crystal’s rock shop
feel free to have a look around


the pregnancy ~~~
2019

- Four more laser appointments
- Dr Courey and the froggy voice
- The first time I put on heels
* First laser appointment
- At the drafting table with iris
Initial Consult with Dr Jess Ting
    + Info Packet


learning how to be ~~~
2018

Existing in women-only spaces
Voice therapy lessons with Rachel
* I got bangs and suddenly began to be treated as a woman
* CTMS support group
* In Search of Self-Care
New zone / Court zone
Crosscuntrytour
* PR #47f4b96 Changes ‘chris to crystal’
The last day at Silent Barn
Opening up new relationships 

at first we had no words and no emotions ~~~ 
2017

- Can’t you just meditate on that
- Coming out
- HRT
- espylacopa

the san francisco years
2006-2012
- OMGpride
- g’s book clinic
- is that a dress?
- you’re a gay man’s wet dream

norma carries a girl to be named christina  ~~~
1987
* 0344am

crystal’s rock shop —
what is this website?
a transwoman’s account of transitioning medically at the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine. Surprisingly very little information exists, from a client perspective, on the type of care they provide, so this is a resource for women seeking medical care at this facility. This covers bottom-surgery, laser hair removal, hormone replacement therapy, social work, speech pathology, and therapy.

how does this thing work?
each entry is organized by year so click on anything with an asterisk in front of it and you’ll jump to that story. there’s navigation at the bottom of each entry so you can go to the next entry from that page.

I want to join the club


Mark


PR #47f4b96 Changes ‘chris to crystal’


05/14/2019
GIT


 
cool pr

Good Morning Crystal.
whoa hi


my big sister Adriana said this to me nonchalantly on a sleepy tuesday morning when i got to work and i was just talking to jennifer about changing my name over the weekend as we passed the food bazaar on gates

You Should Think About What You’ll Change Your Name To
yeah i haven’t put much thought into that and chris is sort of a convienent unisex name anyway
There’ll Be A Time In Your Future Where People Will Start Gendering You As A Woman And It Helps To Have A Chosen Handle To Go Along With It
ill think about it for a minute

i thought about going with the name Belyn who was my late aunt that died of a brain tumor when i was four years old. she used to babysit me and we’d watch supermarket sweep and eat smarties. Belyn was the youngest of my five aunts and my mom’s only younger sister, everyone else was her elder. there be a cool flip on Belyn where people would call me evie or evelyn which is a pretty badass witchy kinda name.

but crystal hits all that boxes as well. and i kinda like the ring to it. my big sister is already calling me crystal too. ill have to talk to anastasia about this one.

Bb I Love The Idea. How Do You Wanna Spell The Name? I Think It’s Perfect For You.
its good eh
One Of My Classmates Chris Woods Has A Project Where He Calls Himself As Chrystal
it looks pretty cool but its a lil close to my current name
How About... Like This?


we talked for another 4 hours on this but the real litmus test was to see it in print... so i edited the html on various websites to see how it looked and crystal just fit nicely. i made a new domain for myself, changed my name across all the different websites and within 15 minutes i was known to the digital world as crystal penalosa.

other processes took time. for work i had to make my own pull request to change my name which was pretty cool but even cooler were the emails that came in unsolicited calling asking to speak with ms penalosa which is still taking an adjustment to see it in writing and being heard in public spaces. my coworkers were pretty excited for me.
 

Mark