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Offline Rosieleigh

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Re: In the News
« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2013, 09:46:09 AM »
I guess I won't be tuning in Alex Jones anymore. He's finally totally lost his mind

Alex Jones Says Transgender People will Vomit & Crap All Over The Place

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones went on a rambling, transphobic rant during his radio show, warning that protecting the rights of transgender people will cause them to start "vomiting and crapping all over the place."

During the April 30 edition of his radio show, Jones launched a screed against the "globalist mafia," which he blamed for efforts to reduce discrimination against transgender people. After claiming that he isn't bothered by transgender people - but that their "fake rights" don't exist - Jones warned that "transvestites" would "throw up all over the walls" in public bathrooms. "I don't want my daughters growing up in a country where some transvestite walking around hopped out of their brain on drugs vomiting and crapping all over the place."

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Re: In the News (with pictures)
« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2013, 10:53:13 PM »
Someone just pointed out this column from the New York Times a few months ago (although it does not have pictures):

When James Becomes Janice: What Not to Ask a Transgender Friend


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Boy George Is The Dharma Queen
« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2013, 10:12:58 PM »
Boy George will release his new song ‘Coming Home’ under the artist name Dharma Protocol featuring Boy George.

Dharma Protocol is George with Culture Club’s Mikey Craig, Moto Blanco’s Danny Harrison and The Orb’s Youth. Think George’s first dance song ‘Jesus Loves You’ as a guide to where this is heading.

“Coming Home is about returning to who you really are as a person,” George says in a statement. “Some people grow further away from themselves as they get older, while others like me become who they are meant to be. Right now I feel very comfortable in my skin.”

George has been working with Mikey and Youth for his next solo album ‘This Is What I Do’. ‘Coming Home’ is from the same sessions and it is a pure dance record.

“I wanted to do something for the dance-floor because I DJ every weekend all over the globe and right now I’m very excited about the direction dance music is taking,” George says.

There will be nine mixes of ‘Coming Home’. George recently made a video and will release it soon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fda06aWNO7s

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In the News
« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2013, 12:31:00 PM »
Crossdresser arrested after entering lingerie shop in Kuwait

A young Kuwaiti crossdresser was arrested by police after he entered a women-only lingerie shop.

A female shopper, shocked by the presence of a man wearing women’s clothes and heavy makeup, told him to leave the premises, saying he had no right to be there.

However, the crossdresser objected and insisted he was entitled to be in the shop, located in the posh Salmiya area in Kuwait City.

A saleswoman had to call the police to end the dispute, local Arabic daily Al Rai reported.

The crossdresser was eventually taken by the police to the station. He is accused of crossdressing and getting involved in a fight in a public place.

Kuwait, like the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, prohibits crossdressing in public and media often report police swoops and court cases against those who break the rules.

Some of the online comments on the fight called for allocating special areas, mainly in remote places, for “soft men” where they could wear their makeup and transgender clothes.

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Re: In the News
« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2013, 12:48:01 PM »
Orthodoxy no drag for gay Israeli

Just shy of midnight, Shahar Hadar trades his knitted white yarmulke for a wavy blond wig and a pink velvet dress.

Cheers greet him in a packed gay bar as he starts to swivel to a Hebrew pop song, his shiny red lips mouthing lyrics that mean more to him than the audience knows: “With God’s help you’ll have the strength / To overcome and give your all.”

It has been a long and agonizing metamorphosis for Hadar, 34, from being a conflicted Orthodox Jew to a proud religious gay man — and drag queen. Most Orthodox Jewish gay men, like those in other conservative religious communities around the world, are compelled to make a devil’s bargain: marry a woman to remain in their tight-knit religious community, or abandon their family, community and religion to live openly gay lives.

But while Orthodox Judaism generally condemns homosexuality, there is a growing group of devout gay Jews in Israel unwilling to abandon their faith and demanding a place in the religious community.

“As much as I fled it, the heavens made it clear to me that that’s who I am,” Hadar said. He is marching Thursday — out of costume — in Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade.

Hadar, a telemarketer by day, has taken the gay Orthodox struggle from the synagogue to the stage, beginning to perform as one of Israel’s few religious drag queens. His drag persona is that of a rebbetzin, a female rabbinic adviser — a wholesome guise that stands out among the sarcastic and raunchy cast of characters on Israel’s drag queen circuit.

