TCNE Annual Meeting – April 26

TCNE will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, April 26, 2014, starting at 7:30 pm. In addition to reviewing the club’s current status, we will discuss how TCNE can best meet the needs of our members and the community in the future. We will also vote to fill any new openings on our Board of Directors.  Please participate! Significant changes may be discussed, so all Tiffany Club members are encouraged to attend. Past members are also encouraged to join us and renew their membership at the meeting. Guests may also attend.

Fenway’s Mindful Aging Course for LGBT Seniors

The LGBT Aging Project, a program of The Fenway Institute,will be offering a special 6 week course on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults over 50. The coursewill provide training in meditation, gentle yoga, mindfulness and relaxation.

Two Spring Sections:

Fall River Area:
Location: Fall River
Bristol Elder Services
1 Father Devalles Blvd, Fall River, MA
Dates: Monday Morning *
May 5 to June 9
Time: 10 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

North Shore:
Location: Danvers
North Shore Elder Services
152 Sylvan St, Danvers, MA
Dates: Wednesday Evenings *
May 7 to June 11

* Times may change based on availability of interested participants in each area.

Orientation / Information Sessions:
Anyone interested in taking the MBSR course must attend one of the three orientation sessions:

  • Monday April 28 10am Fall River
  • Tuesday April 29 4pm Boston
  • Wednesday April 30 4pm Danvers

These sessions are 90 minutes and require registration. Directions and address will be given at the time of registration.

Cost and Registration:
The MBSR course is free, advance registration is required. Call (857) 313-6578 or email blinscott@fenwayhealth.org

About the instructor:
Bob Linscott is the Assistant Director of the LGBT Aging Project, a program of The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. He completed the Practicum for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through UMass Medical School. Bob earned his Master’s Degree at Harvard Divinity School with a concentration on Eastern Religions and Philosophy. Bob has been teaching meditation for over 20 years.

Join Us at RCC 4/12

rccJoin us again this month on Saturday, April 12 at the Randolph Country Club for dancing and fun. RCC, 44 Mazzeo Drive, Randolph, is an trans-friendly alternative club. GPS users beware, the club is behind an unrelated building with loading docks and is not quite visible from the road. As usual, we open TCNE in Waltham starting around 6:00 until 8:00 pm for those who want to dress or car pool. Then we meet at RCC in Randolph to dance the night away until the 2:00 am closing. There is also karaoke and an outdoor patio with pool when it is warm out. The “Friends of RCC” group also meets there that night, so come and make new friends!

Spring Bling Party – March 28

SpringBling14Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, is sponsoring their spring party March 28! Glamour Boutique’s parties have become a popular tradition in the transgender community and are always one of the biggest events of the year.

Glamour Boutique’s second annual Spring Bling Party happens from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am on Friday, March 28th, at the Indian Meadows Country Club (also known as Acacia Functions). The Country Club is a very nice facility and, although on Route 9 in Westborough, it is situated way back off the main road in a very private and safe setting.

All CDs, Ts, MtFs, FtMs, Admirers, etc. are welcome to party and dance the night away. Royal Productions will be providing an incredible DJ along with some special effect lighting to create an incredible musical atmosphere for everyone. So be prepared to dance the night away. Melody Darkheart will be taking photos again. Also Readings by Douglas doing free card readings.

This will be a great opportunity for you to put away your winter blah outfits and pull out your spring finery. Then add a touch of BLING to get in the spirit of the new season!

There will be a Miss Spring Bling chosen by audience vote! As in previous contests, those interested in competing will receive a number and everyone will get to vote for their favorite BLING choice by jotting that number down and submitting the vote into the ballot box. The winner will become Miss Spring Bling 2014 and the two runner ups will be part of her court. The reigning Miss Spring Bling, Miss Cha Cha, will crown the the new winner at midnight.

