Angela Gardner is a founding member of The Renaissance Transgender Association, Inc., the former editor of that organization's newsletter and magazine, Transgender Community News. She wrote the Diva of Dish column for TGF in the late 1990s and was the Editor of LadyLike magazine until its untimely demise. She is currently the Editor of TGF. She has appeared in film and television shows portraying TG characters, as well as representing Renaissance on numerous talk shows. In her idle hours she keeps busy producing her monthly TG parties, Angela's Laptop Lounge.
Why is passing so important to many crossdressers? Trans women want to be accepted as who they are. Crossdressers are two people. They have a male face and a female face. There are some who say we shouldn’t give a damn about passing but dress as we like. Others feel that passing is necessary for acceptance by the general public. What’s so great about passing? Angela Gardner calls on her years of public crossdressing and tries to arrive at an answer to why it’s so important to many.
It’s the time of year when all publications do a year in review and TGForum is no exception. We’ve gone through every month of TWIT for 2016 and picked out a few stories from each week. Put all together they make a really long scrolling page but they will take you back through the year that just ended. Get ready to scroll! It’s TWIT 2016 in Review!
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.
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!
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!
A funny Chilean television series from 2015 is about an all-female taxi company that can’t find enough women who know how to drive. Funded by a grant that requires the management and staff to be all women means that the founder’s recently returned home son can only help out by dressing up. One thing leads to another and soon his secret life is the time he spends as a man — while the rest of the time in public he is known as a trans woman cabbie. It’s called Fabulosas Flores which means Fabulous Flowers.
It’s all the trans related news that’s fit to print! The Week In Trans is here and ready for your perusal. What do we learn today? Plastic surgery fan and singer Pete Burns has passed away. Gavin Grimm’s case is going to the Supreme Court. Controversy over taking the rights we can get or holding out for more. Kataluna Enriquez is the winner of the 2016 Trans Nation Pageant. A trans model is featured on the cover of Elle Brazil and another is on the cover of the Spiegel Catalog. Big turnout for the D.C. High Heel Race. 10 trans soldiers come out as trans. Bianca Del Rio creates a comedy special. Are you ready for Ed Wood the musical? All that and more is waiting for you in today’s TWIT!
On the night before Halloween all the ghouls, monsters, dragons, witches and sexy cheerleaders did gather at the Sheraton in Philadelphia for the Henri David Halloween Ball. That’s right. This year for reason unknown Henri was forced to have his gigantic costume party on the night before Halloween. This has only occurred very, very few […]
It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn many things. “Beauty boys” are gaining greater acceptance from cosmetic companies. Johns Hopkins will start doing GRS again next year. Many legal rulings in the restroom wars have occurred. A 16-year-old trans girl gets an award in Australia. A school newspaper says we should avoid Halloween costumes that offend. A trans woman in the U.K. went on a reality TV dating show. A film maker has done a video documentary on trans life in Iceland. Was “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” re-make worth it? There’s all that and a whole lot more, not to mention a sizable selection of TWIT Awards, in this edition of TWIT!
It’s The Week In Trans! What’s happening in the world of trans and trans related news? CoverGirl makeup has picked a 17-year-old boy as their face of So Lashly mascara. A job fair in L.A. is aimed at trans people seeking work. France has made it easier for trans people to get legal recognition. Singer Sade has a trans child. Hispanic trans TV star Cachita has passed away. An intersex person in Austria is stuck in legal limbo. A trans network in Britain has a new chair. Bob the Drag Queen’s mother was shot in the head, and lived. An American Ballet Theater male dancer has a drag persona. Trans man Kourt Frame is homecoming prince at his school. Gwen Araujo’s mother is interviewed 14 years after her daughter’s murder. There’s all that and even more, along with a large selection of TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!
It’s The Week In Trans! All the top stories featuring trans people from around the world and down your street. Today we learn that a D.C. police woman is the only trans person on the force. The candidate in Cali who used queens singing to a Katy Perry song in TV ad has been threatened with a lawsuit. A trans man in Canada is the first trans person to play on a professional team. A reporter in England left his job to return to the air as a woman. A trans actress has been nominated for a BAFTA. A 6-year-old in New Zealand has transitioned before she starts first grade. Justice Roy Moore is suspended and his supporters say it’s the fault of a drag queen. College professor by day, drag artiste by night. Pope Francis has conflicting thoughts on LGBT people. All that and more plus a lot of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!
