• The Week In Trans 9/18/17

    The Week In Trans 9/18/17

    | Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

    The trans news from around the world is all here in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that RuPaul’s Drag Con drew a large number of young fans. Amendments to the Defense Authorization Act would slow the enacting of the trans military ban. Chelsea Manning was offered a visiting fellowship at Harvard till they said, “Oops. Our mistake.” Gavin Grimm is crowd funding his college expenses. Kid Rock does anti-trans raps at his shows. Danica Roem’s campaign agains “Bigot Bob” is heating up. LGBT kids had Camp Rainbow for summer fun. Eddie Izzard will run for parliament in the next general election. Britain’s ITV announces a show about a differently gendered child. Munroe Bergdorf has a new modeling gig. There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards in this week’s TWIT!

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  • Hot Look: How to Wear Tribal Prints

    Hot Look: How to Wear Tribal Prints

    | Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

    Have you seen the bold African print fashions that feature what’s known as Ankara? If you have and you’ve thought they might be fun to wear but you weren’t sure about how to successfully wear them, fear not! Our fashion maven Tasi Zuriack has advice on how to bring the Ankara prints into your wardrobe and make yourself look fabulous.

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  • Trans Media Arts

    Trans Media Arts

    | Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

    Trans people working in the media and the arts! That’s the subject of Amanda F. Steele’s Trans Media Arts column. Today she talks about what the judge said in the lawsuit Richard Simmons filed against some publications that claim he is transgender. Amanda has news on the formerly female singer Charice who appeared on the show Glee and is now a dude named Jake. Then she has information about the Against Me! tour, and word of a 22-year-old Samoan transgender pro wrestler. Check out Trans Media Arts for all the trans in the arts news!

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  • Tranny Queer: Transgender Crayons

    Tranny Queer: Transgender Crayons

    | Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

    A teacher reads to her class from the Jazz Jennings’ book I Am Jazz and parents are outraged. A male student is allowed to wear dresses at school and the parents of another student remove their child from the school. If everything doesn’t comply with how people think it should be then they explode. Meanwhile the things that should create outrage are quietly ignored or swept under the rug. The Artist D! has a few words this month about the oppression of kids that comes from their parent’s expectations. And then there’s the outrage over those different colored crayons. . . .

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  • Just what do I call you? Or you call me?

    Just what do I call you? Or you call me?

    | Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

    Does the plethora of gender identities sometimes seem overwhelming? If it is for trans people then just imagine what the vanilla gendered population makes of it all. There’s gender non-conforming; non-binary; gender fluid’ gender queer, and that’s not to mention the load of new pronouns that have been created to use when talking about the differently gendered. “I’ll have to ask per and see what zee thinks.” Our Correspondent in Thailand, Christine Burr, would like to return sanity to the gender labelling process. Read on to get her view on the subject.

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  • Will That Be the Last Time I See Marie?

    Will That Be the Last Time I See Marie?

    | Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

    Linda meets up with a long-time friend who says she has some startling news for her. What could it be? Her friend was going to have gender confirmation surgery? But then she would still be the woman Linda liked, and, she had always identified as a crossdresser. Could it be something personal? Linda didn’t think there was anything wrong between them. Why would this be the last time they might see each other?

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  • The Week In Trans 9/11/17

    The Week In Trans 9/11/17

    | Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

    It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a trans woman in Montana is the first openly-trans contestant in the Miss Montana U.S.A. pageant. More lawsuits are being filed against the military trans ban. Spelman College will accept trans women who consistently live and identify as women. The Family Research Council is out to get us. Really! South Park has a video game that incorporates the ability to play as a trans character. A 3-year-old boy will get to have the “princess experience” at Disneyland Paris. More school dress code changes, young activists on the rise, and more homeless trans people on the streets in Portland, Oregon. All that plus more, and a few TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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  • A Short Dark Story About Transkid “Desistance”

    A Short Dark Story About Transkid “Desistance”

    | Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

    A gender clinic in Canada was diagnosing children as transgender and then subjecting them to “reparative” therapy. The clinic claimed that their therapy was effective in getting eighty percent of the children to stop acting out trans behavior. There was only one major flaw in their data (along with several small flaws). The majority of the children were not transgender. Dr. Dana Bevan looks at the studies based on data from the now-closed clinic and shows why it was wrong and how it has been used to dismiss the accepted fact that being trans is something you are born with.

