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The Week In Trans 6/29/20

| Jun 29, 2020 | Reply

TWIT time! A trans woman has become the first one to every win an election in West Virginia. An openly transgender police officer on the Chicago force is featured in an interview. Many ripples are passing through the legal pond after the SCOTUS ruling on Title VII. Laverne Cox is interviewed on Today about her new documentary Disclosure. Black Lives Matter protests feature black trans women. San Francisco’s Transgender District almost shut down due to lack of funds. The Stonewall Inn is also in financial trouble. The Trump administration is still bent on taking away transgender people’s rights. A Baptist minister came out to her congregation on a Zoom service. Candidates who oppose transgender rights are losing elections around the country. Four authors fire their literary agent who represents J.K. Rowling. Backlash on Rowling’s stand on trans women continues with some fans getting their Harry Potter related tattoos inked over. Zaya Wade was the photographer who took her step mom’s photo for a magazine cover. Divine is being honored with a line of designer t-shirts. There’s all that and much for waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner 6/292020

| Jun 29, 2020 | Reply

Dina’s Diner is always a good place to stop. There’s never any restrictions on seating and no matter the size of the crowd you can always socially distance. And the proprietress, chef, and hostess, Dina Amberle, always has a fresh dish cooking in the back. No matter what your tastes run to Dina has something savory to satisfy. Today she offers up a few specials. There’s the controversy over former members of male teams who now identify as females competing with cisgender females. Then a compote of info on those who had show biz careers in one gender then transitioned to have more success as their true selves. She mixes in some protests of the peaceful kind, and offers up some thoughts on masking and thing swimsuits. Don’t miss Dina’s Diner!

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TransTainment!

| Jun 29, 2020 | Reply

We call it TransTainment and it’s news about transgender people in the arts and entertainment! Today we look back to the 1968 documentary The Queen which follows drag contestants in 1967’s Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant. Then we learn about the first trans character coming to The Chi. A Southeast Asian trans activist and artist is mixing art and activism. Laverne Cox has produced a film about the way transgender people have been featured in film and TV. Doctor Who, in the audio adventures, has a new Companion and she’s transgender. Josie Totah is starring in an updated Saved By The Bell as a popular cheerleader. And that’s not all of our trans entertainment news.

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Trans Spirituality

| Jun 29, 2020 | Reply

Rabbag Rona expresses her opinion on police murdering black people. “People who claim to value human life do not. Genesis 1:27 states (doubled for absolute emphasis) that we were ALL created in God’s image. The Talmud states that when one destroys a life it is as if one destroys the world. Yet when it comes to Black people, and particularly Black trans people, there seems to be a pervasive attitude in this country that they are somehow less than. This could not be further from the truth.”

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Sabrina Symington’s “She” Episode 37

| Jun 29, 2020 | Reply

Last episode we were all prepared for the final confrontation between the nameless butcher who was the instrument of torture for the shadowy entities in the weird dimension and the two women he had kidnapped. As he prepared to begin carving their living flesh with his chainsaw an object landed in the Savoring Chamber, apparently provided by the rulers of that strange realm. Even the torturer was puzzled. As he asked if they wanted him to use the newly materialize bat to torture Kay and Natalie, Kay made a decision.

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Trans Trauma

| Jun 29, 2020 | Reply

Claire Hall had a higher profile than most who begin transition. She was prominent in county government and before she came out to her colleagues she had concerns that there would be opposition to her gender change. Happily she didn’t face very much negativity when she announced her transition and the ridicule she had been anticipating didn’t occur. Things went well — until the arrival of the COVID019 pandemic. After her county made a decision on mandatory masks the anti-mask crowd descended on her like evil pigeons on someone in a birdseed covered suit. Today she writes about how tough the abuse has been.

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Rejoice with Me . . . Or Not

| Jun 29, 2020 | Reply

Oru newest Contributor is Charles James and today is his debut blog. Charles will be writing from time to time about the awakening of his sexuality after the passing of his wife. Suddenly he realized that he found trans women sexually attractive. His first blog is about his tentative steps into a new world, one that he had no experience with before.

