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Trans Author: Why I Don't Believe Anyone Should Transition In The Public Eye

OWN | Posted 04.24.2015 | OWN

Trans author Jenny Boylan is no stranger to the public spotlight. Her 2003 memoir, She's Not There, was the first bestselling work by a transgender Am...

Florida Proposes "Stand Outside My Loo" Law

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

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

There Will Always Be Zoraks

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

The idea that creating legal protections for LGBT citizens grants special rights is purely absurd. Special rights are rights that one group of people have while others do not. The special rights in this situation are the rights that are denied to LGBT Americans.

A New, No-Holds-Barred Look At Gender Identity You Won't Want To Miss

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices

A new web series aims to take a thoughtful, no-holds-barred look at gender identity by examining everything from "bisexual erasure" to coming out in s...

Everything You Wanted to Know About Being a Trans Man but Were Afraid to Ask

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Davis Smith

Jessie listed questions he thinks most people want to know the answer to but are too afraid to ask. Here I paraphrase his answers, which are based on his own experience and may not represent the experiences of every transgender person, but his responses reflect his own experience openly and honestly.

Parenting a Transgender Child

Sarah Virginia White | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Sarah Virginia White

Before he could talk, he was wearing my high heels. Sometimes I would let him wear them to the store, and this was in DC, so it's not common.

When I Was a Girl

Stephanie Mott | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I was never a boy. I was always a girl. In spite of the lies that were constantly being told to me, by my body and by the world, there was never any real doubt about this truth. I was just one of those girls who were told that they had to live as a boy.

I'm Coming Out -- as Me

Corey Prachniak | Posted 04.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Corey Prachniak

I'm writing this post today to come out, even if I'm still processing how I feel. I do so with the self-serving purposes of feeling validated and relieved, of seeking guidance and support, and of putting others on notice so that maybe I can feel more respected.

Neuroscience Proves What We've Known All Along: Gender Exists on a Spectrum

Ravishly | Posted 03.22.2015 | Science
Ravishly

Ever wonder about the brain's white matter microstructure diffusivity? Don't know what the hell we're talking about? Well, start paying attention... because it may be important in determining our gender identity.

Off Limits: My Transgender Teen's Body Is Not Up for Discussion

Liz Hanssen | Posted 03.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

If you are ever in doubt about whether to ask some burning question, first ask yourself if you would pose the same question about the body of a non-trans youth or adult, perhaps your own child or a student or neighbor. If the answer is no, don't ask. If you find yourself biting your tongue, keep biting.

Not One More

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The state is unwilling to define reparative therapy and denial of medical care to transgender youths as abuse. We cannot change what religious leaders are preaching, nor do our voices carry enough weight to effectively gainsay their religious messaging. A radical new direction is needed. Therefore, I propose an emancipation project.

The Science of Human Sexuality Goes to Court

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Today I'd like to discuss one of the first two post-Macy cases being brought by the EEOC, a case that highlights the conflict surrounding the transgender condition brilliantly. It shows us the state of mind of those Americans who either are profoundly ignorant of science or detest those who don't fit into their limited conceptions of sexuality.

How Does Someone Come To Terms With Gender Identity?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices

What is the moment like when an individual realizes their gender identity doesn't align with the one they were assigned at birth? The journey to li...

From Music Festivals to College Campuses: Trans* and Women's Communities

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Mona Shattell

There are a number of complicated perspectives and positions on trans inclusion in women's spaces, and these dialogues illustrate some of the complexities of combating patriarchy.

Free Speech: A Happy Ending

David Moshman | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
David Moshman

Intellectual freedom controversies don't always have happy endings. A happy ending for some may be an unhappy ending for others. But here's a case with a happy ending for everyone.

10 Reasons I am a Blesbian Who Wears Ties Daily

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Despite the fact that some people refer to me as "sir" here are 10 reasons I am a blesbian (black lesbian) who wears ties daily.

Puberty Suppression for Transgender Adolescents Works

Jack Drescher | Posted 11.16.2014 | Science
Jack Drescher

Puberty suppression for gender-dysphoric adolescents has only been around since the late 1990s. The Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria at Amsterdam's VU University pioneered this approach, and their recent online publication of a longitudinal study in the journal Pediatrics offers insights into how some of these kids fare.

Duke's Historic LGBTQ-Inclusive Application Question Matters

Daniel Kort | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
Daniel Kort

While most students do not identify as LGBTQ, the mere presence of this question sends a powerful message to the Duke community about diversity.

I Would Learn to Play Hopscotch

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Perhaps it is about having the courage to be myself at the time, even if only a little. Maybe learning to play hopscotch would have created enough space for my girl to breathe. Like a well-kept secret where I would have known what she was doing, that she was there, but no one else would know.

7 Social Issues Robin Williams Brought To The Big Screen

ThinkProgress | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact

Robin Williams was serious about a lot of issues in his personal life, whether campaigning for a new G.I. bill, or raising money for Hurricane Katrina...

Kashink Uses Hairy Four-Eyed Men to Examine Gender Assumptions

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

The international Street Art scene boasts a small percentage of women artists and KASHINK may perplex even that statistic with her mustache. It's the ...

Transgender Children Today: Shifting the Responsibility for Change Away From Children and Onto Society

Aidan Key | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Aidan Key

How do we change society? We start by listening to the truths of these children and believing, rather than dismissing, them. If we can start by believing the child's clearly stated truth, we are well on our way.

What My Son Taught Me About Gender Identity

Julie Tarney | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

Then it dawned on me. The handsome, bearded young man sitting next to me at the restaurant didn't just idolize female characters, he related to them. He identified with them.

My Trans Son: Standing Tall

Todd Greenwood | Posted 09.12.2014 | 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.

Am I Losing My Queer Cred?

Justin Ropella | Posted 08.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin Ropella

When the hairstylist asked about my partner, I got to use female pronouns without feeling like I was breaking her trust in any way. I was strangely compelled to disclose my partner's transgender status, though. Why would I want to tack on some kind of modifier when identifying her as woman to a total stranger?