Author Archive: Linda Jensen

Canadian writer Linda Jensen is a long time contributor to TGForum. Before the days of the Internet Linda started her writing with the Transvestian newspaper. Her writing ranges from factual accounts of her adventures to fiction although frankly sometimes her real life adventures are stranger than the fiction. Linda is married to a loving partner who upon learning about Linda said, "she was part of you before I met you. Although I didn't know it she was part of the package I fell in love with. I don't want to mess up that package." "Does it get any better than that?" asks Linda.

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An Encounter Sadly Missed

| Jun 25, 2018 | Reply

Linda (in drab) spots another t-girl approaching down the Walmart aisle. Do they meet? Do they chat? Will this be the beginning of a long and cherished friendship? No, not quite. Today Linda explores the things that kept her from meeting and befriending a fellow devotee of the femme lifestyle. And looking back on the almost encounter Linda wonders if her body language might have scared the gal off.

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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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Shopping at “Our Store”

| Apr 30, 2018 | 1 Reply

Today our self-confessed compulsive shopper, Linda Jensen, meets a new friend who keeps raving about ‘our store.’ Linda has no idea what she’s talking about but the bargains on designer clothes sound great. Linda is so impressed by what she learns that she decides to give ‘our store’ a try. Here is her her in-depth report covering it all, from meeting her new friend to perusing the racks.

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Crime Investigator Finds a Supportive Workplace

| Apr 23, 2018 | Reply

Linda Jensen lives in Canada but often winters in Florida during the coldest months. While vacationing there several years ago she met a fellow Canadian name Stephanie and they would get together with mutual friends for en femme lunches. They did this for several years and then, abruptly, the luncheon invitations stopped coming. Imagine Linda’s surprise when she turned on the television and there was her old friend Stephanie.

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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 Road Not Taken – Finale and Wrap Up

| Mar 5, 2018 | Reply

It was the 1960s. I was a young man, a very young man, torn between spending the summer on his expected path of taking accelerated post-graduate studies at the university or diverting toward testing life as a young transgender woman. In those days, unfortunately, continuing my studies and being a transgender woman was not an […]

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The Road Not Taken, Part 4

| Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

Linda Jensen has been blogging about a critical time in her life. During the summer of ’68 she took some steps in a direction that could have led her down a far different road than the one she took. She could have let it define life life and said, “That’s it I’m a drag queen” or “I’m transsexual” but at the end of that fateful summer she decided to take her life in a different direction. In today’s post she tells you more about what she did in the summer of ’68.

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The Road Not Taken: Part lll The Way It Was

| Jan 8, 2018 | Reply

Linda Jensen is writing a series about her first foray into the TG world. With acknowledgement to the poet, Robert Frost, she has called it The Road Not Taken. Why? After a short time immersed in that world LindaI veered off the path that leads many to gender re-assignment and a life different than they could have expected if they had remained living a male life. While Linda was on that road it became a trip she will never forget. Today’s post sets the scene talking about what it was like for trans women in Toronto in the ’60s.

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Part 2 of The Road Not Taken: Transformation

| Dec 11, 2017 | Reply

In Linda’s last post she reported that one night, after her restaurant shift ended, instead of heading straight home she wandered up the street and into what turned out to be a gay bar. Upstairs was a small nightclub that turned out to be ground zero for Toronto’s drag scene. Linda met a gorgeous girl who turned out to be a guy and to make a long story short they had sex. Today she continues her story of how she reached her present life and where things might have been different if she hadn’t taken the road she chose.

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What If I Had Taken That Other Road?

| Nov 13, 2017 | Reply

Linda is musing on the path she took in life. She asks herself “Would my life have been different if I had not worked that summer in Toronto, if I had not wandered into that drag bar and if I had not gone home with one of the most beautiful girls I had ever met? I wonder about those ‘roads not taken.’” Of course there is a story attached to the night she wandered into that drag bar. Today she tells you the first part of the story.

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What If I Had Taken That Other Road?

| Nov 13, 2017 | Reply

Linda is musing on the path she took in life. She asks herself “Would my life have been different if I had not worked that summer in Toronto, if I had not wandered into that drag bar and if I had not gone home with one of the most beautiful girls I had ever met? I wonder about those ‘roads not taken.’” Of course there is a story attached to the night she wandered into that drag bar. Today she tells you the first part of the story.

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Nature, Nurture, or Not Sure

| Oct 16, 2017 | Reply

Linda’s friend Marie has told her that she is giving up her transgender life. Linda questions her about how, with transgender traits with her from birth or early childhood, she thinks she can do that. Her response brings in to question some of the role of nature and nurture in forming our transgender traits. See if Marie’s theories about the nature of crossdressing apply to you, or if you think they are off the mark.

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Nature, Nurture, or Not Sure

| Oct 16, 2017 | Reply

Linda’s friend Marie has told her that she is giving up her transgender life. Linda questions her about how, with transgender traits with her from birth or early childhood, she thinks she can do that. Her response brings in to question some of the role of nature and nurture in forming our transgender traits. See if Marie’s theories about the nature of crossdressing apply to you, or if you think they are off the mark.

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Will That Be the Last Time I See Marie?

| Sep 18, 2017 | Reply

Linda meets up with a long-time friend who says she has some startling news for her. What could it be? Her friend was going to have gender confirmation surgery? But then she would still be the woman Linda liked, and, she had always identified as a crossdresser. Could it be something personal? Linda didn’t think there was anything wrong between them. Why would this be the last time they might see each other?

