Category: Body & Soul

How are the Non-Transsexual Transgender People Faring?

| May 22, 2017 | Comments (8)

A non-transsexual transgender person is someone who leads a double life, presenting as their birth gender for much of the time but expressing their “secret” gender whenever they can. Statistics tell us that there are at least 10 times more non-transsexual transgender people (non-TS TG) than transsexuals so today Dana Bevan talks about the issues faced by the non-TS TG and discusses ways to offer support that addresses those issues.

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Early Days: Stepping Out En Femme

| May 22, 2017 | Comments (2)

Kim’s Adventure Time today focuses on when she had just decided that she needed to do more than dress up in the privacy of her own home. She needed to get out into the wide world. But not too much of the wide world. While she took small steps to begin with, going out very, very early in the morning to limit the number of people she might meet, she always wore high heels.

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Pushing the Boundaries

| May 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

Once a year Christine Burr takes a totally femme vacation. In years past she has used hotels and rental apartments for short stays. This year she felt like pushing her boundaries and spent almost two months traveling and living en femme. In order to shave expenses she decided to stay in people’s homes, booking accommodations through AirBnB. The company has a no-discrimination policy but how did it all work out? What did people think when Christine knocked on their door?

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Retro Rerun: Tap Into Your Feminine Energy

| May 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

Most of the time our Retro Reruns come from TGForum’s archives but this particular re-run comes from LadyLike magazine, Volume #35, published in1998. JoAnn Roberts was the publisher and I was the editor. As editor I got to write an editorial for each issue. Hopefully people found the topics useful. While taking a look at the Digital Transgender Archive I found this issue and decided to bring back the editorial. I think it can still be useful to crossdressers in 2017 so here it comes again.

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Bad Day? Turtle!

| May 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sophie Lynne is happy to be living her truth but along with that happiness comes a burden delivered by people who misgender her, people who excoriate her on social media, and disrespect her in many forms, ranging from telling her she needs “professional help” to attacks from social media “friends” who denigrate her politics. How does Sophie react to all this? She is working to stop it. She has decided to “go turtle.” Withdrawing from social media, disengaging from organizations of which she is a member, and taking comfort in her shell may be the solution.

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Sir, why are your toenails metallic pink?

| May 15, 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. Today Proja tells you how a medical emergency had her worrying about how the hospital staff would react to her black pantyhose and pink toe polish.

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State of Amanda Address 2017

| May 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

In keeping with government protocol, in particular the practice of giving an official speech to inform the masses about the state of our union, Amanda takes this blog post to make her State of Amanda Address 2017. What will the pundits make of her praise for the automobile culture of California? What will they say about her experiencing a decrease in anxiety? How will Hannity react to her fifty cent raise? What will 50 Cent say? The state of our Amanda is strong. But let her till you in her State of Amanda Address 2017.

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Princesas de la noche — Parte de mi historia

| May 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Katherine Diaz writes about the attention that trans women in Bogota receive from the male population. Some see trans women as more willing to give a man pleasure if he plies her with compliments on her beauty and femininity. But Katherine is a strong woman who doesn’t fall for their flattery. Unless she wants to. Take another walk on the wild side in Columbia with the Princesas de la noche.

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Ask Mistress Samantha

| May 15, 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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What is Vocal Feminization Surgery?

| May 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

Today speech therapist Marc Mitnick discusses throat surgery to raise vocal pitch and achieve a feminine voice. For some it is a last resort after vocal exercises fail to produce the desired result. There are different types of procedures that change pitch by shortening or thinning the vocal cords. Marc takes a look at two procedures.

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Part 4: It had to happen. . . .

| May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

A group of crossdressing “girls” have banded together to rent an apartment where they can store their femme attire and accessories, keeping their “secret lives” hidden from their spouses. With their “sacred sanctuary” as a place to gather and dress en femme the group has established a regular “girl’s night out” on Fridays. One Friday night the worst thing possible happens: one of the ladies is suddenly stricken with debilitating pain. The only thing for the crossdressed crew to do it take her to the hospital. Where there will be questions to answer.

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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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Part 3: It had to happen. . . .

| Apr 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

A group of crossdressing “girls” have banded together to rent an apartment where they can store their femme attire and accessories, keeping their “secret lives” hidden from their spouses. With their “sacred sanctuary” as a place to gather and dress en femme the group has established a regular “girl’s night out” on Fridays. One Friday night one of the girls didn’t seem to be her usual self. After dinner she collapsed in pain. The only thing to do was take her to the hospital. But how will that go when everyone is dressed as a woman?

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Grouse Alert! Questions I will Not Answer

| Apr 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

For a long time Cate O’Malley tried to be a good trans person and educate the unenlightened about trans issues. She would answer their questions, even the awkward ones, in hopes that she was helping to spread awareness of what life for trans people was like, and hopefully, make some other trans people’s lives easier. But after awhile the questions started to get tedious. Especially the core group of questions she just will not answer anymore.

