Tag: opinion

Axis of Evil for Transgender People

| Nov 5, 2018 | Reply

At the outset, let me say that I am not a U.S. citizen, don’t live in the U.S. and my observations below are from afar — and maybe I don’t know enough about the real mood on the ground, nor the intricacies of U.S. politics and the power games in play. I am, however, a […]

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(Transgender?) History Lesson

| Oct 29, 2018 | Reply

Back in 1997 Shirley Bassey sang a song called History Repeating. That’s the subject of Sophie Lynne’s post today. Not the song but the idea that if you wait long enough what has happened once will happen again. We don’t mind when the things that happen are nice and pleasant, but there are many examples of things that are evil and diabolical. With the current state of transgender rights Sophie is afraid that history may indeed be repeating.

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Dina’s Diner 10/22/18

| Oct 22, 2018 | Reply

The diner may be crowded but there’s always a seat. Step into Dina’s Diner and ask the hostess for a booth or just take a stool at the counter. Today’s special include a few gender fluid models, a slice of Mark Volman in drag in the Zappa film 200 Motels evoking admiration for body positive women, a plate full of stilettos for men, and for dessert, an appreciation of Cammy White cosplayers. So order a coffee or some tea and get ready for a good time at Dina’s Diner.

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Review: The Rules of Me

| Oct 22, 2018 | Reply

Today our Page Pundit, Sophie Lynne, reviews a young adult novel titled The Rules of Me. Though it doesn’t have a transgender theme as such it is about teens trying to find their identity. The point of view character is not even sure he actually exists. The main character, seen from his perspective is a young woman who is also finding herself, and growing up. Sophie’s review is unbiased, even though she knows the author. Check out this first YA novel by Melanie Moyer and give our Page Pundit’s review a read.

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Reincarnation: A Romantic Notion

| Oct 22, 2018 | 2 Replies

Cheryl Ann “Cassie” Sanders writes today about her theory of reincarnation. To her it is very personal and possibly “not safe for work” since it involves the evocation of one certain man during her self pleasuring fantasies. He seems to be familiar and loving, not just a fantasy creation the enable the activity. Cassie feels a connection to him that she thinks goes back into a past life.

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A Sabrina Symington Cartoon 10/15/18

| Oct 15, 2018 | Reply

For trans kids life can be a real burden. It’s hard enough being a teen and going through puberty when you’re not feeling there is something wrong with your body because your gender identity is congruent with your body. When you are “differently gendered” those teen years can be a real trial. That’s why some young people just suffer in silence. Sabrina Symington has a commenting cartoon for you that explains a lot.

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Random Notes From an Older Bi-gendered Person

| Oct 15, 2018 | 4 Replies

in September our contributor Pauline Estelle reached the age of 83. She has been dressing up for many, many years and enjoys being a girl as much today as she did way back when. Today Pauline has assembled a random collection of thoughts and opinions she has gathered over the years. She likes the term “bi-gendered” instead of “crossdresser.” Likes having a large bosom, and bemoans the loss of the ability to wear high heels. See what other thoughts and opinions she expresses and read her post.

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Of Guilt and Camouflage

| Oct 8, 2018 | 1 Reply

Our contributor Susan “Suzzie” Grant is 83 and has been crossdressing for around 71 years. This grants her some amount of wisdom concerning the crossdressing “hobby.” Today she muses about why she goes on sojourns to the Dress Barn to gaze upon the outfits on display. It is a pleasure but still, at 83, it is a guilty pleasure. How much guilt depends on the depth of her reaction to the outfits she sees. There’s guilt if she refrains from a purchase — and guilt if she gives in and takes that dress home. How does “camouflage” enter into it? Read on.

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Feminine Feelings?

| Oct 8, 2018 | 1 Reply

Our Retro Rerun today is from 1998. Regular TGForum contributor CD Stephanie K. wrote about a crossdressed outing. She and her friend Sharon were wig shopping and then Stephanie planned on taking a big step — getting her ears pierced! After she acquired new hair she found herself having. . . feelings. Feelings that while they emanated from her lower body were not the normal sort of sexual arousal she experienced. Were these feelings “feminine feelings” the way a woman feels when she knows she’s looking good? Or was it something else?

