I started crossdressing and going out publicly in 1988. I joined the Renaissance group in the Philadelphia area that year and later became chapter leader for two years in the '90s.
I always enjoyed writing and wrote for the Renaissance newsletter and magazine throughout my membership years. I've been writing for TGForum for several years now. I also contributed items to LadyLike magazine and other TG publications before the advent of the internet.
My hobby-within-a-hobby is singing live as my alter-ego Dina Sinatra and I have had the opportunity to do that with several accommodating performers and in a number of venues over the years since the mid-1990s.
In the Diner column items here, I try to relate crossdressing or transgender themes (and my own pet peeves and fetishes) to the larger world -- and vice versa.
Dina Amberle welcomes everyone down at Dina’s Diner and this week she has some new specials on the menu. First up there’s a tasty discussion of genderless danshi, and that’s not sushi. Then she mixes in some pageant gowns, adds a spicy bit of news about a dress that Rose McGowen wore, and adds in a taste of Kodo Nishimura the drag queen monk. After all of that she hopes you have room for a dessert comprised of the sweet and saucy Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. So stop in, have a seat, order a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy your time in Dina’s Diner.
It’s cold outside. Step into Dina’s Diner and warm up with a hot cup of java. Or maybe some tea. Today Dina has a brand new list of menu specials that start with speculation about the necessity of talent to achieve your glamor goal. Then there’s a spicy exploration of trans communities around the world. Next on the list is a taste of Charles Busch. Then Dina has a spicy blend of Hungarian actresses from the ’50s, and she finishes off with musings on the way just a few millimeters one way or the other can define beauty. Come on in to Dina’s Diner!
Welcome to Dina’s Diner. Slide into a booth or sit at the counter. It’s your choice down at the Diner. Dina has a healthy stew cooking today. There’s a bit of nostalgia for the glamorous drag performers of yesteryear. Tasty discussion of how the internet has helped many people gain acceptance in their particular identity. A seasoning of cosplay and body painting helps to add some flavor, and then Dina stirs in a couple more ingredients; the use of crossdressed men in commercials around the world, and the penchant among crossdressing community members to dress up in a Santa type outfit and pose for photos by the Christmas tree. Order up a steaming bowl of today’s special stew at Dina’s Diner!
Dina Amberle joins us with a tasty Dina’s Diner. Today she talks about women on TV in the ‘60s who influenced her crossdressing desires; adds some cheerleaders; Lady Kung Fu; thoughts on fishnets and leather slacks; the story of a male ballet dancer with a drag persona; the androgynous erotic appeal of “hair bands” and “glam rock” to the naïve kids of the time, and comes up with a delightfully entertaining stew that’s sure to please. Don’t miss a visit to Dina’s Diner!
Men in female masks. Young men in makeup. Models being put out of work by drag queens and female basketball players. Baseball players in stockings. What’s it all mean? It’s all part of the ingredient list for the Special of the Day in today’s edition of Dina’s Diner. Dina mixes it all together, adds some of her special spices and let’s it simmer into a tasty dish that’s sure to please the most discerning palate. Don’t miss out on your serving of today’s special! It’s yummy!
Slide into a booth at Dina’s Diner. Order a cup of coffee and settle in for some tasty treats from your hostess. Today Dina Amberle comments on the current movement toward “no makeup.” Oh the horror! Bare faces in public?! But Alicia Keys is one of those who is going without makeup and it’s stirred up quite a controversy. Then Dina comments on people who commented on photos of a teacher that had people saying she shouldn’t dress like that in class. Add in a dash of Disney princesses — all from one young man — and then round it all out with an observation about tattooed crossdressers. It’s all part of today’s special served up at Dina’s Diner.
The special on the menu today down at Dina’s Diner is a tasty stew that Dina Amberle, the lady who runs the joint, has whipped up to please any palate. She mixes in some K-Pop crossdressing, a taste of crossdressing from a Spanish sitcom (with a video) and a few female icons who have aged exceedingly well. Then she follows up the stew with some Russian golfer cheesecake with a sprinkling of crystals for dessert. Take a seat down at the Diner and let Miss Amberle satisfy.
