Trans people have been around since ancient times. In the recent past of the last 100 years society in the west did not want to acknowledge the existence of trans people. Only in the last 15 – 20 years have we begun to get more attention and recognition as legitimate human beings, not oddities and aberrations. But the very fact that people in the past had to hide their true nature and “pass” as typical members of the straight world means that much of our history has been erased. Some people have been working to save as much of our past as possible. One of those is Ms. Bob Davis. Ms. Bob has a vision for a trans history archive. Learn more about it in an article from The Bay Area Reporter by Gwen Smith. Reprinted with permission.
Welcome Head Mistress Samantha as a TGForum contributor. She has been a strong woman on the trans scene for twenty years and her advice column has appeared in several publications over the years. If you have questions concerning the sissy lifestyle, becoming as mistress or a slave, or just want to chat about girly things with a woman who can give you the benefit of her experience, Samantha is ready to take your call. Today she advises a Type A male who wants to be a sexy blonde housewife.
Coming in March David de Alba returns to the stage in Las Vegas to present his tribute to the immortal Judy Garland. Anyone who is a fan of glamorous female impersonation when the performer sings live rather than miming to a recorded track won’t want to miss this show. It’s coming March 12. View David’s promotional poster for all the details on where and how to get tickets.
Today’s Retro Rerun is from 1997. TGForum contributor Jayne Nicole wrote about an incident that most crossdressers would say was one of their worst nightmares. How would you handle it if while you were sitting in a crowded restaurant getting ready to enjoy a late night breakfast with your friends when some trouble maker snatched off your wig and walked away with it? What would you do? Find out how Jayne Nicole’s friend handled the situation in this Retro Rerun.
Transgender historian Ms. Bob Davis has announced the founding of the Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive and launched a crowd fundraising campaign on Indiegogo. The Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive (LLTA) will house an extensive and varied collection of transgender archival materials. LLTA will make hundreds of publications, thousands of photographs, theatrical programs and recordings, now in […]
We welcome guest contributor Caisie Breen to TGF. Ms. Breen has written a book about her life and we are happy to present some of it here. Ms. Breen, came into the world as William Edward Casey and lived as a male for fifty-five years. His first marriage failed at the age of 21, leaving two daughters, Michelle and Nicole, with their mother. A year later, he met the love of his life, his Brenda Sweet, they were married and eventually had two sons, Ryan and Brandon. Today, Caisie Breen lives with her wife Brenda, in Portland, Oregon and own a small plumbing business. All four children are adults.
Are you a survivor of intimate partner violence? Do you identify as genderqueer, nonbinary, agender, or gender nonconforming? Are you interested in telling your story? Participants are needed for a master’s thesis research study: Barriers to Disclosure for Intimate Partner Violence Survivors Outside of the Gender Binary Help inform future research about abusive relationships (including […]
This Retro Rerun is from the 1990s and was written by the late Roberta Angela Dee. Ms. Dee was TGF’s how-to diva and covered all aspects of feminine presentation. In this post she talks about dressing to suit your figure. What works on one body type won’t work on other body types. She guides you through how to find your body type and then makes suggestions of what styles will enhance your feminine presentation.
(Bala Cynwyd, PA) Dr. Sherman Leis, founder of The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, one of the leading resources for transgender surgery and medical support in the United States, presents his annual list of the top 10 trends that will affect the transgender community in 2017. According to Dr. Leis, “While cultural and public support […]
According to a letter from the Board of Directors of the conference posted on their Facebook page the final Conference was the most recent one. Here is the board’s letter: Dear SCTC family, It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that 2016 was the last The Southern Comfort Transgender Conference (SCTC) as you […]
Ray Dandelion is a teenager living in Northern California. He is working to help LGBT+ youth become more accepting of themselves and fully understand who they are. Ray’s main goal is to educate parents of LGBT+ youth on what their kids are going through from his own perspective and what he sees happening with the many people he has met throughout his journey. Here Ray offer advice to young people about coming out as trans.
This “how to” TGForum Rerun appeared on TGF in 1998. It’s by the late Roberta Angela Dee whose advice on beauty remains sound in the 21st century. In this Rerun Roberta acts as a makeup advice columnist and answers common questions with simple makeup tips.
