• The Week In Transgenderism 7/25/16

    The Week In Transgenderism 7/25/16

    | Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

    It’s all the trans related news brought together in one easy to consume place. It’s The Week In Transgenderism! Today we learn about a former Special Forces soldier who is now living as a woman. There was a trans woman delegate at the RNC convention last week and she used the ladies’ room. There will be a trans woman speaking at the DNC convention this week. The YMCA has a trans inclusive policy about locker room use. The NBA has left Charlotte over HB2. British Columbia has extended non-discrimination coverage to trans people. The TransNation Festival is coming in October. The teachers’ union supports LGBTQ students and staff. A pro bono law clinic offers name change help. There’s all that, a ton of TWIT Awards and much more waiting in this edition of TWIT!

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  • Forever Outfits Never Out of Style

    Forever Outfits Never Out of Style

    | Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

    Do you suffer from “closet stuffed with clothes and not a thing to wear” syndrome? It’s an affliction that can happen when you don’t stop to think how you will wear that cute new top or what to pair those chunky heels with. With the vast array of gorgeous femme fashion available in brick and mortar stores and online the temptation to buy every pretty thing you see can be overwhelming. Tasi Zuriack has a way to make sure you aren’t looking into the closet and being stymied about a choice of outfit. She suggests you remember the 9 timeless looks you can pick from quickly.

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  • Ladyboys in Jail

    Ladyboys in Jail

    | Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

    Thailand is perceived to be a trans paradise where beautiful ladyboys live lives of glamor and total feminine expression. As with all perceptions from afar this one is not completely accurate. While the ladyboys do draw tourists who come to see their elaborate shows the lives of those not fortunate enough to be in show business are often second rate. Thailand does not protect its LGBT citizens from discrimination and life for ladyboys can be hard. No wonder some turn to crime to survive. Fortunately for those who are sent to prison the agency that runs the prisons is becoming enlightened and is going to have a separate place for LGBT prisoners. Christine Burr has more information.

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  • Our Lives Are in Danger

    Our Lives Are in Danger

    | Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

    As always, our voice from the underground, The Artist D, offers a different perspective on the issue of safety and security. Her basic premise is that we live in a world of illusion and what we perceive as imminent danger, or as total security are both phantoms created in our own minds. As an infamous Secretary of Defense once said, “Stuff happens.” When “stuff” happens it’s good to not be in the general vicinity but we don’t have that kind of control. As a trans person, or LGBQ individual, is “stuff” more likely to occur around you because of who you are? Find out what The Artist D thinks in today’s post.

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  • Trans Media Arts -- Ahoy

    Trans Media Arts — Ahoy

    | Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

    Captain Amanda invites you aboard her Trans Media Arts ship and promises to take you away from all the bad news to a land where trans characters and trans issues are front and center in television shows and films. Today she looks at a trans woman comic who is knockin’ ’em dead on “America’s Got Talent.” Then she points you to a story about a young drag queen who used a video about gender to get admitted to Harvard. She has news about Laura Jane Grace, Jazz Jennings and a young trans girl named Zay. There are videos you can view right inside her column. Keep up to date on trans people in the media with Trans Media Arts.

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  • How to Get a Glamorous Smokey Eye Look

    How to Get a Glamorous Smokey Eye Look

    | Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

    By Jennifer Kurtz Come on, come on, turn the radio on, it’s Friday night and I won’t be long. Gotta do my hair, I put my makeup on, it’s Friday night and I won’t be long. Put my makeup on, ah Sia! What a beautiful song! Reminds me of the task at hand. How to […]

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  • Princess Mononoke Isn't a Real Womyn

    Princess Mononoke Isn’t a Real Womyn

    Our resident cartoonist Sabrina Bria Symington has another commentary on the trials and tribulations of being transgender. Today a young woman, a princess no less, wants to join a course on womyn’s studies. However the professor in charge, Dr. Terfburger, has some problems about allowing the woman to sign up for the class. Scroll down after you read the first two panels to learn just what her reservations are.

