Tag: Transgender

The Week In Trans 8/19/19

| Aug 19, 2019 | Reply

Set the Way Back Machine for last week! We bring you all the news about transgender people and issues in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that an Indian woman has won Miss World Diversity for the third time. The Department of Justice is suspending justice for transgender people. Protections for trans people in health coverage is threatened as the administration seeks to remove those protections from the ACA. The administration is also hard at work changing the rules requiring federal contractors to not discriminate against LGBTQ employees. Sense a theme? More trans women have been murdered and one suspect in one case has turned himself in. California institutes a retroactive change of names and genders on student records. IMDb will remove the dead-name of any performers who request it. Janet Mock is interviewed on Fresh Air. Over 7200 drivers licenses have “X” as the holder’s gender. There’s a video interview of the first drag queen to hold elected office in the U.S. Mj Rodriguez won an award for her performance on Pose. There’s all that, and it’s just the tip of the trans news iceberg you’ll find in TWIT! Along with a few TWIT Awards, of course.

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Trans Media Arts and Entertainment

| Aug 19, 2019 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele covers the arts and entertainment beat. Armed only with her trusty laptop computer she dives deep into the waters of film, TV, art and music to compile the blog we dedicate to transgender artists, actors, musicians and more that we call Trans Media Arts. Today Amanda has the scoop on Caitlyn Jenner’s desire for another child, Janet Mock’s ascendence because of Pose, Nicole Maines statement that Women Rule the World, and more! Don’t miss a moment of Trans Media Arts!

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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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Transgender Rock & Roll! Part One: Beginnings, 1955-1970

| Aug 19, 2019 | Reply

Back in 1996 Aleisha Michelle Emerson contributed some columns to TGForum that explored the transgender side of rock and roll. She began the columns in the 1950s and covered up to 1970 with her first column. We unlocked the vault and ventured down into the dusty Archives of TGForum past to bring you that first column. Today she looks at The Beatles, Little Richard, The Who and The Kinks.

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The Week In Trans 8/12/19

| Aug 12, 2019 | Reply

New Content is here! First up is The Week In Trans! What do we learn on this sunny summer day? Danica Roem is campaigning for reelection and she is opposed by anti-LGBTQ groups. Leaked emails show the Department of Education fast tracking an investigation into cisgender girls’ complaint about trans girls on their team. New HUD regulations will hurt trans people seeking housing. Have you had your Bone Mineral Density tests? News flash: People who pass in their preferred gender are treated better. Drag queens in San Francisco are forming a union. More trans women of color have been murdered. One suspect is in custody in one case. No one tried to help a trans woman who was beaten by 7 teens. Gavin Grimm has won his case. More about the transgender angel hired by Victoria’s Secret. Geena Rocero makes her debut in Playboy. The first transgender reality show star dies in mysterious circumstances. There’s all that and a few TWIT Award waiting for you now in TWIT!

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Amanda’s East Coast Anxiety

| Aug 12, 2019 | 4 Replies

After a long sojourn in California Amanda is back on the East Coast. She stopped in her home town in Western Pennsylvania and then went on to Baltimore where she has lodgings with a friend and drives for Lyft. While she was in California she felt that the area she was in was beautiful but there was something wrong. She had anxiety attacks that were crippling. She felt that it might help to return to the east. Now she is in Baltimore and while things have improved she is still subject to anxiety. She wonders if California was only partly to blame for her condition and if perhaps it is her estrogen that is the culprit.

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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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Pauline’s Lingerie Guide

| Aug 12, 2019 | Reply

Pauline Estelle goes under cover, well, under our outer garments, to blog about the things we wear under our dresses. There is a remarkable variety of lingerie women can wear. Either it has a purpose, such as molding a body needing a little help to reach the popular conception of an attractive shape, or to add spice to romantic encounters. Some say that just wearing lingerie can make you feel better and more sexy. Pauline explores the foundation and night time garments that she enjoys. See if you are a fan of those items as well.

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Emily: Back to School as Emily

| Aug 12, 2019 | 1 Reply

The summer of being Emily was coming to a close and Emily realized she didn’t want to be Robert ever again. With the support of her mother and sister she saw a doctor to begin hormone therapy and came out to all of her girlfriends and their parents. The die was cast, she would return to school as Emily and see what happened. Would anyone miss Robert? How would she be accepted by the other students who didn’t know her like her friends? So far her story has been positive with acceptance and support from everyone. What lies ahead during the school year?

