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  1. UsernameOptional added a comment on a blog entry: Fantastic Night on the Stage   

    We have artist up the wazoo in the trans community!!
    And then we have artistic friends in the gay community, too...      @ Monica.
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  2. UsernameOptional added a comment on a blog entry: I Just Want Cake & Coke Zero!   

    My biggest weight gain came after I retired.  I was in a job that could be physically demanding, so I stayed in pretty good shape.  Over the years I gained a few pounds here and there, but always remained pretty muscular.  In my early 20s, I wore a size 31 jeans (despite not being over-weight, I've always had a bit of a belly), later a 33.  I found, at least where I live, the only places I could find odd, or "in-between" sized jeans when I needed them were in western apparel stores.
    As for soda and cake...well, I don't drink much soda at all other than an occasion ginger ale.  I never did like Coka-Cola even when I was a kid, and when ever I do drink soda, I usually water it down.  I enjoy cake if it's there, but I don't go out of my way to bake them or seek them out at buffets.  My biggest problem:   GOOD FOOD!  At buffets, I get a variety of foods for my meal - including veggies.  For desert, I get more food.
    And then of course, I don't exactly get much exercise anymore.  ::: sigh :::
    I really can't offer any good dieting advice 'cause I really never had to diet.  And now that I need to...I hate it.  It's torture.  All I think about is food.  As a result... my attempts go bust within days..
    Good luck with your weight loss... I hope you can do better than I have done.
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  3. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Companies Should Get GLBT Polices in Order   

    28 May 2015 | David Hudson
    "But does that reasoning really hold true? The ever-evolving state of the law in this area shows this reasoning is weak and provides strong support for employers, including protections in equal employment opportunity (EEO), anti-harassment, and anti-retaliation policies for all their LGBT employees." --gaystarnews.com
    Why your company needs to get its sexual orientation and trans policies in order
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  4. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Shane Ortega: Army Sgt and Transgender   

    Mitch Kellaway | May 28 2015 3:30 AM ET
    "“For me, I think gender dysphoria is kind of like before people come out as gay or lesbian,” he explains, his voice thoughtful. “That time period where you’re trying to figure out who you are. Once you acknowledge and actually know who you are, I don’t think you really suffer from dysphoria. I think you just need treatment at that time. It’s like saying, ‘I’m hungry.’ Until you get something to eat, you’re still hungry, you know? … You always know, ‘I’m hungry, I should eat a sandwich.’ So eventually, you’re like, ‘All right, cool, I got a sandwich.’”"  --advocate.com
    Poised for Perfection: Sgt. Shane Ortega Puts a Face to the Transgender Military Ban
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  5. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Duggar Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations   

    I wasn't gonna say anymore on this... but, since we're still on the subject of hypocrisy --
    I read an article yesterday that a part of Daddy Dugger's platform while running for U.S. Senate in 2002, was that rape and incest should be punishable by death.
    Imagine that!

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  6. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Editing blogs   

    Awww...no need to feel silly.  Takes time to get used to a new site. 
    Holler at any one of us when ever you need help
    -Michael
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  7. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Editing blogs   

    Hi Winter -
    I went to see about fixing the problem, but I'm not sure what you think you messed up.   The name of your blog is "Winter Sage."   The title of your first entry is "She's Really Gone."    Which was it you attempted to edit?
    Both can be edited.  If you still need help on either, just reply to this thread and I can post instructions on how to do it.
    -Michael
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  8. UsernameOptional added a comment on a blog entry: The Annoyance Persists   

    Yeah...try not to let that woman's attitude get ya down.  If she's like that to everyone... she needs to find another job somewhere else.  Trans people don't need that kind of treatment.  Way too many of us already have esteem issues  That kinda crap certainly doesn't help things.
    And that business about being on HRT a year before you can get surgery has got to be bull... perhaps a requirement by the particular surgeon.  I know of guys who have gotten top surgery within 6 months of being on HRT.   And what about a person who can't do HRT for medical reasons?  That mean a guy can't get top surgery at all?   The way I look at it if a guy wants top surgery, he should be able to have it.  If women can get boob jobs without having their heads shrunk, we should be able to get un-boob jobs!   And like you... I want them gone BEFORE starting hormones, or before the hormones start making any changes.  Besides... from what I understand, they make you go off HRT for surgery.
    Anyway... sorry to hear that the plan for the beach went down the drain.  But hey... ya have the rest of the summer to make other trips to the beach. 
    -Michael
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  9. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: The Irish Got It Right   

  10. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Duggar Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations   

    "Well, well, well."  --Gennee
    LOL!  There's a show on the cable channel ID called "Lt. Joe Kenda: Homocide Hunter."  He seems to have a dry, wry sense of humour.  Occasionally, when things turn out as he suspected from the very beginning (or if something is not surprising), he will say, "my, my, my."  Ya kill me, Gennee!
    Not only did it blow my mind that these people have been sitting on this while they have preached their BS and condemned trans people... Tony Perkins seems (based on his response in this article) totally unconcerned about the fact that Duggar had acted sexually inappropriately, but seemed to simply agree that Duggar would not be able to do his job without the distraction caused by all the attention arising from this issue.  It leaves me to believe that had Duggar not resigned, he'd still be with FRC.
    Seems to me the FIRST thing Perkins and any of his cronies should have been thinking was, do I want this guy around my children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and all their little friends?   Next concern should have been, that they don't want someone representing them who violates all they claim to stand for.
    It sounds like they want to excuse this as Duggar having been "only a child" when this occurred, stressing that this happened 12 years ago, and that they prayed the pervert away.  He was 15.  There have been 15 year old kids charged as adults in some crimes because it was determined that they knew exactly what they were doing.  In a family that has churned out a new bigot every 1.6 years (on average), I can hardly believe that Josh Duggar was totally ignorant of sex and what is right, wrong, acceptable, unacceptable.  I also don't believe that he "confessed his sins" to his parents.  I think the little $#!*@$-+=! got caught!
    As an aside... according to one tabloid-like source, Mama June Shannon has already threatened a lawsuit if TLC doesn't cancel "19 Kids and Counting."
     
