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TransMilitary Screened in San Diego

| Feb 11, 2019 | Reply

By Melanie Yarborough SAN DIEGO HOSTS TRANSMILITARY FILM AND PANEL DISCUSSION The documentaryTransMilitary was recently screened at San Diego California’s 9th Annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival, held at Balboa Park’s Museum of Photographic Arts.Military issues particularly resonate in San Diego: The city is home to three naval bases, three marine bases and one coast […]

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Babs Casbar Siperstein has Died

| Feb 4, 2019 | Reply

A tireless activist who has fought for transgender rights for several decades has passed away. Babs Casbar Siperstein was TGForum’s political correspondent with an unapologetic liberal bias. She was also the Deputy Vice Chair of The New Jersey Democratic State Committee. She helped to pass several laws in New Jersey, and at the federal level, […]

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Trans Media Arts: Transgender Entertainment News

| Feb 4, 2019 | Reply

Where can you find transgender actors, characters and stories in the mainstream media? Trans Media Arts gives you all the transgender entertainment news. Amanda F. Steele is our intrepid entertainment reporter who digs up all that’s going on in the arts and entertainment in regard to transgender issues. Today she has info on a trans man actor in the next Spiderman movie, more on Nicole Maines’ role in Supergirl, a French transgender Playboy model who wants to act, and a cis male actor playing a trans woman role. All the news is there in Trans Media Arts.

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A Sabrina Symington Cartoon — Puppets!

| Feb 4, 2019 | Reply

Today Sabrina Symington takes on the TERFs. They keep insisting that trans woman are a threat to the safety of cis women. Are they really concerned about that or is it all coming from somewhere more sinister. Could the TERFs be being influenced in their anti-trans stance by some other group that is pulling the strings?

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Transmute: Episode 2.1

| Feb 4, 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 2.1 of Transmute, if you dare.

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Prep Your Skin Before Makeup

| Feb 4, 2019 | Reply

The late Roberta Angela Dee contributed many articles to TGForum in the 1990s. All were good lessons on how to better perfect your femininity. She covered everything from flattering clothing fashions to makeup application, wig care and more. In today’s Retro Rerun we present her article on achieving great skin. Before you apply any makeup you need to take a few steps that will improve the overall look of you skin when you go out to have fun.

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The Week In Trans 1/28/19

| Jan 28, 2019 | Reply

Links in TWIT will open in this window. To return to this page use the Back button on your browser. If the link opens in a new tab, close the tab to return to this page. The big news from last week in the SCOTUS decision about President Trump’s ban of transgender people in the […]

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Obituary: Alison Laing

| Jan 28, 2019 | 3 Replies

After a long battle with cancer, Alison Laing, a founding member of The Renaissance Education Association, Inc., board member and then executive director of IFGE, director of Fantasia Fair, author, and wine expert, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2019 at the Elizabethtown Masonic Village in Pennsylvania. She was surrounded by loved ones. Dallas Denny worked with Alison’s daughter to write this obituary. Many thanks to Dallas.

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Grow Your Own : Breast Development Update

| Jan 28, 2019 | 1 Reply

One of the most popular posts on TGForum is Dana Bevan’s post on breast development. Each week many trans women who are interested in growing their own breasts read Progesterone for Breast Development? which was published in 2014. Since then there has been research providing new information on the use of HT for breast development and there have been changes in the process of acquiring hormone therapy. Today Dr. Bevan gives you an update to her 2014 post.

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Walls

| Jan 28, 2019 | 2 Replies

There is an awful lot of talk theses days about the benefits and drawbacks of a wall. In ancient times when your enemies had to run at your town and attack you with clubs and swords a wall around your home was pretty useful. Pauline Estelle writes about walls that are not useful. The walls we put up around ourselves out of fear that someone will “read” us as trans, or as a man in a dress. Building those walls can lead to behavior that actually draws more attention our way. Learn what Pauline has to say about Walls.

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Remembering Alison Laing

| Jan 28, 2019 | Reply

Dallas Denny met Alison Laing at a gender conference in 1991. That meeting turned into the decades long friendship of two transgender activists. In this post Dallas brings you some photos of Alison at work and play and she writes about her memories of those times.

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Trans Fiction: Emily

| Jan 28, 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. What would she do to him to for trying on her clothes without permission? Maybe let him try on some other outfits? Today we present Emily, a story by Ashli Kleier. The first chapter is How It All Started.

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The Week In Trans 1/21/19

| Jan 21, 2019 | Reply

All right class! Prepare to take notes on the latest happenings involving transgender people. It’s a lecture we call The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a German politician has come out as a trans woman. Elections have consequences and the 2018 election has brought changes in the laws regarding trans people in several states. A transgender publication from 1930s Germany was almost erased by the Nazis. Trans Visibility Day is March 31. An openly trans woman runs for Philadelphia city council. Nicole Maines finally gets her super hero suit on Supergirl. Studies show that children know what gender they are. Do Nhat Ha has won the Miss Tiffany pageant in Vietnam. There’s a lot more so do your reading assignment and get all the news from TWIT!

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The Play’s the Thing

| Jan 21, 2019 | 2 Replies

The play’s the thing! At least is has been for a few weeks while Sophie Lynne has trod the boards in a local production of Dracula. Sophie portrayed a maid onstage, made some props for the show, and pitched in to move the scenery between scenes. While she was at it she also acted as an ambassador for the trans community — with the audience as well as her fellow performers.

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The New Year Brings Fashion Bargains!

| Jan 21, 2019 | 2 Replies

The cold of winter beats against our dwellings here in the northeastern United States. Many take refuge in a hot toddy, or perhaps a soothing and warming mug of hot chocolate or tea. What could be better than the shelter in your warm abode as the icy winds blow? Just one thing — bargain shopping! Right now the sellers of lovely lady’s attire are having fantastic clearance sales! Today Lorraine Anderson, head seamstress of The Occasional Woman custom clothing service, tells you about all the bargains to be found.

