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 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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Trans Media Arts

| Oct 17, 2016 | Comments (0)

Amanda has the trans media beat covered and this week she brings news of the new production of Rocky Horror featuring Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. She also has news about Ms. Cox posing for pictures as various femme icons. Then she tells you about the trans kids of some famous people, talks about the trans boy who guest starred on a recent episode of Modern Family and gives information on the Against Me! tour with Green Day. She rounds it all out with info on a production of I Am My Own Wife, the story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf by a Chicago theater company. Don’t miss out on the arts!

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Goodbye Old Friend

| Oct 3, 2016 | Comments (0)

To some people a car is just a method of transportation. They don’t name it, or give it a gender identity. They just keep it running and trade it in after a couple of years. Other folks look at their cars as more like a friend who is with them on the journey of life through all its twists and turns. Along with sudden stops. Amanda has had Maxx in her life for many years. He moved her from Pittsburgh to South Carolina and then all the way across the country to the Bay Area. But Maxx is no longer young. His calipers tend to squeal and his gaskets aren’t as tight as they used to be. Maybe it’s time for Amanda to consider getting a new friend.

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Trans Media Arts

| Sep 19, 2016 | Comments (2)

Today Amanda takes us on another journey into the heart of showbiz and reveals the productions that feature trans characters or trans performers. Today she delves into the “(re)Assignment” controversy and mentions other films that are causing the trans community to be upset — and she has news about some that are getting it right. Then she catches us up on Laura Jane Grace and Against Me!’s newest album and tells us about a sexy country girl from Canada who happens to be trans. Read about it all and watch video right here in Trans Media Arts.

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Rocky Mountain High

| Sep 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

Amanda blogs about her eight day vacation in Denver. She flew out, with some trepidation that she might have an anxiety attack on the plane, and arrived in Denver with no problems. She was picked up at the airport by her ex-partner Jess and she stayed with her friends Joan and Mary. After adjusting to the high altitude air and settling down from the flight she got to do some fun activities, including the kind of thing you can do legally in Denver, and she writes about it all today.

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Film! Music! TV! Trans Media Arts

| Aug 22, 2016 | Comments (1)

Is the world ready for a film in which a hitman is forced into sex change surgery? There’s one coming out soon and it has the trans community stirred up. Meanwhile, some in the community say “good riddance” to the cancelation of I Am Cait. Amanda F. has those stories along with info on another upcoming film that follows 6 trans people through their lives called More Than T, and she fills us in on a new show title Strut that will follow trans models as they compete to reach the top. There’s more coverage of the media, the arts and music all waiting in Trans Media Arts!

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Amanda Asks “What is Reality?”

| Aug 8, 2016 | Comments (0)

We’ve followed Amanda as she has wrestled with living in a strange place that is wonderful at times and oppressive at times. We have read about her anxiety and how it grips her so hard early in the day and eases off later on. We’ve seen her have fun times going out to dinner and seeing a concert. Today she wonders if she made the right decision when she took the blue estrogen pill and stepped fully into a new world. After six years she has questions. So many in the trans community don’t seem to have questions. They move ahead. Should Amanda move back into the Matrix? Read her blog today to see what she thinks.

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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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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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Trans Art: Music, Television & More!

| Jun 27, 2016 | Comments (2)

Trans Media Arts is our column dedicated to trans people and trans subjects portrayed in the art and media. Today Amanda has a look at trans topics as diverse as a new drag singing sensation in San Francisco; the new season of Orange is the New Black; a trans man athlete featured in a magazine in the nude; a drag mural; a trans super hero, and much more. Don’t miss Trans Media Arts!

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