Author Archive: Sophie Lynne

Read Sophie's blog here. View her contribution to The New York Times transgender stories article. She has also been featured in an article on Philly.com.

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Definitions

| May 14, 2018 | Reply

Sophie talks about identity today. In the past she had defined herself according the various roles she played in her life. She was a loner, a Penn Stater, a frat guy, a husband, a drunk, and none of those roles really reflected her core identity. Then in 2008 her hidden inner identity burst out. For awhile the word “transgender” was what defined her. Read today’s blog and see how Sophie identifies today.

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Book Review: “On the Couch with Dr. Angello,” Book on Trans Youth Issues

| May 7, 2018 | Reply

This month’s book is one I read a few years back. I re-read it for this review. The author is Dr. Michele Angello, who is a Philadelphia area Gender therapist specializing in Gender variant youth. She is also a friend of mine, but that won’t stop me from giving an Honest review. (Got that, Michele?) […]

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Across Five Aprils

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

Sophie welcomes the spring season with thoughts on her life since she decided to live as her true self five springs ago. She remembers the rainy spring days when as a child she would walk around in her small town and wonder why she didn’t fit in, why she was different and how could God be punishing her. Those lonely, wondering days are in the past. Now flowers are starting to bloom, warmer days are coming more often and Sophie is being herself.

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Book Review: The Queer & Transgender Resilience Workbook

| Apr 9, 2018 | Reply

Today our Page Pundit, Sophie Lynne, reviews “The Queer & Transgender Resilience Workbook: Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation & Gender Expression” by Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC. That’s right, there’s a work book you can use during you gender transition, or to figure out that you don’t need to transition. Sophie’s review will help you determine if the book is right for you.

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Keystone X

| Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

Sophie Lynne has attended every Keystone Conference since the beginning so even though she is currently unemployed she couldn’t miss Keystone X. Along with buying some books in the vendor room that she will review in her Page Pundit book blog she ran into a lot of old friends and made some new ones during the event. Today she delves into what the conference has meant for her personally. It helped her stop thinking that transgender people were just a local phenomenon and made her aware of the coalescing of a nationwide trans community.

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Author interview: Sabrina Pandora

| Mar 12, 2018 | Reply

Sophie Lynne, our Page Pundit, interviews Sabrina Pandora, a “writer, a comic book creator, an auction manager, a wife and a counselor.” Ms. Pandora is best known for her work on the Giant Girl comic books. She has published 40 short stories on her DeviantART page and has written a book titled All Dolled Up: An Odd Modern Romance. Sophie asks the questions and Ms. Pandora gives answers that are intriguing. Learn more about this Renaissance woman from Giant Girl to her Star Trek fan fiction, and more.

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Unemployed

| Feb 19, 2018 | Reply

Sophie Lynne has been putting up with a job that exposes her daily to rude comments from customers and she has had to take it with a smile or risk being fired. A job that once fulfilled her has turned into a soul sucking burden that she can’t afford to quit. She needs the money. All that changed last week when she was suddenly, without prior warning, relieved of her soul sucking job when they showed her the door. Now the question becomes, will not having to suffer in a bad job allow her to blossom into another area, or will she succumb to the soul sucking despair of depression?

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Book Review: “Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Identity”

| Feb 12, 2018 | Reply

This month’s book is a bit of a curve ball — Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability by Jack Halberstam. I saw it in the book store, and said to myself, “Self, quick and quirky sounds perfect!” It was a mere 136 pages of text, but the 27 pages of notes, sources, […]

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Legalized Hate

| Jan 22, 2018 | Reply

This week Sophie Lynne is concerned that the current administration in charge in Washington, D.C. is actively moving to restrict our rights to fair treatment by promoting the idea that people can refuse to serve, provide housing, or medical treatment to LGBT people strictly because the idea goes against their religion. Sophie feels that a new department of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights establishment of a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division is a direct threat to us. Give her post a read and let us know what you think.

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And for my Next Book. . .

| Jan 15, 2018 | Reply

Our Page Pundit Sophie Lynne works in retail. That means she just got through the busiest most hectic time of the year for retail employees. So, that gave her little time to read an entire book, take a critical look at its contents and then craft a concise and hard hitting review to post for you, the TGF readers. What has she reviewed for her first Page Pundit of the new year? Give a click and find out.

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Christmas? Humbug!

| Dec 25, 2017 | Reply

When it comes to Christmas cheer Sophie Lynne has nothing to say but “Bah. Humbug!” It’s not that she’s a Scrooge. It’s just that for her Christmas was never a time for all the good cheer and joy that is commonly presented a product of the season. Far too often the season is just about moving product and making the bottom line bigger at the end of the year. Also, Sophie works in retail and at Christmas time that can be even more stressful than during the rest of the year. In this Christmas day blog Sophie gives you some more reasons she’s not a fan of the season and she provides some historical facts about the day.

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Review: “Tranny” by Laura Jane Grace

| Dec 18, 2017 | Reply

Our Page Pundit Sophie Lynne takes a look back at a book that was published a little over a year ago but has made a lasting impression on her. It’s Laura Jane Grace’s book “Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.” Sophie discusses the many levels the book hit her on and why anyone who was put off by the title’s first word should put aside their feelings about that and read Grace’s story which combines pain and joy from which she emerges triumphant.

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Washington Journey

| Nov 27, 2017 | Reply

On November 22 Sophie was there to witness her friend Kimberly legally become Kimberly. Sophie went to Washington the night before to be with her friend for one of the most important days she would face. Her day in court. Changing the way the world sees you and addresses you is not a simple thing, even though the legal name change is accomplished in a brief encounter with a judge. Sophie went to support Kimberly because she feels that no one should have to stand before that judge alone.

