The Artist D!

The Artist D is a true raconteur and provocateur! He (or She) has been performing online since the mid 1990s. A relic from the cam show age before MySpace was any space. Author of In Bed with Myself, an autobiographical tale of transgenderism and Internet celebrity. You can hear Artist D every Saturday night on Up! All Night, a live weekly radio show unearthing the underground of art and opinion. Artist D is also the Executive Editor of Fourculture Magazine.

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Tranny Queer, Queers in Church

| May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

The past is gone and cannot be accessed again. The future is not yet here and no one knows what it will hold. The present is all that we can affect and be aware of. The Artist D thinks that concerns over the past, the future and the will of God may be holding people back from being who they truly are. She explores that theme in today’s post “Tranny Queer, Queers in Church.”

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Tranny Queer, Queers and Steers

| Apr 3, 2017 | Comments (1)

Recently The Artist D! spent a week deep in the heart of Texas. One would think that possibly The Artist D! would not be the most comfortable in such a place but she found that no one actually attacked her and as she traveled around the state she noted differences in how she was treated. Give her column a read to see how the differently gendered/gender queer are treated in the Lone Star State.

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Tranny Queer, the Beginning of Bent

| Mar 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Artist D is exploring why we have stick with a particular gender. Why not be what we want to be when we want it? Is it really necessary to pick one and move along? Gender fluidity is a growing phenomena in the trans world. Mixing elements of masculine and feminine becomes more common every day. Join The Artist D as she treks into the gender jungle and seeks out bold new ways to live and be happy.

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Tranny Queer, the Love of Nasty Words

| Feb 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

“It’s only words, and word are all I have…” A line from a song. A song about the power of words, and it so happens that The Artist D’s post today is about the power of words. Like we planned it, or something. What words, you ask? Tranny. Queer. And other words that people use with differing intent. Some use the words to hurt. Other use the words to empower. Read The Artist D’s post and see if you can love the nasty words too.

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Tranny Queer — in the Beginning

| Jan 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Artist D has a theme for 2017. This year will be an exploration of what it means to be different, to be an individual and not let words hurt. The Artist D takes the words that have been hurled against her and embraces them as an identity that is truly individual. “Bad” words can be used with love and The Artist D will expound on that in the Tranny Queer theme throughout 2017.

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Cavemen & Cavewomen with Smart Phones

| Dec 12, 2016 | Comments (0)

Every year we hear people go on about how it’s been the worst year, ever. Some respected people died, wars were waged, and the taxes had to be paid. In today’s post from The Artist D she postulates that this is what has been going on for centuries. Every year always brings disappointments since people do die, taxes are always due and awful things do happen. It’s just that in 2016 they are all right there on your smart phone every minute of the day. The Artist D likens it to cave people with smart phones. See if you agree.

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Check Your Armbands at the Door

| Nov 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

Like many people in the LGBT community The Artist D is upset by the recent election and the prospect of a Trump presidency. There is good cause to be concerned but The Artist D is a pragmatist. She advocates not whining and moaning about it but getting organized and come up with a plan to push a progressive, inclusive agenda. The next four years is no time to be a wimp.

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Red Angry Women

| Oct 17, 2016 | Comments (0)

Every positive has a negative. Every mountain is matched by a canyon. The universe is made of opposites and while many feel that the opposing sides of the universe can never ever get together the cliched saying is “opposites attract.” And that was a hit for Paula Abdul. Today The Artist D presents her take on people who always live on one side or the other. She suggests that now and then the light needs some darkness, and vice versa.

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The Authenticity of the Sloven Beast

| Sep 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

Today The Artist D looks at the price of fashion and beauty. Not how much it costs in dollars to look fabulous. She’s talking about the work you need to do in order to walk out that door drop-dead gorgeous. So many people seem to think that it’s okay to go out in flip flops and a torn t-shirt. The Artist D believes that it happened because people wanted to be “authentic.” They don’t want artifice to obscure who they really are. Then someone had to go to the supermarket in pajama pants and it’s been down hill from there.

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Everybody is an Activist

| Aug 29, 2016 | Comments (3)

The advanced technology world makes everyone capable of expressing their opinion about any event anywhere in record time to millions of people. Twitter and Facebook, the “social media,” make everyone able to let the world know how you feel about everything, from which movies you think suck to your grief over the latest senseless murder atrocities. All you have to do is type it up and hit Post. Then you get that satisfying feeling of having done something that “matters.” The Artist D suggests that maybe your opinion doesn’t really matter the way you think it does. See if you agree.

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Our Lives Are in Danger

| Jul 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

As always, our voice from the underground, The Artist D, offers a different perspective on the issue of safety and security. Her basic premise is that we live in a world of illusion and what we perceive as imminent danger, or as total security are both phantoms created in our own minds. As an infamous Secretary of Defense once said, “Stuff happens.” When “stuff” happens it’s good to not be in the general vicinity but we don’t have that kind of control. As a trans person, or LGBQ individual, is “stuff” more likely to occur around you because of who you are? Find out what The Artist D thinks in today’s post.

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Your Non-Binary Genitals

| Jun 27, 2016 | Comments (1)

In the ’80s we had Madonna, a material girl living in a material world. Today we bring you The Artist D, a non-labeled girl living in a non-binary world. And that non-binary world can be confusing. It seems to The Artist D that many people today are rejecting labels so they can sink into a bland beige background noise and give up on any of their unique qualities. Either that or they are piling on so many labels the essential person is submerged under them all. And, why would anyone want to be “just” human?

