• The Week In Trans 2/12/18

    The Week In Trans 2/12/18

    | Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (0)

    It’s The Week In Trans time! Today we learn that around 40 trans candidates have filed to run for office. The DOJ is switching positions in the trans military ban lawsuit. A former admiral defends keeping trans soldiers in the military. A Swedish trans girl is Sweden’s “Transgender of the Year.” The Bar Association passes a resolution urging support for Title VII. A trans woman is dancing the samba in Rio De Janeiro’s Carnival. Canadian trans women find that they earn one third less than men. Trans kids don’t get good healthcare and more kids are declaring they are trans or nonconforming. Researchers at Mt. Sinai have a way for trans women to nurse their babies. Desmond Is Amazing walked the runway for Fashion Week. There’s all that and a lot more, plus several TWIT Awards, waiting for your attention in TWIT!

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  • Dina's Diner 2/12/18

    Dina’s Diner 2/12/18

    | Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (0)

    Welcome to Dina’s Diner! The coffee is always brewing. Dina has specials of the day, and there’s pie! Today’s specials include Dina’s commentary on Tasi Zuriack’s commentary on how the umbrella term “transgender” has started to push out crossdressers and only apply to those who are going to transition. Then she has thoughts on all the kids who are reporting that they are trans, musings on pre-teen drag queens, and the trials and tribulations of being a working drag performer. For dessert she offers some thoughts on the royals depicted in The Crown. Take a seat at the counter or hop into a booth. Time to eat your fill at Dina’s Diner!

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  • Transgender Voice Modification Therapy

    Transgender Voice Modification Therapy

    | Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (0)

    Transgender voice therapy training is used to improve or modify your voice to match your true gender identity and to sound more like a CIS gendered female. Speaking in your true gender increases your readability and reduces being clocked. Vocal feminization occurs when the voice is modified from a perceived male vocal quality to a […]

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  • Book Review:  "Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Identity"

    Book Review: “Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Identity”

    | Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (0)

    This month’s book is a bit of a curve ball — Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability by Jack Halberstam. I saw it in the book store, and said to myself, “Self, quick and quirky sounds perfect!” It was a mere 136 pages of text, but the 27 pages of notes, sources, […]

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  • Another Step on the Trans Path

    Another Step on the Trans Path

    | Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (0)

    It’s only been a few months since Claire H. took her first steps toward living as her true self. She finds that as she moves into the future every barrier she saw ahead would dissolve away as she approached. Today she writes that while she had not been expecting to start hormone therapy till April the advocacy of her therapist got her an early appointment with a nurse practitioner and she can begin hormones this week. Will all of the obstacles be as easily overcome?

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  • I'm Okay

    I’m Okay

    | Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (0)

    When things are going badly there is so much to say about how you’re being affected and how you feel. When things are all moving along smoothly there doesn’t seem to be that much to talk about. Just, “Hey, I’m okay. All is well.” That was the dilemma of our agender youth correspondent M when they were trying to come up with a topic for today’s post. So they decided to go ahead and write about how everything is okay.

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  • The Trans You Don’t Know

    The Trans You Don’t Know

    | Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (1)

    How many times have you been around other people who were joking or commenting negatively on a trans person they have seen? Our guest contributor Sophia Swift gives her opinion on people who have to give their opinion when they may, without knowing it, be talking to a trans person — either someone who has transitioned, or a trans person projecting the opposite of their true self. No one should be forced to endure someone’s anti-trans statements.

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  • The Week In Trans February 5, 2018

    The Week In Trans February 5, 2018

    | Feb 5, 2018 | Comments (0)

    Good morning campers! It’s time to roll out of your bunk and read The Week In Trans! Today’s TWIT informs us that some members of Congress escorted trans military people to the State if the Union. Ten federal judges have ruled against the trans military ban but the RNC endorses it. Coca Cola wants to sell their fluid to the gender fluid. HHS let’s doctors refuse to treat you because their religion says you’re bad. Trans mayor Jess Herbst runs for reelection. Bathroom bills are introduced but move slowly. Candis Cayne will appear on Grey’s Anatomy. April Ashley wins an award. Courtney Act wins on a reality show. All that and plenty more is waiting for you, alone with a few TWIT Awards, in this edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 2/12/18

| Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (0)

