Recent Transgender Articles

The Week In Trans 9/16/19

| Sep 16, 2019 | Reply

Time for all the transgender news we could find — It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that London holds its first ever Trans Pride parade. The state politician who wrote the bathroom bill in North Carolina is elected to congress. The attorney general of Indiana blocks gender changes on licenses that has been approved by their legislature. A group of trans Ohioans files a lawsuit for a statewide method of changing gender on IDs. The state of New Jersey agrees to transfer a trans prisoner to a women’s prison but the guards union says “Hold it.” Secretary of State Mike Pomeo implies in a speech that some rights are not valid. Bee Love Slater is the latest victim of murder. Want to know if a business is trans friendly? There’s an app for that. A trans barista tosses a conservative customer out of the coffee shop and loses her job. Trans people who have had to experience conversion therapy are more likely to commit suicide. Singer Sam Smith goes gender neutral. There’s all that and a ton more trans news in TWIT!

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Memories of Pinkfest 2017 — A Girl’s First Time Out in Daylight

| Sep 16, 2019 | 1 Reply

Pinkfest is an annual Chicago conference that has no conference component, just a schedule of social meetups for attendees. There is no keynote address or awards banquet. Just like minded people getting together to have fun. Pinkfest 2017 was our new contributor Julie Slowinski’s first time out en femme during the daytime for an extended agenda of crossdressing fun. Today she reports what she did and how she felt on that day.

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Trans Media Arts — Trans Actors, Artists, and More!

| Sep 16, 2019 | Reply

Our entertainment and arts writer Amanda F. Steele dips her toes in the ocean of trans people and trans themes in the arts. Today she has info on several books, a film, and a pop singer who has adopted gender neutral pronouns. But that’s not all! Give Trans Media Arts a read and keep up with trans people and characters in the arts and entertainment.

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The Return of Craig’s List Dating? Part 2

| Sep 16, 2019 | Reply

Linda and her friend Fiona were two of many t-girls who were disappointed when Craig’s List closed down their Personals section cutting them off from access to a broad and deep ‘dating pool.’ They both agreed it had left a vacuum in their lives. However it seems Fiona has found a ‘work around’ and last we heard she was on her way to Montreal, Canada to give it a try.

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A Sabrina Symington Cartoon

| Sep 16, 2019 | Reply

Welcome to our gender support group meeting. Please say your name and pronoun preference as we go around the circle. Sabrina Symington has drawn a cartoon that tells us all why we’re here.

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Transgender Rock: The 1970s, David Bowie and Glam Rock

| Sep 16, 2019 | Reply

Back in 1996 Aleisha Michelle Emerson contributed some columns to TGForum that explored the transgender side of rock and roll. She began the columns in the 1950s and covered up to 1970 with her first column which we brought back last month. Today we present her column on the influence of David Bowie and the Glam Rock of the ’70s.

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The Week In Trans 9/9/19

| Sep 9, 2019 | Reply

What’s new in the transgender world? Today we learn that a New York City drag performer runs for City Council. Presidential candidate Julián Castro sits down with Mara Keisling to discuss his transgender policies. A trans woman is granted permanent residency in Japan because she is married to a Japanese man. RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! icomes to Las Vegas for a long run at the Flamingo. A Pa. representative wants to block gender neutral driver’s licenses. Malik Yoba of Empire defends partnering with a trans woman. A YouTube gamer is dumped over comments he made to a trans woman. The 17th transgender murder has happened in Maryland. Drag queens are starting younger everyday. Trans women are still pumping industrial grade silicone even though it can kill them. Willam Belli debuts a makeup line called Coverboy. Indya Moore makes a fashion statement about trans murder victims. There’s all that and a lot more along with a few tasty TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Quiet Night in Charm City

| Sep 9, 2019 | Reply

Join Abbey the Cabbie on the mean streets of Charm City. She’s a lady cab driver behind the wheel of her Road King hack. All night she makes the rounds and picks up fares to make some cash. She’d like to give up driving and concentrate on her first love, detective work. She knows she has what it takes to be a good gumshoe but it just don’t seem that she’s gonna get a break. It’s a man’s world. So around the town she goes. Every night out on the streets in her cab. It might drive some people to drink but not Abbey. No. No drinking and driving. That’s rule one.

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News From the USPATH Convention

| Sep 9, 2019 | 1 Reply

Dana Bevan has been at the US Professional Association for Transgender Health convention is Washington, D.C. and she has filed a report about what happened over the weekend. First she runs over some history about where transgender health advocacy began. Turns out it was at the kitchen table of trans activism pioneer Louise Lawrence. Learn some history and get the current news from USPATH’s convention from Dana.

