Category: Opinion

Dina’s Diner, November 20, 2017

| Nov 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

With the cooler weather things are heating up down at Dina’s Diner. Dina always has some hot dish on the stove and you can always get a hot cup of coffee or some soothing tea. Today’s specials include an art exhibit titled “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon.” Then Dina adds the story of ’60s trans soul singer Jackie Shane. She seasons with some spice about Cindy Sherman, the selfie goddess. Stirs in the story of trans contestants on Jeopardy! and rounds it all out with praise for ladies with zaftig figures. You can get a full helping of fun down at Dina’s Diner.

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To Gender of Not to Gender? That is the Question

| Nov 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

Life is, for some, a constant reevaluation of self. For others it is a set-in-stone path that leads straight from birth to death. Our contributor M is one of those evaluating types. They had been identifying as “gender queer” or “gender fluid” and accepting feminine or masculine pronouns. After coming to an epiphany about themselves M has realized they are “agender.” What does that mean? Is it another step on their journey or have they reached a final position in their relationship to gender? In a world that demands that people pick a gender and start playing will an agender identity work? Read on and see how M came to identify as agender and what it means to them.

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Tranny Queer: Hiding within Innocence

| Nov 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Artist D! sees our society as one in which predators exist with submissive types. The predators keep moving like sharks and the submissives in their innocence wonder why they keep getting hurt. At times it seems that everyone has been a victim. The amount of surprise expressed over the number of people who responded to the “MeToo” campaign proves that bad behavior is more prevalent than people imagined. But should we equate having your butt grabbed by a drunk in a bar with a celebrity raping a 13-year-old? The Artist D! thinks we have to pick the battles that need to be fought. See if you agree.

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Legalizing Discrimination

| Nov 6, 2017 | Comments (2)

Given the political atmosphere we find ourselves living in is it any wonder that trans people have grown fearful? The last administration worked on our behalf to make sure we were given our rights. The Justice Department went to bat for trans people who were discriminated against or attacked. The military was working on letting trans soldiers serve openly. Then with one election all protections and assistance from the federal level was snuffed out. Sophie Lynne is not optimistic that she will be able to survive the Trump administration. She does have an idea of what we all need to do. She discusses that in her blog today.

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Initially Speaking: LGBTQQIAA vs. MOGII

| Nov 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

LGBT is an “initialism.” Of course LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender. But of late the initials have been added to as more identities have been recognized. At the moment we are up to “LGBTQQIAAP” which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual. That’s getting to be quite a mouth full and there are some in mental health and medical circles who want to chop the unwieldy initials back down to three to five letters. Dana Bevan doesn’t think that’s a good idea and today she explains why.

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The Transgender Rule Book

| Nov 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

After waiting fifty-plus years to transition Cate O’Malley wanted to get her hands on a trans rule book. She wanted some kind of guide as she set out on her gender journey. What she found did not seem adequate. There was the WPATH Standards of Care and Ethical Guidelines but that seemed long and complex. Not what she was looking for. Somehow she found the right path to her goal and in the process ended up following most of the WPATH guidelines. How does she new feel about the idea of a Transgender Rule Book? Read on!

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Dina’s Diner — October 23, 2017

| Oct 23, 2017 | Comments (0)

Take a seat and order a cup of coffee down at Dina’s Diner. Today the items on the menu range from tasty observations on an admiral’s wife who caught Dina’s eye, to her take on the footwear young women are sporting, a delicious report on two drag performers who are legendary, and the way that tight, short shorts can be mesmerizing. So relax and read on for the latest specials from Dina’s Diner.

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Review: The Murder Room

| Oct 23, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sophie Lynne is our Book Pundit. Her beat is to review books with transgender themes, trans characters, or books written by trans authors. Today she tackles a book titled The Murder Room. It came out in 2010 and is a murder mystery of the True Crime genre. Some of the characters featured are trans women and that’s why Sophie is reviewing it today.

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Okay… Let’s get political

| Oct 23, 2017 | Comments (1)

It takes a lot to get some folks worked up over destruction of LGBTQ rights in today’s world where atrocious rulings, policies, laws, and tweets come out of our nation’s capital on a daily basis. But our Youth View writer M is more than a bit upset about the order issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions changing the interpretation of Title VII. Sessions has instructed the DOJ that Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect LGBTQ citizens. So if your boss at the coffee house or the major corporation wants to fire you for being LGBTQ there is nothing to stop them.

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Tranny Queer: Gay Serial Killers — First Kisses

| Oct 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Artist D! continues her “Tranny Queer” series with some thoughts on just why so many people, maybe all of us, are hung up about sex. She points out that when she was young she experienced more anxiety leading up to her first kiss than she does over adult to adult sexual interaction today. And what’s up with all the serial killers who were gay? Were they so messed up over sexuality that they had to go that route to get any sexual pleasure at all? We’re not mantises. Eating your sex partner like they do is wrong!

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Sabrina Toon: Talking With Bigots

Sabrina Symington’s cartoon incarnation, Bria, is back for this month’s cartoon commentary on the state of the world regarding transgender people. In today’s toon Bria is Talking With Bigots. That saves us all from the odious task. See what Bria makes of their protestations about trans people.

