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Emily: Summer as a Girl

| Apr 22, 2019 | Reply

Young Robert, a boy small for his age, begins to consider what it is about girls that makes them so different from boys. As part of his research he tries on his sister’s clothes — and gets caught by his sister. Instead of being mad, after she gets over her initial surprise, she helps him transform more fully into a girl. Then his mother finds out about what has been going on and agrees that he should explore femininity. Now he is Emily, a cousin from Portland, who is staying with the family for the summer while Robert has told everyone he is going to work on his uncle’s boat. Emily has moved into Robert’s old room, which has been feminized, and even talks to some of Robert’s friends who have no idea who she is. In fact one of them seems to be crushing on Emily. Find out what happens in Chapter 4.

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Retro Rerun: Ranma 1/2 Manga, Anime

| Apr 22, 2019 | Reply

Back in the 1990s Dov Sherman wrote a column for TGForum on Japanese manga and anime. While much of the manga Dov reviewed is no longer available the runaway success of Ranma 1/2 has made it so popular around the world that the manga and anime are always available. Ranma is on interest to us because in the first adventure he falls into a cursed spring and it changes him into a girl. Hot water can change him back into a boy. Think that might make life and love a little difficult? Here is Dov Sherman’s Manga Focus column on Ranma 1/2 from 1997.

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The Week In Trans 4/15/19

| Apr 15, 2019 | Reply

What time is it? Time for The Week in Trans! What do we learn today? A trans activist in Armenia gives a stirring speech to parliament. Betsy DeVoss admits she knew trans students would suffer but she rolled back protections anyway. A report is in on the death of a trans immigrant while in ICE custody. The DOJ issues an equal opportunity statement that includes gender identity and sexual orientation for its employees. An NBC reporter uses masculine pronouns when referring to Chelsea Manning. The Ohio teens who won a lawsuit they filed because a judge told them they were too young get their new names. Japan has its first transgender elected official. According to a study trans men are at greater risk for heart attack. A senior trans activist explodes the myth that trans women have to dilate for the rest of their lives after surgery. There’s all that and a ton more stories in TWIT!

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How Breasts Feel

| Apr 15, 2019 | Reply

Today Sophie Lynne tells you what it’s like to grow your own breasts through hormone therapy. She fills you in on the details of what it feels like when they are growing, what it’s like to hide them because you’re not out yet as a trans woman, and what it’s like to live with them everyday. She shares all from the point at which they got bouncy to what it feels like when they’re squeezed too hard. For insight into what it’s like to grow your own don’t miss Sophie’s blog today!

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The Occasional Woman — Spring Fashion!

| Apr 15, 2019 | Reply

Our resident fashion maven, Lorraine Anderson, the lady in charge at The Occasional Woman custom clothing service, has some thoughts on spring fashion. There are new outfits waiting to be coordinated and worn and Lorraine has tips on the hottest and easiest to wear fashion trends. Also some examples of what could wrong with some styles. Check out her advice in today’s fashion post.

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Spring Cleaning

| Apr 15, 2019 | Reply

Lynda Martini is always busy. After returning from the Keystone Conference she finds herself cleaning her mental house with exercise and preparations for swimsuit season. And since it’s spring time she also finds her thoughts turning to the possibilities of dating. She attends a rooftop mixer and recalls what it was like in those type of situations when she was the guy trying to get a woman’s phone number. Now she hopes to be the woman who gets asked for her phone number. Check in on Lynda’s newest adventures in her blog.

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Story of a Girl

| Apr 15, 2019 | Reply

Spring is in air but Amanda is in Baltimore. She’s not working and her cash reserves are running low. Time is going by and she needs to keep moving forward but she finds herself reluctant to start the job application process. Will fear and anxiety stop her from finding a place in her new home town, or will she take the necessary steps to get a job, make some friends and maybe, just maybe find someone special? Read Amanda’s Blog for her latest feelings about life, the universe, and everything.

