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  • 17 Feb 2016
    Hi gang, it's been something of a baptism of fire for me over the last few weeks.  Apart from dealing with a family bereavement, I've also been taking over the Transtastic reigns from Beckie Fox, who started this community and has done an amazing job at it.  She's going to be a hard act to follow. I s'pose taking over Transtastic is a bit like buying a used car.  When you first get it you really want to spend time and effort doing it up and making it lovely.  Transtastic is already lovely though so thanks Beckie, that makes my job much easier.   As you can see from the picture, we've already updated the Transtastic hardware with the latest computer technology.  There are a few software things that don't work right however (as the members have been happy to point out) but we will address them too and make them good once again. A difficult and expensive way to fix things like pictures that don't upload, would be to hire a programmer and let him discover what is causing the problem and then pay him to fix it.  To fix one little control like that could cost hundreds of dollars.  I think it would be much easier to replace older software packages that don't work right, with brand new ones that do and which are that are right up to date and offer more bells and whistles.  It would also be cheaper. We've started already.  People were moaning that their pics would not upload properly and that they couldn't upload at all from mobile devices.  So, we have installed a new photo albums package which should seamlessly replace the previous one.  It has fixed the bugs but it has also caused some new ones.  Beckie's clever piece of code that prevented Adult pics being included in the home page feeds of people who had expressly asked not to see them, needs to be rewritten to work with the new software.  Beckie is going to do that ASAP for us but in the meantime, the odd naughty picture may get into your activity feed, so apologies for that. We have plans to upgrade the Blogs (already working on that), the Forums and the Videos for starters so expect big changes for the better in those areas soon. Once the software is all working nice and everyone is happy, I want to organise some social events.   If you have any ideas then please do let me know. And if you want to help with the site let me know too.  We're going to need good people to moderate and keep the spammers out. Thanks and hugs, Katie   :)
    1561 Posted by Katie Glover
  • 07 Feb 2016
    Hi gang, in case you don't already know me, I'm Katie.  I've been Katie for as long as I can remember but owing to a cruel twist of fate I've had to pretend I'm a man in everyday situations, for many years.  I guess that's much like a lot of our stories.  If my circumstances were different, I would probably transition and be Katie all the time.  But hey! I work as a journalist, writing about gender issues, I'm the Editor of Frock Magazine and I occasionally write for The Independent newspaper.  I founded an online community (not unlike Transtastic) for crossdressers and transgender people in general, back in 1999.  It was called Trannyweb and it was very popular for many years.  When the word 'tranny' became toxic though, we changed the name to The Gender Society.  That is still running now. So, I was very flattered when Beckie Fox approached me and asked if I would take over Transtastic.  We have known each other for years and my magazine, Frock, has always been a big supporter of Sparkle, of which Beckie is a trustee.  We have worked together on marketing Sparkle in the past and I hope we will again in the future. Taking on a social network like Transtastic is a big responsibility and I am very aware of all the great things that Beckie has done for Transtastic in the past.  My intention is to not change anything at all unless we absolutely have to because I subscribe very much to the theory of 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'. There are a few areas that do need some TLC though, as Beckie will be the first to tell you and we will try to address these over the next few weeks so that everything works the way you expect.  We will also give some areas a makeover to give them more of a wow factor. And remember, this is your community.  I have simply been entrusted with running it and keeping the software up to date so that everything keeps on working for you.  If you have any ideas for how you want your community to work in future, please do let me know. I'll disappear into the background again now but I might pop up again soon, with some crazy ideas for girly nights out at Pink Punters or The Wayout or somewhere closer to where you live. Thanks and hugs, Katie   :)  
    1527 Posted by Katie Glover
  • 04 Mar 2016
    How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  You just gotta practice!  Well we've been working hard on upgrading Transtastic for a few weeks now and I think things are finally starting to come together so we're getting closer to Carnegie but there's still a way to go before we get to tread those famous boards.  We still have a number of problems that need addressing, many of which predate my arrival, but we'll get round to them.I think I mentioned before that I've paid for all the work, new software and other improvements that have already been carried out, from my own pocket and suggested that it would be nice if some of the members were to make a contribution, especially if they use the site a lot.  There is a 'Make a  Donation' button on the front page and the Donations page can also be accessed at https://www.transtastic.com/se4/pages/donation but I'm sorry to report that so far not a single soul has donated a penny.  That's a bit disheartening.  So come on girls, dig deep and help your community by donating something towards its future today. Thanks, Katie  :)   
    1435 Posted by Katie Glover
  • 15 Jun 2017
    Most of our upgrade is now complete. There are still some new moderators tools to come but nearly all of our front end stuff is done.  Hooorah!  It was quite a painful upgrade but now our pages are loading in around 5 or 6 seconds and the main page in around 10 or 12 seconds.  That's pretty good.  We also have many new features and benefits for you.In the coming days and weeks we will try to make the site even faster by moving up to PHP 7 and tweaking a few more things.  Thanks for bearing with us while the upgrade took place.  Now dive into your new and better Transtastic and don't forget to ask your friends to come and join us here too!
    1295 Posted by Katie Glover
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Suicide Prevention

