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Ireland Approves Gender Recognition Bill

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices

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Why Nothing Pisses Me Off More

Unwritten | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Unwritten

I wanna throw a big "hell yeah" to those openly defending their transgender or gender-fluid identities, increasing the activity in this discussion. Although it should never feel taboo to be different than the "norm" (I'm using that term ironically, let me be clear), I'm glad there are some kick-ass role models to guide the way to create a new norm; a norm that lets everyone be whatever the hell they want.

Step Into the Light: Eight Years of Authenticity

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Yesterday was the 8th anniversary of the last time I took off my "Steven Suit". I came home from a meeting where I presented my male persona, never again to cover up the woman who had been hiding beneath. And in so doing, I stepped into the light.

Selling Souls for the Price of a Paper

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

The print media's comfort with perpetuating the false, mutually exclusive dichotomy of LGBT and Christian is distinctly not journalism. Making choices that sell newspapers, but at the cost of human dignity, are not journalistic choices. It is the disgusting devaluation of human beings for the price of a paper.

God is Transgender

Christian Piatt | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

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

What Is Transgender?: A Beautiful Short Film Has an Answer

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

To get to the heart of what the words gender and transgender are all about, I believe it is more effective to show than to tell. The new short film, Dylan, by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, does exactly that.

Discovering Abby And Becoming Myself

Abby Louise Jensen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Abby Louise Jensen

I told them about how difficult and sad my life had been and how I had embarked on a spiritual journey to learn how to be happy. It was that journey that led to me peeling off the layers of fear and shame that had protected and cut me off from the world. Underneath, I discovered Abby.

How Model AzMarie Livingston Broke Out Of The Butch/Femme Binary

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices

When 28-year-old model AzMarie Livingston came out as a lesbian nearly 15 years ago, she said she felt pressure to fit within the femme-butch binary t...

It's Time to End Discrimination in the Workplace

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni G. Atkins

This isn't an issue about choice or religion -- these are real people, losing their livelihoods, their sources of income, and they're more likely to become impoverished because we still have not extended protections to many LGBT people. Demanding the right to fair employment and fair workplace treatment is not demanding special treatment or advantages over others

Susan Sarandon Explains Why The 'Fluidity Of Gender' Is So Exciting

OWN | Posted 06.12.2015 | OWN

For decades, the world has known Susan Sarandon not just as a talented actress, but also an outspoken advocate for a wide range of women's issues, fro...

Promoting Prison Rape: Shortsighted Policies Put Trans Prisoners at Risk of Sexual Assault

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Christopher Zoukis

As May came to an end there was a buzz of hope and progress amongst the transgender prisoner population at FCI Petersburg, a medium-security federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia.

School's Dress Code Breaks Gender Norms In A Cute (And Stylish) Way

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 06.09.2015 | Teen

A Thai university is proof that, no matter how students choose to express their gender identity through clothing, adults will forever be nagging stude...

Acceptransgender

Zoe Dolan | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

Excusing my flaws under the blanket of gender identity was easier than wrestling with them. I threw in the towel, and, over time, the resignation in my heart aged into acceptance.

What It Took For Me To Finally Find My Style

TueNight | Posted 06.05.2015 | Women
TueNight

Spencer was the most glamorous person I'd ever seen. The first time I met him, he was in five-inch heels and a pencil skirt, his curly brown hair dancing around the crown of his head.

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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.08.2015 | 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.