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Social Network Features Suspended

Earlier this summer we were subjected to a hacking attack that left the site crippled and made it almost impossible to view. In order to get the site running at usable speed we had to suspend the social networking features, which may have offered the hackers a way to enter and do their worst. Those […]

The Week In Trans 8/14/17

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!

Transgender May Be Forever

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.

Amanda’s Road Trip Reunion

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.

Proud To Have Served

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.

The True Cost of The Trans Military Ban

Today our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein looks at the actual cost of the ban on transgender soldiers in our military. President Trump tweeted the ban after consultation with several of his advisors who all argued against banning trans people from the military. He went ahead and issued a Twitter statement in three tweets. Part of the justification of the ban was the supposed high cost of providing medical care to trans soldiers. When Babs looked at the numbers they just don't add up. Kicking trans soldiers out of the services will cost millions of dollars more than keeping them.

Metamorphosis Chapter 11

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.

Thinking as a Woman

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.

Kimberly Pauses to Reflect

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.

The Week In Trans 8/7/17

It's time for The Week In Trans! What transgender news has made headlines? A drag performer who asked to conduct a "drag queen story time"event gets death threats. A music distribution site gives its profits for a day to a trans law center. A clinic devoted to trans kids and teens opens in St. Louis. Gavin Grimm's case is kicked back to a lower court. The Trump ban on trans in the military is causing reactions. Caitlyn Jenner was mad at him but then she was caught wearing a M.A.G.A. cap. A 10-year-old trans girl from New Jersey appeared on a British morning "chat show." There won't be a transgender emoji. More research is being conducted on a physical cause for trans identity. A boxer from California has become the first to compete as both male and female. There's a lot more waiting for you in TWIT, including a raft of TWIT Awards! Don't forget your TWIT!

Rally Speech

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.

The Occasional Woman — Summer Clothes

It's summertime, summertime and Lorraine Anderson, proprietor of The Occasional Woman, has some tips for your summer attire. This column was first published in 2014 but her advice remains timeless. Follow her guidelines put forth in this post and spend the remainder of your summer in fashionable comfort. Ignore her words and be prepared for the consequences. Lorraine says "If it doesn't fit, you must toss it." Read on for more words of fashion wisdom from The Occasional Woman.

Princesas de la Noche – Compartiendo Entre Amigas

Katherine Diaz writes to us from Bogota, Columbia. Being trans there is much the same as it is everywhere. Today her video contains some of her friends from around the world and in her blog she gives some tips on how to be successful as a woman.

6 Tips On Creating a Trans Friendly Environment

(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 […]

The Week In Trans 7/31/17

Last week the tweets hit the fan when President Trump announced on Twitter that he was "banning" trans people from the military. Searching for transgender news brought up loads of stories on the presidential ban. So TWIT is a bit heavy on that news. We did manage to find other news so it's not all about the ban. There's the study by MSU that says married trans folks are less likely to face discrimination. The "third gender" of Pakistan don't like the rise of the transgender identity. A trans man is peddling across the country to highlight assaults by intimate partners. The LDS church excommunicates a trans woman for being a woman. News about The Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive. All that and more along with a couple of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

Dina’s Diner 7/31/17

It's time to take a break and wander on down to Dina's Diner to see what she has cooking. Today the specials include some tasty info on Amanda Lepore. There's a filling piece on a woman who became a crossdressing warlord. Tidbits on the decline in the number of gay bars will cleanse your palette and prepare you for a main course of appreciating the Afro hairstyle. Dina offers a pleasing dessert on the the phenomena of unhooked garters in a film she saw recently. She asks "Why?" Partake of it all from the latest menu down at Dina's Diner.

I Hate My Voice on the Phone

Our voice therapist blogs today on more techniques for voice modification from male to female with emphasis on how to sound like your true gender on the telephone. Without the visual clues to let people know you are female you have to take extra care when using your voice over the phone. Marc Mitnick writes about how to overcome your own misgivings about how you sound and gives pointers for improving your femme telephone voice.

M Has 3 Girlfriends. They’re Polyamorus

Last TGF added a new contributor who brings a youthful voice. Seventeen year old M is gender queer, trending to the feminine and preferring pronouns such as "she" and "her." She introduced herself in her first post and discussed her gender identity. Today she talks about her romantic relationship with three other young women. They are all part of a polyamorus relationship. As M points out, that is nothing like the polygamists you see on television reality shows. Read her post and see what it's really like.

Review: “You’re in the Wrong Bathroom”

You’re In the Wrong Bathroom” and 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions about Transgender and Gender-Non Conforming People by Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, and Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R. This month’s book is a bit more general than the last few. Written in easy to understand language (but maybe too difficult for a Republican congressman,) this book discusses […]

David de Alba Interview with the Late Alisha Brevard

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.