• The Week In Transgenderism 8/22/16

    The Week In Transgenderism 8/22/16

    | Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

    It’s The Week In Transgenderism! All the trans related news gathered in one place for your convenience. Today we learn how actor Mark Rylance created the character of Olivia on stage. I Am Cait bites the dust. Target will spend millions to add single occupancy restrooms. A trans model from the ’60s goes back to work. Federal buildings overseen by the GSA must let people use the restroom of their choice. Tricare will start covering health needs of trans military. Is your lipstick bad for you? A new documentary show about gender change in Britain. Names in the news: Castor Semenya, Ruby Corado and Dr. Aaron Devor. All that plus a lot more news, and a few TWIT Awards, is waiting for you in TWIT!

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  • There Is No Joy in Mudville

    There Is No Joy in Mudville

    | Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (2)

    Tasi Zuriack, our fashion guru, laments that the United States just isn’t a world leader anymore in the attire of its citizens. The malls are filled with people in t-shirts, ripped jeans, and flip flops or plastic shoes. And don’t even get her started about the kind of things you’ll see in a Walmart. According to Tasi this descent into fashion hell began in the 1960s and ’70s and by the ’90s all was lost. She feels it may be one reason that a well dressed crossdresser gets more attention at the mall. Her stylish outfit stands out from the drab ripped jeans and graphic t-shirt crowd. See if you agree.

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  • The 45th Birthday Surprise

    The 45th Birthday Surprise

    | Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

    Last month Linda Jensen told us about a chance encounter she had at a music festival up in Canada. She met Crystal and Mary who turned out to be old friends from at least ten to fifteen years previously. Crystal and Linda are both crossdressers. While Linda is a crossdresser who keeps her male and female lives quite separate Crystal pretty freely changes between the two genders and her friends and family know all about her dressing. How that came to be is quite an interesting story.

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  • Film! Music! TV! Trans Media Arts

    Film! Music! TV! Trans Media Arts

    | Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (1)

    Is the world ready for a film in which a hitman is forced into sex change surgery? There’s one coming out soon and it has the trans community stirred up. Meanwhile, some in the community say “good riddance” to the cancelation of I Am Cait. Amanda F. has those stories along with info on another upcoming film that follows 6 trans people through their lives called More Than T, and she fills us in on a new show title Strut that will follow trans models as they compete to reach the top. There’s more coverage of the media, the arts and music all waiting in Trans Media Arts!

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  • Cartoon By Sabrina

    Cartoon By Sabrina

    We tenuously continue with a sort-of sports theme with this new cartoon from Sabrina Bria Symington. She answers the question that many female athletes have asked: why do they have to compete against trans athletes. They think it’s just so unfair. Sabrina rips through the question with some ideas that leave it sprawled out in the dust on the arena floor.

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  • Labels

    Labels

    | Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

    In our mainstream gender binary world there are two genders and that’s it. You can be a man or you can be a woman. Society has settled into that system over many years and though the only important difference between a man a woman is that a woman can bear children, there are vast culturally imposed differences between the two sexes. Crossdressers take advantage of the differences by emphasizing the femme characteristics to fit in as females. But what if you’re not easily labelled as one gender or the other? What if you identify as a woman but people keep labelling you wrong?

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  • Sister house Adds a Playroom

    Sister house Adds a Playroom

    | Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

    Our fashion maven, Tasi Zuriack, runs a website called Sister House which is devoted to all things femme. Tasi tells us she has recently expanded the Sister House offerings with a new addition called the Playroom. Find out what treats await you in the Sister House Playroom. With that name you just know there will be dress up fun.

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  • The Week In Transgenderism 8/15/16

    The Week In Transgenderism 8/15/16

    | Aug 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

    A model was barred from entering the United Arab Emirates because she is trans. Chris Mosier is the first trans athlete to be featured in a Nike ad. Are they revising the rules about trans participation in the Olympics? There’s a trans model competition reality show. New Zealand honors Carmen Rupe. A roller derby woman comes out as trans. The Atlanta Civilian Review Board adds a trans member. France drops surgery requirements for legal gender change. Argentina is still dangerous for trans people. Could it be possible that God is two-spirit? Lawsuits against the restroom guidelines. Pennsylvania changes legal gender change rules. Baltimore police abuse and mistreat trans suspects. Tim Curry will be part of the cast for the new Rocky Horror. All that and a pile of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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  • A Transgender Client Bill of Rights

    A Transgender Client Bill of Rights

    | Aug 15, 2016 | Comments (2)

    With the depathologization of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) expected in 2018, its time to tell the Mental Health and Medical practitioners that serve the transgender community what we expect of them. The rewrite of the ICD is expected to create a non-pathological section of the ICD which includes “gender incongruence for adolescents and adults.” Dana Bevan proposes a Transgender Bill of Client Rights.

