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The Week In Trans 4/24/17

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn there is a new film that investigates the death under suspicious circumstances of trans activist Marsha P. Johnson. Gavin Grimm is an influential person for 2017. Heineken beer uses a trans woman in an ad. The TSA has a video for trans travelers. More stories about trans student treatment and some restroom law suits. Trans candidates are running for office in England and Canada. It looks like the NCAA will be going back to North Carolina. The Human Rights Campaign has created a website specifically to repudiate the views of Dr. Paul McHugh. Tomboys are not trans. There’s all that and a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in this edition of TWIT!

Part 3: It had to happen. . . .

A group of crossdressing “girls” have banded together to rent an apartment where they can store their femme attire and accessories, keeping their “secret lives” hidden from their spouses. With their “sacred sanctuary” as a place to gather and dress en femme the group has established a regular “girl’s night out” on Fridays. One Friday night one of the girls didn't seem to be her usual self. After dinner she collapsed in pain. The only thing to do was take her to the hospital. But how will that go when everyone is dressed as a woman?

Are We in Danger of Alabamafication?

Opposition to LGBT rights is strongest in the southern states of the U.S. Why is it that these states lead the charge by imposing restroom laws and taking steps to make life harder for their trans citizens? Dana Bevan has the answers to the problem and she shares them with you today in an essay titled Alabamafication. There are many threads to this tapestry of hate and they are seen most clearly in Alabama where corrupt politicians maintain control of the purse strings by making LGBT people the "other" that threatens law and order. Dana has the truth about Sweet Home Alabama and how the rest of the country is at risk of moving in that direction.

Grouse Alert! Questions I will Not Answer

For a long time Cate O'Malley tried to be a good trans person and educate the unenlightened about trans issues. She would answer their questions, even the awkward ones, in hopes that she was helping to spread awareness of what life for trans people was like, and hopefully, make some other trans people's lives easier. But after awhile the questions started to get tedious. Especially the core group of questions she just will not answer anymore.

Kim’s Adventure Time

Kimberly is our newest full time contributor. Today she continues to introduce herself to TGF users with some more background on herself. She tells us about her first memory of wanting to wear girl's clothes, and when she first realized, years later, that she was a woman. Check out the second edition of Kim's Adventure Time.

Sick of Trump? Fight Back!

If you find the roll backs of trans rights being enacted around the country and by the Federal government then you have two options. You can complain about it on social media or you can get off your behind and get out to events that can help make things better. Not just marches and demonstrations but training sessions, meeting with legislators and learning to be an advocate for yourself. Babs Casbar Siperstein has some suggestions that you can follow to take action.

Why I Love “Queer”

There is a spectrum of sexual orientation, and a spectrum of gender identification. Finding your spot on them is important to some people. To other's where they fit doesn't matter so much. TWe have tons of words describing different gender expression and more words describing varying sexual preferences. Things can get confusing for those looking for a label that defines who they are. Today we bring you a post from a guest contributor, Elron Steele, and you will learn why he prefers to just tell people he is queer.

The Week In Trans 4/17/17

What's the best amalgamation of trans related news in the biz? It’s The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? A contestant on Survivor outed a trans contestant, hoping to win. He got kicked off the island for it. Lots of trans restroom lawsuits are being dismissed or dropped. Drag Queen Story Hour is catching on with the kiddies. A trans ballerina has passed her exam. Is there a “trans look” that would help the anti-trans potty police? Tasmania has rescinded its crossdressing law. A high school play with a trans theme wins a competition in Texas. Actress Rain Valdez will play a trans actress on the Lopez series. There’s all that and much more, plus a large number of TWIT Awards waiting for you in this week’s TWIT!

The Occasional Woman — Spring & The ’50s Look

We leave winter behind and step into spring! And the fashions we wear are a step back -- to the '50s. Retro looks and feminine touches are all the rage and today Lorraine Anderson, head seamstress at The Occasional Woman, gives you ideas for how to be fun, floral and femme for the new season. Kitten heels, cinched waists, and full skirts decorated with floral prints will have you feeling all girly and glam.

Holiday Memories

Holiday times are when Amanda takes out her memories of past adventures and relives them. Today she tells us about some of the good times, en femme and totally feeling it that she had in the '90s. Sadly the photos of the early days of that trip to the mall, after the meticulous planning and attention to every detail, were lost in a purge. But the memories are still available and Amanda has some photos from the 2000s that you'll want to see.

