Recent Transgender Articles

The Week In Trans 6/17/19

| Jun 17, 2019 | Reply

What’s new around the world in the transgender community? It’s here in The Week In Trans! Today we learn a star of the FX show Pose got into a fight with a protestor outside of the studio where the show was filming. More legal moves are being made to block the rule letting healthcare providers deny treatment to trans people. The support for trans people in the military is rising among Republicans. Beto O’Rourke has released detailed proposals for LGBTQ rights. Paris Lees is an ambassador for Pantene. Disney World has held its first Magical Pride. Miss USA has won the Miss International Queen contest. The highest ranking trans officer in the British army is now a Member of the British Empire. Dallas police have arrested a man in the murders of two trans women. A trans woman has been appointed to the board of Planned Parenthood. Brazil has an all trans man soccer club. Mexico City schools have a new dress code allowing boys in skirts and girls in pants. There’s all that and a lot more plus some TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT! Be sure to login so you don’t miss it!

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Emily: Robert is Going

| Jun 17, 2019 | Reply

In the last episode Emily and all her girlfriends attend the church dance. Several boys asked her to dance and it got to the point that might have been some jealousy among the other girls over Emily’s popularity. This exploration of a feminine lifestyle all started when small-for-his-age Robert grew curious about why and how girls were different. With help and encouragement from his mother and sister he has lived as a girl for the summer. But summer will end in a short while and Emily finds that she doesn’t really want to bring Robert back. She also wants to let her girlfriends know what she has been doing all summer. How will they handle her deception?

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An Open Letter to the Vatican

| Jun 17, 2019 | Reply

Transgender people have existed throughout history and are best helped with love and encouragement, not through oppression. Dana Bevan writes an open letter to the Catholic Church advising it to stop treating transgender people as if they were part of some fashion trend and to accept that they exist and they are not sinners. She calls for evidence based policies about transgender issues, not the adoption of the hardline rule that men are men and women are women, as is taught in Abrahamic religious doctrine.

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My Transformation Room

| Jun 17, 2019 | Reply

There is one very important room in Pauline’s house. It the guest room bathroom. That’s where the important process of transforming into Pauline takes place. In this post Pauline writes about all the steps she goes through in her transformation bathroom. From shaving all body hair to her technique for shaving her face and the steps she takes in makeup application, it’s all here in today’s post.

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Secret Lift Temporary Facelift: A Review

| Jun 17, 2019 | Reply

Back in the day, 1997 to be exact, TGForum would run product reviews by TGF readers. (We will do that today if you have any products you would like to let readers know about.) One such reviewer was Diane Barker who evaluated a temporary facelift kit called Secret Lift from a company in California. The company, CosmeSearch, Inc., is still in business and selling their products over the web. Read Diane’s review of the product and decide if it will work for you.

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Princesses of the Night — Female Impersonation Night in Bogota

| Apr 15, 2019 | Reply

Katherine Diaz reports on a “cross night show” in her hometown, Bogota, Columbia. What’s she attends is a female impersonation show called Zapatilla Dorada. Such shows are regular events in the LGBT friendly parts of Bogota and are considered a part of the nightlife when people on the LGBT spectrum want to party, or as they say in Columbia, “rumba.” Read Katherine’s report in both English and Spanish and view her accompanying video in this edition of Princesas de la Noche.

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Jim Jefferies Show Features Thai Trans Women

| Apr 15, 2019 | Reply

The Jim Jefferies Show on Comedy Central traveled to Thailand for a segment on the transgender women there known as “ladyboys.” The segment was part of Jefferies’s  April 9, 2019 show that focused on LGBTQ rights. In the segment, which you can watch below, Jefferies interviews three transgender sex workers and a transgender rights activist. […]

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The Week In Trans 4/8/19

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

Time for all the news from the transgender world! What do we learn today? Mara Keisling is fighting the Trump administration to maintain our rights. Michigan honors the creator of International Transgender Day of Visibility. Monica Helms, creator of the trans pride flag, writes about how it feels to see it in the halls of congress. Euro Pride won’t allow groups that demean other groups to participate. As the Equality Act is debated it’s amazing what representatives believe about trans people. Chelsea Manning is out of solitary but still in stir since she won’t talk. Google has appointed the president of the right wing Heritage Foundation to an advisory council and Google employees are not taking it well. Many rural trans people are happy living where they are. There’s all of that and a lot more, plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner — April 8, 2019

