• The Week In Trans 12/5/16

    The Week In Trans 12/5/16

    | Dec 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

    Here we go again! Time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? A 73-year-old former female impersonator tells her story. Jennifer Finney Boylan says don’t blame trans people for the election loss. Los Angeles will fund programs to get trans people jobs. “The Trans List” premiers tonight on HBO. East Harlem is getting a transgender clinic. A trans man fired by GE sues. Concerns about the coming administration and some pro bono help with legal matters. 11 trans people in our history. India Willoughby is accused of being a misogynist. A Pakistani trans model does a photo shoot to fight discrimination. There are all those stories and more, including a boat load of TWIT Awards, waiting for you in TWIT!

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  • Winter Fashions

    Winter Fashions

    | Dec 5, 2016 | Comments (1)

    Cate O’Malley was out and about and the sights and sounds of the season were everywhere. The sleigh bells jingling, the jolly old elf laughing, “Ho, ho, ho.” And the winter fashions that were all on display. Fleece lined leggings and puffy jackets with warm scarves and silly knit hats in festive colors of the season. She hurried home to see about her cherished winter wear. And there is all was, ready to keep her warm and fashionable through the depths of winter. But then she remembered something….

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  • Democratic National Committee: There will be some changes made

    Democratic National Committee: There will be some changes made

    | Dec 5, 2016 | Comments (2)

    The Democratic National Committee’s Association of State Chairs (ASDC) held its Post-Election Meeting last week. Coinciding with that gathering, the DNC Executive Committee and Rules and Bylaws Committee met to conduct party business and establish the rules of procedure that will govern the upcoming election of the new Chair and slate of Party officers. Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein was there and has filed a report on what happened and how the Democratic Party is working to come back strong in the next election.

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  • Retro Rerun: The Mechanics of Beauty

    Retro Rerun: The Mechanics of Beauty

    | Dec 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

    This “how to” TGForum Rerun appeared on TGF in 1998. It’s by the late Roberta Angela Dee whose advice on beauty remains sound in the 21st century. In this Rerun Roberta acts as a makeup advice columnist and answers common questions with simple makeup tips.

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  • Crossdressing Memories -- Chapter 6

    Crossdressing Memories — Chapter 6

    | Dec 5, 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.” On TGF Julie tells her story. She graduated from Wharton, went to Hollywood to work in the film industry and had various adventures. All while staying “in the closet.” After moving in with an accepting female cousin Julie began to dress at home. Then tragedy struck and Julie had to find another home. But she also found the freedom to dress in public.

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  • The Next Four Years?

    The Next Four Years?

    | Dec 5, 2016 | Comments (12)

    Emily Ott has been around and she knows that the next four years are going to bring many changes in the treatment of trans people by the federal government. We have been making progress toward ensuring all of our civil and human rights but the nature of the incoming administration has many concerned. Emily among them. What will the next four years bring? At this point no one knows but Emily has some ideas that she takes from history.

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  • The Week In Trans 11/28/16

    The Week In Trans 11/28/16

    | Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

    And now, the news! Today we learn that Eddie Izzard has won his case against a homophobic harasser. Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina may have lost his job. A trans woman in New Jersey sues for the right to change her documents without surgery. Kristen Beck has applied for a Pentagon job under the next administration. A trans man gets hugs at the mall. Swedish activists wants being trans unclassified as a mental illness. Tupperware’s top selling drag queen experiences a drop in sales after she comes out as trans. A drag queen has performed at the White House for the first time. There’s all that and more, plus several well deserved TWIT Awards in today’s edition of TWIT!

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  • Yes, Another One

    Yes, Another One

    | Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

    Like many in the U.S. Sophie had hopes for the next four years under the leadership of a more liberal administration, possible with more cooperation from congress, that would protect the rights of trans people. After the election when the Electoral College votes gave the presidency to the Republican candidate Sophie was in shock. She pulled back from social media and had to adjust to this radical shift in reality. Today she shares some of her thoughts on how the election will affect her and other trans people for at least the next four years.

