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The Week In Trans 10/14/19

| Oct 14, 2019 | Reply

It’s Monday and you guessed it — it’s time for The Week in Trans! All the top transgender related news condensed into one page of essential information. What do we learn today? The Supreme Court hears the case of Aimee Stephens. The Human Rights Campaign holds an LGBTQ town-hall. Elizabeth Warren has a plan for LGBTQ rights. The 20th murder of a transgender black woman happens in Houston. A trans activist run for state Senate in Florida. Another trans activist manages the campaign of a Democratic candidate for Joni Ernst’s seat. There-year-old children understand gender identity. Anxiety diminishes 8% for every year that has past following gender confirmation surgery. If Dolly Parton wasn’t a woman she would love to be a drag queen. Dominque Jackson wins a role in American Gods. One of the diverse models used for photos in the Victoria’s Secret stores is a trans woman. There’s all that and a boatload more news, plus a few TWIT Awards, waiting for you in TWIT!

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Feelings

| Oct 14, 2019 | 1 Reply

“Feelings. Nothing more than feelings.” When we talk about our feelings we are usually talking about emotions. “You hurt my feelings,” is typical. Today Linda looks at her other feelings and it gives her great joy!

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A Sabrina Symington Cartoon

| Oct 14, 2019 | Reply

It’s fall in the northern hemisphere and that means rain. Everything from lingering showers to heavy downpours will occur in many areas. That makes it tough for those of us who enjoy dainty, feminine footwear. From the every popular ballet flat to kicky kitten heel pumps we are often challenged in our fashion choices, and in the worst weather some of us must resort to carrying our preferred footware in a plastic bag while we trudge through the rain in rubber boots. But Sabrina Symington has another tactic to deal with those shoe destroying puddles.

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Julie’s First Time Out — May 2017

| Oct 14, 2019 | Reply

Today our newest contributor Julie Slowinski writes about her first time out. It happened on a business trip that coincided with the LGBT friendly event, the Seattle International Film Festival. How could she not attend in her feminine finest? She brought enough clothes to provide outfits for every night, and she visited a thrift shop after she arrived, just to make sure had choices. She had everything planned but as so often happens, there were glitches. It all has a happy ending though so don’t be afraid to read about Julie’s first nights out.

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Trans Influenced Rock: The 1980s, 1990s, and Beyond…

| Oct 14, 2019 | Reply

Last month we reached into the TGForum Archives and brought back part two of Aleisha Michelle Emerson’s series on transgender influenced rock. The articles were originally published in the late 1990s and in the first two she covered the 1950s and ’60s, and the Glam Rock trend of the ’70s. Today we pull out number three in the series and bring you her article on the gender bending that went on in the music world during the 1980s and ’90s. While none of the bands and musicians in the article have not declared themselves trans they were willing to bend gender norms to help them stand out in the crowd.

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The Week In Trans 10/7/19

| Oct 7, 2019 | Reply

Time for all the transgender news that’s fit to print! It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn of a trans woman who rebuked an unwanted pic with a pic of her own. The National Trans Visibility March happened. The Human Rights Campaign really wants to be your friend. A church holds a “get to know some transgender folks” event. The SCOTUS hears Aimee Stephens’ suit against her former employer on Tuesday. Pittsburgh has a trans healthcare conference. Network TV takes a look at violence against trans women. The AMA calls it an “epidemic.” Legal setbacks occur in some cases. Facebook sells ads to hate groups. Arrests are made in some of the attacks on trans women. Trans and Latina on public transit in Phoenix? Beware of ICE profiling. Nigeria has a celebrity “crossdresser.” Joe Biden talks trans issues with Mara Keisling. Just two medical insurance companies pay for surgery that meets WPATH standards. Confirmation surgery decreases the need for mental health treatment. A non-binary teen wins a place in the royal court at homecoming and wears a gold floor-length gown. Laverne Cox is done debating our existence. Dame Helen Mirren believes everyone is a mix of genders. There’s all that and a host of TWIT Awards awaiting you in TWIT!

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Tips on Applying Makeup

| Oct 7, 2019 | Reply

Pauline Estelle shares her tips on how to get a good result from your makeup application. She outlines her steps to a beautiful look, from preparing her skin to applying lipstick that will last all day. Pauline the methods she finds best for her but you are encouraged to experiment and build on her tips to find what works best for you. Ready to start your lesson? Dive into Pauline’s blog and get ready to learn.

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“Narcissistic” Manipulation Tactics

| Oct 7, 2019 | Reply

Narcissists prey on other people using manipulative techniques to get praise for themselves and delight at causing their prey to suffer. Transgender people should be aware of these tactics because transgender people, like most people, look to others for understanding and empathy but transgender people are especially vulnerable since tolerance and understanding are not always easy to come by. Today Dr. Dana Bevan shares her research into narcissism and how to deal with them at all levels.

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A Transgender History Quiz

| Oct 7, 2019 | Reply

We dive into the TGForum Archives and pull out a Transgender History Quiz from 1996. It was put together by Dr. Barbara Anderson for a local California support group’s newsletter and then presented on TGForum. See if you know the answers to the quiz.

