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The Week In Trans 3/11/19

| Mar 11, 2019 | Reply

What do we learn today in The Week In Trans? Chelsea Manning is back in the slammer for refusing to answer grand jury questions. The legal battles over the trans military ban continue. This week the House will take up the Equality Act. Trans people who ran for congress last year lost because they didn’t raise enough money. Danica Roem has raised more money after she was threatened with pickets from the Westboro Baptist Church. There’s a European drag river cruise set for this summer. Some trans people are not told that they may not be fertile after they begin hormone therapy. A 9-year-old trans kid is profiled on the BBC. Martina Navratilova has apologized for her comments on trans women athletes — sort of. An Egyptian trans woman was taken into custody and has not been heard from. There is a mistrial in the case of the D.C. men who robbed trans women and murdered one. There’s all that and much more waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner March 11, 2019

| Mar 11, 2019 | Reply

What tasty tidbits will Dina Amberle tease you with in this edition of Dina’s Diner? So glad you asked. First she stirs up a batch of dish on the fashion designer who sent men down the runway at his menswear show in menswear converted into not very attractive dresses. Then she delivers a tribute to the women of the twenty first century with the story of the warrior woman Shannon Kent who was killed in the line of duty. Moving on to a sweeter dish Dina blends in some movie scenes that touched her crossdressing nerve and helped make her be the woman she is today. Then it’s a soufflé of body suits and leotards to round out today’s menu at Dina’s Diner. Be sure to stop on by.

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Overthinking?

| Mar 11, 2019 | 2 Replies

It’s been nine months since Claire Hall came out to the world as a woman. In that time she has learned a lot about her gender and about being a woman. Today she wonders if maybe her joy at the simple things like hairdos, makeup, clothes and all the other “feminine” accoutrements might seem shallow, and perhaps taking pleasure from compliments on those things might be a mistake. But then, maybe she’s just overthinking.

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Review: Fictionmania

| Mar 11, 2019 | Reply

Sophie Lynne has been our Page Pundit since 2017. Her job as the Pundit has been to review books by trans writers and books about transgender subjects. When she took on this task she was employed at a bookstore so getting material was easy. She is no longer working there and Sophie has decided to doff her Page Pundit hat and return to delivering her personal blog every four weeks. She ends her run as the Pundit with a final post that reviews a website which publishes transgender fiction.

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Retro Rerun: Honey Harlow on Luscious Lips

| Mar 11, 2019 | Reply

Honey Harlow is one of the great entertainers in our community and a recognized expert in makeup for both glamorous occasions and everyday wear. This article on creating luscious lips was published on TGForum in 1998. Today Honey Harlow has an online store selling the glamorous accessories every girl needs. My makeup tip for luscious lips […]

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From the Archives: Halloween 1996 — NYC, SF

| Mar 11, 2019 | Reply

Back in 1996 TGForum ran a bi-coastal pictorial feature on Halloween in New York City and San Francisco. Editor Cindy Martin did the photo layout of pictures shot in NYC by photographer Dana B. and photos from San Francisco taken by Jamie Faye Fenton. We bring you those photos again so you can enjoy the costumes and the lovely ladies back in the day.

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The Week In Trans 3/4/19

| Mar 4, 2019 | Reply

Time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Out magazine has a trans woman editor. The trans military ban keeps making news. A group of drag queens protest against a border wall. Pakistan has its first drag queen insult comic. South Dakota has voted against a bill that would require trans student athletes to compete in their birth gender. Andreja Pejic is the new Bonds girl. The United Methodist Church hasn’t got a method to deal with LGBT+ members. A scientist claims that there’s no difference between male and female brains. Billy Porter talks to Vogue about why he wore that tuxedo gown. Ellen Page stands up for trans people. Trans patients in Britain have long wait times before they can see a doctor. There’s all that and one lone TWIT Award waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dreams Take Flight

| Mar 4, 2019 | Reply

It was the 1970s, less than 50 years ago but it might as well have been centuries ago when it came to the transphobic and homophobic attitudes prevalent in society. What would happen when a gay, trans person was ‘outed’ to his colleagues? It wasn’t always good but for Patrick it was a life-changing experience.