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The Joke’s on You

| May 30, 2016 | Comments (0)

Laughter is the best medicine but what if it’s laughter provoked by a joke that targets trans people? Is it still medicine or is it a toxic injection of pain? The Artist D knows that people tend to laugh at what they don’t understand. Remember how people laughed when someone claimed the Earth was round? So of course trans people can be the butt of “humor.” The Artist D has a way to cope.

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Girls in the Boy’s Room

| May 2, 2016 | Comments (0)

When The Artist D was a little lad he was happy to follow mommy into the lady’s room since it had nice private booths where you could do your business in private. Then came the awkward grade school and high school years and restrooms defined awkward. Now as an adult The Artist D has some observations on sociological interactions in the men’s room. And a question or two for those fighting for their rest room rights.

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Male, Female, Other

| Apr 4, 2016 | Comments (1)

Are we prisoners of the gender binary? Must we try to firmly stuff ourselves into only two boxes, male or female? The Artist D, as you may know from reading her blog, is inclined to protest that humans are much to concerned with fitting into one of those two options when life should be bigger, more transcendent than what flesh suit we wear. To illustrate her point today she examines controversial statements made by Richard O’Brien concerning trans women.

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Objective or Bust

| Mar 7, 2016 | Comments (1)

It might seem at times that whatever you are for The Artist D is against it. But that’s the nature of the artist, isn’t it? They exist to prod our brains with images and sounds that make us question, think, and appreciate. Today The Artist D looks at people and finds them made up of a collection of cells and organs that create each individual. But the individuals have a problem combining with other individuals to create something for the greater good. But what is the greater good, anyway? Prepare to be prodded.

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I Am the Non-Binary Boogieman

| Feb 8, 2016 | Comments (3)

It’s a big, wonderful world and it’s full of possibilities. Why should we be limited to expressing only two gender identities? That’s the question The Artist D poses today. Why not be able to be femme one day, masculine the next and a mixture of both, or none, on another day? The Artist D wants to shake the gender identity tree and see what falls out. See if you agree.

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Learn from History or Bust

| Jan 11, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Artist D is stricken with “year end wrap up fever.” If afflicts many at the end of an old year and the start of a new one. For The Artist D wrapping up means looking back at the columns she contributed to TGForum over the past year and identifying the ones that expressed her hopes for a better year in 2016.

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The Art of Being Offended

| Dec 14, 2015 | Comments (1)

Is it possible that in the 21st century with our high tech communications systems that let us correspond with people all around the world, even translating communications sent in other languages that the actual communication of real thoughts and meaning has degenerated into a limited number of characters on Twitter? Is the Internet driving us further apart?

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My Husband is a Coffee Table

| Nov 16, 2015 | Comments (0)

When The Artist D says that her husband is a coffee table she means that he has a fetish for being used as a coffee table by dominates. There are plenty of other what could be considered “odd” fetishes but is there really a line separating the ones that seem strange from more everyday fetishes? Could baking apple pies with a willing partner also be a fetish? Expand your thoughts and read this post from The Artist D.

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Trick or Treat Tranny

| Oct 19, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our late founder JoAnn Roberts called Halloween a holy day of obligation for crossdressers. It is the one day in the year that regular guys can experiment with wearing women’s clothing without repercussions from their friends. The Artist D believes that Halloween should happen everyday and what the world needs is more straight men wearing dresses. If they did that the whole world would shift and anything would be cool.

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At the Popular Girl’s Table

| Sep 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

Is it good to be seated at the popular girls’ table? Groucho Marx said he wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would accept him as a member. Being out in the open and popular could dim the glamor that shown so strong as part of the underground. Even a cool club get’s boring when the “bridge and tunnel” crowd shows up. This year Southern Comfort has moved from Atlanta to Florida. Will Florida be too “bridge and tunnel”? Ch, ch, ch, changes.

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Penises and Amazonian Princesses

| Aug 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

During a chance encounter with a feminist lesbian on a train The Artist D learns that feminist lesbians, at least this one, believe that trans women have no right to call themselves women. In their world if it has a penis, or ever did, it just can’t be a woman. And The Artist D knows that is not true.

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Cait, for God’s Sake

| Jul 27, 2015 | Comments (6)

There has been a lot of bitching about Caitlyn Jenner and the way she is living her transition so publicly. Many in the trans community have this, that, or the other thing to say about how she has “come out” and how she is doing it as a celebrity with a reality TV show. The Artist D has a different take on Caitlyn’s life and she shares it with you today.

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Red, White, and Gay

| Jun 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

The Artist D is not a big fan of church weddings. In fact, while she wholeheartedly supports the right of same sex couples to marry if they choose she wonders why anyone would want to walk down the aisle of a church that rejects them as people.

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No Comment

| Jun 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

The rise in interest about trans issues and trans people has caused a rise in the number of articles and reports about what you should not say to or ask a trans person. This proliferation of politically correct guides to talking to a trans person respectfully has inspired The Artist D to ask some questions of her own. Is it really wrong to ask questions of trans people if you really don’t know that answers? See what The Artist D thinks in No Comment.

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