Amanda F. Steele

Amanda F. Steele

I am a transwoman originally from Pittsburgh, PA. I have been living full time for 4 years. I work in retail but am an artist/Graphic Designer and aspiring writer. I tend to address the controversial in my writing. I would love to change the world one article at a time. I moved here to The San Francisco Bay Area to start over, again. The adventure continues...

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Trans News from the world of entertainment: Trans Media Arts

| Nov 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

Today Amanda F. Steele’s Trans Media Arts features news about trans actors, and trans characters in film and television. Also drag queens on Instagram and the Top 25 Songs about gender identity. There are more than just Take a Walk on the Wild Side and Lola. There’s sexual harassment, disappointment, and word of a new TV show about the drag scene in New York City in the 1980s. Check it out!

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Isolated

| Oct 30, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s easy to forget just how large the United States of America is. In just a few hours you can fly from one coast to the other. Telephones and the internet put you in instant communication with people who live and work far from your locality. But try driving across the country like our Amanda F. Steele did. It took her days and she landed in the San Francisco area hoping for a better life. What she found is not what she hoped for, and she feels that in the vastness of our country she is very isolated.

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Trans Media Arts — Music, TV, Film

| Oct 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

Our Trans Media Arts reporter Amanda F. Steele has the news about trans themed project, actors, musicians and more. Today she has info on a frontal nude scene in “Transparent”; Tom Petty’s support for the trans community; A trans themed film from Pakistan titled Madam; And a documentary about the New York City drag scene titled “Shade: Queens of NYC.”

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Almost. . . But Not Quite

| Oct 2, 2017 | Comments (1)

You’ve heard the song Bad Day? It got a lot of radio play a few years back. Well the title of the song only begins to touch on the kind of bad week that our Amanda Steele had to endure. Things started off well and it looked as if a plan to move out of her crazy rooming house was going to work out. She and her cat would be free from the landlady’s immense collection of stray felines and all the confusion. Just a couple of things needed done and soon Amanda would be free. But the best laid plans. . . .

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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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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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Trans Media Arts! That’s Entertainment!

| Aug 21, 2017 | Comments (3)

Trans people and themes in entertainment and the arts! That’s the beat that our Amanda F. Steele covers for TGF. Today she has news about the young transgender woman who is breaking into pop star territory — Kim Petras. Ms. Petras has a brand new single that is racking up listens on Spotify and you can listen to it in Amanda’s post. Then she discusses an artist who creates trans versions of Disney characters; tells us about research that shows movies and TV shows that feature trans characters is helping to create a positive image for the trans community. There’s all those stories and more in Trans Media Arts!

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Amanda’s Road Trip Reunion

| Aug 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

We catch up with Amanda on day two of her road trip to meet up in the middle of the country with her mom and younger brother. Rolling down the highway gives a person a lot of time to think about where they are on the road of life. Amanda’s trip is not exception. Amanda and her family haven’t been together for several years and now they will be together for several days as they visit places they saw on a trip in 1982. How will things go? Read on and see what happens on Amanda’s road reunion.

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Entertainment News From Trans Media Arts

| Jul 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

Amanda F. Steel covers the trans entertainment beat. Today she has info on an LGBT memorial to be installed in New York. She tells us about a new film titled “And Then There Was Eve” that stars trans actress Rachel Crowl. Can a party hostess/DJ make it in the art world? Amanda says that Juliana Huxtable is doing just that. Then there’s new musical in development that tells the story of LGBT street kids. She wraps up with news about when Gavin Russom of LCD Soundsystem will reveal her femme identity to her fans. Get all the entertainment news relating to the trans community right her in Trans Media Arts.

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Trans Media Arts

| Jun 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

Want the hot news from the world of trans showbiz? Amanda Steele has it in Trans Media Arts. Today she tells us about the kerfuffle over cis male actor Matt Bomer playing a trans sex worker. That’s two strikes against the movie “Anything.” It just highlight the need for good roles for trans people and that is the topic of a short video by Jen Richards. “The Switch” is a Canadian TV show about a trans woman who works with other trans people. “Orange is the New Black” and RuPaul both get recognition. Check it all our in Trans Media Arts!

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California Dreamin’?

| Jun 12, 2017 | Comments (4)

Amanda has been a travelin’ woman and seen much of the USA. Before she arrived in California’s Bay Area she saw an awful lot of the east coast and made her way through places in the heartland. Now, after being in the San Francisco area for more than two years she compares what she has found there with places she has visited previously. You could say she finds California lacking in a few important areas.

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Trans Media Arts: Music, Film, TV with a trans twist

| May 29, 2017 | Comments (0)

Amanda F. Steele has filed another report on the trans influenced arts. Today she has word that the filmmakers responsible for the panned action movie The Assignment, in which a male assassin is transformed into a woman as punishment for his actions, are saying it doesn’t have anything to do with transgender people since the character isn’t trans. See what else they have to say and what Amanda thinks about it. She also has word on the new album by the band Life of Agony and we have a video. The she brings you up to date on a young trans artist and the trans character in Sense8. It’s all in Trans Media Arts.