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  11. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Duggar Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations   

    Trudy Ring | May 21 2015 9:04 PM ET
    "“Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years,” FRC president Tony Perkins wrote in a statement posted on the home pages of both FRC and FRC Action. “Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work. We believe this is the best decision for Josh and his family at this time. We will be praying for everyone involved.”"  --advocate.com
    Josh Duggar Resigns From Antigay Family Research Council Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations
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    Talk about a buncha lying, hypocrits!!!  A PERVERT among them, and they covered it up... all while calling trans people child predators, and fighting against TGLB protections. 
    I've always felt that TLC should have canned that show years ago when it was discovered that this family might have been a part of the "Quiverfull" movement.  In my opinion, they should DEFINITELY cancel this show now, and never allow any previously aired show to be seen again.  That's what they did with "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."  What's good for the goose, is good for the gander!
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  12. UsernameOptional added a comment on a blog entry: When You're Trans, Fantasy Trumps Reality   

    Yep... I googled "Electra Woman," too.  I also looked at the 1976 calendar to see why I couldn't really say I remembered the show.   Seems it's regular timeslot was on Saturday mornings.  Perhaps about the time the show came on, my brother and I might have been doing chores, or there were cartoons on that we preferred to watch.
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  13. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Professional Voice   

    You might also want to check out  http://tgguide.com/message/topic/7338-voice-feminization-app/
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  14. UsernameOptional added a blog entry in Michael's Blog   

    When You're Trans, Fantasy Trumps Reality

    A couple or three months ago, I discovered a new channel in my cable channel line-up, and in doing so, spotted "Starsky and Hutch" in the primetime programming.  I hadn't seen it since it went off the air, though I did see the 2004 movie.  I've been watching the 1975-79 show since then, enjoying the action, and seeing things I never saw before.
    What? 
    I watched "S&H" religiously.  I even remembered that the show, at least for a while, came on on Wednesdays.  So why wasn't I able to sit back and watch the show and think to myself on occasion, "oh yeahhhh... I remember this episode!"  It was like I was seeing each episode for the first time night after night.   After about two weeks, I started googling stuff about the show - something you couldn't do back in 1975. 
    How can someone who was such a fan, remember only the characters?  Oh, and the opening theme song.  I also liked that big cannon of a .357 Magnum that Hutch used.  And I remember that brown and white cardigan that Starsky wore on occasion.  I even had a similar cardigan.  I loved that cardigan.   However, show after show, I failed to recognize any of the episodes.  Every so often, it seemed like a memory was about to be triggered.  And eventually, there was a scene in one episode that I thought I remembered.  Or maybe I just convinced myself that I remembered because it got to the point that I felt like I had to remember.  I should remember.  I didn't even remember the touchy-feely-makes-you-wonder-if-they're-gay-lovers-but-they're-always-after-the-girls kinda characters.
    After a couple more weeks of watching "S&H" reruns, and still not recognizing any of the episodes, I started wondering why.  Yes, I liked Hutch's gun - I had a toy gun similar to his when I was a kid.  And I liked Starsky's cardigan.  Did I mention that I really like that cardigan?    And that sweater I had made me sorta feel like Starsky.  Then it hit me - I couldn't remember the show itself because of Starsky - I wished I was Detective David Starsky.  With that .357 Magnum (instead of Hutch).  That's why I can't really remember any of the episodes.  When I watched the show each week, I apparently "stepped into the TV," pretending to be Starksy.  I was the cop that got into shoot-outs, wild chases in that slick lookin' Torino, always lost out on the pretty girls to my partner.  Hutch was annoying like that.
    Now that I'm older, and have found different ways to be me...I can sit back and watch "S&H" for the first time.  But I guess somewhere deep down, I still sorta wish I was Starsky...
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  15. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: I feel like a guy, but i believe in God...   

    Hello Mikey... and welcome to TGG.
    First, I don't think your parents hate you.  They might be surprised.  Maybe upset.  They don't know how to process what's going on.  And then of course, there's the whole "teenagers-and-parents-are-like-oil-and-water" thing.  Least ways, I hope that's all it is.  If you've been struggling to admit your true identity to yourself, imagine how they feel - they've been thinking for 15 years that they had a little girl!
    As for God... well, if there is a God, and he created all things, he created you.  Since he created you, I seriously doubt he hates you.  Though there are people who would have you believe that.  In reality, when someone tells you or makes you feel that God hates you, that is simply them hating you and using God to hide behind.  You can identify as a man, and still believe in God.  There are many religious gay and trans people.  There are a number of religious people on this board.  And... look at the title of the forum you just posted in.
    If your school has a LGBT group, or a Gay/Straight alliance or something... maybe you could join.  I doubt you are the only trans or gender non-conforming kid in your school.  Might be helpful if you could meet other kids.  And then of course, until you can find something local that you can get to... you found TG Guide. Lots of good people here, and enough topics and blogs to keep you reading until you graduate.  Okay... maybe not that much reading...but there's a good deal of stuff here.
    -Michael
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