It’s The Week In Trans time! Today we learn that around 40 trans candidates have filed to run for office. The DOJ is switching positions in the trans military ban lawsuit. A former admiral defends keeping trans soldiers in the military. A Swedish trans girl is Sweden’s “Transgender of the Year.” The Bar Association passes a resolution urging support for Title VII. A trans woman is dancing the samba in Rio De Janeiro’s Carnival. Canadian trans women find that they earn one third less than men. Trans kids don’t get good healthcare and more kids are declaring they are trans or nonconforming. Researchers at Mt. Sinai have a way for trans women to nurse their babies. Desmond Is Amazing walked the runway for Fashion Week. There’s all that and a lot more, plus several TWIT Awards, waiting for your attention in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner 2/12/18

| Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (0)

Welcome to Dina’s Diner! The coffee is always brewing. Dina has specials of the day, and there’s pie! Today’s specials include Dina’s commentary on Tasi Zuriack’s commentary on how the umbrella term “transgender” has started to push out crossdressers and only apply to those who are going to transition. Then she has thoughts on all the kids who are reporting that they are trans, musings on pre-teen drag queens, and the trials and tribulations of being a working drag performer. For dessert she offers some thoughts on the royals depicted in The Crown. Take a seat at the counter or hop into a booth. Time to eat your fill at Dina’s Diner!

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Transgender Voice Modification Therapy

| Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (0)

Transgender voice therapy training is used to improve or modify your voice to match your true gender identity and to sound more like a CIS gendered female. Speaking in your true gender increases your readability and reduces being clocked. Vocal feminization occurs when the voice is modified from a perceived male vocal quality to a […]

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Book Review: “Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Identity”

| Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (0)

This month’s book is a bit of a curve ball — Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability by Jack Halberstam. I saw it in the book store, and said to myself, “Self, quick and quirky sounds perfect!” It was a mere 136 pages of text, but the 27 pages of notes, sources, […]

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Another Step on the Trans Path

| Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (0)

It’s only been a few months since Claire H. took her first steps toward living as her true self. She finds that as she moves into the future every barrier she saw ahead would dissolve away as she approached. Today she writes that while she had not been expecting to start hormone therapy till April the advocacy of her therapist got her an early appointment with a nurse practitioner and she can begin hormones this week. Will all of the obstacles be as easily overcome?

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I’m Okay

| Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (0)

When things are going badly there is so much to say about how you’re being affected and how you feel. When things are all moving along smoothly there doesn’t seem to be that much to talk about. Just, “Hey, I’m okay. All is well.” That was the dilemma of our agender youth correspondent M when they were trying to come up with a topic for today’s post. So they decided to go ahead and write about how everything is okay.

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The Trans You Don’t Know

| Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (1)

How many times have you been around other people who were joking or commenting negatively on a trans person they have seen? Our guest contributor Sophia Swift gives her opinion on people who have to give their opinion when they may, without knowing it, be talking to a trans person — either someone who has transitioned, or a trans person projecting the opposite of their true self. No one should be forced to endure someone’s anti-trans statements.

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The Week In Trans February 5, 2018

| Feb 5, 2018 | Comments (0)

Good morning campers! It’s time to roll out of your bunk and read The Week In Trans! Today’s TWIT informs us that some members of Congress escorted trans military people to the State if the Union. Ten federal judges have ruled against the trans military ban but the RNC endorses it. Coca Cola wants to sell their fluid to the gender fluid. HHS let’s doctors refuse to treat you because their religion says you’re bad. Trans mayor Jess Herbst runs for reelection. Bathroom bills are introduced but move slowly. Candis Cayne will appear on Grey’s Anatomy. April Ashley wins an award. Courtney Act wins on a reality show. All that and plenty more is waiting for you, alone with a few TWIT Awards, in this edition of TWIT!

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Trans in Entertainment News — Trans Media Arts

| Feb 5, 2018 | Comments (0)

Trans people in entertainment, whether actors, characters, writers, musicians or dancers, are Amanda F. Steele’s beat. She keeps you up to date on who’s doing what in the trans community of arts and entertainment. Today she writes about the controversy between Rose McGowen and trans women. She fills you in on Candis Cayne’s role on Grey’s Anatomy; comments on a film featuring a trans woman that’s up for an Oscar, and has some other tasty tidbits of show biz buzz to keep you entertained and informed.

