Why Ugly Betty’s Alexis Meade is important

March 12, 2008

From the wonderful blog Transgriot:

Rebecca Romijn’s Alexis Meade character is that important, peeps. While Ms. Romijn isn’t transgender, her character, like Uhura 40 years before is a representative of a group marginalized in American society. Alexis is not only intelligent and beautiful, but is shown in a position of power and influence. The reactions of her family members ranging from her mother Claire’s total acceptance of her daughter to her father Bradford’s outright rrejection and her brother Daniel struggling with the changes in their relationship mirror what goes on in our lives.

She also gives non-transgender people a glimpse of the prejudice we face, the alienation that we experience from friends and family alike, our complicated love lives, and the gut wrenching emotions we go through before and after transition. I could write posts every day for the next ten years about these issues, but a top rated TV show such as Ugly Betty in the one hour it’s on the air reaches more people than Bilerico and my TransGriot one combined.

Like the unknown positive effects of Nichelle Nichols’ Uhura that became apparent decades later, how many transkids who are being teased, tormented and bullied flip on Ugly Betty and are reassured by Rebecca’s character they aren’t alone, they aren’t freaks and they can one day BE Alexis Meade? How many of those transkids will be inspired to do great things because of this character?

Great review in AVN

February 19, 2008

Crossdressing: Erotic Stories is the spolight pic in AVN‘s Febraury issue for book reviews!

“This volume contains 18 erotic short stories dedicated to the glory of crossdressing by both sexes.

From the allure of phone sex and pantyhose in Stan Kent’s ‘Phone Fatale,’ to the gender-bending, line-blurring exhibitionist romp of two costumed couples in Helen Boyd’s ‘Halloween,’ these tales of transvestism are sure to delight the sensual reader.” -Jay Marlowe

Pretty Delia CD- adult site and blog

February 19, 2008

Sorry for the lack of posting, I’ve been really busy. I just discovered Delia’s Den, and feel like I don’t know where I’ve been! I found her trhough a twitter post from TastyTrixie, and you can also follow Delia on Twitter.

Here’s a bit from a post last month:

The main reason we were down in Portland was to meet with my doctor and make sure that everything was okay with me before starting on hormone replacement therapy. Everything went pretty well, though my liver function was a little off. They just want to keep an eye on it so I’ll have to do another blood test in a month or so.

I’ll be starting out with a fairly low dosage of estrogen (estradiol) and a testostorone “blocker” spironolactone. I’ve been taking regular aspirin to reduce the chance of any blood clotting but the Dr said I could just use the childrens chewable which is nice to know. So I have the prescriptions in hand now it’s just a matter of getting pregnant.

Check her out on her blog and website.

Rebecca Romijn as Alexis Meade on Ugly Betty

February 4, 2008

I’m catching up on Ugly Betty on DVD and love the Alexis Meade story line (Rebecca Romijn plays a MTF):

Here’s an interview with her about her role on the show at Gaywired (via Femulate)

“I happen to have several friends who are transgender so it’s something that is a very sensitive subject and it’s very close to my heart,” said Romijn, who plays Alexis on the show. “It’s something that I would never want to make any choices that would insult my friends. I also feel like I’m part of a movement of people that are sort of making it into mainstream society and don’t really have a voice yet or are still finding their voice. It’s kind of an honor. At first it just sounded like a really fun character to play. Now it feels a little bit more important.”

Those friends of hers in the community approve. “[They have been] super positive,” she says. “I’ve met a lot of transgender (people), which has been really interesting. They love it. Everything that I pick up for the character, I pick up for them. It can be a sensitive subject. To make that decision to change your gender is a huge decision so of course I would never want to offend my friends. Hopefully I have not and the writers are all very knowledgeable and supportive and sympathetic with the character.”

