• Big Win in Congress for Trans Military

    Big Win in Congress for Trans Military

    | Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

    On Thursday, July 13, 2017 Democrats stood together and tall for common sense military readiness, transgender equality and health care equality and were joined by 24* Republicans and defeated an unnecessary and hateful amendment by Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Republican from Missouri, that would have banned the coverage of transition-related health care for transgender troops.

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  • The Week In Trans 7/17/17

    The Week In Trans 7/17/17

    | Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

    It’s time for our weekly wrap up of trans news, The Week In Trans! What did we find this past week? Lots of news about health care, or lack of it. Movement to block trans health care for the armed forces was defeated. The Senate wants to eliminate health care for trans folks. A woman who fought against trans protections in her state is now fighting to keep them in place. The woman who sued Planet Fitness in 2015 over a trans woman’s presence is still suing. Congress has other anti-trans bills it’s working on. Caitlyn Jenner may try to oppose them by running for the Senate. A trans woman author is running for the House. Jeff Sessions pushes “religious freedom” for some. There’s all that plus a lot more and several well deserved TWIT Awards. Don’t miss your TWIT!

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  • Transgender Definitions

    Transgender Definitions

    | Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (11)

    Here at TGForum we have always used the word “transgender” as a term that covers all “trans” activity from fetishistic crossdressers enjoying lingerie in the privacy of their own homes to trans women, fully transitioned and making their mark on the world. Between those two extremes is a broad spectrum of behaviors, identities, and gender expression. To help sort things out and provide some definitions to terms that have come into use over the years Dr. Dana Bevan has written an informative post on Transgender Definitions.

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  • Boob Sweat and Other Camping "Fun"

    Boob Sweat and Other Camping “Fun”

    | Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

    Cate O’Malley has always dreamed of taking off and traveling across the country. She wants to see those parts of our nation that she has only flown over before, and to make it up close as possible she wants to camp her way across the land. Not just “camp” but “glamp,” which is a mashup of “camp” and glam.” She and her spouse have taken some short trips in their area to try out the glamping experience. Read on and find out what she learned about life in the great outdoors.

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  • Brielle's Story -- Thinking as a Woman

    Brielle’s Story — Thinking as a Woman

    | Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (1)

    After hiding her female identity through grade school Brielle met a boy in high school who liked her for herself. She could be a girl with him and they could go on dates and do the things that a boy and a girl are inclined to do. But being open about her gender also made her the target of school bullies who never need much of a trigger to attack. Seeing a fellow student they recognized as male wearing makeup and feminine clothing was more than enough to attract their bad intentions. Once again depression took hold of Brielle. And perhaps the treatment was worse than the condition.

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  • R.I.P.

    R.I.P.

    | Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

    Humans have a great capacity to slide into a life rhythm and make themselves believe that things will always be the same. No change day after day. So things that should be said get put off and go unsaid. Past abuses are swept into the dark closets of the mind and forgotten. Except they are always there. But confrontation over the evils of the past can’t happen when the abuser has left the land of the living. Porja was the victim of a father who worked hard, with beatings and lectures, to make her into a man. A futile task that only brought her pain. Her father recently passed away. Porja examines her feelings about this sudden change in the rhythm of her life.

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  • Kim's Adventure Time -- Continued Change

    Kim’s Adventure Time — Continued Change

    | Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

    Kimberly pauses in her adventure to reflect on things that might have been. Lack of knowledge can keep a person captive and that’s what happened when she was young. Not knowing her dream was possible set her on a different path than the one she followed.

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  • The Week In Trans 7/10/17

    The Week In Trans 7/10/17

    | Jul 10, 2017 | Comments (1)

    It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that there is a mini series featuring trans athletes. The speaker of the house in Texas opposes the “bathroom bill.” Gavin Grimm’s case will be heard in the fall. Bob the Drag Queen has a couple of movies coming out. Cali sets trans regulations. Aleshia Brevard has passed away. The Church of England is welcoming trans people. A male former cyclist champ is now a female sports commentator. Minor league hockey gets trans friendly. The synth player for LCD Sound System comes out as trans. A British Muslim of Arab descent is a fierce drag queen and filmmaker. Turkish police arrest trans activists who demonstrate pride. There’s all that and a lot more plus several TWIT Awards!

