• Dina's Diner

    Dina’s Diner

    | Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

    It’s cold outside. Step into Dina’s Diner and warm up with a hot cup of java. Or maybe some tea. Today Dina has a brand new list of menu specials that start with speculation about the necessity of talent to achieve your glamor goal. Then there’s a spicy exploration of trans communities around the world. Next on the list is a taste of Charles Busch. Then Dina has a spicy blend of Hungarian actresses from the ’50s, and she finishes off with musings on the way just a few millimeters one way or the other can define beauty. Come on in to Dina’s Diner!

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  • Perpetual Change -- Good Bye . . . and Thank You!

    Perpetual Change — Good Bye . . . and Thank You!

    | Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

    Pamela DeGroff has labored away in the humor and music departments of TGForum since the early days of this publication. All told she has been with us for 18 years. Today she posts her final Perpetual Change music column. We thank her for all those contributions over the years and wish her luck in all future endeavors. Pamela will be gone but not forgotten. You can always read her columns from the past few years right here on TGF. Just use the search box and look for Perpetual Change. And now and then we may bring back some of her older contributions from the original TGF as Retro Reruns. Thanks Pamela!

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  • Metamorphosis: Part V

    Metamorphosis: Part V

    | Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

    We continue the story of a man named Mark who finds himself changed by a mysterious potion into a woman named Raquel. Somehow Raquel finds her old male-self near the trees, now a separate person. How could her old self and her new self be together? Where did the old witch whose potion caused the transformation, or is it splitting, disappear to? TGF contributor Raquel Swann continues her fantasy tale of transformation with Chapter 5. Mark and Raquel must find their way to some place warmer or they will freeze to death.

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  • Interview With David de Alba

    Interview With David de Alba

    | Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

    Since I moved to Las Vegas, I have had the greatest opportunity to become acquainted with the world-famous singer and theater performer, David de Alba. David is renowned for his female impersonations as a legendary ensemble member at San Francisco’s Finocchio Club; and even in retirement, David performs two shows a year here in Las […]

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  • Verbal Communication & Percieved Cultural Views of Gender

    Verbal Communication & Percieved Cultural Views of Gender

    | Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

    Today Marc Mitnick presents the differences between the male and female verbal communication. He excerpts from Julia T Woods book, Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender and Culture. Masculine speech is used to exert control and enhance status. Feminine speech is focused on feelings and relationships. Knowing the differences is important when you cross the gender border.

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  • The Week In Trans 1/9/17

    The Week In Trans 1/9/17

    | Jan 9, 2017 | Comments (1)

    It’s time for The Week in Trans! What do we learn this week? Japan has created “genderless danshi.” Denmark declassifies transgender as a mental disorder. HBO’s Vice features two trans cops. A trans man sues a Catholic hospital over canceled surgery. A new play is about a trans woman who teaches etiquette to homeless trans youth. California gives a prisoner gender confirmation surgery. The co-founder of Trans Lifeline was arrested for an expired visa. A trans woman is running for the Virginia House of Delegates. A Chinese trans man won a wrongful employment lawsuit but they say he was not fired for being trans. All that and much more, plus a few well deserved TWIT Awards, is waiting for you in TWIT!

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  • Monochromatic Outfits for a New Sense of Style

    Monochromatic Outfits for a New Sense of Style

    | Jan 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

    Monochromatic outfits don’t have to be monotonous. That’s Tasi Zuriack’s thesis in this report on fashion. She tells you all the tips and style secrets that can help you put together an outfit that utilizes a pallet of shades of one color. Properly done and accessorized you can work one color and become a fashion star.

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  • Trans Media Arts

    Trans Media Arts

    | Jan 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

    Trans Media Arts covers film, TV, music and art. Today Amanda has info on The Gender Revolution in National Geographic. She covers Growing Up Coy, which is about a young trans girl, not a documentary on fish. Then she features info on Jen Richards coming to the Nashville television show; two trans police officers who are interviewed on HBO’s Vice program; and she has a video from Brit singer Ray BLK that features trans women in Jamaica. As an extra she tosses in a touching video from Goldfrapp about a child dealing with gender issues.