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The Week In Trans 8/5/19

| Aug 5, 2019 | Reply

Time for all the transgender related news we could find! It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Laverne Cox was picked by Megan Markle to be featured on the cover of British Vogue. Three dozen member of the House of Representatives sign a letter to ICE protesting treatment of trans prisoners. The World Health Organization has changed its classification of gender incongruence. If you want to change your name and gender on your driver’s license in Alabama get sterilized first. The woman who hacked Capital One is transgender. Mario Lopez made ignorant statements about trans issues and wasn’t save by the bell. A trans woman weight lifter wins two gold medals and a silver in the Pacific Games. They came with a load of blow back about her gender status. Marvel Studios is searching for a trans woman to appear in an upcoming film. Pose rewrites the history of the fight against AIDS, but in a good way. Sade’s son has had confirmation surgery. Victoria’s Secret hires their first transgender Angel. See photos for the 2019 China Drag Queen Contest. There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!

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The Occasional Woman: Let’s Talk About Pants, Baby

| Aug 5, 2019 | Reply

Who wears the pants in your family? Anyone who feels like it. In the early days of fashion a woman in trousers was scandalous. But then, along came World War II and many women had to go to work in the factories and mines. Wearing dresses was uncomfortable in the plant and frilly frippery could be unsafe around machinery. So women started wearing trousers. After the war trousers on ladies stuck around and today there are many different styles of pants for women to choose from. Some show a lot of leg and other kinds cover the legs completely. From shorts to loose fitting tropical prints, Lorraine Anderson writes about the pants that may be a fit for you.

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A Place for my Breasts

| Aug 5, 2019 | Reply

Like many in the trans community, when Sophie’s need to express her feminine nature finally pushed her to begin exploration of her desires she found that the box in the basement labelled “boxed games” was no longer going to hold the things related to becoming Sophie. For one thing she felt a constant concern that the box would, for some unexplained reason, be opened by someone she didn’t want learning what was inside, and for another thing her latest purchase, a large pair of silicone breast forms, would not even fit inside the box. So she took the next step — renting a storage space. Today she writes about bidding that space goodbye, as she moves on in life.

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An American Girl Takes It on the Road

| Aug 5, 2019 | Reply

A few weeks ago Lynda Martini got a message from someone on Facebook proposing that they get together when this out-of-town girl was in Philly for a conference. Lynda thought “What’s this?” but after corresponding with this lady from Chicago she agreed to go out on the town with her. It turns out the out-of-towner had done her research and found several places outside the usual gayborhood haunts were two ladies could have some fun. Read about their adventures, from playing pool in a dive bar to visiting a heavy metal karaoke bar.

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Princessa de la Noche: Diary of a Crossdresser II

| Aug 5, 2019 | Reply

Katherine Diaz is our correspondent in Bogota, Columbia. She considers her crossdressing, as many of us might, as an art. To emulate a woman in all ways takes dedication and several skills. Katherine has been working on improving her skills and is performing on stage in various shows around the city. She has also been chosen to represent the crossdressing and trans community in meetings with the Secretary of Culture, Recreation and Sports, a city agency that promotes “interculturality.” As always, she provides a video and a blog which is in both English and Spanish.

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The Week In Trans 7/29/19

| Jul 29, 2019 | Reply

Time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that one of the youngest transgender confirmation surgeries was performed on a 17-year-old. A federal judge has approved a settlement over North Carolina’s bathroom bill. Gavin Grimm’s case is finally going to trial. Billboards in Detroit are featuring pro-transgender messages. Indiana will change a person’s name without notification to the public. More queens from Drag Race get their own shows. Three presidential candidates have added their pronouns to their official profiles. Isis King is in the film When They See Us. Scientists have developed an artificial uterus that may allow trans women to get pregnant. More films are released featuring transgender themes. There’s all that a lot more plus several TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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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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Blessing or Curse

| Jul 29, 2019 | 1 Reply

Claire Hall counts herself as lucky as she was able to transition from male to female, keep her job and most of her friends and associates. But she realizes that it’s not that easy for many people and while transition might be the difference between living and dying, transition might also be a death sentence for some. For others it could at least lead to a more miserable existence. It all leads her to ask is being transgender a blessing or a curse?