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Emily: The Dance and Summer

| Sep 9, 2019 | Reply

This is the last chapter of the story of Emily. She was a curious boy who wanted to learn more about being a girl. Then she became more popular and gained more good friends than her previous identity as Robert ever had. Many thanks to Ashli Kleier for sharing Emily’s story with TGForum’s readers. Now, on to the final chapter of Emily, The Dance and Summer.

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What’s In a Name?

| Sep 9, 2019 | Reply

Would a rose smell as sweet if it was called a transvestite, a crossdresser, or a transgender person? That’s silly of course but despite the many labels we’ve had for the transgender community all of us knew, some very early and some much later, that we needed something more than living every day in the gender assigned by our birth genitals. Pauline Estelle looks at the many labels from a crossdresser perspective and has an anser to the question, What’s in a Name?

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Retro Rerun: Choosing Your Hair

| Sep 9, 2019 | Reply

Our Retro Rerun how-to article is from the TGF Archives of September 1997. The late Roberta Angela Dee, whose advice is like wisdom of the ancients, wrote about the importance of good hair. Some crossdressers keep a ratty old wig in the trunk of their car and plop it on at the hotel were they prepared for a night out. They don’t seem to notice that it bears little resemblance to a cared for coiffure. Take Roberta’s advice on hair piece selection and you will look more authentic when you’re out and about. Consign that ratty old wig to the dumpster.

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The Week In Trans 9/2/19

| Sep 2, 2019 | Reply

Time once again for all the transgender related news you can handle. It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that the trans woman accused of hacking Capital One is being housed in a male prison. A court has ruled that Idaho has to pay for a prisoner’s gender confirmation. The National Center for Transgender Equality has gotten bomb threats. Suspects have been arrested in the deaths of a few trans women. Federal funding cut from Planned Parenthood affects trans people. A recent study shows young people are more receptive to trans people in the restroom. The first trans woman to run cross-country at the University of Montana sparks controversy. A new book will show you how to create a Drag Queen Brunch. Trans model Teddy Quinlivan is the new face of Chanel Beauty. Britain’s estrogen shortage is affecting trans women. There’s all that and more, plus a few TWIT Awards awaiting you in this edition of TWIT!

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Movin’ on Up!

| Sep 2, 2019 | Reply

She called this post “Movin’ on Up” but she hasn’t gone to the east side. Our long-time contributor Sophie Lynne has moved to the center of Pennsylvania to become a schoolgirl, again. She is enrolled at Penn State University in the graduate program. Today she shares her first dispatch from the hallowed halls of academe. Don’t miss the first of her PSU blogs.

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It’s Different for Girls

| Sep 2, 2019 | Reply

As the summer winds down some of Lynda Martini’s social whirl slows and she takes time in this post to look back over how she started her transgender journey. As in many tales of the transgendered Lynda’s begins when her marriage ends. Then, on her own, she began to dress up at home. After doing that for awhile she realized she needed to go further. As in out the door and into the world.

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Princesses of the Night — Diary of a Crossdresser III “Memories in the air of how I started”

| Sep 2, 2019 | Reply

Out correspondent in Columbia, Katherine Diaz, writes about her progress from a closeted crossdresser to a life that includes doing performances at nightclubs, lip-syncing and dancing for the crowds. Like many young people when she was young she was attracted to girls and she wanted to be able to look like one. Like many she also waited until she was in her 30s to take those first steps. Read about how she got to where she is and view her video in Princesses of the Night.

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The Occasional Woman: Accessorize Summer Fashions for Fall

| Sep 2, 2019 | Reply

Summer is slipping away and with it the chance to wear sexy summer attire like flouncy floral print dresses, sleeveless tops and toe baring sandals. Lorraine Anderson has some fashion tips to allow you to slide gently into fall wearing everything you love from the summer, except the sandals. She can’t help with that. Accessories are the key! Add a denim jacket and a pretty scarf over a floral print dress and viola! Topped off with a fall style leather bag and booties you’re all set. See what other tips Lorraine has to offer in this edition of The Occasional Woman.

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A Beginner Goes Shopping

| Sep 2, 2019 | Reply

Have you ever wanted to go shopping for lady’s clothes but were too afraid? This story is about Brittany Chambres’ first experience buying clothes for herself in a lady’s clothing store. Brittany was a contributor to TGForum back in 1996. She wrote this hoping it would alleviate any fears you may have about stepping into a woman’s clothing store. From the TGF Archives, it’s A Beginner Goes Shopping.

