Tag: "Transgender"

The Week In Trans 9/18/17

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

The trans news from around the world is all here in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that RuPaul’s Drag Con drew a large number of young fans. Amendments to the Defense Authorization Act would slow the enacting of the trans military ban. Chelsea Manning was offered a visiting fellowship at Harvard till they said, “Oops. Our mistake.” Gavin Grimm is crowd funding his college expenses. Kid Rock does anti-trans raps at his shows. Danica Roem’s campaign agains “Bigot Bob” is heating up. LGBT kids had Camp Rainbow for summer fun. Eddie Izzard will run for parliament in the next general election. Britain’s ITV announces a show about a differently gendered child. Munroe Bergdorf has a new modeling gig. There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards in this week’s TWIT!

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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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Trans Media Arts

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

Trans people working in the media and the arts! That’s the subject of Amanda F. Steele’s Trans Media Arts column. Today she talks about what the judge said in the lawsuit Richard Simmons filed against some publications that claim he is transgender. Amanda has news on the formerly female singer Charice who appeared on the show Glee and is now a dude named Jake. Then she has information about the Against Me! tour, and word of a 22-year-old Samoan transgender pro wrestler. Check out Trans Media Arts for all the trans in the arts news!

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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 (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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The Week In Trans 9/11/17

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a trans woman in Montana is the first openly-trans contestant in the Miss Montana U.S.A. pageant. More lawsuits are being filed against the military trans ban. Spelman College will accept trans women who consistently live and identify as women. The Family Research Council is out to get us. Really! South Park has a video game that incorporates the ability to play as a trans character. A 3-year-old boy will get to have the “princess experience” at Disneyland Paris. More school dress code changes, young activists on the rise, and more homeless trans people on the streets in Portland, Oregon. All that plus more, and a few TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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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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R.I.P. Rick Stafford — Fought for LGBT People

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

In 2008 the Democratic Party platform was trans inclusive for the first time. A big part of how that happened can be attributed to the chair of the Democrats’ LGBT Americans Caucus, Rick Stafford. Stafford was a gay man, HIV+ and a real fighter for LGBT inclusion in the political process. He passed away on September 2 and our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein sings his praises. Babs worked with Stafford for many years and today she reveals all of the contributions he made to the advances the community has seen in the past few years.

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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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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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Thoughts on Fall

| Sep 4, 2017 | Comments (0)

Fall is a time of year that holds special meaning for TGF contributor Amanda F. Steele. Much of her life has seen the arrival of big changes along with the cooler weather. Today Amanda reminisces on all the things that changed throughout her life when the summer season slid into fall.

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The Week In Trans 8/28/17

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

What’s been going on in the world of trans? We tell you every Monday, in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that RuPaul’s Drag Con is coming to New York City. Illinois makes it easier to change your birth certificate gender. A trans woman is running for the 4th Congressional District. News about the trans military ban. A different policy in Canada. Miley Cyrus dances with drag queens. A study shows trans teens abuse drugs more. Violet Chachki has beauty tips in Vogue. Canada offers “X” as a passport gender. There’s all that and more waiting for you in TWIT! And a few TWIT Awards as well.

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Book review: The Suicidal Mind

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (2)

Today our Page Pundit reviews a book that resonates with her personally. It ‘s The Suicidal Mind by Edwin S. Shneidman, a look into the psyche of people who seek relief from a life that they torments them. Sophie decided to review the book since the torment of too many people within the trans community turn to suicide when they can’t live as their true selves. The book, and the review, dip into what Sophie calls “the Darkness” and the author has named the “pyschache.” If you have wondered how it could be possible to take your own life you can gain some insight into that in both this review and the book itself.

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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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Spiritually Speaking: God Made Us This Way

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (3)

Today we introduce a new contributor to TGForum. Tommie Smith will blog for us on matters of a spiritual and religious nature as they relate to members of the trans community. She begins her blog with us by sharing her views on organized religion and how it affects our culture and what that in turn does to those who are viewed as outsiders. Many of our Christian sects, despite no specific language in the Bible, condemn LGBT people as immoral or mentally ill. Tommie shares her point of view on how to avoid feeling that you are “not right” when they judge.

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The Week In Trans 8/21/17

| Aug 21, 2017 | Comments (2)

Want all the trans-related news? You’ve got it right here in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a trans woman will make history throwing out the first pitch at a major league ball game in the USA. Survey says! 53% of adults would support their trans child’s gender identity. The Rainbow flag was hoisted over Jersey City and trans celebs were there. The Texas legislature did not vote on a bathroom bill. Virginia legislature candidate Danica Roem got a six figure donation to her campaign. More news on the Trump trans military ban. You can get makeup lessons via Skype. A gay man attacked by homophobes was saved by a trio of drag queens. Trans activist Holly Boswell has passed away. All those stories and a lot more plus a small assortment of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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Tranny Queer, Rebel Yell

| Aug 21, 2017 | Comments (1)

Today The Artist D! muses on the romantic rebel and the human tendency to disagree about everything and always shun or outright hate the different people. The questions posed in this column may not be readily answered or the reason things are like they are might be right there. See what you think and decide if your bowl of cosmic stew should be served cold, or hot. Some like it hot.

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1998: New Year’s Eve At The Queen Mary

| Aug 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

New Year’s Eve 1998 saw Linda Jensen in Los Angeles ready to go to the big party at the Queen Mary club. She had the dress, and she had a plan for the evening. She made special arrangements to be in the City of Angels for the New Year’s party and then she remembered she forgot to bring earrings to match the dress. Fortunately the Jim Bridges Boutique was on the way. Step back to the lat ‘90s and visit the now closed but fabled Queen Mary with Linda in this Retro Rerun.

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The Week In Trans 8/14/17

| Aug 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that 8-year-old drag queen Lactatia is a star. Gavin Grimm has dropped a portion of his case. A third grader is suing her charter school for discrimination. There’s a lot of news about President Trump’s trans military ban. The governor of Texas is obsessed with passing a bathroom bill. Danica Roem is profiled in Metro Weekly. There is a day camp for trans kids in California. Chelsea Manning appears in Vogue. A grocery store tries to kick out a trans woman customer. Drag Race is up for 7 Emmys. Much more news is waiting for you, along with several well deserved TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!

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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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