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Gender Transition

Bruce Jenner, the Hottentot Venus and Me

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Everyone who transitions does so somewhat publicly, though not all of us have cameras focused on our every move. When we speak of Bruce, hopefully we can remember that Bruce is, at heart, a person, and give him the dignity he is due.

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.

How I Found Myself on an Upcoming Episode of Glee!

Patti Spangler | Posted 04.14.2015 | TV
Patti Spangler

While in San Francisco for a sold-out screening of the documentary short Trucker Patti, of which I am the subject, I was made aware that casting director Kristan Berona was looking for transgender people for an episode in the final season of Glee. Being the "Gleek" that I am, I immediately got in touch with Kristan and was invited to participate.

Am I Transgender Anymore?

Zoe Dolan | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

On the one hand, I must be: "Transgender" is meant to embrace people like me, whose histories include travel between the sexes. On the other, do I still fit into this concept now that the past is the past and I am who I am today?

The Most Public Gender Transition Ever?

Dana Beyer | Posted 04.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

If this broadcast is done well, focuses on the humanity of trans persons and doesn't degenerate into an oversexualized portrayal of a gender transition, with salacious emphasis on surgery and makeup lessons, then it could be a significant net positive. But that's a big "if."

A Story of Love and Top Surgery in Words and Images

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Davis Smith

Kris said that he knows now that he stopped transitioning because he was terrified of never finding love as a transgender person. But only a couple months later, Kris would start a journey that would prove how very wrong he was.

New Year's Reminiscences in the Context of the Ongoing Struggle for Cultural Change

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Doing something that is totally inconsistent with previous behavior and runs counter to personal philosophical and spiritual beliefs can nonetheless free one to live in a more positive and healthful manner. It's not a cure-all, but it gave me the tools to overcome stigma, live authentically in service to others, and not see myself as a victim.

A Mom's Letter Introducing Her Transgender Daughter

Liz Hanssen | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

I am the fortunate parent who lives in awe of her 15-year-old child, whose courage and conviction to live authentically in a largely unfamiliar and often less-than-friendly world is humbling. And as she has grown into herself, so too have those around her.

How Saved by the Bell Helped Me With My Gender Transition

Tobly McSmith | Posted 01.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Tobly McSmith

Saved by the Bell taught me absolutely nothing about gender transition, but co-creating and producing Bayside! The Musical! has taught me to take big leaps of faith, learn from my mistakes, and believe in myself -- all the tools I needed to come out as transgender several months ago.

The Transgender Tipping Point Within: Reaching Impact as a Trial Lawyer

Zoe Dolan | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

Unraveling my feelings revealed the question they had obscured, which was the same one any lawyer may be asked: How have your experiences made you into who you are, and how has your identity impacted your practice of law?

I Am Loveworthy: How a Transgender Woman Found Love

Andy Marra | Posted 08.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

Drew has helped me truly accept that I am loveworthy, deserving of being loved for all of who I am. He has shown me that I have been and always will be more than enough for someone.

'I'll Be Damned If I'm Going to Be Buried a Girl': Gender Transition Inspires HIV-Positive Trans Man to Live (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-03-28-20140326TeoDrakesmall.jpgWhen Teo thought he had nothing else to live for, a therapist reminded him that gender transition was an option.

Transgender Education: Teaching the Teachers

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

In our own writings, in the words that are found in articles, blog posts, and our own minds, we unintentionally reinforce the message we most need to confront. We do this when we talk about "becoming a woman" or "becoming a man." We do this when we use the word "transition."

My Job: 'Coming Out'

Justine Valinotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

Perhaps the most surprising and disturbing part of my "coming out" at work was the sometimes-unconsciously held prejudices about socio-economic class -- and pure and simple looks -- my transition brought to the fore.

'Trans Rights' and 'Gay Rights': Someday We'll Be Together Again

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I am heartened by the new focus on gender expression and its significance for gay as well as trans persons, and hopeful that such a focus will force our state and national advocacy organizations to evolve in a manner that will benefit all of us, and in particular the least among us.

A Queen's Courage

Justine Valinotti | Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

I've been told that I'm "brave" for transitioning from male to female. I usually tell people that I only did what I needed to do when I had no other choice. Even if that qualifies as courage, I have nothing on a young lady from Orange County, Calif.

Gender Transition and Its Discontents

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Over the years there have been salacious media reports about transgender women who revert back to living as men. Detransitioning happens very infrequently, but when it happens to someone who is or has become a public figure, such as Don Ennis, the story takes on a scandalous air.

The Many Shades of 'Out'

Lynn Conway | Posted 09.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Lynn Conway

Freedom isn't just an external concept, framed by our laws. It's a gift of the spirit that we must give ourselves, in this case by going towards brighter shades of 'out.'

Transgender Sterilization: Sweden and Beyond

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

When a trans woman knows she needs hormone therapy to survive yet is priced out of banking her sperm for a desired future motherhood, this is forced sterilization, "forced" because it is within the power of the state to not exact such demands, but historical prejudices bias decision making.

Gender Transition in Children: A Dialogue Continued

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Today we have professional medical acceptance of adult trans persons and increasing acceptance of trans adolescents. The controversy in the profession is now focused on children, particularly gender-variant children assigned male at birth who desire to socially transition.

'Are You a Boy?'

Stephanie Mott | Posted 08.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

It was an awkward time in my transition, when questions like this one were just beginning to become an expected part of my day, although seldom as innocent and honest as was the question on this day. After a few seconds, I stopped and turned to the boy and asked, "What do you think?"

The Ethics of Gender Transition

Dana Beyer | Posted 04.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

We should recognize that children are far more resilient than we believe they are. Love, and honesty, go a very long way, even with severe social and personal stress. And thankfully we're mostly past all that Freudian nonsense about absent fathers and clinging or refrigerator mothers.

Truth, Consequences and Gender Transition

Joy Ladin | Posted 03.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Joy Ladin

Our divorce wasn't a crime of deception; it was a tragedy that resulted when we faced the truth: I can't live as a man, because I know that isn't who I am; she can't stay married to anyone who isn't a man, because that isn't who she is.

10 Years After

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I'm writing about my transition not only because a 10th anniversary seems an appropriate time to do so but because a friend of mine, Professor Joy Ladin of Yeshiva University, is undergoing a public trial by fire regarding her transition.

Marriage: A Transgender Perspective

JamieAnn Meyers | Posted 01.17.2013 | Gay Voices
JamieAnn Meyers

The love my wife and I share has not been diminished by my gender transition. It's the same love we have always had for one another. Our marriage is no different from any other committed and loving relationship between two married people.