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

Every month Dina Amberle, our top chef and owner of Dina’s Diner, mixes up a bunch of ingredients, sautes them slowly or deep fries them to a crispy golden brown and serves them up for your enjoyment. Today she stirs up some some Korean boy band beauties who aren’t afraid to look like girls, adds in a muscleman who’s a night time queen, folds in some appreciation for the fantasy nurse archetype and spices it up with some Nicole Maines as Dreamer and a little bit of Alita, Battle Angel. It’s all waiting for you down at Dina’s Diner. Enjoy!

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Historical Perspective on Diva’s Closure

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

Ms Bob Davis digs into the history of the recently closed transgender friendly San Francisco nightclub, Divas. It was a favorite spot for members of the transgender community to hang out, take in some drag performances and mingle with other segments of the greater queer community. From it’s beginning in one spot to the fight with local residents to move to a much larger venue nearby Ms. Bob dishes the history of Divas.

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Why Wait?

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

Within the past decade or so the transgender community has moved out of the shadows to take a place in the spotlight. Thirty years ago men who wore women’s clothing were thought to be gay. Women who dressed as men were viewed as butch lesbians. And all of us were thought of as perverts and possibly child molesters by the majority of the nation. But thanks to concerted efforts by trans activist the real truth about transgender people began to emerge. From weekend support group meetings to the legislatures of several states the transgender journey has marched on. Today Claire Hall asks herself the question, Why Wait? She waited for many years to fully express her true self. Of course there is still resistance to acceptance of trans people and there are haters out there for sure. What kept Claire in her closet till just this past year?

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San Diego Empowerment Event Focuses on Academics, Employment, Service

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

By Melanie Yarborough (Neutral Corner) Photos by Michelle Dungan (Neutral Corner) San Diego’s 16th annual Transgender Day of Empowerment (TDOE) was held this past April 5th at the Hillcrest LGBT Center. It focused on three key elements of scholarship, work, and public service.  Academic studies are always a centerpiece at San Diego’s TDOE event, and […]

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Being Trans in the #MeToo Era

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

Women across the world are speaking out about the sexual harassment they have had to cope with, but what about feminine members of the transgender community? Trans women and crossdressers can be victims of #MeToo incidents when they are out among others interacting in a feminine role. Trans women who are employed are also exposed to treatment that far too often comes with the feminine territory. Angela Gardner relates a couple of #MeToo incidents she had to put up with while she was out having fun. She asks that you share any such incidents you have lived through by posting them in the comment area.

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Bait For a Crossdresser Trap?

| Apr 1, 2019 | Reply

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The Week In Trans 4/1/19

| Apr 1, 2019 | Reply

Today we learn many things in TWIT. Among them, Tanwarin Sukkapisit is the first transgender person elected to the parliament of Thailand. All the court stays on the trans military ban have been lifted. Several members of congress posted the transgender pride flag at their office entrances for the International Day of Transgender Visibility. A bill in California would make it illegal to do genital surgery on intersex children without their consent. A bill in Texas would let medical and legal professionals, as well as barbers deny service to people who offend their “deeply-held religious beliefs.” A research study shows that trans women have better cognitive skills if they take estrogen after GCS. Trans people in the D.C. area can take advantage of a database of healthcare providers. In the midst of the Brexit mess the British government is being petitioned to increase funding for gender clinics. Australian trans actress and advocate Georgie Stone has been cast as a transgender character on a soap opera. Dex Frier was hoping to be prom king but had to settle for being one of two “royal knights.” Denver, Colorado wrapped up its Denver Drag Days festivities with a record breaking drag brunch. There’s all that and more along with a host of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Transgender Stress: How Are You Coping?

| Apr 1, 2019 | 1 Reply

You are undoubtedly stressed, how are you coping? It all mounts up. There are the 98 attacks on transgender people by the current administration as documented by GLAAD. Then there are the half dozen states that make us feel unwanted and endanger us if we travel there because we might be denied emergency healthcare or […]

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Trans Media Arts: Trans in Entertainment!

| Apr 1, 2019 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele covers the transgender entertainment and media beat. Today she has news about Shangela performing as Beyoncé for Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z. Then she introduces us to a guitarist and band leader who dares to perform in Malaysia , an ultra-conservative Muslim controlled nation. She also has news about Andreja Pejic and how to honor International Transgender Visibility Day in the U.K. Alex would talk with the voice of a trans man. Get it all from Trans Media Arts.

