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The Week In Trans 7/16/18

Who's that knocking on the door? It's The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Our own Babs Casbar Siperstein has had a bill she worked to pass in New Jersey signed into law and named after her. The Babs Siperstein Law makes it easy to change genders on birth certificates. The court battle over the trans military ban continues. The new Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, wants to help the world move forward. Britain contemplates a conversion therapy ban. Scarlett Johansson backs out of the female to male role. Trans men make a satirical video about the controversy. The show with the most trans actors, Pose, has been renewed for a 2nd season. News from Pride events and the British Donald Trump visit protest. Russian homophobia led to some problems for people there for the World Cup. A trans woman has been cast as a trans character on General Hospital. There's all that and more, plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Transitionus Interruptus: The Flights

Back in 2014 Dana's transition was about to take off. She had been on hormone therapy for a few years and the rest of her plan was set to implement. Then, because life is not predictable, she had to put the brakes on transition. What Dana calls "transitionus interruptus." When something else in life keeps you from moving ahead with transition it is called a "flight." It can be a family obligation, military service, getting that advanced degree, or any other thing that keeps one from moving forward with their gender transition. Read on and learn how various "flights" kept Dana trapped between genders.

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Summer is Here

Pauline Estelle is part of a group of trans ladies who get together over the summer at each other's homes for weekends of femme fun including cooking on the deck, swimming when someone's home has a pool, and just mingling and chatting about a variety of issues, not the least of which is transgenderism and how it interacts with society. While the get together is fun it can also be a learning experience.

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Kim’s Adventure Time

Time again for Kim's Adventure Time. Today Kimberly Hirschel writes about how she fine tuned her look and comfort level while out and about on a regular schedule of dressing up and visiting different stores and restaurants. Today she includes not only tips on what you need to have in order to fit in with other women who are out in public but she has a few anecdotes of things that occurred while she did her rounds.

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Suzzie Steps Out

Today Susan Grant shares her advice, gained through years of experience. Don't bother trying to "pass" as a woman. It is very hard for some males to do given the physical equipment they have. A wide face, large hands, big Adam's Apple, all our burdens to camouflage or cover up while seeking feminine perfection. Suzzie advocates that it's better to perfect your feminine "illusion" rather than trying to "pass" in public. Read on and see if you agree.

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The Week In Trans 7/9/18

It's The Week In Trans! Today we learn about a chart topping songwriter and producer who has come out as a trans woman. The BBC has learned that 400 of its employees identify as transgender. While trans troops are doing fine the Pentagon is not bringing in new recruits in a timely manner. A transgender athletics expert left a Fox News host speechless. Buzzfeed has a list of thirteen things the Trump Administration has done against LGBT people. New Jersey has three new laws that benefit trans people. The Episcopal Church wants to make their prayers gender neutral. Pakistan will have trans people working as election monitors. Scarlett Johansson wants to play a trans man gangster in a bio pic. Courtney Act gets her own show on British TV. There's all this plus more and a raft of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Occasional Woman — Beat the Heat!

Lorraine Anderson, the proprietor of seamstress service called The Occasional Woman, has some tips for beating the heat by choosing the proper fabrics for summertime attire. She also offers advice on important steps to take before wearing sandals, and even goes so far as to suggest what perfumes and body spray scents will help you achieve a cooler state of mind when the humidity is high and the unforgiving sun beats down.

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The ENOUGH! Rally

Looking around at the things she sees going on in our country, particularly the separation of children from their families that was happening at the southern border, Sophie Lynne decided she had to do something. The question though was "What?" She decided to organize a local protest in her town. Today she blogs about how it went.

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Drag in Cinema — Pre-War Drama Drag

Years ago on TGForum Laurie Sheril did a series of articles on drag in the cinema. She started back in the days of silent film and worked her way forward in time. Today we dip into the TGForum Archives and pull out her article on characters dressing in drag in the early day of the "talkies." Many times the character donning drag was a crook trying to disguise himself but it wasn't always the case. Sometimes the good guys slipped into a frock to get the goods on the crooks. Return with us now to those early days in this Retro Rerun from the Archives.

