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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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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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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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New Music Video from Rev. Yolanda

| Aug 13, 2018 | Reply

Rev. Yolanda has made a video of her song Transcendence. The song is available now on a 3 song EP and it is part of the upcoming autobiographical musical The Church Of The Alien Love Child Presents: The Passion of Rev. Yolanda to be premiered Oct 11, and 12, 2018.

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Karen Kendra Holmes Does a TEDx Talk

| Aug 13, 2018 | Reply

Award Winning Public Servant and Transgender advocate Karen Kendra Holmes shares her passion for helping others transition and to foster acceptance and support from those around them, and how life can be fulfilled by being true to oneself and to others. Karen educates others who are not transgender to foster understanding that she and others […]

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Bebashi: Transition to Hope: Safe space for the Philly Trans Community

| Aug 13, 2018 | Reply

PHILADELPHIA, PA: Bebashi: Transition to Hope is creating a safe space for the trans community of Philadelphia. Trans Necessities is a program that seeks to promote the voices of trans Philadelphians and provide a haven to learn about LGBTQ health and wellness. Individuals under the Trans Necessities program will receive resources and services, such as […]

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Drag in Cinema — The War Years

| Aug 6, 2018 | 1 Reply

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. Today we dip into the TGForum Archives and pull out her article on characters dressing in drag during World War II. From college boys in chorus girl outfits to Jimmy Durante doing a French Apache dance in drag, Laurie covers the plentiful drag to be found in those films. Learn more in this Retro Rerun from the Archives.

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Jennifer’s Wedding Dress

| Jul 23, 2018 | 2 Replies

Some crossdressers are fascinated by what many find to represent femininity at it’s height — the wedding gown. The white lace, satin and crepe creations are meant to make ordinary girls into something special for their big day. Crossdressers want to also experience the joy of stepping into a beautiful wedding gown and seeing their reflections in a mirror showing them in all their feminine glory. Most are only willing to buy a used gown at a thrift store and try it on at home. Back in the 1990s TGForum contributor Jennifer Blake wanted more than a thrift shop gown. She and a friend went to the bridal salon where Jennifer tried on a gown, bought it, and took it home. Her story is today’s Retro Rerun.

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She looks like a woman, but he sounds like a man

| Jul 16, 2018 | Reply

The late Roberta Angela Dee wrote many articles for TGForum back in the 1990s. From time to time we reach back into the archives and pull out content that is still relevant. Today’s Retro Rerun is Ms. Dee’s how-to article on creating a workable feminine voice.

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Drag in Cinema — Pre-War Drama Drag

| Jul 9, 2018 | Reply

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. Today we dip into the TGForum Archives and pull out her article on characters dressing in drag in the early day of the “talkies.” Many times the character donning drag was a crook trying to disguise himself but it wasn’t always the case. Sometimes the good guys slipped into a frock to get the goods on the crooks. Return with us now to those early days in this Retro Rerun from the Archives.

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Trans Themed Film “Anything” Stirs Controversy

| Jun 25, 2018 | Reply

Guest Contributor Melanie Yarborough of Neutral Corner support group in San Diego attended San Diego’s annual LGBT film festival and saw a screening of the controversial film Anything. It’s the story of a man who loses his wife in an auto accident and moves to Los Angeles to live with a relative. Moving into his own place he meets a transgender sex worker and they connect in a complimentary way. The controversy is around the casting of a cisgender male actor in the transgender role. Read Melanie’s thoughts on the controversy.

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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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Drag in the Cinema, The Early Years of Sound

| May 14, 2018 | Reply

In the 1990s TGForum had an expert on drag in movies who wrote a series of articles for us. Laurie Sheril was her name and she covered the instances of movie crossdressing through the different historical periods of film-making. We’re bringing her series out of the archives as a Retro Rerun beginning with her article on drag in the early years of the talkies.

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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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What/Who Really Started the LGBT Movement?

| Mar 26, 2018 | Reply

Before there was a word describing people who are drawn to the clothing and behavior of the opposite sex the only places they could go to indulge their need was the shady, often illegal homosexual bars. The transgender people back in the day would find refuge in places like the Stonewall Inn in New York City. But the problem with going to those bars was that since they were most often illegal the police would show up, arrest everyone and shut the place down. Then one night LGBT people came out of the shadows to say “enough!” Susan Grant takes a look at the Stonewall Riot.

