Canadian writer Linda Jensen is a long time contributor to TGForum. Before the days of the Internet Linda started her writing with the "Transvestian" newspaper. Her writing ranges from factual accounts of her adventures to fiction although frankly sometimes her real life adventures are stranger than the fiction. Linda is married to a loving partner who upon learning about Linda said, "she was part of you before I met you. Although I didn't know it she was part of the package I fell in love with. I don't want to mess up that package." "Does it get any better than that?" asks Linda.
Linda set out to discover what different crossdressers did about “coming out.” She has spoken to one who only told her wife. She wrote about another who hasn’t told anyone, even her wife, and another girl who has told all of her friends and associates about her femme self. Then Linda thought about another friend and she realized she was still on a voyage of personal discovery. Her friend shares Linda’s twist on the nature vs. nurture debate on the formation of one’s desire to crossdress and in today’s post the two go on to talk about what keeps them going.
In her current series of articles Linda Jensen is telling you the stories of crossdressers (persons who crossdress, if you prefer) who have each handled the self-revelation issues of when, who, and how to tell in very different ways. Linda’s aim in revealing how these people “came out” is to show that there are different strategies and each can work for the individual. These methods may not work for you but could help you formulate a strategy. Today she talks with Amanda who is totally open about he crossdressing with her family, neighbors and even her dentist.
In her current series of articles Linda Jensen is telling you the stories of crossdressers (persons who crossdress, if you prefer) who have each handled the self-revelation issues of when, who, and how to tell in very different ways. Linda’s aim in revealing how these people “came out” is to show that there are different strategies and each can work for the individual. These methods may not work for you but could help you formulate a strategy. Today she talks with Lucille who has kept her dressing a total secret from her family.
In her next three articles Linda Jensen will be telling you the stories of three crossdressers (persons who crossdress, if you prefer) who have each handled the self-revelation issues of when, who, and how to tell in very different ways. Linda’s aim in revealing how these three people “came out” is to show that there are different strategies and each can work for the individual. These methods may not work for you but could help you formulate a strategy.
Linda embarks on a quest for advice she can give to crossdressers about “coming out” and letting others in their lives know about their dressing. Trans women, at some point, must let their employers, friends and families know that they are changing their gender presentation. Crossdressers can keep their secret and adopt their male persona for the majority of their social and work activities. While keeping your crossdressing secret can feel like you’re a spy and give you an adrenaline rush when you successfully return to your headquarters after a mission (shopping trip or visit to a trans-friendly watering hole) hiding a large part of yourself can cause problems. See how Linda’s friends have “come out.”
Have you ever wondered how Linda Jensen got her CD name? Do you want to know how she discovered the crossdressing world and when that was? The answer to the last question was in the late ’60s. Linda wrote all about it, and some of the story is a bit risque, on TGForum back in 1998. We bring the article back now as a TGForum Retro Rerun. Step back in time and learn how Linda first made contact (intimate contact) with the drag community at a club in Toronto called the St. Charles.
Linda has a deal with her wife that allows her to take off for an entire week, go to some resort she finds interesting and spend the whole week en femme, 24 hours a day. She calls these times her “Wonderful Weeks.” After recently spending a week at a resort in Massachusetts’s famous Berkshire Mountains Linda looks back on the feeling of relaxed acceptance she experienced from the people encountered.
Canadians have the advantage of getting their healthcare taken care of by their government. There is no need for health insurance in Canada as each citizen has government paid healthcare. But, and you knew there just might be a “but,” trans people in Canada can get their GRS covered — and nothing more. The government plan does not pay for removal of testes, hormones, breast implants, trachea shaves or voice surgery. Linda Jensen tells the story of one woman, along with several comments from other trans women, and lays out the case for the health plan to cover more.
Last month Linda Jensen told us about a chance encounter she had at a music festival up in Canada. She met Crystal and Mary who turned out to be old friends from at least ten to fifteen years previously. Crystal and Linda are both crossdressers. While Linda is a crossdresser who keeps her male and female lives quite separate Crystal pretty freely changes between the two genders and her friends and family know all about her dressing. How that came to be is quite an interesting story.
Linda has a day on her own at a blues festival in Ottawa. While she’s checking her makeup in the hotel ladies’ room she ducks into a stall when she hears someone entering. It’s two women but one of them has a voice that’s not quite right. So Linda flushes the toilet to make it seem she was actually using the stall and steps out into the room. That’ when this month’s Linda Jensen adventure get’s interesting.
Linda Jensen was called upon to test wear the Underworks Body Shaper, a garment which pulls in your waist and pads out your hips and butt. Committing to the test run Linda wore the garment steadily for two weeks (practically around the clock, she says) and today she files her report. As a woman who has used padded derriere garments for years what does Linda think of the Underworks Shaper? Read her product review to find out.
For some time now Linda has been writing about the adventures of other t-girls, their adventures and relationships. Linda herself enjoys living vicariously through their stories and she hopes you do, too. This time Linda recounts an erotic adventure of her own. It is from some time ago, so long ago in fact it happened in the last century. She wrote the story back then but she has tweaked it a bit for a modern audience. Linda goes to a marathon to compete but she ends up doing another form of exercise as well.