Princesas de la noche – Aliada Nocturna

Our correspondent from Columbia posts another video and tells a tale of the wonder of the night. En español, Katherine Diaz takes you on a journey through the exotic night time world of Bogota. Join her for Aliada Nocturna.

Before/After

It's been over three years since Sophie's friend Lisa committed suicide. Everyday Sophie is left wondering why, and if she could have done anything, if only she had seen the signs. Lisa removed herself from the world and left Sophie behind. How did Lisa affect Sophie's life? Before her ultimate act Lisa and Sophie were sisters. They were living their truth together. After she was gone the effect she had on Sophie, and others, before and after her suicide, linger on. Today Sophie talks a bit about before and after.

Part 2: It had to happen. . . .

A group of crossdressing “girls” have banded together to rent an apartment where they can store their femme attire and accessories, keeping their “secret lives” hidden from their spouses. With their “sacred sanctuary” as a place to gather and dress en femme the group has established a regular “girl’s night out” on Fridays. One Friday night one of the girls didn't seem to be her usual self while everyone was getting ready to go out. Then after dinner . . . We'll let Christine tell you what happened in Part 2 of It had to happen. . . .

The Week In Trans 4/10/17

What's in store from The Week In Transgenderism? This week we learn that a trans woman is running for supervisor of a New York county. The NBA seems to be accepting the new restroom rules in North Carolina. Others are not as pleased. One trans activist who lives there is more scared than ever. Vicks did an ad in India with a trans mom and it went viral. Where can you get good hair? Be prepared to pay for the wigmaker's wares. Jackie Evancho wants to talk to the president about trans issues. He hasn't tweeted her back. Several court cases have been decided and there's more restroom law news. India Willoughby has apologized to the people she offended when she said they should stay out of the ladies' room. Johns Hopkins is doing GRS again after 38 years. There's a few TWIT Awards and much more news waiting for you now in TWIT!

Dina’s Diner

Come on in out of the weather and take a seat at Dina's Diner. Today Dina Amberle has concocted a special recipe that has equal parts Men Going Their Own Way, some El Pollo Loco trans hiring news, androgynous dance expressing gender issues, and an artist creating a psychic transition toward free expression. Mix that all well, bake for 20 minutes, and what have you got? Another Dina's Diner tasty dish that you're sure to enjoy!

Metamorphosis, Part 8

In Chapter 7 Mark and Raquel had almost crossed the mysterious lake when they were attacked by strange flying animals of monstrous visage. They fought the beast with the boat's oars but would have perished had it not been for the intervention of the strange old woman who summoned thunder and lightning to destroy the flying monsters. The witch promised to tell them what was going on and who sent the beasts to attack them. What will happen in this chapter? Only one way to learn and that's to read Part 8 of Metamorphosis.

Trans books that changed my life: The Basics

Today Sophie Lynne takes on a new role at TGForum. After featuring her personal story blog for several years we've talked her in to taking on a new role as our book reviewer and commentator. She is now the Page Pundit. Today she discusses several books that helped to change her life.

Voice Treatment for MtF Trans Individuals

Achieving a natural sounding feminine voice when you've been talking like a guy since puberty may take some work. Like anything worthwhile you have to put out some effort to achieve results. Today speech therapist Marc Mitnick gives you a homework assignment. Music may be the key to raising your voice to the proper pitch and Marc shows you a couple of simple musical exercises that will help you toward your goal.

It had to happen. . . .

A group of crossdressing “girls” have banded together to rent an apartment where they can store their femme attire and accessories, keeping their “secret lives” hidden from their spouses. With their “sacred sanctuary” as a place to gather and dress en femme the group has established a regular “girl’s night out” on Fridays. One Friday night everyone was getting made up and dressed but when they were almost ready to go out -- one girl noticed someone was missing. How would that affect their evening plans? Find out over the next four Mondays as we present “It had to happen. . . .”

The Week In Trans 4/3/17

From around the world and down your street it's The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Andreja Pejic has made history again. North Carolina replaces HB2 but the new law is not universally loved. The anti-trans "Free Speech Bus" is running into to protests. A group of trans people pose for photos to promote trans visibility. Johns Hopkins is under fire for not denouncing Dr. Paul McHugh's anti-trans "study" more emphatically. The Census Bureau dropped a gender identity question. "Transparent" wins GLAAD's Outstanding Comedy Series award. An 11-year-old trans kid walks the runway in a children's fashion show. A trans woman "comes out" at the age of 90. There's all that and a lot more -- including a few TWIT Awards -- waiting for you in TWIT!

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