Tag: Transsexual

Harry Did Not Become Sally — She Always Was Sally

| Mar 26, 2018 | Reply

In today’s post Dana Bevan refutes the main points in the book “When Harry Became Sally.” The author of the book, Ryan Anderson, uses junk science, and quotes, or points to people, who are firmly anti-transgender. Dana believes his agenda is to marginalize and sideline trans people while affirming the belief system of conservatives who feel a man is a man and a woman is a woman, and if you don’t fit neatly into one of those two genders then you’re a sinner, an abomination, or worse. See how Dana reduces all of Anderson’s arguments with logic and science.

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Suicide: Not Painless

| Mar 26, 2018 | Reply

Cate O’Malley was moved to write today’s post when she read about the suicide of a promising young trans woman who seemed to have everything going for her. She had the support of her family and friends, was taking hormones and had her surgery scheduled when out of nowhere she took her own life. Cate wonders why she would chose to go through that one way door into eternity, and she wonders how many other trans people faced with more negativity than this girl dealt with have also contemplated taking their own lives. It’s not a cheery upbeat post but it is something we need to be aware of and try to prevent.

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How Trans Is Trans?

| Oct 9, 2017 | Reply

How trans is trans? Is it necessary to “go all the way” and have hormone therapy, surgery, and legal name change to be transsexual? Kimberly Hirschel considers herself a non-operative transsexual. Some might say she is just fearful of going all the way, but Kimberly presents her case for maintaining her current status quo.

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The Week In Trans 10/2/17

| Oct 2, 2017 | Reply

It’s time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? A trans woman is running for congress in Uruguay. Danica Roem has been dissed as a male by her opponent in the race for the Virginia state legislature. Germany won’t let a trans man be a legal father. Pakistani trans people can use the name of their guru when registering for an ID card if their parents have disowned them. The highest ranking trans woman of the U.K. armed forces is engaged to a trans man. News of the Bushwig festival. Makeup being marketed to both men and women. Violence against trans kids, and much more, along with a few TWIT Awards, is waiting for you in TWIT!

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Sex Change and the Popular Press

| Oct 2, 2017 | Reply

Joanne Meyerowitz is professor of History and American Studies at Yale. She is the author of How Sex Changed: A History of TransSexuality in the United States. She wrote a series of articles that were published on TGF in 1998 that presented the history of “sex change” before Christine Jorgensen made headlines as the “first” person to have a “sex change.” Since this is all three parts of her series be prepared to spend some time reading this fascinating history.

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Kimberly Pauses to Reflect

| Aug 14, 2017 | Reply

Kimberly is living in both worlds. She spends time expressing a male identity and time spent expressing her female identity. While she is not comfortable being seen as male she has not fully accepted the idea of permanent transition. Today she pause in her adventure and ponders what path to choose. Give up being a part time woman or continue as she has been, shifting gender to suit circumstances.

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6 Tips On Creating a Trans Friendly Environment

| Aug 7, 2017 | Reply

(Philadelphia, PA) “Transgender people want to be treated “normally” just like other people – the key word is respect,” says transgender surgery pioneer, Dr. Sherman Leis. As people head back to school and work from summer activities, Dr. Leis, founder of The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, offers some valuable tips on enhancing a work […]

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Transgender Definitions

| Jul 17, 2017 | 11 Replies

Here at TGForum we have always used the word “transgender” as a term that covers all “trans” activity from fetishistic crossdressers enjoying lingerie in the privacy of their own homes to trans women, fully transitioned and making their mark on the world. Between those two extremes is a broad spectrum of behaviors, identities, and gender expression. To help sort things out and provide some definitions to terms that have come into use over the years Dr. Dana Bevan has written an informative post on Transgender Definitions.