Today we learn that Norway allows legal gender change with an online form. South Africa has so few GRS surgeons it can take 25 years to get an appointment. A documentary show about trans people in the U.K. wins BAFTAs. Boy Meets Girl has been canceled by the Beeb. A list of the 10 most banned books is led by trans themed books. Military medical insurance now covers trans health needs. A candidate for senate in California used drag queens in his TV ad. Lots of legal decisions and lawsuits about restrooms. The Texas Association of Business is against anti-LGBT legislation. A trans rights activist has been paired with Watson to answer questions about trans issues. The staff of Johns Hopkins rebuke Dr. Paul McHugh’s bogus report on trans science. There’s all that and a lot more, plus a handful of TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!
It’s the number one compilation of all the trans news we can find! It’s The Week In Trans! What do we learn this Monday? Jeffrey Tambor won an Emmy for Transparent and hopes he’s the last cis male to play a trans character. A new documentary looks at a marriage when the husband transitions. International pageant news from Spain and Thailand. Gavin Grimm’s case “might” not get taken up by the Supreme Court. An Ecuadorian trans couple are parents. A trans boy in Wisconsin is allowed into the proper facility. A NYC drag artiste transforms in Times Square. Tracey Norman is back in the modeling biz. New guidelines for trans people in shelters. Lots of info on the TV show Strut. There’s all that plus some more and a whole load of TWIT Awards! Don’t miss your TWIT!
It’s all the trans news from around the world in our news feature, The Week In Trans! RuPaul wins an Emmy. The NBA and the NCAA abandon North Carolina over HB2. California has a program to hire trans restaurant staff. A trans immigrant is suing Mike Pence to change his name. A Dominican woman was arrested and housed with male prisoners after she was misgendered. A trans woman soldier is on the front-lines. A German drag queen sues a right wing group for hate speech. Trans actor Jen Richards has been cast in “Nashville.” Chaz Bono is scary on “AHS.” Chelsea Manning ends her hunger strike with the promise of GRS. All that plus more stories from around the world and a boatload of TWIT Awards are waiting for you in TWIT!
Time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that two notable personalities in the trans community have passed away: The Lady Chablis at the age of 59, and Alexis Arquette at the age of 47. GRS is now legal in the United Arab Emirates. RuPaul will give an inspirational talk. The creator of Susan’s Place has transitioned. Airbnb promises to stop discrimination in its rentals. A trans woman is running for the Washington state legislature. A defaced Bettie Page mural is fixed and Divine joins her on the wall. Andreja Pejic attended Burning Man and it was hot. Trans Bolivians can get correct gender ID. Melissa Sklarz joins the team at the TLDEF. All that plus more and a load of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!
What do we learn in this edition of The Week In Trans? Mexico is making progress on trans rights but it’s still a dangerous place to be trans. Mark Ruffalo is getting attacked for casting a cis male as a trans woman in a movie he is producing. Protests occur at Manchester Pride. A trans woman activist files a lawsuit against a school that expelled her for being trans. More restroom war news and an in-depth look at Gavin Grimm. Where to see a good drag show in London. A look at drag in 19th century London. A trans newspaper editor covers the trans restroom battle in his town. Lady Bunny says some semi shady drag queen stuff. A four-year-old in Australia is switching gender. There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!
Welcome to The Week in Trans! You may wonder where the ‘genderism” went, and we are happy to answer. Dropping that part made sense since it’s easier to type “trans” than “transgenderism.” Also, the term “transgenderism” is outdated and offensive to some. What do we learn in TWIT today? A trans woman performance artist is suing Chicago so women can bare their breasts in bars. A research study shows that trans people’s brain structure is different. What does the Bible really say about trans people? Samoa prepares for its annual drag pageant. The DOJ creates a training video for police interactions with trans people. HB2 news! Courtney Act interviews people at a Trump rally. Steven Colbert revives that video with Rudy Giuliani in drag. Wigstock sets sail. All that and more plus a load of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!