For those of you who have not been to the country club, there are three rooms in the front section. On the far left is a section usually set up for Saturday weddings. In the center is a room with tables where people can sit and talk near the bar. And on the far right is a decent sized room with a dance floor with more tables and chairs for resting or watching the dancers. For those needing a place to change into or out of their outfits, there are areas available at the country club.

If you call or e-mail in a reservation to Glamour Boutique, you will only have to pay $10 at the door. Or pay $15 at the door without a reservation. Parking is free and is within steps of the entrance. Remember the location is isolated away from the main street and encompassed by a huge golf course so there is complete privacy for those needing that security.

To make your reservation or if you need more information, just drop John Warrener a line at jwarrener@aol.com. Or call Glamour Boutique at 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 toll free. Or drop by the store: Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA.

For party updates please Friend www.tgfashions.com on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/TG-Fashions/196975520352573

For Makeover Appointments, please contact John at jwarrener@aol.com or 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 and he will arrange one of Glamour Boutique’s make up artists for you.

Glamour Boutique has arrangements with the Econo Lodge for a group rate. They are about a mile away from the country club and have direct access from the room to the car so one does not need to go through any crowded lobbies. The rate is $59.95 for up to two people ($10 more per person above that). The number for reservations is 508-842-8941. Tell them you want the “SPRING BLING EVENT at Indian Meadows Country Club” rate. To get to the Econolodge from the Country Club, drive west on Route 9 and then take the 20 West exit. The Econo Lodge is almost immediately there after you get on route 20 (on the right side). The address is 380 SW Cutoff, Northborough, MA 01532 .

The closest lodging is Motel 6, within a mile of the Indian Meadows Country Club on the same side of the street. They have great rates, but there have been some complaints about them in the past. Motel 6, 399 Turnpike Road, Westborough, 508-366-0202.

Directions: Indian Meadows is at 275 Turnpike Road in Westborough, MA. It is on the western side of Westborough. Look for the Wendy’s on the opposite side of Route 9 as a guide point.  There is a Burlington Coat Factory behind the Wendy’s. (Note that there is another Wendy’s near I-495 on the other side of the I-495 junction.) The roadway to the country club is on the west bound side directly across from the Wendy’s and has a red light of its own. For those of you getting off onto Route 9 from I-495, it is 4.7 miles to the west on the right side. You will pass Westborough Toyota, then Glick Nissan, just before reaching the country club driveway on the right. The website for the Indian Meadows Country Club is www.AcaciaFunctions.com.

Please join us March 28 for a great yet safe night!

Jessica Garabedian

GarabedianMy heart is very heavy as I write this …

My good friend Jessica Garabedian passed away late Wednesday night at her home after succumbing to a heart attack.

I had no idea until I was just going to bed and I received an e-mail telling me the bad news. Needless to say I was in shock and quickly saddened. I’m still in shock and can’t wrap my head around this.

Jessica, AKA Temptress, was one of the nicest people I knew…. She had a big heart, very witty and very supportive of people. We had many great conversations. She would just call me out of the blue and ask me how I was doing and discuss her next idea for a photo shoot.

She always invited me to everything she did. I know she touched many people and so many people loved her. She was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.
I am so glad I was able to know her and call her my friend. She was more than just a client of mine. I enjoyed every photo shoot we did and all the fun conversations leading up to them.

Rest in peace Jessica.

This is a copy of a Facebook post with Stuart Smith’s photo.

Tiffany’s Closet Fire Sale – March 15

Tiffany Closet’s famed Fire Sale is happening Saturday, March 15, from noon to 11 pm at the clubhouse.

We have lots of items – all sizes – casual to formal – dresses, suits, skirts, tops, pants…shoes, wigs, accessories, lingerie, ladies and men’s items, everything you can think of. Loads of sexy high heels too – sizes 9-15!

Most items are $15 for a plastic grocery bag full of whatever you can put in it. A few items are priced individually – gowns and a few designer items, jewelry and some shoes. Come down and see what we have. We’ll bring the bags – you stuff them.

