Category: Transgender Opinion

A Sabrina Symington Cartoon

| Aug 19, 2019 | Reply

Why can’t people understand that LGBTQ people aren’t a threat? They’re people just like everyone else and they have many of the same needs that aren’t blotted out by the one thing that makes them different that the majority of humans. Today Sabrina Symington has penned another cartoon that offers commentary on the real agenda of the LGBT movement.

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Is Being Transgender a Spandrel?

| Aug 12, 2019 | Reply

Are transgender people the spandrels of humanity? A spandrel is a space created in architecture by the active elements of a structure that have on purpose on their own. Spandrels occur in the space between the upper corner of a rectangular arch and its oblique brace. Dr. Dana Bevan takes the spandrel concept and applies it to transgender people. Her blog today is speculation on this subject. Read her thoughts and see if you agree that transgender people may have no purpose in the evolution of our species. Or, they might.

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Dina’s Diner July 29, 2019

| Jul 29, 2019 | 1 Reply

Dina’s Diner offer monthly specials of the latest dishes to catch Dina Amberle’s attention. She quickly checks out the recipe then tosses together a delightful repast that is sure to satisfy. Among the all natural organic ingredients she uses for today’s special we find Mr. Dan’s drag shows in Silver Lake, California, the feminized music idols who have the Communist Party in China upset, a portion of the original “tease but don’t please” girl Doris Day, a dollop of a Broadway performer hanging up her fishnets, and some spices including Melania Trump, and Damien Hurley. Get down to Dina’s Diner and take your seat in a spacious booth or sit at the counter. You’ll be glad you did.

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A Tale of Two Centuries, Part 2

| Jul 29, 2019 | Reply

Way back in 1998 TGForum contributor Hebe Dotson wrote an article that imagined what someone in 1899 would prognosticate about the nature of things in the coming 20th century. We pulled it out of the Archives, dusted it off to be our Retro Rerun. Today we present part two of A Tale of Two Centuries in which Hebe attempts to gaze into the 21st century from 1998. Now that we have a few years of this century under our belts lets see how she did with her predictions.

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| Jul 15, 2019 | 3 Replies

Last month Pauline Estelle wrote about an important room in her life. The bathroom in her home where she does her transformations. This month she writes about another room that’s important to all trans ladies — a public restroom. It seems very logical that using a lady’s room shouldn’t be a problem for anyone involved. Unlike the men’s facility there are no urinals where you stand uncomfortably surrounded by other men with their zippers down. You have a discreet stall, with walls down to the floor in some upscale establishments. Why should there be any problem? Pauline takes a look at that and does a small experiment that shows how unenforceable the various restroom laws are.

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Amanda Hits The Streets

| Jul 15, 2019 | Reply

Amanda may have found her mellow spot. After coming pretty close to rock bottom she has been lifted up again by Lyft. The ride sharing app has allowed her to make money doing something she loves, driving. She is all over the Baltimore area and even down in Virginia and Washington D. C. And she has a new therapist, is getting caught up on her bills and she tells you all about things today. And, she has a small slideshow of the amazing photos she takes while she drives around.

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Lies, Goodbyes, and Moves

| Jul 8, 2019 | Reply

The only constant in life is constant change. Our Sophie Lynne had one idea for this blog and then in a moment that idea got pared down to only one part of her blog. Another section was necessary due to news she got about the passing of a friend in the community. Then she ends her blog today with some good news. You may want to read it all the way to the end and use the comment area to congratulate her.

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CD Squared or (Crossdressing)2

| Jun 24, 2019 | Reply

Bone up on your math skills. Get your calculator and slide rule. Christine Burr has come out — as a math teacher. This week after class she had some free time before going home to get ready for a night out with the girls so she decided to apply her math skills to crossdressing. If charts and graphs are your thing prepare for an, admittedly tongue in cheek, look at the the lives of crossdressers through bar charts.

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An Open Letter to the Vatican

| Jun 17, 2019 | 4 Replies

Transgender people have existed throughout history and are best helped with love and encouragement, not through oppression. Dana Bevan writes an open letter to the Catholic Church advising it to stop treating transgender people as if they were part of some fashion trend and to accept that they exist and they are not sinners. She calls for evidence based policies about transgender issues, not the adoption of the hardline rule that men are men and women are women, as is taught in Abrahamic religious doctrine.

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My Transformation Room

| Jun 17, 2019 | Reply

There is one very important room in Pauline’s house. It the guest room bathroom. That’s where the important process of transforming into Pauline takes place. In this post Pauline writes about all the steps she goes through in her transformation bathroom. From shaving all body hair to her technique for shaving her face and the steps she takes in makeup application, it’s all here in today’s post.

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Being Trans in the #MeToo Era

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

Women across the world are speaking out about the sexual harassment they have had to cope with, but what about feminine members of the transgender community? Trans women and crossdressers can be victims of #MeToo incidents when they are out among others interacting in a feminine role. Trans women who are employed are also exposed to treatment that far too often comes with the feminine territory. Angela Gardner relates a couple of #MeToo incidents she had to put up with while she was out having fun. She asks that you share any such incidents you have lived through by posting them in the comment area.