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The Week In Trans 12/5/16

| Dec 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

Here we go again! Time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? A 73-year-old former female impersonator tells her story. Jennifer Finney Boylan says don’t blame trans people for the election loss. Los Angeles will fund programs to get trans people jobs. “The Trans List” premiers tonight on HBO. East Harlem is getting a transgender clinic. A trans man fired by GE sues. Concerns about the coming administration and some pro bono help with legal matters. 11 trans people in our history. India Willoughby is accused of being a misogynist. A Pakistani trans model does a photo shoot to fight discrimination. There are all those stories and more, including a boat load of TWIT Awards, waiting for you in TWIT!

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Winter Fashions

| Dec 5, 2016 | Comments (1)

Cate O’Malley was out and about and the sights and sounds of the season were everywhere. The sleigh bells jingling, the jolly old elf laughing, “Ho, ho, ho.” And the winter fashions that were all on display. Fleece lined leggings and puffy jackets with warm scarves and silly knit hats in festive colors of the season. She hurried home to see about her cherished winter wear. And there is all was, ready to keep her warm and fashionable through the depths of winter. But then she remembered something….

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Democratic National Committee: There will be some changes made

| Dec 5, 2016 | Comments (2)

The Democratic National Committee’s Association of State Chairs (ASDC) held its Post-Election Meeting last week. Coinciding with that gathering, the DNC Executive Committee and Rules and Bylaws Committee met to conduct party business and establish the rules of procedure that will govern the upcoming election of the new Chair and slate of Party officers. Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein was there and has filed a report on what happened and how the Democratic Party is working to come back strong in the next election.

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Retro Rerun: The Mechanics of Beauty

| Dec 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

This “how to” TGForum Rerun appeared on TGF in 1998. It’s by the late Roberta Angela Dee whose advice on beauty remains sound in the 21st century. In this Rerun Roberta acts as a makeup advice columnist and answers common questions with simple makeup tips.

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Crossdressing Memories — Chapter 6

| Dec 5, 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.” On TGF Julie tells her story. She graduated from Wharton, went to Hollywood to work in the film industry and had various adventures. All while staying “in the closet.” After moving in with an accepting female cousin Julie began to dress at home. Then tragedy struck and Julie had to find another home. But she also found the freedom to dress in public.

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The Next Four Years?

| Dec 5, 2016 | Comments (12)

Emily Ott has been around and she knows that the next four years are going to bring many changes in the treatment of trans people by the federal government. We have been making progress toward ensuring all of our civil and human rights but the nature of the incoming administration has many concerned. Emily among them. What will the next four years bring? At this point no one knows but Emily has some ideas that she takes from history.

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The Week In Trans 11/28/16

| Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

And now, the news! Today we learn that Eddie Izzard has won his case against a homophobic harasser. Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina may have lost his job. A trans woman in New Jersey sues for the right to change her documents without surgery. Kristen Beck has applied for a Pentagon job under the next administration. A trans man gets hugs at the mall. Swedish activists wants being trans unclassified as a mental illness. Tupperware’s top selling drag queen experiences a drop in sales after she comes out as trans. A drag queen has performed at the White House for the first time. There’s all that and more, plus several well deserved TWIT Awards in today’s edition of TWIT!

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Yes, Another One

| Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

Like many in the U.S. Sophie had hopes for the next four years under the leadership of a more liberal administration, possible with more cooperation from congress, that would protect the rights of trans people. After the election when the Electoral College votes gave the presidency to the Republican candidate Sophie was in shock. She pulled back from social media and had to adjust to this radical shift in reality. Today she shares some of her thoughts on how the election will affect her and other trans people for at least the next four years.

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The Occasional Woman — Winter Accessories!

| Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

It’s time to think about your winter accessories and Lorraine Anderson has some suggestions that will brighten your outfit and your perception of the cold, dark winter nights. When stepping out in your black winter coat and black boots add some color with a scarf. Or brighten things up with colorful, or patterned gloves. There no need to be gloomy and gray when accessories that “pop” can save the day! Get some hints and tips on how to enhance your look this winter in today’s edition of The Occasional Woman.