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The Week In Transgenderism 8/22/16

| Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

It’s The Week In Transgenderism! All the trans related news gathered in one place for your convenience. Today we learn how actor Mark Rylance created the character of Olivia on stage. I Am Cait bites the dust. Target will spend millions to add single occupancy restrooms. A trans model from the ’60s goes back to work. Federal buildings overseen by the GSA must let people use the restroom of their choice. Tricare will start covering health needs of trans military. Is your lipstick bad for you? A new documentary show about gender change in Britain. Names in the news: Castor Semenya, Ruby Corado and Dr. Aaron Devor. All that plus a lot more news, and a few TWIT Awards, is waiting for you in TWIT!

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There Is No Joy in Mudville

| Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (2)

Tasi Zuriack, our fashion guru, laments that the United States just isn’t a world leader anymore in the attire of its citizens. The malls are filled with people in t-shirts, ripped jeans, and flip flops or plastic shoes. And don’t even get her started about the kind of things you’ll see in a Walmart. According to Tasi this descent into fashion hell began in the 1960s and ’70s and by the ’90s all was lost. She feels it may be one reason that a well dressed crossdresser gets more attention at the mall. Her stylish outfit stands out from the drab ripped jeans and graphic t-shirt crowd. See if you agree.

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The 45th Birthday Surprise

| Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

Last month Linda Jensen told us about a chance encounter she had at a music festival up in Canada. She met Crystal and Mary who turned out to be old friends from at least ten to fifteen years previously. Crystal and Linda are both crossdressers. While Linda is a crossdresser who keeps her male and female lives quite separate Crystal pretty freely changes between the two genders and her friends and family know all about her dressing. How that came to be is quite an interesting story.

Read More

Film! Music! TV! Trans Media Arts

| Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (1)

Is the world ready for a film in which a hitman is forced into sex change surgery? There’s one coming out soon and it has the trans community stirred up. Meanwhile, some in the community say “good riddance” to the cancelation of I Am Cait. Amanda F. has those stories along with info on another upcoming film that follows 6 trans people through their lives called More Than T, and she fills us in on a new show title Strut that will follow trans models as they compete to reach the top. There’s more coverage of the media, the arts and music all waiting in Trans Media Arts!

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Cartoon By Sabrina

We tenuously continue with a sort-of sports theme with this new cartoon from Sabrina Bria Symington. She answers the question that many female athletes have asked: why do they have to compete against trans athletes. They think it’s just so unfair. Sabrina rips through the question with some ideas that leave it sprawled out in the dust on the arena floor.

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Labels

| Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

In our mainstream gender binary world there are two genders and that’s it. You can be a man or you can be a woman. Society has settled into that system over many years and though the only important difference between a man a woman is that a woman can bear children, there are vast culturally imposed differences between the two sexes. Crossdressers take advantage of the differences by emphasizing the femme characteristics to fit in as females. But what if you’re not easily labelled as one gender or the other? What if you identify as a woman but people keep labelling you wrong?

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Sister house Adds a Playroom

| Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

Our fashion maven, Tasi Zuriack, runs a website called Sister House which is devoted to all things femme. Tasi tells us she has recently expanded the Sister House offerings with a new addition called the Playroom. Find out what treats await you in the Sister House Playroom. With that name you just know there will be dress up fun.

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The Week In Transgenderism 8/15/16

| Aug 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

A model was barred from entering the United Arab Emirates because she is trans. Chris Mosier is the first trans athlete to be featured in a Nike ad. Are they revising the rules about trans participation in the Olympics? There’s a trans model competition reality show. New Zealand honors Carmen Rupe. A roller derby woman comes out as trans. The Atlanta Civilian Review Board adds a trans member. France drops surgery requirements for legal gender change. Argentina is still dangerous for trans people. Could it be possible that God is two-spirit? Lawsuits against the restroom guidelines. Pennsylvania changes legal gender change rules. Baltimore police abuse and mistreat trans suspects. Tim Curry will be part of the cast for the new Rocky Horror. All that and a pile of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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A Transgender Client Bill of Rights

| Aug 15, 2016 | Comments (2)

With the depathologization of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) expected in 2018, its time to tell the Mental Health and Medical practitioners that serve the transgender community what we expect of them. The rewrite of the ICD is expected to create a non-pathological section of the ICD which includes “gender incongruence for adolescents and adults.” Dana Bevan proposes a Transgender Bill of Client Rights.

