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The Week In Trans 6/11/18

| Jun 11, 2018 | Reply

And now the news! It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a gender fluid ballet dancer who uses male pronouns is hired as a ballerina. The Gavin Grimm case grinds on. A trans woman has wins a battle with Sam’s Club. Two Iowa trans women sue the state and win Medicaid coverage. Jockey Victoria Smith rode 250 races as a male. She’s back in the saddle. Legislation news from Japan, the U.K., Denmark, and the U.S.A. A trans actress in Pakistan gets her starring film role. More employers are looking to hire trans people. Where did birth certificates come from? You may be surprised. Singer/rapper Azealia Banks starts a Twitter war with RuPaul. Check out the oldest performing queen’s makeup routine. There’s all that and more waiting for you in TWIT!

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Let’s Talk. . . Again and Again

| Jun 11, 2018 | Reply

As someone who has fought the Darkness of suicidal thoughts Sophie Lynne is very qualified to write about the subject in the wake of the recent celebrity suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Transgender people are very prone to the depression that can lead to taking one’s own life and Sophie has been at that place, in that moment, more than once. What pulled her back from the edge? What is needed to prevent suicides? She addresses that question and more in today’s blog.

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Jan Goes to a Trans Film Festival

| Jun 11, 2018 | 2 Replies

Last week Jan Brown and some of her friends attended the Out Films CT festival at Trinity College in West Hartford. They were there to see the short films with transgender themes. Seven films from all over the world were featured. All were from twelve to thirty minutes in length and covered various perspectives on transgender issues. See what Jan thought of the films in her review.

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Princesas de la Noche — El Majestual Mundo de los Shows

| Jun 11, 2018 | Reply

All the world’s a stage and we are but players. Shakespeare wrote something close to that and for some members of the trans world the desire to put on a show and be a performer on the stage providing entertainment and inspiration becomes a life goal. Today Katherine Diaz, our correspondent in Bogota, writes about the urge to be a glamorous star and perform in the spotlight. She also makes a modest attempt at El Majestual Mundo de los Shows in her included video. Her blog es en Español. Use the link at the bottom of the page to access Google Translate.

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Anxiety in the Sun

| Jun 11, 2018 | Reply

Amanda had been taking Cymbalta to deal with her anxiety problem. Sometimes the drug would make her feel sleepy and other times she would experience a bit of depression. Concerned with these side effects Amanda sought information and came across a Cymbalta support group online. They convinced her to do something she now admits was stupid. Following their sage counsel she decided to stop taking her medicine. She tapered off the dose slowly, even opening the capsule and weighing the grains to take less and less. Now she is in the grip of anxiety again and it is stopping her from following the plan she made to leave California and return to the East. Get more of the details in her blog, Anxiety in the Sun.

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Coming Out to My Long-Time Girlfriend (Part 1)

| Jun 11, 2018 | Reply

Today Natalie Nicole begins the story of how she came out to a romantic partner she was with for eight years. They first met when Natalie was 17 and the girl was 11. They were appearing in a play together. She was a weird, precocious little kid and was part of Natalie’s life as a friend till one day she was a grown woman and they became a romantic item. That’s just the start of the story. Read Part 1 of Natalie’s blog to get all the background.

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The Week In Trans 6/4/18

| Jun 4, 2018 | Reply

Get ready! it’s all the trans news you can use! We call it The Week In Trans. Today we learn that Japan’s businesses are beginning to hire trans people. Gavin Grimm’s case will continue. A young trans man in Dallas will hear his preferred name at his graduation. An intersex vet is hoping to get a gender neutral passport. An 8th grade gender fluid child wore the transgender flag as a cape when they hoped to ask Betsy DeVos a question. A trans woman immigrant died in custody. How young is too young to decide what gender you are? A man is transforming Barbie dolls into Drag Race contestants. The CDC will keep the optional LGBT question on a survey. Good news from Chile’s supreme court. Chelsea Manning appears to have contemplated suicide. All that and more is waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner 6/4/18

| Jun 4, 2018 | Reply

Dina’s Diner always has the freshest ingredients and the finest spices. When Dina Amberle whips up a recipe it always includes tangy tastes and delivers hearty intellectual nutrition. Today Dina uses such items as the beauty pageant scandal in Venezuela along with the seeming contradiction of acceptance of LGBT people and the Catholic foundation of the Philippines with some princesses and a rainwear fetish stirred in to create another tasty edition of Dina’s Diner.