It’s summertime and the dining is lighter, or at least it’s supposed to be. So Dina Amberle has adjusted the Dina’s Diner menu to include some lighter fare that is still nutritious and pleasing to the palate. She starts of with a light seafood salad that features mermaids as the main ingrediant. Then she mixes in some crossdressers in swimwear, adds a dash of synchronized swimming and prepares a side dish of club kid culture, followed by a dessert that features tight Spandex® modern athletic garb that bares more than the Olympians of yore ever imagined. And she has photos to prove it. Check out this summer time menu at Dina’s Diner. Bon appetite!
Dina Amberle is back at the grill down at Dina’s Diner and she’s cooked up a patriotic repast for today as we celebrate our red, white and blue American holiday. Dina has taken a bit of Mariah Carey, added some womanly hips, a pinch of Bill Cunningham memories, some high heel hacks and The NYT’s focus on drag for Pride month to create a delicious feast for the mind. Enjoy and bon appétit!
It takes a master (or is that mistress?) chef to take such diverse ingredients as 17 year cicadas, YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous, office dress codes, the shift away from super femme presentation on RuPaul’s Drag Race and a sprinkling of Night Flowers, and whip it into a delightful treat for the discerning palate. If there’s one woman who can do it it would be our Dina Amberle. Step into Dina’s Diner today and see what’s cookin’!
Dina’s Diner is open for business and the cook has just whipped up a new batch of tasty dishes. Dina is serving her thoughts on the appearance of more young people crossing the gender border. Then she has some savory grits. No, hold it. “Grit,” on how, while young CDs don’t need to work at it, older CDs with “grit” can still deliver the glamor. Then it’s on to servings of a comparison of 1st and 3rd world problems, and Prince’s penchant for wearing high heels and ruffles. Take a seat at the Diner and let Dina feed your brain.
What’s on the menu at Dina’s Diner? She serves up a story about men who put on makeup and share their pix on Instagram. Then comes a course of latex fashions followed by a side dish of Spandex recollections inspired by a new movie set in the ’80s. She finishes off your Diner meal with an art show featuring trans subjects that was inspired by political graphics. For desert you learn about the man who created the Fairy Loop. It’s all waiting for you down at Dina’s Diner.
Welcome to Dina’s Diner, the down-home little place that has the nutritious and delicious dish you need to energize you through the day. Today Dina Amberle serves up a few house specials. She talks about the trans people you don’t read about everyday in the news. She harks back to the golden days of yesteryear when crossdressers kept Kodak in the film business. Then she brings out a side order of info on the makeup artist who wins Oscars for her work on screen but looks pretty drab herself. Girls in glasses do seem to get passes as we learn that there are fetishists who are turned on by trans women wearing glasses. It’s all served with Dina’s Diner secret sauce and her 5 original spices.
Come in out of the cold and take a seat at Dina’s Diner. Have a hot cup of coffee or a bowl of Dina’s delicious chicken soup and warm yourself while she tells you what’s going on. Today her specials include the tale of a young woman who believes she is a cat. There’s the dish on a new modeling agency for trans models; the story of how Justin Bieber’s feminine beauty (he’s like a prettier Miley Cyrus) got him his record deal; Dina’s appreciation of the “snow bunny” winter look, and some dish about weather women and weight loss commercial stars. Are they enhancing their figures? Read Dina’s Diner and learn!
Today Dina Amberle invites you to partake of many specials down at Dina’s Diner. She dishes up hot and nutritious commentary on many things. Would crossdressing be fun without an element of danger? Is it okay to let an 8-year-old boy wear drag queen makeup but not okay for little girls to be in beauty pageants? How about a subversive drag production of Rapunzel? Of course she stirs in a good helping of David Bowie and adds a dash of a deceased ’60s fashion designer. Her concoction has been simmering all day and it’s ready for you to grab a heaping helping of Dina’s Diner.
