Category: Body & Soul

Tranny Queer: Transgender Crayons

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

A teacher reads to her class from the Jazz Jennings’ book I Am Jazz and parents are outraged. A male student is allowed to wear dresses at school and the parents of another student remove their child from the school. If everything doesn’t comply with how people think it should be then they explode. Meanwhile the things that should create outrage are quietly ignored or swept under the rug. The Artist D! has a few words this month about the oppression of kids that comes from their parent’s expectations. And then there’s the outrage over those different colored crayons. . . .

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A Short Dark Story About Transkid “Desistance”

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

A gender clinic in Canada was diagnosing children as transgender and then subjecting them to “reparative” therapy. The clinic claimed that their therapy was effective in getting eighty percent of the children to stop acting out trans behavior. There was only one major flaw in their data (along with several small flaws). The majority of the children were not transgender. Dr. Dana Bevan looks at the studies based on data from the now-closed clinic and shows why it was wrong and how it has been used to dismiss the accepted fact that being trans is something you are born with.

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Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

Cate O’Malley, with a hurricane looming on her doorstep, took the time to send us a blog for today’s New Content. In it she talks about the heroes of the trans community who have put themselves out there and advocated for change in an effort to make all trans people’s lives better. She also talks about the new trans activists who are making their voices heard. She believes that now is the time to fight harder to hold on to the gains we have made in recent years. The political climate has grown colder for trans people and we are under constant attack from right wing religious organizations that want us to disappear from the face of the Earth. See what Cate recommends that you can do to make things a bit better.

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Thinking as a Woman

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

Brielle is one of our newest bloggers and she is at the beginning of transition. In her first 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 tells us about her relationship with a girl named Amber and how while she enjoyed the intimacy they shared there was a conflict inside her due to the body she wore.

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I Didn’t Ask For This

| Sep 4, 2017 | Comments (10)

Sophie Lynne has gotten a raw deal. She is separated from her family. She works a low paying retail job that barely lets her cover the rent. She is college educated, intelligent, and capable. But she’s also a trans woman. Conservatives attack trans people with allegations that they are mentally ill or just acting out to cause trouble. That’s not true. Being trans is not a choice. Sophie only had one choice; she could either live as a trans woman in a low paying job with all the problems that go along with that, or she could end it all. She shouldn’t have to consider that choice because she didn’t ask for any of this.

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Thoughts on Fall

| Sep 4, 2017 | Comments (0)

Fall is a time of year that holds special meaning for TGF contributor Amanda F. Steele. Much of her life has seen the arrival of big changes along with the cooler weather. Today Amanda reminisces on all the things that changed throughout her life when the summer season slid into fall.

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Hermosa Transformación

| Sep 4, 2017 | Comments (0)

Today our correspondent in Columbia blogs about the wonder and joy of the transformation brought about by the artful use of cosmetics. The power of eye makeup to enhance the feminine and the use of foundation to hide masculine beard shadow, while taken for granted by girls who have been using it for years, can be amazing to those who first step into the world of feminine presentation. Remember that first look in the mirror when you saw “her”? Katherine Diaz takes you back. In español, of course.

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Passing Thoughts

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (3)

Today M is happy to let everyone know that she/he/they has a job. Their first real job, working as a cashier in a casual dining spot. And being aware of her differences M wonders what the many customers she interacts with during a shift think about her. She can only tell if they have made a judgement about her gender by what they say. Since M is gender fluid they can be presenting anywhere on the binary or in-between. See how M feels about “passing”with co-workers and customers in today’s blog post.

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Spiritually Speaking: God Made Us This Way

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (3)

Today we introduce a new contributor to TGForum. Tommie Smith will blog for us on matters of a spiritual and religious nature as they relate to members of the trans community. She begins her blog with us by sharing her views on organized religion and how it affects our culture and what that in turn does to those who are viewed as outsiders. Many of our Christian sects, despite no specific language in the Bible, condemn LGBT people as immoral or mentally ill. Tommie shares her point of view on how to avoid feeling that you are “not right” when they judge.

