Author Archive: Amanda F. Steele

I am a transwoman originally from Pittsburgh, PA. I have been living full time for 4 years. I work in retail but am an artist/Graphic Designer and aspiring writer. I tend to address the controversial in my writing. I would love to change the world one article at a time. I moved here to The San Francisco Bay Area to start over, again. The adventure continues...

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Trans Media Arts — TV and Music!

| Sep 17, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele is our arts and entertainment reporter. Trans Media Arts is her beat. Today she has more info on Nicole Maines upcoming role in Supergirl, buzz about former Disney star J.J. Totah coming out at the age of 17, the dish on the trans man who stunned the judges on The X Factor, Laura Jane Grace’s new band, and a photo exhibit of trans people that will also be an HBO show. It’s a jam packed post that has the news you need about trans people in the media and arts. Don’t miss your TMA!

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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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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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Wildfires and Anxiety

| Aug 6, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele continues to wrestle with her anxiety. If being exasperated by her hormone treatments? Is it just due to the instability of her life in California? What ever the culprit is it has Amanda in its grasp and will not let her go. Read her report today and if you want to offer counsel or advice use the comment area at the bottom of the post.

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Trans Media Arts — Music, Film and More!

| Jul 23, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele cover the arts and entertainment scene that features trans actors, characters, writers or musicians. Today she has news about the Scarlett Johanssen casting controversy; a transgender character being added to General Hospital being portrayed by a trans actress; news about Laura Jane Grace’s band Against Me! and more. Stay up to date on transgender people in the arts and check out Trans Media Arts!

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Debilitated in Cali

| Jul 9, 2018 | Reply

The drug Amanda was taking to ease her anxiety started to seem as if it was giving her anxiety. To try and feel like herself again she stopped taking it and then the intense anxiety she that had made her go on the drug returned with a vengeance. She had been making plans to pack up and return to the east coast but this renewed anxiety made it hard to just get through a day, let alone plan a big move across the country. She started taking Lexapro but it’s been 17 days and she is not getting any relief from the anxious, debilitated-feeling that has her in its grip.

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Trans Media Arts! Pride, Morgan Freeman, Cynthia Nixon and more!

| Jun 25, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele covers the transgender arts and entertainment scene. Today she talks about the event surrounding the San Francisco Pride March; digs into the #metoo controversy around Morgan Freeman’s treatment of female interviewers, including Janet Mock; and offers some info on Cynthia Nixon’s transgender son, and a trans model who is walking the runaway for major designers. She also has a look at a band who decided to support gender fluidity by putting their legs on display the same way they use women’s legs in their logo. It’s all waiting for you in Trans Media Arts.

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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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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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When Anxiety Attacks — Again

| May 14, 2018 | Reply

Every since Amanda moved to northern California she has had problems. Finding affordable housing, having to put up with crazy landladies, and enduring the trials and tribulations of a job in retail. All of that and perhaps a longing for the east coast gave her anxiety. Medication for anxiety had side effects and withdrawing from medication proved to be harder than it should be. Today Amanda blogs about where she’s at, what she has to deal with, and what may happen this summer.

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Trans Media Arts — Trans people in entertainment

| Apr 30, 2018 | Reply

Trans Media Arts covers trans people in the arts and entertainment world. Today Amanda F. Steele covers the documentary about trans man body builder, “Man Made.” Gives you info on the controversial film Anything which premieres soon, and then she gives you the skinny on the new show about the house ball scene of the ’80s that comes to television in June, “Pose.” She wraps it all up with a trailer for the film about Tongan trans folks, called leitis. It’s all in Trans Media Arts.

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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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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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Amanda and the Cali Dream

| Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

Amanda has been blogging about her life in the San Francisco area and she’s not feeling the love. The tech boom in the Bay Area has pushed housing prices sky high. Much of what gave San Francisco its own character is disappearing. The Summer of Love when they wore flowers in their hair is long gone. It might be possible to have a rich, full life there but not on a retail chain salary. More and more everyday Amanda feels like moving back east. You can take the girl out of Pittsburgh but she is going to miss it no matter what. Has she finally reached the point where she packs up and heads back home? Read her personal blog today and find out.

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Trans Film, TV, Music! Trans Media Arts

| Mar 5, 2018 | Reply

Our west coast correspondent Amanda F. Steele covers the arts scene. Film, books, television, music. Whatever the art form if it features transgender characters or is created by transgender people Amanda includes it in Trans Media Arts. Today she has more on the departure of Jeffrey Tambor from Transparent. The band All-American Rejects has put out an 11 minute film for their song Sweat and Amanda has the video right here. Then she has info about a graphic novel about a prince who adopts a female identity and becomes a trendsetter. There’s more in Trans Media Arts — don’t miss it!

