Top Filipino Singer-Actor Comes Out as a Transgender Man

Top Filipino Singer-Actor Comes Out as a Transgender Man

Aiza Seguerra recently became the most prominent out trans man in the Philippines.

BY Mitch Kellaway

August 20 2014 4:10 PM ET

Aiza Seguerra, left, and Liza Din?o

Last week, one of the most popular singer-actors in the Philippines, Aiza Seguerra, opened up about being transgender on the talk show Aquino & Abunda Tonight.

“Finally I discovered … I’m not a lesbian,” he told host Kris Aquino, explaining in both English and Tagalog. “It answered a lot of questions.”

He also explained the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity, pointing out that because he is solely attracted to women, he no longer identifies as a gay woman. It’s a distinction some Filipino reporters have struggled with, still commonly referring to Seguerra with female pronouns.

Seguerra, now 31 years old, first rose to fame as a child star, appearing in more than 30 Filipino films and TV shows before he was an adult. He began a successful career as a pop singer and guitarist in his late teens.

No stranger to the headlines, Seguerra has most recently received attention for his announcement that he and his fiancé, model Lisa Diño, plan to travel to the U.S. next year to get married and seek in vitro fertilization treatments so they can have a child.

Seguerra is already a parent to his stepdaughter, though after coming out as trans, he tells Manila’s ABS-CBN News that some have questioned his role in his family.

“Guys, it is expected of them to take care of their family,” he responded. “Why can’t I do that? I have my own family now.”

WATCH: High School Senior Comes Out to Standing Ovation

WATCH: High School Senior Comes Out to Standing Ovation

In accepting his award for Class Actor, high school senior Jacob Rudolph courageously came out as an LGBT teen before 300 of his peers.

BY Sunnivie Brydum

Advocate reader Scott Hester-Johnson brought our attention to the powerful video below, in which high school senior Jacob Rudolph bravely comes out as an LGBT teen at a school assembly before 300 fellow students.

The video, filmed and posted to YouTube by Jacob’s father, Jonathan Rudolph, shows the younger Rudolph taking the stage to accept the Class Actor award during the school’s senior class awards. Rudolph notes that while he’s acted in several plays over his academic tenure, he’s been acting every day as something he’s not: a straight person.

“Most of you see me every day, you see me acting the part of straight Jacob,” says Rudolph, as the crowd quiets. “When I am, in fact, an LGBT teen.”

Rudolph even spells out the acronym for those classmates unsure of just what he’s saying.

Watch the brief video below and enjoy the heart-warming moment when Rudolph’s schoolmates give him a standing ovation for his courageous speech.



How Transgender People Are Changing Their Voices

August 19, 2014 | 7:31 AM |

How Transgender People Are Changing Their Voices

Lorelei Erisis, a transgender woman, tries out the Eva app in her Ayer home. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

Lorelei Erisis, a transgender woman, tries out the Eva app in her Ayer home. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)


BOSTON — Lorelei Erisis taps the screen of a borrowed iPhone. The key of A, with kazoo-like resonance, fills her living room in Ayer, Mass.

Erisis taps another button labeled “start,” takes a deep breath, and sings the word “he,” trying to match the tone.

A number, 75 percent, pops onto the screen.

“My pitch was too low,” Erisis says. “Oh well. Let me try again.”

Erisis, a transgender woman, is trying out Eva, a mobile phone app that may be the first of its kind. Transgender men and women who want to raise or lower the pitch of their voice can go through a series of breathing and pitch exercises designed to help with what can be the most difficult characteristic to change — their voice.

“What I often hear is, ‘I pass as a woman until I open my mouth,’ ” says Kathe Perez, a speech language pathologist who designed the Eva app.

Erisis plays the tone again. This time, before she speaks, Erisis places two fingers below her Adam’s apple and pushes up, just a touch, to physically raise the pitch of her voice. Erisis, now 41, says she felt like a girl growing up, but did not begin the physical transition from male to female until she was 33. Just for fun, Erisis tries the pitch test with her preferred pronoun.

“She,” Erisis sings out. “Hey, 99 percent. It’s hilarious that ‘she’ brought me to 99 percent.”

