Category: Community News

The Week In Trans 2/12/18

| Feb 12, 2018 | Comments (0)

It’s The Week In Trans time! Today we learn that around 40 trans candidates have filed to run for office. The DOJ is switching positions in the trans military ban lawsuit. A former admiral defends keeping trans soldiers in the military. A Swedish trans girl is Sweden’s “Transgender of the Year.” The Bar Association passes a resolution urging support for Title VII. A trans woman is dancing the samba in Rio De Janeiro’s Carnival. Canadian trans women find that they earn one third less than men. Trans kids don’t get good healthcare and more kids are declaring they are trans or nonconforming. Researchers at Mt. Sinai have a way for trans women to nurse their babies. Desmond Is Amazing walked the runway for Fashion Week. There’s all that and a lot more, plus several TWIT Awards, waiting for your attention in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans February 5, 2018

| Feb 5, 2018 | Comments (0)

Good morning campers! It’s time to roll out of your bunk and read The Week In Trans! Today’s TWIT informs us that some members of Congress escorted trans military people to the State if the Union. Ten federal judges have ruled against the trans military ban but the RNC endorses it. Coca Cola wants to sell their fluid to the gender fluid. HHS let’s doctors refuse to treat you because their religion says you’re bad. Trans mayor Jess Herbst runs for reelection. Bathroom bills are introduced but move slowly. Candis Cayne will appear on Grey’s Anatomy. April Ashley wins an award. Courtney Act wins on a reality show. All that and plenty more is waiting for you, alone with a few TWIT Awards, in this edition of TWIT!

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Trans in Entertainment News — Trans Media Arts

| Feb 5, 2018 | Comments (0)

Trans people in entertainment, whether actors, characters, writers, musicians or dancers, are Amanda F. Steele’s beat. She keeps you up to date on who’s doing what in the trans community of arts and entertainment. Today she writes about the controversy between Rose McGowen and trans women. She fills you in on Candis Cayne’s role on Grey’s Anatomy; comments on a film featuring a trans woman that’s up for an Oscar, and has some other tasty tidbits of show biz buzz to keep you entertained and informed.

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The Week In Trans 1/29/18

| Jan 29, 2018 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that the Hasty Pudding theater troupe at Harvard will allow women to perform. A Harris Poll says more people are expressing discomfort with LGBT people. Court rulings, motions and decisions. Hate crimes are up by 85%. Trans Oscar nominations! The Church of England welcomes trans parishioners, but not too much. Abercrombie & Fitch introduces a line of gender-neutral clothes. Rep. Joseph Kennedy will escort a trans soldier to the State of the Union. A study shows kids are more flexible about gender. Russia will allow trans people to legally change gender. A trans woman competes in a beautiful butt contest in Brazil. There’s all that plus much more, and several TWIT Awards will be presented. Don’t miss your TWIT!

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iLaria Bordignon — Trans Business Woman and Lingerie Designer

| Jan 29, 2018 | Comments (0)

Beverly Anne Thomas interviews lingerie designer and guiding force behind the lingerie company Carezza-Intima, iLaria Bodignon. Ms. Bodignon is a trans woman originally from Italy who is now based in Los Angeles where she designs and produces sensual lingerie for all women. One of her lines is expressly for trans women. Beverly asks her about such topics as her early life, her spirituality, her sensuality and he business. Don’t miss out on meeting iLaria and learning more about her line of sensual lingerie.

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Chelsea Manning and New Jersey Trans Politics Progress

| Jan 29, 2018 | Comments (0)

Babs Casbar Siperstein, our political correspondent shares some thoughts on Chelsea Manning’s big to compete in the primary for Maryland’s senate seat. Then she updates you on the progress on trans issues being made in New Jersey now that their unpopular governor has left office and been replaced with a Democrat.

