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  1. Annie added a post in a topic Pope Announces Resignation   

    Pope Benedict was always meant as an interim pontiff-- he was elected at age 78 after all. (It was a fast seven years, no?)

    I'm hearing the next Pope will be from Latin America.

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  2. Annie added a post in a topic MOVIE POLL (Part 2)   


    Because QUEEN CHRISTINA was released at the beginning of the Hays Office's reign of censorship terror, I've always felt that scripters were forced to turn this Scandanavian Royal into a fictional character who needed the love of a man for fulfillment. Surely the real Christina preferred the ladies.

    As for Greta Garbo's sexuality, no photos have ever surfaced to my knowledge. I suppose "gay or no?" speculation can be fun and harmless if there's no downside for the person under the microscope. One screen personality of Garbo's generation who was openly gay, Patsy Kelly, saw her hireability really suffer for it.

    Louis B. Mayer destroyed the career of a leading man in the early '30s because he refused to take a wife to clear up rumors about his preferences. This actor left Hollywood and for decades was a successful interior decorator. He also stayed with his partner for life.

    There's always been questions about Rudolph Valentino. For certain, his actress wife, Jean Acker was a lesbian. The usual stories circtulated back then about Tallulah Bankhead, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis or any actress with an assertive, self-assured manner. For certain, Marjorie Main (Ma Kettle), her lover Spring Byington, Nancy Kulp (Jane Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies) and designer Edith Head were gay.

    I'd like to recommend an interview book on the subject:

    The list of celeb gays, lesbians and bisexuals at WIKIPEDIA is a literal encyclopedia, with one page per alphabet letter (sometimes two or three pages!:

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  3. Annie added a post in a topic Pantyhose or stockings   

    The most practical thing is what gals did during the WWII nylon shortage-- spray paint the legs suntan or taupe color.
    If you get a run THEN you are surely in trouble!

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  4. Annie added a post in a topic Pantyhose or stockings   

    Whoa, is this thread still around? Amazing.
    I wish nylons were as durable as the endless pantyhose vs. stockings debate.

    My choice way back when was NEITHER. These years, part of my everyday at-work attire is a pair of black or dark gray knee high nylon socks (I get 'em at WALMART in 10-pr boxes, No Nonsense Queen size, if you must know!).

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  5. Annie added a post in a topic Jehovah's Witnesses View on Transgender People   

    Wow, that's really going back!
    I knew you'd remember my friend, who was also briefly a member here.

    There was no point in revealing his identity here as the guy whose last name I legally adopted has probably long since been sublimated by that religion. On the other hand, maybe after me he was able to re-emerge with someone else. Despite the buckets of tears I cried over this person, there's still gratitude for who I now am publicly, a feat I couldn't have accomplished alone. Thus I only have best wishes to extend.

    And now back to current events...

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  6. Annie added a post in a topic Jehovah's Witnesses View on Transgender People   

    I was deeply involved with a Jehovah's Witness during the months leading to my divorce (we were chatroom friends) and once I was single and on my own. This person was (not sure anymore) an FTM TG.

    We were together on and off for four tumultuous years, during the first of which (2000). I made my transition and went through some cosmetic surgery and a legal name change.

    It was a complicated situation, for L. was encumbered by many things, including a deep attachment to the religion. I was taken to a couple of services related only by calender to the Catholic Easter mass. Part of this ritual is congregants passing a glass of wine from one person to the next, with no one drinking.

    That's just extraneous to my main point.

    Our relationship fell apart, again for many reasons. I've always felt regret we got involved at all, yet grateful, as without my friend's support I'd either still be in gender limbo right now or a suicide. There's been no contact for nearly a decade, and never will be, I imagine.

    My friend was a burgeoning artist and did much painting while we were together. A while back I found an inactive webpage that had a self-portrait on it of a crying clown, a very disturbing image, as the face under all that pancake is so familiar.

    I haven't said "he" or "she" on this post as that was one of the most troubling aspects of our friendship. At first, "he" was very present, but within months disappeared. It didn't matter to me, for I loved THE PERSON, but I feel that his closeting was related to being a Witness and the guilt that resulted.

    Maybe I'm the worst judge on this matter, as I am the ultimate non-denomnational heathen.
    As an outsider though I've got to say: guilt sucks, no matter what causes it.

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  7. Annie added a post in a topic Walmart Pharmacy   

    I use WALMART for my spironolactone prescription, of which I take a lotta pills.

    At a regular discount pharmacy, spiro was costing $102 a month. At WALMART it's been $40 for a few years, although recently they've been trying to raise the price by $20, but the pharmacist keeps knoocking it back for me.

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  8. Annie added a post in a topic im RABBIT, from Taiwan   


    Welcome to the TGG forums!

