Tag: Transgender

The Week In Trans 7/16/18

| Jul 16, 2018 | Reply

Who’s that knocking on the door? It’s The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Our own Babs Casbar Siperstein has had a bill she worked to pass in New Jersey signed into law and named after her. The Babs Siperstein Law makes it easy to change genders on birth certificates. The court battle over the trans military ban continues. The new Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, wants to help the world move forward. Britain contemplates a conversion therapy ban. Scarlett Johansson backs out of the female to male role. Trans men make a satirical video about the controversy. The show with the most trans actors, Pose, has been renewed for a 2nd season. News from Pride events and the British Donald Trump visit protest. Russian homophobia led to some problems for people there for the World Cup. A trans woman has been cast as a trans character on General Hospital. There’s all that and more, plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Transitionus Interruptus: The Flights

| Jul 16, 2018 | Reply

Back in 2014 Dana’s transition was about to take off. She had been on hormone therapy for a few years and the rest of her plan was set to implement. Then, because life is not predictable, she had to put the brakes on transition. What Dana calls “transitionus interruptus.” When something else in life keeps you from moving ahead with transition it is called a “flight.” It can be a family obligation, military service, getting that advanced degree, or any other thing that keeps one from moving forward with their gender transition. Read on and learn how various “flights” kept Dana trapped between genders.

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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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Summer is Here

| Jul 16, 2018 | Reply

Pauline Estelle is part of a group of trans ladies who get together over the summer at each other’s homes for weekends of femme fun including cooking on the deck, swimming when someone’s home has a pool, and just mingling and chatting about a variety of issues, not the least of which is transgenderism and how it interacts with society. While the get together is fun it can also be a learning experience.

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Kim’s Adventure Time

| Jul 16, 2018 | Reply

Time again for Kim’s Adventure Time. Today Kimberly Hirschel writes about how she fine tuned her look and comfort level while out and about on a regular schedule of dressing up and visiting different stores and restaurants. Today she includes not only tips on what you need to have in order to fit in with other women who are out in public but she has a few anecdotes of things that occurred while she did her rounds.

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The Week In Trans 7/9/18

| Jul 9, 2018 | Reply

It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn about a chart topping songwriter and producer who has come out as a trans woman. The BBC has learned that 400 of its employees identify as transgender. While trans troops are doing fine the Pentagon is not bringing in new recruits in a timely manner. A transgender athletics expert left a Fox News host speechless. Buzzfeed has a list of thirteen things the Trump Administration has done against LGBT people. New Jersey has three new laws that benefit trans people. The Episcopal Church wants to make their prayers gender neutral. Pakistan will have trans people working as election monitors. Scarlett Johansson wants to play a trans man gangster in a bio pic. Courtney Act gets her own show on British TV. There’s all this plus more and a raft of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Occasional Woman — Beat the Heat!

| Jul 9, 2018 | Reply

Lorraine Anderson, the proprietor of seamstress service called The Occasional Woman, has some tips for beating the heat by choosing the proper fabrics for summertime attire. She also offers advice on important steps to take before wearing sandals, and even goes so far as to suggest what perfumes and body spray scents will help you achieve a cooler state of mind when the humidity is high and the unforgiving sun beats down.

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Debilitated in Cali

| Jul 9, 2018 | Reply

The drug Amanda was taking to ease her anxiety started to seem as if it was giving her anxiety. To try and feel like herself again she stopped taking it and then the intense anxiety she that had made her go on the drug returned with a vengeance. She had been making plans to pack up and return to the east coast but this renewed anxiety made it hard to just get through a day, let alone plan a big move across the country. She started taking Lexapro but it’s been 17 days and she is not getting any relief from the anxious, debilitated-feeling that has her in its grip.

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Crosswind Reconsidered

| Jul 2, 2018 | Reply

Last month Sophie Lynne reviewed the graphic novel Crosswind in which a ruthless hitman and a frazzled housewife exchange bodies. Sophie gave the series a positive review and thought, due to a short bit of dialogue in the fourth book, that there was a trans woman character who might be featured in later books. Turns out that was true, and now that Sophie has obtained all of the books, and read them twice, she has decided to add something about the series in this month’s Page Pundit.