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Lovin’ This Ride

| Aug 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

Accentuate the positive! That’s Cate O’Malley’s message in today’s post. After a lifetime of problems related to being trans she’s arrived at a point in her life where she has accepted who she is and is enjoying her life to the fullest. She’s doing what she wants and being who she wants to be. What about people who look at her and judge? That’s their problem. Cate is just enjoying the ride.

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For TG Dems the 2016 Convention Was a Political Revolution

| Aug 15, 2016 | Comments (1)

Babs Casbar Siperstein reports on the growing amount of trans inclusion at Democratic Party conventions. The latest DNC convention features more trans people as delegates, super delegates, alternates or committee members than ever before. And their was a trans woman on the dais every night, all night. Marisa Richmond was the official Timekeeper. Read about the rest of the trans history that was made at the DNC last month and read Bab’s report.

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Shave Those Legs

| Aug 15, 2016 | Comments (6)

Are you a fall, winter and spring crossdresser? Do you quit for the summer since you are expected to wear dude shorts when in male mode, and covering your hairy legs with several pair of hose, as you do the rest of the year is just too uncomfortable in the heat and humidity? We suggest you don’t try to hide those lovely legs in the summer. Just give them a shave and show them off in a short flouncy skirt or a pair of short shorts. But. . . what will people think? Who cares? Shave those legs, girlfriend!

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Fuzzy Meanings and Transgender Politics

| Aug 15, 2016 | Comments (3)

Jamie Fenton, a founder of TGForum, has a post today that talks about the problems created when “fuzzy” terminology is used while people are having discussions in the the trans community. Misunderstanding can be exacerbated when two parties don’t have the same definition of a word they both use. Read Jamie’s post and decide if you’ve been using “fuzzy” words and having your meaning misconstrued.

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SF/Fanstasy: Eve, Chapter 6

| Aug 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

Emyli Evyrling has written a sweeping fantasy/science fiction novel and we are proud to be serializing it exclusively on TGForum. Today we bring you Chapter 6, Elyia. Transformations, oppression, rage against the oppressors and a heroine finding her powers are all there in Ms. Evyrling’s “Eve.”

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Julie’s Story Continues

| Aug 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

Julie Gaum is 91. She’s been crossdressing since she was 15, after an earlier incident at age 7. Now she has written a book to share her story with the world. The book is called “Never Climbed His Mountain.” Julie shares her crossdresser memories today with TGForum users about all of those years of having a secret joy.

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Gender Reassignment Surgeons in Short Supply

| Aug 15, 2016 | Comments (5)

(Philadelphia, PA) – According to Dr. Sherman Leis, a transgender surgery pioneer and founder of the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, “There is a crisis in the transgender community in the U.S., resulting from a dramatic shortage of transgender surgeons and other specialized medical practitioners.  This shortage results in an excessively long wait for those […]

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The Week In Transgenderism 8/8/16

| Aug 8, 2016 | Comments (0)

It’s The Week In Transgenderism! Talleen Abu Hanna will represent Israel in the Miss Star International pageant. 54-year-old drag performer Shana Nicole hopes to win a pageant in North Carolina. Darcelle is an 85 year old drag performer who does six shows a week. A research study confirms that social stigma is what makes trans people depressed. A YouTube personality who stood up for red head rights comes out as trans. Estrogen shots are in short supply. A trans pianist performs for The Mets’ LGBT Pride Night. Gavin Grimm is still not allowed in the boys’ room. A Drag Queen Story Hour for kids. Trans truckers are hauling freight. There’s all that and more, plus a load of TWIT Awards. Don’t forget to TWIT today!

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Amanda Asks “What is Reality?”

| Aug 8, 2016 | Comments (0)

We’ve followed Amanda as she has wrestled with living in a strange place that is wonderful at times and oppressive at times. We have read about her anxiety and how it grips her so hard early in the day and eases off later on. We’ve seen her have fun times going out to dinner and seeing a concert. Today she wonders if she made the right decision when she took the blue estrogen pill and stepped fully into a new world. After six years she has questions. So many in the trans community don’t seem to have questions. They move ahead. Should Amanda move back into the Matrix? Read her blog today to see what she thinks.