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Washington Journey

| Nov 27, 2017 | Reply

On November 22 Sophie was there to witness her friend Kimberly legally become Kimberly. Sophie went to Washington the night before to be with her friend for one of the most important days she would face. Her day in court. Changing the way the world sees you and addresses you is not a simple thing, even though the legal name change is accomplished in a brief encounter with a judge. Sophie went to support Kimberly because she feels that no one should have to stand before that judge alone.

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Review: Trans Bodies Trans Selves

| Nov 20, 2017 | Reply

Today Sophie Lynne, our Page Pundit, takes a look at 2014’s “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves.” The book is meant to be a handbook and reference for trans people and features different chapter written by people who have various identities within the trans community.

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Review: Trans Bodies Trans Selves

| Nov 20, 2017 | Reply

Today Sophie Lynne, our Page Pundit, takes a look at 2014’s “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves.” The book is meant to be a handbook and reference for trans people and features different chapter written by people who have various identities within the trans community.

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Legalizing Discrimination

| Nov 6, 2017 | 2 Replies

Given the political atmosphere we find ourselves living in is it any wonder that trans people have grown fearful? The last administration worked on our behalf to make sure we were given our rights. The Justice Department went to bat for trans people who were discriminated against or attacked. The military was working on letting trans soldiers serve openly. Then with one election all protections and assistance from the federal level was snuffed out. Sophie Lynne is not optimistic that she will be able to survive the Trump administration. She does have an idea of what we all need to do. She discusses that in her blog today.

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Legalizing Discrimination

| Nov 6, 2017 | Reply

Given the political atmosphere we find ourselves living in is it any wonder that trans people have grown fearful? The last administration worked on our behalf to make sure we were given our rights. The Justice Department went to bat for trans people who were discriminated against or attacked. The military was working on letting trans soldiers serve openly. Then with one election all protections and assistance from the federal level was snuffed out. Sophie Lynne is not optimistic that she will be able to survive the Trump administration. She does have an idea of what we all need to do. She discusses that in her blog today.

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Review: The Murder Room

| Oct 23, 2017 | Reply

Sophie Lynne is our Book Pundit. Her beat is to review books with transgender themes, trans characters, or books written by trans authors. Today she tackles a book titled The Murder Room. It came out in 2010 and is a murder mystery of the True Crime genre. Some of the characters featured are trans women and that’s why Sophie is reviewing it today.

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Review: The Murder Room

| Oct 23, 2017 | Reply

Sophie Lynne is our Book Pundit. Her beat is to review books with transgender themes, trans characters, or books written by trans authors. Today she tackles a book titled The Murder Room. It came out in 2010 and is a murder mystery of the True Crime genre. Some of the characters featured are trans women and that’s why Sophie is reviewing it today.

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One More Saturday Night

| Oct 2, 2017 | 1 Reply

Saturday day was just another night for Sophie Lynne. A dinner of hamburger helper and relaxing after a long day at work. But for other transgender people there either was no Saturday night or they had to tolerate another night of mistreatment by bigoted people who use “difference” as a focus for their hate. Today Sophie reflects on her Saturday night and how other people with trans identities were treated.

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One More Saturday Night

| Oct 2, 2017 | Reply

Saturday day was just another night for Sophie Lynne. A dinner of hamburger helper and relaxing after a long day at work. But for other transgender people there either was no Saturday night or they had to tolerate another night of mistreatment by bigoted people who use “difference” as a focus for their hate. Today Sophie reflects on her Saturday night and how other people with trans identities were treated.

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Review: Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock

| Sep 25, 2017 | Reply

Our Page Pundit Sophie Lynne takes a look at the latest book from trans advocate, activist, writer and editor Janet Mock. It’s title is Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me. Does Sophie feel the book teaches readers anything? She praises Janet Mock’s contributions to the continuing fight for trans rights, but as for the book. . . ? Read her review and see.

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Review: Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock

| Sep 25, 2017 | Reply

Our Page Pundit Sophie Lynne takes a look at the latest book from trans advocate, activist, writer and editor Janet Mock. It’s title is Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me. Does Sophie feel the book teaches readers anything? She praises Janet Mock’s contributions to the continuing fight for trans rights, but as for the book. . . ? Read her review and see.

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I Didn’t Ask For This

| Sep 4, 2017 | 10 Replies

Sophie Lynne has gotten a raw deal. She is separated from her family. She works a low paying retail job that barely lets her cover the rent. She is college educated, intelligent, and capable. But she’s also a trans woman. Conservatives attack trans people with allegations that they are mentally ill or just acting out to cause trouble. That’s not true. Being trans is not a choice. Sophie only had one choice; she could either live as a trans woman in a low paying job with all the problems that go along with that, or she could end it all. She shouldn’t have to consider that choice because she didn’t ask for any of this.

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I Didn’t Ask For This

| Sep 4, 2017 | Reply

Sophie Lynne has gotten a raw deal. She is separated from her family. She works a low paying retail job that barely lets her cover the rent. She is college educated, intelligent, and capable. But she’s also a trans woman. Conservatives attack trans people with allegations that they are mentally ill or just acting out to cause trouble. That’s not true. Being trans is not a choice. Sophie only had one choice; she could either live as a trans woman in a low paying job with all the problems that go along with that, or she could end it all. She shouldn’t have to consider that choice because she didn’t ask for any of this.

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