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Announcing the 2019 Keystone Conference

| Sep 17, 2018 | Reply

The 2019 Keystone Conference will be held March 20th – 24th at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel in Harrisburg, Pa. Attendees will find four full days of varied and meaningful workshops, seminars and activities and four nights of social functions, the finale being Saturday night’s Keystone Gala in the Sheraton’s resplendent Commonwealth Ballroom. The event organizers […]

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The Week In Trans 9/10/18

| Sep 10, 2018 | Reply

Time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Danica Roem is honored by her constituents. Alexandra Chandler loses her primary. More violence agains trans women is perpetrated. California passes a law making legal gender change easier. A bill in California to stop conversion therapy is pulled for being too general. There’s a pattern of bias against trans people in DOJ cases. Trump’s tweet calling for a trans military ban came out of thin air and surprised his staff. A trans woman was stopped entering Egypt because her passport said she was male. The Department of Education want to make it harder to sue a school for sexual harassment. 85 House members support trans care for vets. A trans model and actress wins best actress in Israel. Australia’s Prime Minister gets himself in hot water with the trans kids in his country. There’s all that and plenty more, plus a few well deserved TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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ROGD is an Attack on Affirmative Treatment

| Sep 10, 2018 | 2 Replies

Dr. Dana Bevan digs into the story behind Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria. If you’ve been paying attention to your TWIT news column you know that a woman named Lisa Littman of Brown University published an article warning of a rise is the number of children announcing they were transgender and attributing it to early trauma, rather than recognize that the children may actually have been born trans. She then went on to attempt to discredit affirmative treatment for trans children. Dr. Bevan digs into the claims made by Littman, which were of course picked up and amplified by conservative websites and news outlets, and gives you the facts.

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Time Marches On, But So Does Fun

| Sep 10, 2018 | 1 Reply

Suzzie has been participating in the crossdressing scene since before it was a scene. She’s been dressing up and going out for fun for 75 years. At one point, while attending a get-together at The Tiffany Club in New England she saw someone in a wheelchair dressed in male attire except they wearing a lady’s shirt. She noticed the way the buttons worked. His name was Bill and he was an older man who Suzzie surmised was unable to fully crossdress but still attended the group’s meetings. That was the first time she noticed that time marches on, and one day she might be that person. But even though adjustments had to be made Suzzie is still living the crossdressing life and having fun.

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Kim’s Adventure Time

| Sep 10, 2018 | Reply

Today Kimberly Hirschel has some tips on how to get comfortable presenting your femme self in public. Getting out the door for the first time in a dress, makeup and wig can be daunting but then interacting with other people as a woman takes more courage. Nerves and doubts will stand in your way if you let them. Kimberly tried some different things to make mingling with the general population easier. She shares them with you today in her Kim’s Adventure Time post.

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Dressing Appropriately

| Sep 10, 2018 | Reply

To look your best when out and about en femme you mustn’t just put on any dress from your wardrobe and waltz out the door. A stylish woman takes into consideration where she is going, and who she will be mingling with. What you wear for an outdoor barbecue is different from what you’d wear to another outdoor event such as a garden party, or a sporting event. Each destination sets a tone for the look you want. Then you apply your personal style. Don’t miss Pauline Estelle’s tips on how to dress appropriately for any occasion.

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Metamorphosis Chapter 24

| Sep 10, 2018 | 3 Replies

We’re nearing the end of Raquel’s tale of Metamorphosis. Today we publish Chapter 24. Raquel and Guug the ogre have banished their attackers with light and, of all things, a Michael Jackson song. Our arrangement with the author means that this is the last chapter of Metamorphosis that will be presented on TGF. The complete book will be available from Amazon in the early months of 2019. Now read on and find out what happens to Raquel, and find out if Beat It ever stops playing on a loop in the middle of a barren swampland.

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The Week In Trans 9/3/18

| Sep 3, 2018 | 1 Reply

Time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that the Oklahoma girl who was bullied has spoken out in an interview. An academic has caused controversy with her claims about Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria. A photo book of trans people over 50 has been published. More bad news about violence directed at trans women. Ruth Rose has become the oldest person in Britain to have GRS at 85. Chelsea Manning’s criminal record has gotten her banned from Australia. India Willoughby admits she was bullied into facial feminization surgery. Venice’s only female gondolier is becoming just another male gondolier. Wigstock came back with some celebrity help. A 21-year-old mass communication student has won Thailand’s Miss Tiffany’s Universe pageant. There’s all that and more plus several TWIT Awards! Don’t miss your TWIT!