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Alone . . . such a lonely word

| Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

Amanda has been in northern California for two years. While there are many things she enjoys about the region there are many things that she doesn’t like. It’s expensive, crowed and it’s hard to connect with other people. On the other hand it’s close to gender reassignment surgeons. The weather is good for much of the year. But there aren’t enough hugs. Family and old friends are thousands of miles away. Oftentimes she wonders why she is still there. Holiday time makes it all worse.

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To Be (Out) or Not To Be (Out)? That is the question.

| Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

Linda embarks on a quest for advice she can give to crossdressers about “coming out” and letting others in their lives know about their dressing. Trans women, at some point, must let their employers, friends and families know that they are changing their gender presentation. Crossdressers can keep their secret and adopt their male persona for the majority of their social and work activities. While keeping your crossdressing secret can feel like you’re a spy and give you an adrenaline rush when you successfully return to your headquarters after a mission (shopping trip or visit to a trans-friendly watering hole) hiding a large part of yourself can cause problems. See how Linda’s friends have “come out.”

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The Rise and Fall of the Weimar Transvestites & the Threat to Our Own Trans Community

| Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (7)

Dallas Denny takes us back to the days of Germany’s Weimar Republic, a socially liberal, progressive democratic government that ruled Germany after World War I. During that time trans people became bolder and began to be seen out and about in public places. The good times ended when Adolph Hitler was elected chancellor and his National Socialist party came to power. Dallas feels that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it and she finds chilling similarities between the fall of the Weimar Republic and what is currently happening in the U.S.A.

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Trans Columbia — Princesses of The Night

| Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (2)

Katherine Diaz has sent us another video about trans life in Columbia. This one is called Princesas de la Noche — Fue un Sabado en la Noche. Katherine tells us about  a new place her my city where many trans girls go on a Saturday night. She also fills us in on the “tranxtienda” where many Columbian trans girls first venture out of their homes. The text of this post is en español.

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People You Encounter When You “Come Out”

| Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

When you start living your life as your true-self and announce to everyone you know that you are trans and proud of it you will encounter several types of reactions among your family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances. Emily O has come out and to help you identify the various types she has made a list of the ways people took her revelation. She has assigned them labels and lists them here so you can keep an eye out for them when you decide to come out.

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The Week In Trans 11/21/16

| Nov 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn about a popular Israeli drag performer who comes from a conservative background. We get word that the VA will not be able to provide gender confirmation surgery even though they would like to. A prosecutor’s office in Michigan has adopted a Transgender Interaction Policy. Lil Miss Hot Mess reads to children at a New York City library. Provo, Utah is getting an LGBTQ resource center. A trans woman is running for mayor in her Oregon town. A judge has ruled that MinnesotaCare must pay for trans-related services. YouTube has tons of queens doing makeup tutorials. David de Alba is featured in a Las Vegas newspaper. There’s all that and plenty more waiting for you in TWIT! And yes, we have a few TWIT Awards to hand out as well.

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Dina’s Diner 11/21/16

| Nov 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

Dina Amberle joins us with a tasty Dina’s Diner. Today she talks about women on TV in the ‘60s who influenced her crossdressing desires; adds some cheerleaders; Lady Kung Fu; thoughts on fishnets and leather slacks; the story of a male ballet dancer with a drag persona; the androgynous erotic appeal of “hair bands” and “glam rock” to the naïve kids of the time, and comes up with a delightfully entertaining stew that’s sure to please. Don’t miss a visit to Dina’s Diner!

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Perpetual Change: Three Music Reviews

| Nov 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

Perpetual Change is TGForum’s long running music column by Pamela DeGroff. Today Pamela reviews three music projects include the hard-to-find CD entitled “Rock And Roll Drag Queen Tribute/The Fabulous Tranni-rock of Robbie Quine,” originally released in 2005. Also included are reviews of Lady Gaga’s newest, “Joanne” and “Kin” by K.T. Tunstall. Get the inside track on the music scene with Perpetual Change.