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Debilitated in Cali

The drug Amanda was taking to ease her anxiety started to seem as if it was giving her anxiety. To try and feel like herself again she stopped taking it and then the intense anxiety she that had made her go on the drug returned with a vengeance. She had been making plans to pack up and return to the east coast but this renewed anxiety made it hard to just get through a day, let alone plan a big move across the country. She started taking Lexapro but it's been 17 days and she is not getting any relief from the anxious, debilitated-feeling that has her in its grip.

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The Week In Trans 7/2/18

To our U.S. readers, happy 4th of July! And now the news. Today we learn that Jazz Jennings has had her gender confirmation surgery. Starbucks will cover GCS for its employees. The Atlantic article about those who "desist" gender change creates controversy. Angela Ponce won Miss Universe Spain making her the first trans woman competing for Miss Universe. A trans woman set herself on fire as a protest. Scotland is taking steps to ban discrimination based on gender identity. Drag queens offer beauty tips and tricks on a style website. David de Alba's Judy Garland collection is featured on TV. There's all that and more plus a load of well deserved TWIT Awards waiting for you in this edition of TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner 7/2/18

Dina Amberle, hostess and head chef at Dina's Diner has whipped up another delicious confection to tickle your palette. She takes a dash of trans model Hunter Schafer, adds in some male ballerina spice and just a smidgen of African print dresses. Then she blends it all thoroughly and chills it for a bit before topping it off with an appreciation of the way new technology makes Elasticgirl's body more bouncy in The Incredibles 2. Don't worry about the calories! Enjoy!

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Crosswind Reconsidered

Last month Sophie Lynne reviewed the graphic novel Crosswind in which a ruthless hitman and a frazzled housewife exchange bodies. Sophie gave the series a positive review and thought, due to a short bit of dialogue in the fourth book, that there was a trans woman character who might be featured in later books. Turns out that was true, and now that Sophie has obtained all of the books, and read them twice, she has decided to add something about the series in this month's Page Pundit.

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Meeting Caitlyn Jenner

Claire writes today about meeting a controversial figure in the trans community. Caitlyn Jenner. Ms. Jenner arrived in the community when she came out at 64 with no ties to the community. She didn't even know any transgender people. Then she made several mistakes that opened her up to attacks from some trans community members. Claire was aware of all that when Ms. Jenner came to her area for a college speech. Knowing some would not approve, Claire managed to meet Ms. Jenner and blogs about it today.

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Dating While Trans

Our agender Youth Correspondent tackles the subject of dating while trans and queer. M prefers they/them as pronouns and that one fact makes it hard to connect with anyone for romance. Once M stepped outside the binary they found barriers. For example an online dating site that lets you pick your gender from a long list but then you have to chose how you want to be labeled in search results and you can only be a boy or a girls. Step into Dating While Trans and see what M ran into.

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First Kiss

Cheryl Ann Sanders, a.k.a. Cassie, was a frequent contributor to Transgender Forum in the past. Back in the 1990s when TGForum featured and interactive bulletin board it bristled with challenges and responses. One of the challenges was to describe your first kiss as a woman. Cassie dips back into the past today to present her answer to that question and she challenges you to add your response in the comment area below.

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The Week In Trans 6/25/18

It's time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn this week, you ask? A drag queen story time in New York featured a lesson on gender identity. The World Health Organization has reclassified transgender. That reclassification could hurt the administration's attempts to ban trans people in the military. A trans activist who knows the law was asked for ID to enter the ladies' room. She ended up calling the police and they backed her up. The Trump administration will be housing trans prisoners according to their birth gender. Other legal cases are also in the news. Muxes in Mexico get phony Muxes stricken from the ballot. The North Carolina HB2 battle is still going on. Captain Hannah Winterbourne and her new husband are featured in a wedding planning TV show. Australia sets the first standards for treatment of trans youth. Need wig advice? Ask some queens. There's all that and a host of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Trans Media Arts! Pride, Morgan Freeman, Cynthia Nixon and more!

Amanda F. Steele covers the transgender arts and entertainment scene. Today she talks about the event surrounding the San Francisco Pride March; digs into the #metoo controversy around Morgan Freeman's treatment of female interviewers, including Janet Mock; and offers some info on Cynthia Nixon's transgender son, and a trans model who is walking the runaway for major designers. She also has a look at a band who decided to support gender fluidity by putting their legs on display the same way they use women's legs in their logo. It's all waiting for you in Trans Media Arts.

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