Here’s a YouTube montage:

Michael Thomas Ford’s awesome drag photos

January 20, 2008

I’ve been reading and enjoying the writing of Michael Thomas Ford for years – he writes erotica and now, mainly, gay male fiction, but also does tons of other stuff. Here’s also on Flickr and these are a few of his amazing drag photos – titles by him:

Breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts

When did I get knocked up? Test Shot 05

Mrs. Evelyn Burnham hates Christmas Shopping

October 25 2007: Ode to Chrissy Amphlett

And my personal favorite (though the Dunkin’ Donuts one is a close second, I just have a weakness for men wearing lipstick):

Happy Birthday David Johansen!

Club for crossdressers can’t open

January 16, 2008


image via Metro Times Detroit

“Tranny space,” Metro Times Detroit

But it’s not exactly business as usual, because the proposed club will be for cross-dressing men and transgender people. Club owner Janet Law (a self-described tranny who legally changed her name from Tom to Janet) and her lawyer say the case is more about dirty politics, the First Amendment right to assemble and discrimination against transgendered people.

Law owns a 15,000-square-foot building on Fort Street in the downriver community. National Engines, a garage and parts store for race cars, occupies about 12,000 square feet. Another part of the building is Janet’s Closet, a store selling wigs, makeup, clothing and accessories for cross-dressing men.

“We’re not an adult store. There’s no porn. There are no dildos. There’s no ass lube. There’s no butt plugs,” Law says. “This is an upscale store. It’s not a black room with one light bulb. This is a serious store for a cross-dresser or transgendered person.”

As her business grew, Law renovated the last 1,200 square feet of the building into the club. Men would be able to arrive in their “regular” clothes and use on-site locker rooms to apply makeup, do their hair and change into women’s apparel.

“There’s no sex here. There’s nothing like that,” Law says. “It’s a clean, discreet place for transgenders.”

“Officials keep club for cross-dressers shuttered,” The Detroit News

WYANDOTTE — Dressed for guests in heels and a short skirt, Janet Law sipped a drink alone in the private club she hopes to open for cross-dressing men.

She mailed invitations to city officials in hopes of making peace in a year-long feud over the club. None came Tuesday to Janet’s Place, the disco-lighted lounge and dance floor in the back of Law’s Fort Street speed shop and race car engine-building business, National Machined Engine.

“I was hopeful, but did I really think any of them would come and meet me and see what they fear? No,” said Law, 56, who was well-known in the car racing community as Edward “RJ” Law before getting breast implants four years ago and living as a cross-dresser.

City officials have refused to issue permits to allow Law to operate the club, insisting she lacks parking to accommodate customers. She and her lawyer say officials have ulterior motives and will make a final appeal Wednesday to the Zoning Board of Appeals before filing suit.

In a standoff that’s caught the attention of advocates in the transgender community, Law’s lawyer, Guy Conti, says Wyandotte is violating her constitutional rights because the 1,400-square-foot club otherwise meets zoning rules.

Fantasia Fair 2008!

January 12, 2008

The dates for this year’s Fantasia Fair have been announced: October 19-26. From their site:

Fantasia Fair is a week-long transgender event that attracts people from the entire range of the GLBTI community – crossdressers, transsexuals, intersex individuals, M2Fs, F2Ms, and their significant others are all welcome.

Fantasia Fair is a week-long transgender event held every October in the GLBT resort town of Provincetown, Massachusetts. The Fair is a “full immersion” experience, meaning that attendees can and usually do spend an entire week living 24/7 presenting their gender as the wish.

Started in 1975, “FanFair” is the oldest and longest-running gathering of transgender persons for mutual education, support, collaboration and socializing. Every year the Fair grows in its scope, character, and assistance to the gender explorer. FanFair continues to be the leading annual program promoting an individual’s ability to thrive in a real-life situation, and receive positive reinforcement and encouragement. This allows the cross dresser, MTF transsexual, FTM transsexual and all the gender diverse to experience life in an open and caring environment — something unique in a world that typically has difficulty understanding and accepting gender diversity.