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  • A Chance Encounter with an Old Friend

    A Chance Encounter with an Old Friend

    | Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

    Linda has a day on her own at a blues festival in Ottawa. While she’s checking her makeup in the hotel ladies’ room she ducks into a stall when she hears someone entering. It’s two women but one of them has a voice that’s not quite right. So Linda flushes the toilet to make it seem she was actually using the stall and steps out into the room. That’ when this month’s Linda Jensen adventure get’s interesting.

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  • Book Review: "Cross Gender Fun For All" by Dr. Veronica Vera

    Book Review: “Cross Gender Fun For All” by Dr. Veronica Vera

    | Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

    Jan Brown does a short review of a new book by Dr. Veronica Vera (headmistress at Veronica Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls) titled “Miss Vera’s Cross Gender Fun for All.”

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The Week In Transgenderism 7/25/16

| Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

It’s all the trans related news brought together in one easy to consume place. It’s The Week In Transgenderism! Today we learn about a former Special Forces soldier who is now living as a woman. There was a trans woman delegate at the RNC convention last week and she used the ladies’ room. There will be a trans woman speaking at the DNC convention this week. The YMCA has a trans inclusive policy about locker room use. The NBA has left Charlotte over HB2. British Columbia has extended non-discrimination coverage to trans people. The TransNation Festival is coming in October. The teachers’ union supports LGBTQ students and staff. A pro bono law clinic offers name change help. There’s all that, a ton of TWIT Awards and much more waiting in this edition of TWIT!

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Forever Outfits Never Out of Style

| Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

Do you suffer from “closet stuffed with clothes and not a thing to wear” syndrome? It’s an affliction that can happen when you don’t stop to think how you will wear that cute new top or what to pair those chunky heels with. With the vast array of gorgeous femme fashion available in brick and mortar stores and online the temptation to buy every pretty thing you see can be overwhelming. Tasi Zuriack has a way to make sure you aren’t looking into the closet and being stymied about a choice of outfit. She suggests you remember the 9 timeless looks you can pick from quickly.

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Ladyboys in Jail

| Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

Thailand is perceived to be a trans paradise where beautiful ladyboys live lives of glamor and total feminine expression. As with all perceptions from afar this one is not completely accurate. While the ladyboys do draw tourists who come to see their elaborate shows the lives of those not fortunate enough to be in show business are often second rate. Thailand does not protect its LGBT citizens from discrimination and life for ladyboys can be hard. No wonder some turn to crime to survive. Fortunately for those who are sent to prison the agency that runs the prisons is becoming enlightened and is going to have a separate place for LGBT prisoners. Christine Burr has more information.

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Our Lives Are in Danger

| Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

As always, our voice from the underground, The Artist D, offers a different perspective on the issue of safety and security. Her basic premise is that we live in a world of illusion and what we perceive as imminent danger, or as total security are both phantoms created in our own minds. As an infamous Secretary of Defense once said, “Stuff happens.” When “stuff” happens it’s good to not be in the general vicinity but we don’t have that kind of control. As a trans person, or LGBQ individual, is “stuff” more likely to occur around you because of who you are? Find out what The Artist D thinks in today’s post.

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Trans Media Arts — Ahoy

| Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

Captain Amanda invites you aboard her Trans Media Arts ship and promises to take you away from all the bad news to a land where trans characters and trans issues are front and center in television shows and films. Today she looks at a trans woman comic who is knockin’ ’em dead on “America’s Got Talent.” Then she points you to a story about a young drag queen who used a video about gender to get admitted to Harvard. She has news about Laura Jane Grace, Jazz Jennings and a young trans girl named Zay. There are videos you can view right inside her column. Keep up to date on trans people in the media with Trans Media Arts.

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How to Get a Glamorous Smokey Eye Look

| Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Jennifer Kurtz Come on, come on, turn the radio on, it’s Friday night and I won’t be long. Gotta do my hair, I put my makeup on, it’s Friday night and I won’t be long. Put my makeup on, ah Sia! What a beautiful song! Reminds me of the task at hand. How to […]

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Princess Mononoke Isn’t a Real Womyn

Our resident cartoonist Sabrina Bria Symington has another commentary on the trials and tribulations of being transgender. Today a young woman, a princess no less, wants to join a course on womyn’s studies. However the professor in charge, Dr. Terfburger, has some problems about allowing the woman to sign up for the class. Scroll down after you read the first two panels to learn just what her reservations are.

