The Artist D!

The Artist D!

The Artist D is a true raconteur and provocateur! He 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. Executive Editor of Fourculture Magazine and host of The Artist D's Fabulous Show. Panelist and commentator on Fourthought, a weekly live stream.

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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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You Sir, Are a Urinal Cake

| May 4, 2015 | Comments (1)

The Artist D set out to share her thoughts on Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer but while ruminating on what to write she had to go to the restroom and the rest is history. A brand name on a urinal cake caused her to ponder how everything and everyone is now part of marketing. You aren’t you unless you are a brand. She asks if there isn’t something better than that.

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Footnotes of Orientation

| Apr 6, 2015 | Comments (2)

Popeye said “I yam what I yam and that’s all that I yam.” The Artist D on the other hand is many things. But lately she has found that some of the things she is are getting her more attention than the things she want to get attention for. And it all has do do with how society defines people. She is The Artist D and that can’t be much clearer. Read on and find out what other people think she is.

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Hello in There

| Mar 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

Nobody believes a wild child. People look down upon eccentric teens and weird youthful creatures. Yet if they are consistent and bring it into adulthood they are taken slightly more seriously. Too many young people are taken as going through phases, fads and having whims. But who is to say that phases, fads and whims […]

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Be Kind, Rewind

| Feb 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

The Artist D feels that our western society has gotten so enamored of the idea that everyone should get their fifteen minutes of fame that it’s gotten out of hand. Andy Warhol would be appalled. What’s wrong with just “being”? Why do people seem to feel they need to be “something”? And what’s wrong with being a purple penguin? Read The Artist D’s “Be Kind, Rewind and see.

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Your Suicide is Not Acceptable

| Jan 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

The recent suicide of a young trans woman who was faced with total rejection of her gender from her parents has caused a stir across the world. No one should have to believe that only ending it all will give them peace. While many call for more education and more support for trans teens The Artist D says it’s not that simple and other things will be required to stop people from ending their lives.

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Calls from the Bone Garden

| Dec 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

You can always count on The Artist D to provide a counter viewpoint to almost anything in life. Today she lines up opposite the cheery, happy and bright universe to praise rainy days and dreary nights. But don’t assume it’s just doom and gloom. There’s a little gleam of light poking out a bit from behind the dark clouds. Give it and read and learn just what it is.

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True Happiness on Holiday

| Nov 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Can trans people really go home for the holidays? They can but do they then limit themselves to the role their family insists on seeing them in? Even if they are “out” to their family do they still have to “tone it down” or be more demure? The holidays always bring stress and if a trans person’s family is just “putting up” with their trans relative can we really expect to have happy holidays? The Artist D has some advice for the approaching holiday season.

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Standing in a Line of Lesbians

| Oct 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

If you have had something for ever and it’s just a fact that you will always have it does it sometimes seem the thing you have loses its value over the years? Does something that is taken for granted and assumed to be an entitlement just become part of the background of life and nothing special? It seems that way to The Artist D who had to go to the marriage license office and found that the concept of marriage may be in the taken for granted category for straight people but gays and lesbians are giving it a shot in the arm.

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Namesake for Goodness Sake

| Sep 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Artist D comments today on the urgent need our society has to give everyone a single, “real” identity. When people ask The Artist what her “real” name is they just can’t wrap their brains around it being a single letter. Now Facebook has begun to demand “Your papers, please!” and to The Artist D that looks like there is less room for multiple identities than before. How will that affect us?

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Spirit Sucking

| Aug 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Artist D recently took a break. Fortunately for TGF she returned from her downtime in time to file her column for today. Taking a break can be anything from turning off your cell phone for a couple of hours to trekking out to a cabin in the woods for a week of quiet contemplation. Why would you do something like that? Give a read to The Artist D’s column today, Spirit Sucking.

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Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

| Jul 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

“Coming out” has become a big deal. Every day some athlete, actor or model “comes out” as this or that. You knew the trend was, well, trending, when they created a magazine about “coming out.” Today The Artist D asks what’s the big deal about coming out? D has been out since she picked up a dolly at age 3 instead of going for the bulldozer. You can’t have a deep dark secret if everyone knows. Give her post a read and see what The Artist D thinks about “coming out.”

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Mom and Pop

| Jun 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

How were you formed? Whatever you had to endure as a transgendered child it made you what you are today. Do you hide in the closet still? Are you out and proud? Your childhood experience influenced who you became. Today The Artist D talks about her childhood and how, after a long time, she can accept her history while now making adult choices.

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Books and Rainbows

| Jun 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Everyone should learn to read. That’s a given. But in The Artist D’s world it’s what you read that helps you learn who you are. How many of us struggled through the books we were supposed to read in school? The books that didn’t speak to us about things that were important to us, not to educators attempting to provide a well rounded education? That’s why The Artist D thinks the Reading Rainbow program should add some more colors. See if you concur.

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My Husband Looks Better in Lingerie

| May 5, 2014 | Comments (2)

The people we need to come along at the right time usually do. It’s no accident that the universe crossed my path with Alana Nicole Sholar and Bobbie Thompson when it did. This amazing couple has some of the most enriching nuggets of wisdom when it comes to the world of transgender. That’s probably because […]

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How to Love You

| Apr 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

As the transgender world is dug into like an Alaskan snow drift it’s revealing all sorts of things to the world. The community is opening up to a world of questions from the media. With every positive outing there is always a negative shadow lurking somewhere in some other article. I see so much negativity […]

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Labeled to Death

| Mar 10, 2014 | Comments (2)

Humans are born into a world and taught by label. A is for apple and B is for Butterfly. We grow up identifying things by which they were taught to us. O is for orange, P is for penis and Q is for queer. There are compartments for everyone and everything. The society created by […]

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The Shadow of Genderqueer

| Feb 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Just when the mainstream media is getting used to the term “transgender” and we’re able to start issuing fewer TWIT Awards to newspapers and websites for their misuse or non-use of the word The Artist D let’s us know that there’s a new word they’ll need to become familiar with. It’s lurking in the shadows now. It can be heard on college campuses and other places where nuanced reasoning crops up. What’s the word? Genderqueer.

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