Tag: "Identity"

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 (0)

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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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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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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Metamorphosis Chapter 12

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

Raquel and Mark, two parts of one person that became separated after drinking a strange potion, have been transported to another land. They have been told by a witch, who first appeared as old and ugly but later was young and beautiful, that they must trek to the north and battle “the Magistrate” but that one of them will not survive the confrontation. They have crossed empty fields and in the distance, incongruously, they see a house. A familiar house. Learn more in Chapter 12 of Metamorphosis.

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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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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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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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Metamorphosis Chapter 11

| Aug 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

Raquel and Mark, two parts of one person that became separated after drinking a strange potion, have been transported to another land. They have been told by a witch, who first appeared as old and ugly but later was young and beautiful, that they must trek to the north and battle “the Magistrate” but that one of them will not survive the confrontation. They are now crossing an empty land but obstacles are thrown in their path. Some of the obstacles are internal. Learn more in Chapter 11 of Metamorphosis.

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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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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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David de Alba Interview with the Late Aleshia Brevard

| Jul 31, 2017 | Comments (1)

Aleshia Bravard, a trans woman who got her start in show business working as a female impersonator before having GRS in 1962 passed away on July 1 of this year. After her surgery she returned to her home state of Tennessee and got a degree in the arts from Middle Tennessee State. She then worked as a theater professor and eventually returned to California to pursue and acting career with appearances on numerous shows from The Red Skelton Show to The Partridge Family, Night Gallery and many more. In 2001 she wrote her autobiography and did a sequel in 2010. Before she passed away our own David de Alba did an in-depth interview with her. We present it here with David’s permission.

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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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Page Pundit Review: If I was Your Girl

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sophie Lynne puts on her Page Pundit hat and reviews the Young Adult novel If I Was Your Girl by trans writer Meredith Russo. The book has won a ton of major awards, including Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, ALA Stonewall Book Award – Winner, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year. See what Sophie thinks of it and its value to cisgender and trans people in today’s Page Pundit Post.

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A Sabrina Cartoon — Attack Helicopter

Conservatives go on and on about how subversive trans identities are not real. They try to paint us as deluded, mentally unstable, or try to pass of the entire phenomena as a fad or trend. Admitting that trans people are feeling what they are feeling is impossible for them so they have to embrace all the phony reasons they come with for why people say they’re trans. Sabrina Symington addresses that in today’s cartoon.

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Jeffrey Marsh — The Poster Boy for Being Queer

| Jun 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

Jeffrey Marsh is a gender fluid, gender queer trans activist, writer, and all around nice person. Jeffrey is know as the anti-bully. Jeffrey’s book How To Be You was published in August of 2106. In April of 2017 Jeffrey gave a TEDx Talk on gender identity. It begins with Jeffrey telling the audience that they got an apology from their father for his treatment of them. If you have a gender fluid or queer identity watch this TEDx Talk.

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Choice

| Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (1)

Get your notebooks out and prepare to pay attention. Dr. Dana Bevan’s lecture today is all about the science of choice. Some people say that transgender individuals choose to be trans. Trans people say that being trans is not a choice. If it was a choice many say it is not a choice they would make since being trans can bring so much stress and so many problems. So what does the science say? Today Dana writes about choice and touches both scientific and philosophical views on whether or not we consciously chose anything, at all.

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Thinking as a Woman

| Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

A new contributor joins TGForum today. 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 starts at the beginning and covers childhood through her teen years.

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A Sabrina Cartoon

Some straight people seem to get easily worked up about other people’s sexuality or gender expression. What is it that makes them so upset? Could it be that they are projecting their own insecurity onto others? Check out the latest Sabrina cartoon for her opinion on the subject.

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