Erisis, who writes a column called “Ask a Transwoman,” hears from many transgender women, and some men, who say, “Voice can be a real liability. There are definitely large parts of this country, even this state, where it’s dangerous to be trans. It can be a matter of life or death.”

“Many of the people I work with will not go out in public because they have to talk,” Perez adds. “Or they’ll go with people so that their wife or their friend will order for them at a restaurant. They’re afraid to open their mouths because the sound that comes out doesn’t match the person that’s sitting at that table.”

There are lots of online programs. Some transgender men and women work one-on-one with a coach. Perez says it takes six months to a year of daily practice to permanently adjust one’s voice.

A screenshot of the Eva app

A screenshot of the Eva app

“It’s extremely difficult to override some of the early programming we have in our brains about how we express ourselves,” she says. “So we retrain the voice by retraining the brain. They go together.”

Transgender men — that is, women making the transition to men — can lengthen their vocal cords and develop deeper voices if they take testosterone. But for transgender women who begin the transition to female after puberty, hormone therapy does not make vocal chords shorter or thinner. Some transgender women have surgery to shorten their vocal cords, but the results are not predictable.

Learning to sound like a man or woman goes beyond pitch, says Adrienne Hancock, an assistant professor of speech at George Washington University who studies transgender voice and communication.

There’s resonance. Hancock says imagine actor James Earl Jones humming an “M.” As compared to, say, Marilyn Monroe.

And patterns of speech can be quite different for men and women, argues Celia Hooper, a dean at the University of North Carolina Greensboro who has taught speech and language classes for transgender men and women on and off since 1978.

“Let’s say I wanted to be a typical older male,” Hooper says, offering an example. “I’d use short, clipped speech. ‘Yep, nope, just like that.’ ”

Women are more likely to elaborate and use what Hooper calls flowery speech, “saying things like, ‘Oh, it’s just fabulous. That’s just marvelous.’ ” Or, laughs Hooper, “‘Bless your heart.’ ”

Hooper has had clients watch soap operas, first with the sound up, then off.

“Not that you want to be like that, but soap operas are full of people who are either hyper-female or hyper-male, so you can get an idea of their behavior and then kind of reel it in because gender expression is on a continuum,” Hooper says.

Erisis, the transgender woman, has discovered the implications of her position on that continuum.

“If I use a more submissive tone and a more questioning tone, people will be more likely to gender me as female,” she says. “On the flip side, if I make statements, if I’m clear about what I’m saying, if I’m bold, people will very often be more likely to gender me as male.”

So Erisis chooses, from one conversation to the next, whether she wants to be seen as female — and perhaps be taken less seriously — or seen as male.

“I have to make those little decisions every day, often several times a day,” she says.

There is some debate about which physical characteristic most clearly signals our gender. Voice, says the speech language pathologist Perez, is a window into the emotional or spiritual self.

“[Voice] is indeed the organ of the soul,” she says, quoting the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

10 Handsome Men (Who Were Born Female)

Tags: Sex Change


These ten men are all successful, handsome, and accomplished in their chosen fields.  They were also all born as women!

Balian Buschbaum
Balian Buschbaum

Balian Buschbaum was born in 1980 as Yvonne Buschbaum, and he is a former German pole vaulter.  Though he was the second best female pole vaulter in Germany, in 2007 Buschbaum announced his retirement due to a persistent injury.  He also expressed his desire to begin gender reassignment therapy.  In 2008 he officially changed his name and underwent gender reassignment surgery to become a man. (Source | Photo)

Buck Angel
Buck Angel

Adult film maker and transsexual Buck Angel is an icon in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.  Buck was the 2007 winner of the Adult Video News Award “Transsexual Performer of the Year”.  He currently works as an advocate, educator, lecturer and writer, and runs  his own production company. (Source | Photo)

Loren Cameron
Loren Cameron

Loren Rex Cameron is an American photographer, author and transsexual activist.  His work includes portraiture and self-portraiture which consist of lesbian and transsexual bodies; he documented his own physiological transition from female to male.  Cameron’s photography captures images of the transsexual body that “provide an affirming visual resource for transgendered people and to demystify the transsexual body for the non-transgendered viewer.”   (Source | Via)