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Metamorphosis: Part III

| Nov 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

We continue the story of a man named Mark who finds himself changed by a mysterious potion into a woman named Raquel. How did this change come about? Where is this cabin she finds herself in located? Who was the old witch? And who is the mystery man on the ground near the forest? TGF contributor Raquel Swann has crafted a fantasy tale of transformation. Today we bring you the third chapter of “Metamorphosis – A Transgender Odyssey.” What will happen now?

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Retro Rerun: I Remember the St. Charles

| Nov 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

Have you ever wondered how Linda Jensen got her CD name? Do you want to know how she discovered the crossdressing world and when that was? The answer to the last question was in the late ’60s. Linda wrote all about it, and some of the story is a bit risque, on TGForum back in 1998. We bring the article back now as a TGForum Retro Rerun. Step back in time and learn how Linda first made contact (intimate contact) with the drag community at a club in Toronto called the St. Charles.

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The Week In Trans 11/15/16

| Nov 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Jamaican “gully queens”have appeared in an R&B music video. Thailand’s trans people pay their respects to their deceased king in the demure attire of their gender identity. A trans woman patient in South Africa was treated badly by hospital staff. A drag queen who had lived in L.A. for 25 years returns to east Kentucky. Many opinions on how to survive the next four years from trans activists and attorneys. Kellie Maloney “brexits” England after trolling and abuse. There is a documentary about Coy Mathis and her family. There’s all that a whole batch more plus some TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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A Return to Elegance

| Nov 15, 2016 | Comments (1)

Our fashion consultant Tasi Zuriack says it’s time for a return to elegance in fashion. Casual Friday has lead to a landslide of sweat pants, workout clothes and other less than elegant attire being seen on the streets and in the malls. But can you be feminine and elegant without being a wimp? True elegance commands a room and lets people know you are a woman to be reckoned with. Let Tasi give you her tips on how to work the look in today’s post.

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Trans in Entertainment and the Arts — Trans Media Arts

| Nov 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

With news from entertainment and the arts, here is Amanda’s Trans Media Arts column. Today she features news about the 17th Street High Heel Race, Elton John’s purchase of some drag art, GLAAD’s annual report on how the television industry is treating trans actors and characters, word of an Ed Wood musical and a lot more. Don’t miss Trans Media Arts!

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Peak Time

| Nov 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

Our Correspondent from Thailand, Chriatine Burr, files an article with her feelings about why we are seeing more and more older trans people. We have seen a rise in the number of children who identify as trans but there are many older folks who are coming out. Christine puts it all together and offers some reasons why we are seeing this increase in elder trans people.

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Check Your Armbands at the Door

| Nov 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

Like many people in the LGBT community The Artist D is upset by the recent election and the prospect of a Trump presidency. There is good cause to be concerned but The Artist D is a pragmatist. She advocates not whining and moaning about it but getting organized and come up with a plan to push a progressive, inclusive agenda. The next four years is no time to be a wimp.

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Trump/Pence and The Trans Community

| Nov 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein takes a look at the possible ramifications of the Trump/Pence administration for members of the trans and LGBQ communities. She looks at everything from the progress our community has made through President Obama’s executive orders to the Affordable Care Act, trans in the military, and more. For some enlightenment on the dark days ahead read what Babs has researched.

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The Week In Trans 11/7/16

| Nov 7, 2016 | Comments (0)

It’s The Week In Trans — All the trans related news from around the world gathered in one place for your perusal. Today we learn that Bob The Drag Queen flew to the west coast to Trick or Treat with a nine-year-old fan. Trans kids can use the restroom they like in any Dept. of Defense program or activity. The Bud Light Party is over — because it was too LGBT friendly? An app to find trans-friendly services is coming soon. Health Insurance is covering more gender transition services. Trans people are more ethnically and racially diverse. Myanmar holds its first trans beauty pageant. The Boulet Brothers create a dark alternative to “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” A trans woman is the Oprah Winfrey of China. All that and much more plus a boatload of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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