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Meeting Caitlyn Jenner

| Jul 2, 2018 | Reply

Claire writes today about meeting a controversial figure in the trans community. Caitlyn Jenner. Ms. Jenner arrived in the community when she came out at 64 with no ties to the community. She didn’t even know any transgender people. Then she made several mistakes that opened her up to attacks from some trans community members. Claire was aware of all that when Ms. Jenner came to her area for a college speech. Knowing some would not approve, Claire managed to meet Ms. Jenner and blogs about it today.

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Dating While Trans

| Jul 2, 2018 | Reply

Our agender Youth Correspondent tackles the subject of dating while trans and queer. M prefers they/them as pronouns and that one fact makes it hard to connect with anyone for romance. Once M stepped outside the binary they found barriers. For example an online dating site that lets you pick your gender from a long list but then you have to chose how you want to be labeled in search results and you can only be a boy or a girls. Step into Dating While Trans and see what M ran into.

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First Kiss

| Jul 2, 2018 | Reply

Cheryl Ann Sanders, a.k.a. Cassie, was a frequent contributor to Transgender Forum in the past. Back in the 1990s when TGForum featured and interactive bulletin board it bristled with challenges and responses. One of the challenges was to describe your first kiss as a woman. Cassie dips back into the past today to present her answer to that question and she challenges you to add your response in the comment area below.

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The Week In Trans 6/25/18

| Jun 25, 2018 | Reply

It’s time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn this week, you ask? A drag queen story time in New York featured a lesson on gender identity. The World Health Organization has reclassified transgender. That reclassification could hurt the administration’s attempts to ban trans people in the military. A trans activist who knows the law was asked for ID to enter the ladies’ room. She ended up calling the police and they backed her up. The Trump administration will be housing trans prisoners according to their birth gender. Other legal cases are also in the news. Muxes in Mexico get phony Muxes stricken from the ballot. The North Carolina HB2 battle is still going on. Captain Hannah Winterbourne and her new husband are featured in a wedding planning TV show. Australia sets the first standards for treatment of trans youth. Need wig advice? Ask some queens. There’s all that and a host of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Trans Media Arts! Pride, Morgan Freeman, Cynthia Nixon and more!

| Jun 25, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele covers the transgender arts and entertainment scene. Today she talks about the event surrounding the San Francisco Pride March; digs into the #metoo controversy around Morgan Freeman’s treatment of female interviewers, including Janet Mock; and offers some info on Cynthia Nixon’s transgender son, and a trans model who is walking the runaway for major designers. She also has a look at a band who decided to support gender fluidity by putting their legs on display the same way they use women’s legs in their logo. It’s all waiting for you in Trans Media Arts.

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The Magic of the Gatherings

| Jun 25, 2018 | Reply

The Artist D! has attended their first ever BDSM convention and with the sight of dominatrixes in head to toe latex walking their human “dogs” on leashes and the other somewhat shocking images to be seen at every turn The Artist D! finds a similarity between all conventions that celebrate life styles. And they wonder what the world would be like if the people at BDSM convention, furry conventions, and crossdresser conventions could be totally open and display their inner selves during their everyday life. Get The Artist D!’s other thoughts on the subject in “The Magic of the Gatherings.”

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I Rode The PRIDE Float

| Jun 25, 2018 | Reply

Our Fashion Maven Tasi Zuriack lives in Mexico and her town has an annual Pride Parade. This year on June 16 Tasi was invited to ride on a local gay club’s float. But it didn’t turn out as easy as that sounds. You would think it would be show up, get on the float, wave at the crowd. But Murphy’s Law was being enforced that day. First off, it rained. But, we’ll let Tasi tell you the tale of how she finally made it onto the float and took part in the Pride event.