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How are the Non-Transsexual Transgender People Faring?

| May 22, 2017 | 13 Replies

A non-transsexual transgender person is someone who leads a double life, presenting as their birth gender for much of the time but expressing their “secret” gender whenever they can. Statistics tell us that there are at least 10 times more non-transsexual transgender people (non-TS TG) than transsexuals so today Dana Bevan talks about the issues faced by the non-TS TG and discusses ways to offer support that addresses those issues.

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Kim’s Adventure Time

| Mar 27, 2017 | Reply

Meet our newest contributor, Kim. Today she tells you her “origin story.” All about when she first felt that she wasn’t like the other boys, and later in life when she began to realize she might have never been a boy. Today’s introductory episode of Kim’s Adventure Time tells her early life story and many readers will find it familiar. Get to know her in her introductory blog.Give it a read and use the comment area (after logging in) to welcome Kim as a TGForum contributor!

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Educate, Don’t Criticize Those Interested in Gender Science

| Feb 20, 2017 | Reply

The article entitled “Are Gender Feminists and Transgender Activists Undermining Science?” (LA Times, February 10, 2017) omits much of the pertinent scientific evidence on gender and obviates a core scientific principle. With respect to gender feminists, the article confuses sex with gender, ignores social anthropology research on culture and omits salient research on transgender causation. […]

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Unintended Column

| Oct 3, 2016 | 4 Replies

What do you do when the path you have chosen, the path you must follow, takes you to territory that hurts? Takes you to a place where abuse and disrespect are common treatment and there is no, or very little relief. Our dear Sophie Lynne took the path she had to follow and it lead her to that place. A place where her family stepped away from her. A place where crying herself to sleep was the norm. She tried and tried but there was pain. So, she made a plan. A plan for a solemn morning in the peace of Valley Forge Park. But, when that morning came and she was there, alone with the pre-dawn wildlife and her thoughts — she let go of her plan.

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A Transgender Client Bill of Rights

| Aug 15, 2016 | 2 Replies

With the depathologization of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) expected in 2018, its time to tell the Mental Health and Medical practitioners that serve the transgender community what we expect of them. The rewrite of the ICD is expected to create a non-pathological section of the ICD which includes “gender incongruence for adolescents and adults.” Dana Bevan proposes a Transgender Bill of Client Rights.

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Fuzzy Meanings and Transgender Politics

| Aug 15, 2016 | 3 Replies

Jamie Fenton, a founder of TGForum, has a post today that talks about the problems created when “fuzzy” terminology is used while people are having discussions in the the trans community. Misunderstanding can be exacerbated when two parties don’t have the same definition of a word they both use. Read Jamie’s post and decide if you’ve been using “fuzzy” words and having your meaning misconstrued.

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Amanda Asks “What is Reality?”

| Aug 8, 2016 | Reply

We’ve followed Amanda as she has wrestled with living in a strange place that is wonderful at times and oppressive at times. We have read about her anxiety and how it grips her so hard early in the day and eases off later on. We’ve seen her have fun times going out to dinner and seeing a concert. Today she wonders if she made the right decision when she took the blue estrogen pill and stepped fully into a new world. After six years she has questions. So many in the trans community don’t seem to have questions. They move ahead. Should Amanda move back into the Matrix? Read her blog today to see what she thinks.

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Opinion Editorial — Why Spread Bad Information?

| Feb 22, 2016 | Reply

A wise man once said it’s important to know your enemy. While there are many people that could be considered enemies to members of the trans community the hardest ones to understand are not those who are totally ignorant. Ignorance can be a factor in why someone would treat trans people badly. The ones that are hard to understand are those who have been a part of the community and left to advocate for laws allowing discrimination against trans people and telling the world that there is no such thing as transgender and trans people are deluded and sick. One such person is anti-trans activist and writer Walt Heyer.

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Making Transgender Decisions

| Jan 18, 2016 | 2 Replies

Decisions, decisions, decisions. For trans people there are decisions to be made at every step of their life journey. Should they start to experiment with crossdressing? Should they tell people close to them that they have these feelings? Would it be a good idea to go to a trans support group? Should transition be a goal? In order to make any of these weighty decisions Dr. Dana Bevan urges you to get information from different sources and make the best decision from an informed position.

