Category: Transgender Body & Soul

Death and Shamrocks

| Mar 18, 2019 | Reply

Sophie Lynne looks back at some people in her life who made a good impression on her but are no longer there. She has felt enriched by them as she feels sad that they have passed away. Today her blog is about raising a glass to the people who she has cherished in the past as she proceeds on her path into the future.

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Back to the Fray!

| Mar 18, 2019 | Reply

Lynda Martini has taken a big step and had breast augmentation and facial feminization surgery. She is out at work and has developed a renewed interest in meeting people who may become romantic partners. She is using a couple of online dating sites and is looking forward to going out on some dating encounters. If the dates don’t work out she’s thinking of getting a cuddly stuffed animal to hug. Today she puts forth her self-created 5 Point Plan for Dating Success.

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All Just a Dream?

| Mar 18, 2019 | Reply

Amanda wasn’t fitting in in California. She had anxiety and depression almost every day. She missed the East Coast and her family. It was particularly hard during the holidays. At the urging of her online friends she decided to finally take another big step in her life and head back east. Now she is living in Baltimore, thinking about looking for a job and beginning to think that her life is just a dream. A bad dream, and she can’t wake up.

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Overthinking?

| Mar 11, 2019 | 2 Replies

It’s been nine months since Claire Hall came out to the world as a woman. In that time she has learned a lot about her gender and about being a woman. Today she wonders if maybe her joy at the simple things like hairdos, makeup, clothes and all the other “feminine” accoutrements might seem shallow, and perhaps taking pleasure from compliments on those things might be a mistake. But then, maybe she’s just overthinking.

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A Sabrina Symington Cartoon: Shields Up!

| Mar 4, 2019 | Reply

Many people cope with their gender identity issues in many different ways. Some follow a clear path to the gender they need to live in and others struggle to decide what path to start down. What doesn’t help many people is the way they hid their true nature from the rest of the world. Today Bria illustrates how harmful all the hiding can be.

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I Almost Made a Mistake

| Feb 25, 2019 | Reply

Suzzie gives a transgender history lesson that features Roberta Cowell and April Ashely. She tells their stories and explains how she relates to them. They were contemporaries who took the path to gender transition. Suzzie also contemplated making that move but then she turned away from GRS and made a deal with a cisgender woman. Read her tale of three transgender women and see if you think Suzzie came out ahead.

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Twists

| Feb 18, 2019 | Reply

Sophie Lynne has been out of work for over a year. He unemployment has run out and the rent is going to be due. But to add a twist to her story, she has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at Penn State in the middle of Pennsylvania. If everything works out Sophie will move to “Happy Valley” to start classes in August. Will her roommate move with her? Will she be able to pay the rent and find a new place in State College? Time will tell. Read her post about the twists her life has taken.

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What I Did During My Winter Break

| Feb 18, 2019 | Reply

Lynda Martini has gone through round one of feminization surgery and is now a “silicone sistah”as she puts it. Just a few weeks ago she had facial feminization and breast implants. Today she discusses why she went that route and considers whether she will take the next step on her path — getting a vagina. She wonders about her future when that happens and postulates several ways things that things could turn.

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Princesas De La Noche – Experienca Drag

| Feb 18, 2019 | Reply

Katherine Diaz is exploring the world of drag “transformsitas” in her city of Bogota, Columbia. one thing has led to another and she went from a lone crossdresser to becoming a glamorous drag performer who appears on stage in various venues around the city. Her acceptance by the performers has allowed her to learn about many aspects of drag. Today she blogs about her experiences and as always provides a video.

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7 Weeks in Baltimore

| Feb 18, 2019 | Reply

Amanda has completed her cross country journey and is now living in Baltimore, Maryland. She is done with the traveling part of her journey and now has to concentrate on getting a job. Today she files a report on how she is feeling about this new portion of her life.