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The Road Not Taken, Part 4

| Feb 5, 2018 | Comments (0)

Linda Jensen has been blogging about a critical time in her life. During the summer of ’68 she took some steps in a direction that could have led her down a far different road than the one she took. She could have let it define life life and said, “That’s it I’m a drag queen” or “I’m transsexual” but at the end of that fateful summer she decided to take her life in a different direction. In today’s post she tells you more about what she did in the summer of ’68.

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Do Crossdressers Really Exist

| Feb 5, 2018 | Comments (3)

Our Fashion Maven Tasi Zuriack takes a fashion break and writes today about crossdressing in general. She asks if crossdressers even exist. Since many of our readers identify as crossdressers we suspect that they do exist. TGForum’s official policy on crossdressers is that they exist under the transgender umbrella. They’re part of the transgender community and the Tasi points out that the word “transgender” may be causing problems for people who just like to dress up like ladies and feel pretty. Read on and see what you think.

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Living Between the Lines

| Feb 5, 2018 | Comments (1)

The Artist D! examines the recent controversy over the tussle between anti-sexual harassment activist and author Rose McGowen and a trans woman during an appearance by McGowen at a Barnes & Noble book event. The trans woman asked McGowen a question about remarks she made on RuPaul’s podcast. At sometime during McGowen’s response things went sideways and soon the two were shouting at each other and neither one was listening. The Artist D! has listened to the shouting and within it she finds rage and pain but she can’t locate the anti-trans statements attributed to McGowen. She includes the video of the incident in this post along with her analysis.

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A Sabrina Symington Cartoon

Bria is devoted to bringing those who disparage trans people in the news media to an understanding of how hurtful their little ploys to undermine us can be. So she has to sometimes use a bit of subterfuge to get her point across. Don’t miss the latest Sabrina Symington cartoon! Visit her website: www.lifeofbria.com

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Metamorphosis Chapter 17

| Feb 5, 2018 | 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 trek to the north to do battle with “the Magistrate” but have been told by a mysterious woman named Lydia that one of them will not survive the confrontation. In a house that is a duplicate of their childhood home Raquel meets her “mother” and then her “father.” In our last chapter she was handcuffed to a bed and argues with Mark about their life. Then we learn that Mark is not really any part of her. Raquel is dispatched into darkness and begins to fall. Where will she land and what is going to happen in Chapter 17 of Metamorphosis?

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The Week In Trans 1/29/18

| Jan 29, 2018 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that the Hasty Pudding theater troupe at Harvard will allow women to perform. A Harris Poll says more people are expressing discomfort with LGBT people. Court rulings, motions and decisions. Hate crimes are up by 85%. Trans Oscar nominations! The Church of England welcomes trans parishioners, but not too much. Abercrombie & Fitch introduces a line of gender-neutral clothes. Rep. Joseph Kennedy will escort a trans soldier to the State of the Union. A study shows kids are more flexible about gender. Russia will allow trans people to legally change gender. A trans woman competes in a beautiful butt contest in Brazil. There’s all that plus much more, and several TWIT Awards will be presented. Don’t miss your TWIT!

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I Am Jazz: Susan Bradley Rides Again!

| Jan 29, 2018 | Comments (0)

Constant vigilance is necessary as the media are often not through in researching who they use as an “expert” in shows dealing with trans issues. Dana Bevan is always on the look out for the inclusion of discredited “experts” and she recently caught one on the TLC show I Am Jazz. The offender in question was Susan Bradley, formerly of the Clarke Institute which morphed into the now closed Canadian Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) center. Bradley is against allowing trans kids to be the gender they feel. Read on and find out what other misinformation the show allowed to air.

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iLaria Bordignon — Trans Business Woman and Lingerie Designer

| Jan 29, 2018 | Comments (0)

Beverly Anne Thomas interviews lingerie designer and guiding force behind the lingerie company Carezza-Intima, iLaria Bodignon. Ms. Bodignon is a trans woman originally from Italy who is now based in Los Angeles where she designs and produces sensual lingerie for all women. One of her lines is expressly for trans women. Beverly asks her about such topics as her early life, her spirituality, her sensuality and he business. Don’t miss out on meeting iLaria and learning more about her line of sensual lingerie.