It’s been estimated that Transgender people are twice as likely to think about and attempt suicide than LGB people.  The suicide rates for Transgender people are far, far higher than the national averages in most countries.  It’s difficult to know exactly though, because gender identity is not normally recorded on death certificates.

However, in the United States, a survey carried out in 2015 by the National Center for Transgender Equality showed that around 40% of adults who took part reported having attempted suicide at some stage in their lifetime.  That’s nearly nine times the normal rate of attempted suicide among the general US population.

We want all of our members to stay safe and the good news is that there are many good people out there who are able to help those of us who are feeling so depressed that we just want it all to stop.  This is fixable.  We just need to allow others to help.

Below is a list of mainly support hotlines for several English speaking countries which are generally where our members come from.  Most are able to offer additional support and resources in each of their respective countries.  

I want you to promise me that if you ever find that you can’t cope, that you will try calling one of these hotlines before you do anything silly. Promise?


United States

LGBT National Help Center - calls answered in the US and Canada, chat international

LGBT National Hotline 888-843-4564

LGBT National Youth Talkline 800-246-7743

LGBT National Senior Hotline 888-234-7243

LGBT Online chat (all ages) www.lgbthotline.org/chat

www.lgbthotline.org

 

Blackline - 24 hour hotline support geared towards POC, Native and Muslim LGBTQI community

800-604-5841

www.callblackline.com

 

Crisis Text Line - Not LGBT specific but trained and supportive.

Text: 741741

www.crisistextline.org

 

DeQH Helpline - LGBTQ hotline for South Asian individuals.

908-367-3374

www.deqh.org

 

IM Alive - online crisis chat service.  Not LGBT specific but affirming and supportive

www.imalive.org

 

Translate line - Trans specific support hotline

US: 877-565-8860

Canada: 877-330-6366

www.translifeline.org

 

Trevor Project - LGBTQ suicide prevention hotline for 25 and younger

866-488-7386

www.thetrevorproject.org

 

US National Orgs

FORGE - national Trans org forced on anti-violence

414-559-2123

www.forge-forward.org

 

Transgender, Gender-variant, and Intersex Justice Project - legal services and advoacy

415-554-8591

www.tgijp.org

 

Transgender Law Center - national trans legal support

510-587-9898

www.transgenderlawcenter.org

 

England

The Switchboard - LGBT support hotline- answers calls in England, Scotland and Wales

020 7837 6768

switchboard.lgbt

 

Ireland

LGBT Ireland - LGBT support hotline

1890 929 539

www.lgbt.ie

 

Scotland

LGBT Health and Wellbeing  - LGBT hotline

0141 271 2330

www.lgbthealth.org.uk

 

Wales

LGBT Cymru Helpline - LGBT support hotline

01792 828057

or 0800 980 4021

www.lgbtcymru.org.uk


Canada

LGBT Youthline for those 29 and younger

800-268-9688

also provides online chat

www.youthline.ca

 

The Canada Suicide Prevention Service
1.833.456.4566

Available 24/7/365 in both English and French
https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/

 

 

South Africa

Gay and Lesbian Network - LGBT hotline

033 342 6165

gaylesbian.org.za

 

Australia

Q Life

1800 184 527

www.qlife.org.au

 

Lifeline - 24 hour suicide prevention hotline - not LGBT specific but affirming

02 6215 6215 9400

www.lifeline.org.au

 

Northern Ireland

Lifeline - crisis hotline - not LGBT specific but affirming

0808 808 8000

www.lifelinehelpline.info

 

New Zealand

Outline NZ - LGBT support hotline

0800 688 5463

www.outline.org.nz





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