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Liz — A CD Inspiration and Con-Artist

| Feb 26, 2018 | Reply

It’s a story that seems like a crossdressing fantasy but it really happened. A con man who was living as a woman started a bogus automobile company in California while he was on the run from charges of counterfeiting and bail jumping. He was so confidant of his female identity that she risked the public eye to head the bogus car company and court investors. Even though she wasn’t that convincingly female. It all happened back in the 1970s. Guest contributor Susan Grant tells you all the details of this amazing story.

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The Trans You Don’t Know

| Feb 12, 2018 | Reply

How many times have you been around other people who were joking or commenting negatively on a trans person they have seen? Our guest contributor Sophia Swift gives her opinion on people who have to give their opinion when they may, without knowing it, be talking to a trans person — either someone who has transitioned, or a trans person projecting the opposite of their true self. No one should be forced to endure someone’s anti-trans statements.

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Meet Emily Kaufman

| Dec 18, 2017 | Reply

By Kristina Mayhem A young woman is creating positive change in Michigan. She is the first transwoman to rush sororities at The University of Michigan. It’s a journey to womanhood painted from a palette of rich colors and beautiful hues. Emily Kaufman spent extra time preparing for her big day. She was representing transpeople and […]

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David de Alba’s Partner Has Passed Away

| Dec 11, 2017 | 2 Replies

We were sorry to learn that David de Alba’s partner Paul Ryner passed away on Sunday. He was taken from David’s side by a sudden heart attack. David and Paul had been together since 1970 and Paul was a avid supporter of David’s female impersonation career. Those who wish to offer their condolences to David […]

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David de Alba’s Partner Has Passed Away

| Dec 11, 2017 | Reply

We were sorry to learn that David de Alba’s partner Paul Ryner passed away on Sunday. He was taken from David’s side by a sudden heart attack. David and Paul had been together since 1970 and Paul was a avid supporter of David’s female impersonation career. Those who wish to offer their condolences to David […]

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Obituary: Merissa Sherrill Lynn, 1942-2017

| Dec 4, 2017 | Reply

Merissa Sherrill Lynn, 1942-2017 Merissa Sherrill Lynn was born in Exeter and lived in North Hampton, New Hampshire. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1971 with a BA in Philosophy. She entered the United States Army in 1961 and served with a Ranger Battalion in Germany from 1961-1963. She was honorably discharged […]

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David de Alba at Finocchio’s

| Nov 27, 2017 | 2 Replies

David de Alba is The Cuban Legend. He began his career in female impersonation in Chicago clubs after a friend noted how much he resembled Judy Garland and did his makeup for a Halloween Ball. Soon David was practicing singing in Garland’s voice and working in the clubs. Then came a move to San Francisco and his years on stage at the famous Finocchio’s club. For the whole story of David’s life in dresses and heels read this article republished with permission from the Newsletter of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society.

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Halloween at Angela’s Laptop Lounge 2017

| Oct 23, 2017 | Reply

Every year Angela’s Laptop Lounge in suburban Philadelphia holds their Halloween Party in October. This year’s party drew a crowd of around ninety people and many attended in costume. We present a few of the notable costumes in this Halloween pictorial taken on October 21.

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Halloween Costume Guide

| Oct 23, 2017 | Reply

Everyone, or a least a substantial portion of the population, enjoys putting on a costume and becoming someone else on Halloween. That’s especially true for girls like us. Many may seek to blend in for the rest of the year but on Halloween they can become fabulous feminine archetypes and show off their glamor. As our founder JoAnn Roberts said, “Halloween is a holy day of obligation for crossdressers.” But we all want to look our best on the big night and sometimes that can be hard. Trans blogger Faith DaBrooke has put together a costume guide for trans girls and we are happy to present it here.

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Halloween at Angela’s Laptop Lounge 2017

| Oct 23, 2017 | Reply

Every year Angela’s Laptop Lounge in suburban Philadelphia holds their Halloween Party in October. This year’s party drew a crowd of around ninety people and many attended in costume. We present a few of the notable costumes in this Halloween pictorial taken on October 21.

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