Dina Amberle

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.

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Dina’s Diner July 3 2017

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s that time again. Down at Dina’s Diner they’ve just introduced the July menu items. Among the tasty treats you’ll find a potpourri of flavors including photographer Lissa Rivera and her androgynous muse BJ Lillis. Rumination on the death of fashion as flip flops, cutoffs and faded t-shirts become the norm. The 1969 Japanese film titled “Funeral Parade of Roses.” And Dina tops it off with a dessert Guide to Shaming inspired by the trend of shaming women for wearing thong swimsuits. Could that just be jealousy? Take a seat and get ready for another experience down at Dina’s Diner.

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Dina’s Diner

| Jun 5, 2017 | Comments (0)

Time to head on over to Dina’s Diner for some tasty treats. Dina has cooked up some specials for today and she’s waiting for you to slide into a booth, order a cup of coffee and settle in. First item on the menu is the increase in trans surgeries. Dina tells us it has gone up 20% in two years. Then she has a light, fluffy item about a middle-aged trans woman who is a “Lolita.” The frillier the better for this girl. Then she turns to a tasty item about a mysterious Playboy centerfold whose breast defied physics. Dina wraps up the menu items with a segment on two piece bathings suits and people who sell lingerie and other clothing through Facebook. Don’t miss today’s edition of Dina’s Diner.

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Dina’s Diner

| May 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

Dina’s Diner has rolled out the new spring menu and there are some tasty treats to be had. Of the regular fare on offer you can’t go wrong with Dina’s own recipe for Exclusionary Stew. She takes anti-trans rants about trans women not being “real” women, mixes in some blame game spices, and cooks it up till it’s done. Then she has specials today featuring wigs, tomboys, the Jenner sisters and Soviet sexiness. It’s all served fresh and hot down at Dina’s Diner.

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Dina’s Diner

| Apr 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

Come on in out of the weather and take a seat at Dina’s Diner. Today Dina Amberle has concocted a special recipe that has equal parts Men Going Their Own Way, some El Pollo Loco trans hiring news, androgynous dance expressing gender issues, and an artist creating a psychic transition toward free expression. Mix that all well, bake for 20 minutes, and what have you got? Another Dina’s Diner tasty dish that you’re sure to enjoy!

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Dina’s Diner

| Mar 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

Down at Dina’s Diner the coffee is always fresh and there is a great selection of pies and pastries. Today the specials at the Diner include a serving of Brit news woman India Willoughby; an entree of show tunes sung by drag queens in NYC cabarets; and role models for crossdressers — TV news women. Dina also offers some tasty side dishes like the allure of pantyhose and her best wishes for St. Patrick’s Day. Find it all at Dina’s Diner!

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Dina’s Diner 2/13/17

| Feb 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

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.

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Dina’s Diner

| Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

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!

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Dina’s Diner

| Dec 19, 2016 | Comments (1)

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!

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Dina’s Diner 11/21/16

| Nov 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

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!

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Dina’s Diner October 24, 2016

| Oct 24, 2016 | Comments (0)

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!

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Dina’s Diner

| Sep 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

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.

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Dina’s Diner

| Aug 29, 2016 | Comments (0)

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.

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Dina’s Diner

| Aug 1, 2016 | Comments (2)

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!

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Dina’s Diner

| Jul 4, 2016 | Comments (0)

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!

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Dina’s Diner

| Jun 6, 2016 | Comments (3)

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’!

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Dina’s Diner

| May 9, 2016 | Comments (0)

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.

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Dina’s Diner

| Apr 11, 2016 | Comments (0)

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.

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Dina’s Diner

| Mar 14, 2016 | Comments (1)

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.

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Dina’s Diner

| Feb 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

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!

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Dina’s Diner

| Jan 18, 2016 | Comments (2)

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.

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Dina’s Diner

| Dec 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

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.

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Dina’s Diner

| Nov 24, 2015 | Comments (1)

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.

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Dina’s Diner

| Oct 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

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.

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Dina’s Diner

| Sep 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

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.

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Dina’s Diner

| Aug 31, 2015 | Comments (0)

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.

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Dina’s Diner

| Aug 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

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.)

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