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From California to Ohio

Justin McCoy | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin McCoy

It's OK to ask for help. It's often a scary thing, especially in today's world where we sometimes get made fun of for needing help. But I should have asked for help a lot sooner, and it does get better.

My Trans Son: Standing Tall

Todd Greenwood | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Todd Greenwood

As a society, we have just begun to talk about what it means to be transgender, and I, like most men of my generation, knew almost nothing. If there is anything that I've learned, it's that the subject is deeply complex. I think I understand something fundamental, but I really don't.

Gendering Improv

Lucas Waldron | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

Before transitioning, improv was comforting. As the world started to perceive me as male, doing improv provoked acute self-awareness.

Facebook Provides Opportunity for Lesson in Gender Identity

Chris Edwards | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Edwards

A few months ago I was filling out an online customer survey. Under "gender," in addition to "male" and "female," there was a third option: "other." I thought that was impressive. Then Facebook came along and added 50. Bravo, Facebook, bravo.

When Will Non-Transgender People Wake Up to Themselves?

Fiona Dawson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Fiona Dawson

The cisgender obsession with transgender people's sex organs indicates that cisgender people don't really know enough about what defines their own state of being. Quite frankly, if as Couric says, "it's still a mystery to some people," then go read a biology book or Google it.

Progress and Passing: 10 Months on T

Lucas Waldron | Posted 09.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

Learning how to be male in a hyper-gendered world is confusing, to say the least. Some of the basic life skills that boys learn -- bathroom etiquette, how to measure pants sizes, barbershop terminology -- are the subject of my Google searches.

Father's Day as a Transgender Man

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

I witness Ezekiel's first Father's Day in a Philadelphia hotel room. I surmise that there are numerous others within our community celebrating this first today, one pinnacle amongst the many precious firsts that transgender men experience throughout our gender transitions.

Transgender Health Insurance Coverage (Part 1): Ready for Reforms

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

As a man who desires medical affirmation for my gender transition, I've inherited a community history of insurance rejection, which has effectively functioned as yet another strand of social rejection.

Pronouns And Cons

Lauren Hennessy | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Lauren Hennessy

There are plenty of men walking around in female bodies, and plenty of women walking around in male bodies. Should we be forced to transition just to be "affirmed," "recognized" and "respected" as belonging to the gender we identify with? Nope, not all of us should have to, and I probably won't.

Transitioning In A Misogynistic Society

Lucas Waldron | Posted 02.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

I took my seventh shot of testosterone just a few days ago, and I still don't have a way to reconcile my utter disgust with misogyny and personal commitment to feminism with my male identity. I find it hard to believe that feminism and masculinity are mutually exclusive.

Changing Times, Changing Ourselves

Catherine Oliver | Posted 02.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Catherine Oliver

Some transgender youth are being called out by members of the trans* community for being "trans-trenders," which is taken to refer to women who take steps to begin to transition to male simply because they do not fit a stereotypical mold of womanhood.

Finding A Place To Go: The Transgender Bathroom Dilemma

Lucas Waldron | Posted 01.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

Traditional masculine men and feminine women are rapidly becoming just two options in a much larger array of gender expressions, and those of us with transitioning bodies, or identifying outside the binary, would like to have a safe place to pee.

LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Transgender Advocate And Porn Star Buck Angel

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 10.18.2012 | Gay Voices

Buck Angel is a transgender filmmaker, advocate, adult film star, educator, motivational speaker, and the creator of the recently launched BuckAngelDa...

What Makes A Man?

Catherine Oliver | Posted 07.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Catherine Oliver

The FTM (female-to-male) community cannot gloss over the fact that we who are genderqueer and identify as men, dress as men, bind, pack, etc. are not "less-than" because we don't take testosterone. We are not less than any man because of our choice not to have surgery.

WATCH: Can Trans* People Be Non-Straight?

Brandon Thomas | Posted 05.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Brandon Thomas

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Transgender (Mis)Education

Ira Gray | Posted 04.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Ira Gray

As I was coming out as trans*, every corner of cyberspace I turned to said I had to feel like a "boy stuck in a girl's body." Every documentary and TV show taught me that I had to harbor an intense hatred for my body being wrong. This is the normative transgender narrative, and I don't fit it.

Queer Hair For The Postmodern Dandy

justin adkins | Posted 04.16.2012 | Gay Voices
justin adkins

I went to a workshop where the question was posed, "What is something you do to queer your life?" I said, "I wear a handlebar mustache." The audience laughed, but I was serious. The mustache is no coincidence. My facial hair is based on anti-assimilation theory.

How To Bed A Trans Man

Raymond | Posted 04.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Raymond

You're a savvy queer who's been eyeing a hot trans guy. Here are seven tips to help you up your seduction game and keep you from inadvertently offending (or just turning off) your date.

Redefining Who Counts As A 'Hot' Trans Man

justin adkins | Posted 03.28.2012 | Gay Voices
justin adkins

Last week I saw a link to a website that listed "10 Handsome Men (Who Were Born Female)." The longer I thought about the list, the more troubled I became, because this list favors specific types of trans men: famous, white, masculine, passing trans guys.

Bathroom Rumors

Amos Mac | Posted 12.04.2011 | Gay Voices
Amos Mac

As a "transitioned" transsexual man, using public restrooms is easy for me, as long as there is a stall involved. I can't stress that enough. This man needs a stall. Because he sits to pee. Because he still has a vagina.