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The Week In Trans 9/18/17

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

The trans news from around the world is all here in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that RuPaul’s Drag Con drew a large number of young fans. Amendments to the Defense Authorization Act would slow the enacting of the trans military ban. Chelsea Manning was offered a visiting fellowship at Harvard till they said, “Oops. Our mistake.” Gavin Grimm is crowd funding his college expenses. Kid Rock does anti-trans raps at his shows. Danica Roem’s campaign agains “Bigot Bob” is heating up. LGBT kids had Camp Rainbow for summer fun. Eddie Izzard will run for parliament in the next general election. Britain’s ITV announces a show about a differently gendered child. Munroe Bergdorf has a new modeling gig. There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards in this week’s TWIT!

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Hot Look: How to Wear Tribal Prints

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

Have you seen the bold African print fashions that feature what’s known as Ankara? If you have and you’ve thought they might be fun to wear but you weren’t sure about how to successfully wear them, fear not! Our fashion maven Tasi Zuriack has advice on how to bring the Ankara prints into your wardrobe and make yourself look fabulous.

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Trans Media Arts

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

Trans people working in the media and the arts! That’s the subject of Amanda F. Steele’s Trans Media Arts column. Today she talks about what the judge said in the lawsuit Richard Simmons filed against some publications that claim he is transgender. Amanda has news on the formerly female singer Charice who appeared on the show Glee and is now a dude named Jake. Then she has information about the Against Me! tour, and word of a 22-year-old Samoan transgender pro wrestler. Check out Trans Media Arts for all the trans in the arts news!

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Tranny Queer: Transgender Crayons

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

A teacher reads to her class from the Jazz Jennings’ book I Am Jazz and parents are outraged. A male student is allowed to wear dresses at school and the parents of another student remove their child from the school. If everything doesn’t comply with how people think it should be then they explode. Meanwhile the things that should create outrage are quietly ignored or swept under the rug. The Artist D! has a few words this month about the oppression of kids that comes from their parent’s expectations. And then there’s the outrage over those different colored crayons. . . .

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Just what do I call you? Or you call me?

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

Does the plethora of gender identities sometimes seem overwhelming? If it is for trans people then just imagine what the vanilla gendered population makes of it all. There’s gender non-conforming; non-binary; gender fluid’ gender queer, and that’s not to mention the load of new pronouns that have been created to use when talking about the differently gendered. “I’ll have to ask per and see what zee thinks.” Our Correspondent in Thailand, Christine Burr, would like to return sanity to the gender labelling process. Read on to get her view on the subject.

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Will That Be the Last Time I See Marie?

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

Linda meets up with a long-time friend who says she has some startling news for her. What could it be? Her friend was going to have gender confirmation surgery? But then she would still be the woman Linda liked, and, she had always identified as a crossdresser. Could it be something personal? Linda didn’t think there was anything wrong between them. Why would this be the last time they might see each other?

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The Week In Trans 9/11/17

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a trans woman in Montana is the first openly-trans contestant in the Miss Montana U.S.A. pageant. More lawsuits are being filed against the military trans ban. Spelman College will accept trans women who consistently live and identify as women. The Family Research Council is out to get us. Really! South Park has a video game that incorporates the ability to play as a trans character. A 3-year-old boy will get to have the “princess experience” at Disneyland Paris. More school dress code changes, young activists on the rise, and more homeless trans people on the streets in Portland, Oregon. All that plus more, and a few TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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A Short Dark Story About Transkid “Desistance”

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

A gender clinic in Canada was diagnosing children as transgender and then subjecting them to “reparative” therapy. The clinic claimed that their therapy was effective in getting eighty percent of the children to stop acting out trans behavior. There was only one major flaw in their data (along with several small flaws). The majority of the children were not transgender. Dr. Dana Bevan looks at the studies based on data from the now-closed clinic and shows why it was wrong and how it has been used to dismiss the accepted fact that being trans is something you are born with.