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New Orleans Trip to Inclusiveness

| Sep 3, 2018 | Reply

Sophie Lynne journeyed to New Orleans at the beginning of August. We know, what was she thinking? The heat and humidity there at that time are brutal. She was invited to go by the leadership of her fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma, to present Trans 101 to the fraternity members who were assembled in New Orleans for their Grand Chapter, a meeting of all active members and alumni. The goal of her presentation was to educate the members so they could vote on transgender inclusion for female to male individuals. How did it go? Read on and learn.

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Rules for Looking Real Good

| Sep 3, 2018 | Reply

Lorraine Anderson, the woman behind The Occasional Woman seamstress and costume creation service, has some hard and fast rules for Looking Real Good. There are nine rules in all and if you manage to follow at least a few of them you will improve your feminine image and be a happier lady. Keep in mind, rules are made to be broken — but if you choose to do something in violation of Lorraine’s rules make sure she doesn’t find out about it. Read on for tips on looking your best.

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Why am I still here?

| Sep 3, 2018 | Reply

If you’ve been following our west coast correspondent Amanda F. Steele’s posts for the last few years she has been living in northern California where she gets by on a minimum wage job while she fights with anxiety and keeps leaning toward going back to the east coast. In today’s post she again wonders why she stays there. She lists the positives and the negatives and talks about her state of mind. Will she make the decision to pack up and head east? Read on and find out.

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Ed Wood and More ‘50s Drag in Cinema

| Sep 3, 2018 | 2 Replies

Years ago on TGForum Laurie Sheril did a series of articles on drag in the cinema. She started back in the days of silent film and worked her way forward in time to the ’90s. Today we dip into the TGForum Archives and pull out her article on characters dressing in drag in the post war ear. First she talks about the angora sweater loving fetishist Ed Wood then goes on to write about Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis and other who dressed up in ’50s films. Learn more in this Retro Rerun from the Archives.

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Retro Rerun: Waist Cinchers and Corsets

| Sep 3, 2018 | Reply

The late Roberta Angela Dee contributed many articles to TGForum in the 1990s. All were good lessons on how to better perfect your femininity. She covered everything from flattering clothing fashions to makeup application, wig care and more. In today’s Retro Rerun we present her article on achieving a female figure through corsetry and waist cinchers. In the original article she had recommendations for purveyors of fine corsetry. Almost all of her recommendations are no longer in the business. Roberta’s tips on how to change your shape from a rectangle to a pear are still good today.

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The Week In Trans 8/27/18

| Aug 27, 2018 | Reply

And now — The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Christine Hallquist, the trans gubernatorial candidate in Vermont has gotten death threats. Another trans candidate is running for a seat in Colorado. The trans students in the restroom stories continue. The Oklahoma family whose trans daughter was threatened are moving. Actor J.J. Totah has come out as transgender. The court case over the military trans ban marches on. Pennsylvania now has a Human Relations Commission. The Vets Administration considers covering GRS. LGBT students preparing to study abroad, take heed. PM Justin Trudeau marched in the Montreal Pride Parade. There’s all that and more, plus a few well deserved TWIT Awards waiting for you in this edition of TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner 8/27/18

| Aug 27, 2018 | 2 Replies

Slide into a booth or take a seat at the counter. Wherever you sit you’ll always get a tasty mental meal at Dina’s Diner. Today Dina’s specials include some well aged older drag performers. Add a bit of seasoning from the Tour de France’s method of handing out trophies to the winners which relies on attractive women in heels and short skirts. For a main course Dina offers some Crazy Pretty Asians, and a side dish of the late Bill Cunningham’s millinery creations before he became a photographer for The New York Times. For desert Dina offers some comments on “odd-vante garde” drag. You’ll find it all delicious and nutritious, and a bit of fun. Don’t miss Dina’s Diner.

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Review: She’s Not There (10th Anniversary edition) by Jennifer Finney Boylan

| Aug 27, 2018 | Reply

Our Page Pundit is Sophie Lynne. Today she reviews She’s Not There, the first book by Jennifer Finney Boylan. The book tells her story from her youth in Devon, Pa. to her transition. Full disclosure: Sophie has met and hung out with Ms. Boylan so she had to step back a bit to write this review. That doesn’t stop her from writing about the book and its message to all transgender people. Read on and learn what Sophie feels is important about She’s Not There.

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A “Real” Woman?

| Aug 27, 2018 | 1 Reply

Claire Hall has only recently transitioned and for her everything has gone pretty smoothly. One problem she has faced is criticism from people who can’t wrap their heads around the fact that trans women are real women. It’s the old complaints — “He looks like a man in a dress.” “All this person is about is clothes and makeup.” “It takes more than a pair of heels and some lipstick to be a woman.” Claire hits back, in a ladylike manner, in today’s post. Does she seem to take delight in feminine attire? Yes. Because for years she denied herself those clothes and the other things that go with her true gender. Read her post for all of her thoughts on what it is that makes you a real woman.

