This website covers various aspects of male-to-female transsexuality. Most of the articles were written in the run up to my transition in 2000, with some changes and additions made over the next few years based upon personal experience. There have been no major changes since 2004, although I very occasionally make some updates, corrections, additions when these seem important (e.g. medical developments). Most of the site is thus largely historical in nature, it represents a snapshot of an extraordinary period around the turn of millennia which was truly transformational for transsexual women.
The articles extensively use terms such as transsexual and transwoman, which in recent years have been increasingly replaced by the term transgender. Even the prefix trans (a Latin noun or prefix, meaning 'across', 'beyond' or 'on the opposite side') appears to becoming considered offensive, although personally I see nothing wrong with it. The articles use trans in the context of people making changes to their physical characteristics (hormonal and surgery) and lifestyle in order to match their selected gender.
An interesting development since about 2010 is the emergence of the prefix cis, e.g. in new words such as ciswomen, cisgendered and cissexual. Cis is another Latin term (meaning 'on this side') and is increasingly being used as a prefix in the context of women (usually but not always genetically XX) who were assigned a female gender at birth, and whose bodies and their personal identity have always agreed with this. It does make sense as an alternative to phrases such as "genetically XY women" that I have resorted to in some articles.
The site has been erratically available at numerous web addresses since its origin - indeed it's almost a history of the web as it moved through being hosted by Geocities, Tripod and Yahoo - amongst others! The site was available at the URL www.annierichards.net until 2004, www.secondtype.com until 2010 and www.secondtype.info until 2015. I can give no guarantee as to how long this domain will remain live!
With or without my permission, copies of some pages seem to be widely available on the internet, appear on various boards, and are even used on academic portals. I consider my articles to be 'public domain', but would appreciate an acknowledgement if they are copied or re-used.
Finally, I hope that some of the information presented might still be helpful. I'm always delighted to hear from readers, contrast experiences, and perhaps attempt to answer any questions. My email address is email@example.com.