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Writing. Will it Save The World?

| Jun 4, 2018 | Reply

Do you recall a time when no one except the fringe members of society had piercings and tattoos? Remember when “punks” listened to punk rock music and wore mohawk hair styles, and put safety pins everywhere? Even through their noses. Now it’s 2018 and depending where you live you are likely to see a lot more body art and piercing. While people still gasp at shocking modifications like large holes in cheeks and screw-in horns, for the most part no one notices the pierced lip, pierced nose or eyebrow. Today M, our youth correspondent, talks about writing. What M hopes for is a day when LGBTQ people are not noticed anymore than a tongue piercing or two earrings on a dude. A day when all the young LGBTQ writers grow up and write about LGBTQ issues and desires.

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Review: Crosswind

| Jun 4, 2018 | 1 Reply

Sophie Lynne is our Page Pundit. She reviews all sorts of publications with transgender themes, characters, and such. Today she goes from text only books to take a peek at a graphic novel series in which a hitman switches bodies with a harried housewife. Will the housewife be able to carry out a hit? Will the hitman do something horrible to the housewife’s abusive husband? Sophie doesn’t give away too many details but she tells you all about who writes and illustrates the series and how good it is. Read her review of Crosswind.

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Tell Your Girlfriend, But Don’t Tell Your Wife

| Jun 4, 2018 | 3 Replies

Cassie feels that it’s best to never tell your wife that you spend time away from her dressing in women’s clothes. All those “business” trips should remain strictly business trips and your wife doesn’t need to know about you releasing your feminine side in public. While “honesty is the best policy” Cassie feels that honesty is overrated and it’s more likely to lead to heartache than relief from the guilt you feel over sneaking around behind your wife’s back. But, if you’re not married yet Cassie recommends that you tell your girlfriend about your femme pursuits. What is her rational for these bits of advice? Read on and find out.

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Claire is Out!

| Jun 4, 2018 | Reply

The news is out! Our contributor Claire H. is now officially Claire Hall. She came out publicly in a big way by being featured in an article in The Oregonian. She is out at work and out to family and friends. Today Claire blogs about how it feels to be presenting herself to the world as her authentic self after years of hiding.

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Trans Dating Site Announces New Design And Features

| Jun 4, 2018 | Reply

Las Vegas, Nevada — TransgenderDate, one of the world’s leading trans dating websites, is delighted to announce that they have done their first upgrade and redesign in 10 years. The redesign comes in celebration of the site surpassing 400,000 members. This redesign and upgrade will ensure that TransgenderDate stays in the lead of the trans […]

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The Week In Trans 5/28/18

| May 28, 2018 | Reply

What do we do every Monday on TGForum? We bring you New Content and the feature we start with is The Week In Trans, our compilation of all the news we could find that features transgender people. Today we learn that Gavin Grimm, now graduated from his high school, can use the boy’s restroom there with impunity. Other schools have also had to allow trans students equal use of facilities. 127 U.S. representatives have asked that trans patients remain protected under the Affordable Care Act. The Church of England welcomes trans people as vicars. A Mexican woman who has fought for asylum in the U.S. gets her green card. A fatwa in Iran says to treat trans people well but it hasn’t turned out that way. 13 trans candidates are running for office in Pakistan. Supergirl is adding a trans character. Sephora holds makeup classes for trans women. All that and more plus a few TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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Transcending with Debbie Louise Cannon

| May 28, 2018 | 1 Reply

Debbie Louise Cannon is a Transformation Coach who has been going through her own transgender transition since July 2012. Debbie helps people by facilitating the process of overcoming their main fears and all the obstacles preventing them from following their truth. Today she talks with The Artist D! about how she works to help trans people live their truth.

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Polka Dots: the Classic but Fun Look

| May 28, 2018 | Reply

Today Tasi Zuriack, our Fashion Maven, is on the dot. The polka dot that is. She looks at how polka dots are a fashion trend and lets you know the best way to add them to your style. Large dots? Small dots? Different colors? What about metallic polka dots? Tasi takes you through the land of polka dots and tells you how to wear them well.

