Indeed, a whole street vernacular has developed around backalley gender-affirming treatment and hormone therapy. “Girl juice” is just one example of such vocabulary. It’s pretty common, and while it doesn’t always refer to unofficially acquired hormones, it often does.

Worse, in taking on some of the flavor of illegal drug trafficking vocabulary, this backalley HRT vernacular adds to a sense of subtle shaming and stigma. It adds to a further sense of marginalization for those who are already super marginalized.

Thanks for a necessary and important article.

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