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A Chance Encounter with an Old Friend

| Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

Linda has a day on her own at a blues festival in Ottawa. While she’s checking her makeup in the hotel ladies’ room she ducks into a stall when she hears someone entering. It’s two women but one of them has a voice that’s not quite right. So Linda flushes the toilet to make it seem she was actually using the stall and steps out into the room. That’ when this month’s Linda Jensen adventure get’s interesting.

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Book Review: “Cross Gender Fun For All” by Dr. Veronica Vera

| Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

Jan Brown does a short review of a new book by Dr. Veronica Vera (headmistress at Veronica Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls) titled “Miss Vera’s Cross Gender Fun for All.”

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Update Your Email Address With TGF

| Jul 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

Have you changed your email address after you registered to be a TGF user? If so please visit your TGF Profile and update your email address. Your registered email address is used by the TGF site software to send you notifications of Friend requests and exchange private messages between users. Your registered email address is […]

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The Week In Transgenderism 7/18/16

| Jul 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

This week we learn about the Weho Cheerleaders. A native American tribe rescind their discriminatory anti-trans law. A trans woman graces the cover of a Malaysian women’s magazine. The doctors who mishandled the case of a trans shooting victim in Pakistan are punished. The Republican Party Platform calls for more laws like HB2 while the convention host city passes a strong anti-discrimination law. Survey says: 59% of trans people have avoided public restrooms in the past year. Bar Harbor has a Two Spirit drag queen. The Singapore man who got breast implants so he could “boost his confidence” is having them removed. There’s much more news and a few TWIT Awards waiting for you this week!

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The Occasional Woman — Color!

| Jul 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

Lorraine Anderson counsels those who wish to be stylish, add some colors to your wardrobe! But don’t just toss on any color dress and head out. Different colors bring out different aspects of your natural coloring. Pinks can soften your look. Fuschia bring a vibrant touch. And we all know black can be slimming, but there’s no need to dress all in black to get that effect. Read on for Lorraine’s tip on adding color to your wardrobe.

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Casual Reading About Hormones

| Jul 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

Dana Bevan has been reading about the origins of the Prenatal Testosterone Theory of Being Transgender. That’s the theory that says you become trans due to different levels of testosterone exposure while you’re still in the womb. She finds the theory has roots in eugenics and “therapies” to “cure” homosexuality. The theory has been discredited but that doesn’t keep some people from still pushing for hormone therapy to “fix” gender and sexuality.

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26 Trans Delegates at the DNC Convention

| Jul 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

Babs Siperstein is a superdelegate and will attending the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. from July 25 through 28. She reports today that the number of out transgender delegates to the convention more than doubles the number of trans delegates at the 2012 convention. She has a list so you can be informed about the trans delegates who will speak for you.

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Why Preserve Trans Materials?

| Jul 18, 2016 | Comments (2)

A few months ago we ran a review of the Digital Transgender Archive and we got it muddled up and reported a couple of wrong things about this effort to make information about transgender history available to the world. Jan Brown recently conducted an interview with the people behind the Archives, both physical and virtual, and she brings us an in-depth look.

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Testosterone

| Jul 18, 2016 | Comments (1)

Testosterone is not an Italian pasta dish. It’s a hormone most commonly associated with the development of male sex characteristics. At puberty the male body begins to produce more testosterone and with that body hair, a deeper voice, smellier sweat and larger muscles. And yes, a beard. For trans girls the advent of the changes brought about by testosterone can be a severe trial. Today Cate O’Malley talks about testosterone poisoning and how it affected her.

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Androgyny

| Jul 18, 2016 | Comments (1)

Most of us who crossdress regularly and go out in public work at looking the most like any other woman as we can. Today we bring you the story of a new TGF contributor who goes out and interacts with the public in what she feels is an androgynous look. She wears women’s styles but only jeans, pants and tops that she feels fit the look of an androgyne. But, do open toed wedges and floral print tank tops really fit that bill? Falecia McGuire thinks so and she tells us all about what she wears, why she wears it, and how people react to her look.