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  9. Annie added a post in a topic Larger Shoes and Sandals   

    By Googling WOMENS SHOES SIZE 14, I came up with a bumch of options.

    Didn't check these sites out individually, but it won't hurt to do some exploring.

    Please let us know if you find some deals. As a 12WW, I'm in the same "boats" that you are!

    Here's the Google results page:

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  10. Annie added a post in a topic new member   


    Welcome to TGG! So glad you found us.

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  11. Annie added a topic in Transgender Crime   

    Idaho Transgender Woman Arrested in Gender ID Bomb Plot
    Post-op since 1980, her feud with local police began with a moving violation that included her birth name.
    The so-called pipe bomb she was carrying when arrested was anything but an explosive.
    Article at:

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  12. Annie added a post in a topic Nylon stockings or pantyhose   

    As someone who lives in the subtropics I never wear anything other than knee-length nylons with slacks.
    Even then, only on occasion.

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  13. Annie added a post in a topic Topless Transgender Women Create Confusion, Questions in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware   

    Some years ago I wrote an essay on this subject:

    (4-16-04) The "BREAST" Things In Life...

    I am a resident of South Florida. Every hot-weather season we experience an
    annual event In one of our seaside communities, a group of activist ladies
    inevitably organize a protest march, complete with signs and bullhorns, decrying
    the inhumane treatment of women. It's not their boyfriends, husbands or bosses
    they rage against, but an unfair system that won't allow them to appear topless
    on the beaches. They see men all around them bare from neck to waist, and they
    demand the same right of exposure.

    Last year, a demonstration took place in Delray Beach, the highlight of which
    was to be a planned public "unveiling" of some 14 middle-aged women. But at
    that crucial moment when push came to shove, only ONE of them was brave enough
    to "take it all off." She was promptly arrested for public indecency, to howls
    of complaint from her outraged but nonetheless more timid sisters.
    End of march.

    This got me thinking.

    We have an exceptionally large TG community down here. Many of us gals, myself
    included, are Pre-op. I've had a breast augmentation, and am currently about a
    DD. I'd like to see all us Pre-ops get together, that is, all those who have the
    "M" on their driver's licenses and are therefore considered legally male, so
    that we can stage a "topless" protest march of our own, in solidarity with
    our oppressed GG sisters. Wouldn't THAT make for an interesting little parade.

    So, what can happen? Can the cops legally arrest topless "guys" just because we
    have breasts, and are therefore "indecently dressed"? Can they paddy wagon us
    away simply because we're TG? (I smell Supreme Court case here!) And if they DO
    pinch the lot of us, which section of the jail will they house us in while we're
    being processed-- BOYS or GIRLS? (Supreme Court.....take 2!)

    I can imagine that because of this unusual action by our group, the current laws
    would have to be amended from--- "women may not go topless" to "ALL individuals
    with substantial breast tissue must be properly attired in public, that is, the
    nipples and aureolae may not be visible."

    OKAY-- Does this mean that flat-chested women are then free to go waist-up
    naked, while fat old geezers with flabby "man boobs" will be required to cover
    up-- wear a sports bra, at least?

    The possibilities are delicious.

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  14. Annie added a post in a topic Favorite Colors   

    Turquoise is my favorite color and semi-precious stone, but with this red hair I would never wear it.

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  15. Annie added a post in a topic I need a little guidance please!!   


    I agree with your psychiatrist. Go by your real name from day one.

    My transitionibg at work was hindered by everyone there knowing me as my birth name. One inflexible assistant manager continued to use it even after the legal change, liked to embarrass me by calling it out across a crowded store just to see me squirm. I was passing pretty well at the time and her nasty pranks did lead to a lot of heads turning and whispering among customers. These abuse, and an insane workload, contributed to my meltdown at that job.

    I know your situation is rather different, yet they still can't call you a name they've never heard.

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  16. Annie added a post in a topic Had to throw away my wardrobe, damn!!!   

    Good topic.

    My most dramatic purge happened at age 21. I did this to convince a girlfriend that she was more important to me than what I told her was only an unimportant alter-ego. (yah, right!)

    I stuffed everything I had into a boxy 1950s suitcase (it was a horrid maroonish-eggplant color), threw in a few small boulders and hurled the thing off the Tomlinson Bridge and into New Haven harbor while my friend watched. It sunk like a suitcase full of rocks should, with a few bubbles of complaint.

    Talk about instant regrets! There were a couple of items in there that could not be replaced, undies that reflected a trend which had died out within a year or so.

    When Charlie's Angels hit TV there was this jiggle phenomenon and the behind was "in." These support panties were like bras for your butt cheeks: they lifted and separated with a strip that ran down the center seam. Never did find anything like them again.

