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The Occasional Woman — Springtime!

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

Spring is in the air and spring fashions have wandered off of the runway and into many women’s closets. How do you determine which of the many springtime looks is right for you? With help and advice from Lorraine Anderson, the woman in the know when it comes to fashion! Lorraine is the owner of The Occasional Woman custom clothing and alterations service. Now, let’s leap into spring fashion!

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The Week In Trans 4/16/18

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

As grains of sand through the hourglass, these are the TWITs of our lives. Today we learn more about Pakistan’s first trans woman TV anchor. There is activity in federal court concerning the trans military ban. A trans woman vet and her husband are advocates for trans military members. The DOJ wants to remove questions about gender and sexuality from a crime victim survey. The film Anything is coming out in May. Trans athletes will compete in the Boston Marathon. The What We Know project cites 52 studies that show positive results from transitioning. The Planet Fitness lawsuit returns. There are now stock photos of trans women. Boys in a school in Britain are wearing uniform skirts. There’s all that and plenty more plus a load of TWIT Awards to deserving recipients waiting for you in TWIT!

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Pub Nights

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

Pauline Estelle wanted to learn more about how to crossdress and after her first wife passed away she was ready to reach out to a local support group. She joined Xpressions in the Toronto area and soon found herself being a board member responsible for the board’s meeting minutes. Then she stepped in to take charge of the outings known as Pub Nights. Today she tells you all about her time with Xpressions.

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Across Five Aprils

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

Sophie welcomes the spring season with thoughts on her life since she decided to live as her true self five springs ago. She remembers the rainy spring days when as a child she would walk around in her small town and wonder why she didn’t fit in, why she was different and how could God be punishing her. Those lonely, wondering days are in the past. Now flowers are starting to bloom, warmer days are coming more often and Sophie is being herself.

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“Daughter” by Ryan Cassata Video Review

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

Music columnist Pam DeGroff returns to TGForum with a review of a new video by FtM musician and song writer Ryan Cassata. The song is titled Daughter and is about how gender transition changed many relationships in his life. In particular it changed the father-daughter relationship. Where his father had established bonds to a daughter, after Ryan’s transition his father had to learn how to change that relationship to bond with his new son. But Ryan will always be his dad’s little girl. Watch the video and read Pam’s review.

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What Happened to The Real Me?

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

The Who had a song on their 1973 Quadrophenia album titled The Real Me. The lyrics are about the singer’s lack of a solid identity and his effort to find his real self. Today Amanda wonders where her real self has gone. While she has pursued her dream of transition for over six years she isn’t finding the peace and satisfaction she thought she would experience as a full time woman. She is haunted by anxiety. And she wonders if she moved into transition too fast while she was caught up in The Pink Cloud of joy experienced by many who give themselves the freedom to express their feminine nature. This is serious. She is even talking about de-transitioning.

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Was it hard coming out to your family?

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

Today Natalie Nicole answers a question she often gets asked. Was it hard coming out to her family? Her answer is a resounding “yes.” Bolstered with a plan on how she would come out to everyone Natalie knew the first step was to come out as herself to her mother. With the help of a supportive sister she took that step in a phone call. That was the last time she spoke with her mother. While her siblings were all okay with her being a woman her mom had a different perspective on the change. Natalie writes about that today.

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Perfeccionando Tú Dualidad (Perfecting Your Duality)

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

Today Katherine Diaz tells you about a makeover place in her city that shows trans women how to do their makeup. She learns all the trick and tips that a crossdresser needs to be her loveliest. From covering eyebrows with glue stick so they can be drawn on in a better spot to using art techniques to minimize a large nose. Roxana Miranda teaches it all at her Tranxtienda salon. The text in en Español but Katherine speaks English in her video.