Ian Harvie
Ian Harvie

American Ian Harvie is a stand-up comedian who often uses his transsexuality as material in his act.  He has performed with Margaret Cho and many other notable celebrities and is a well-known fixture in the LGBT pop culture community. (Source | Photo)

Lucas Silveira
Lucas Silveira

Born in Canada in 1979, Lucas Silveira made history being the first openly-trans man to be in a rock band which was signed by a major record label.  Silveira is a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for The Cliks, he has also released a new solo album which is available now.
Photo credit:  Skye Chevolleau (Source)


Rocco Kayiatos is known as Katastrophe, an American hip-hop rapper and producer.  Kayiatos is widely credited as the first openly transgender singer in the hip-hop genre. (Source | Via | Photo)

Thomas Beatie
Thomas Beatie

Thomas Beatie gained international attention for being the one of the world’s most visible “pregnant” men.  Born female, Beatie lived his life as a woman until his mid-twenties.  He then began taking male hormone therapy but decided to retain his female sex organs so that he and his wife, who could not conceive herself, could have children together using donor sperm.  Beatie has since had three children and is back on his male hormones. (Source | Photo)

Ryan Sallans
Ryan Sallans

Ryan Sallans was born as Kimberly Ann Sallans, and he is now a LGBT rights advocate and public speaker who travels the U.S. to educate people about transgender issues and changes to the health care system.  He underwent his transformation from female to male over the course of several years and completed his transition in 2005.  Sallans has been featured on “Larry King Live!” and the LOGO channel, as well as countless magazines and other publications. (Source | Photo)

Andreas Krieger
Andreas Krieger

Andreas Krieger was a German shot putter who competed as a woman on the East German athletics team.  From his early teens he was given anabolic steroids without his knowledge, which lead him to become more and more masculine in appearance and attitude. Krieger retired from the sport in 1990 and underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1997, and he has publicly said that he wishes he hadn’t been drugged so that he could have discovered for himself what his gender preference was. (Source | Photo)

Chaz Bono
Chaz Bono

Chaz Bono was born Chastity Bono, the daughter of famous American performers Sonny and Cher.  Raised in the public eye, Chastity came out as a lesbian when she was 25 before realizing that she was actually a transgender.  Chaz underwent a sex change operation over the course of two years and is now happily living his life as a man.  Chaz went on to be a contestant on the hit television show, Dancing With The Stars. (Source | Photo)

FTM Sex Change; Hormones first step

Female to male hormonal treatment

Hormonal treatment is the first step in female to male treatment. Some effects are permanent, other temporary.

The female to male (FTM) person will usually seek hormonal treatment as the first step towards their new body. In order to get testosterone for the FRM, which is the masculanising hormonal therapy, it is necessary to have a prescription. An endocrinologist writes the prescription, and monitors how your organs are coping with the testosterone once treatment has begun.Some of the changes from testosterone are permanent and irreversible, while others are maintained only through continuous use.


What happens? Each person who takes testosterone reacts to it and experiences it differently on an emotional level. You will not know how you will react to the treatment until you start it yourself.

Physically, the changes that occur are generally the same for everyone. However, it is important to be realistic about your body, and expect the changes to be in proportion to how your body looks at the start. If you are short and skinny, chances are that you will not look like a WWF wrestler at the end of it.

The permanent changes include a deepening of your voice; increased body hair on your thighs, abdomen, back, arms and chest; facial hair; receding hairline and possible baldness; Adams apple and facial bone thickening; enlargement of clitoris; and your skin becomes coarse.

The changes that are not permanent, and which will go away if you should stop taking testosterone include decrease of fat in buttocks, breasts and thighs, and an increase in fat on abdomen; an increase in red blood cells; increase in ability to grow muscle; increase in sex drive; weight gain; and menstruation ceases.

Testosterone will not grow you a penis or make your breasts disappear. The changes that do occur are slow, and depending on your dose, will take from a few months to up to five years to complete. Testosterone is not a birth control measure, and you can fall pregnant if your female genitals come into contact with sperm.

