Author Archive: The Artist D!

The Artist D is a true raconteur and provocateur! He has been performing online since the mid 1990s. A relic from the cam show age before MySpace was any space. Author of In Bed with Myself, an autobiographical tale of transgenderism and Internet celebrity. Executive Editor of Fourculture Magazine and host of The Artist D's Fabulous Show. Panelist and commentator on Fourthought, a weekly live stream.

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Our Lives Are in Danger

| Jul 25, 2016 | Reply

As always, our voice from the underground, The Artist D, offers a different perspective on the issue of safety and security. Her basic premise is that we live in a world of illusion and what we perceive as imminent danger, or as total security are both phantoms created in our own minds. As an infamous Secretary of Defense once said, “Stuff happens.” When “stuff” happens it’s good to not be in the general vicinity but we don’t have that kind of control. As a trans person, or LGBQ individual, is “stuff” more likely to occur around you because of who you are? Find out what The Artist D thinks in today’s post.

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Your Non-Binary Genitals

| Jun 27, 2016 | 1 Reply

In the ’80s we had Madonna, a material girl living in a material world. Today we bring you The Artist D, a non-labeled girl living in a non-binary world. And that non-binary world can be confusing. It seems to The Artist D that many people today are rejecting labels so they can sink into a bland beige background noise and give up on any of their unique qualities. Either that or they are piling on so many labels the essential person is submerged under them all. And, why would anyone want to be “just” human?

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The Joke’s on You

| May 30, 2016 | Reply

Laughter is the best medicine but what if it’s laughter provoked by a joke that targets trans people? Is it still medicine or is it a toxic injection of pain? The Artist D knows that people tend to laugh at what they don’t understand. Remember how people laughed when someone claimed the Earth was round? So of course trans people can be the butt of “humor.” The Artist D has a way to cope.

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Girls in the Boy’s Room

| May 2, 2016 | Reply

When The Artist D was a little lad he was happy to follow mommy into the lady’s room since it had nice private booths where you could do your business in private. Then came the awkward grade school and high school years and restrooms defined awkward. Now as an adult The Artist D has some observations on sociological interactions in the men’s room. And a question or two for those fighting for their rest room rights.

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Male, Female, Other

| Apr 4, 2016 | 1 Reply

Are we prisoners of the gender binary? Must we try to firmly stuff ourselves into only two boxes, male or female? The Artist D, as you may know from reading her blog, is inclined to protest that humans are much to concerned with fitting into one of those two options when life should be bigger, more transcendent than what flesh suit we wear. To illustrate her point today she examines controversial statements made by Richard O’Brien concerning trans women.

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Objective or Bust

| Mar 7, 2016 | 1 Reply

It might seem at times that whatever you are for The Artist D is against it. But that’s the nature of the artist, isn’t it? They exist to prod our brains with images and sounds that make us question, think, and appreciate. Today The Artist D looks at people and finds them made up of a collection of cells and organs that create each individual. But the individuals have a problem combining with other individuals to create something for the greater good. But what is the greater good, anyway? Prepare to be prodded.

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I Am the Non-Binary Boogieman

| Feb 8, 2016 | 3 Replies

It’s a big, wonderful world and it’s full of possibilities. Why should we be limited to expressing only two gender identities? That’s the question The Artist D poses today. Why not be able to be femme one day, masculine the next and a mixture of both, or none, on another day? The Artist D wants to shake the gender identity tree and see what falls out. See if you agree.

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Learn from History or Bust

| Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

The Artist D is stricken with “year end wrap up fever.” If afflicts many at the end of an old year and the start of a new one. For The Artist D wrapping up means looking back at the columns she contributed to TGForum over the past year and identifying the ones that expressed her hopes for a better year in 2016.

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The Art of Being Offended

| Dec 14, 2015 | 1 Reply

Is it possible that in the 21st century with our high tech communications systems that let us correspond with people all around the world, even translating communications sent in other languages that the actual communication of real thoughts and meaning has degenerated into a limited number of characters on Twitter? Is the Internet driving us further apart?

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My Husband is a Coffee Table

| Nov 16, 2015 | Reply

When The Artist D says that her husband is a coffee table she means that he has a fetish for being used as a coffee table by dominates. There are plenty of other what could be considered “odd” fetishes but is there really a line separating the ones that seem strange from more everyday fetishes? Could baking apple pies with a willing partner also be a fetish? Expand your thoughts and read this post from The Artist D.

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Trick or Treat Tranny

| Oct 19, 2015 | Reply

Our late founder JoAnn Roberts called Halloween a holy day of obligation for crossdressers. It is the one day in the year that regular guys can experiment with wearing women’s clothing without repercussions from their friends. The Artist D believes that Halloween should happen everyday and what the world needs is more straight men wearing dresses. If they did that the whole world would shift and anything would be cool.

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At the Popular Girl’s Table

| Sep 21, 2015 | Reply

Is it good to be seated at the popular girls’ table? Groucho Marx said he wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would accept him as a member. Being out in the open and popular could dim the glamor that shown so strong as part of the underground. Even a cool club get’s boring when the “bridge and tunnel” crowd shows up. This year Southern Comfort has moved from Atlanta to Florida. Will Florida be too “bridge and tunnel”? Ch, ch, ch, changes.