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A Sabrina Symington “Bria” Cartoon

| Apr 1, 2019 | Reply

Some burger joints have a lot of different marketing gimmicks. Some advertise grass fed beef. Others say their burger patties are never frozen. And the trend is to go organic with patties from cows that have no added hormones. When Bria goes out for a burger and fries she is always prepared.

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Dreams Take Flight, Part 2

| Apr 1, 2019 | Reply

Patrick was a flight attendant with a major U.S. airline a few decades ago. He and his crew-mates were based in Denver but often had to stay overnight in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and San Diego. It is during one of those layovers that our story starts to unfold. Patrick is outed to his crew-mates and instead of rejection he is encouraged to present himself as Patty. In our last installment the female flight attendants had presented Patrick with a package. What could it be? Read on to find out.

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Transmute, Episode 2.3 — Awakening

| Apr 1, 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 2.3, Awakening.

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The Week In Trans 3/25/19

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

The Week In Trans is here! What do we learn today? The 1982 film Tootsie has been turned into a Broadway play and it opens at the end of the month. The trans military ban is back on hold but don’t hold your breath. More court activity to come. The Canadian Armed Forces have issues new directives on how to treat trans troops. A trans activist from Honduras says a wall will not stop people from seeking refuge in the U.S. Republicans are reluctant to renew the Violence Against Women Act since it includes for the prisons to consider the safety of trans prisoners. A school district in Georgia has blocked a trans boy from running for prom king. Trans candidates are running in local Philadelphia elections. A study shows men who identify as cisgender but have sex with trans women have a higher-than-average HIV infection rate. And there’s lots of other news plus a few TWIT Awards. It’s all waiting for your click.

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Amanda Reports on Keystone 2019

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

After living on the West Coast and missing six years of The Keystone Conference Amanda F. Steele is now a resident of Baltimore and when she realized many of her friend would be just and hour and and eighteen minutes away in Harrisburg she made a last minute trip the event. And of course we took advantage of that and told her to send us a report on what happened.

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Fashion Alert! Here Comes Spring!

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

Pauline Estelle welcomes spring and with it her thoughts turn to dressing for the warmer weather. Today she offers tips on how to break away from the winter blahs and bring out the bright outfits you’ll wear for the next month or so and we get into summer heat. So put away the boots and heavy coats and wear colors and lighter fabrics with spring sweaters and light jackets.

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Retro Rerun: DJ 1.8.7 Comes Out as Trans

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

We dip back into the archives for this story which ran on TGForum in 1998. It’s about a drum’n’bass DJ who came out as a trans woman that year. Her name is Jordana LeSesne. Read the original post reprinted from SPIN magazine and then scroll down for an update on what Jordana is up to today.

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Emily Chapter 3 — The Weekend

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

Robert, a boy who is shorter and slighter than other boys his age was caught trying on his sister’s clothes while investigating the things that made girl’s clothes so different. He was caught by his sister who didn’t recognize him and thought some other girl was in her room trying on her clothes. After she settled down she asked if he would like help with makeup and when Robert said yes she painted his face and fixed his hair in a feminine style. Then they were discovered by his mother who did not recognize him. When she did she asked if he would like to explore femininity more throughly. Then he was given the name Emily and his adventures really started.

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Doing Your Face

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

This is a Retro Rerun from the TGForum Archives. Stacy B. Haven wrote an article for our Mirror Mirror feature on how to do your makeup. It appeared on our website in 1997. Good advice is timeless though and her thought’s from the 20th century are still applicable today for the crossdresser or trans woman who wants to look her best.

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