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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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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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The Week In Trans 6/18/18

| Jun 18, 2018 | Reply

Time now for The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Iceland’s Independence Day parade is led by a drag performer. Reggie Bullock will ride a float in the NYC Pride Parade to honor his late sister. The Pentagon neglected to send out a memo recognizing Pride Month. During Philadelphia’s Pride event a trans woman tried to burn a flag in protest putting people in danger. The Portland police have a trans captain. More legal blocks for the trans military ban. One little bit of DNA snipped and a mouse is born female. An Alaskan trans woman sues the state over her health coverage. Texas is still going on about men in the ladies’ room. Get to know your trans candidates before the November election. Muslims who are transgender in Thailand have a difficult time. More on the male ballet dancer who is dancing as one of the female dancers. There’s all that and more plus a plethora of TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!

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Going to the doctor?

| Jun 18, 2018 | Reply

Dana Bevan has been asked to write a science book for doctors and other providers to help treat transgender patients. Her first step before writing a single word was to go out and assess the current state of health care provider/transpatient encounters. Her post today consists of three sections (1) State of provider education, (2) State of healthcare for non-transitioning transgender people (3) State of healthcare for transitioning transgender people.

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Metamorphosis, Chapter 21

| Jun 18, 2018 | Reply

Raquel and Mark, seemingly two parts of one person that became separated after drinking a strange potion, have been transported to another land, possibly another world. There they confront “the Magistrate” who is apparently responsible for their condition. In a house that is a duplicate of their childhood home Raquel meets her “mother” and then her “father.” Then she finds herself cast into darkness only to awaken in a horrid swamp confronted by a hideous creature with one eye. It’s Guug, an ogre who tries to protect her from wolves but the wolves attack and Guug is injured. Raquel is in serious peril! Is all lost? What will happen next? Read Chapter 21 of Metamorphosis.

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The Occasional Woman — Passing Tips

| Jun 18, 2018 | 1 Reply

Today Lorraine Anderson, the woman in charge at The Occasional Woman seamstress service, talks about what she saw when she to a party for trans people. She observed attendees who were otherwise well dressed as women walking like guys. Shoulders were hunched forward and high heel shod feet were planted apart. Then there were the body language errors she observed while attendees were sitting down. Lorraine will go into everything in much more detail and if your goal is to be accepted as a woman in public you should make note of what she says. As a bonus we include a video of a group of men who are trying to walk in high heels for the first time. It illustrates some of Lorraine’s comments.

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More Fun in the California Sun

| Jun 18, 2018 | Reply

Today Kimberley continues her adventures out and about en femme. She has tips on how to blend in with the other ladies and become comfortable presenting yourself as a woman in interactions with members of the public.

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The Week In Trans 6/11/18

| Jun 11, 2018 | Reply

And now the news! It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a gender fluid ballet dancer who uses male pronouns is hired as a ballerina. The Gavin Grimm case grinds on. A trans woman has wins a battle with Sam’s Club. Two Iowa trans women sue the state and win Medicaid coverage. Jockey Victoria Smith rode 250 races as a male. She’s back in the saddle. Legislation news from Japan, the U.K., Denmark, and the U.S.A. A trans actress in Pakistan gets her starring film role. More employers are looking to hire trans people. Where did birth certificates come from? You may be surprised. Singer/rapper Azealia Banks starts a Twitter war with RuPaul. Check out the oldest performing queen’s makeup routine. There’s all that and more waiting for you in TWIT!

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Let’s Talk. . . Again and Again

| Jun 11, 2018 | Reply

As someone who has fought the Darkness of suicidal thoughts Sophie Lynne is very qualified to write about the subject in the wake of the recent celebrity suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Transgender people are very prone to the depression that can lead to taking one’s own life and Sophie has been at that place, in that moment, more than once. What pulled her back from the edge? What is needed to prevent suicides? She addresses that question and more in today’s blog.

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Jan Goes to a Trans Film Festival

| Jun 11, 2018 | 2 Replies

Last week Jan Brown and some of her friends attended the Out Films CT festival at Trinity College in West Hartford. They were there to see the short films with transgender themes. Seven films from all over the world were featured. All were from twelve to thirty minutes in length and covered various perspectives on transgender issues. See what Jan thought of the films in her review.

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