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Big Win in Congress for Trans Military

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

On Thursday, July 13, 2017 Democrats stood together and tall for common sense military readiness, transgender equality and health care equality and were joined by 24* Republicans and defeated an unnecessary and hateful amendment by Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Republican from Missouri, that would have banned the coverage of transition-related health care for transgender troops.

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The Week In Trans 7/17/17

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s time for our weekly wrap up of trans news, The Week In Trans! What did we find this past week? Lots of news about health care, or lack of it. Movement to block trans health care for the armed forces was defeated. The Senate wants to eliminate health care for trans folks. A woman who fought against trans protections in her state is now fighting to keep them in place. The woman who sued Planet Fitness in 2015 over a trans woman’s presence is still suing. Congress has other anti-trans bills it’s working on. Caitlyn Jenner may try to oppose them by running for the Senate. A trans woman author is running for the House. Jeff Sessions pushes “religious freedom” for some. There’s all that plus a lot more and several well deserved TWIT Awards. Don’t miss your TWIT!

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Transgender Definitions

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (11)

Here at TGForum we have always used the word “transgender” as a term that covers all “trans” activity from fetishistic crossdressers enjoying lingerie in the privacy of their own homes to trans women, fully transitioned and making their mark on the world. Between those two extremes is a broad spectrum of behaviors, identities, and gender expression. To help sort things out and provide some definitions to terms that have come into use over the years Dr. Dana Bevan has written an informative post on Transgender Definitions.

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Boob Sweat and Other Camping “Fun”

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

Cate O’Malley has always dreamed of taking off and traveling across the country. She wants to see those parts of our nation that she has only flown over before, and to make it up close as possible she wants to camp her way across the land. Not just “camp” but “glamp,” which is a mashup of “camp” and glam.” She and her spouse have taken some short trips in their area to try out the glamping experience. Read on and find out what she learned about life in the great outdoors.

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Brielle’s Story — Thinking as a Woman

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (1)

After hiding her female identity through grade school Brielle met a boy in high school who liked her for herself. She could be a girl with him and they could go on dates and do the things that a boy and a girl are inclined to do. But being open about her gender also made her the target of school bullies who never need much of a trigger to attack. Seeing a fellow student they recognized as male wearing makeup and feminine clothing was more than enough to attract their bad intentions. Once again depression took hold of Brielle. And perhaps the treatment was worse than the condition.

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R.I.P.

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

Humans have a great capacity to slide into a life rhythm and make themselves believe that things will always be the same. No change day after day. So things that should be said get put off and go unsaid. Past abuses are swept into the dark closets of the mind and forgotten. Except they are always there. But confrontation over the evils of the past can’t happen when the abuser has left the land of the living. Porja was the victim of a father who worked hard, with beatings and lectures, to make her into a man. A futile task that only brought her pain. Her father recently passed away. Porja examines her feelings about this sudden change in the rhythm of her life.

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Kim’s Adventure Time — Continued Change

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

Kimberly pauses in her adventure to reflect on things that might have been. Lack of knowledge can keep a person captive and that’s what happened when she was young. Not knowing her dream was possible set her on a different path than the one she followed.

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Phila. Trans Health Provider Seeks New CEO

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

Philadelphia, July 10, 2017 – Mazzoni Center’s Board of Directors announced today a transition plan for interim and permanent leadership for the organization. The plan focuses on ensuring continued fiscal and operational stability in the near term, while also laying the groundwork for future leadership that is dynamic, innovative and accountable to the needs and […]

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The Week In Trans 7/10/17

| Jul 10, 2017 | Comments (1)

It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that there is a mini series featuring trans athletes. The speaker of the house in Texas opposes the “bathroom bill.” Gavin Grimm’s case will be heard in the fall. Bob the Drag Queen has a couple of movies coming out. Cali sets trans regulations. Aleshia Brevard has passed away. The Church of England is welcoming trans people. A male former cyclist champ is now a female sports commentator. Minor league hockey gets trans friendly. The synth player for LCD Sound System comes out as trans. A British Muslim of Arab descent is a fierce drag queen and filmmaker. Turkish police arrest trans activists who demonstrate pride. There’s all that and a lot more plus several TWIT Awards!