“She blesses, she loves everyone,” said Hadar of his alter-ego, Rebbetzin Malka Falsche. The stage name is a playful take on a Hebrew word meaning “queen” and Hebrew slang for “fake.” Her philosophy, and Hadar’s, draws from the teachings of the Breslov Hasidic stream of ultra-Orthodox Judaism: embrace life’s vicissitudes with joy.

“Usually drag queens are gruff. I decided that I wanted to be happy, entertain people, perform mitzvoth,” or religious deeds, he said.

An encounter with a popular Israeli rebbetzin is what launched Hadar’s inner journey at age 19.

He began by wearing a yarmulke, a religious skullcap, and reciting morning prayers in his bedroom. He left home to enroll in a Jerusalem yeshiva, or religious seminary, hoping that daily Torah study would make him stop thinking about men.

It didn’t.

After a brief nighttime encounter with his roommate at the yeshiva, Hadar said, he was booted from the seminary. He transferred to another religious studies center, where a student matched him up with his wife’s ultra-Orthodox friend. They quickly married.

“I wanted to take the path that (God) commanded of us. I didn’t see any other option,” Hadar said. “I thought the marriage would make me straight and I would be cured.”

He felt distressed while intimate with his wife, and wouldn’t tell her why. She demanded a divorce. She later gave birth to their daughter, who is 11 years old today. His ex-wife still refuses to let them meet.

After Hadar’s own sister met a similar fate — she divorced her husband because he was gay — homophobic conversation erupted around the Hadar family dinner table. Hadar’s brother reprimanded the family, who had also become religious, by simply asking, “Are gays not human beings?”

His brother had stood up for Hadar without even knowing it.

A few months later, in 2010, Hadar mustered up the nerve to march in Tel Aviv’s gay pride parade. When he returned home that Sabbath eve, he finally told his mother he was gay. “I thought it would be the blackest day in my life,” Hadar said, but she accepted him.

As a practicing Orthodox Jew, it hasn’t been easy for Hadar to integrate into mainstream gay life. He used to tuck his shoulder-length religious side locks under a cap to fit in at bars. Eventually, he sheared his side locks and trimmed his beard to thin stubble to increase his luck on the dating scene.

He’s still looking for love. But this year, Hadar found acceptance — and self-expression — at Drag Yourself, a Tel Aviv school offering 10-month courses for budding drag performers. Students learn how to teeter on high heels, apply false eyelashes and fashion their own drag personas. Hadar, still a beginner, graduates next month.

The drag school, much like Israel’s gay community itself, offers a rare opportunity for Israelis to interact with others from disparate and sometimes warring sectors of society. The school may be the only place where a Jewish settler, a lapsed ultra-Orthodox Jew, an Arab-Israeli and Israeli soldiers have stuffed their bras together.

Of all the students in his class, Hadar was the only one to show up wearing a yarmulke.

“I think it’s fabulous,” said Gil Naveh, a veteran Israeli drag queen and director of the school, as he painted Hadar’s lips apple-red before his midnight debut at a Jerusalem gay bar. “He stays true to who he is.”

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Re: In the News
« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2013, 01:30:46 PM »
Crossdressing photography book improves transgender awareness in Japan

Crossdressing in mainstream media of Japan is still somewhat in its infancy. While on a nightly basis you can easily catch a crossdresser or transsexual person on TV, they often are presented as 2D characters offering little insight to who they really are or why they lead such a life.

“Transgender” and “gay” are still synonymous to many people, but this is a situation that is steadily changing with greater awareness provided by works such as Yuri Danshi which was released on 31 July, and covers nine cross-dressing men in a wide range of styles and fashions from girl-next-door to gyaru.

Otoko no ko is a term used to refer to crossdressing men who have innate feminine characteristics and enjoy dressing in clothes typically reserved for females. These are the types of crossdressers which the creator of Yuri Danshi, Naoko Tachibana wants to focus on for this book.

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Re: In the News
« Reply #26 on: August 23, 2013, 01:34:12 PM »
Crossdressing photography book improves transgender awareness in Japan (continued)

However, Naoko Tachibana is a seasoned pro at transforming all types of men into women from her studio in Akihabara boasting upwards of 600 customers. Aside from her artistic talents she continuously supports the transgendered by trying to open doors for them. Last year she wrote a column for RocketNews24 speaking out against the no-crossdressing rule at many Japanese cosplay events.

