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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Message From Walnut Creek, Ca.

| Feb 19, 2018 | Comments (0)

Amanda has made some changes recently as her California odyssey continues. She has reason to be optimistic since her new living situation is saving her money and the stress factor of current home is vastly diminished from the level it hit in her old place. So that’s all good, but, she is having trouble weaning herself from an anti-anxiety medication and that along with longing for the east coast is making her anxious. Get the latest from her personal blog.

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Trans in Entertainment News — Trans Media Arts

| Feb 5, 2018 | Comments (0)

Trans people in entertainment, whether actors, characters, writers, musicians or dancers, are Amanda F. Steele’s beat. She keeps you up to date on who’s doing what in the trans community of arts and entertainment. Today she writes about the controversy between Rose McGowen and trans women. She fills you in on Candis Cayne’s role on Grey’s Anatomy; comments on a film featuring a trans woman that’s up for an Oscar, and has some other tasty tidbits of show biz buzz to keep you entertained and informed.

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Movin’ On Up

| Jan 22, 2018 | Comments (0)

In Amanda’s personal blog entries on TGF she has talked a lot about the anxiety she was experiencing and that seemed to be due, at least in part, to her living arrangement. From what she reported of her landlady’s behavior the woman seemed to be mentally unstable. How can you concentrate on yourself and work for a better life if you don’t live somewhere in which you are comfortable and feel safe? Today Amanda’s reports that she has finally made a move.

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Trans Arts & Entertainment — Trans Media Arts

| Jan 8, 2018 | Comments (0)

While TWIT is all the trans related news, TMA is all the news about transgender people in the arts and entertainment. Today Amanda F. Steele writes about the backlash comic Dave Chapelle is getting on his trans jokes. She also has info on the male character in the reboot of Roseanne who likes to wear girl’s clothes, and she talks about a documentary pulled from Canadian television that questions whether parents should be supportive of trans children. There’s also info on the new show featuring a host of trans characters, Pose, and word of a book of science fiction stories by transgender writers. Don’t miss any of TMA!

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Back to Bedford Falls?

| Dec 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

In 2010 Amanda F. Steele was living in Pittsburgh, Pa. as a male, with a wife, and a house. She came out that year and soon she was divorcing her wife, moved out of the house and living with relatives. Since then she has made a series of moves from one place and situation to another. Right now she is living in California, close to the magic and romance of San Francisco but due to the high cost of living in The City by the Bay is unable to cross the bridge and actually live there. So she lives miles to the east in a situation that is more negative than positive. At Christmas time she muses on whether she can return to her “Bedford Falls” and have A Wonderful Life.

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Trans Media Arts — Trans-centric Entertainment!

| Dec 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

Amanda F. Steele searches the world of entertainment and the arts to find stories featuring trans people. She presents her findings to you in her Trans Media Arts blog. Today she has a bit of a wrap up on the trans participation in arts and entertainment in 2017. Dive in and enjoy!

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Shock The Monkey

| Dec 4, 2017 | Comments (0)

Amanda has a problem with anxiety. She likens it to a monkey riding on her back, getting fatter everyday and going from just weighing her down to jumping up and down on her, making loud monkey noises into her ear. It is so debilitating that she was unable to write her blog last week. She has filed it late and we bring it to you today. It’s all about her fight against the evil anxiety monkey.

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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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| 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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