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Dina’s Diner 9/24/18

| Sep 24, 2018 | Reply

Take a seat at the counter or slide into a booth. However you feel comfortable is the way to experience Dina’s Diner. Dina always has special on the menu and today they include an appetizer about anti-discrimination laws “allowing men in the lady’s room.” She also has an appetizer of girls playing high school football that is sure to be interesting, and pave the way for an entree consisting of spicy “rollergirls” skating into Dina’s dreams. Her best entree item is an appreciation of the stylish ladies of the ’60s who influenced her fashion sense, and may still be providing role models for the drag performers of today. The desert special at the Diner is a sweet look at the Playboy bunnies of yesterday, and the new ones on duty today. Order a cup of java and settle down for another great time at Dina’s Diner!

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Review: Trans Like Me

| Sep 24, 2018 | Reply

Today Sophie Lynne, our resident Page Pundit, reviews CN Lester’s book of essays, “Trans like me: Conversations for all of us.” The fifteen essays that comprise the book deal with many segments of the transgender experience. The author is a respected activist and writer from the United Kingdom who identifies as non-binary. We will add a bit of a spoiler but hope it entices you to read on by saying that Sophie highly approves of the book and recommends it for insights into the transgender community.

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Ya Gotta Have Friends

| Sep 24, 2018 | 1 Reply

Males and females have been assigned different characteristics by our evolving culture. Men are “supposed” to be stoic, unemotional, problem solvers. Women are “supposed” to be more willing to share things and support their female friends. While guys bury their problems and talk about football and cars, women listen to their friend’s and don’t try to immediately solve their problem. Claire Hall’s post talks about how she has experienced a shift from the stereotypically male approach to friendship and embraced the feminine model of friendship.

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Poppycock?

| Sep 24, 2018 | Reply

This week Cheryl Ann “Cassie” Sanders has assembled all the misleading and contradictory statements people have made over transgenderism and posts it all. Cassies feels that some of the quotes of “wisdom” are sure fire argument starters and even though she is only reporting the poppycock many people believe she’s ready to take some heat in the comments section for even mentioning some of this stuff. Read on if you dare!

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A Sabrina Symington Toon! TERF Wars

| Sep 17, 2018 | Reply

Sabrina takes another swipe with her drawing program at trans-exclusionary radical feminists, TERFs. While saying they’re trying to promote one thing they seem to actually promote things that are harmful for trans women. Sabrina finds the humor in the situation when a trans woman debates a TERF.

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Dressing Appropriately

| Sep 10, 2018 | Reply

To look your best when out and about en femme you mustn’t just put on any dress from your wardrobe and waltz out the door. A stylish woman takes into consideration where she is going, and who she will be mingling with. What you wear for an outdoor barbecue is different from what you’d wear to another outdoor event such as a garden party, or a sporting event. Each destination sets a tone for the look you want. Then you apply your personal style. Don’t miss Pauline Estelle’s tips on how to dress appropriately for any occasion.

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Rules for Looking Real Good

| Sep 3, 2018 | Reply

Lorraine Anderson, the woman behind The Occasional Woman seamstress and costume creation service, has some hard and fast rules for Looking Real Good. There are nine rules in all and if you manage to follow at least a few of them you will improve your feminine image and be a happier lady. Keep in mind, rules are made to be broken — but if you choose to do something in violation of Lorraine’s rules make sure she doesn’t find out about it. Read on for tips on looking your best.

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Dina’s Diner 8/27/18

| Aug 27, 2018 | 2 Replies

Slide into a booth or take a seat at the counter. Wherever you sit you’ll always get a tasty mental meal at Dina’s Diner. Today Dina’s specials include some well aged older drag performers. Add a bit of seasoning from the Tour de France’s method of handing out trophies to the winners which relies on attractive women in heels and short skirts. For a main course Dina offers some Crazy Pretty Asians, and a side dish of the late Bill Cunningham’s millinery creations before he became a photographer for The New York Times. For desert Dina offers some comments on “odd-vante garde” drag. You’ll find it all delicious and nutritious, and a bit of fun. Don’t miss Dina’s Diner.