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Transgender May Be Forever

| Aug 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

When “scientific studies” present conclusions about the nature or occurrence of transgenderism our resident scientist Dr. Dana J. Bevan digs into the data and takes a closer look at the numbers. Recently conservatives have based their opposition to treating trans children by giving them hormone blockers and letting them express their true gender by saying that there is no evidence that trans children won’t “grow out of it.” They base this assertion on “clinical data” from psychiatric gender clinics. Dr. Bevan examines that clinical data and comes to a different conclusion.

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Amanda’s Road Trip Reunion

| Aug 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

We catch up with Amanda on day two of her road trip to meet up in the middle of the country with her mom and younger brother. Rolling down the highway gives a person a lot of time to think about where they are on the road of life. Amanda’s trip is not exception. Amanda and her family haven’t been together for several years and now they will be together for several days as they visit places they saw on a trip in 1982. How will things go? Read on and see what happens on Amanda’s road reunion.

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Proud To Have Served

| Aug 14, 2017 | Comments (2)

In 1968 Cate O’Malley enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. While she was not “out” as a trans woman she volunteered to join the military and serve our country. Now she finds herself decades later being told that she and her trans brothers and sisters are not wanted in the United State armed forces. She has some words for our Commander-in-Chief in her blog post today.

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Thinking as a Woman

| Aug 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

Our newest contributor continues her story this week. 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 tells about her 20s and her post begins with her time spent in a mental institution after overdosing on drugs she was taking to stop her pain.

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Kimberly Pauses to Reflect

| Aug 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

Kimberly is living in both worlds. She spends time expressing a male identity and time spent expressing her female identity. While she is not comfortable being seen as male she has not fully accepted the idea of permanent transition. Today she pause in her adventure and ponders what path to choose. Give up being a part time woman or continue as she has been, shifting gender to suit circumstances.

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Rally Speech

| Aug 7, 2017 | Comments (0)

On Saturday, August 5, 2017 Sophie was asked to speak at a rally against hate toward trans people. Today she shares the text of the speech she delivered that day. We at TGForum say, well done Sophie.

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Princesas de la Noche – Compartiendo Entre Amigas

| Aug 7, 2017 | Comments (0)

Katherine Diaz writes to us from Bogota, Columbia. Being trans there is much the same as it is everywhere. Today her video contains some of her friends from around the world and in her blog she gives some tips on how to be successful as a woman.

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6 Tips On Creating a Trans Friendly Environment

| Aug 7, 2017 | Comments (0)

(Philadelphia, PA) “Transgender people want to be treated “normally” just like other people – the key word is respect,” says transgender surgery pioneer, Dr. Sherman Leis. As people head back to school and work from summer activities, Dr. Leis, founder of The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, offers some valuable tips on enhancing a work […]

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I Hate My Voice on the Phone

| Jul 31, 2017 | Comments (0)

Our voice therapist blogs today on more techniques for voice modification from male to female with emphasis on how to sound like your true gender on the telephone. Without the visual clues to let people know you are female you have to take extra care when using your voice over the phone. Marc Mitnick writes about how to overcome your own misgivings about how you sound and gives pointers for improving your femme telephone voice.

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M Has 3 Girlfriends. They’re Polyamorus

| Jul 31, 2017 | Comments (0)

Last TGF added a new contributor who brings a youthful voice. Seventeen year old M is gender queer, trending to the feminine and preferring pronouns such as “she” and “her.” She introduced herself in her first post and discussed her gender identity. Today she talks about her romantic relationship with three other young women. They are all part of a polyamorus relationship. As M points out, that is nothing like the polygamists you see on television reality shows. Read her post and see what it’s really like.

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Tranny Queer, Genderless Identification

| Jul 24, 2017 | Comments (1)

Could The Artist D be a reincarnated female unicorn from the planet Zoltar? Anything is possible. An example? In Oregon and the District of Columbia you can get a driver’s license with no gender designation. You can be a neutral person. Today The Artist D discusses that from a few different angles. She asks questions ranging from why does the government need to put what’s between your legs on your driver’s license, to does a neutral sex designation make any sense? See what you conclude after reading The Artist D’s post.

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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 (3)

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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