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A flag with a central broad white horizontal stripe surrounded by a pair of pink stripes surrounded by a pair of red stripes. In the central stripe there are the following elements: In the left drop of blood, in the center the molercular formula of estradiol crossed by a sword and in the right a 5-pointed pink star.
Flag of Alinism-Ksenism. See description. is an informative web site about transsexualism. The site is focused on scientific information supported by the literature. Browse using the links at the top or the index.

This web site is run by the 17beta community which is named after 17β-estradiol (also known as just “estradiol”), the main endogenous estrogen in humans of both sexes.

We make this website for free with the intention that it will be useful for transsex people. However, VPS and domain name costs us money that I (Ksenia) pay out of pocket, money that I would otherwise use for my own transition and other living expenses. If you want to help with paying for the costs of hosting, please donate via Bitcoin to the address bc1qgauxxcm7x472mrfezvkpv0qu7yvr63z8fa2wg7. The running cost is approximately 3.15 EUR per month (varies depending on exchange rates).

1 Chat room

1.1 Rules

Rules for

  • Do not post anything that can cause us legal trouble.
  • Use SI (metric) units. When posting height or penis length, use metres or centimetres. When posting mass, use kilograms.
  • The chat room is for serious discussion about MTF transsexualism and topics relevant to transsexuals including self-medication in general. Offtopic is allowed as long. Link dumpping and image dumping is allowed in moderation. Specifically: max. 30 in any 1 h period per user.
  • Do not post zero-content messages like “asdf”. This is considered spam.
  • You are allowed to troll only if you are a well-known member and post serious messages. If you join only for trolling without saying anything useful you will be banned.
  • It is up to moderators to decide how and whether to enforce rules. You can not demand that another user is banned for breaking them.

If you prefer Matrix, join sister chat room It is run by me and a friend.

1.2 XMPP?

XMPP is a decentralized protocol for instant messaging. Register an account in the server of your choice. For a list of public servers, see Alternatively, you can run your own XMPP server. For a client program, I recommend Gajim. For a list of other clients see If you do not want to install any stand-alone program can be used from your web browser.

Although there are centralized instant messaging applications more popular than XMPP, we choose XMPP because it gives users control over their communications, whereas centralized applications put the users at the whim of a company which is free to censor them or invade their privacy as it pleases.

2 Our flag

The meaning of the elements of the flag of Alinism-Ksenism is as follows. The estradiol molecule is the chemical essence of femininity. The sword (a Mainz-type Roman gladius) represents our combativeness in fighting hardship. The drop of blood and the red stripes represents our self sacrifice in improving ourselves and working towards virtue. The pink star and pink stripes represent femininity; the star shape in addition represents our high valuation of femininity. The flag was designed by Ksenia and drawn by Tsarina Effy.

3 Other resources

  • Library Genesis: A digital library for scientific books.
  • Sci-Hub: A digital library for scientific papers.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals: Listing of open access scientific journals and search engine for open access articles.
  • PubMed: Search engine for biology-related papers.
  • PubChem: Database of small molecules with computed and measured properties, and listings of the published literature on the relevant compound.
  • DrugBank: A database of pharmaceuticals and data relevant for their application (commercial names, interactions, et cetera).
  • Binding DB: Data base of binding affinity and related assays.
  • HUGO Gene Nomenclature. In the literature, proteins are often named the same as the gene they are coded in, but note that some genes encode several proteins (e.g.: D2R encodes 2 types of dopamine receptors).
  • Roche Metabolic Pathways (thanks to A. for making me aware of this web site).
  • “Shortcut to female voice”: Recommendations for MTF voice training.
  • Audacity: Free software for editing audio. Can be used to record and analyze one’s voice.
  • The board /lgbt/ in 4channel. It has a running series of /HRTgen/ threads about MTF pharmacology and practical concerns and a list of online pharmacies that sell HRT pharmaceuticals. I can not vouch for nor against any of the online pharmacies listed there because I have not used them.

3.1 Online HRT sellers

I can not vouch for these vendors, as I have not used them.

4 Collaboration

Please contact me if you are skilled in technical writing, you are knowlegdeable in some aspect of transsexualism (pharmacology, surgery, dating or just living as a trans person) and you want to contribute your knowledge to other trans people. I will be glad to add your contributions in this web site if they are of good quality, with due credit.

5 Contact

The server is run by Ksenia as malevolent dictator. Supplicants can reach her via the following means:
XMPP (Jabber) address:
e-mail address
OpenPGP key: B242 D57F B4EB C57E 7B8C 635C 7CFB 3171 B838 9B66.
OMEMO key fingerprint: 20BE 1803 83DE 631F 5923 4660 32D2 F4CB D982 EFE8 330B 2810 9017 ADE0 C0BD 007B (signed statement).

6 Acknowledgements

Photograph of a young Russian woman. Pale skin, green-blue eyes, dark straight hair.
Alina Devis/Kožuhova.

We acknowledge the big contribution of Alina Devis/Kožuhova from Russia in publicly speaking about transition as physical improvement for gynephilic males for the first time in history (as far as it is known to the author). She has appeared in Russian-language television and newspapers advancing that biological males can be beautiful too just like women can be, and can benefit from combining the best traits of both sexes. The Huffington Post published an article in English about her.

The pink pill favicon is in the public domain; adapted by Tsarina Effy.

The Alinism-Ksenism flag is in the public domain; concept by Ksenia; drawn by Tsarina Effy.