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R.I.P. Rick Stafford — Fought for LGBT People

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

In 2008 the Democratic Party platform was trans inclusive for the first time. A big part of how that happened can be attributed to the chair of the Democrats’ LGBT Americans Caucus, Rick Stafford. Stafford was a gay man, HIV+ and a real fighter for LGBT inclusion in the political process. He passed away on September 2 and our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein sings his praises. Babs worked with Stafford for many years and today she reveals all of the contributions he made to the advances the community has seen in the past few years.

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Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

Cate O’Malley, with a hurricane looming on her doorstep, took the time to send us a blog for today’s New Content. In it she talks about the heroes of the trans community who have put themselves out there and advocated for change in an effort to make all trans people’s lives better. She also talks about the new trans activists who are making their voices heard. She believes that now is the time to fight harder to hold on to the gains we have made in recent years. The political climate has grown colder for trans people and we are under constant attack from right wing religious organizations that want us to disappear from the face of the Earth. See what Cate recommends that you can do to make things a bit better.

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Thinking as a Woman

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

Brielle is one of our newest bloggers and she is at the beginning of transition. In her first blogs she will tell you about how she came to the point in her life when she had to begin that transition. She has lived through a lot and shares all the details of her story, holding nothing back. Today she tells us about her relationship with a girl named Amber and how while she enjoyed the intimacy they shared there was a conflict inside her due to the body she wore.

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Metamorphosis Chapter 12

| Sep 11, 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, who first appeared as old and ugly but later was young and beautiful, that they must trek to the north and battle “the Magistrate” but that one of them will not survive the confrontation. They have crossed empty fields and in the distance, incongruously, they see a house. A familiar house. Learn more in Chapter 12 of Metamorphosis.

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The Week In Trans 9/4/17

| Sep 4, 2017 | Comments (1)

Take all the transgender news you can find and mix it all together in a blender. What do you get? The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a trans model who was just signed by L’Oreál makeup was let go after she made a statement about racism. The 16th Annual Trans Health Conference is headed to Philly. What’s it like to be a trans woman down on the farm? Walmart is guilty, again, of discrimination against a trans employee. Lot’s of trans military ban news. Whatever happened to Mona Foot? A drag performer does a 9-hour Facebook Live event for Houston flood victims. Wins for trans people in court. The first Miss Transgender India is crowned. All that plus a load of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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I Didn’t Ask For This

| Sep 4, 2017 | Comments (10)

Sophie Lynne has gotten a raw deal. She is separated from her family. She works a low paying retail job that barely lets her cover the rent. She is college educated, intelligent, and capable. But she’s also a trans woman. Conservatives attack trans people with allegations that they are mentally ill or just acting out to cause trouble. That’s not true. Being trans is not a choice. Sophie only had one choice; she could either live as a trans woman in a low paying job with all the problems that go along with that, or she could end it all. She shouldn’t have to consider that choice because she didn’t ask for any of this.

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The Occasional Woman: Passing!

Every male who dresses up in feminine attire has individual needs to meet. Some want to blend in with the female population seamlessly. Others want to proudly put themselves out there in fashion forward looks that draw attention and have those nearby saying to their companions, “You mean that’s a man?” If your goal is to blend in, for whatever reason, then you won’t want to miss Lorraine Anderson’s Occasional Woman column today. She talks you through the biggest “tells” that make others suspect you are not what you appear to be. And we include a video on how to walk in high heels. What more could you want?

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Thoughts on Fall

| Sep 4, 2017 | Comments (0)

Fall is a time of year that holds special meaning for TGF contributor Amanda F. Steele. Much of her life has seen the arrival of big changes along with the cooler weather. Today Amanda reminisces on all the things that changed throughout her life when the summer season slid into fall.

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Hermosa Transformación

| Sep 4, 2017 | Comments (0)

Today our correspondent in Columbia blogs about the wonder and joy of the transformation brought about by the artful use of cosmetics. The power of eye makeup to enhance the feminine and the use of foundation to hide masculine beard shadow, while taken for granted by girls who have been using it for years, can be amazing to those who first step into the world of feminine presentation. Remember that first look in the mirror when you saw “her”? Katherine Diaz takes you back. In español, of course.

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Ask Mistress Samantha

| Sep 4, 2017 | Comments (1)

Mistress Samantha answers a question from a married man who finds sexual release by dressing in lingerie and engaging in sexual activity with an exotic “dancer.” His secret pleasure is exposed when a fellow employee opens the wrong door, makes a video and threatens to show it to his wife if he doesn’t comply with all demands. Demands like dressing up all the way and being a submissive slut. He asks Mistress Samantha what he should do. Read her column and find out what she recommends.