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Lavern Cummings, The Sophisticate of Song

| Mar 4, 2019 | Reply

Classic female impersonator Paul Lavern Cummings passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada in March of 2018 after being severely injured in an auto accident. Back in 1999 TGForum ran an interview with Cummings that was conducted by TGF contributor Ken Spaulding. Since it’s been almost a year since Cummings’ death we dip back into the TGForum Archives and bring you that 1999 interview.

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Trans Media Arts — Entertainment News

| Mar 4, 2019 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele catches you up with the latest news about trans people in the media. Today she has news about Billy Porter’s wardrobe choices, the film Girl, the demise of trans soul singer Jackie Shane and much more. Tune in to Trans Media Arts for your monthly dose of transgender characters, actors and more.

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A Sabrina Symington Cartoon: Shields Up!

| Mar 4, 2019 | Reply

Many people cope with their gender identity issues in many different ways. Some follow a clear path to the gender they need to live in and others struggle to decide what path to start down. What doesn’t help many people is the way they hid their true nature from the rest of the world. Today Bria illustrates how harmful all the hiding can be.

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TransgenderDate Announces Quick Match Feature

| Mar 4, 2019 | Reply

Our friends at TransgenderDate sent us the following press release about a new service they are offering. Las Vegas, Feb 21, 2019 – TransgenderDate, one of the worlds leading trans dating websites, is delighted to announce their new Quick Match feature. Members are now able to let other members now they are interested in them […]

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The Week In Trans 2/25/19

| Feb 25, 2019 | Reply

Time once again for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that the TransGriot blog disappeared for a short while before it was returned to the web. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she supports non-binary gender identity. An airline industry group will be adding an unspecified gender identification on plane tickets. A post-operative trans woman prisoner is serving her time in a male prison. California’s Director of Digital Media is a trans man. A Dutch study indicating that hormones may cause heart problems for trans people may be flawed. Some trans people are afraid facial recognition software could out them but the designers of the software have given very little thought to transgender people. ’60s trans soul singer Jackie Shane passed away and has obituaries in major newspapers. Shangela walked the red carpet at the Oscars. There’s all that and a ton of other trans news waiting for you in TWIT!

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A Spring Offensive

| Feb 25, 2019 | Reply

As spring approaches Dana Bevan wants you to prepare for a Spring Offensive. Not to say she wants you to offend anyone. It’s a call for all good trans people to get out there into society and make your presence known. Not by waving signs or marching but by being there where the cisgender people go. Dining in a restaurant. Setting next to them at the movies. Picking up the dry cleaning or at a car wash scrubbing your ride. Show the world your beautiful wonderful self and promote understanding that trans people are people. Read all 3 of Dana’s Spring Offensive in today’s post.

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Transmute: Episode 2.2

| Feb 25, 2019 | Reply

In a future which has gone wrong Zealots seek to purge the nation of trans people. Trans women who don’t “pass” turn to black market meds in order to fully transition and blend in with the population of cisgender women. Spying, paranoia and secrecy are the norms for trans women and being “outed” means more than just mockery and verbal abuse. Raquel Swann is back with a science fiction tale of a future world that could be all to real. Read Episode 2.2 of Transmute, if you dare.

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I Almost Made a Mistake

| Feb 25, 2019 | Reply

Suzzie gives a transgender history lesson that features Roberta Cowell and April Ashely. She tells their stories and explains how she relates to them. They were contemporaries who took the path to gender transition. Suzzie also contemplated making that move but then she turned away from GRS and made a deal with a cisgender woman. Read her tale of three transgender women and see if you think Suzzie came out ahead.

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A Guide to Age Related Clothing

| Feb 25, 2019 | 4 Replies

Pauline Estelle has some tips for the older lady who wants to dress appropriately for her age but desires to avoid the “frumpy” label. You know what we mean; baggy tops with dark floral prints paired with polyester pants with an elastic waist. It my be comfortable but it puts you firmly into the frump category. Pauline has some tips that will boost your fashionable looks and take a few years off of your age.

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Emily Chapter Two: Meeting the Hot List

| Feb 25, 2019 | Reply

Robert was just exploring his sister’s closet looking in wonder at the variety of colors and fabrics. Just as he was zipping up one of her skirts which he had paired with a white short sleeved blouse he was startled by a shriek from the doorway of her room. After she settled down, his sister Daisy was scared that it was a stranger in her room, she asked Robert if he’d like to have her help him dress like a girl. When he said yes she applied makeup to his face and dressed him is a cute dress. Then their mother found out what was going but was supportive. Find out what’s next for Emily in chapter 2.