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The TGF Archives — Flowers of Every Kind

| Jan 18, 2016 | Reply

This is an opinion piece from the TGF Archives. It was published in April of 1999 by Roberta Angela Dee, a writer and activist in the trans community who published several books and wrote for TGForum and other publications. Ms. Dee passed away in 2003. In this piece she discusses whether gender reassignment surgery is […]

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The 2015 Week In Transgenderism Wrap Up

| Dec 28, 2015 | Reply

It’s the 2015 Week In Transgenderism Wrap Up! It’s selected stories from our weekly news digest column for every month from January to December 2015. Return with us now to the beginning of 2015 and work your way through the year. Keep on scrolling! The news goes on for a long while.

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Trans Youth Moderated Online Support

| Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

The GLBT National Help Center, which operates, among other programs, the GLBT National Youth Talkline, is excited to announce a new transgender youth program that will begin January 6, 2016, called the Trans Teens Online Talk Group. On their national hotline, they receive calls from young trans people from all over the country that don’t have access to […]

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Dr. Leis: 10 TG Trends for 2016

| Dec 7, 2015 | Reply

Dr. Sherman Leis, founder of The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, one of the leading resources for transgender surgery and medical support in the United States, has identified 10 important trends that will affect America and its transgender community in 2016.

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The Peach State Conference

| Nov 9, 2015 | Reply

When Southern Comfort pulled up stakes and moved to Florida many of the people in the Atlanta area who had volunteered and done work for that conference were left with skills in conference producing that were no longer needed. The Transgender Health Education Alliance stepped in the produce a new conference with a focus on trans health and improving the lives of LGBTQ people. Dana Bevan reports on how the conference turned out.

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Going to Church

| Oct 12, 2015 | Reply

Dana Bevan has been asked to speak to a youth group at her church on what her life has been like as a trans person. Today Dr. Bevan presents us with the outline she intends to follow for her talk. As you might expect from a person of scientific orientation she will tell the group of the scientific evidence she has gathered showing that being trans is not a choice but something you are born with.

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Christine’s Journey 10/15

| Oct 12, 2015 | Reply

Christine Zee has been blogging about her transition journey all summer and now in the fall of the year she is nearing the end of her trek. In this month’s installment Christine’s mother shows some progress is accepting her. Her legal name change is now in the works and she is set to take a several business trips in the next few weeks during which she will come out to more of her colleagues and associates.

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The Week In Transgenderism 9/14/15

| Sep 14, 2015 | Reply

Here it is! The Week In Transgenderism! Today we learn how Gigi Gorgeous became a star. Find some tips on transitioning — your wardrobe for the fall season. There’s change in the air for Harvard’s Hasty Pudding theatricals. We learn the story behind Too Wong Foo…. Every leading man in Hollywood tried out for the part Patrick Swayze landed. A trans girl wins homecoming queen. An Indonesian trans rights activist graduates from law school. Another state has refused to let a trans girl get her photo ID. Learn Ashley Diamond’s story. Iowa welcomes the Miss Gay pageant. Plus a lot more and a few TWIT Awards!

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The Week In Transgenderism 8/31/15

| Aug 31, 2015 | 1 Reply

What time is it? Time for The Week In Transgenderism! All the trans news from around the world condensed into one heaping helping. Today we learn all about Candis Cayne, hear about Dr. Drew’s shows devoted to trans issues and get informed about a new Stonewall movie that has the trans community up in arms. There are several stories about trans women from around the world. There is some criticism of The NYT’s coverage of trans issues but they did a cover article on Phyllis Randolph Frye. Wayne Brady will be the next to don the Kinky Boots. A Walk on the Wild Side video has surfaced. All that and a lot more is waiting for you in TWIT!

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