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The Week In Trans 1/22/18

| Jan 22, 2018 | Comments (0)

On the twenty second day of the first month of 2018 we bring you all the trans news in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Paris Lees talks about her inclusion in British Vogue. We have news of the Trump administration’s attempts to infringe LGBTQ rights. Last year’s Women’s March inspired a trans woman to run for city council, and she won. One third of all trans people surveyed in Britain have experienced hate crimes in the past year. Eddie Izzard lost an election for the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee. The National Health Service in Britain promised a gender clinic in Wales but so far none has appeared. A drag queen Shabbat? An Australian sex worker is convicted of spreading AIDS. The New Zealand census won’t include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity because of “silly” answers. There’s all that and much more, along with several TWIT Awards. To keep you abreast of all the trans news, don’t forget your TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 1/15/18

| Jan 15, 2018 | Comments (0)

What time is it? Time for The Week In Trans! Chelsea Manning wants to be the Democratic candidate for Maryland’s Senate seat. A Wisconsin school district has settled with a trans student who was denied the use of the boys’ room. The Supreme Court won’t hear a case against a Mississippi law allowing professionals to refuse services to LGBT people. Danica Roem is sworn in. The founder of two trans pageants is killed by her husband. Trans youth will have a float in the Sydney Mardi Gras parade. First trans prom queen in Britain is viciously trolled. Brit network ITV produces a documentary on trans people. People complain that Jinkx Monsoon took a role from cisgender females. Drag Race alum Adore Delano is sued. A newspaper editor is fired for Twitter comments about trans people. A trans woman appears on the cover of German Playboy. A South American store is busted for selling a “transgender doll.” Fifty makeup tips! Toyota uses drag queens in their ads on British TV. There’s all that and a ton more, along with a plethora of TWIT Awards!

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The Week In Trans 1/8/18

| Jan 8, 2018 | Comments (0)

It’s time for New Content on TGForum.com! First we present The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Paris Lees is the first trans woman featured in British Vogue. Housing rules for trans prisoners may be changing for the worst. There are five trans candidates running in the Democratic primaries in Texas. A car dealership “outed” a trans employee and a judge does not buy their defense. Trans people are now enlisting. A former drag performer is now a trans preacher. The book “Fire And Fury” says President Trump had no basis for his trans military ban. Scotland is working on a Gender Recognition Act similar to Ireland’s. A Spanish drag queen caused controversy by appearing in an Epiphany parade in Madrid. A speech clinic working with trans people in Utah is over booked. RuPaul is a Funko figurine. NYC drag kid Desmond is Amazing wants to create a “house” for drag kids. A Native American drag queen who lost 500 pounds has a remake of a Sylvester song charting in Billboard. There’s all that and plenty more in this edition of TWIT! Plus a few well deserved TWIT Awards!

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Trans Arts & Entertainment — Trans Media Arts

| Jan 8, 2018 | Comments (0)

While TWIT is all the trans related news, TMA is all the news about transgender people in the arts and entertainment. Today Amanda F. Steele writes about the backlash comic Dave Chapelle is getting on his trans jokes. She also has info on the male character in the reboot of Roseanne who likes to wear girl’s clothes, and she talks about a documentary pulled from Canadian television that questions whether parents should be supportive of trans children. There’s also info on the new show featuring a host of trans characters, Pose, and word of a book of science fiction stories by transgender writers. Don’t miss any of TMA!

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The Week In Trans 1/1/18

| Jan 1, 2018 | Comments (0)

It’s a new year! We wish you and yours all the best in 2018! Now it’s time for our first TWIT of the new year! Today we learn that FX has picked up the show “Pose” which features the largest cast of trans actors in a scripted series. The DOJ has stopped fighting the enlistment of trans recruits. A trans woman who spent thousands on surgeries to look like a Bratz doll experienced an unfortunate problem. The man who stood in the way of the Texas bathroom bill is honored. Sam Smith posted drag photos on Instagram. More trans women are becoming candidates. Learn about a holiday party for trans people in Detroit. Two trans men are named male athletes of the year. Trans brain researcher Ben Barres passed away. There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards to start the new year waiting for your perusal in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 12/25/17

| Dec 25, 2017 | Comments (1)