For the past few editions of Linda Jensen’s column she has been telling the tale of a crossdresser who answers an email from the wife of one of her “admirers.” “Stan” has been found out by the wife and what begins as a just a quick communication in which the CD is told she can keep cheating Stan turns into a longer exchange. Things get complicated. Today Linda wraps up the tale of What Happens When a CD Get an Email From Her Admirer’s Wife?
Linda has been writing about an ‘eternal love triangle’ involving a ‘CD admirer’ named Stan, Stan’s wife Susan and a pretty young crossdresser named . . . Well, she wasn’t given a name and we weren’t told whether she was pretty or young. Linda’s first article ended by repeating an email titled ‘Final Message from Stan’s Wife’ where the wife reported finding evidence that rather than being remorseful about his dalliances her husband was planning further trysts for his upcoming business trip to New York. The second installment featured more communication between the CD and Stan’s wife. Today Linda goes into further detail.
Last month Linda wrote about an ‘eternal love triangle’ involving a ‘CD admirer’ named Stan, Stan’s wife Susan and a pretty young crossdresser named . . . Well, she wasn’t given a name and we weren’t told whether she was pretty or young. Come to think of it she could be you or she could be me if we were to be dating a married man. The last article ended by repeating an e-mail titled ‘Final Message from Stan’s Wife’ where the wife reported finding evidence that rather than being remorseful about his dalliances her husband was planning further trysts for his upcoming business trip to New York.
They are called “chasers” or “admirers.” They are men who are attracted to trans women. While they may get married to cis women and have families they are always looking for love on the down low with a trans woman. But when they’re not discreet about it their secret can get out. An e-mail to a friend of Linda’s gets her friend into a prolonged conversation with the wife of one of her ‘admirer’ friends. Does the phrase ‘eternal triangle’ come to mind?
Linda starts her seventh straight year (and eleventh overall) sending articles to TGForum by telling the story of a friend of hers who years ago visited the Queen Mary nightclub in Los Angeles and ended up having an adventure that was simply made for Hollywood. Return with Linda now to the glory days of the Queen Mary when a girl could meet someone and. . . .
Linda Jensen is writing about someone who happens to be named Linda who happened to visit her favorite nightclub in Montreal, Canada who happened to meet an old acquaintance she had known as a man but who now presented very much as a woman. The two had decided to take turns in the role of a man escorting a lady on their ‘first date’. Tonight it’s Linda’s turn to be the woman as they go out for dinner and dancing.
Linda Jensen is writing about someone who happens to be named Linda who happened to visit her favorite nightclub in Montreal, Canada, who happened to meet an old acquaintance she had known as a man but who now presented very much as a woman. Our heroine was about to suggest an idea to her new friend when two tall, handsome strangers intervened to suggest that the four get together for the evening. Before Linda could say ‘thanks but not now’ Alexis had invited the men to sit down and join the girls and things got interesting.
Long-time TGForum writer Linda Jensen is in the middle of telling us about an interesting dating experience she had with a TG friend when both were in Montreal to attend a Canadian political convention. However, this week we put that story on hold to bring you the breaking story of an interesting encounter Linda had at the recent Southern Comfort Conference. It seems not all learning happens in the seminar rooms. The series Turnabout is Fair Play returns in four weeks.
In the last episode Linda Jensen started telling us about someone who happens to be named Linda who was visiting her favorite nightclub in Montreal, Canada when she met an old acquaintance. This person had been one of the many male friends Linda had encountered at the club. This time her old friend was presenting in a new way, very much as a woman. Our heroine, Linda, is about to suggest an idea to her friend. But first there were two handsome men to be dealt with….
There is an old English saying, “Turnabout is Fair Play.” It means that whatever someone does to you it is okay for you to do it back to them and they cannot complain. In modern terms it implies that if someone ‘pranks’ you on social media you can prank them back. Linda and her new friend put a slightly different twist on the saying. It results in a wonderful weekend for both of them. Read about it in this three-part series.
Almost every parent has heard from their inquisitive child the question: ‘Where do babies come from?’ It is almost a rite of passage as the growing child questions to learn more and more about herself and the world around her. With the increased attention being given to transgender issues how long before a child asks, ‘Mommy, where do crossdressers come from?’ Linda Jensen was sure she knew the answer to that but a conversation with a long-time friend has her thinking of alternate explanations. She invites you in on her experience and asks you to weigh in with your thoughts on the making of a CD.
Linda reports meeting with a longtime friend. They talk about the current trend of crossdressers to get involved in political action for transgender rights and to out themselves as a way of freeing themselves from the fear of exposure. Mary explains to Linda that while she admires the activists, outing herself is not an option she wants to pursue.
Linda was planning to take a ‘girl-trip’ to New England. Her annual visit to the monthly TG party at a gay club near Danbury, Connecticut was to be part of the her planned itinerary. That changed when Linda learned, to her dismay, that not just the party night was done but the club, Triangles, had recently closed closed its doors for good. What’s a girl to do?
Many women struggle with weight issues and trans women are no exception. We would all love to have sleek and sexy bodies but there’s that dessert, looking at us with a come hither gaze. Linda Jensen is an amateur fitness buff and she counseled her friend Marilyn who wanted to trim down. Today she shares those tips with you.