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Stop Killing Us: Black Trans Lives Matter

André St. Clair | Posted 08.17.2016 | Queer Voices
André St. Clair

All lives do matter, but in reality, some lives are valued more than others. The brutal murder of 28-year-old Ohio Black transgender woman Rae’Lynn ...

Why The Focus On "Passing" Transgender People Harms The Trans Community

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 07.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

Transgender stories are everywhere; from news broadcasts, reality television, to Oscar-nominated films about trans people, the media cannot get enough...

The Word "Cisgender": An Unlikely Semantic Revolutionary

Anastasia Walker | Posted 07.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Anastasia Walker

A short while back, I was sent a link to a story about an old mutual acquaintance on a UK website. An hour later, a second link appeared in my inbox:...

Sexual Assault on Campus: We Believe You

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.31.2016 | College
Marcia G. Yerman

The Hunting Ground, a 2015 documentary examining rape on college campuses, begins with scenes of ecstatic high school seniors getting into the colleges of their choice.

Not Bathroom Bills -- Crimes Against Humanity

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

I don't reckon I am going to use the men's room no matter what laws they make. I am no longer willing to deny my own identity. I am not willing to watch them destroy the lives of transgender youth so they can feel powerful for a little while longer.

The Truth About Dating Transexual Women

Quora | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Quora

Hi, I'm a trans woman. I understand that there exist people who, based on what they've seen in porn are specifically interested in dating women like me. Let's talk about why that happens and what that can feel like for the trans woman in question.

Bathroom Laws Policing Our Genitals

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This sort of inaction by lawmakers makes it increasingly unsafe and difficult for our transgender denizens.

The Troubling Erasure of Trans Parents Who Breastfeed

The Establishment | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

Brochures, websites and PSAs promote the picture of a woman lovingly looking at her child as the baby suckles at her breast. The language accompanying this imagery is inevitably gendered, specific to cisgender women who are nursing a baby that they themselves gave birth to.

The Universality of Gender Fluidity

Noah Manne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Noah Manne

If the people I have talked to in my practice -- both those who identify as gender minority and those who identify as cisgender -- are any indication, we will likely conclude that gender identity is as much on a scale as is sexual orientation.

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.

A Response To Sunnivie Brydum

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.11.2016 | Queer Voices
J Nelson Aviance

I recognize that in some contexts the word 'cis-' is useful, particularly in legal documents. I also understand the alienating nature of 'othering' language, which would include making a binary of 'trans' and 'nontrans'. However, a 'trans'/'cis-' binary is a problem.

God is Transgender

Christian Piatt | Posted 07.02.2016 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Many of us have accepted such patriarchal theology because it feels familiar. But that doesn't make it right.

Taking an Intersectional Approach to Online Violence

Yann Borgstedt | Posted 06.30.2016 | Technology
Yann Borgstedt

Why do we call women's issues "women's issues"? So much of the inequality and violence that women encounter are relevant to men as well. The problems of patriarchy are not exclusively damaging to women -- they hurt men, too.

Caitlyn Jenner Isn’t Threatening Your Womanhood

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women

“What makes a woman?” It’s a big question, and one that a June 6 New York Times piece, written by journalist Elinor Burkett attempts to answer, ...

The Cisgender Gaze: An Open Letter to Those Who Stare

Sidney Chase | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Sidney Chase

It's funny how obscure you act when I enter a room. Yes, I see you glancing up casually from eating your burrito to examine me as I wait in line. You forget to finish chewing.

13 Ways to Create Safe & Supportive Schools for LGBATQQI People

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Throughout the world, on university and grade school campuses, in communities and homes, and in the media, issues of sexual identity and gender identity and expression are increasingly "coming out of the closet."

Fear of Violence Connects Cis and Trans Women

Georgia Kolias | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Georgia Kolias

Women don't dress for violence -- not the terrified woman nearly abducted from outside a motel, not Mary Vincent who had her arms taken from her and not the murdered trans women. Trans women don't invite attack when they choose to be their authentic selves.

Florida Proposes "Stand Outside My Loo" Law

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The current bifurcated restroom designation contradicts the realities of peoples' sexed bodies, gender identities and gender expressions.

Cisplaining, Mind-Reading and Other Mystic Powers of Anti-Trans Experts

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

It is perfectly okay with me if someone wants to believe that they know more about my gender than I do. However, I kind of have trouble when they try to tell me that I have to take their delusional daydream and create my own personal nightmare.

Why Trans Lives Matter to This Lesbian

Allison Hope | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allison Hope

As of today, trans women of color are the most targeted victims of hate. They are murdered by men who pass them on the street, by intimate partners in bed and by lovers who traded in love and understanding for ignorance and violence.

The New 'C' Word

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

"Cis" and "cisgender" certainly have a proper place in academia and are likely to be used there for a long time, given how their use has steadily increased. They are also increasingly used in non-LGBT progressive circles as part of policy and sociology discussions. Outside these contexts, however, neither word does us much good.

The Duality of a White, Cisgender, Gay Man

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tyler Curry

I do not claim to be anything other than my own personal mixture of identifiers and traits that make me who I am. But I'd like to believe it's still possible to strive to understand another group's inequalities so that we can keep striving for fairness in our culture. That is how equality is won.

Why These Queers Are Boycotting OkCupid

Alex Berg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alex Berg

More of my queer-identified friends use it than any other dating website because the options are varied -- just not varied enough. On the website, users can only identify as male or female, and as straight, gay, or bisexual.

The Problem With Automatically Labeling Drag Queens as Cisgender Gay Men

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J Nelson Aviance

The idea that drag queens entertain and then return home to their cisgender lives is problematized by the fact that many drag performers are marked as subversively gendered even out of drag.

The Language Of Dude Feminism

J.A. McCarroll | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
J.A. McCarroll

Rather than attacking the institution of masculinity itself, several recent campaigns have attempted a sort of masculinity triage, trying to eliminate violence against women, while still flattering men with the label of protector.