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What I Learned From Transgender Students

John O'Connor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John O'Connor

These youth know how difficult the task at hand is. Understanding what it means to be transgender is new for many people in our society and can be confusing. That's not surprising, because many people are unaware of the issues transgender people face.

A Real, Honest Conversation Between a Gay African-American Man and a Transgender African-American Woman About the 'T' in the LGBT Family

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni Newman

Over the holidays I had a photo shoot with renowned photographer Eric Scot. During the shoot we began to talk about being transgender, and Eric expressed that he fully supports the transgender community but has questions and concerns. We decided to sit down and film our conversation.

Holding the Line on Transgender Student Protections

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Just as the religious right began learning in 1998 that legislating against marriage equality was a winning issue for them, the current attempt to repeal A.B. 1266 is effectively a test marketing of a new brand of anti-LGBT hate. If they win, you can expect a wave of bills targeting transgender people.

Executive at Conservative Media Watchdog Group Accuses Me of Bias for Not Outing Myself as Transgender

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

Because I'm transgender, because I'm someone who has deep knowledge of what it's like to feel as lost and scared as many of those kids in California, that should disqualify me from reporting on trans issues? Is that honestly what Gainor believes?

The Fundamentals of Transphobia

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

The opposition is very confused about the differences between sex and gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. But the problem is more fundamental: Most Americans do not have a basic understanding of human biology and reflexively equate "biology" and "sex" with genitals.

Coming Out as Jewish

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

When I speak on coming out and bring in my own experiences, I often leaven the stories with references to Jewish law and tradition. In some respects, not only am I repeatedly coming out to these audiences as trans and gay, but I'm also coming out as Jewish.

The Coming Storm: 'Controversial' Transgender Stories

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

In the coming year, as A.B. 1266 goes into effect in California, be prepared to read a lot of stories like this: "Local Transgender Student Provokes Mixed Reactions," about the "controversy" surrounding news that a transgender student would begin attending school presenting as a girl.

Celebrity Summer in Transdom

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

When most of the media refused to recognize Pfc. Manning as a woman, there was an outpouring of criticism of that action. Subsequently, both the Associated Press and The New York Times decided to violate their previous editorial policies. Here's the problem.

A Gay Dad Pulls His Kids Out of Private School and Into Public to Celebrate California's New Transgender Respect Law

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

Tim Donnelly is pulling one of his sons out of the system over fear of his coming in contact with a transgender student. I am going to put two sons into the system in celebration of the dignity it affords them and a friend they care about.

Into the Toilet

Justine Valinotti | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Justine Valinotti

How do they always end up being about bathrooms? I'm talking about the debates and protests that accompany any attempt to ensure that gender-variant individuals have the same rights as everybody else.

John O'Connor, Director of Equality California, on the Future of Full LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni Newman

John O'Connor, Executive Director of Equality California, appeared on my radio show to discuss LGBT equality after the victory for same-sex marriage in California, as well as important issues for LGBT equality in 2013 and the future.

Success and Opportunity for Transgender Students

Judy Chiasson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Chiasson

By making sure that transgender students can be themselves at school, A.B. 1266 will enrich the diversity of California's schools and, ultimately, the lives of all our students. I know this firsthand. The Los Angeles Unified School District has had a similar approach in place for almost a decade.