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Live life with courage, grace and purpose

| Jan 29, 2018 | Comments (0)

Cate O’Malley made a different kind of New Year’s Resolution to start 2018. Rather than resolve to stick to a diet or become a more responsible consumer, or cut back on imbibing alcohol or avoiding toxic people, Cate decided to resolve to stick to some fundamental principles to live by. Today she blogs about the three things she deems most important in living life. You may get a hint at what they are from her blog title.

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Am I Acting?

| Jan 29, 2018 | Comments (1)

If you weren’t socialized from an early age as a female you may have to work at presenting yourself to others as a woman. Women are raised soaking in culturally imposed gender related behaviors that trans women don’t get exposed to. Trans women often spend too many years learning to hide their femininity so as to fit in with societal expectations of how they should behave as men. Christine Burr came to understand that she was female after she reached middle age. She had to work to acquire the traits of a mature woman and new when she is expressing her true gender she is left wondering if she is acting.

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Chelsea Manning and New Jersey Trans Politics Progress

| Jan 29, 2018 | Comments (0)

Babs Casbar Siperstein, our political correspondent shares some thoughts on Chelsea Manning’s big to compete in the primary for Maryland’s senate seat. Then she updates you on the progress on trans issues being made in New Jersey now that their unpopular governor has left office and been replaced with a Democrat.

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Before Stepping Out

| Jan 29, 2018 | Comments (1)

Today Kimberly offers advice on preparing to take that big step that takes you out of your closet and into the world. Before you jump into a dress and heels and walk out the door there are some things you need to check, and some questions you need to answer. Are you ready to go public? Have you practiced being feminine? Is your outfit attractive but bland enough to blend in with the other women you will be mingling with? I you bread cover working? Have you worked on a feminine voice if someone asks you a question? If you get “read” will you run home? If people point at you and laugh will you be upset?

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The Week In Trans 1/22/18

| Jan 22, 2018 | Comments (0)

On the twenty second day of the first month of 2018 we bring you all the trans news in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Paris Lees talks about her inclusion in British Vogue. We have news of the Trump administration’s attempts to infringe LGBTQ rights. Last year’s Women’s March inspired a trans woman to run for city council, and she won. One third of all trans people surveyed in Britain have experienced hate crimes in the past year. Eddie Izzard lost an election for the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee. The National Health Service in Britain promised a gender clinic in Wales but so far none has appeared. A drag queen Shabbat? An Australian sex worker is convicted of spreading AIDS. The New Zealand census won’t include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity because of “silly” answers. There’s all that and much more, along with several TWIT Awards. To keep you abreast of all the trans news, don’t forget your TWIT!

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Work the Classics!

| Jan 22, 2018 | Comments (0)

Lorraine Anderson, the woman in charge at The Occasional Woman custom clothing service has advice that will never leave you standing in front of your closet saying “I don’t have a thing to wear.” She suggests investing in the classic pieces of attire that can be accessorized for any occasion. From the Little Black Dress to a denim jacket, Ms. Anderson tells you what you’ll need to pull a look together.

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Legalized Hate

| Jan 22, 2018 | Comments (1)

This week Sophie Lynne is concerned that the current administration in charge in Washington, D.C. is actively moving to restrict our rights to fair treatment by promoting the idea that people can refuse to serve, provide housing, or medical treatment to LGBT people strictly because the idea goes against their religion. Sophie feels that a new department of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights establishment of a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division is a direct threat to us. Give her post a read and let us know what you think.

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Meet Natalie Nicole

| Jan 22, 2018 | Comments (0)

Our new blogger Natalie Nicole introduces herself to TGForum readers with her first blog. Many times she is asked “Did you always know you were a girl?” Her gender journey didn’t follow exactly the same path taken by others. Unlike some trans people she didn’t feel like a girl at a young age. She just knew she was unhappy, got bullied and had no self confidence. As she got older she started to see some things that resonated with her feelings. Today Natalie is an actor, comic, and has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Problematic” and Game Show Network’s “Divided.” And, with, all that creative activity she has time to write.

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Princesas de la Noche – Crónica Cross

| Jan 22, 2018 | Comments (0)

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 that experience, how she feels so sexy as she either wanders with no fixed destination or has a particular nightclub she plans to visit. And she provides an accompanying video. Her blog is en Español.

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