Risks associated with testosterone use include liver damage; increased risk for breast cancer, even after top-surgery; increased risk for uterine cancer. – (Health24)

Considering Medicare’s lifting of ban on MTF sex change

August 19, 2014

Hello Dr Reed,

My name is Callista, and desire/need an MTF sex change   I was wondering with the lifting of ban to the Medicare policy concerning SRS/GRS and services, if possibly you might consider working with Medicare as way to help alleviate the costs required to undergo Srs.

Thanks so much in advance,


August 19, 2014

Good morning Callista,

Regretfully we have learned Medicare is allowing 1800 (yes that’s all… 1800) for vaginoplasty and for that reason, we will not accept Medicare.  We get 2000 for a circumcision, 2500 for a simple orchiectomy.  Please review Medicare’s web-site on billing relating to non-participating doctors and private contracts.

I am sure if you knock on enough doors, someone may accept Medicare. I sure would like to know who that doctor is, because I’ll send all my Medicare inquiries to them.

Surgery alone takes about 5 hours, talking to the patient pre-op on the day of surgery, going over everything with the OR nurses and anesthesia team takes another 1/2 hour to 45 minutes, and I would not leave you until I have observed you for a good hour or so.

Then I have to see you every day for 7 days.  Just a trip to the hospital round trip is close to one hour, not including morning rounds, so this is a big joke.  Medicare expects surgeons to offer post-operative care gratis for 1 to 3 months.

If you are serious about having surgery with me, please call Anne and ask for a compassionate discount.

The good news is Medicare will pay for your hospitalization and anesthesia.  For that reason we will reduce our fees considerably.

Please remember deposits up to 50% of the agreed upon price are non-refundable.  Your consultation fee to initiate a consultation is 250.

Regardless, I wish you every good thing you wish yourself;

Harold M. Reed, M.D. FICS
Senior Member of the American Urological Association
Member Society of Genito-Urinary Reconstructive Surgeons
Founding Member and Treasurer of American Academy of Phalloplasty Surgeons
Founding Member Sexual Society of North America


Celebrity Big Brother line-up revealed – including sex change boxing promoter Kellie Maloney

The 61-year-old formerly known as Frank Maloney will join a host of other celebrities including Strictly star James Jordan and actress Claire King

Aug 16, 2014 19:04



Sex change boxing promoter Kellie Maloney has signed up to appear on Celebrity Big Brother as one of their most highly paid contestants ever, reveals the Sunday People.

After taking the brave decision to become a woman, the 61-year-old, formerly known as Frank Maloney, joined other celebrities set to appear on the show , including Strictly star James Jordan and actress Claire King, at a secret hotel.

Kellie – the manager behind Lennox Lewis’ success as Britain’s first world heavyweight champion for nearly a century – will appear on the Channel 5 reality show when it launches on Monday.

Her fee is thought to be around £400,000 but show producers are relying on her to make this year’s CBB series the most-watched ever.

Kellie will also be joined by Kelly Brook’s fiancé David McIntosh, who appeared as Tornado on Sky 1’s Gladiators, plus ex-TOWIE star Lauren Goodger, retired boxer Audley Harrison and White Dee – the infamous resident of Channel 4’s Benefits Street.

A CBB source revealed: “Kellie was top of the list – she was the one that everyone working on the show wanted.

“They all think she will make Celebrity Big Brother a must-watch.

“Having her signature is being seen as a huge victory for Channel 5 bosses, she is part of what they see as a brilliant line up.”

Last week it was revealed that hard-nosed Frank, who was regarded as one of the most powerful men in boxing, had taken the decision to become a woman


Money saving tips to prepare for the cost of transition

Saving Money for Gender Reassignment

Tips for Saving Money


  • A savings account can be a helpful tool for saving money. Your bank may be able to offer you a savings account, that you can resolve to make no-touch except for transition needs and/or emergency funds. If the savings account is with the bank that carries your checking account, it should be easy to transfer funds to it. At the end of each month transfer any unnecessary funds from your checking to your savings account. This keeps cash from getting into your hands that may normally be spent at pool halls, etc because you’ve reserved it aside as temporarily unavailable.