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Amanda’s Road Trip — Middle to End

| Jan 21, 2019 | 1 Reply

Our former California correspondent is now safe and sound at the end of her journey in Baltimore. Today she blogs about the last half of the trip and picks up the story in Denver. From there it’s on to Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Then Chicago at Christmas time before heading onward to visit her family in Pittsburgh and finally to “Charm City.” And she has a gallery of photos to document the trip.

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Forced Into the Closet! Bah, Humbug!

| Jan 21, 2019 | Reply

Christmas 2018 has come and gone and our contributor Linda Jensen comes out as a bit of a Scrooge. Why? Who doesn’t love the holiday season? Well, Christmas with all its dress up parties, gift buying and then more dress up parties should be a ‘happy time of the year.’ But for Linda but often it is not. What could stifle her holiday spirit? It has something to do with ‘when friends come to call.’

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Closed for Remodeling

| Jan 21, 2019 | 1 Reply

Lynda Martini has been getting out and about a lot in the past several months. From Halloween parties to out of town visits, and going to a football game, Lynda likes to have fun. But another event is looming. One that she longs for but won’t necessarily be fun. In just a few days Lynda will be going into the hospital for her gender confirmation surgery. All the while she has been having fun she has also been preparing for surgery and recovery. And while she had things all planned out and the date set, there was a glitch.

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Princesses of the Night — Once upon a time . . . .

| Jan 21, 2019 | Reply

Our Correspondent in Columbia, Katherine Diaz, has filed a report in text and video about her experience at a professional photo session. She had a makeup artist and professional photographer working to make her look her best. Read about her experience and view the video in Princesas de la Noche.

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Drag in the Cinema: The Seventies: Serious Drag

| Jan 21, 2019 | Reply

Laurie Sheril’s look at Drag in the Cinema looks at drag in more serious films in the 1970s. From George Sanders in drag in The Kremlin Letter to a miscast John Hanson playing the title role in The Christine Jorgensen Story, This column from TGForum in the 1990s covers drag in films of the ’70s.

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The Week In Trans 1/14/19

| Jan 14, 2019 | 2 Replies

Time for the news! What do we learn today in The Week In Trans? A trans woman is the new president of a New York state lawyer’s association. Two women assaulted a trans woman in a nightclub ladies room. A trans woman is Texas was denied competing in a rodeo barrel race. More trans women have been victims of violence in the new year. North Carolina is still losing business because of their stance on trans people. The state of Idaho was told by a judge to provide GRS to a prisoner. The governor is appealing the ruling. Marvel Comics has introduced a drag queen mutant hero. Our Lady J is labeled one of the worst dressed at The Golden Globe Awards. Former TGF contributor Bobbi Swan has passed away. Safiey Illias has turned down tea with the mufti. Jennifer Pritzger is a transgender Republican who condemns her party’s stance on trans issues. There’s all that and a lot more, plus a few well deserved TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner January 14, 2018

| Jan 14, 2019 | Reply

It’s been four weeks and we just know you are hungry for some takeout from Dina’s Diner. Dina has added some low fat items to the menu and you can get a healthy salad, but her speciality the comfort food. Today she mixes up some Valentina, a RuPaul’s Drag Race girl, then adds in a touch of a British trans ballerina, a pinch of award show gender bending and finishes the dish off with a sprinkle of cleavage. Then for desert she brings out a serving of the pretty Brolitas “girls.” Don’t miss this edition of Dina’s Diner.

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Review: Merissa Sherrill Lynn: Her History as She Wrote It

| Jan 14, 2019 | 2 Replies

In the past few years a lot has been said about “missing emails.” Today we have a Page Pundit Review by Sophie Lynn about a book that has been made out of the decidedly not missing emails of Merissa Cheryl Lynn. Ms. Lynn was one of the pioneers in the trans movement back in the late ’80s and ’90s. She passed away in 2017. She founded the “Tiffany Club” near Boston, and eventually formed the International Foundation for Gender Education. Around 2008 and 2009 she wrote a lot of emails to a friend about her history in the movement. That friend has compiled those emails into the book Sophie reviews today.

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The Facebook Gauntlet

| Jan 14, 2019 | Reply

When you reach the point in your life that demands a decision on how you need to spend the rest of your life. When you have to come out in the open and claim your true gender identity, that’s when the thing many fear is sure to happen. People who don’t know you, don’t understand why you must change gender, they will attack you. This is more true than ever in the social media years. Today Claire Hall writes about her experience with Facebook haters.

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The Car Hop in the ‘50s

| Jan 14, 2019 | Reply

Former TGForum contributor Bobbi Swan passed away last month. During her time as a contributor she wrote a column titled Maidhood. Her first foray into the world of maid dressing wasn’t about maids per se. Bobbi extolled the charms of the Car Hop. Those were the young women who took orders and delivered food and drinks to patrons of the drive-in restaurants that got popular after WW II. We suspect it was the Car Hop costume that drew Bobbi’s praise. Take a step back, both in the TGF Archives and into the post war world, with Bobbi Swan.

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Retro Review: The Man in The Red Velvet Dress

| Jan 14, 2019 | Reply

In 1996 JoAnn Roberts, one of our founders, reviewed a book titled The Man in The Red Velvet Dress. It was written by Justine Sahnjay under the name J.J. Allen. The book stirred controversy for a few things. Prime among the complaints was a broad definition of what made a crossdresser: “. . .any person who wears clothing of the opposite sex.” JoAnn found that objectionable along with a couple of other points but overall she felt. . . well, you’ll have to read her review and see.

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