Category: Body & Soul

Transgender Definitions

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (11)

Here at TGForum we have always used the word “transgender” as a term that covers all “trans” activity from fetishistic crossdressers enjoying lingerie in the privacy of their own homes to trans women, fully transitioned and making their mark on the world. Between those two extremes is a broad spectrum of behaviors, identities, and gender expression. To help sort things out and provide some definitions to terms that have come into use over the years Dr. Dana Bevan has written an informative post on Transgender Definitions.

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Brielle’s Story — Thinking as a Woman

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (2)

After hiding her female identity through grade school Brielle met a boy in high school who liked her for herself. She could be a girl with him and they could go on dates and do the things that a boy and a girl are inclined to do. But being open about her gender also made her the target of school bullies who never need much of a trigger to attack. Seeing a fellow student they recognized as male wearing makeup and feminine clothing was more than enough to attract their bad intentions. Once again depression took hold of Brielle. And perhaps the treatment was worse than the condition.

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R.I.P.

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

Humans have a great capacity to slide into a life rhythm and make themselves believe that things will always be the same. No change day after day. So things that should be said get put off and go unsaid. Past abuses are swept into the dark closets of the mind and forgotten. Except they are always there. But confrontation over the evils of the past can’t happen when the abuser has left the land of the living. Porja was the victim of a father who worked hard, with beatings and lectures, to make her into a man. A futile task that only brought her pain. Her father recently passed away. Porja examines her feelings about this sudden change in the rhythm of her life.

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Kim’s Adventure Time — Continued Change

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

Kimberly pauses in her adventure to reflect on things that might have been. Lack of knowledge can keep a person captive and that’s what happened when she was young. Not knowing her dream was possible set her on a different path than the one she followed.

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Sophie at the GLAAD Media Awards

| Jul 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sophie’s friend, author and columnist Jennifer Finney Boylan, contacted her back in May and asked if she would like a ticket to attend the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City. At first Sophie was upset because she was scheduled to work the day of the event. But her boss, being a good boss, realized that this was a special moment and gave her the day off. Today Sophie writes about her adventure, the people she met, and how the experience changed her.

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Las Princesas de la Noche – Interes por lo Desconocido

| Jul 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

Katherine Diaz gives her opinion on straight men who want to be with trans women. En Español, of course. Katherine feels that men who find trans women attractive are not, as society may cast them, pursuing trans women with male genitalia as a way to experience homosexual acts without going to bed with a masculine person. She feels that they appreciate a trans woman’s body and feminine sexuality, and that trans lovers know what a man finds most pleasurable.

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Ask Mistress Samantha

| Jul 10, 2017 | Comments (4)

Mistress Samantha answers a question from a man who finds himself massively attracted to his two sexy room mate’s lingerie. So much so that he wears lingerie he has purchased during the times that his roomies are out of the apartment. He questions why he feels this way and what it all means. Mistress Samantha fills him in on what’s going on.

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Hello TG Forum! Meet 17-year-old M

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (7)

Today we introduce a new voice to TGForum. Meet M, a 17-year-old who identifies as genderfluid. M came out as such to classmates and staff in the ninth grade. She brings a younger voice to TGForum and has benefitted from all the work done by trans activists before she was born. Her perspective is much different from that of a 60-year-old who stayed in the closet till they were 50. We look forward to her contributions from her point of view for many years to come. Thanks to Sophie Lynne who met M and told is about her.

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Voice Modification: Pitch

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

It isn’t just in baseball that pitch matters. It’s very important that a trans person can deliver their verbal communication in a pitch that matches their gender presentation. And if you are a trans woman with a low pitched voice are you doomed to be called “sir” whenever you speak? Not necessarily. Today voice therapist Marc Mitnick talks about the pitch difference between male and female voices. Turns out it’s only half an octave difference.

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Tranny Queer, Dysphoric as Fudge

| Jun 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Artist D talks about understanding gender dysphoria in two ways. She/he has always felt like a gender outlaw and can present in either gender or none without being bothered by the shape of their genitals. But The Artist D had issues with body image regarding fat. No matter how thin she/he was they always saw themselves as to fat. The longing to be thin gave them some idea of the effect of gender dysphoria and that was enforced when they were around someone everyday who suffered with gender dysphoria.

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Hello, My Name is Linda: Part 4

| Jun 26, 2017 | Comments (4)

Linda continues her series on her meetings with the support group, Bracoholics Anonymous. This group is primarily composed of crossdressers but also contains a few men who only dress in lingerie under their male attire. The bracoholics focus mainly on the joy of wearing a pretty bra and like many of their members Linda was first attracted to that particular garment. In today’s post she reports on things she learned from other members of the group.

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Jeffrey Marsh — The Poster Boy for Being Queer

| Jun 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

Jeffrey Marsh is a gender fluid, gender queer trans activist, writer, and all around nice person. Jeffrey is know as the anti-bully. Jeffrey’s book How To Be You was published in August of 2106. In April of 2017 Jeffrey gave a TEDx Talk on gender identity. It begins with Jeffrey telling the audience that they got an apology from their father for his treatment of them. If you have a gender fluid or queer identity watch this TEDx Talk.

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The Occasional Woman: Undergarments

| Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

Wearing women’s clothing is something you have to teach yourself if you want to look comfortable and poised in a dress or separates. Even the best coordinated outfit, when you’ve done your best to match your shoes and handbag to the color of the tiny blue flowers in your floral print dress, will not look as nice as it should if you don’t have the proper foundation garments doing their job underneath your dress. Today Lorraine Anderson brings undergarments out into the open and gives you some ideas on what to wear.