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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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National Lipstick Day!

| Jul 29, 2019 | Reply

It’s a special day that comes but once a year. It’s not Christmas or Easter, or National Talk Like a Pirate Day. We’re talking about National Lipstick Day! How did we all develop such an attraction to ruby red lips? Angela Gardner did a little research on the subject and learns that painting the lips to enhance attraction has been going on for thousands of years. Ancient Sumerians did their lips with crushed gemstones like some kind of antediluvian drag queens. More recently actresses, and actors, in the early cinema and theater used lip coloring to make themselves more present on stage or screen. Take a quick trip back in time for the history of the sexiest cosmetic on this National Lipstick Day!

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The Week In Trans 7/22/19

| Jul 22, 2019 | Reply

Time for all the transgender news! What do we learn today in TWIT? Phyllis Frye will speak at the Health, Labor and Employment Institute in Wisconsin. A man has been arrested in the murder of Zoe Spears. Massachusetts welcomes trans people into its National Guard. The Tinder app seems to be discriminating against trans people. Sarah McBride is featured in a story on CBS News. News outlets are reporting on the problems faced by transgender sex workers. The College of William and Mary has a “trans locker” where students can get free clothing. Berkeley, California eliminates manholes in favor of “maintenance holes.” There’s a new YouTube video featuring David de Alba. The first out trans woman on Big Brother says CBS made her do it. It’s hard for trans people to access healthcare. Apple has new emojis but no transgender ones. How could we tell? There’s all that news and a lot more, along with some TWIT Awards, waiting for you in TWIT!

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Danger: The Intersectionalism Trap

| Jul 22, 2019 | 1 Reply

Dr. Dana Bevan writes today about a trend that is a threat to transgender people around the world. It’s called intersectionalism and it is a tool used by the patriarchal male hierarchy to create oppression. Transgender people are all outcasts and outlaws from the larger culture, intersectionalism is just a new trap to be avoided. Trendy intersectionalism probably will not go away for a couple of decades, so we will have to learn how to deal with it. Dana explains what it is and how it is relevant to you.

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Transgender Arts and Entertainment — TransMediaArts!

| Jul 22, 2019 | Reply

No matter what part of the creative universe Amanda F. Steele is there to report on transgender people in entertainment, the arts and music. Today she has info on the stars of Pose, the first transgender (that we know of) actor to appear in a Marvel movie, and a lot more. Keep up with the transgender entertainment and arts scene with Trans Media Arts.

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Dreams Take Flight: Dan’s Story

| Jul 22, 2019 | Reply

For the last several months Linda has been telling us the story of one of the early gender transformation stories of the airline industry, a story apparently buried by a 50-year confidentiality agreement. Questions? We all could have questions about this story. One might be how likely was it that Patricia could find such a supportive and eventually loving friend in the person of First Officer, Dan. Ask no more. Here is Dan’s story.

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A Sabrina Symington Cartoon

| Jul 22, 2019 | Reply

With all the Pride activities that happen around June and July Sabrina Symington has some thoughts on how she, as a transwoman, relates to it all. Sometime she has a hard time being proud because of negative treatment but at other times. . . . We’ll let her cartoon speak for her.

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Retro Rerun: A Tale of Two Centuries

| Jul 22, 2019 | Reply

Back in 1998 there was a lot of concern about the coming turn of the century. Would all the computers go crazy after midnight on the last night of the 1900s? Using that and other concerns about what would happen when the world entered the 21st century Hebe Dotson wrote a pair of contributions to TGF. The first was an imagining of a conversation between two people in 1899 in which one person has foreknowledge of the nature of the 20th century. And of course they possess knowledge of what will happen surrounding the LGBT community. Which in 1900 just didn’t exist. Right.

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The Week In Trans 7/15/19

| Jul 15, 2019 | Reply

Say kids, what time is it? Time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that trans author/activist Sarah McBride is running for her state’s Senate. The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow trans people to serve in the military. We find out how ICE treats transgender women in detention. Mike Pompeo creates a human rights panel made up of people who would deny trans people their rights. How much could you spend on gender transition procedures? A research study shows that trans people who pass in their preferred gender get a pass from people. A South Korean drag queen talks about using drag to raise awareness. A Stonewall veteran has had a stroke at the age of 78. Pose focuses on violence against trans women in a recent episode. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends a drag show and joins the performers onstage. At the right wing rally in D.C. a group of drag queens shouted down the right wingers. Mattel has created a Barbie doll version of Ziggy Stardust. Scarlett Johansson says she should be able to portray any person, tree, or animal since that’s an actor’s job. Gigi Gorgeous has married Nats Getty, a granddaughter of J. Paul Getty. There’s all that plus a smattering of TWIT Awards waiting for you in this edition of TWIT!

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