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The Occasional Woman — Get Ready for Halloween

In the heat of August the last thing on your mind is a costume for Halloween. It’s hot and sticky outside and you can’t begin to think about corsetry, velvet and elaborate wigs and makeup. But, if you want to look great at the big Halloween party, and maybe even win a costume prize, you should start working on your Halloween costume idea right now. Fortunately there is an experienced seamstress and costume designer who can help you create a fabulous October 31st look. She’s or very own Lorraine Anderson, proprietor of seamstress service known as The Occasional Woman.

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But Daddy…

| Aug 8, 2016 | Comments (1)

Sophie’ family is going on vacation. Without Sophie. On the ride to the airport Sophie’s daughter asks a question that while on one hand is about attitudes and actions within Sophie’s extended family is also a universal question about why people act the way they do. The answer is too long and complicated to tell her daughter during that airport ride so Sophie dropped of her family and went home to write her daughter a letter, a letter she will receive when she is 18. You can read Sophie’s letter to her daughter today. Have some tissues at hand.

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The Most Fabulous Jeffrey Marsh & How To Be You

| Aug 8, 2016 | Comments (0)

Angela takes a road trip to New York City to report on the book release party sponsored by Vine and Twitter in honor of How To Be You, the new book by social media star Jeffrey Marsh. It’s a self-help book for the LGBT community that provides a framework you can use to discover yourself. The book is positive, affirming of those who have grown up feeling and being different. It gives you the tools you need to find what is holding you down and helps to lift you up. And the party was a lot off fun, too!

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David de Alba’s Next Las Vegas Show

| Aug 8, 2016 | Comments (1)

You’ll want to be a part of this special show, My Golden Years at Finocchio’s, on August 14 as David’s documentarian will be filming his performance for use in the documentary film about David and Finocchio’s. Speaking of which, here is a rare photo of David at Finocchio’s with Paul Ryner, David’s partner, and David’s […]

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The Week In Transgenderism 8/1/16

| Aug 1, 2016 | Comments (2)

It’s The Week In Transgenderism! What do we learn today about the trans news of last week? Marisa Richmond was the DNC timekeeper. The Westboro Baptist Church was stopped by a wall of love. The supermarket guard who attacked a trans woman in D.C. will face hate crimes charges. A woman named Dallas Coulter is the go-to designer for many famous queens. Australia adds a space to fill in a gender term on its census form. A look back at the good and bad parts of Too Wong Foo…. The New Yorker does a feature on the trans community of Christopher Street. A Pride School opens in Atlanta. A voice surgery clinic in South Korea is getting a lot of U.S. business. All that and more, plus a plethora of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner

| Aug 1, 2016 | Comments (2)

It’s summertime and the dining is lighter, or at least it’s supposed to be. So Dina Amberle has adjusted the Dina’s Diner menu to include some lighter fare that is still nutritious and pleasing to the palate. She starts of with a light seafood salad that features mermaids as the main ingrediant. Then she mixes in some crossdressers in swimwear, adds a dash of synchronized swimming and prepares a side dish of club kid culture, followed by a dessert that features tight Spandex® modern athletic garb that bares more than the Olympians of yore ever imagined. And she has photos to prove it. Check out this summer time menu at Dina’s Diner. Bon appetite!

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Perpetual Change: Rev. Yolanda’s Birthday Celebration

| Aug 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Rev. Yolanda Mapes is going to be celebrating her birthday soon and in honor of the occasion our trans music scene writer Pamela DeGroff has done an interview with the Rev. Yolanda. In case you don’t know about her drag queen gospel show you can learn a lot about it and how Yolanda came to be a minister and a drag queen who created Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour by reading Part 1 of the TGF interview with Yolanda. Then Pam gives you some news about live appearances by several trans artists and reviews a new album from a band called St. Lucia. It’s all there waiting for you in the longest running column on TGF, Perpetual Change.

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Transient Technology

| Aug 1, 2016 | Comments (1)

Our Hawaiian correspondent, Emyli Evyrling checks in with an update on her life circumstances. If you recall, earlier this year she was homeless for awhile. Now she has a roof over her head and through the kindness of a fellow human who was moving to the mainland and the Linux operating system she is back on the Internet with a real computer, not a tablet or smart phone. Things are looking up for Em.

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