Couples find support, friendship and caring, and enjoy the opportunity to share and partake of workshops and sessions that explore and recognize the ups and downs of a TG partnership.

Here’s a photo from Karen Wendy Fox’s 2007 Fantasia Fair Flickr set:

And here you’ll find many more Fantasia Fair photos, including crossdressing brides, the subject of an upcoming post right here, so stay tuned.

Review of Crossdressing in Forum UK

January 10, 2008

I’m thrilled that Crossdressing: Erotic Stories got such a fabulous review in Forum UK.

There’s a lot more to crossdressing than simply a desire by men to wear women’s clothes, and this intelligent anthology covers it in thrilling detail. Yes, there are trannies here, most vividly brought to life in Tulsa Brown’s Temporary, the tale of an unexpected liaison between a drag queen and one of the kitchen staff in the sleazy venue where she’s performing. But there’s also a straight girl who fulfills her dominant lover’s request to dress as a boy (Alison Tyler’s Like a Girl), a butch femme who finally embraces her girly side by wearing a beautiful evening gown (Teresa Noelle Roberts’ Tough Enough To Wear a Dress), two couples who attend a fancy dress party as James Dean, Sal Mineo, Clara Bow and Joan Crawford and discover how much it is when boys will be girls and girls will be boys (Helen Boyd’s Halloween) and even a woman whose fantasy is to have sex while dressed as a Yeoman of the Guard (Lisabet Sarai’s Beefeater). Throw in an introduction from Veronica Vera, the head of Miss Vera’s Finishing School For Boys Who Want To Be Girls, and a high quotient of stories featuring men in panties (always guaranteed to keep me turning the pages!), and this is one short story collection which doesn’t need to be dressed up as anything other than really hot read. — E.C.

Sexy boots

January 9, 2008

From blogger Evie-tv……..Adventures in Crossdressing (in a post titled Cake or death – love that):

So with a deep breath and summoning up all my courage I grabbed the display boot and strode inside. Actually I hovered about a bit, it wasn’t exactly a stride but you get the idea, the young assistant was serving a woman of Evans’ more regular demographic but when she became free I asked if I could have the other boot to make up the pair. Off she went into the back stock room and came out a few minutes later with a big box with my boots in.

Now this was the moment of my epiphany, I could have grabbed the box, without trying them on first, bought them quickly and hurried out of the store. Likely to arise some suspicions but I could kid myself that they would probably think that the good looking 6 footer was buying them for an unlucky girlfriend, or not, it wouldn’t matter I would be halfway down the High Street before the Secret Police were called.

No instead, in hushed tones I asked the assistant if I could try them on in the changing rooms. What you need to know here is that I have never been this bold, I have never openly asked to try on an item of womens clothing before, this was uncharted territory. The assistant bless her of course said yes. So there I was, in an Evans changing room with my boots. I removed my jeans behind the curtain and slipped the boots on over my tights. God it was bliss, they zipped up my calf’s beautifully and fit perfectly. Not wanting to push it, I allowed myself a small twirl to admire myself and then slipped them back off and dressed again.

Upon leaving the changing rooms, I mumbled a hushed apology to the assistant in case I had caused her any embarrassment but she wasn’t and showed none and instead she asked if there was anything else. I thought briefly about selecting a couple of dresses now that my secret was clearly out but I didn’t want to push it. Instead I bought my fantastic new boots and literally floated out of the store. This small probably seemingly minor incident left me with such an incredible natural high that lasted for days afterwards. The shop girl will probably never know the profound impact she had on me, though not intentionally, just by being there and playing your part sensitively you enriched my life. Thank you, I will never decry Evans fashion ever again.

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Flawless

January 7, 2008

I don’t know how I missed this film, but I can’t wait to see Flawless. I totally have a thing for Philip Seymour Hoffman, who seems to be everywhere these days, and seeing him in drag as Rusty only intensifies my little crush.

Here’s the trailer:

And here’s another clip:

And then a photo of him as himself, just because:


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