    I think purging is the only way to determine how willing you are to be who the world perceives you as even when the world isn't there to watch. I wasn't willing, not for love or the money it took to buy a new wardrobe.

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  17. Annie added a post in a topic NCTE explains how new health care reform will affect transgender people   


    Thanks for this timely information on how Health Care reform affects our community.

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  18. Annie added a post in a topic Crossdressing High School Student Withdraws From School   

    Hi and welcome!

    Minors simply don't have as many rights as adults and a school dress code is one of the limitations of being a kid.

    Here in Florida, CDing is a legally protected right (see the "Help Me Howard" thread on this TG NEWS & HAPPENINGS page), but I seriously doubt if that law extends to teenagers. In this case, as much as I agree with the student's desire of personal expression I can also understand a school system's need to protect this child from harm by other kids. There's no telling what may arise when a boy openly expresses his feminine side through wardrobe.

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  19. Annie added a post in a topic PRIVATE MESSAGE GLITCHES   


    I got your test PM, however the reply button is grayed out and it reads YOU ARE UNABLE TO REPLY.

    While I have your attention in that corner...
    I've just accessed the VIEW NEW CONTENT link (located in upper right-hand sector) and the newest post there is "ANYONE IN PORTSMOUTH?" dated August 14th. For ten days now this is all I ever see. Is the New Content program faulty?


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  20. Annie added a topic in Forum Help & Support   

    I just tried sending admin a PM, but got a "this person is not receiving PMs" message.

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  21. Annie added a post in a topic Research on Clothing Needs for Crossdressers   

    Clothing's not an issue for me. There's many such catalogs and websites that are adequate. My issue is jewelry, which simply isn't available "off the shelf" in larger sizes. You can't for example find bracelets in lengths larger than 8" which means for me a snug fit. The only other options are A.) a man's bracelet (forget it!) or B.) paying a tidy sum to have what I'm looking for custom-made (and I'm a chronic cheapskate).

    Rings are a similar problem-- I'm like a 10½-- PDB (Pretty Darn Big).
    I've said for years that anyone smart enough to recognize this niche market: larger-sized jewelry for CDs and TSs could make themselves a fortune. Competition is enormous in all other areas: wigs, clothes, etc. but NO ONE...

    OK, I'm beating a dead jeweler over here....

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  22. Annie added a post in a topic New Forum Update   

    This is the latest and the greatest then--

    Well I like the overall look. Kinda miss having that Quick Reply option, though.
    The "Preview" feature is convenient, especially as I always look for ways to
    improve the structure of my posts once they're posted.

    I've got a question.
    My profile says I haven't set my status. What is this "status" I need to set?

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  23. Annie added a topic in Male to Female (MtF) Crossdressers Discussion   

    'Help Me Howard' says courts rule CDing is a protected right!
    When I was a kid, with the exception of Halloween or acting roles, it was illegal in most places for a
    man to appear in public wearing a dress, makeup or anything deemed "unmasculine." Violaters of this
    oppressive law were often harrassed by police, then thrown in jail where they were the targets of
    further abuse by cellmates. Times have changed on this issue of self-expression.

    Howard Finkelstein has been the legal analyst for WSVN-7 since the O.J. trial.
    Once a week, Howard and Patrick Fraser host a special interest segment on Channel 7
    called "Help Me Howard," where they help South Floridians with a variety of legal matters.

    On tonight's edition, Howard took the case of a gay male high school senior who planned to
    arrive at his senior prom dressed as a girl. He also wanted to change into a tux part-way
    through the affair. The young man was told by school officials that there was NO WAY he'd
    be allowed to express his feminine side at the prom, so the fellow turned to Howard for help.

    We are informed during this "Help Me Howard" segment entitled, "Dress to Prom" that it is
    ILLEGAL to deny this fellow the right to dress any way he chooses. Further, it's the school's
    responsibility to make certain that no one harrasses him for wearing a dress to the prom!

    It's a most interesting segment, the full text of which is provided at the above link.

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  24. Annie added a post in a topic Breeding For God   

    My comment wasn't aimed at you or anyone in particular, but was answering the initial post's specific question.
    Sorry if you felt I was singling you out. I wasn't.

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  25. Annie added a post in a topic I'm New Here...Needing Help!   


    If you can do mail order, WOMAN WITHIN offers both plus and tall sizes. They have their own credit card available, offer 90 days deferred billing, have all sorts of sales and discounts and a nice variety of clothing and shoes up to size 15WW. There's also a size chart to help you out. You can order from their website, or through a 1-800 number (which is what I do).

    If you click on the name, a new window will open that takes you to the WW website. :?)

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