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Beating Up Bullies! Tactics for dealing with aggressive males

| Apr 29, 2019 | 2 Replies

Gianna Israel provided nationwide telephone consultation, individual and relationship counseling, and gender specialized evaluations and recommendations since 1988. She passed away on February 21, 2006 after a long illness. Her writings on gender issues had a significant impact on the field. TGForum published many of her columns in the 1990s. Here is a Retro Rerun column from 1999 on how trans women can handles aggressive men who harass or attack them.

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A Week in Paradise

| Apr 22, 2019 | Reply

Pauline Estelle went on a vacation to Mexico and she packed a couple of Pauline’s evening outfits. She spent most of the tropical vacation in shorts and a t-shirt but a couple of evenings were spent as Pauline. She describes the week and offer suggestion on what attire to bring along if you decide to follow her path the the Mexican Riviera.

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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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Review: Fictionmania

| Mar 11, 2019 | Reply

Sophie Lynne has been our Page Pundit since 2017. Her job as the Pundit has been to review books by trans writers and books about transgender subjects. When she took on this task she was employed at a bookstore so getting material was easy. She is no longer working there and Sophie has decided to doff her Page Pundit hat and return to delivering her personal blog every four weeks. She ends her run as the Pundit with a final post that reviews a website which publishes transgender fiction.

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From the Archives: Halloween 1996 — NYC, SF

| Mar 11, 2019 | Reply

Back in 1996 TGForum ran a bi-coastal pictorial feature on Halloween in New York City and San Francisco. Editor Cindy Martin did the photo layout of pictures shot in NYC by photographer Dana B. and photos from San Francisco taken by Jamie Faye Fenton. We bring you those photos again so you can enjoy the costumes and the lovely ladies back in the day.

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Dina’s Diner 2/11/19

| Feb 11, 2019 | Reply

Dina Amberle ties on her apron and hits the kitchen like a whirlwind. She has whipped up some amazing entrees for the menu today at Dina’s Diner. First though, to clear the palette, she serves up a bit of information on the possibilities of finding out by testing which children might grow up and be trans. Then she serves up the supposition that many of the recent depictions of drag and trans characters on TV and in films are not as positive as they might seem. After that she fills a plate with the wonderfulness of sheer inserts in feminine attire, and then provides a potpourri of smaller dessert items. So tasty. Don’t miss Dina’s Diner!

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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 Amazing Claire: Part V Conclusion

| Dec 31, 2018 | Reply

Linda wraps up her story about her friend Claire who started and still lives a large part of her life as Calvin, the mild-mannered retired banker who in the evenings would shed his male clothes and emerge as Claire the wonder escort of the Toronto sex trade scene.

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‘Tis The Season To Be Festive

| Dec 10, 2018 | 1 Reply

The Christmas holiday season is a great time to be festive for many reasons. We love all the tinsel and traditions, and spending quality time with family, and friends. So Tasi Zuriack has rounded up a slew of her favorite festive fashion blogger looks to give you some ideas of what to wear to a Christmas party, or just for an informal gathering among friends.

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Am I Really a Crossdresser?

| Dec 3, 2018 | 5 Replies

Pauline Estelle is one of a number of members of the transgender community who feels the need to express a feminine side now and then but is content being a male for the rest of the time. She has an arrangement with her spouse that gives her a certain number of days per week that she can dress up but often one thing or another may interfere with her plans and she has to present as male for the day. Then, if this happens too many days in a row, she feels a greater need to let Pauline get out and about. Today Pauline wonders, because of the way she handles her dressing, if she is truly bi-gendered.

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Don’t forget our new Discussion Forum and Trans Chat

| Nov 29, 2018 | Reply

Post a question or comment in the Discussion Forum (accessible from the menu bar labeled Transgender Forum). Pick one of the current topics in the Forum or create a new topic. When you’ve typed your comment, before you click the Submit button, make sure the box that sends you an email when someone responds to […]

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The Week In Trans 11/26/18

| Nov 26, 2018 | Reply

Time for the News! What do we learn in The Week In Trans today? A New Orleans school has their first trans homecoming queen. Last week was Transgender Awareness week and November 20 was the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Trump administration asks the Supreme Court to rule on the trans military ban. Activists project “Transgender People #WontBeErased” on a Trump hotel. A film titled The Real Thing is available on Vimeo. PM Justin Trudeau refuses to back down on trans protections in the new North American trade agreement. Native Americans recognized 5 genders. Butterfly will be coming to the CBC. Trans women are painting murals in India. The Archbishop of Canterbury says God is neither male nor female. There’s all that and a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Collar Fashions

| Nov 26, 2018 | Reply

Today Lorraine Anderson the lady in charge at The Occasional Woman custom clothing service, talks about collars. From the status implying ruffs of yesteryear to crew necks, v-necks, cowl necks and more, Lorraine let’s you know how your collar can affect your style.

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There’s No Place Like Home

| Nov 26, 2018 | Reply

Amanda has finally reached the point when she knows she has to leave California and head east. She realizes that there’s no place like home and a return to Pittsburgh is the right thing to do. But. . . she has to solve a couple of problems first. The big problem is The Kid. Her roommate who gave her a place to stay when she could not longer afford rent at her old place. The Kid is clingy, needy, and Amanda is sure she won’t take the news that she’s leaving at all well. So telling The Kid is problem number one. But there are a few others that are influenced by The Kid problem.