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Princesses of the Night — Female Impersonation Night in Bogota

| Apr 15, 2019 | Reply

Katherine Diaz reports on a “cross night show” in her hometown, Bogota, Columbia. What’s she attends is a female impersonation show called Zapatilla Dorada. Such shows are regular events in the LGBT friendly parts of Bogota and are considered a part of the nightlife when people on the LGBT spectrum want to party, or as they say in Columbia, “rumba.” Read Katherine’s report in both English and Spanish and view her accompanying video in this edition of Princesas de la Noche.

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Jim Jefferies Show Features Thai Trans Women

| Apr 15, 2019 | Reply

The Jim Jefferies Show on Comedy Central traveled to Thailand for a segment on the transgender women there known as “ladyboys.” The segment was part of Jefferies’s  April 9, 2019 show that focused on LGBTQ rights. In the segment, which you can watch below, Jefferies interviews three transgender sex workers and a transgender rights activist. […]

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The Week In Trans 4/8/19

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

Time for all the news from the transgender world! What do we learn today? Mara Keisling is fighting the Trump administration to maintain our rights. Michigan honors the creator of International Transgender Day of Visibility. Monica Helms, creator of the trans pride flag, writes about how it feels to see it in the halls of congress. Euro Pride won’t allow groups that demean other groups to participate. As the Equality Act is debated it’s amazing what representatives believe about trans people. Chelsea Manning is out of solitary but still in stir since she won’t talk. Google has appointed the president of the right wing Heritage Foundation to an advisory council and Google employees are not taking it well. Many rural trans people are happy living where they are. There’s all of that and a lot more, plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner — April 8, 2019

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

Every month Dina Amberle, our top chef and owner of Dina’s Diner, mixes up a bunch of ingredients, sautes them slowly or deep fries them to a crispy golden brown and serves them up for your enjoyment. Today she stirs up some some Korean boy band beauties who aren’t afraid to look like girls, adds in a muscleman who’s a night time queen, folds in some appreciation for the fantasy nurse archetype and spices it up with some Nicole Maines as Dreamer and a little bit of Alita, Battle Angel. It’s all waiting for you down at Dina’s Diner. Enjoy!

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Historical Perspective on Diva’s Closure

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

Ms Bob Davis digs into the history of the recently closed transgender friendly San Francisco nightclub, Divas. It was a favorite spot for members of the transgender community to hang out, take in some drag performances and mingle with other segments of the greater queer community. From it’s beginning in one spot to the fight with local residents to move to a much larger venue nearby Ms. Bob dishes the history of Divas.

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Why Wait?

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

Within the past decade or so the transgender community has moved out of the shadows to take a place in the spotlight. Thirty years ago men who wore women’s clothing were thought to be gay. Women who dressed as men were viewed as butch lesbians. And all of us were thought of as perverts and possibly child molesters by the majority of the nation. But thanks to concerted efforts by trans activist the real truth about transgender people began to emerge. From weekend support group meetings to the legislatures of several states the transgender journey has marched on. Today Claire Hall asks herself the question, Why Wait? She waited for many years to fully express her true self. Of course there is still resistance to acceptance of trans people and there are haters out there for sure. What kept Claire in her closet till just this past year?

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San Diego Empowerment Event Focuses on Academics, Employment, Service

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

By Melanie Yarborough (Neutral Corner) Photos by Michelle Dungan (Neutral Corner) San Diego’s 16th annual Transgender Day of Empowerment (TDOE) was held this past April 5th at the Hillcrest LGBT Center. It focused on three key elements of scholarship, work, and public service.  Academic studies are always a centerpiece at San Diego’s TDOE event, and […]

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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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Bait For a Crossdresser Trap?