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Choice

| Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (1)

Get your notebooks out and prepare to pay attention. Dr. Dana Bevan’s lecture today is all about the science of choice. Some people say that transgender individuals choose to be trans. Trans people say that being trans is not a choice. If it was a choice many say it is not a choice they would make since being trans can bring so much stress and so many problems. So what does the science say? Today Dana writes about choice and touches both scientific and philosophical views on whether or not we consciously chose anything, at all.

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(Some) Men Are Pigs!

| Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (2)

R.e.s.p.e.c.t., that’s what Cate O’Malley is talking about. Why can some men be such jerks online? Cate has had far too many online interactions with men who think every girl wants to see a photo of their manhood as soon as she responds to their first email. Cate has a way to deal with the pushy guys and she talks about it in her blog today.

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Kimberly’s Adventure Time

| Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

Kimberly has been blogging about her journey into womanhood. In her past posts she has written about how she came to realize that she was transgender, and how she started to explore her local area early in the morning. She would dress like a lady on the way to her office and stop in at stores that were open very early so she could interact with some people in her true gender. What goes with early mornings? Breakfast, of course. Today Kimberly writes about what happened when she started having breakfast at Denny’s.

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Thinking as a Woman

| Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

A new contributor joins TGForum today. Her name is Brielle and she is at the beginning of transition. In her first four blogs she will tell you about how she came to the point in her life when she had to begin that transition. She has lived through a lot and shares all the details of her story, holding nothing back. Today she starts at the beginning and covers childhood through her teen years.

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Seventeen

| Jun 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sophie is concerned that her generation of trans people has not succeeded in clearing the way for the younger generations of trans people. Progress was being made and recognition and respect was being earned and then a change of administration shifted the federal stance on transgender right from positive to negative. Sophie writes about two encounters she had while at work that demonstrate the success of the work that has been done and the need for continued work.

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Pink Toenails in The Hospital — Part 2

| Jun 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

We all have our dress up routines. Some always “under dress” in lingerie and hose while they present a masculine image to the world. Other’s prefer to dress up all the way and go out for special femme days, or just stay home and take selfies to post on Facebook. While under dressing can give a crossdresser the connection to the world of femininity that they find pleasurable, there are dangers when your usual routine is suddenly interrupted. In Part 1 Porja told you how a medical emergency landed her in the ER while under dressing in lace panties and hose. Today the startling consequences.

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California Dreamin’?

| Jun 12, 2017 | Comments (4)

Amanda has been a travelin’ woman and seen much of the USA. Before she arrived in California’s Bay Area she saw an awful lot of the east coast and made her way through places in the heartland. Now, after being in the San Francisco area for more than two years she compares what she has found there with places she has visited previously. You could say she finds California lacking in a few important areas.

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Princesas de la Noche — Recorrido Urbado

| Jun 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

Katherine Diaz’s travels through her city en femme have given her a different perspective. Perhaps she is more attuned to the presence of art in her city when she sees it from a feminine perspective. Whatever the reason today Katherine celebrates the murals that transform old buildings into works of art that brighten neighborhoods and have inspired muralists in other cities to create large scale art works. Of course there is a video to accompany Katherine’s blog. The blog is en español. Use Google translate to read it in English.

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Ask Mistress Samantha

| Jun 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

Mistress Samantha is a Lifestyle Mistress who has been actively involved in the Transgender/Crossdressing Community for almost twenty years. She started a successful Adult Phone Service over eighteen years ago. Since then, she’s personally advised, guided and fantasized with literally thousands of members of the Crossdressing, Transsexual, and Sissy Communities. In her TGF column, Ask Mistress Samantha, she answers your personal questions.

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Hello, My Name is Linda: Part 3

| Jun 5, 2017 | Comments (0)

Linda continues her story about her interaction with the group ‘Bracoholics Anonymous’ which, as the name suggests is a help group for men coming to terms with their attraction to brassieres. This time she shares a story of how the bracoholics are not be as invisible to others as they may think.

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How Does a Speech Pathologist Modify Your Voice MtF?

| Jun 5, 2017 | Comments (0)

Marc Mitnick is a speech therapist who helps male to female trans people develop a feminine voice. Today Marc outlines in general what a speech therapist will do to help a client modify their voice and communication style to make the way the talk more feminine.

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Tranny Queer, I’m a Man, Baby

| May 29, 2017 | Comments (0)

You’ve never met someone like The Artist D. It’s just a fact. The Artist D has always been different. When The Who sang “Who are you? Woo hoo hoo hoo hoo” The Artist D said “I’m me!” When The Artist D was young she was convinced she was a she. Now in his thirties he identifies as a he. Is this odd? You bet, because you’re dealing with The Artist D. And it’s not some whim. It could be evolution or maturation. Whatever it is read on and meet the latest version of The Artist D.

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Help? Yes But Please Don’t Take Away My Stress!

| May 29, 2017 | Comments (2)

Today Linda reacts to a recent TGForum column in which the writer proposed steps to help ‘non-transsexual transgender’ people to reduce their stress. It turns out that Linda, a self described “closeted crossdresser” loves the stress. As she has gotten older it has become harder to get that adrenaline thrill she used to get from simple things like wearing a bra. Linda is seeking new challenges that create the stress she loves, so please don’t try to take away her stress.

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