Diane Hutchinson had a regular column on TGForum back in the 1990s and she covered a variety of how-to topics. This particular column appeared in 1998 and it covers all of the things a would-be crossdresser needs to put some effort into in order to put forth their best feminine image. All of the tips are still good ones to follow today.
Elisabeth Walters, who served as the TGForum night life correspondent for many years, passed away on February 25. Liz started going out in the early 1990s. At ETVC she met TGForum founder Cindy Martin and they became friends. It took several months for both to realize that they shared an office cubicle as newspaper reporters at the San Francisco […]
All aboard the trans news train! The Week In Trans Express is leaving the station with all you need to know about the trans community around the world. Today we learn that the cover boy for CoverGirl makeup is in hot water on Twitter for a bad joke. The Texas legislature is determined to lose the state money by passing a restroom bill. University students are entering their preferred names into the school records. A survey says trans kids who transition early have better mental health. Over 800 parents of trans kids have written a letter to the president urging the government to stand by their children. Caitlyn Jenner explains her mission inside the Republican Party. A trans model is featured on the cover of Vogue Paris. Someone wants to kill Conchita Wurst. There’s all that plus a lot more and several TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!
Recognition. Many of us hope for it. To be singled out from the crowd and given a nod or a pat on the back. Others avoid recognition at all costs. Trans people in “stealth” mode for example. They want to be seen as members of their true gender and don’t want anyone telling them how brave they are for being different. So they don’t let the world know. Today Sophie Lynne writes about recognition. Recently she was chosen to appear in a production of The Vagina Monologues and that got her recognition. Because she stepped on to a stage and told her truth. She contrasts that with the recognition she often gets at her workplace. Most of it not good for her soul. Read her post on how she feels about being Recognized.
In the north east we are having an odd spring-in-the-middle-of-winter week. Temperatures will be in the area of 50 to 60 degrees F. all week long. No need for that long wool or down filled coat. Time to shave your legs and wear nude hose. You can forsake the warmth of heavy leggings, layered sweaters and fur lined boots for more spring-like attire. Lorraine Anderson, the seamstress who runs The Occasional Woman custom clothing service, says keep in mind — it will get cold again. So use this warm period to find clearance bargains on coats. And during the warmer week pick up a cool moto jacket. One of those motorcycle jackets that are fashionable and look great with a feminine flouncy skirt.
The article entitled “Are Gender Feminists and Transgender Activists Undermining Science?” (LA Times, February 10, 2017) omits much of the pertinent scientific evidence on gender and obviates a core scientific principle. With respect to gender feminists, the article confuses sex with gender, ignores social anthropology research on culture and omits salient research on transgender causation. […]
The night time is a magical time. Whether you are a crossdresser or not the night time has a sense of mystery and wonder. It seems like anything could happen. Our Columbian correspondent has been sending posts about the Princesses of the Night in her city. How the romance and glamor is heightened by the darkness. Today she talks about going out as a woman in the day light. It’s a different experience for sure. Of course she writes en Español so use Google Translate if you don’t know the language.
Every crossdresser has a tale of the first time. The first time they went out into the world of straight people dressed in their finest femme attire. For some it’s attending a Halloween party. Others decide to get dolled up for some event like a concert or trans friendly movie. Today our contributor Porja Braga tells her “first time” story and encourages you to make it a priority to live your “first time” out and about en femme.
Trans people have been around since ancient times. In the recent past of the last 100 years society in the west did not want to acknowledge the existence of trans people. Only in the last 15 – 20 years have we begun to get more attention and recognition as legitimate human beings, not oddities and aberrations. But the very fact that people in the past had to hide their true nature and “pass” as typical members of the straight world means that much of our history has been erased. Some people have been working to save as much of our past as possible. One of those is Ms. Bob Davis. Ms. Bob has a vision for a trans history archive. Learn more about it in an article from The Bay Area Reporter by Gwen Smith. Reprinted with permission.
Welcome Head Mistress Samantha as a TGForum contributor. She has been a strong woman on the trans scene for twenty years and her advice column has appeared in several publications over the years. If you have questions concerning the sissy lifestyle, becoming as mistress or a slave, or just want to chat about girly things with a woman who can give you the benefit of her experience, Samantha is ready to take your call. Today she advises a Type A male who wants to be a sexy blonde housewife.
It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Britain’s Top Model has a trans contestant. The Cub Scouts welcome a trans boy. Israeli trans activist Gila Goldstein has passed away. Laverne Cox debuts on CBS’s Doubt. San Francisco starts a “hire trans” campaign. Amazon Eve goes to a comic book festival in her hometown. Gigi Gorgeous is a lesbian. Trans kids are seeking hormone therapy in Australia at higher rates. In Alberta, Canada it can take months to get trans medical care. Janet Mock has a new book coming in June. There’s a Jazz Jennings doll. Laura Jane Grace appears on The Daily Show to talk about her book. All that plus much more, and a few TWIT Awards, can be found in this edition of TWIT!