The conservative on the right wing of our nation’s politics don’t handle difference and change very well. They look at trans people as aberrations and deny that there is such a thing as a trans identity. Certain political groups know that these people are among their constituents and they work to reinforce their constituent’s feelings that trans people, along with the rest of the LGBT people, are a threat to conservatives. They use bad science to back up their assertions that trans people are a danger. Two of the right wing anti-trans “experts” published a report last week that claims there is no scientific basis for transgender identities. We refute that today in this editorial and in an essay by Dr. Dana Bevan.
It’s The Week In Transgenderism! All the trans related news gathered in one place for your convenience. Today we learn how actor Mark Rylance created the character of Olivia on stage. I Am Cait bites the dust. Target will spend millions to add single occupancy restrooms. A trans model from the ’60s goes back to work. Federal buildings overseen by the GSA must let people use the restroom of their choice. Tricare will start covering health needs of trans military. Is your lipstick bad for you? A new documentary show about gender change in Britain. Names in the news: Castor Semenya, Ruby Corado and Dr. Aaron Devor. All that plus a lot more news, and a few TWIT Awards, is waiting for you in TWIT!
A model was barred from entering the United Arab Emirates because she is trans. Chris Mosier is the first trans athlete to be featured in a Nike ad. Are they revising the rules about trans participation in the Olympics? There’s a trans model competition reality show. New Zealand honors Carmen Rupe. A roller derby woman comes out as trans. The Atlanta Civilian Review Board adds a trans member. France drops surgery requirements for legal gender change. Argentina is still dangerous for trans people. Could it be possible that God is two-spirit? Lawsuits against the restroom guidelines. Pennsylvania changes legal gender change rules. Baltimore police abuse and mistreat trans suspects. Tim Curry will be part of the cast for the new Rocky Horror. All that and a pile of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!
Are you a fall, winter and spring crossdresser? Do you quit for the summer since you are expected to wear dude shorts when in male mode, and covering your hairy legs with several pair of hose, as you do the rest of the year is just too uncomfortable in the heat and humidity? We suggest you don’t try to hide those lovely legs in the summer. Just give them a shave and show them off in a short flouncy skirt or a pair of short shorts. But. . . what will people think? Who cares? Shave those legs, girlfriend!
It’s The Week In Transgenderism! Talleen Abu Hanna will represent Israel in the Miss Star International pageant. 54-year-old drag performer Shana Nicole hopes to win a pageant in North Carolina. Darcelle is an 85 year old drag performer who does six shows a week. A research study confirms that social stigma is what makes trans people depressed. A YouTube personality who stood up for red head rights comes out as trans. Estrogen shots are in short supply. A trans pianist performs for The Mets’ LGBT Pride Night. Gavin Grimm is still not allowed in the boys’ room. A Drag Queen Story Hour for kids. Trans truckers are hauling freight. There’s all that and more, plus a load of TWIT Awards. Don’t forget to TWIT today!
Angela takes a road trip to New York City to report on the book release party sponsored by Vine and Twitter in honor of How To Be You, the new book by social media star Jeffrey Marsh. It’s a self-help book for the LGBT community that provides a framework you can use to discover yourself. The book is positive, affirming of those who have grown up feeling and being different. It gives you the tools you need to find what is holding you down and helps to lift you up. And the party was a lot off fun, too!
It’s The Week In Transgenderism! What do we learn today about the trans news of last week? Marisa Richmond was the DNC timekeeper. The Westboro Baptist Church was stopped by a wall of love. The supermarket guard who attacked a trans woman in D.C. will face hate crimes charges. A woman named Dallas Coulter is the go-to designer for many famous queens. Australia adds a space to fill in a gender term on its census form. A look back at the good and bad parts of Too Wong Foo…. The New Yorker does a feature on the trans community of Christopher Street. A Pride School opens in Atlanta. A voice surgery clinic in South Korea is getting a lot of U.S. business. All that and more, plus a plethora of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!
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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