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There Will Always Be Transgender People in the Military

| Oct 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

Dr. Dana Bevan discusses the reasons the administration’s ban on trans people in the military is futile. As a former member of the U.S. military Dr. Bevan knows what it was like to serve while hiding her trans nature. That’s what will occur is trans people are banned. She also talks about why letting trans personnel serve openly is a good idea and goes into just how difficult it will be for the armed services to discharge the 15-20 thousand people now serving.

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Politics: The Fight Continues

| Oct 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein reports on several developments in the areas of transgender rights. First she reports on two trans community fundraising events in New York City. Then she digs into Sessions memo reversing Obama era protections for transgender people, and tells you about a transgender health conference in New Jersey and the reaction to the Sessions memo among attendees of that event.

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How Trans Is Trans?

| Oct 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

How trans is trans? Is it necessary to “go all the way” and have hormone therapy, surgery, and legal name change to be transsexual? Kimberly Hirschel considers herself a non-operative transsexual. Some might say she is just fearful of going all the way, but Kimberly presents her case for maintaining her current status quo.

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Op-Ed: California’s “Bordello Law”

| Oct 9, 2017 | Comments (1)

Why do conservative news outlets always slam the transgender community? The Federalist routinely prints articles that portray trans people as mentally ill. They use “experts” like Paul McHugh to validate their screed against us. They, and other conservative news sites constantly take stories that describe gains for the trans community and spin them around to […]

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Princesas de la Noche — Buscando Inspiración

| Oct 2, 2017 | Comments (0)

Katherine Diaz, our correspondent from Bogota, Columbia is getting into drag performance. She is rehearsing a song to lip sync and working on her moves. When her act is ready Katherine promises she will write about her performing experience. As always Senorita Diaz presents her report from Bogota en Español. You can copy and paste her words into Google Translate to read it in other languages. And she has another video!

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Review: Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock

| Sep 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

Our Page Pundit Sophie Lynne takes a look at the latest book from trans advocate, activist, writer and editor Janet Mock. It’s title is Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me. Does Sophie feel the book teaches readers anything? She praises Janet Mock’s contributions to the continuing fight for trans rights, but as for the book. . . ? Read her review and see.

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Dina’s Diner — 9/25/17

| Sep 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

While our TWIT column scans the news for anything about members of the trans community, Dina Amberle scans the news for items she can view and comment on from the perspective of a crossdresser. This leads to some tasty confections that are as nourishing as anything. Sometime amusing but always informative. Today she mixes plastic surgery for survival with the plight of the black trans woman community, Wonder Woman’s costume, and the Afropunk trend and some spices to produce a wonderful menu for your enjoyment.

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Passing Thoughts

| Sep 25, 2017 | Comments (1)

There are times when a trans person feels that someone from the cisgender community has hurt them by using the wrong pronouns. To some extent you have to forgive binary people, if they don’t know you personally, since they don’t know what it feels like to be a blend of genders, move between gender extremes or to be un-gendered and truly androgynous. Today our gender fluid, teenage writer M talks about how confused some of the people at their new school are over their gender status. And M wonders if the gender binary is really necessary.

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Hot Look: How to Wear Tribal Prints

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

Have you seen the bold African print fashions that feature what’s known as Ankara? If you have and you’ve thought they might be fun to wear but you weren’t sure about how to successfully wear them, fear not! Our fashion maven Tasi Zuriack has advice on how to bring the Ankara prints into your wardrobe and make yourself look fabulous.

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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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Just what do I call you? Or you call me?

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (1)

Does the plethora of gender identities sometimes seem overwhelming? If it is for trans people then just imagine what the vanilla gendered population makes of it all. There’s gender non-conforming; non-binary; gender fluid’ gender queer, and that’s not to mention the load of new pronouns that have been created to use when talking about the differently gendered. “I’ll have to ask per and see what zee thinks.” Our Correspondent in Thailand, Christine Burr, would like to return sanity to the gender labelling process. Read on to get her view on the subject.

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Will That Be the Last Time I See Marie?

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

Linda meets up with a long-time friend who says she has some startling news for her. What could it be? Her friend was going to have gender confirmation surgery? But then she would still be the woman Linda liked, and, she had always identified as a crossdresser. Could it be something personal? Linda didn’t think there was anything wrong between them. Why would this be the last time they might see each other?

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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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Ask Mistress Samantha

| Sep 4, 2017 | Comments (1)

Mistress Samantha answers a question from a married man who finds sexual release by dressing in lingerie and engaging in sexual activity with an exotic “dancer.” His secret pleasure is exposed when a fellow employee opens the wrong door, makes a video and threatens to show it to his wife if he doesn’t comply with all demands. Demands like dressing up all the way and being a submissive slut. He asks Mistress Samantha what he should do. Read her column and find out what she recommends.

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Retro Rerun: Lips: Beautiful, Never Beastly

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (1)

The year was 1996. Cindy Martin was the editor of TGForum. From time to time Cindy would post makeup tips to help the readers beautify themselves. Since her advice was good in 1996 and when it comes to basic lipstick application it’s still good today, we present Lips: Beautiful, Never Beastly as today’s Retro Rerun. Cindy outlines the basics on how to manipulate the way your lips appear and she fills you in on techniques that could work for you. Of course today’s lip trends aren’t covered in an article from 1996 but much of the information remains relevant.

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