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The Week In Trans 1/16/17

| Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (2)

What’s the best aggregation of trans news in the land? It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Hari Nef has been chosen to star in a L’Oréal Paris ad. Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense says he won’t be in a rush to change LGBT policies. So many bathroom bills! A trans women makes a bid for North Carolina’s DNC leadership role. China has a very large number of drag fans. Drag fans in the USA are becoming predominately young and female. A trans model from Nepal isn’t climbing a mountain, she’s walking the runway in Mumbai. Justin Trudeau vows trans prisoners will be housed in prisons that match their gender. Mimi Imfurst is the first USA queen to perform in Cuba. There’s all that and more plus a boat load of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT.

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Dina’s Diner

| Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s cold outside. Step into Dina’s Diner and warm up with a hot cup of java. Or maybe some tea. Today Dina has a brand new list of menu specials that start with speculation about the necessity of talent to achieve your glamor goal. Then there’s a spicy exploration of trans communities around the world. Next on the list is a taste of Charles Busch. Then Dina has a spicy blend of Hungarian actresses from the ’50s, and she finishes off with musings on the way just a few millimeters one way or the other can define beauty. Come on in to Dina’s Diner!

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Perpetual Change — Good Bye . . . and Thank You!

| Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

Pamela DeGroff has labored away in the humor and music departments of TGForum since the early days of this publication. All told she has been with us for 18 years. Today she posts her final Perpetual Change music column. We thank her for all those contributions over the years and wish her luck in all future endeavors. Pamela will be gone but not forgotten. You can always read her columns from the past few years right here on TGF. Just use the search box and look for Perpetual Change. And now and then we may bring back some of her older contributions from the original TGF as Retro Reruns. Thanks Pamela!

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Metamorphosis: Part V

| Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

We continue the story of a man named Mark who finds himself changed by a mysterious potion into a woman named Raquel. Somehow Raquel finds her old male-self near the trees, now a separate person. How could her old self and her new self be together? Where did the old witch whose potion caused the transformation, or is it splitting, disappear to? TGF contributor Raquel Swann continues her fantasy tale of transformation with Chapter 5. Mark and Raquel must find their way to some place warmer or they will freeze to death.

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Interview With David de Alba

| Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

Since I moved to Las Vegas, I have had the greatest opportunity to become acquainted with the world-famous singer and theater performer, David de Alba. David is renowned for his female impersonations as a legendary ensemble member at San Francisco’s Finocchio Club; and even in retirement, David performs two shows a year here in Las […]

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Verbal Communication & Percieved Cultural Views of Gender

| Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

Today Marc Mitnick presents the differences between the male and female verbal communication. He excerpts from Julia T Woods book, Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender and Culture. Masculine speech is used to exert control and enhance status. Feminine speech is focused on feelings and relationships. Knowing the differences is important when you cross the gender border.

Read More

The Week In Trans 1/9/17

| Jan 9, 2017 | Comments (1)

It’s time for The Week in Trans! What do we learn this week? Japan has created “genderless danshi.” Denmark declassifies transgender as a mental disorder. HBO’s Vice features two trans cops. A trans man sues a Catholic hospital over canceled surgery. A new play is about a trans woman who teaches etiquette to homeless trans youth. California gives a prisoner gender confirmation surgery. The co-founder of Trans Lifeline was arrested for an expired visa. A trans woman is running for the Virginia House of Delegates. A Chinese trans man won a wrongful employment lawsuit but they say he was not fired for being trans. All that and much more, plus a few well deserved TWIT Awards, is waiting for you in TWIT!

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Monochromatic Outfits for a New Sense of Style

| Jan 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

Monochromatic outfits don’t have to be monotonous. That’s Tasi Zuriack’s thesis in this report on fashion. She tells you all the tips and style secrets that can help you put together an outfit that utilizes a pallet of shades of one color. Properly done and accessorized you can work one color and become a fashion star.