| Apr 1, 2019 | Reply

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The Week In Trans 4/1/19

| Apr 1, 2019 | Reply

Today we learn many things in TWIT. Among them, Tanwarin Sukkapisit is the first transgender person elected to the parliament of Thailand. All the court stays on the trans military ban have been lifted. Several members of congress posted the transgender pride flag at their office entrances for the International Day of Transgender Visibility. A bill in California would make it illegal to do genital surgery on intersex children without their consent. A bill in Texas would let medical and legal professionals, as well as barbers deny service to people who offend their “deeply-held religious beliefs.” A research study shows that trans women have better cognitive skills if they take estrogen after GCS. Trans people in the D.C. area can take advantage of a database of healthcare providers. In the midst of the Brexit mess the British government is being petitioned to increase funding for gender clinics. Australian trans actress and advocate Georgie Stone has been cast as a transgender character on a soap opera. Dex Frier was hoping to be prom king but had to settle for being one of two “royal knights.” Denver, Colorado wrapped up its Denver Drag Days festivities with a record breaking drag brunch. There’s all that and more along with a host of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Transgender Stress: How Are You Coping?

| Apr 1, 2019 | 1 Reply

You are undoubtedly stressed, how are you coping? It all mounts up. There are the 98 attacks on transgender people by the current administration as documented by GLAAD. Then there are the half dozen states that make us feel unwanted and endanger us if we travel there because we might be denied emergency healthcare or […]

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Trans Media Arts: Trans in Entertainment!

| Apr 1, 2019 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele covers the transgender entertainment and media beat. Today she has news about Shangela performing as Beyoncé for Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z. Then she introduces us to a guitarist and band leader who dares to perform in Malaysia , an ultra-conservative Muslim controlled nation. She also has news about Andreja Pejic and how to honor International Transgender Visibility Day in the U.K. Alex would talk with the voice of a trans man. Get it all from Trans Media Arts.

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A Sabrina Symington “Bria” Cartoon

| Apr 1, 2019 | Reply

Some burger joints have a lot of different marketing gimmicks. Some advertise grass fed beef. Others say their burger patties are never frozen. And the trend is to go organic with patties from cows that have no added hormones. When Bria goes out for a burger and fries she is always prepared.

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Dreams Take Flight, Part 2

| Apr 1, 2019 | Reply

Patrick was a flight attendant with a major U.S. airline a few decades ago. He and his crew-mates were based in Denver but often had to stay overnight in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and San Diego. It is during one of those layovers that our story starts to unfold. Patrick is outed to his crew-mates and instead of rejection he is encouraged to present himself as Patty. In our last installment the female flight attendants had presented Patrick with a package. What could it be? Read on to find out.

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Transmute, Episode 2.3 — Awakening

| Apr 1, 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 2.3, Awakening.

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The Week In Trans 3/25/19

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

The Week In Trans is here! What do we learn today? The 1982 film Tootsie has been turned into a Broadway play and it opens at the end of the month. The trans military ban is back on hold but don’t hold your breath. More court activity to come. The Canadian Armed Forces have issues new directives on how to treat trans troops. A trans activist from Honduras says a wall will not stop people from seeking refuge in the U.S. Republicans are reluctant to renew the Violence Against Women Act since it includes for the prisons to consider the safety of trans prisoners. A school district in Georgia has blocked a trans boy from running for prom king. Trans candidates are running in local Philadelphia elections. A study shows men who identify as cisgender but have sex with trans women have a higher-than-average HIV infection rate. And there’s lots of other news plus a few TWIT Awards. It’s all waiting for your click.

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Amanda Reports on Keystone 2019

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

After living on the West Coast and missing six years of The Keystone Conference Amanda F. Steele is now a resident of Baltimore and when she realized many of her friend would be just and hour and and eighteen minutes away in Harrisburg she made a last minute trip the event. And of course we took advantage of that and told her to send us a report on what happened.

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Fashion Alert! Here Comes Spring!

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

Pauline Estelle welcomes spring and with it her thoughts turn to dressing for the warmer weather. Today she offers tips on how to break away from the winter blahs and bring out the bright outfits you’ll wear for the next month or so and we get into summer heat. So put away the boots and heavy coats and wear colors and lighter fabrics with spring sweaters and light jackets.

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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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