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Sophie at the GLAAD Media Awards

| Jul 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sophie’s friend, author and columnist Jennifer Finney Boylan, contacted her back in May and asked if she would like a ticket to attend the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City. At first Sophie was upset because she was scheduled to work the day of the event. But her boss, being a good boss, realized that this was a special moment and gave her the day off. Today Sophie writes about her adventure, the people she met, and how the experience changed her.

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The Occasional Woman — Summer Fabrics

| Jul 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

Fiber is not only good for you digestive system. In hot summer weather natural fiber clothing is more comfortable. Today Lorraine Anderson, head seamstress at The Occasional Woman custom clothing service, discusses the benefits of all natural fibers. The choices available include linen, cotton, silk, and hemp, among others. Each offers different properties but all of them, when used to create a summer frock, will help to keep you cool and dressed well.

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Las Princesas de la Noche – Interes por lo Desconocido

| Jul 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

Katherine Diaz gives her opinion on straight men who want to be with trans women. En Español, of course. Katherine feels that men who find trans women attractive are not, as society may cast them, pursuing trans women with male genitalia as a way to experience homosexual acts without going to bed with a masculine person. She feels that they appreciate a trans woman’s body and feminine sexuality, and that trans lovers know what a man finds most pleasurable.

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Metamorphosis: Part 10

| Jul 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

Raquel and Mark, two parts of one person that became separated after drinking a strange potion, have been transported to another land. They have been told by a witch that they must trek to the north and battle the Magistrate but that one of them will not survive the confrontation. What are the true intentions of the old witch? Is she on their side? Or is talk of this Magistrate nothing but lies? Who will perish? Learn more in Chapter 10 of Metamorphosis.

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Ask Mistress Samantha

| Jul 10, 2017 | Comments (4)

Mistress Samantha answers a question from a man who finds himself massively attracted to his two sexy room mate’s lingerie. So much so that he wears lingerie he has purchased during the times that his roomies are out of the apartment. He questions why he feels this way and what it all means. Mistress Samantha fills him in on what’s going on.

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The Week In Trans 7/3/17

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn Rachel Levine, the physician general of Pennsylvania is featured on NBC Out’s series on prominent LGBT people. Republicans in congress are working to stop trans people from serving in the military, and the secretary of defense has delayed incorporating them into the ranks. The V.A. is not paying for veteran’s trans care. A trans woman with industrial silicone in her face hopes to get it removed on a reality show about bad plastic surgery. Trans women want to be attractive but that can put them in danger. The Trump administration has nominated an attorney who has sued the government over HB2 to run the Civil Right Division of DoJ. Drag king Diane Torr has passed away. There’s all that and a lot more waiting for you in TWIT!

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Page Pundit Review: If I was Your Girl

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sophie Lynne puts on her Page Pundit hat and reviews the Young Adult novel If I Was Your Girl by trans writer Meredith Russo. The book has won a ton of major awards, including Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, ALA Stonewall Book Award – Winner, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year. See what Sophie thinks of it and its value to cisgender and trans people in today’s Page Pundit Post.

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Hello TG Forum! Meet 17-year-old M

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (7)

Today we introduce a new voice to TGForum. Meet M, a 17-year-old who identifies as genderfluid. M came out as such to classmates and staff in the ninth grade. She brings a younger voice to TGForum and has benefitted from all the work done by trans activists before she was born. Her perspective is much different from that of a 60-year-old who stayed in the closet till they were 50. We look forward to her contributions from her point of view for many years to come. Thanks to Sophie Lynne who met M and told is about her.

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Dina’s Diner July 3 2017

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s that time again. Down at Dina’s Diner they’ve just introduced the July menu items. Among the tasty treats you’ll find a potpourri of flavors including photographer Lissa Rivera and her androgynous muse BJ Lillis. Rumination on the death of fashion as flip flops, cutoffs and faded t-shirts become the norm. The 1969 Japanese film titled “Funeral Parade of Roses.” And Dina tops it off with a dessert Guide to Shaming inspired by the trend of shaming women for wearing thong swimsuits. Could that just be jealousy? Take a seat and get ready for another experience down at Dina’s Diner.