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The Week In Trans 6/22/20

| Jun 22, 2020 | Reply

Today we learn Brianna Titone runs for reelection to her seat in the Colorado House of Representatives. Several parents share stories about their transgender children. Having a hairless body wasn’t always a feminine trait. Two online health clinics cater to trans patients with tele-health services. Lots of movement from the Supreme Court on Title VII and DACA. Kim Petras says she wasn’t seen as a performer and musician when she came out but was judged on her gender status. The same stereotypes that hold trans women back also hold cisgender women back. More back and forth about the J.K. Rowling situation. Even John Cleese weighs in. Protests continue in the streets with a Black Trans Lives Matter march and a Drag March for Change. More violence against trans women of color occurs. One murderer is arrested in Chicago. People want Dominique Jackson, known for Pose, to play the part of Storm in the next X-Men movie. We’re got all of that and more plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Why Do We Dress?

| Jun 22, 2020 | 1 Reply

With so much self-isolation time on her hands Linda is putting her mind to some of the deeper questions facing society. Why do people kill? How can we keep our plastic out of the oceans? Why is there such a drive to get an Earth colony on Mars? Why do crossdressers crossdress?

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Tell Shelley Anne: Interview with Dallas Denny, transsexual advisor, and author

| Jun 22, 2020 | Reply

Dallas Denny is renowned for her work on advocacy, policy issues, and health practices involving transsexual and transgender people. She has served as adviser to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, The University of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control, the city of Atlanta, journalists, and filmmakers. Shelly Anne Baker interviews her in the first installment of Tell Shelley Anne.

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Chicago Drag March For Change

| Jun 22, 2020 | Reply

On June 14 in Chicago there was a protest march called Drag March. It brought together drag queens, kings, and everything in between as they lead a peaceful (non-violent) protest march in support of Black Lives Matter. One of those attending the march and showing her support for the cause was our crossdresser correspondent from Chicago, Miss Julie Slowinski.

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Sabrina Symington’s “She” Episode 36

| Jun 22, 2020 | Reply

In our last episode the chainsaw wielding maniac had entered the savoring chamber with his tools of horror. We learned that his mutilation of humans in service to his shadowy overlords was meant to raise him to their level and he would enjoy eternal life. But just as he raised his chainsaw to begin his last triumph of human flesh carving the entities lurking outside the chamber threw a bat into the mix. As he tried to understand what this meant Kay began to understand that it could mean her and Natalie’s lives.

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Rev. Yolanda’s Upcoming EP “YolandaNanda”

| Jun 22, 2020 | Reply

We got this press release from longtime friend of TGForum, Reverend Yolanda. We share her news with you. Hi, I wanted you to know about my latest music project located at www.YolandaNanda.net  I started creating YolandaNanda right before COVID 19, and planned to have a live release party on May 10 at my Church With […]

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The Week In Trans 6/15/20

| Jun 15, 2020 | Reply

Time for that weekly condensation of all the trans related news we can find, The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a trans woman has become the first elected in West Virginia. The NCAA may move their tournament games out of Idaho over the state’s ban on trans women in sports. More fatal violence against transgender women of color and a march in their honor. A trans woman arrested during protests in Seattle is placed in a male prison for two days. A lawsuit against the Secretary of Defense over a trans woman’s military service is dropped when she is given a waiver allowing her to continue to serve. After being forced to drop coverage for transgender rights the Jacksonville City Council passed the changes again. A 99-year-old vet of WWII raises money for LGBTQ youth. Testosterone appears to not affect the eggs of trans men. Rebecca Root portrays the first transgender companion of Doctor Who. Munroe Bergdorf is back on the job as a spokesperson for L’Oreal. There’s all that and a lot about the blowback to J.K. Rowling’s statements on trans women, plus a number of TWIT Awards, waiting for your eager eyes!

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The Mean Reds and Other Insecurities

| Jun 15, 2020 | Reply

Chrissy Gann devotes today’s Butterfly Chronicle to her own progress in transition and then goes on to acknowledge the contributions to transgender visibility and and rights by those who came before. For a short course on the progress of trans people in modern times be sure to take a look. You may find validation and inspiration in what Chrissy has written.

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Genetic Causal Factor for Being Transgender: An Update

| Jun 15, 2020 | Reply

There is a tendency by some people to make assumptions about things they really no nothing about. Why some people are transgender is one of those things that many people supply motivations for but really have no clue about. Heck, even we don’t know why we are what we are. In opposition to proclamations of opinion condemning trans people as “freaks” or “prevs” we at TGForum believe answers will be found in science. That’s why we bring you Dana Bevan, she gives you the science.