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The Week In Trans 8/28/17

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

What’s been going on in the world of trans? We tell you every Monday, in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that RuPaul’s Drag Con is coming to New York City. Illinois makes it easier to change your birth certificate gender. A trans woman is running for the 4th Congressional District. News about the trans military ban. A different policy in Canada. Miley Cyrus dances with drag queens. A study shows trans teens abuse drugs more. Violet Chachki has beauty tips in Vogue. Canada offers “X” as a passport gender. There’s all that and more waiting for you in TWIT! And a few TWIT Awards as well.

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Book review: The Suicidal Mind

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (2)

Today our Page Pundit reviews a book that resonates with her personally. It ‘s The Suicidal Mind by Edwin S. Shneidman, a look into the psyche of people who seek relief from a life that they torments them. Sophie decided to review the book since the torment of too many people within the trans community turn to suicide when they can’t live as their true selves. The book, and the review, dip into what Sophie calls “the Darkness” and the author has named the “pyschache.” If you have wondered how it could be possible to take your own life you can gain some insight into that in both this review and the book itself.

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Passing Thoughts

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (3)

Today M is happy to let everyone know that she/he/they has a job. Their first real job, working as a cashier in a casual dining spot. And being aware of her differences M wonders what the many customers she interacts with during a shift think about her. She can only tell if they have made a judgement about her gender by what they say. Since M is gender fluid they can be presenting anywhere on the binary or in-between. See how M feels about “passing”with co-workers and customers in today’s blog post.

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Spiritually Speaking: God Made Us This Way

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (3)

Today we introduce a new contributor to TGForum. Tommie Smith will blog for us on matters of a spiritual and religious nature as they relate to members of the trans community. She begins her blog with us by sharing her views on organized religion and how it affects our culture and what that in turn does to those who are viewed as outsiders. Many of our Christian sects, despite no specific language in the Bible, condemn LGBT people as immoral or mentally ill. Tommie shares her point of view on how to avoid feeling that you are “not right” when they judge.

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Retro Rerun: Lips: Beautiful, Never Beastly

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (1)

The year was 1996. Cindy Martin was the editor of TGForum. From time to time Cindy would post makeup tips to help the readers beautify themselves. Since her advice was good in 1996 and when it comes to basic lipstick application it’s still good today, we present Lips: Beautiful, Never Beastly as today’s Retro Rerun. Cindy outlines the basics on how to manipulate the way your lips appear and she fills you in on techniques that could work for you. Of course today’s lip trends aren’t covered in an article from 1996 but much of the information remains relevant.

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A Video Interview with David de Alba

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (3)

Earlier this year legendary female impersonator and contributor to TGForum David de Alba was interviewed for Celebrity Radio by Alex Belfield. Belfield is a syndicated radio host who produces interviews with celebrities around the world and is based in England. He traveled to Las Vegas to interview the Cuban Legend and we present the interview here, […]

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The Week In Trans 8/21/17

| Aug 21, 2017 | Comments (2)

Want all the trans-related news? You’ve got it right here in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a trans woman will make history throwing out the first pitch at a major league ball game in the USA. Survey says! 53% of adults would support their trans child’s gender identity. The Rainbow flag was hoisted over Jersey City and trans celebs were there. The Texas legislature did not vote on a bathroom bill. Virginia legislature candidate Danica Roem got a six figure donation to her campaign. More news on the Trump trans military ban. You can get makeup lessons via Skype. A gay man attacked by homophobes was saved by a trio of drag queens. Trans activist Holly Boswell has passed away. All those stories and a lot more plus a small assortment of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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How To Instantly Look “Put Together”

| Aug 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

Some women always seem to be “put together.” They seem perfectly styled as if they had a personal stylist come to their home and pick their outfit for the day. Of course some lucky ladies do have that service available to them but for those who don’t we offer the advice of our fashion maven, Tasi Zuriack. Today Tasi tells you how to achieve that “put together” look easily by picking items from your wardrobe and accessories that are always ready to make you fashion forward when there is not time to spend hours going through the closet looking for the exact right thing. Read on for Tasi’s secrets.

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