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Trans Media Arts

| Jan 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

Trans Media Arts covers film, TV, music and art. Today Amanda has info on The Gender Revolution in National Geographic. She covers Growing Up Coy, which is about a young trans girl, not a documentary on fish. Then she features info on Jen Richards coming to the Nashville television show; two trans police officers who are interviewed on HBO’s Vice program; and she has a video from Brit singer Ray BLK that features trans women in Jamaica. As an extra she tosses in a touching video from Goldfrapp about a child dealing with gender issues.

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A Sabrina Symington Toon

The anti-trans people have dozens of myths about trans people. They crank them out like rabbits make rabbit pellets. And most of them are as stinky as rabbit pellets. Some of them involve “how to spot whether she’s a he.” There’s always the “large Adam’s Apple” tell and any woman over 5′ 10″ will be suspected but then there are some that are more off the wall. See what you think.

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Tranny Queer — in the Beginning

| Jan 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Artist D has a theme for 2017. This year will be an exploration of what it means to be different, to be an individual and not let words hurt. The Artist D takes the words that have been hurled against her and embraces them as an identity that is truly individual. “Bad” words can be used with love and The Artist D will expound on that in the Tranny Queer theme throughout 2017.

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To Tell or Not: Lucille’s Secret

| Jan 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

In her current series of articles Linda Jensen is telling you the stories of crossdressers (persons who crossdress, if you prefer) who have each handled the self-revelation issues of when, who, and how to tell in very different ways. Linda’s aim in revealing how these people “came out” is to show that there are different strategies and each can work for the individual. These methods may not work for you but could help you formulate a strategy. Today she talks with Lucille who has kept her dressing a total secret from her family.

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The Week In Trans 1/2/17

| Jan 2, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s all the trans-specific news gathered in one spot! It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Jen Richards will be seen in Nashville. A trans woman in charge of a school in India resigns due to discrimination. An 8-year-old trans boy is kicked out of the Cub Scouts. A trans man offers a woman his seat and she stabs him. The first intersex designated birth certificate is issued. North Carolina loses more business over HB2. A NYC man is recreating Carrie Bradshaw scenes from Sex and the City. Five Filipina trans women compete in the Miss Transsexual Australia contest. Fort Lauderdale’s new tourism ad features a trans model. John Waters was hospitalized but he’s okay. All that and a few TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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Review: Through the Wormhole: Are There More Than Two Sexes?

| Jan 2, 2017 | Comments (2)

I have always respected Morgan Freeman both as an actor and as a show maker. His Through the Wormhole Series has always been a source of accurate science and entertainment. I have even enjoyed parts of his series exploring God. From astronomy to human and animal behavior, his shows have generally hit the mark. But […]

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TWIT 2016 Year In Review

| Jan 2, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s the time of year when all publications do a year in review and TGForum is no exception. We’ve gone through every month of TWIT for 2016 and picked out a few stories from each week. Put all together they make a really long scrolling page but they will take you back through the year that just ended. Get ready to scroll! It’s TWIT 2016 in Review!

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Challenges of 2017

| Jan 2, 2017 | Comments (0)

During the past eight years trans rights have been boosted by the Obama Administration. Rules were put in place to help trans people to get the equal treatment they are entitled to and President Obama was hailed as the “transgender rights president.” Trans allowed to serve openly in the military. Trans people actually visible in the administration. All those gains can be wiped away in just a few weeks when the new administration takes over. Babs Casbar Siperstein discusses what we may lose and she reports on the results of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey.

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Retro Rerun: My First Advice for MtF Crossdressers

| Jan 2, 2017 | Comments (1)

This Retro Rerun is advice for beginning crossdressers from Diane Hutchison that first appeared on TGForum back in 1998. The advice is directed at crossdressers just taking their first steps to letting themselves explore the world of feminine attire. Since Diane wrote this her gender journey has taken her to transition and marriage. Return with us now to the late 20th century for Diane’s newbie crossdresser advice that is still as relevant today.