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The World Premier of The Makeover

| Nov 26, 2018 | Reply

Lynda Martini recounts a road trip to the Washington, D.C. area that gave her a chance to listen to a band called Swamp Poodle, have some good food and a few glasses of Prosseco, then see the world premier of a short form documentary film titled The Makeover. The film is about Lynda’s friends, Giselle and Beth. They met when Giselle wanted a male to female makeover and went to Beth, a noted makeup person. One thing led another and they fell in love, Giselle transitioned and two filmmakers followed them around for a few years. Join Lynda as she hangs out with the stars.

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Drag in the Cinema — The Mid ’60s

| Nov 26, 2018 | Reply

Years ago on TGForum Laurie Sheril did a series of articles on drag in the cinema. She started back in the days of silent film and worked her way forward in time to the ’90s. Today we dip into the TGForum Archives to bring you her thoughts on films from the mid 1960s that featured characters in drag.

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Princesses of the Night — Katherine Will Compete for a Golden Lion Award

| Nov 26, 2018 | Reply

For the past few months our Correspondent in Columbia, Katherine Diaz, has been studying the art of female impersonation and drag. I Spanish as drag performer is a transformista. Katherine’s blog today announces that after she has been performing for awhile in smaller venues she has been accepted as a performer in the Glardones León Dorado on December 6. In December Katherine’s blog will be about how the competition went and she will have a video.

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The Week In Trans 11/19/18

| Nov 19, 2018 | Reply

Time for all the transgender news you can use! It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Brianna Titone has won her election to the Colorado legislature. The new chair of the House Armed Services Committee promises to make sure transgender people are welcome in the military. An organization has compiled a list of all the court cases that can affect transgender people. Colorado is not only adding a trans legislator, they’ve added the option to use X on state ID. A transgender prisoner has won a legal battle with her state. Celine Dion has created a line of gender neutral clothes for kids. Poland’s president wants to erase LGBT people from school curriculums. Trans women in Sumatra get hosed by police. A survey finds that the majority of primary care doctors are willing to treat transgender patients. There’s all that and a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner 11/19/18

| Nov 19, 2018 | Reply

Dina Amberle serves up another menu full of items that are sure to please. She starts with some thoughts about transgender people who are seen in the media aren’t the only transgender people. Then she stirs in a story about a trans woman who loves to travel, even though traveling can be dangerous to some destinations for someone who is “different.” She also blends in the story of a photographer in France who captured images of trans women in the section called Place Blanche. Then she tops it all off with a dessert woven of knee high socks.

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Agender Youth View: Catching up With M

| Nov 19, 2018 | Reply

Our Youth View reporter M updates you on what is happening in her life at 19. Attending college, making friends, getting a girlfriend and then breaking up. Just typical type news from an agender youth who used to be into polyamory but now feels they have grown out of it.

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Transgender Book Reviews: “Gracefully Grayson” and “George”

| Nov 19, 2018 | Reply

Sophie Lynne, our Page Pundit, reviews two books today. “Gracefully Grayson” is a young adult novel aimed at middle school children. Written by a cisgender female author it tells the story of Grayson, born male but drawn to feminine expression. Grayson wants to play Persephone in the school’s theatrical production. The second review is of a book aimed at younger children. It tells the story of the title character, “George” who would rather be Melissa. Melissa has an opportunity to present herself to the world as her true self and it’s also by playing a female character in the school play.

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Am I a Transgender Woman?

| Nov 19, 2018 | Reply

Claire Hall asks if she is a transgender woman? A woman who happens to be transgender? Or simply a woman? After transitioning and beginning her life again as Claire she is still not clear on the answer. For the first weeks and months the joy of being herself after years of frustration kept her feeling a natural high. But then the current political climate that allows anti-transgender messages to seep from our capital brought on a bout of depression. out of that depression Claire found an answer to her question.

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HiR Transcenders: Helping Trans Business People Succeed

| Nov 19, 2018 | Reply

They call it Shark Tank meets RuPaul’s Drag Race. What follows is a press release from a new investment fund and business accelerator for transgender and non-binary entrepreneurs called HiR Transcenders. On 30th October, HiR Transcenders launched a $250,000 investment fund and business accelerator for transgender and non-binary people.  Nadia McCullough is a transgender woman and co-founder […]

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Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund Appoints Andy Marra as Executive Director

| Nov 19, 2018 | Reply

What follows is a press release from the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Andrea “Andy” Hong Marra as its new executive director. Marra is a nationally revered social justice advocate with a strong track record of service to the […]

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Transgender Entertainment — Trans Media Arts

| Nov 12, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele covers the arts, media and entertainment beats. Today she has news about Caitlyn Jenner’s house, the one seen in her reality show, I Am Cait. She also fills us in on the transgender film star, whose film Rani, bagged an international award. Then she has the scoop on the cast of Season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, and info on Laura Jane Grace’s side project with The Devouring Mothers. There’s all that and a bit more waiting for your perusal in Trans Media Arts.

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Philly Transgender Wellness Conference 19

| Nov 12, 2018 | Reply

Planning for PTWC19 is underway and it’s expected to be bigger and more exciting than ever! The conference is looking for workshop proposals on a diverse range of topics that appeal to a wide spectrum of transgender individuals, their families and friends, including workshops for parents and children. In addition to lecture style workshops, they […]

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