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Sabrina Symington’s “She” Episode 35

| Jun 15, 2020 | Reply

Kay and Natalie are together at last but they can’t escape from the open top confinement area and dozens of bizarre shadowy beings are cackling with anticipatory glee over the fate that seems about to overtake them in the form of the crazed surgeon who carves “art” from living human flesh. Suddenly he is there with his instruments and his chain saw. What will happen in today’s installment of She?

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Princesses of the Night — Lights, Camera and Virtuality

| Jun 15, 2020 | Reply

Our correspondent in Columbia, Katherine Diaz, reports on how the drag entertainment scene in her city has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As in many other areas what used to happen as a live performance inside a theater or nightclub is now to be found on YouTube, social media streams, and on people’s websites. As always Katherine has a video as well as her blog.

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Open Letter to J.K. Rowling

| Jun 15, 2020 | Reply

Dear Ms Rowling, You say you only want to be heard. That is a reasonable request. I read your essay. You say that you are being attacked, and are even receiving threats of violence. I’ll start my response by promising no violence, and the sincere hope that you don’t feel attacked by me. Tempers can […]

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C’mon Girls Let’s Have Some Fun

| Jun 15, 2020 | Reply

Pauline Estelle recognizes that we are all going through some tough times. She has one suggestion for how to make things more bearable. She suggests that we all get dressed up! And she provides a blue print for just how to celebrate in a glamorous manner in the isolation of your home.

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Community Pride Groups Help Make Change

| Jun 15, 2020 | Reply

What is “Community Pride”? I think in the context of the LGBTQ it is a combination of stereotypes, truths, contradictions and drag queens. Anyone who has any experience within the community can recognize it sight unseen: the effusive interactions, over-the top grandeur and effete snobbery; but also the loving camaraderie. Oh, but let’s not be […]

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New Column: ‘Tell Shelley Anne’ is Coming

| Jun 15, 2020 | Reply

For the past six years, California-based journalist Shelley Anne Baker has engaged with the transgender community and loves it!  She came out big time when she decided to reveal her feminine side to her wife and family and has never looked back. She’s not shy about telling trusted people, who will listen, about her life’s […]

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The Week In Trans 6/8/20

| Jun 8, 2020 | Reply

Time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that battles are still underway in state legislatures to block trans rights. In the streets the safety of trans people is still threatened everyday. The protests against the killing of unarmed black people includes the killing of black trans people. The Los Angeles Pride parade is canceled because of the pandemic but now a march along the parade route will be held on June 14 as part of the protest marches. Three trans women candidates are running for office in Vermont. A woman who founded a high tech company writes about being a trans woman in the tech industry. Lilly Wachowski speaks to The Hollywood Reporter about the how her and her sister being trans influenced The Matrix. How much prize money has been handed out on RuPaul’s Drag Race? Out has the numbers. L’Oreal, the company that dropped a trans spokes model for commenting on white supremacy, tweeted out a BLM positive message. The times they are a changing. There’s all that and a veritable plethora of other news waiting for you in TWIT!

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Drag in Cinema – The Early 2000s

| Jun 8, 2020 | Reply

We pick up Drag in Cinema in the year 2000 with the Ving Rhames made-for-TV movie Holiday Heart. The early years of the 21st century featured several films that show cases male actors adopting drag, from comedy drag like Big Momma’s House, to the more realistic female impersonation of Juwanna Man. And of course the problematic Sorority Boys. Join us for a walk down the history of drag in cinema for the early years of the 21st century.

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Protests

| Jun 8, 2020 | 1 Reply

A week ago Sophie Lynne marched in a peaceful protest in State College, Pa., the home of Penn State University. Now that some time has passed Sophie had thought about the experience and gives you her conclusions in today’s blog.

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Sabrina Symington’s “She” Episode 34

| Jun 8, 2020 | Reply

Kay has found her way to Natalie at last but as she enters the “savoring” chamber where she find her there is a strange sensation, like bursting through a membrane. And instead of being happy to see Kay Natalie is appalled that she has entered the chamber. Now she is in danger, too. Up above their heads there are dozens of inimical wraithlike things that gleefully watch the two helpless women who are totally within their power. Could things get worse? Oh, yes.

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