So come down to Tiffany Club, Saturday, March 15, from 12 noon to late evening and find yourself a new wardrobe – at a BARGAIN price!

Canceled: TG Discussion Group for Thurs 2/13

Due to predicted bad weather this Thursday, Brenda Thompson’s TG Discussion Group will not meet 2/13. Meetings resume in March.

The Biggest Lie Hairstylists Tell Women and Transgendered Women Over 40

by Nicole Renee, I’m Hot Studio, Amesbury, MA

“We’re going to give you a sexsi, short ‘do, you’re going to look ah-mazing, you’ll looove it,” the “chic” TV hairstylist fibs to woman-over-40.

My thought bubble: “Here we go again.”

It’s a rarity when I watch one of these makeover shows and don’t see the hairstylist shear every strand of woman-over-40′s HEALTHY, waist length hair into a crop of some shape.

Geeesh!

And this winter will be no different. Just like every new year, 2014 will have the talk show circuit abuzz and flooded with makeover segments. Scissor happy stylists will be in a cutting frenzy, chopping everyone’s hair into some type of gumdrop or q-tip style.

I’ve even seen hairstylists working on the transgendered suggest the same. Here the client is so excited to be venturing into a new chapter of the process and the stylist tells them because of their age, they should stay with short hair, as if anything shoulder length or longer is a mortal sin.

So is this fleecing of femininity necessary? Should you wear your hair (real or fake) long after the age of 40? This question is easily answered if we briefly examine, why are we attracted to hair?

Humans process subconscious visual cues when evaluating one another or choosing a potential mate. Evolutionary psychology suggests hair quality, density and length signifies youth, health status (2-3 years worth), fertility and in some cultures, social status.

No wonder why healthy looking, long hair never goes out of style.

What Short Hair Reveals

I’ll admit, I am a fan of flowing, manageable and versatile shoulder to waist length hair.

Regardless of what long hair naysayers consider “difficult to manage long hair,” let’s look at the benefits of long hair versus the cropped pixie cut.

Keeping a real hair pixie primped properly requires a cut every four to six weeks to maintain it’s A-game design. The pixie also needs to be groomed into a style or it looks like flat, lifeless short hair.

When hair is cut away, it bares all facial features and the face becomes THE focal point. This leaves no distraction and exposes lines, asymmetries and facial fullness or thinness.

What Long Hair Conceals

Simply put: Longer hair hides flaws. A side or partial bang covers forehead lines while chin and shoulder length layers camouflage a heavy neck, asymmetrical jaw or facial fullness.

Tweaking the hair texture is another trick to masking less than perfect facial features. Beachy waves widen a thin face, while straight, sleek tresses subtract from an ample face.

Finally, one of THE best and most overlooked benefits of having long hair has to be. . .the ponytail. This sassy, feminine form can be saddled up high or polished low to the nape. The classic pattern swings with movement, sways with convenience and couples as a great time saver in comparison to customizing a pixie.

I particularly LOVE seeing older celebrities bucking the current by wearing LONG hair, well over the age of 40. Christie Brinkley, Raquel Welch, Sandra Bullock, Mariah Carey, Nicole Kidman all wear LONG hair beautifully. Granted, some are wearing fake hair but they STILL look fantastic.

So, the next time Mr./Ms. Stylist Chop Shop tell you how, “You really should consider cutting your hair short,” remember, 1.) this is a myth and 2.) you have options (even if your hair is thin). I will talk further about those options in the next article.

To be continued … and here’s to a longer hair new year!

TCNE Closed 12/24 and 12/31

Tiffany Club’s normal Tuesday Open House will not happen on Christmas Eve, December 24, nor on New Years Eve, December 31, 2013. Have a nice holiday!

Music Video Features Transgender Love Story

Grace found this Matt Nathanson Music Video of ‘Kinks Shirt’, his new hit song. At least in the video, it is about a transgender woman. It’s great!