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State of Amanda Address 2017

| May 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

In keeping with government protocol, in particular the practice of giving an official speech to inform the masses about the state of our union, Amanda takes this blog post to make her State of Amanda Address 2017. What will the pundits make of her praise for the automobile culture of California? What will they say about her experiencing a decrease in anxiety? How will Hannity react to her fifty cent raise? What will 50 Cent say? The state of our Amanda is strong. But let her till you in her State of Amanda Address 2017.

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Trans Media Arts

| May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

When there are trans people or issues in the news we report on them in TWIT. When they are in the world of entertainment, music, film, TV, or advertising, Amanda covers them in Trans Media Arts. Today she has filed a report with news about Caitlyn Jenner and Zeke Smith.

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Holiday Memories

| Apr 17, 2017 | Comments (1)

Holiday times are when Amanda takes out her memories of past adventures and relives them. Today she tells us about some of the good times, en femme and totally feeling it that she had in the ’90s. Sadly the photos of the early days of that trip to the mall, after the meticulous planning and attention to every detail, were lost in a purge. But the memories are still available and Amanda has some photos from the 2000s that you’ll want to see.

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Trans Media Arts

| Apr 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

Our arts and media reporter Amanda has a review today of Laura Jane Grace’s book “Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.” And you can listen to Laura Jane narrate the book right here. Then Amanda turns to Lady Gaga fooling the queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race into thinking she is a Lady Gaga impersonator; a trans model graces the cover of French Vogue; and Dave Chapelle may be out of touch with our fast moving culture. See what he’s taking heat for in his latest comedy specials. You’ll find it all in Trans Media Arts.

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Today Was a Good Day

| Mar 20, 2017 | Comments (1)

California is a big state and there are parts of it, like San Francisco, that sound like the perfect place to be for a trans person. The city itself has benefits for trans employees, there is a tolerant attitude toward trans people and anti-discrimination laws to protect trans people’s rights. But it’s also expensive to live there these days. Our Amanda has been living 50 miles east of the city and out her way things are not so great. On St. Patrick’s Day she decided to take a ride in her new car and for once she experienced a good day. She took some photos to show why it was so good for her soul.

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Trans Media Arts — Trans People in the Arts

| Mar 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

News about trans people and themes in movies, books, music and television! Amanda gathers it all together for Trans Media Arts. Today she tells you about a new documentary film titled “Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens” that follows the lives of LGBTQ people in the Buckeye State. Then she has word about an opera featuring a trans lead character, gives you news about Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, and tops off the column with news about a NYC play looking to cast trans performers. Then she brings it all home with info on the first book in a new Young Adult series about a trans girl who through an act of heroism acquires super powers — and a female body. Get the scoop in today’s edition of Trans Media Arts.

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Anxiety Storm

| Feb 20, 2017 | Comments (2)

Tonight was a rough night. It was bad enough that it made me break into a hard cry. Work is definitely an anxiety trigger for me. I realize this. My retail job puts me right in the middle of hordes of people. That is very hard on a person who fights anxiety. Today it was […]

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Trans Media Arts

| Feb 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

Amanda has another batch of trans in the arts news right off the wire. Today she tells you about Anjali Lama, the Nepalese fashion model who made her historic debut in India. Then she has info on a new book about parenting a trans child, and the story of a trans woman comic who is keeping a log of all the times and places she has to use the ladies’ room. There’s more on art music and film in this edition of Trans Media Arts.

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No Bad News, Please

| Jan 30, 2017 | Comments (1)

Amanda would like to report on the good news in her life but for some reason the bad news seems to far outweigh the good. While she has met people on the Left Coast, and she has a couple of friends, she just can’t seem to connect with more people for friendship or for romance. Is it the atmosphere in northern California? Are people too nervous waiting for the next earthquake that they can’t see a great person in front of them who wants to engage? Whatever the reason Amanda is again thinking about the rivers and hills of Pittsburgh. Would they be a better fit for her?

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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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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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Trans Media Arts — The Shawna Virago Interview

| Dec 12, 2016 | Comments (0)

Today Amanda devotes Trans Media Arts to an in-depth interview with San Francisco trans folk/punk performer Shawna Virago. The interview covers such topics as who is Shawna’s favorite Beatle, what was the inspiration for her stage look, what she does for fun at the Motel 6 every month and where she what motivates her to write songs. The Shawna Virago interview is today’s Trans Media Arts, and Amanda includes a video of a song from Shawna’s new album.

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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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Above the Fray . . . Far, Far Away

| Oct 31, 2016 | Comments (0)

Today in her personal blog Amanda talks about her day to day routine and what the possible causes of her anxiety might be. She feels that one of the big things is uncertainty over pursuing reassignment surgery. Should she go for it when she has anxiety? Is surgery the right path to take? While she feels daily anxiety she feels she is not operating at 100% — and that causes her more anxiety. What she would like to be is far, far away, flying above the fray.

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