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Penises and Amazonian Princesses

| Aug 24, 2015 | Reply

During a chance encounter with a feminist lesbian on a train The Artist D learns that feminist lesbians, at least this one, believe that trans women have no right to call themselves women. In their world if it has a penis, or ever did, it just can’t be a woman. And The Artist D knows that is not true.

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Cait, for God’s Sake

| Jul 27, 2015 | 6 Replies

There has been a lot of bitching about Caitlyn Jenner and the way she is living her transition so publicly. Many in the trans community have this, that, or the other thing to say about how she has “come out” and how she is doing it as a celebrity with a reality TV show. The Artist D has a different take on Caitlyn’s life and she shares it with you today.

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Red, White, and Gay

| Jun 29, 2015 | Reply

The Artist D is not a big fan of church weddings. In fact, while she wholeheartedly supports the right of same sex couples to marry if they choose she wonders why anyone would want to walk down the aisle of a church that rejects them as people.

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No Comment

| Jun 1, 2015 | Reply

The rise in interest about trans issues and trans people has caused a rise in the number of articles and reports about what you should not say to or ask a trans person. This proliferation of politically correct guides to talking to a trans person respectfully has inspired The Artist D to ask some questions of her own. Is it really wrong to ask questions of trans people if you really don’t know that answers? See what The Artist D thinks in No Comment.

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You Sir, Are a Urinal Cake

| May 4, 2015 | 1 Reply

The Artist D set out to share her thoughts on Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer but while ruminating on what to write she had to go to the restroom and the rest is history. A brand name on a urinal cake caused her to ponder how everything and everyone is now part of marketing. You aren’t you unless you are a brand. She asks if there isn’t something better than that.

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Footnotes of Orientation

| Apr 6, 2015 | 2 Replies

Popeye said “I yam what I yam and that’s all that I yam.” The Artist D on the other hand is many things. But lately she has found that some of the things she is are getting her more attention than the things she want to get attention for. And it all has do do with how society defines people. She is The Artist D and that can’t be much clearer. Read on and find out what other people think she is.

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Hello in There

| Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

Nobody believes a wild child. People look down upon eccentric teens and weird youthful creatures. Yet if they are consistent and bring it into adulthood they are taken slightly more seriously. Too many young people are taken as going through phases, fads and having whims. But who is to say that phases, fads and whims […]

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Be Kind, Rewind

| Feb 9, 2015 | Reply

The Artist D feels that our western society has gotten so enamored of the idea that everyone should get their fifteen minutes of fame that it’s gotten out of hand. Andy Warhol would be appalled. What’s wrong with just “being”? Why do people seem to feel they need to be “something”? And what’s wrong with being a purple penguin? Read The Artist D’s “Be Kind, Rewind and see.

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Your Suicide is Not Acceptable

| Jan 12, 2015 | 1 Reply

The recent suicide of a young trans woman who was faced with total rejection of her gender from her parents has caused a stir across the world. No one should have to believe that only ending it all will give them peace. While many call for more education and more support for trans teens The Artist D says it’s not that simple and other things will be required to stop people from ending their lives.

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Calls from the Bone Garden

| Dec 15, 2014 | Reply

You can always count on The Artist D to provide a counter viewpoint to almost anything in life. Today she lines up opposite the cheery, happy and bright universe to praise rainy days and dreary nights. But don’t assume it’s just doom and gloom. There’s a little gleam of light poking out a bit from behind the dark clouds. Give it and read and learn just what it is.

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True Happiness on Holiday

| Nov 17, 2014 | Reply

Can trans people really go home for the holidays? They can but do they then limit themselves to the role their family insists on seeing them in? Even if they are “out” to their family do they still have to “tone it down” or be more demure? The holidays always bring stress and if a trans person’s family is just “putting up” with their trans relative can we really expect to have happy holidays? The Artist D has some advice for the approaching holiday season.

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Standing in a Line of Lesbians

| Oct 20, 2014 | Reply

If you have had something for ever and it’s just a fact that you will always have it does it sometimes seem the thing you have loses its value over the years? Does something that is taken for granted and assumed to be an entitlement just become part of the background of life and nothing special? It seems that way to The Artist D who had to go to the marriage license office and found that the concept of marriage may be in the taken for granted category for straight people but gays and lesbians are giving it a shot in the arm.

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Namesake for Goodness Sake

| Sep 22, 2014 | Reply

The Artist D comments today on the urgent need our society has to give everyone a single, “real” identity. When people ask The Artist what her “real” name is they just can’t wrap their brains around it being a single letter. Now Facebook has begun to demand “Your papers, please!” and to The Artist D that looks like there is less room for multiple identities than before. How will that affect us?

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Spirit Sucking

| Aug 25, 2014 | Reply

The Artist D recently took a break. Fortunately for TGF she returned from her downtime in time to file her column for today. Taking a break can be anything from turning off your cell phone for a couple of hours to trekking out to a cabin in the woods for a week of quiet contemplation. Why would you do something like that? Give a read to The Artist D’s column today, Spirit Sucking.

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