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The Week In Trans 2/18/19

| Feb 18, 2019 | Reply

And now! The Week In Trans! Today we learn that the Canadian government used its Twitter account to promote a Canadian drag performer on RuPaul’s Drag Race. South Dakota’s House of Representatives passed a bill banning education on transgender issues to elementary school students. Tennessee is working on a law that puts being trans in the restroom in the same as exposing ones self. But the state also has decided crimes against trans people are hate crimes. Congress is seeing bills in both houses designed to protect trans military personnel. An actress playing a trans role in a BBC mystery turns out to be trans herself. The goal of a trans woman named Erin Parisi is to climb the highest mountains on each continent. A Naval Academy graduate alleges she was forced to resign because she is trans while the Navy maintains she sexually harassed someone. A trans woman is suing Harvard saying that she was denied admission to graduate programs there after she rebuffed sexual advances by someone in the admissions office. There’s all that and few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWiT!

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Twists

| Feb 18, 2019 | Reply

Sophie Lynne has been out of work for over a year. He unemployment has run out and the rent is going to be due. But to add a twist to her story, she has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at Penn State in the middle of Pennsylvania. If everything works out Sophie will move to “Happy Valley” to start classes in August. Will her roommate move with her? Will she be able to pay the rent and find a new place in State College? Time will tell. Read her post about the twists her life has taken.

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What I Did During My Winter Break

| Feb 18, 2019 | Reply

Lynda Martini has gone through round one of feminization surgery and is now a “silicone sistah”as she puts it. Just a few weeks ago she had facial feminization and breast implants. Today she discusses why she went that route and considers whether she will take the next step on her path — getting a vagina. She wonders about her future when that happens and postulates several ways things that things could turn.

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Princesas De La Noche – Experienca Drag

| Feb 18, 2019 | Reply

Katherine Diaz is exploring the world of drag “transformsitas” in her city of Bogota, Columbia. one thing has led to another and she went from a lone crossdresser to becoming a glamorous drag performer who appears on stage in various venues around the city. Her acceptance by the performers has allowed her to learn about many aspects of drag. Today she blogs about her experiences and as always provides a video.

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7 Weeks in Baltimore

| Feb 18, 2019 | Reply

Amanda has completed her cross country journey and is now living in Baltimore, Maryland. She is done with the traveling part of her journey and now has to concentrate on getting a job. Today she files a report on how she is feeling about this new portion of her life.

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Our Gang’s Drag Fun

| Feb 18, 2019 | Reply

Crossdressers of a certain age will recall the adventures of The Little Rascals, also known as Our Gang. In more of their adventures that you might think the boys were required by the plot, for comedic purposes of course, to get dolled up in drag. Today we bring back a post from our Archives by TGF member Zoe Zyzzyx that covers many of the instances of drag in the Rascal’s short films. We even have one of their films you can watch right here on TGF. Keep in mind that the film was shot in 1936 and the racism and sexism were characteristic of those times.

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The Week In Trans 2/11/19

| Feb 11, 2019 | Reply

Prepare to download information on the transgender world experience! We call it The Week In Trans. Today we learn that five trans members of the military were invited to attend the State of the Union speech. The California National Guard will not discharge trans members. Senator Kristen Gillibrand introduced a bill that would allow trans people to serve openly in the military. A trans officer in the British armed forces says there has been no downside to openly trans soldiers. More obituaries and a eulogy by the governor of New Jersey for Babs Casbar Siperstein. Legislation and court decisions for and against trans people. Michigan’s new governor bans state contractors from discriminating against trans people in hiring. A transgender designer shows off her clothing line during Fashion Week in New York. There’s all that and a lot more, plus a few TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner 2/11/19

| Feb 11, 2019 | Reply

Dina Amberle ties on her apron and hits the kitchen like a whirlwind. She has whipped up some amazing entrees for the menu today at Dina’s Diner. First though, to clear the palette, she serves up a bit of information on the possibilities of finding out by testing which children might grow up and be trans. Then she serves up the supposition that many of the recent depictions of drag and trans characters on TV and in films are not as positive as they might seem. After that she fills a plate with the wonderfulness of sheer inserts in feminine attire, and then provides a potpourri of smaller dessert items. So tasty. Don’t miss Dina’s Diner!

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