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The Week In Trans 4/9/18

| Apr 9, 2018 | Reply

All the trans news in one place — It’s The Week In Trans! A look back at all the trans news from the past week. Today we learn that Canada has its first trans mayor. A community health center in Tucson is serving the needs of trans youth. The A.M.A. tells Secretary of Defense Mattis there is no medical reason to exclude trans soldiers. A French gold medalist comes out as a trans woman. Puerto Rico must allow gender marker change on birth certificates. A restaurant asks a trans woman to present as a man if she wants the job. 120 anti-LGBT bills were introduced in the states and none passed. A new awareness campaign from GLAAD — I Love Being Trans. Drag is big in Lebanon. An anti-Semite is out and Eddie Izzard is in. Muxes are in a documentary. There’s all that and more plus several well deserved TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner April 9 2018

| Apr 9, 2018 | Reply

Dina Amberle scans the media to dig in deep on stories that resonate with her crossdressing side. Today she praises Nicole Maines’ op-ed on a federal judge nominee and talks about other nominees of the current administration who hold awful views. Then it’s on to look closer at where it’s safe to be transgender, as inspired by the story of drag performer Maxi Glamour that we reported last week in TWIT. Mix in some thoughts on K D Lang’s androgyny, add a bit of Japanese bondage, and round it all out with rumination on Brooke Shields at 52 and you have a recipe that’s sure to sell out down at Dina’s Diner.

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Book Review: The Queer & Transgender Resilience Workbook

| Apr 9, 2018 | Reply

Today our Page Pundit, Sophie Lynne, reviews “The Queer & Transgender Resilience Workbook: Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation & Gender Expression” by Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC. That’s right, there’s a work book you can use during you gender transition, or to figure out that you don’t need to transition. Sophie’s review will help you determine if the book is right for you.

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Youth View — Autism and the Gender Non-Conforming

| Apr 9, 2018 | Reply

M is our gender nonconforming, non-binary teen correspondent. They are also on the autism spectrum and this month is Autism Awareness Month. Today they post on the subject and how it has affected them. They were only diagnosed with autism a year ago and after looking into the subject online they have determined that there seem to be a number of trans and non-conforming people who are also on the spectrum.

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On Being a 5′ 13″ Trans Woman

| Apr 9, 2018 | 1 Reply

Many trans women are reluctant to express their true selves for many reasons. One reason looms over the others for some. While they may be average height for a male they are taller than the average female. This makes them reluctant to go forth into the world expressing their true gender. They feel that being over six feet (1.8288 meter) tall may draw negative attention to them. Today Claire H. talks about how her 6′ 1″ size made her feel she couldn’t ever be herself. Then she started to find other tall women to provide inspiration. One of them is Tula.

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Early Media Impressions of TGs — Footprints From The Past

| Apr 9, 2018 | Reply

Today we dig into the past for a Retro Rerun from the 1990s archives of TGForum that takes you much further into the past. Journey now with contributor Andee W to Victorian London when there were magazines that published letters from readers. Letters that discuss the same subjects that you can find in internet chat rooms today. Men would write in and extoll the virtues of dressing in female garb. Or they would write about being forced into a corset and skirts. Andee W dug up several letters from those magazines and presented them to TGF readers in a feature called Footprints From The Past.

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The Week In Trans 4/2/18

| Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

A power outage crippled TGForum World News Headquarters early Sunday evening leaving our staff idle and in the dark. We apologize for the delay in bringing you today’s New Content. And now, the news. Lot’s of buzz about the latest administration attempt to ban trans people from the military. Lambda Legal goes to court in Ohio. Transgender Day of Visibility news. No LGBTQ questions on the census. Another trans woman is murdered. Washington State bans conversion therapy. Peppermint hits Broadway. There’s a new film about a Tongan trans person. There’s all that and more plus a couple of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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How To Make Floral Prints Work For You

| Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

Spring is in the air and a lady’s thoughts soon turn to how pretty and feminine she will look in lovely floral print outfits. But not all ladies know how to pick the floral pattern that works best for them. What to do? Turn to our Fashion Maven Tasi Zuriack for all the information you need on picking the right print in the style that will flatter you, and how to accessorize you floral print outfit for optimum flower power.