Drop in to Dina’s Diner today and check out the menu specials. She has a few tasty treats for you, including an interesting item about the first black trans model. Then she features some tasty news on African actresses who star in African-made films; a report on crossdresser’s wish lists; and she finishes up with some short desert items that are sure to please.
In this edition of Dina’s Diner our head chef, Dina Amberle, mixes up a concoction to titillate the palate and stir the senses. She features the power of hair, trans women finding a welcoming home in roller derby, the demise of legendary exotic dancer Carol Doda and a high school beauty pageant at an all-boy school in Japan. It’s all waiting for you to take a seat, order a cup of coffee and settle in at Dina’s Diner.
Dina Amberle has cooked up a big hearty pot of Diner stew to keep you warm on a cool fall day. She’s added in such ingredients as a short history of lady’s leg-wear, some Fook-Yi & Fook-Yu, a touch of jewelry designer Betony Vernon, a dash of a crossdresser robber, and she seasons it with some spicy Rocky Horror Picture Show. Take a seat at the counter or slide into a booth and order your entree down at Dina’s Diner.
Dina Amberle has been working in the kitchen at her diner and she has grilled up some tasty treats for you today. There are 5 specials on the menu. An appetizer of Kellie Maloney starts the specials. Then Dina tosses in the reincarnation of the Hee Haw Honeys, followed by a serving of a new play that features drag queens and tops it off with a dessert featuring a large helping of short-shorts. You can find it all in Dina’s Diner.
The grill down at Dina’s Diner is heated up and ready to cook up some new dishes with ingredients gleaned from the press. Today Dina brings us Caitlyn costumes, gender-nuetral clothing, and a McDonald’s worker who is becoming a star. She also throws in some lightly sautéed musings on whether greater visibility for trans folk means CDs have more trouble passing. And some breast reduction for a TV star rounds out the menu. Where? Down at Dina’s Diner.
Get ready! Dina Amberle has gotten all fresh ingredients, only the finest herbs and spices and whipped up another taste pleasing treat for this edition of Dina’s Diner. She stirs in some women athletes with too much testosterone. Then she adds some womanless beauty pageant info, a Japanese artist and the Herkie Jump. What’s the Herkie Jump? You’ll have to read this edition of Dina’s Diner to find out! (Unless you have some pompons in your closet.)
Time for Dina’s Diner! Dina Amberle has mixed and blended several news items into a fine puree and she serves it up for your taste test. Included are bits of blow-back caused by Caitlyn Jenner’s view of what makes a woman. Then Dina blends in some “high heels are bad but they’re so good” and adds a pinch of Irish drag performer Panti Bliss. She tops it off with the trend that has women shaving their faces. Find out how well it all goes down and give Dina’s Diner a read.
Take a break and trot on over to Dina’s Diner. Dina Amberle, your hostess, short order cook and waitress has some delectable tidbits of things she’s extracted from the news. She marinates them, spices them up and serves them hot and tasty. Whether you choose to sit at the counter or slid into a booth Dina has nutritious fare. Today she mixes in Caitlyn, Alexis, Holly, Jayne and more.
Dina stirs up a mess of tasty stuff today. She’s gotten the ingredients together from the news and blended them with her own special spices to create a delicious Dina’s Diner entree. There’s The Prancing Elites, a mom who was a showgirl, a mom with a low class look, a female who crossdressed to lead an army, comments on prom dresses, and a bit more. It all makes for another great day in Dina’s Diner.
Welcome to Dina’s Diner where the pie is always warmed up for you and the coffee has just been brewed. Have a seat while your hostess Dina Amberle talks about the growing presence of TGs in our culture; a male makeup artist who transforms himself into beautiful women; and what’s up with young women who go without nail polish. Is that a fashion trend or are they just lazy? Dina also discusses formerPhiladelphia diva Jeffrey Marsh, who is now a star on Vine. You’ll simply have to read Dina’s Diner to learn what Vine is.