This “how to” TGForum Rerun appeared on TGF in December of 1997. It’s by the late Roberta Angela Dee whose advice on beauty remains sound in the 21st century. In this post she talks about minimizing masculine facial characteristics and accentuating feminine ones. She also discusses using shading and highlighting to make a nose or chin more feminine looking.
We received the following press release from Dr. Aaron Devor at the University of Victoria: I am very pleased announce that Lynn Conway will be receiving an Honorary Doctor in Engineering from the University of Victoria on Wed., Nov. 9th at 10:00 AM PST (-8 Hrs GMT). You can watch it streamed live on the […]
Julie Freeman is a significant other has been active in the gender community for over 20 years, particularly with significant others and couples groups. She has written articles for many publications including the Diablo Valley Girls newsletter among others. The following piece appeared on TGForum in 1996 and was first published in the Diablo Valley Girls […]
Occasional contributor Kristina Mayhem has sent us an article about self confidence. Aside from the way you look when you are presenting as a femme person one of the biggest assets to being accepted as one is self confidence. If you walk with a confident air that says you have every right to wear that dress the only looks you get will be appreciative. If you act timid or nervous you will draw unwanted attention as those around you wonder why you are acting that way. Kristina has a list of confidence builders you can use to help you boldly go wherever you like as a self-assured, confident woman.
(Philadelphia, PA) – There is a popular conflation of homosexuality and transgenderism that is both inaccurate and can lead to misunderstandings about transgender people, according to transgender surgeon, Dr. Sherman Leis, founder of the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery and a pioneer in the field. Dr. Leis notes that Transgenderism relates to gender identity while […]
(Philadelphia, PA) – According to Dr. Sherman Leis, a transgender surgery pioneer and founder of the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, “There is a crisis in the transgender community in the U.S., resulting from a dramatic shortage of transgender surgeons and other specialized medical practitioners. This shortage results in an excessively long wait for those […]
You’ll want to be a part of this special show, My Golden Years at Finocchio’s, on August 14 as David’s documentarian will be filming his performance for use in the documentary film about David and Finocchio’s. Speaking of which, here is a rare photo of David at Finocchio’s with Paul Ryner, David’s partner, and David’s […]
By Jennifer Kurtz Come on, come on, turn the radio on, it’s Friday night and I won’t be long. Gotta do my hair, I put my makeup on, it’s Friday night and I won’t be long. Put my makeup on, ah Sia! What a beautiful song! Reminds me of the task at hand. How to […]
Last week we received the following press release from the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. July 12, 2016 – TLDEF today announced the appointment of Jillian T. Weiss as its new Executive Director. Weiss is a nationally recognized transgender rights attorney and law professor who brings three decades of legal experience to the post. […]
Our Retro Rerun today is from TGF in1998. Roberta Angela Dee wrote this column for TGForum on the importance of proportion. More people are outed because their proportions are wrong than are given away by an Adam’s Apple or large hands. A typical male body is wider at the top. Male hips do not, in most men, get as wide as the shoulders, and the male butt tends to be flatter than the female behind. In this article Roberta covers the differences and suggests safe ways to create a more feminine figure. Roberta Angela Dee passed away in 2003.
Today’s Retro Rerun is from the early days of TGForum. The late Roberta Angela Dee did a series of articles on learning several feminine skills. Today we bring back her “Twenty Ways to Look More Beautiful,” first published in July of 1997. Ms. Dee passed away in 2003.
While cruising around Facebook we came across a status post from Elizabeth Jenkins, the President of Louisiana Trans Advocates. Her topic was “passing privilege.” The idea that trans people who fit into the niche of the gender they wish to express to the world will be accepted as members of that gender. Ms. Jenkins expressed her thoughts on the issue so well that we asked her if we could share it here on TGForum.
To go with our report on the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference we present a slideshow of members of The Renaissance Transgender Association, Inc. at their table in the vending/information area. The group was there for all three days of the conference handing out information about their open membership trans support organization in the Philadelphia suburbs. Thanks to Jone Myers of Renaissance for letting us use her photos.