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Back to Ladyboys

| Mar 18, 2019 | Reply

Some call Thailand the Land of Smiles and say that in general, except for sudden changes of leadership orchestrated by the military, citizens and visitors can have an easy time living there. Our correspondent in Thailand has written in the past about the transgender women there, known as ladyboys, or the more derogatory name katoi, and how they are treated by the general public. Despite advances made in the area of civil rights for transgender Thais Christine Burr today reports that they are still second class citizens.

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Dina’s Diner March 11, 2019

| Mar 11, 2019 | Reply

What tasty tidbits will Dina Amberle tease you with in this edition of Dina’s Diner? So glad you asked. First she stirs up a batch of dish on the fashion designer who sent men down the runway at his menswear show in menswear converted into not very attractive dresses. Then she delivers a tribute to the women of the twenty first century with the story of the warrior woman Shannon Kent who was killed in the line of duty. Moving on to a sweeter dish Dina blends in some movie scenes that touched her crossdressing nerve and helped make her be the woman she is today. Then it’s a soufflé of body suits and leotards to round out today’s menu at Dina’s Diner. Be sure to stop on by.

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A Spring Offensive

| Feb 25, 2019 | Reply

As spring approaches Dana Bevan wants you to prepare for a Spring Offensive. Not to say she wants you to offend anyone. It’s a call for all good trans people to get out there into society and make your presence known. Not by waving signs or marching but by being there where the cisgender people go. Dining in a restaurant. Setting next to them at the movies. Picking up the dry cleaning or at a car wash scrubbing your ride. Show the world your beautiful wonderful self and promote understanding that trans people are people. Read all 3 of Dana’s Spring Offensive in today’s post.

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A Guide to Age Related Clothing

| Feb 25, 2019 | 5 Replies

Pauline Estelle has some tips for the older lady who wants to dress appropriately for her age but desires to avoid the “frumpy” label. You know what we mean; baggy tops with dark floral prints paired with polyester pants with an elastic waist. It my be comfortable but it puts you firmly into the frump category. Pauline has some tips that will boost your fashionable looks and take a few years off of your age.

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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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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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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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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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Who Really Has a Mental Disorder?

| Dec 17, 2018 | Reply

Christine B. asks why is it that people who are uniformed about transgender people often assume that transgender people have mental health issues and that’s why they want to change their gender. The evidence that gender is not set in stone at birth is there for anyone to see throughout history, and in all cultures. Why do people say transgender identities are not real when there are other things that they accept completely on faith with no physical proof?

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Axis of Evil for Transgender People

| Nov 5, 2018 | Reply

At the outset, let me say that I am not a U.S. citizen, don’t live in the U.S. and my observations below are from afar — and maybe I don’t know enough about the real mood on the ground, nor the intricacies of U.S. politics and the power games in play. I am, however, a […]

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Advice for Transgender Voters

| Nov 5, 2018 | Reply

One day before the election, an election many feel will have a huge impact on transgender rights in the coming years, our political maven Babs Casbar Siperstein speaks out about how important Tuesday is for all transgender people. Of course Babs is voting a straight Democratic ticket and going to the polls to do so even though she is still dealing with ill health.

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(Transgender?) History Lesson

| Oct 29, 2018 | Reply

Back in 1997 Shirley Bassey sang a song called History Repeating. That’s the subject of Sophie Lynne’s post today. Not the song but the idea that if you wait long enough what has happened once will happen again. We don’t mind when the things that happen are nice and pleasant, but there are many examples of things that are evil and diabolical. With the current state of transgender rights Sophie is afraid that history may indeed be repeating.

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Dina’s Diner 10/22/18

| Oct 22, 2018 | Reply

The diner may be crowded but there’s always a seat. Step into Dina’s Diner and ask the hostess for a booth or just take a stool at the counter. Today’s special include a few gender fluid models, a slice of Mark Volman in drag in the Zappa film 200 Motels evoking admiration for body positive women, a plate full of stilettos for men, and for dessert, an appreciation of Cammy White cosplayers. So order a coffee or some tea and get ready for a good time at Dina’s Diner.

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Donald J. Trump Wants to Cancel Your Existence

| Oct 22, 2018 | 1 Reply

A new definition of gender sought by the Department of Health and Human services would essentially eradicate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million Americans who have opted to recognize themselves — surgically or otherwise — as a gender other than the one they were born into. Why is this even being considered? Why are transgender people that threatening to conservatives? There’s an election just days away and that is one big reason.

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A Sabrina Symington Cartoon 10/15/18

| Oct 15, 2018 | Reply

For trans kids life can be a real burden. It’s hard enough being a teen and going through puberty when you’re not feeling there is something wrong with your body because your gender identity is congruent with your body. When you are “differently gendered” those teen years can be a real trial. That’s why some young people just suffer in silence. Sabrina Symington has a commenting cartoon for you that explains a lot.

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