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Review: She’s Not There (10th Anniversary edition) by Jennifer Finney Boylan

| Aug 27, 2018 | Reply

Our Page Pundit is Sophie Lynne. Today she reviews She’s Not There, the first book by Jennifer Finney Boylan. The book tells her story from her youth in Devon, Pa. to her transition. Full disclosure: Sophie has met and hung out with Ms. Boylan so she had to step back a bit to write this review. That doesn’t stop her from writing about the book and its message to all transgender people. Read on and learn what Sophie feels is important about She’s Not There.

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Being Femme: Theory and Practice

| Aug 27, 2018 | 1 Reply

In Theory and Practice Cheryl Ann “Cassie” Sanders gives a little bit of space to theory and devotes a lot of space to the joys of crossdressing. You might say the post is a a celebration of all the time and effort it takes to be out and about in the world and accepted as a woman. This post, like the others we’ve shared by Cassie in the past few months have all been featured on TGForum back in the last century. Cassie has spruced them up with some new makeup and a spritz of perfume so we could present the to you again.

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The Right to Go

| Aug 20, 2018 | 1 Reply

Suicide is a problem among members of the transgender community. Transitions that are well planned often go smoothly but now and then someone’s life seems to be on a good path, living in their preferred gender and suddenly you learn that they took their own life. If things are not going well and they are losing family, friends and their job it’s understandable that the “black dog” of depression could take them over. The Artist D last had suicidal thoughts in their teen years. Today they write their thoughts on suicide, within and outside the trans community.

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Fashion for Trans Girls Over 50

| Aug 13, 2018 | 1 Reply

Just you’re no longer a “spring chicken” doesn’t mean you have to become a dowdy old lady. Today women over fifty have many fashion options they can explore. Finding the looks that work for you and say that you’re an attractive, vital woman who isn’t done having fun can be as easy as an internet search. But it’s helpful to have a guide. Someone like our own Pauline Estelle. Today she gives you some pointers on fashion for those over fifty.

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The Occasional Woman — Halloween and Thrift Shops

| Aug 6, 2018 | Reply

Today Lorraine Anderson, the woman behind The Occasional Woman seamstress and custom costume service, takes on two topics and they are connected. First she brings up the fact that Halloween, the holy day of obligation for crossdressers, is coming in just a few short months. Then she tells you how to shop for costume pieces and accessories in thrift shops.

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Princesas de la Noche — Diario de una Crossdresser

| Aug 6, 2018 | Reply

Katherine Diaz is our correspondent in Columbia. She is a resident of Bogotá and she enjoys dressing up and walking out through the city as a Princessa de la Noche. Today she writes about the experience of being a long time crossdresser.

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Not Trans Enough – The Ugly Side of Being Trans

| Aug 6, 2018 | 3 Replies

Tasi Zuriack joins us today in departure from her normal fashion beat. Today she is blogging about her attempt to join a Facebook support group for transgender women over the age of 39. Tasi considers herself to be a transgender woman and she admits to being well over 39. But after she was initially approved for membership the group’s leader rejected her. Read her blog today and decide for yourself if it was a case of not being “trans enough” or if she wasn’t allowed in for some other reason.

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Dina’s Diner July 30, 2018

| Jul 30, 2018 | Reply

Dina’s Diner is always loaded with tasty treats. On the Specials menu today we find a large helping of four young boys in the Philippines who dress in drag and sell peanuts. Then Dina gives us a soupçon of the Chinese talent show contestant Wang Ju, followed by a hefty helping of Serena Williams in fishnets and a tennis dress. Then she spices things up with a search for Russian crossdressers, and brings it all together with the strategies used by Takoyaki vendors in Japan to move more octopus balls. It all adds up to a satisfactory feast that we call Dina’s Diner.

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What Dysphoria Means to Me

| Jul 30, 2018 | Reply

Today our Youth View contributor M writes about how their dysphoria has changed during the past few years. The word dysphoria means an extreme discomfort or a feeling of unease. It has manifested differently for M over the years. For example when M was 14 their Adams Apple and chest caused deep feeling of discomfort for them. Now they sometimes feel the dysphoria centered on the chest but because, due to hormones, their chest is getting more feminine. Read all about M’s dysphoria in today’s Youth View.

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