Its The Week In Trans! Merry Christmas to one and all! Today we learn that a trans woman in Botswana will be legally female. President Trump’s Justice Department is working overtime to come up with reasons to keep trans people out of military service — but it’s not working. Judges keep blocking the ban. A report is out on the legal rights of trans people around the world. A trans woman has ridden her skateboard across the entire country — alone. A teacher in England has written books to explain transgender issues to young children. New British passports may have an X designation for gender fluid people. A trans woman in Brazil is a top female soccer star. 9-year-old queen Lactatia joins the House of Mizrahi. There’s all that and many worthy TWIT Award recipients waiting for you in this Christmas day edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 12/18/17

| Dec 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s our weekly distillation of trans-related news from around the world! It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that efforts are underway to better serve the needs of Guatemala’s indigenous trans population. A study proves that trans women in the USA are 60% more likely to have no health insurance than the general female population. A drag queen is suing the Palm Springs Hard Rock Hotel for firing her. The Trump administration bans 7 words. Danica Roem got the job, now can she deliver on her campaign promise? A woman in Texas is the 26th trans woman murdered this year. Daniela Vega’s film A Fantastic Woman is nominated for a Golden Globe and may be getting an Academy Award nomination. Much trans military ban news. There’s all that and a lot more plus several TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Meet Emily Kaufman

| Dec 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Kristina Mayhem A young woman is creating positive change in Michigan. She is the first transwoman to rush sororities at The University of Michigan. It’s a journey to womanhood painted from a palette of rich colors and beautiful hues. Emily Kaufman spent extra time preparing for her big day. She was representing transpeople and […]

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The Week In Trans 12/11/17

| Dec 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that model Lea T has been incorporated into an old master’s painting. The Pentagon is hoping to allow trans recruits by January 1. A teen in Ohio has sued his parents over transitioning to male. A trans woman in DC went from the thug life to the retail life when she transitioned. A 22-year-old trans woman runs for office in Rhode Island. Jeffrey Tambor may not be leaving Transparent after all. Meanwhile trans actors are being cast more often on television shows. Tinder is swiping left on trans people. Turkish trans people can change their ID without surgery. New drag performers are going beyond the bounds of lip sync glam. There’s all that plus a lot more and a few TWIT Awards to round it all out in this edition of TWIT!

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David de Alba’s Partner Has Passed Away

| Dec 11, 2017 | Comments (2)

We were sorry to learn that David de Alba’s partner Paul Ryner passed away on Sunday. He was taken from David’s side by a sudden heart attack. David and Paul had been together since 1970 and Paul was a avid supporter of David’s female impersonation career. Those who wish to offer their condolences to David […]

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The Week In Trans 12/4/17

| Dec 4, 2017 | Comments (0)

What do we call our condensed selection of news from the world of trans? The Week In Trans! Today we learn that India is set to legislate trans rights but the trans community is not happy. The judge who issued a stay on the military trans ban issues clarification. The Trump administration may still maneuver around the stay. Australia’s courts have stopped regulating HRT for minors. Model and student Hunter Schafer will be featured in Teen Vogue being interviewed by Hillary Clinton. Japan will begin to cover gender reconstruction surgery. A Maryland family ends a lawsuit against their school district’s trans inclusive policies due to community pressure. Advocates say it is important that trans people sign up for coverage under the ACA. There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Fight Back and Prepare for 2018

| Dec 4, 2017 | Comments (0)

Our resident political maven, Babs Casbar Siperstein, feels that the Trump administration has demonstrated that while the president-elect promised to support LGBT rights the president in office is doing all he can to diminish those rights. The administration is aided and abetted in this by Republican legislatures at the state level. But, there are signs of resistance and movement by the left to make a strong stand for candidates that advocate for everyone’s rights and will support LGBT people. Babs lists those who won seats in the recent election and projects what needs to be done to win in future contests.

