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Video Games Allow Transgender People to Be Themselves

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

You get to be the hero or the villain. You get to save the world or destroy it. You can become the richest tycoon or fight real time strategy battles against live opponents. You can travel to places you've never imagined and see things we can only dream about. For transgender people it's something even more special. A dream we've held for so long.

What "Passing" Means In The Transgender Community

Quora | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Quora

How is "passing" regarded inside the trans community, regarded outside the trans community, and what if anything can trans allies do to help? original...

The Dangers of Being Transgender -- The Attack On Jacie Leopold

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.10.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

On the night of the company Christmas party, Jacie was struck in the face by a coworker who will remain unnamed at this time. She was knocked unconscious. To stop the violence we all have to stand up for people like Jacie and show the world that transgender people are just that -- people.

#TransBillMA: Making Transgender Equality a Mass. Reality

Sonia Chang-Díaz | Posted 02.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Sonia Chang-Díaz

In Massachusetts we're proud of our state's role in "inventing America." What is a surprise, though, is how our democracy continues to turn a blind legislative eye to the daily struggles with discrimination faced by our transgender fellow Bay Staters.

3 Things Gender Non-Conforming People Would Like You To Know

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Brooke M. Feldman

While we are generally pretty understanding of the fact that our gender presentation doesn't fit neatly into the folds of all you've been taught in this world, we really don't desire your assistance in repackaging us so we can fit in.

Coming Out to Your Partner as Transgender

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

If you're transgender and you're not telling your partner, you are not living a true relationship. You are lying to them. Think about this: If they don't love you for who you really are, then they don't really love you.

MLK Day and Campus Unrest

Daan Braveman | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Daan Braveman

I have come to the conclusion that one of the most important roles for higher education is to prepare students to live and work with people who are different from themselves--to make sure that difference is viewed as an enriching experience rather than a threatening one.

Becoming the Parent of a Transgender Child

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

If your child has the courage to come to you and tell you that they are transgender, then honor that.

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion: The Social Values of Shakespeare

Paul_Smith | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Paul_Smith

Ours is currently a world that is necessarily fixated on inclusion and exclusion - who we want in our communities and who we don't, who is 'one of us' and who is 'The Other' or, as Lear on his way to prison, that symbolic place of exclusion, says, "who's in, who's out."

Happy Transgender Birthday!

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

For me, the day I started taking hormones was the day I started to take back control of myself and my body. I started to take back control of my life. It was my choice. No one forced me. No one or anything made a choice for me that day. I owned it. I was reborn.

When Your Body Is a Prison, a Transgender Life

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

This is my truth of being transgender. You see success stories on TV and you see rich people suddenly making a change, but for the rest of us, most of us, we're sitting in a dark room with no hope, waiting for someone to help us or something to take us away.

I'm Brave Enough To Embrace The Woman (And Man) In Me

Michael Rohrer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

My courage grew three sizes that day on the subway platform. I'm now less worried about other people's reactions to my trying on women's shoes or testing nude lipsticks. What does any of it really matter? It's my life. I own it.

What Pantone's Colors of 2016 Mean for the Future of Design

The Conversation US | Posted 01.11.2016 | Arts
The Conversation US

It's the first time Pantone has chosen the blending of two shades instead of one (past choices include Marsala, Radiant Orchid and Emerald). According to the company, by breaking from tradition, it hopes to "transcend cultural and gender norms."

Iran, Assassinations, and Hypocrisy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While the Iranians rightly condemned Saudi Arabia, I find it quite ironic when they represent the murders as a "medieval act of savagery." It's as if the Saudi's, in executing Shiite clerics, held up a mirror to the Iranians in which they saw reflected back their own long-standing and brutal civil and human rights atrocities.

A Letter to My Gay Gender-Expansive Son

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Laurin Mayeno

Remember when we went on magic carpet rides and sang "A Whole New World" in the car? What I didn't realize then is that you truly were showing me a whole new world.

Being Trans By Being Yourself

Quora | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Quora

I once told my therapist: "I'd rather live my life as a funny looking woman than try to exist another day as a man.

The Cost of Pretending in Identity Transition

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

In a recent conversation with more conservative family members about the Mormon Church's new policy regarding same sex couples and apostasy, I found m...

Exes at Odds Over Their 4-Year-Old’s Gender Identity

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 11.30.2015 | Dr. Phil

Michelle and Kyle's baby, Aubrey, was born intersex, with ambiguous genitalia and chromosomes indicating that she was 70 percent more male tha...

What Is the Big Deal With Coming Out as Queer?

Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera

Every single millennial coming out as Queer who possesses a lackadaisical who cares attitude can do so because of the courage, bravery and tenacity of previous generations of the LGBTQ community, the OG's.

Finding Myself in a Book

Kelly Haworth | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kelly Haworth

Writing this book let me express the emotions of trying to figure everything out -- the pain, the awkwardness and the strength -- and I emerged on the other side knowing that this pendulum inside me, this duality of male and female was exactly who I was.

The Truth About Transgender Suicide

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

For this year's transgender awareness week I wanted to write about something that the transgender community and its allies are often afraid to discuss...

Registration Games: Gender, Race, Age

Kimann Schultz | Posted 11.11.2015 | Women
Kimann Schultz

I get that stats are constantly being compiled for this n' that, and I get that this n' that is often a multi-nuanced gathering of positively skewed info posturing, when often the tabulation of who knows what is in the end financially founded, as are all things in this capitalistic land of ours.

Trans Hacking Startup Land: Gender Performance and Deception

Alyx Baldwin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alyx Baldwin

After I moved away from being gender ambiguous, I unbound myself and started presenting as a queer woman. I reached out to many LGBTQ* startup allegiances for help with fundraising. That was where I met more hostility than ever before.

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.