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Kim’s Adventure Time

| Apr 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

Kimberly is our newest full time contributor. Today she continues to introduce herself to TGF users with some more background on herself. She tells us about her first memory of wanting to wear girl’s clothes, and when she first realized, years later, that she was a woman. Check out the second edition of Kim’s Adventure Time.

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Why I Love “Queer”

| Apr 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

There is a spectrum of sexual orientation, and a spectrum of gender identification. Finding your spot on them is important to some people. To other’s where they fit doesn’t matter so much. TWe have tons of words describing different gender expression and more words describing varying sexual preferences. Things can get confusing for those looking for a label that defines who they are. Today we bring you a post from a guest contributor, Elron Steele, and you will learn why he prefers to just tell people he is queer.

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Holiday Memories

| Apr 17, 2017 | Comments (1)

Holiday times are when Amanda takes out her memories of past adventures and relives them. Today she tells us about some of the good times, en femme and totally feeling it that she had in the ’90s. Sadly the photos of the early days of that trip to the mall, after the meticulous planning and attention to every detail, were lost in a purge. But the memories are still available and Amanda has some photos from the 2000s that you’ll want to see.

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Princesas de la noche – Aliada Nocturna

| Apr 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

Our correspondent from Columbia posts another video and tells a tale of the wonder of the night. En español, Katherine Diaz takes you on a journey through the exotic night time world of Bogota. Join her for Aliada Nocturna.

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Before/After

| Apr 17, 2017 | Comments (1)

It’s been over three years since Sophie’s friend Lisa committed suicide. Everyday Sophie is left wondering why, and if she could have done anything, if only she had seen the signs. Lisa removed herself from the world and left Sophie behind. How did Lisa affect Sophie’s life? Before her ultimate act Lisa and Sophie were sisters. They were living their truth together. After she was gone the effect she had on Sophie, and others, before and after her suicide, linger on. Today Sophie talks a bit about before and after.

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Trans books that changed my life: The Basics

| Apr 10, 2017 | Comments (1)

Today Sophie Lynne takes on a new role at TGForum. After featuring her personal story blog for several years we’ve talked her in to taking on a new role as our book reviewer and commentator. She is now the Page Pundit. Today she discusses several books that helped to change her life.

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Voice Treatment for MtF Trans Individuals

| Apr 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

Achieving a natural sounding feminine voice when you’ve been talking like a guy since puberty may take some work. Like anything worthwhile you have to put out some effort to achieve results. Today speech therapist Marc Mitnick gives you a homework assignment. Music may be the key to raising your voice to the proper pitch and Marc shows you a couple of simple musical exercises that will help you toward your goal.

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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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The Occasional Woman

| Mar 27, 2017 | Comments (1)

Some members of the trans community, especially on the crossdressing end of the spectrum, love to dress sexy, or some would say slutty. That causes a bit of conflict with those who feel all trans folk should blend in with other ladies of their age in their surroundings. To be tastefully dressed and attractive as a woman is what they feel the goal to be. Today The Occasional Woman looks at the fashion mistakes a girl can make and cautions against them. This is not to say that you shouldn’t ever wear that extreme mini with those ten inch platform pumps. Just think a bit about the impression you intend to make on your audience. If you’re hoping to hear “Look at that sexy slut” then go for it. If you want advice on being sultry while sedate give this post a read.

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Will she be remembered?

| Mar 27, 2017 | Comments (7)

Due to the nature of the trans/crossdressing community over the past few decades people often don’t learn that a friend from their crossdressing life has passed away — one day they stop seeing their friend at the usual places, the local TG-friendly club, or at the annual crossdresser weekend getaway. Many in the community separate their two lives and never reveal their male self to their female self’s friends. Today Cate O’Malley talks about a trans friend who passed away. Cate was fortunate to learn of her passing and attended the funeral — only to find a strange man’s body in the casket.

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Kim’s Adventure Time

| Mar 27, 2017 | Comments (0)

Meet our newest contributor, Kim. Today she tells you her “origin story.” All about when she first felt that she wasn’t like the other boys, and later in life when she began to realize she might have never been a boy. Today’s introductory episode of Kim’s Adventure Time tells her early life story and many readers will find it familiar. Get to know her in her introductory blog.Give it a read and use the comment area (after logging in) to welcome Kim as a TGForum contributor!

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Today Was a Good Day

| Mar 20, 2017 | Comments (1)

California is a big state and there are parts of it, like San Francisco, that sound like the perfect place to be for a trans person. The city itself has benefits for trans employees, there is a tolerant attitude toward trans people and anti-discrimination laws to protect trans people’s rights. But it’s also expensive to live there these days. Our Amanda has been living 50 miles east of the city and out her way things are not so great. On St. Patrick’s Day she decided to take a ride in her new car and for once she experienced a good day. She took some photos to show why it was so good for her soul.

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