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A Sabrina Symington Cartoon for 4/2/18

| Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

Finding your true identity is a powerful thing. Today Bria finds hers and her detractors shiver and quake in fear at her awesome presence. Beware ye who click here — but click you surely must to see the latest Sabrina Symington cartoon.

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Trans Media Arts — Trans Music!

| Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele is our arts, music and media reporter. Today she has news of the first trans woman contestant on The Voice. She tells you all about a woman who wants to be the first trans Latina rapper, features a music video by a band called Ought that tells the story of a mechanic by day who dolls up to sing with the band at night. Amanda also has news of the upcoming Against Me! tour of the west coast, and she includes and concludes her post with a new track from Amanda Lepore.

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Being Real is Love

| Apr 2, 2018 | 1 Reply

Someone said that the only constant is constant change. If you think you’re always going to be exactly who you are you should learn the wisdom shared by The Artist D! “With age and experience comes wisdom. That is true because with age and experience comes complete and utter exhaustion regarding the things that used to be so damned important.”

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No Craig’s List Personals? What will Linda Do?

| Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

This ad won’t be running. Linda, MBICD, learns that a popular online dating service that she has relied on for many years to provide companions when she went out of town for a crossdressed holiday has suddenly closed up shop after a new rule is put into place by the government. She wonders what happens next. What’s a girl with needs to do?

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The Week In Trans 3/26/18

| Mar 26, 2018 | Reply

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Sarah McBride has a new book. The Trump administration is up to no good for trans soldiers. Some trans Republicans are beginning to speak out against the party’s stand on trans. A Pakistani model is the first trans woman to read the news on TV in that country. A Canadian woman was told she couldn’t join the army because she was doing HRT. Nicole Maines speaks out against an federal court nominee. Ben Carson is uncomfortable around trans people. Los Angeles has a trans woman in the district attorney’s office. An anti-transgender representative attends a U.N. meeting on the status of women. Dr. Rachel Levine will become Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health. Trans athletes are trying out for the Olympics. Jan Morris has a new book coming out. There’s all that and more, including a few TWIT Awards, waiting for you in TWIT!

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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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Early Adventures in the Early Morning

| Mar 26, 2018 | Reply

When many trans people begin to dress as their inner gender they feel they have to do so in secret. That leads to sneaking around, creating a secret life that they live outside their “normal” activities. For some that means going “out of town on business” a couple times a month, or having an “important meeting” on the weekend. For Kimberly her adventures en femme started early in the morning. She would get up and put on her makeup, wig and femme attire and go out like a lady running early morning errands. With her spouse’s approval but understanding that the neighbors couldn’t learn her secret Kimberly became an expert at early morning dressing.

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Tips on Passing for Older Girls

| Mar 26, 2018 | 2 Replies

When we’re young it’s easier for some males to make themselves pretty and be passable females. Those who have the advantage of a smaller frame or shorter stature can feminize themselves fairly well. As we age, after a certain point, we may not be able to continue to present as head turning hotties but we may be able to blend in more seamlessly. Why? Age causes features to soften and we actually get shorter. In many cases senior women and men are only differentiated by a little makeup and a different type of clothing. Pauline Estelle has some tips on how to take advantage of your senior status to just be one of the older girls.

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Metamorphosis — Chapter 19

| Mar 26, 2018 | Reply

Raquel and Mark, seemingly two parts of one person that became separated after drinking a strange potion, have been transported to another land. They trek to the north to confront “the Magistrate” who is apparently responsible for their condition. In a house that is a duplicate of their childhood home Raquel meets her “mother” and then her “father.” Then she finds herself cast into darkness only to awaken in a horrid swamp to be confronted by a hideous creature with one eye looming over her. It tells her “Guug not eat you. Wolves eat you.” And with that Raquel is tossed over Guug’s shoulder and he begins to run from the ravening pack. What will happen next? Read Chapter 19 of Metamorphosis.

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