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Obituary: Merissa Sherrill Lynn, 1942-2017

| Dec 4, 2017 | Comments (0)

Merissa Sherrill Lynn, 1942-2017 Merissa Sherrill Lynn was born in Exeter and lived in North Hampton, New Hampshire. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1971 with a BA in Philosophy. She entered the United States Army in 1961 and served with a Ranger Battalion in Germany from 1961-1963. She was honorably discharged […]

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The Week In Trans 11/27/17

| Nov 27, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Demi Lovato took a special guest to the AMA red carpet. Court orders are popping up to block the military trans ban. Hari Neff would rather be just a model or actress, not a trans model or actress. NJ makes it easy for student athletes to change their gender identity on documents. The Department of Education will not look for systemic discrimination against trans students. Trans men are being awarded Rhodes Scholarships. The Virginia House of Delegates may be having trouble accepting Danica Roem. A trans contestant on a Top Model show gets threatened with an acid attack. The plight of trans people in China is much the same as anywhere. A professor fired for transitioning wins her lawsuit. April Ashley wins an award. We award a few TWITs! It’s all waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 11/20/17

| Nov 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

Make way for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that another trans woman has tossed her hat into the ring to run for the Massachusetts’s House seat. Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Flawless Sabrina has passed away. The U.S. military is paying for one soldier’s GCS. A trans woman has been ordained in the Methodist Church. California has joined the lawsuit against the military ban. The DOJ will no longer issue guidance memos. Violet Chachki is modeling lingerie for a major company. Another allegation of sexual misconduct against Jeffrey Tambor. The governor of Montana wants to make it easier for people to change their legal gender. The Church of England affirms trans kids. There’s all that and much more waiting for you in TWIT! And also a few TWIT Awards!

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The Week In Trans 11/13/17

| Nov 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

Time for The Week In Trans! What’s going on in the wide world trans news? Big wins for transgender candidates in the recent election! Danica, Tyler, Andrea, Lisa, and several others won their races. Who was the first trans candidate in a state legislature? Not Danica. People’s feeling about trans issues follows political party affiliation. Louie C.K.’s behavior has lost a trans woman an acting job. British doctors will be taught the basics of caring for trans patients. Former Hasidic rabbi Abby Stein spreads the word about trans issues to the Jewish community. A cartoonist explains that it’s just not nice to ask personal questions to trans people about their private parts. TWIT Awards are also handed out to several well deserving people and publications. It’s all waiting for you right now in TWIT!

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Trans News from the world of entertainment: Trans Media Arts

| Nov 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

Today Amanda F. Steele’s Trans Media Arts features news about trans actors, and trans characters in film and television. Also drag queens on Instagram and the Top 25 Songs about gender identity. There are more than just Take a Walk on the Wild Side and Lola. There’s sexual harassment, disappointment, and word of a new TV show about the drag scene in New York City in the 1980s. Check it out!

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Benefit Performance for The Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive

| Nov 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

When it opens next year the Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive (LLTA) will house an extensive and varied collection of transgender archival materials. LLTA will make hundreds of publications, thousands of photographs, theatrical programs and recordings, now in storage, available to researchers and the public.  Currently the archive facility is in the “finishing touches” phase. The […]

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The Week In Trans 11/6/17

| Nov 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

Time for The Week In Trans! The murderer of Kedarie Johnson is found guilty. Colleges are supporting trans students. Drag queens are popping up on campus. A judge places an injunction on the military trans ban. More and more trans people are seeking public office. Hillary Clinton calls out Trump on his attacks on LGBT people. Like a fungus HB2 is back. A Canadian trans woman wins a YWCA award. Milo Yiannopolis crawls our from under a rock down under. Trans themed video and film projects. 700 Oregonians apply for nonbinary ID. Trans citizens of Weimar Germany could get a “transvestite pass” from the police. There’s all that and more, plus a number of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Henry David Halloween Ball 2017

| Nov 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

Every year Halloween impresario Henry David, a jeweler in Philadelphia, produces his amazing Halloween Ball at a downtown Philadelphia hotel. The Ball occurs on Halloween no matter what night of the week that holiday falls on. Attendance varies with weekend Balls getting near 3000 costumed revelers to between 1500 and 2000 on weeknights.  The Ball […]

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