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Trans Media Arts — Trans in Entertainment!

| May 28, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele cover the entertainment and the arts beat. Today in “Trans Media Arts” she has news about “Supergirl” and a new transgender character. There’s a Kim Petras video for her new song “Heart to Break” that you can watch and news about a new film from India that features a trans character in a leading role. She also has news about “Transparent” and the premier of the new show about the 1980s House Ball scene, “Pose.”

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Not the Vacation She Had Expected

| May 28, 2018 | Reply

What is her social life going to be like without the Craig’s List Personals to help set the course to new relations, Linda wondered. Then a chance meeting with a ‘fellow traveler’ opened her eyes to new possibilities. Not too long ago news came out that the online classified ad company known as Craig’s List […]

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A Sabrina Symington Cartoon

| May 28, 2018 | Reply

In this life you will run into other people who have you and your condition all figured out. At least that’s what they believe and even if they’re trying to be a friend and stand in your corner they really, really just don’t get it. Today Sabrina Symington introduces us to one such character in the person of Unhelpful hippy Friend. She learns her lesson.

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The Week In Trans 5/21/18

| May 21, 2018 | Reply

The Week In Trans is here! What do we learn today? A trans woman is the first openly trans congressional candidate from Massachusetts. The trans in the military ban lawsuit continues. What exactly is “biological sex”? A trans man is graduating from a Christian high school in Mississippi. The CDC has cut back a program on trans health. There is a store dedicated to trans women in Bogota. A trans trio impressed the judges on Britain’s Got Talent. Acceptance of trans people is slipping in Europe. A cisgender actor and ballet dancer wins an award for playing a trans ballerina. Lawsuits, murders, and transitions are all in the news. Find out everything that’s going on in TWIT!

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Transgender Support: Found

| May 21, 2018 | 2 Replies

In 2014 Dana Bevan asked the question, “Whatever Happened to Transgender Support Groups and Conventions?” Since then she has been collecting answers and putting together this report on the state of the transgender community. What did she find? That, like all things, the transgender support group scene has been evolving. Read “Transgender Support: Found:” and learn how it has evolved.

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West Coast Adventures

| May 21, 2018 | Reply

In her last post Kimberly told us about her move to the west coast and how she began to experiment with venturing out in public very early in the morning in her office attire. Today she talks about how she has evolved in her presentation as Kimberly’s adventures continue.

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Ghosts?

| May 21, 2018 | Reply

Strange noises in the night. Unexplained incidents in the house. Things not where they should be and something just not right. That’s how Natalie Nicole lived from the age of five till she was in 7th grade. Her mother told her about the weird things that went on in their home. About how her step dad’s arm had a human bite mark on it and about the time an unseen force slammed his head into a wall. it was scary and it was a burden for a child to carry. But, what if, what if those weird happenings never happened? Or if they did maybe there was an explanation? For most of it she only had her mother’s word. Were there an ghosts?

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Shoes!

| May 21, 2018 | 2 Replies

Our contributor Pauline Estelle is an experienced crossdresser who has accumulated much knowledge about the art of wearing women’s clothes. And she has access to the knowledge her wife has gathered on fashion and style. Today Pauline presents a post approved by her wife that covers all aspects of buying, wearing, and even stretching women’s shoes.

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Care For Our Elders

| May 21, 2018 | 1 Reply

Cate O’Malley has been a contributors to TGForum since 2014. Her posts have brought us useful information, entertaining notions, and some chuckles now and then. This will be Cate’s last post on TGForum (unless she is inspired and has internet access) as she takes off to hit the road and travel the land. Many thanks to Cate for her contributions. She ends them today with a post on the necessity of helping senior members of the LGBTQ community. It’s a good idea as we’ll all be there someday.

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I’m Back in the Closet

| May 21, 2018 | 1 Reply

Susan was a mature crossdresser years ago. Which would make her an old crossdresser now. Time takes its toll, and it isn’t easy. But crossdressing never was. Dressing at her age is much like taking an old hi performance car out for a spin. She is cruising along taking it easy with the old machine thinking “this thing is running really well for its age.” Then at a stop light a sleek new Corvette pulls up. The driver and occupant look over, race the engine and giggle. Is that why Susan’s back in the closet?

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