  • Consider giving up fast food, which is not only unhealthy, but expensive.


  • Place a piggy bank by your bed to add your loose change to every night. Once it is full, package up the change and deposit it directly into your savings account.


  • Write down where each exchange goes on your monthly bank statement–you may be surprised where the money goes.


  • Cut down or out every unnecessary monthly expense. Rolling expenses are one of the largest money-vortexes there is. For instance, is cable television really necessary for $50 + a month? How about cable or DSL internet? You could pay $10 a month extra for a WiFi hotspot on your cell instead of a monthly home internet bill. It may not be ideal, but every dollar saved can really add up. Many of our expenses are luxuries that can temporarily be given up in order to save for transition.


  • Sell old books on, eBay unused items, and Craigslist old furniture. Cleaning out unused stuff not only brings in income, but if you sell enough, you could even opt for a smaller apartment, which is one of the biggest money saving strategies I can think of- it not only drops your monthly rent, but drops your bills as well.


  • Set a goal for yourself that is reasonable and save for it.


How to Increase your Credit Score

  • This is more of a long-term money saving strategy. It has initial costs but it can lower the future interest rates you may be offered. You can increase your credit substantially by cycling the payment on your credit card. For example, carry a balance on the card every other month (Month 1: $500 balance; month 2: $0 balance; month 3 $500 balance; month 4 $0 balance). This creates an indicator on your credit report that you are able to pay off a credit card. If you pay off your credit card monthly in mid-month, your credit card statements will always show a balance. The credit reports are influenced more by what the statement shows every month, rather than what you’ve paid every month.


FAQ: UCSF ‘What are the most common transgender surgeries’

Male-to-Female Surgeries



Orchiectomy–this is the removal of the testes. Some transwomen will have this procedure without a vaginoplasty or penectomy. Estrogen therapy in progress may need to be adjusted post-orchiectomy; orchiectomy may permit lower doses of estrogen therapy and eliminates the need for testosterone blockers.



Vaginoplasty–this is the construction of a vagina to enable female sexual function using penile tissue or a colon graft. The procedure usually involves clitoro-labioplasty to create an erogenously sensitive clitoris and labia minora and majora from surrounding tissues and/or skin grafts, as well as a clitoral hood. Colon grafts do not require dilation and are self-lubricating; however the lubrication is present at all times and may become bothersome. Additionally, colon grafts must be screened for colon cancer and should be monitored if the patient develops inflammatory bowel disease. (See images.)



Penectomy–this is the removal of the penis. This procedure is not commonly done. Generally, penis removal is done in concert with vaginoplasty. In some surgical techniques, the penile skin is used to form the vagina, so this is not a straightforward amputation, but a potentially complex procedure intended to utilize analogous tissue as well as maintain nerve function to preserve sexual responsiveness.


Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation–if breast growth stimulated by estrogen is insufficient (only progressing to the ‘young adolescent’ stage of breast development), augmentation mammoplasty may be medically necessary to ensure that the patient is able to function socially as a woman.


Reduction Thyroidchrondroplasty

Reduction Thyroidchrondroplasty–this procedure reduces prominent thyroid cartilage.


Voice Surgery

Voice Surgery–this still-evolving procedure is intended to raise the pitch of the speaking voice. Speech therapy is recommended prior to seeking a surgical solution.


Facial Feminization

Facial Feminization–includes a variety of aesthetic plastic surgery procedures that modify the proportions of the face to facilitate social functioning. These procedures are medically necessary.


Female-to-Male Surgeries


Chest reconstruction / bilateral mastectomy

Chest reconstruction / bilateral mastectomy–this is the procedure most frequently required by transmen. A variety of techniques may be used, depending on the amount of the patient’s breast tissue. Scarring may result, and nipples may be large or small and grafted, depending on the surgeon’s technique. (See image.)



Hysterectomy/oophorectomy–this procedure may be necessary in the event of fibroid growth, endometrial conditions, or as a prophylactic procedure in patients with a family history of cancer. Hysterectomy may be a part of a phalloplasty/vaginectomy procedure when the vaginal tissue is used to construct the urethral canal.