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Message From Walnut Creek, Ca.

| Feb 19, 2018 | Reply

Amanda has made some changes recently as her California odyssey continues. She has reason to be optimistic since her new living situation is saving her money and the stress factor of current home is vastly diminished from the level it hit in her old place. So that’s all good, but, she is having trouble weaning herself from an anti-anxiety medication and that along with longing for the east coast is making her anxious. Get the latest from her personal blog.

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Trans in Entertainment News — Trans Media Arts

| Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

Trans people in entertainment, whether actors, characters, writers, musicians or dancers, are Amanda F. Steele’s beat. She keeps you up to date on who’s doing what in the trans community of arts and entertainment. Today she writes about the controversy between Rose McGowen and trans women. She fills you in on Candis Cayne’s role on Grey’s Anatomy; comments on a film featuring a trans woman that’s up for an Oscar, and has some other tasty tidbits of show biz buzz to keep you entertained and informed.

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Movin’ On Up

| Jan 22, 2018 | Reply

In Amanda’s personal blog entries on TGF she has talked a lot about the anxiety she was experiencing and that seemed to be due, at least in part, to her living arrangement. From what she reported of her landlady’s behavior the woman seemed to be mentally unstable. How can you concentrate on yourself and work for a better life if you don’t live somewhere in which you are comfortable and feel safe? Today Amanda’s reports that she has finally made a move.

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Trans Arts & Entertainment — Trans Media Arts

| Jan 8, 2018 | Reply

While TWIT is all the trans related news, TMA is all the news about transgender people in the arts and entertainment. Today Amanda F. Steele writes about the backlash comic Dave Chapelle is getting on his trans jokes. She also has info on the male character in the reboot of Roseanne who likes to wear girl’s clothes, and she talks about a documentary pulled from Canadian television that questions whether parents should be supportive of trans children. There’s also info on the new show featuring a host of trans characters, Pose, and word of a book of science fiction stories by transgender writers. Don’t miss any of TMA!

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Back to Bedford Falls?

| Dec 25, 2017 | Reply

In 2010 Amanda F. Steele was living in Pittsburgh, Pa. as a male, with a wife, and a house. She came out that year and soon she was divorcing her wife, moved out of the house and living with relatives. Since then she has made a series of moves from one place and situation to another. Right now she is living in California, close to the magic and romance of San Francisco but due to the high cost of living in The City by the Bay is unable to cross the bridge and actually live there. So she lives miles to the east in a situation that is more negative than positive. At Christmas time she muses on whether she can return to her “Bedford Falls” and have A Wonderful Life.

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Back to Bedford Falls?

| Dec 25, 2017 | Reply

In 2010 Amanda F. Steele was living in Pittsburgh, Pa. as a male, with a wife, and a house. She came out that year and soon she was divorcing her wife, moved out of the house and living with relatives. Since then she has made a series of moves from one place and situation to another. Right now she is living in California, close to the magic and romance of San Francisco but due to the high cost of living in The City by the Bay is unable to cross the bridge and actually live there. So she lives miles to the east in a situation that is more negative than positive. At Christmas time she muses on whether she can return to her “Bedford Falls” and have A Wonderful Life.

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Trans Media Arts — Trans-centric Entertainment!

| Dec 11, 2017 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele searches the world of entertainment and the arts to find stories featuring trans people. She presents her findings to you in her Trans Media Arts blog. Today she has a bit of a wrap up on the trans participation in arts and entertainment in 2017. Dive in and enjoy!

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Shock The Monkey

| Dec 4, 2017 | Reply

Amanda has a problem with anxiety. She likens it to a monkey riding on her back, getting fatter everyday and going from just weighing her down to jumping up and down on her, making loud monkey noises into her ear. It is so debilitating that she was unable to write her blog last week. She has filed it late and we bring it to you today. It’s all about her fight against the evil anxiety monkey.

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Shock The Monkey

| Dec 4, 2017 | Reply

Amanda has a problem with anxiety. She likens it to a monkey riding on her back, getting fatter everyday and going from just weighing her down to jumping up and down on her, making loud monkey noises into her ear. It is so debilitating that she was unable to write her blog last week. She has filed it late and we bring it to you today. It’s all about her fight against the evil anxiety monkey.

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Trans News from the world of entertainment: Trans Media Arts

| Nov 13, 2017 | Reply

Today Amanda F. Steele’s Trans Media Arts features news about trans actors, and trans characters in film and television. Also drag queens on Instagram and the Top 25 Songs about gender identity. There are more than just Take a Walk on the Wild Side and Lola. There’s sexual harassment, disappointment, and word of a new TV show about the drag scene in New York City in the 1980s. Check it out!

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Trans News from the world of entertainment: Trans Media Arts

| Nov 13, 2017 | Reply

Today Amanda F. Steele’s Trans Media Arts features news about trans actors, and trans characters in film and television. Also drag queens on Instagram and the Top 25 Songs about gender identity. There are more than just Take a Walk on the Wild Side and Lola. There’s sexual harassment, disappointment, and word of a new TV show about the drag scene in New York City in the 1980s. Check it out!

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