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Jan is actively involved in the transgender community in NYS and Florida where she snowbirds. Jan co-founded her local TG support group, Mid-Hudson Valley Transgender Association (MHVTA) in 2000 and gets out in her various communities (including retail therapy, dining out, and visiting places of interest). She has presented at various TG events including Fantasia Fair, IFGE, Southern Comfort, Be-All, First Event, Liberty and Empire) and was part of the Fantasia Fair organizing committee for several years focusing on programming and advertising.

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Credit En Femme

| May 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Jan Brown, like many in the trans community who don’t have legal recognition of their femme persona, has a credit card in her name attached to the account registered in her legal name. But recently a problem cropped up when the credit card company felt they needed to know more about Jan Brown. They requested more information than was formerly required. For one thing they wanted her Social Security number. How did Jan respond to their request?

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A Fantasia Fair 2016 Photo Gallery by Jan Brown

| Oct 31, 2016 | Comments (0)

All the photos in Jan Brown’s Fantasia Fair report, and several that weren’t published in that reprot, are here in a photo gallery for your viewing pleasure.

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Fantasia Fair 2016

| Oct 31, 2016 | Comments (0)

Our contributor Jan Brown spent the week at Fantasia Fair October 16 — 23 and she has filed a report on the Fair. Jan attended all the events from the Fashion Show to the Follies, the Saturday Nite Gala, and many of the workshops and seminars. She tells you all about it in this Fan Fair report.

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Book Review: “Cross Gender Fun For All” by Dr. Veronica Vera

| Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (1)

Jan Brown does a short review of a new book by Dr. Veronica Vera (headmistress at Veronica Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls) titled “Miss Vera’s Cross Gender Fun for All.”

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Why Preserve Trans Materials?

| Jul 18, 2016 | Comments (2)

A few months ago we ran a review of the Digital Transgender Archive and we got it muddled up and reported a couple of wrong things about this effort to make information about transgender history available to the world. Jan Brown recently conducted an interview with the people behind the Archives, both physical and virtual, and she brings us an in-depth look.

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Philadelphia Trans Health Conference 2016

| Jun 13, 2016 | Comments (0)

Last was the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference 2016 and TGF contributor Jan Brown attended two of the three days of the event. Today she has a report on the conference with her observations and opinions.

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Review: Dixie’s Tupperware Party

| Mar 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

TGF Contributor Jan Brown went to the theater and she learned a lot about Tupperware. Tupperware in the theater? Of course, darlings. It’s a one woman show that not only entertains but allows you to purchase practical storage solutions for all your wheat germ, whole grains, gluten free kale and other kitchen haunting substances. Dixie Longate is the woman (drag queen) who tells you all about Tupperware in her one woman show “Dixie’s Tupperware Party.” Learn what Jan thought of the performance.

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Girl’s Night Out in The Hudson Valley

| Jun 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

The Connecticut Girl’s Night Out party at Triangles is no more, along with the venue. What will fill the void left by its demise? A new party has popped up in the Hudson Valley at a place called the BSP Lounge in Kingston, New York. Jan Brown has talked to the promoter, Angelina Vail, and shares what she has learned about this new party for the LGBT community.

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A Visit with “TransCuba” Author Mariette Pathy Allen

| Nov 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Ever since she ran into a group of crossdressed people during Mardi Gras in 1978 photographer Mariette Pathy Allen has been documenting trans people in photographs and assembling the photos into books. In 1989 her book “Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them” featured members of Renaissance. Her latest book is “TransCuba.” Recently she was honored at Fantasia Fair with the 2014 Pioneer Award. Jan Brown visited Allen in her Manhattan home and introduces you to her.

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The 35th Annual First Event

| Sep 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

If you want to start your conference/convention/dressing fun early next year check out First Event 2015 which is moving to Waltham, Massachusetts this  coming January. First Event has always produced a good event with lots of happening things. Here is a press release from First Event with more information on the 2015 gathering. From Konnor Crewe Announcing the […]

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Movie Review: Lady Valor

| Sep 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

I was fortunate to get a seat at a private screening of an upcoming CNN movie called Lady Valor.  It’s the story of Kristin Beck who was a 20 yr. Navy SEAL/veteran and is now a transgender champion for lots of different things.  The screening was held in the Time Warner Building on 58th St. […]

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Fantasia Fair Memories!

| Jul 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

It’s July already and that means that the longest running, longest duration transgender event is rapidly approaching. It’s Fantasia Fair on Cape Cod and while it doesn’t happen till mid October you know you have to plan ahead, picking out every outfit for each day’s many activities. And then you’ll need to buy more suitcases. Read a review of last year’s event and think ahead to October on Cape Cod.

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Review — Casa Valentina

| Apr 28, 2014 | Comments (4)

The new Harvey Fierstein play “Casa Valentina” has opened on Broadway. It’s the story of the crossdresser resort in the Catskill Mountains in 1962 where Virginia Prince proposed the creation of Tri-Ess. Jan Brown of the MHVTA support group attended a preview night with several other ladies. This is her review of the play.

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