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Agender and off to College

| Aug 27, 2018 | Reply

In a very short time our agender Youth View correspondent M will be off to college. How do they look forward to the beginning of a new phase in their life? With eagerness and some trepidation. The dark cloud over the college experience is the dreaded possibility of the possible uttering of their deadname by college professors who don’t know any better. All of M’s admission info is in their old name and M would rather that remained a secret. Get all of M’s thoughts on the coming, possible, crisis in today’s post.

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Being Femme: Theory and Practice

| Aug 27, 2018 | 1 Reply

In Theory and Practice Cheryl Ann “Cassie” Sanders gives a little bit of space to theory and devotes a lot of space to the joys of crossdressing. You might say the post is a a celebration of all the time and effort it takes to be out and about in the world and accepted as a woman. This post, like the others we’ve shared by Cassie in the past few months have all been featured on TGForum back in the last century. Cassie has spruced them up with some new makeup and a spritz of perfume so we could present the to you again.

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Celebrities in Drag

| Aug 27, 2018 | Reply

From time to time we present photos of actors, singer, and other male celebrities dressed in drag. Sometimes it’s for a production they are appearing in, and sometimes it’s just for fun. Here are today’s male ladies. Click on the first thumbnail photo. It will enlarge to overlay the screen. Use the navigation tools << […]

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The Week In Trans 8/20/18

| Aug 20, 2018 | 1 Reply

Time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Trans woman Christine Hallquist in the Democratic nominee for governor of Vermont. A trans man was elected to a college board of directors. The trans military ban trial marches on. A trans girl got so many threats for using the girl’s restroom in her school that school was canceled for several days to keep her safe. Does your makeup melt in the heat and humidity? We have drag queen tips to keep it dry. Utah legislators want to impose an age requirement for legal name changes. Germany now has a third gender option for birth certificates. The cake shop owner has refused to make a “transition celebration cake.” Drag queens keep getting younger. A heckler yelled at Kate Bornstein when she came on stage during a Broadway play. The star advised the heckler to never come to the show again. And that’s just the tip of the stories waiting for you in TWIT, along with a few TWIT Awards!

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Music, Arts, Entertainment: Trans Media Arts

| Aug 20, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele covers the arts and entertainment beat for TGF. Today she has the news about Nicole Maines in Supergirl, a project by a coalition of Hollywood organizations to promote the casting of transgender actors, a controversy around Amanda Lepore on album artwork, Dame Edna in hot water with the T community, and more. Keep up with what’s happening with transgender people in the arts and entertainment scene by following Trans Media Arts.

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A Hodgepodge of Fashionable Thoughts

| Aug 20, 2018 | 2 Replies

Our fashion maven Tasi Zuriack gathers her fashion wisdom from many sources. From the runways of New York, London, and Paris to street fashion and traditional garb. Today Tasi doesn’t focus on just one aspect of the world of fashion but pulls it all in and creates, as she calls it, a hodgepodge. Better would perhaps be a fashion melange. In any event get ready for a walk through the world of fashion and fun.

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The Right to Go

| Aug 20, 2018 | 1 Reply

Suicide is a problem among members of the transgender community. Transitions that are well planned often go smoothly but now and then someone’s life seems to be on a good path, living in their preferred gender and suddenly you learn that they took their own life. If things are not going well and they are losing family, friends and their job it’s understandable that the “black dog” of depression could take them over. The Artist D last had suicidal thoughts in their teen years. Today they write their thoughts on suicide, within and outside the trans community.

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Jack, Dianne and a Super Bowl

| Aug 20, 2018 | 2 Replies

Linda Jensen is on vacation. We bring you a Retro Rerun of an article she wrote for TGF in the old days. A Super Bowl party takes an odd turn. Linda’s lady-friend invites another couple over to watch the game but when they arrive the ladies decide to go for a walk and leave the men to enjoy the football action. Just a few minutes into the game a different kind of action starts to happen. Linda lets her friend Jack borrow from her wardrobe and they both get en femme. Then intimate activities ensue. [NSFW] Will the women return and catch them? Then what?

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A Sabrina Symington Cartoon

| Aug 20, 2018 | Reply

Today Sabrina Symington introduces a new character to the Bria universe. It’s Terfy Derpy, the trans-exclusionary radical feminist. Terfy and her fellow TERFs believe that trans women don’t exist. They feel that while a vagina makes you a woman neo-vaginas do not confer that status. But their arguments become fodder for fun when Sabrina Symington’s transgender characters begin to agree with Terfy. Find out how she gets out of the hole she’s dug herself into in today’s cartoon.

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