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National Coming Out Day -- The Journey Continues

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 10.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Wayne Dhesi

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is not about pressuring people to come out. What NCOD can do is highlight the difficulties that people still face when thinking about coming out. And if that can, in turn, make everyone think a little about how they can help those people not feel so alone, then that's surely a good thing.

"Cloud Nine:" A Mental Challenge for the Theatergoer

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As you approach the Linda Gross Theater, you're struck by the imposing quiet of it. Sealed doors keep out the faint of heart; the Church-like building sleeps, bathed in the light of an October moon. Could this be your destination, or have you made a mistake?

The Tricky Matter of Gender Identification

Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin | Posted 09.29.2015 | College
Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin

I've been thinking about the larger implications of this emerging awareness of gender self-determination. Not only should we respect preferred gender pronouns of people we know, we also shouldn't assume we know the gender pronouns of strangers.

Don't Dismiss Me for Being Genderqueer

Micah | Posted 09.18.2015 | Gay Voices

'Genderqueer is a trend.' 'Genderqueer people are just playing dress up.' These myths are commonplace, perpetuated by misinformation in mainstream media, whispers in support groups, rants in online forums and jerks in the comments.

Here's Why Conversations About Campus Sexual Assault Need To Include LGBT People

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices

Mainstream conversations about rape often fail to acknowledge sexual assaults that happen against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (L...

In a Word, What It Means to Be Pansexual

Raina Bowe | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

A high school student I've known most of her life came out to me a while back. Laughing that both of us thought the other knew, we finally got around to talking about just where we stood out of the closet, so to speak.

Guy Impersonates Target On Facebook, Hilarious Trolling Ensues

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.15.2015 | Gay Voices

Now THIS is how you troll effectively. When Target announced last week that it would be taking a gender-neutral approach to signage in its stores by n...

Bold and Brave Move by Target

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
SidneyAnne Stone

Kudos to companies like Target for being market leaders in the fight for gender equality. Recently, Target announced it would remove gender-based signage. This has some consumers up in arms, but I think this is long overdue in a modern society.

A Response To Sunnivie Brydum

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay 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.

These Photos Show The Beautifully Unique Ways These People Express Their Gender

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.10.2015 | Gay Voices

The world is certainly changing for queer people. From more and more people being able to live as their authentic selves to ensuring ri...

I Interview Andrew Solomon

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 08.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology as well as an activist and philanthropist on behalf of LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts.

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

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 08.28.2015 | 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...


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

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.