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The Week In Trans 9/30/19

| Sep 30, 2019 | Reply

It’s The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Mattel creates a line of gender-neutral dolls. There is a Transgender March in Washington, D.C. Angelica Ross runs afoul of “Bernie Bros.” A trans man loses his bid to be listed as the father of his child since he gave birth. Suspects are arrested in two of the trans woman murders. A trans woman in Britain is Avon’s first trans Avon Lady. Ben Carson’s comments perceived to be anti-transgender stir up more press reports. There is a Drag Queen gamer group called Stream Queens. A trans man boxer is signed by Everlast to an endorsement deal. Fans of Mile High Comics monthly Drag for All Ages event have a unique way of blocking out protestors. Alexandra Billings joins the cast of Wicked on Broadway. Utah holds its first transgender pride event. We have all those stories and few TWIT Awards to hand out in TWIT!

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T & A

| Sep 30, 2019 | Reply

The only constant in our universe is constant change. Sophie Lynne has moved to central Pennsylvania to attend graduate school at the Pennsylvania State University. Now she is near to her beloved Nittany Lion and attending classes with people much younger than her. Moving back after so many years away has shown her how the place has changed. The Old College Diner is gone. High rise apartment buildings have sprouted everywhere, and many of the businesses that were there 30 years ago are long gone. Come along on Sophie’s journey to an old place from her past life that is now shiny and new.

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Burn the Ship!

| Sep 30, 2019 | Reply

Lynda Martini is not a lady to just hang out at home and watch television. No, she’s a woman with a plan and that plan includes consuming her namesake cocktail in various venues in the Philadelphia area. Coincidentally while she has this soothing beverage she is likely to meet people, both old friends and new ones. Jump into today’s blog and get caught up with her social whirl from last week. You not only find out what she means by “burn the ship” but you get some details on what she considers to be her first official date.

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Princesses of the Night — Diary of a Crossdresser — Just Outside

| Sep 30, 2019 | Reply

Our correspondent in Columbia, Katherine Diaz, has submitted a blog and video and we present the original Spanish text as well as a somewhat inadequate translation into English by a machine. Google Translate. We surmise from Googles efforts that the blog concerns the progress of research into transgender issues as they relate to “queer theory” in Latin America. If you have questions you can contact Katherine through TGF.

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Accessorize Summer Outfits for Fall Wear

| Sep 30, 2019 | 1 Reply

The Occasional Woman’s Lorraine Anderson has tips for taking your summer outfits into the fall season. Her secret? Colorful accessories that add style to a simple summer dress. Do you have a nice fitting white dress that you want to keep wearing as the leaves begin to fall? Add a colorful jacket, an orange purse, or a red belt and viola! Your summer dress fits into the new season. Read on and learn more!

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OZMA and/or My Lost Youth

| Sep 30, 2019 | Reply

Back in the late 1990s TGForum contributor Hebe Dotson wrote about a transgender plot twist in one of Frank L. Baum’s Oz books. The twist happens many chapters into The Marvelous Land of Oz. Some of the familiar characters are present and the action takes place after the Wizard has headed back to Kansas. Dorothy and Toto have also left Oz but the Tin Woodman and Scarecrow team up with a boy named Tip and a being Tip has accidentally created named Jack Pumpkinhead. Because his head is a pumpkin.

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The Week In Trans 9/23/19

| Sep 23, 2019 | Reply

The question is, what did we know and when did we know it? The answer is, when we compiled this edition of The Week In Trans and published it for your information. Today we learn that an Indonesian singer comes out as trans. Dr. Penny Whetton, a transgender climate scientist passes away suddenly. Some call Danica Roem’s bid for re-election the “most important election this year.” A trans woman runs for assembly in New Jersey as a Republican. A trans man sues a hospital for refusing to perform a hysterectomy. A credit union is formed that’s just for us. Violence toward trans women continues to make the news. Caitlyn Jenner is roasted on Comedy Central. Jennifer Finney Boylan tells us why pickles are a symbol for our community. There’s all that and much more waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner 9/23/19

| Sep 23, 2019 | Reply

Dina Amberle was in the kitchen early in the morning baking up some treats for her patrons at Dina’s Diner. Among the treats she offers today are such delectables as the gay Mexican luchador, an in-depth look at opera singers who have risked losing their voices in order to transition, the attraction of soccer socks, and how to get thigh high stockings the are a perfect fit. No matter what size you are. There are all of those delicacies and more waiting for you at Dina’s Diner. Bon appétit!

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A Hate Crime Brings Out Love

| Sep 23, 2019 | Reply

Violence against trans women isn’t just something that happens somewhere else. It can happen anywhere. Claire Hall learned that recently when a newly transitioning woman used the restroom facility at a park in Oregon and was attacked by another woman’s husband. The assailant beat her severely just because she was in the lady’s restroom with his wife. But out of this horrible hate crime came a wave of love that may be helpful in stopping this kind of violence.

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TransTainment! Trans @ The Emmys, and More!

| Sep 23, 2019 | Reply

TransTainment is our brand new arts and entertainment column. Every four weeks we will update you with the latest news about transgender people working in film, music and the arts. Today we cover the transgender winners and loser at the 2019 Emmy Awards. We look at a remake of 1996 cult favorite The Craft, and have a report on how Caitlyn Jenner got caught in the flames at Alec Baldwin’s Comedy Central Roast. Pictures! More news! Don’t miss TransTainment!

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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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