Dina Amberle welcomes everyone down at Dina’s Diner and this week she has some new specials on the menu. First up there’s a tasty discussion of genderless danshi, and that’s not sushi. Then she mixes in some pageant gowns, adds a spicy bit of news about a dress that Rose McGowen wore, and adds in a taste of Kodo Nishimura the drag queen monk. After all of that she hopes you have room for a dessert comprised of the sweet and saucy Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. So stop in, have a seat, order a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy your time in Dina’s Diner.
Last week The Artist D talked about words that are used to hurt us and how those same words can be empowering when we stake a claim to them. Today Christine Burr takes a close look at the various terms that are used, within the trans community and by outsiders, to describe the many components that make up the trans world. She feels that because of all the words unity will be elusive. Give her post a read and see what you think.
We continue the story of a man named Mark who drinks a mysterious potion in a remote cabin and turns into a woman named Raquel. Running from the cabin after her transformation Raquel finds her old male-self — now miraculously a separate person. TGF contributor Raquel Swann continues her fantasy tale of transformation with Chapter 6. Mark and Raquel have providentially found a small rowboat in the nearby lake and they must get to the warmer weather on the other side — before they freeze.
Coming in March David de Alba returns to the stage in Las Vegas to present his tribute to the immortal Judy Garland. Anyone who is a fan of glamorous female impersonation when the performer sings live rather than miming to a recorded track won’t want to miss this show. It’s coming March 12. View David’s promotional poster for all the details on where and how to get tickets.
Today’s Retro Rerun is from 1997. TGForum contributor Jayne Nicole wrote about an incident that most crossdressers would say was one of their worst nightmares. How would you handle it if while you were sitting in a crowded restaurant getting ready to enjoy a late night breakfast with your friends when some trouble maker snatched off your wig and walked away with it? What would you do? Find out how Jayne Nicole’s friend handled the situation in this Retro Rerun.
The Week in Trans is on the air! What do we learn today? A Nepalese trans model has made history in India. The Supreme Court is considering the Gavin Grimm case in March. Concerns that President Trump will overturn President Obama’s LGBT protections even when he said he won’t. Australian drag star Courtney Act does Australia 101 for American audiences. The new lineup of competitors on Drag Race is announced. The Boy Scouts open their doors to trans boys. A small town Texas mayor comes out as trans. San Francisco designates the first trans historic district. Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia will offer gender confirmation surgery. The Imperial Court of San Diego has their 45th coronation. There’s all that, plus a lot more, and a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! That romantic holiday that fills restaurants with loving couples and makes the greeting card industry a healthy profit every February. What’s important to ladies is looking fabulous on this important holiday. The most fabulous color outfit you can wear is red. Red is “the” color of Valentine’s Day. But how do you wear it well? If you do it wrong a red dress can make you look cheap and tawdry. Fortunately our fashion maven, Tasi Zuriack, has all the tips you need on how to wear a fantastic red outfit for your Valentine’s Day excursions.
Amanda has another batch of trans in the arts news right off the wire. Today she tells you about Anjali Lama, the Nepalese fashion model who made her historic debut in India. Then she has info on a new book about parenting a trans child, and the story of a trans woman comic who is keeping a log of all the times and places she has to use the ladies’ room. There’s more on art music and film in this edition of Trans Media Arts.
In her current series of articles Linda Jensen is telling you the stories of crossdressers (persons who crossdress, if you prefer) who have each handled the self-revelation issues of when, who, and how to tell in very different ways. Linda’s aim in revealing how these people “came out” is to show that there are different strategies and each can work for the individual. These methods may not work for you but could help you formulate a strategy. Today she talks with Amanda who is totally open about he crossdressing with her family, neighbors and even her dentist.
Transgender historian Ms. Bob Davis has announced the founding of the Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive and launched a crowd fundraising campaign on Indiegogo. 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 […]
“It’s only words, and word are all I have…” A line from a song. A song about the power of words, and it so happens that The Artist D’s post today is about the power of words. Like we planned it, or something. What words, you ask? Tranny. Queer. And other words that people use with differing intent. Some use the words to hurt. Other use the words to empower. Read The Artist D’s post and see if you can love the nasty words too.
Why is passing so important to many crossdressers? Trans women want to be accepted as who they are. Crossdressers are two people. They have a male face and a female face. There are some who say we shouldn’t give a damn about passing but dress as we like. Others feel that passing is necessary for acceptance by the general public. What’s so great about passing? Angela Gardner calls on her years of public crossdressing and tries to arrive at an answer to why it’s so important to many.
We welcome guest contributor Caisie Breen to TGF. Ms. Breen has written a book about her life and we are happy to present some of it here. Ms. Breen, came into the world as William Edward Casey and lived as a male for fifty-five years. His first marriage failed at the age of 21, leaving two daughters, Michelle and Nicole, with their mother. A year later, he met the love of his life, his Brenda Sweet, they were married and eventually had two sons, Ryan and Brandon. Today, Caisie Breen lives with her wife Brenda, in Portland, Oregon and own a small plumbing business. All four children are adults.