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Late Christmas

| Dec 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

Miss Sophie Lynne was late with her post this month. Of course she has been busy. Works in retail and all that, so you wouldn’t expect her to turn her work in on time after a grueling day on the job. A job with extended holiday hours, too. So when she turned in her assignment late we semi-gave her but she has to have some punishment. That will be stepping up to the front of the room and reading her essay, “Late Christmas.”

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The Week In Trans 12/26/16

| Dec 26, 2016 | Comments (2)

Its time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a Distracted Elf transitioned in the online gaming stream. The Trump transition team wants to know who’s been working on gender equality and they’d like to take names. North Carolina’s HB2 was supposed to be overturned but that didn’t happen. Straight couples are switching clothes for the Switch it Up Challenge. “Bathroom” bills are poised for introduction in many places but they may not ever be law. Women don’t seem to mind trans women in the restroom as much as men do. A plus size trans model makes history. Various studies and surveys on trans have issued results. A trans woman runs for council in Minneapolis. There’s all that and a lot more waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dr. Sherman Leis: Top 10 Transgender Trends for 2017

| Dec 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

(Bala Cynwyd, PA)  Dr. Sherman Leis, founder of The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, one of the leading resources for transgender surgery and medical support in the United States, presents his annual list of the top 10 trends that will affect the transgender community in 2017. According to Dr. Leis, “While cultural and public support […]

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The Occasional Woman — New Year’s Eve Sparkle

| Dec 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

New Year’s Eve! It’s the one night you can throw caution to the winds and wear whatever outrageous sequined, sparkly, snake print, feathered outfit you want. It’s a celebration and the best way to celebrate is in those sparkling 4 inch heels, that skin tight red dress and a ton of zircons, or real diamonds if you’ve got ’em. Lorraine Anderson, woman in charge at The Occasional Woman sewing service, has some tips on how to rock that New Year’s Eve party.

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My Wishes for 2017

| Dec 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

At the beginning of every year many people use the rolling over from one year to the next as a time to make New Year resolutions. Cate O’Malley doesn’t have a list of resolutions that will probably stop being resolved within a few months of 2017. Instead she has a list of wishes. Things she would like to see happen in 2017. Read on and see what her wishes are.

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Where Has Christmas Gone?

| Dec 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

Amanda works in the retail business. At a large discount department store. The time leading up to Christmas can be bad for anyone but for those working retail . . . it can be downright awful. But the pre-Christmas rush is over. Christmas day has come and Amanda blogs about how her Christmas went as it got closer and closer to Christmas Day.

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Crossdressing Memories Chapter 7

| Dec 26, 2016 | Comments (1)

The last chapter of Julie’s story brought us up to the present day. Today’s chapter starts four days ago when Julie, after having Margarita and then taking a sleeping pill, found herself on the floor with a rib injury. She was sporting nail polish on fingers and toes as well as wearing makeup and perfume. The “help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” button was near by but how could she summon help when she couldn’t even get up let alone remove her makeup and nail polish? Find out in Chapter 7 of Crossdressing (Recent) Memories.

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Princesas de la Noche — “Se dicen llamar Gaadejo”

| Dec 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

Katherine Diaz learned about a group of eleven talented trans artistes who call their theater group/band/art project, Gaadejo. Katherine has a video about the group and writes about them in her native Spanish.

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The Week In Trans 12/19/16

| Dec 19, 2016 | Comments (3)

Attention! The Week In Trans is on the air! Among our trans-related stories today you will learn that Major League Baseball will no longer be able to haze rookies by making them dress in women’s clothes. Cartoonist Barry Deutsch has a cartoon that sums up the “bathroom bills.” A court has let a trans girl continue to use the girls’ room. A special edition of National Geographic features trans people on the cover. The Coy Mathis documentary premiers in January. Trans women compete in marathons and cycling. The director of Boys Don’t Cry is met with protests. Jackie Evancho is in trouble with Trump supporters for having a trans sister. A young trans girl was instrumental in getting the laws in Malta changed. Trans activists in China held their first summit. Shangela has a naughty Christmas video. All that and more plus some TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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