Transformation Magazine Editor & Publisher Hanna Rodgers writes: Our amazing Fall issue is all about Fashion & Fetish. Drag Race Winner and vintage fetish queen Violet Chachki is featured in an exclusive photo spread shot by Dusti Cunningham and she dishes about what it’s like to “Steal the Show.” Cici Fetish Doll hits the the L.A. Fetish Ball with latex fantasy girl Nicci Tristan and friends in jaw-dropping rubber couture. Caramel Black interviews TS Mayumi, an up and cumming adult model with a passion for cosplay and gaming. For fans of global and alternative TS porn we bring you a profile of The UP Network and feature models from their Piladyboycom site. Plus we are On The Scene at DragCon, hold a Transformation 94 release party with Aubrey Kate, teach a little bit of Glamour 101, and more! Want to find a copy on a newsstand near you? Search by zip code using Where’s My Magazine or check out our Google Map of small retailers.
10/28/15 Mashable Article by Katie Dupere: When Laverne Cox graced the cover of TIME magazine in 2014, the cover proclaimed that the United States was at a “transgender tipping point.” That bold statement has become a moment many point to as the beginning of transgender rights and identities becoming catapulted into the public eye. But there is one powerful piece of the puzzle missing when it comes to thinking about transgender identities — we don’t actually know how many trans people are in the United States. Or the world, for that matter. Click here to continue reading.
Article by Helen Holmes 10/04/15, 9:50pm: The Slot – On Saturday, at a Washington breakfast hosted by the Human Rights Campaign, Vice President Joe Biden and prospective President Hillary Clinton both gave impassioned speeches in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans—and our stalwart veep managed to squeeze in a rock solid republican diss, too. Clinton won “roaring applause” by promising to make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues essential to her presidency, while Biden pointed out that the government had had little to do with recent rapid advancement in gay rights. Click here to continue reading.
On September 30, 2015, Sandra Gibbons of Trannies In Trouble said, “I never expected to actually be on the cover of TV Repartee when Nina Jay told me that our recent interview was being printed (October 1st, 2015), so it’s a big honor to be so prominently featured. Thanks to Nina, Photographer Keith, and Bella who publishes the magazine. I was still a bit jet-lagged in London when we shot this picture last May, but it was a fun and very memorable visit. Here’s the link to the magazine if you’d like to see more, with another photo on the front of the TV Repartee site that may look familiar.” There are more than 450 galleries containing over 19,000 pictures in the Trannies In Trouble Members’ Area, plus over 24 hours of original video.
10/1/2015: Dominique Mosbergen, Senior Writer, The Huffington Post: After months of waiting, a transgender teen’s request to legally change her name was finally approved. To celebrate the big moment, her mom organized a special surprise on Saturday. The announcement left 16-year-old Gabrielle Diana Gladu utterly “speechless.” Click here to watch as Gabrielle’s mom, Rose Gladu, unveils a cake emblazoned with a special message. “It took me a moment to process what it said on the cake,” Gabrielle, who lives in Ontario, told BuzzFeed News. “It said, ‘Congratulations, you are now Gabrielle!'”
September 30, 2015 Article by Dawn Ellis – theadvocate.com: “Transgender Bridge,” tonight’s episode of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is summarized by the network as a tale of “transgender tragedy”: “When a transgender teen is taunted by high school kids, bullying escalates to tragedy.” All too often in its 17 seasons on television, L&O: SVU has portrayed trans characters as sex workers, crime victims, undesirables and caricatures. Tonight, a 15-year-old transgender girl named Avery Parker is shown walking home from school through New York City’s Fort Tryon Park, where she’s surrounded by a group of rowdy boys. “Taunts and jokes intensify to pushing and shoving,” reads the show’s official description, “leaving Avery in the hospital and three assailants under arrest.” When the worst happens and the district attorney’s office decides to try one of the culprits as an adult, “the SVU squad agonizes over whether the punishment fits the crime, and must deal with the pain of both families involved,” according to a spokeswoman for NBC. She told The Advocate the trans teenage girl is played by an actor named Christopher Dylan, who she says has had varied roles, including one in a short film for the band Counting Crows. The Advocate asked Dylan’s manager, through the spokeswoman, to disclose whether Dylan is cisgender (nontrans) and what pronouns would be preferable but did not receive a reply. Avery’s character has what NBC says is “a very supportive and loving family (her parents are played by real-life Tony-nominated couple Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker).” Actress Bianca Leigh plays Dr. Sandow, Avery’s therapist who gives the eulogy at the funeral. Click here to continue reading.
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Sep 17, 2015 The Atlantic article by Terence Cantarella: Peche Di, a Thai beauty queen who studied at New York University, spent five years booking occasional modeling gigs and looking for an agency to represent her. “They didn’t understand me,” she says, “so I struggled to find work.” Finally, this past May, she decided to do something about the lack of opportunities for her and other transgender models. The 26-year-old walked into the county clerk’s office downtown and filed the paperwork for Trans Models, creating New York City’s first transgender modeling agency—and one of only three in the country, and perhaps the world. Now, four months later, her agency has signed 19 models—10 men and nine women—and has done shoots for Budweiser and Smirnoff. Consultations are ongoing with a network executive about a possible reality-TV series. Di, who grew up in Bangkok and whose given name is Pitchadapha Phasi, is starting an agency at a time when media is changing many Americans’ understanding of gender identity. The growing prominence of the former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, the TV actress Laverne Cox, the model Andreja Pejić, and scores of other transgender people has made the transgender community much more visible. Click here to continue reading about Trans Models.