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SF/Fantasy: Eve, Chapter 5

| Jul 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

Emyli Evyrling has written a sweeping fantasy/science fiction novel and we are proud to be serializing it exclusively on TGForum. Today we bring you Chapter 5, Ylíva. Transformations, oppression, rage against the oppressors and a heroine finding her powers are all there in Ms. Evyrling’s “Eve.”

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TLDEF Names Jillian T. Weiss Executive Director

| Jul 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

Last week we received the following press release from the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. July 12, 2016 – TLDEF today announced the appointment of Jillian T. Weiss as its new Executive Director. Weiss is a nationally recognized transgender rights attorney and law professor who brings three decades of legal experience to the post. […]

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The Week In Transgenderism — 7/11/16

| Jul 11, 2016 | Comments (1)

What’s been happening in the media? Andreja Pejic talks about her youth and transition. The Massachusetts governor signs the nondiscrimination bill. A lingerie company adds a trans model to its ad campaign. Lots of HB2 news and speculation. Congressional candidate Misty Snow talks about her policies. Could DES have made us trans? 20 fierce drag looks from June. The latest in the Gavin Grimm case. Canada is moving toward gender-neutral driver’s licenses. The Chi Phi frat will admit trans men. Is the Statue of Liberty a queen? Brits may be able to change their gender markers without proof of gender. Cuba has a burgeoning drag and trans scene. A bunch of TWIT Awards are handed out. All that and lot more is waiting for you in TWIT!

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Firsts

| Jul 11, 2016 | Comments (3)

We all spend our lives going from one “first” to the next. When we’re little we use the potty for the first time. We take our first steps and say our first words. Trans people are often delayed in experiencing some of the “firsts” of their gender since the world believes they aren’t girls or boys. A young trans girl won’t get to wear her first bra at the same time her schoolmates are getting theirs. So the trans girl has to make her own first bra wearing experience. Sophie Lynne shares her first time wearing her mom’s bra and she invites you to leave a comment with recollections of your first time doing something typical to your gender identity.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

| Jul 11, 2016 | Comments (0)

Decisions, decisions. Amanda has been living in northern California and trying her best to fit in. At heart she is a western Pennsylvania girl, more used to the muggy summer heat and lush greenery surrounding the confluence of the Allegheny and Manongahela rivers, where the Ohio river is born, than she is with the dry desert on the outskirts of San Francisco. She has days when she is convinced she needs to pack up and head back east. On other days she feels that she should stay in the west and make things work. Today she posts a question to everyone, should she stay or should she go?

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A Sabrina Cartoon: Don’t Tolerate the C-Word!

Sabrina Bria Symington has another commentary on trans life in the form of a multi-panel cartoon. Don’t be your own worst critic and decide things won’t work for you. Go ahead and give them a try. If they don’t work that’s fine. At least you aren’t limiting your own options. Don’t let yourself fall a victim to the c-word. Find out what it is in today’s cartoon.

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Retro Rerun: La Derriere

| Jul 11, 2016 | Comments (1)

Our Retro Rerun today is from TGF in1998. Roberta Angela Dee wrote this column for TGForum on the importance of proportion. More people are outed because their proportions are wrong than are given away by an Adam’s Apple or large hands. A typical male body is wider at the top. Male hips do not, in most men, get as wide as the shoulders, and the male butt tends to be flatter than the female behind. In this article Roberta covers the differences and suggests safe ways to create a more feminine figure. Roberta Angela Dee passed away in 2003.

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Crossdresser Memories

| Jul 11, 2016 | Comments (1)

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.” Julie starts sharing her memories today with TGForum users about all of those years of having a secret joy.

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The Week In Transgenderism

| Jul 5, 2016 | Comments (1)

Here it is, it’s come to save the day! It’s The Week In Transgenderism. First off we wish you a happy 4th of July if you are a U.S. citizen. Then, what do we learn from the news? Two trans women named Misty are running for office in Utah. The Pentagon has announced that trans soldiers can serve openly and the blowback has begun. A boy who plays with princess toys makes a well rounded adult man. Research on just how many trans people live in the U.S. The woman who spent 8 days in jail when the hotel staff thought she was a hooker gets a settlement. Pakistani clerics order people to treat trans people better. All that plus more! And of course, a batch of TWIT Awards, are waiting for you in TWIT!

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