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On Being Deadnamed

| Feb 11, 2019 | Reply

One of the big problems for people in gender transition is how to get friends and associates to not just accept them as their true self but to remember to use their new name. “Deadnaming” is what it’s called and while those who don’t accept gender transitions as real will always use a person’s deadname, just because they can, they will do it to delegitimize you. To them you will always be a freak. But what about those who have accepted your transition but have a problem remembering to use your new name? Claire Hall has some thoughts on the situation.

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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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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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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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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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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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Christine’s Journey — Trans and Catholic? My Dinner with the Cardinal

| Jan 7, 2019 | 1 Reply

Many trans people are also people of faith. They often find that their transgender nature keeps them from worshipping as part of the church they were raised in. While the Catholic Pope has made positive statements about how the clergy should deal with transgender people, he has also made statements that indicate the Catholic Church is not a friend to transgender people. On November 29 our contributor Christine Zuba was invited to dinner with Cardinal Joseph Tobin in Newark, New Jersey. This invitation was extended to members of the LGBT community and was an effort by the Cardinal to get advice about how to move the conversation about the Church and LGBT people forward. Christine reports on how that dinner went.

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Aunt Dana Wants You! (To partner with researchers, and so will they)

| Dec 31, 2018 | Reply

Aunt Dana wants you! To participate in research on why transgender people are transgender. She feels that more and more researchers are looking into what makes us tick. If we don’t participate in their research studies how will the results of those studies stand up? And Dana realizes that many trans people will be reluctant to share any information about themselves with researchers. Dana shares the guideline followed by researchers and one of those guidelines is about confidentiality. She comments on all the guidelines and gives you good reasons why you should consider being a part of the research into why we are who we are.

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On The Road With Amanda

| Dec 24, 2018 | Reply

For months Amanda has been having anxiety attacks while living on the West Coast near San Francisco. She has wanted to leave California and head back to her hometown or another place where she know she has friends waiting to lend her a hand. This week she finally got everything packed and much of it shipped back east. On December 15 she got into her car accompanied by her loyal kitty cat and started the journey to a new home. This blog documents the first half of her trip.

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And so this is. . .

| Dec 24, 2018 | 2 Replies

Sophie Lynne says “bah, humbug” to the Christmas holiday. She’s not a big fan, due to many not fun experiences. Today she writes about one experience when she was the last wait staff member left on duty on Christmas Eve.

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Happy Rebirthday to Me

| Dec 17, 2018 | Reply

Claire likes to celebrate not just her birthday but the anniversary of the day she regards as her “rebirthday.” That’s the day when she made the firm decision to abandon her male masquerade and live the rest of my life as who she always knew she was — a woman.

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World Professional Assoc. for Transgender Health Symposium 2018

| Dec 3, 2018 | Reply

On resident science contributor Dana Bevan recently attended the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Symposium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She filed a report on her arrival and the preliminary social activities on November 5 and now that the symposium is concluded she has a full report on what was discussed at the event. From recognition that some people only need vulvoplasty and adjustment of the body mass index requirements for genital surgery, to the need for “communications therapy” and the debunking of a connection between the transgender condition and autism, Dana fills you in on what came out of this important meeting.

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Transgender Girl Dancing the Night Away

| Oct 29, 2018 | Reply

We are joined today by new Contributor Lynda Martini! Lynda is a trans woman from New Jersey who is currently going through her transition. She is a girl who loves to go out and about and have fun. She brings a fresh voice to TGForum and writes about the good things she has found by coming out of the closet. One of those things is the joy of dancing. Her inaugural post, after she introduces herself to you, is all about dancing and how she has come to enjoy the activity after she became Lynda.

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Transgender Anxiety in Cali

| Oct 29, 2018 | 2 Replies

Amanda F. Steele has been in California for some time. Her hope when she drove there was that she could find a place in San Francisco and possibly take advantage of the state and city’s transgender positive attitudes. Instead she soon learned that living in the city was too expensive so she had to go further east for anything in the way of housing that was almost affordable. She has a retail job and a roommate who is needy. She suffers from anxiety and want to leave but the prospect of leaving adds to her anxiety. Today she files her latest report on her state of mind.

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