This new book, as well, was not exactly welcomed with open arms by many publishers in the country. Despite her pleas of “wanting to show people the attractiveness of otoko no ko” and “wanting to push away the world’s negative impressions of crossdressers,” Tachibana received more than a few cold shoulders.

Still through her hard work, the book can now see the light of day and was put out by My Way Publishing in stores and online. To celebrate a special event is being held in Tokyo where visitors and hear behind the scenes and more personal stories from the artists and models involved.

Tachibana hopes as many people from different walks of life check out the book whether they’re fans of crossdressing, looking to get into it but are scared, or plain don’t get it. Here are her own feelings on the matter:

 “I’m a woman, but I love people who crossdress. Although I’m often asked why, to me it’s clear that if they’re cute or beautiful it doesn’t matter what gender they are. The world has decided that “men should be this way” which is just disrespectful and off-base. You should be able to do by whatever you personally like. Having realized that, I love and cherish those who pursue such a life. Don’t judge these otoko no ko from the viewpoint a woman or a man is expected to have, but by what naturally moves your heart. Then you’ll see it a different way. There’s a lot more going on; facial expressions, gestures, fashion, and contexts to name a few.  Keep these ideas in mind when you pick up this book and you may feel like a freer person when you’re done.”

Often when we have published crossdressing or transsexual stories in the past, people judge the men on how convincing their female image is. While that might be a goal for some, for many their aim isn’t to disguise themselves as a woman but to just become themselves.

Once the pretense of being a man or a woman as we know it is stripped away we can better appreciate the raw beauty of an angle, a glance, an action or a moment for what it’s truly supposed to be rather than what it’s “supposed to be.”

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Re: In the News
« Reply #27 on: August 23, 2013, 02:33:33 PM »
Japan’s Cross-Dressing Double Standard

At any anime, comic or game convention cosplayers tend to attract a lot of attention. As such, there are a number of rules, informal and formal, that both cosplayers and their viewers should follow to make sure no one gets offended.

Many of them are just common courtesy. If you’re an observer, don’t take a cosplayer’s photo without their permission. If you’re a cosplayer, don’t show excessive amount of skin.

However, there’s one cosplay regulation seen frequently at Japanese conventions that some would argue doesn’t make very much sense: no cross-dressing.

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Re: In the News
« Reply #28 on: August 23, 2013, 02:36:18 PM »
Japan’s Cross-Dressing Double Standard (continued)

Naoko Tatibana is a photographer who has built a career from her work with sexual minorities, focusing her creative energies into LGBT events, drag shows and transgender model portraits. In 2010, she opened Taiyodo, a cross-dressing studio in Tokyo where, in addition to her photography services, she offers guidance for men who want to learn how to become more beautiful women.

In her new column on our Japanese site, Naoko writes that, “despite all the exposure transsexuals and cross-dressers are given on TV and in magazines in Japan, men are forbidden from dressing up as the opposite sex at the one place you would think it would be most acceptable: cosplay events.”

The practice of dressing up as a character of a different gender is known in English as “crossplay,” and while it does carry a degree of social stigma overseas, it’s still something that can be seen fairly often at anime conventions.

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Re: In the News
« Reply #29 on: August 23, 2013, 02:38:18 PM »
Japan’s Cross-Dressing Double Standard (continued)

In Japan, however, whereas female-to-male crossplay is both universally accepted and incredibly popular, most major events forbid male attendees from dressing up as female characters.

Presumably, this is because organizers fear the event hall will be flooded with middle-aged men in schoolgirl uniforms and other oddities most people don’t want to see, but Naoko argues that this concern is misplaced and that these days, male-to-female crossplayers are a visual force to be reckoned with.

“Regardless of gender, cosplay is about transformation, which is why it presents so much possibility for cross-dressing,” she says. “Even if you’re a regular guy, there’s nothing to feel ashamed about! Give female cosplay a try!”

If you’re still not a believer, we suggest you check out the gallery below, which contains some of Naoko’s best male-to-female crossplay shots. We think you’ll agree they deserve a chance in the spotlight just as much as the countless women who dress up as androgynous male characters.

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