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The Bad, The Ugly, The Good and The Hope For Better

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

While Governor Chris Christie is in a stand off with the New Jersey Legislature over the state’s budget all of the state parks and recreational facilities are closed. Except the governor has access to a residence which is located in a state park very near the beach. While as a lame duck Christie enjoys a 15% approval rating and can’t run for reelection our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein is hoping that he will feel beneficent after his vacation at the shore and will sign several bills into law that benefit trans people in the state. In a special report Babs tells you what those bills are and how they would be good for trans people.

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Voice Modification: Pitch

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

It isn’t just in baseball that pitch matters. It’s very important that a trans person can deliver their verbal communication in a pitch that matches their gender presentation. And if you are a trans woman with a low pitched voice are you doomed to be called “sir” whenever you speak? Not necessarily. Today voice therapist Marc Mitnick talks about the pitch difference between male and female voices. Turns out it’s only half an octave difference.

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Editorial: Conservative’s TG Fear is Unfounded

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

Angela vents about the right wing media’s constant attacks on transgender people. They publish article after article about trans being a “trendy” thing for kids. Then they claim that parents are pushing their kids to be trans. Or the liberals and progressives have an evil agenda that calls for the destruction of our society as trans people invade ladies’ rooms across the land to pee next to your daughter, wife or sister. Angela believes she has seen the reason the right wing is so against us. Read on and see if you agree.

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The Week In Trans 6/26/17

| Jun 26, 2017 | Comments (1)

Time again for the weekly news roundup we call The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Candis Cayne has written a book called Hi Gorgeous! Lots of legislative activity in states around the country for and against trans people. More coverage of Brooke Guinan in the NYC Pride Parade. Eddie Izzard talks to NPR. Meet the former Hasidic rabbi who is now a woman. Also meet the 14-year-old Seattle drag queen. Boys in England wear skirts to school because of the heat. Venice’s first female gondolier isn’t female. She’s a trans man. Courtney Act is looking for love on MTV. There’s all that plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Trans Media Arts

| Jun 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

Want the hot news from the world of trans showbiz? Amanda Steele has it in Trans Media Arts. Today she tells us about the kerfuffle over cis male actor Matt Bomer playing a trans sex worker. That’s two strikes against the movie “Anything.” It just highlight the need for good roles for trans people and that is the topic of a short video by Jen Richards. “The Switch” is a Canadian TV show about a trans woman who works with other trans people. “Orange is the New Black” and RuPaul both get recognition. Check it all our in Trans Media Arts!

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The Ubiquitous and Essential Cocktail Dress

| Jun 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

The prince has invited you to a glittering cocktail party and all the “right people” will be there. What do you wear? A cocktail dress, of course! Or, maybe you just want to glam up your look for Saturday night at the trans friendly piano bar. The cocktail dress is also your friend in that situation. Tasi Zuriack, our fashion maven, has some suggestions on how to rock a cocktail dress for any occasion. From one shoulder looks to long sleeves, and of course the essential little black dress, Tasi has many ideas on how to add glam, enhance your figure with fashion, and be the darling of the cocktail party.

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A Sabrina Cartoon — Attack Helicopter

Conservatives go on and on about how subversive trans identities are not real. They try to paint us as deluded, mentally unstable, or try to pass of the entire phenomena as a fad or trend. Admitting that trans people are feeling what they are feeling is impossible for them so they have to embrace all the phony reasons they come with for why people say they’re trans. Sabrina Symington addresses that in today’s cartoon.

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Tranny Queer, Dysphoric as Fudge

| Jun 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Artist D talks about understanding gender dysphoria in two ways. She/he has always felt like a gender outlaw and can present in either gender or none without being bothered by the shape of their genitals. But The Artist D had issues with body image regarding fat. No matter how thin she/he was they always saw themselves as to fat. The longing to be thin gave them some idea of the effect of gender dysphoria and that was enforced when they were around someone everyday who suffered with gender dysphoria.

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