It is interesting how perspectives vary on this. My thought was that Caitlyn probably suffered even more than me for a number of reasons. 1. She is older. She grew up before there was the Internet or much reliable information about transgender issues. I remember believing I was the "only one" in the world who felt this way. Caitlyn came up at a time when there was even less information and much less tolerance. 2. She became famous. Bruce Jenner was an American icon and was a hero to many. Bruce received endorsements such as Wheaties and became instantly recognizable in virtually every household in America. I can relate from being fairly well known in my home town and how scary it is that your "secret" might get out. Remember this was in an era when most of America was very intolerant. 3. Caitlyn probably realized she could never just disappear and then reappear as her female self. At the time of my transition (over 20 years ago) that is exactly what I did. I disappeared and reemerged as a female. Fortunately for me I passed pretty near flawlessly so I pretty much just got on with my life. Caitlyn probably didn't have that opportunity with Paparazzi hounding her. I believe Caitlyn's coming out will signal a turning point in how America views and treats transgender people. Or course there will still be ignorance and bigotry, but Caitlyn has people talking. Now, everybody knows somebody who is transgender -- or at least they feel like they do. I have never seen the outpouring of support that I am for Caitlyn. I do believe we're at a cross roads. Let's hope this will be the shift we've been hoping for.
Thank you for your thoughtful observation Brigsby. I agree there isn't as much conversation about trans men. I suspect that is because the men are less visible, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't talk about FtM issues. It reinforces in my mind that we were right, during the early development of TGGuide, when we decided to be open to all transgender people including FtM. In fact, during our recent upgrades, I am attempting to make the site more neutral so it feels welcoming for both the guys and gals regardless of where they fit on the transgender continuum.
The Family Research Council is despicable at best. They hide behind self-righteousness and try to stir up fear with their gross misrepresentations and outright lies. How many times does this have to happen before the larger society realizes that these types of churches and religious organizations don't really hold the key to morality. But next week they will be clutching their bibles, as if they are the official spokesmen of God, railing against transgender people who need to use the restroom.
I believe the galleries will be back online, with all member submitted photos, very soon! Still working on it but I think we have a handle on it now. The gallery has been the most problematic part of the software upgrade, for some strange reason.
I have a support request in with the software vendor (Invision Powerboard) to see if we have fixes for these reported bugs. I expect we'll get an answer early this coming week. If we cannot resolve most of the bugs I have requested that we revert to their prior version. It will be a shame if we have to because there are some nice features in this new version, especially the mobile responsiveness. I will keep you informed. Sorry for the inconvenience. Being the optimist I am, I believe the upgrade will be worth all the aggravation in the long run.
The forum upgrade will take place in the next few days. It is a major upgrade which will include a responsive design so you will be able to navigate the forums more easily on mobile devices. Once upgraded usernames and display names will be merged so that only the display name remains in our system. I will rebuild our forum skin (background, graphics, etc) once the new software has been installed. The forum should remain operational throughout this process. There may be a few hiccups along the way but these changes will be beneficial for our forum community.
Please help welcome EmmaSweet as our newest moderator here at TGGuide.com Message Forum. Emma always seems to have something to add that is positive and beneficial for our community. It is a pleasure to have her as a member.
Welcome aboard the moderators team EmmaSweet. You're an awesome addition. :)
Yes, let's see if the forum software update fixes the problem. If not we can look further for a solution. I think the update will repair a few bugs we've seen lately. Overall, it is quite stable software. Some of the old-timers around here may remember more than one crash and burn before we found this platform. :wacko:
TGGuide is pretty stable and safe, although we put some stress on the server at times. The site and forum are backed up so things should be pretty secure. TGGuide isn't going anywhere and we appreciate everybody's participation.
Hi Everybody. I wanted to let you know that we're doing some fairly major updates of the TGGuide.com website and this forum. The updates will increase our forum security and will make the site more accessible for mobile devices. We could experience temporary site disruptions during installation but these should be brief. Updates being performed: Update TGGuide.com main site software and plugins [COMPLETED 4/21/15] Install TGGuide.com mobile responsiveness [COMPLETED 4/19/15] Software License renewed [COMPLETED 4/20/15] Added Forum Chat - See "Forum Chat" Tab. Currently limited to 5 members [COMPLETED 4/21/15] Update message forum software [COMPLETED 5/7/15] Update blogs software [COMPLETED 5/7/15] Update gallery software [COMPLETED 5/11/15] I am now working on some design elements to make the site more appealing (hopefully) and on privacy features, regarding what content non-members are able to view prior to registering. Please let me know if you spot any bugs during the upgrade process. The evolution will still take some time but we're past the worst of it now! Thank you for hanging in there and for making TGGuide one of the best transgender peer support sites on the Internet.