Tag: "Identity"

Will she be remembered?

| Mar 27, 2017 | Comments (4)

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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Symbols

| Mar 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

TGForum contributor Sophie Lynne found herself, unprepared, behind a podium giving testimony to her town’s borough council about an LGBT equality statute the council was preparing to vote on. Moved to speak when the floor was opened for public comment Sophie put up her hand, was acknowledeged, and went to the podium. What she said proved to be quotable and showed up in the local papers, along with her photo taken as she spoke. The statute passed. But Sophie feels many people who have been symbols for the fight for trans rights haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve. Today she writes about those Symbols.

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Princesas de la noche- el enigmatico Manu Mojito

| Mar 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

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. Today she introduces you to an internationally known artist/photographer who calls himself Manu Mojito. Watch the video (with translations) and read what she writes about him. Of course she writes en Español so use Google Translate if you don’t know the language. No es difficil.

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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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Every Camel Has Its Straw

| Mar 20, 2017 | Comments (1)

Those in the trans community who live a “double life” having a male identity with male friends and associated and their other female identity with her friends can often find themselves in an awkward place when their male self is having a conversation with someone who knows nothing about the other life and begins to make biased and ignorant statements regarding “trannies.” Our contributor Proja Braga had a situation like that and she writes about the final straw.

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Ask Mistress Samantha  

| Mar 20, 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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A Sabrina Symington Cartoon

It’s another skewering of bigotry by Sabrina Symington and her cartoon avatar, Bria. Today Bria is hosting a television show called Talking With Bigots and the the bigot in the host seat is one of those people who believes that men are men and women are women and there’s no changing that. Period. See how Bria uses their own logic against them.

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Songbyrd: Becoming She

| Mar 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

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.

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Trans Kids – Our Kids

| Feb 27, 2017 | Comments (0)

Trans children are gaining more recognition in the world but there are still far too many who are experiencing rejection by their families, bullying and harassment from their peers and many end up homeless. Cate O’Malley feels it’s up to us, the members of the trans community, to treat these children as if they were our own. She feels it’s up to us to lend our experience and information to the kids and to any parents, guardians or agencies tasked with helping trans kids.

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Recognized

| Feb 20, 2017 | Comments (1)

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.

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Unity is Elusive

| Feb 13, 2017 | Comments (8)

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.

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Metamorphosis: Part VI

| Feb 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

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.

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Songbyrd: Becoming She

| Feb 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

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.

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What’s Happening with Trans Kids?

| Jan 30, 2017 | Comments (1)

Dana Bevan looks into what’s going on with today’s trans kids. Unlike the old days when trans kids kept quiet about their gender identity today’s trans kids are coming out much sooner. Is that good for trans children? What problems will they face that are different from the older generation’s who came out later in life? What advantages will they have for coming out at a young age? Dana takes a look at the available data and provides some insights into what we know, and makes recommendations for further study.

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Calling it Quits

| Jan 30, 2017 | Comments (2)

Cate O’Malley has a few friends who have decided to give up expressing their true selves and go back to living as males 24/7. None of them are doing it willingly. They fervently wish they could continue to be who they really are, but circumstances in their lives have forced this decision on them. Cate shares her thoughts on how hard it must be to deny your true nature after being able to express it, at least part time, then going back to expressing your gender facade. She has advice for those faced with this decision and advice for others in the community who may not look at these people’s decisions kindly.

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Face Your Fear

| Jan 23, 2017 | Comments (1)

We welcome a new contributor today who brings yet another perspective to TGF. Her name is Porja Braga and she lives in Georgia with her wife. Today she blogs about how she became aware that she was different and appreciated the consequences of being different at a young age. She also has advice on how to deal with the fears that keep many trans people captive in the closet.

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Metamorphosis: Part V

| Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

We continue the story of a man named Mark who finds himself changed by a mysterious potion into a woman named Raquel. Somehow Raquel finds her old male-self near the trees, now a separate person. How could her old self and her new self be together? Where did the old witch whose potion caused the transformation, or is it splitting, disappear to? TGF contributor Raquel Swann continues her fantasy tale of transformation with Chapter 5. Mark and Raquel must find their way to some place warmer or they will freeze to death.

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Metamorphosis: Part IV

| Dec 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

We continue the story of a man named Mark who finds himself changed by a mysterious potion into a woman named Raquel. Somehow Raquel finds her old male-self near the trees, now a separate person. How could her old self and her new self be together? Where did the old witch whose potion caused the transformation, or is it splitting, disappear to? TGF contributor Raquel Swann continues her fantasy tale of transformation. Today we bring you the fourth chapter of “Metamorphosis – A Transgender Odyssey.” What will happen now?

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Yes, Another One

| Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

Like many in the U.S. Sophie had hopes for the next four years under the leadership of a more liberal administration, possible with more cooperation from congress, that would protect the rights of trans people. After the election when the Electoral College votes gave the presidency to the Republican candidate Sophie was in shock. She pulled back from social media and had to adjust to this radical shift in reality. Today she shares some of her thoughts on how the election will affect her and other trans people for at least the next four years.

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People You Encounter When You “Come Out”

| Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

When you start living your life as your true-self and announce to everyone you know that you are trans and proud of it you will encounter several types of reactions among your family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances. Emily O has come out and to help you identify the various types she has made a list of the ways people took her revelation. She has assigned them labels and lists them here so you can keep an eye out for them when you decide to come out.

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Metamorphosis: Part III

| Nov 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

We continue the story of a man named Mark who finds himself changed by a mysterious potion into a woman named Raquel. How did this change come about? Where is this cabin she finds herself in located? Who was the old witch? And who is the mystery man on the ground near the forest? TGF contributor Raquel Swann has crafted a fantasy tale of transformation. Today we bring you the third chapter of “Metamorphosis – A Transgender Odyssey.” What will happen now?

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November is Transgender Awareness Month

| Nov 7, 2016 | Comments (0)

November 2016, has been designated as Transgender Awareness Month to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces. The intention is for all of us to use this time to build our voices into one load call for awareness, understanding, education, acceptance and inclusion.

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Above the Fray . . . Far, Far Away

| Oct 31, 2016 | Comments (0)

Today in her personal blog Amanda talks about her day to day routine and what the possible causes of her anxiety might be. She feels that one of the big things is uncertainty over pursuing reassignment surgery. Should she go for it when she has anxiety? Is surgery the right path to take? While she feels daily anxiety she feels she is not operating at 100% — and that causes her more anxiety. What she would like to be is far, far away, flying above the fray.

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Costumes

| Oct 31, 2016 | Comments (0)

Several years ago it was a suggestion from Sophie’s wife that lead her to break down the wall that sealed off her feminine spirit. Her wife suggested that they go to a Halloween party with Sophie as Lois Lane and her wife as Clark Kent. It turned out to be the suggestion that turned Sophie’s life upside down and lead to her transition. That’s why since that fateful All Hallow’s Eve the holiday has had even more of a special meaning for her. Read all about her relationship with the Holiday and wearing costumes in today’s post.

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A Sabrina Symington Toon

Being forced to live in the wrong gender can make problems in a person’s life. Sometimes they don’t even realize that their problems are related to their gender issues. Sabrina Symington presents the story of one person who made a realization about their pre-transition behavior after they started to live as their true self.

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