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The Week In Trans 8/26/19

| Aug 26, 2019 | Reply

Welcome to The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Kim Petras performed at the Manchester Pride Festival this past weekend. Democratic candidates state their positions on transgender issues. The Gloucester County School Board won’t give up, files an appeal in the Gavin Grimm case. A man who was in love with a trans woman is found dead after being abused for his choice of partner. A trans woman in Virginia is serving a 33 year sentence in a women’s prison. Lana Wachowski has a script for The Matrix 4. More news about violence toward trans women of color. Five people are eliminated from a lawsuit over the trans military ban as they have been allowed to stay in the service. A trans woman says she was fired for gender discrimination while her employer claims she was no good at the job. Wisconsin must pay for surgery related to gender dysphoria. Antonio Bandaras is rescued from a motorcycle accident by a drag queen. The man who makes RuPaul’s gowns speaks out. A rare audio interview with Marsha P. Johnson has surfaced. There’s all that plus a good bit more, and a plethora of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner 8/26/19

| Aug 26, 2019 | Reply

Welcome to Dina’s Diner! Take a seat anywhere you like and we’ll get you a cup of java. Dina Amberle has cooked up another selection of delicious entrees that are sure to please any palette. First she whips up some frothy news about trans actress and model Hunter Shafer. She spices it lightly with a little touch of Nicole Maines and… heavenly. Then she stirs up some coverage of the trans scene in Puerto Rico. Muy caliente! Dina adds in a pinch of a doctor from Myanmar who decides to become a sexy model, shakes – not stirs – two ladies from the late ’60s who give her inspiration, and finishes the repast with a light desert outlining how a Brazilian gang leader tried to escape from prison disguised as his 19-year-old daughter. Don’t miss every morsel of Dina’s Diner!

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Op-Ed: A Lesson From “What Would You Do?”

| Aug 26, 2019 | Reply

Last week the ABC show What Would You Do? featured a segment with a transgender woman being harassed by another patron of a restaurant after the trans woman asked where the ladies’ room was located. The female patron doing the harassment had a young girl with her and used all the tired arguments about safety […]

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Is Social Media Helpful?

| Aug 26, 2019 | Reply

Claire Hall writes about what it was like when she came out. Social media wasn’t that much of a factor for her at first. The web helped her find a support group that wasn’t too far from her home and after attending some meetings she got a few Facebook friends in the trans community. Then the government signaled that things were going to get tougher for transgender people in the USA and Claire’s friend requests jumped. And the people who have connected with her all have stories to tell. Some heartbreaking and some inspiring. So has social media been a help on her journey? Read on.

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Crossdressed Lover: I Like It!

| Aug 26, 2019 | 3 Replies

Back in the late 1990s TGForum had a couple who contributed to our content. Vanessa, the crossdresser, and Linda, her partner. They wrote separately and together. A topic they always returned to was couples issues. One of the issues was sex. Many times women look at a crossdressing lover as something to put up with. They may not even want to see their man dressed in women’s clothes, let alone make love with him while he is en femme. Linda Kaye was concerned about what sex would be like with Vanessa. Sex with his male self was great but Linda was dreading the first time with Vanessa. Then Vanessa entered the bedroom and Linda forgot about her concerns. From 1997 we bring you this article from the TGF Archives, I Like It!

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The Week In Trans 8/19/19

| Aug 19, 2019 | Reply

Set the Way Back Machine for last week! We bring you all the news about transgender people and issues in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that an Indian woman has won Miss World Diversity for the third time. The Department of Justice is suspending justice for transgender people. Protections for trans people in health coverage is threatened as the administration seeks to remove those protections from the ACA. The administration is also hard at work changing the rules requiring federal contractors to not discriminate against LGBTQ employees. Sense a theme? More trans women have been murdered and one suspect in one case has turned himself in. California institutes a retroactive change of names and genders on student records. IMDb will remove the dead-name of any performers who request it. Janet Mock is interviewed on Fresh Air. Over 7200 drivers licenses have “X” as the holder’s gender. There’s a video interview of the first drag queen to hold elected office in the U.S. Mj Rodriguez won an award for her performance on Pose. There’s all that, and it’s just the tip of the trans news iceberg you’ll find in TWIT! Along with a few TWIT Awards, of course.

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Craig’s List Dating is Alive and Well and Living in Montreal

| Aug 19, 2019 | Reply

In 2018 Craig’s List closed down their immensely popular but controversial dating service. A phone call from an old friend helped Linda discover that in some places folks are using a simple work-around provided by Craig’s List itself.

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Trans Media Arts and Entertainment

| Aug 19, 2019 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele covers the arts and entertainment beat. Armed only with her trusty laptop computer she dives deep into the waters of film, TV, art and music to compile the blog we dedicate to transgender artists, actors, musicians and more that we call Trans Media Arts. Today Amanda has the scoop on Caitlyn Jenner’s desire for another child, Janet Mock’s ascendence because of Pose, Nicole Maines statement that Women Rule the World, and more! Don’t miss a moment of Trans Media Arts!

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