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1998: New Year’s Eve At The Queen Mary

| Aug 21, 2017 | Reply

New Year’s Eve 1998 saw Linda Jensen in Los Angeles ready to go to the big party at the Queen Mary club. She had the dress, and she had a plan for the evening. She made special arrangements to be in the City of Angels for the New Year’s party and then she remembered she forgot to bring earrings to match the dress. Fortunately the Jim Bridges Boutique was on the way. Step back to the lat ‘90s and visit the now closed but fabled Queen Mary with Linda in this Retro Rerun.

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What ’90s Game Show Did Linda Jensen Try Out For?

| Jul 24, 2017 | Reply

Linda Jensen is taking a well deserved summer vacation. To fill her spot on the TGF schedule this month we searched the TGF Archives and pulled out one of her columns from 1998. Back in the ’90s Linda had tried out for the game show Jeopardy! a couple of times as her male self and didn’t get picked as a contestant. She vowed that the next time she took their test she would do it as Linda. This is the tale of that day long ago in California when Linda, in her new floral print wrap dress took the Jeopardy! test along with 150 other hopefuls. How did it turn out? Read on!

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Hello, My Name is Linda: Part 4

| Jun 26, 2017 | 4 Replies

Linda continues her series on her meetings with the support group, Bracoholics Anonymous. This group is primarily composed of crossdressers but also contains a few men who only dress in lingerie under their male attire. The bracoholics focus mainly on the joy of wearing a pretty bra and like many of their members Linda was first attracted to that particular garment. In today’s post she reports on things she learned from other members of the group.

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Hello, My Name is Linda: Part 3

| Jun 5, 2017 | Reply

Linda continues her story about her interaction with the group ‘Bracoholics Anonymous’ which, as the name suggests is a help group for men coming to terms with their attraction to brassieres. This time she shares a story of how the bracoholics are not be as invisible to others as they may think.

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Help? Yes But Please Don’t Take Away My Stress!

| May 29, 2017 | 2 Replies

Today Linda reacts to a recent TGForum column in which the writer proposed steps to help ‘non-transsexual transgender’ people to reduce their stress. It turns out that Linda, a self described “closeted crossdresser” loves the stress. As she has gotten older it has become harder to get that adrenaline thrill she used to get from simple things like wearing a bra. Linda is seeking new challenges that create the stress she loves, so please don’t try to take away her stress.

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Help? Yes But Please Don’t Take Away My Stress!

| May 29, 2017 | Reply

Today Linda reacts to a recent TGForum column in which the writer proposed steps to help ‘non-transsexual transgender’ people to reduce their stress. It turns out that Linda, a self described “closeted crossdresser” loves the stress. As she has gotten older it has become harder to get that adrenaline thrill she used to get from simple things like wearing a bra. Linda is seeking new challenges that create the stress she loves, so please don’t try to take away her stress.

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My Name is Linda, Part 2

| May 1, 2017 | Reply

Linda is telling the story of encountering and joining a group of individuals who had grown up and lived their lives with a fascination with brassieres or bras. In part 1 she revealed to the group what she saw as the genesis of her obsession.

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“Hello, My Name is Linda”

| Apr 3, 2017 | 2 Replies

Today Linda Jensen tells a story of finding and attending a support group meeting to deal with a compulsion she has had, not all her adult life, but pretty well all her entire life. She had no idea that others might share her strange desires and was happy to meet other males who dressed as females but she wasn’t keen to stand in front of the group and tell them her particulars. Of course being a person of many words she will be stretching this story out over several months. Today it’s Part 1.

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What Got Us Started? What Keeps Us Going?

| Mar 6, 2017 | Reply

Linda set out to discover what different crossdressers did about “coming out.” She has spoken to one who only told her wife. She wrote about another who hasn’t told anyone, even her wife, and another girl who has told all of her friends and associates about her femme self. Then Linda thought about another friend and she realized she was still on a voyage of personal discovery. Her friend shares Linda’s twist on the nature vs. nurture debate on the formation of one’s desire to crossdress and in today’s post the two go on to talk about what keeps them going.

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What Got Us Started? What Keeps Us Going?

| Mar 6, 2017 | Reply

Linda set out to discover what different crossdressers did about “coming out.” She has spoken to one who only told her wife. She wrote about another who hasn’t told anyone, even her wife, and another girl who has told all of her friends and associates about her femme self. Then Linda thought about another friend and she realized she was still on a voyage of personal discovery. Her friend shares Linda’s twist on the nature vs. nurture debate on the formation of one’s desire to crossdress and in today’s post the two go on to talk about what keeps them going.

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Out and About: Part of the Amanda Ryan Story

| Feb 6, 2017 | Reply

In her current series of articles Linda Jensen is telling you the stories of crossdressers (persons who crossdress, if you prefer) who have each handled the self-revelation issues of when, who, and how to tell in very different ways. Linda’s aim in revealing how these people “came out” is to show that there are different strategies and each can work for the individual. These methods may not work for you but could help you formulate a strategy. Today she talks with Amanda who is totally open about he crossdressing with her family, neighbors and even her dentist.

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To Tell or Not: Lucille’s Secret

| Jan 9, 2017 | Reply

In her current series of articles Linda Jensen is telling you the stories of crossdressers (persons who crossdress, if you prefer) who have each handled the self-revelation issues of when, who, and how to tell in very different ways. Linda’s aim in revealing how these people “came out” is to show that there are different strategies and each can work for the individual. These methods may not work for you but could help you formulate a strategy. Today she talks with Lucille who has kept her dressing a total secret from her family.

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