Metoidioplasty–the construction of male-appearing genitalia employing the testosterone-enlarged clitoris as the erectile phallus. The phallus generally will be small and has the appearance of an adolescent penis, but erectile tissue and sensation are preserved. This procedure releases the clitoral hood, sometimes releasing the suspension ligaments to increase organ length, may involve raising the position of the organ a centimeter or so toward the anterior, and may include scrotoplasty and (less frequently) urethroplasty. Closure of the vaginal opening may be full or partial, or the vaginal opening may not be impacted at all, depending on the surgeon’s technique. This procedure is much less invasive than a phalloplasty procedure, and emphasizes preservation of erotic sensation. (See images.)



Phalloplasty–the construction of a phallus that more closely approximates the size of an erect male organ, using tissue from another part of the patient’s body. Size and appearance are prioritized over erectile capacity, and in some cases over erotic sensation. Skin flaps used in this procedure include abdominal flap (no erotic sensation), radial forearm flap, deltoid flap, and calf flap (all of which contain nerves that may be grafted to the pudendal nerve to provide erotic sensation). Erectile capacity is provided via implanted semi-rigid or inflatable penile prostheses. (See images.)



Scrotoplasty–the construction of a scrotum, usually using labia majora tissue and saline or silicone testicular implants. Some surgeons will use tissue expanders and place the implants after the tissue has been stretched sufficiently to accommodate the implants. This procedure is rarely done separately, but is usually performed in conjunction with either a metoidioplasty or a phalloplasty procedure, and with some phalloplasty/urethral extension techniques it may be necessary to perform the scrotoplasty as a later stage, after urethral healing.



Urethroplasty–the creation of the urethral canal through the neophallus to facilitate standing micturation. This is usually, but not always, done in conjunction with genital reconstruction. Some transmen will avoid this procedure due to the potential for complications, or their genital plastic surgeon may not be willing or able to perform this procedure, either as a matter of general practice, or specific to the patient’s body habitus.



Vaginectomy–the removal of the vagina may be done with ablative technique or surgical techniques. This is required if the vaginal opening is going to be closed.

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August 18, 2014

Received this morning by her sex change surgeon (names changed for privacy)

Hello Dr. Reed,

I hope you are having a great summer.

 I wanted to get in touch just to give you a little update since it has been several months since we met.First of all, I know that you offer for patients to come back to see you after a few months free of charge for touch ups or fixes. I think that is a very generous offer and I really appreciate that you make it. However, I want you to know that it will not be necessary for me. Honestly, you did a fantastic job the first time, no need for a second time. My doctor in Montreal, Dr. Morton, said so too, back in March. Anyway, I’ve never been a believer in undergoing medical procedures without really compelling reason.

 A big thank you again to yourself and Anne.  Of course nothing is perfect in this world and technology has limits (both in your field of work and in mine, I’m sure) so it is certainly possible for me to provide comments. However, again, I am personally very satisfied with the result and I don’t feel the need to do so. Yet, if you should be interested and if you should feel that it would be useful to you, I would be happy to give you some feedback.In other news, last month, my friend Murasaki, whom you met in Florida, was married in Mexico with a good-sized group of family and friends in attendance who travelled for the event and spent a week at the beach resort. For me, it was the first time in more than a decade that I’d spent any time on a beach and in the ocean (or in a pool for that matter) and it was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a week with good friends.

I have enclosed two pictures from that week. One is from the wedding reception and unfortunately isn’t a good picture ­ in fact the bride’s back is turned away from the camera ­ but it’s the only one I found with both her and me in it. I am pretty sure there are much better ones taken by the official photographer but those haven’t been delivered yet! The other picture is of 6 of us relaxing on the beach. My brother and I are on the far left.

Now, I have been here in Tokyo for most of the rest of the summer since coming back from Mexico, which I have been thoroughly enjoying as well. I have also enclosed a photo from Japan: an office party for the company I work for here, aboard a river boat..

In short, I couldn’t be happier with the way this year has been going so far. Well, I’m sure you’ve heard that before many times.