Los Angeles based non-profit organization, Trans Adult Industry Foundation (TAIF) raises money to distribute funds to charitable organizations who provide life-affirming support services to the trans population. The Board of Directors are advocate and educator Buck Angel, Grooby owner Steven Grooby, and Grooby Marketing Director Kristel Penn. “Giving back is a very important part of my work so joining with TAIF was a no brainer,” said educator and adult industry veteran Buck Angel. “We as adult entertainment producers and performers have been shunned by some LGBTQ organizations when we have tried to donate our money. This makes me sad because essentially they are saying, ‘your money is not good enough to save lives.’ So with that came TAIF, and something good came out of a negative. Excited to see the future of TAIF and helping our community. #gratitude.” “We’ve a long standing history of promoting and donating to causes that are related to our specific niche and I’ve nurtured a few ideas on how we can ‘give back’ to our community without being able to bring them to fruition,” said Grooby founder Steven Grooby. “TAIF has taken the best of our previous ideas and is also born out of frustration on wanting to get funds to those most in need, with some charities refusing to accept money from adult companies. Buck, Kristel, and I are looking forward to reaching out to other companies, models, and fans and have some cool fundraising ideas, as well as funneling a portion of Grooby’s profits directly to the foundation.” Board of Directors Buck Angel, Steven Grooby, and Kristel Penn had been brainstorming for nearly a year before creating TAIF. All agreed on the importance of providing assistance to groups who support trans performers in the adult industry and believed a non-profit organization was the most effective way to ensure funds are distributed where needed. Any contributions made through TAIF will be listed on its website with full transparency. Companies in the adult industry who want to work with TAIF should contact Kristel Penn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trans Adult Industry Foundation (TAIF) raises money, by fundraising and corporate sponsorships, to distribute funds directly to charitable organizations that provide life-affirming support services to the transgender population. This includes, but is not limited to, groups who work in housing, call centers, emergency shelters, and advocacy. The intention of TAIF is to provide resources to trans people, with a specific focus on the needs of the performers in our community. For more information, visit TAIF.org.
At what point do breasts come to be considered “scandalous?” This is the question asked by transgender woman Courtney Demone’s project “Do I Have Boobs Now?” as she documents her gender transition through hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Much like #FreeTheNipple, Demone’s focus is on the censorship of women’s bodies — and, of course, their subsequent sexualization. Demone wrote: Dear Facebook and Instagram, I’m a trans woman starting hormones. Are you going to censor me? I’m going to make this awkward for both of us: A few weeks ago, my nipples started to ache. They told me it would hurt, but that didn’t prepare me for the constant dull throbbing and occasional burning sensation I feel when my shirt rubs across my chest the wrong way. I’m going to sound like a masochist, but every little pain is followed by a slight smile. “I’m actually doing it,” I think. “This is actually happening.” As a trans woman on hormone replacement therapy (HRT), I’m starting to grow breasts. Despite the pain it causes, it is exciting. I’m going to have boobs! All the changes HRT is having on my body are confirming my identity in ways I never thought possible. I’m starting to feel comfortable in my body in ways I’ve only prayed for and dreamed about. My excitement often bleeds into confusion. Shortly after coming out as a woman and before I had started HRT, I was sunbathing topless in my yard when a roommate asked, “Since you’re a girl now, does that mean I’m not allowed to look at you shirtless anymore?” Though he said it jokingly, that thought stuck with me. The next day I went swimming and left a top on, because as a woman I feel ashamed when my nipples are showing, regardless whether the world sees them as a problem. When people start to consistently see me as a woman, my privilege to be comfortably topless in public will be gone for good. We can challenge that. You can follow #DoIHaveBoobsNow and visit Demone’s Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, or Twitter @CourtDemone pages and read the full article on Mashable.com.
In an article posted on Huffpost Gay Voices on 10/1/15, Charlotte Robinson wrote, “I talked with Jennifer Finney Boylan, the first best-selling transgender author in the U.S. whose writings, teachings and activism have significantly illuminated and articulated the transgender experience. Jennifer is being honored by GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) with the Spirit of Justice Award on October 16th at Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of the best-selling memoir She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. A novelist, memoirist and short story writer, she is also a nationally known advocate for transgender rights. She sits on the board of trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction as well as serving as the National co-chair of the board of GLAAD, the LGBT media monitoring organization. Recently Jennifer had an ongoing role on the groundbreaking E TV Network Reality Show I Am Cait and serves as a consultant on the Amazon Emmy and Golden Globe award winning show Transparent. I talked to Jennifer about being honored by GLAD with their Spirit of Justice Award and her spin on our LGBT issues. Click here for the audio on Outtake Media and here for the full article.