, using an anonymous username, or with your real identity. It's your choice.
Transpedia is a living Encyclopedia. Unlike printed material and most web sites, Transpedia is being created and updated constantly with historic events appearing as quickly as you can tell us about them. Older entries will become more comprehensive with time.
People from different countries and cultural background around the world can come together and collaboratively build this source of information, links and photos. (Note: a user account is required to upload graphics.) There is also room for discussion simply by clicking the tab at the top of any article where you see it.
Your contributions are essential
The usefulness and relevance of this web site requires your time and typing to make it so. There is no expertise or qualifications required. What stays depends on whether or not the information is relevant, comes from a reliable source, and is not heavily biased.
All you have to do is click the Edit tab at the top of any page where you see it and dive in. Be bold. You can always make changes and corrections at a later date.
Suitability of content
The 3 criteria for inclusion in Transpedia are relevance, reliability, and non-bias.
Note: Unsourced contentious material about any living persons must not be included and will be removed immediately upon discovery.
Materials should be about or of direct interest to people who are:
- Gender Queer or
Alternatively, materials can be related to gender expression and presentation outside of societies expectations based on birth sex and/or how these expectations affect people transitioning between different gender presentations.
In many cases, when it comes to Trans* people and issues, sources considered reliable by some may be considered unreliable by others. For this reason, first hand information will always be considered to be more accurate and reliable than theories or opinions, even if they are expressed by so called "experts". That is because many of the people who consider themselves "experts" in this area hold tightly to highly disputed and often outdated thoughts and theories. In most cases the most accurate information comes from people who are, or are close to, members of the trans community.
Also, many medical professionals are not well versed in the field, and much of the past theory in this area is controversial, or simply wrong, as evidenced by growing mounds of anecdotal evidence.
Keep in mind that anyone can create a web site or pay to have a book published, then claim to be an expert in a certain field. All such sources should be considered suspect until the information presented can be backed up with real life experiences and/or verifiable information.
In order for material to be considered to be from a neutral point of view it must not:
- be unduly self-serving.
- involve unverifiable claims about third parties.
- include assumptions based on outdated theories.
Accuracy of content
It is the intent of Transpedia to present accurate and up to date information. In some cases however the information found in one article may directly contradict that found in one or more other articles in this living encyclopaedia. It is up to the reader to draw their own conclusions based on the aggregate of the available information.