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We Welcome Bruce Jenner With Open Arms -- But He's Not Our Standard Bearer

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Bruce stands on the shoulders of those before. His acceptance is only possible because of the courage of those who resisted at Stonewall, and the countless others who have rebelled against intolerance while simply attempting to be the people they felt themselves to be. They are our heroes and heroines.

Anna Kendrick Says 'WTF?' To Hollywood's Gender Bias

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.05.2015 | Entertainment

"What the f--k?" That was Anna Kendrick's response to gender bias in Hollywood while discussing the pervasive issue with Glamour for the fashion m...

Kids, Gender, and Being a Grownup: How Love Can Win Over Fear

Chana Rothman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Chana Rothman

Anti-bullying conversations and curricula sometimes "wimp out" by avoiding uncomfortable questions, like "How do I feel about a boy wearing a dress?" or "What are gender norms? Do we have to follow them?

Hollywood's Gender Gap: What's Next?

Gina Hall | Posted 04.30.2015 | Los Angeles
Gina Hall

Something dramatic happens after a woman directs her first indie feature -- nothing. After successfully directing that first film, the offers to direct a studio feature come flowing in like molasses.

Jon Pressick on Best Sex Writing of 2015: Consent, BDSM, Porn, Race, Sex Work & Being Canadian

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.29.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I met Jon Pressick a few years ago when I wrote a book about sex. That's what happens when you write a book about sex. You get to meet Jon Pressick. He has talked about sex to some of the coolest sex people in America, and lived to tell the tales.

Ruining Romance: The '80s Rock Power Ballad

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Sheila Moeschen

The summer I was 13, Kerry Flanagan and I took turns sleeping over at each other's houses. We stayed up all night playing Rummy 500 and listening to Rock101, the local rock station. It was the late-1980s, the high holy days of hair metal, dudes in spandex, and girls in music videos.

What Bruce Jenner Can Teach Writers

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Melissa Miles McCarter

As a writer, I am interested in the complexities of gender identity that this "coming out" exemplifies. I wonder, when writing about people, whether in fiction, creative nonfiction or memoirs, how the shifting notion of gender can inform our decisions.

Loretta Lynch and the History of Black Women in the Senate

James Jones | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
James Jones

Despite living in an era when Loretta Lynch can be nominated as the nation's chief law enforcement officer, the experiences of black women in the U.S. Senate illuminate how the institution continues to be a space built around white male privilege.

7 Things Churches Can Do to Make Queer People Feel Welcome

Erin Duran | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Erin Duran

While I've never believed being Queer automatically counted me out, I've been unable to find a church community that I, as a Trans person, could really call home -- a place I could engage in conversations around faith and sexuality, faith and gender.

What Should High Schools Do? 44 Percent of Sexual Assaults Happen Before College

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.28.2015 | Education
Soraya Chemaly

Forty-four percent of reported sexual assaults take place before the victim is 18. And yet, secondary schools remain woefully unprepared and irresponsibly reluctant to act on this information.

Do We Still Need Men?

Bruce Fleming | Posted 04.27.2015 | HuffPost Home
Bruce Fleming

So long as there are men on the planet, we will need men to mentor, guide, and lead them. Men mentoring men. Not people doing a job. Jobs may be largely gender neutral. But roles sure aren't. And many positions in the military go way beyond a job.

Bruce Jenner, I Applaud You

Ashley Alteman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Ashley Alteman

Jenner's message reached across the board, and my hopes are that Bruce's interview, his truth, his explanation of who he is today and where he plans to go in the future with "her," has reached people who resonate with his journey. I hope this will push further discussion, acceptance, understanding and most of all, empathy.

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.

Bruce Jenner Perfectly Explains Transgender Experience With One Sentence

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 04.25.2015 | Black Voices
Kadia Blagrove

From one sentence I realized, it's not for me to understand something I can't naturally relate to, but I must be compassionate. No one owes anyone a detailed breakdown of their personal and private experiences (especially when it can be so hard to put into words). The message is: I don't feel like my true self.

Gender in Presidential Politics: Changing the Conversation

Barbara Lee | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Barbara Lee

As longtime observers and analysts of women's political progress, we look forward to seeing how a gender-forward election season unfolds. Instead of clichés and easy headlines about pantsuits and catfights, we must see serious and nuanced discussion, drawing on a growing body of research about gender in politics.

What Your Kid's Favorite Color Really Means

Mike Reynolds | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

I did some digging into what a child's favorite color actually says about their identity, and the results are astounding.

Hillary, We Want More of You

Tabby Biddle | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Tabby Biddle

A woman president will only make a difference if that woman, while in office, stands for the rights and equal representation of women and girls, without apology, without dilution, and without her actions contradicting her words.

Don't Call Me 'The Cutest Weightlifter'

Ravishly | Posted 04.20.2015 | Women

Four years ago, I not only entered the national weightlifting scene, I also crossed the threshold into the land of the Internet. GIFs and memes captured my most unflattering movements, Tumblr artists offered their best renditions of me.

Energy Equality on Earth Day

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

This year, the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, I would like to pause and look specifically at the relationship between equality, energy and the environment.

The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

Michael G. Long | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.

Millennial Women Take New Path to Leadership

Tabby Biddle | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Tabby Biddle

"The double bind is a real thing," said Kathryn Kolbert, Director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College in New York City, in a recent interview with me. "It's absolutely what women face in many circumstances."

Screw You, I Am Asian 'American'

Mason Hsieh | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

While it may not have been Tammy's intent, posing this seemingly innocuous question is a poorly disguised microaggression that perpetuates the belief that Asian-Americans are cultural and racial outsider within the American context. T

A Case of Cis Regret

Lola Olson | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Lola Olson

I was actually born with a body that matched my agender identity. I didn't make sex hormones. But I was bullied so viciously for looking androgynous, I chose to be "normal." And now I have cis regret.

Childhood Gender Impressions: The Historical Conflict of Ballet 1

Martín Gutierrez | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Martín Gutierrez

I face a constant pressure to define myself, to pick a label so others don't feel uncomfortable. But, I don't want to sacrifice my gender fluidity for the convenience of a label. I don't want to be shamed into a category. I don't want to lie.

Here's What Is Possible When A Children's Book Contains No Gender Specific Pronouns

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.04.2015 | Gay Voices

What if a children's book contained no gender specific pronouns? Author Maya Christina Gonzalez explores this idea in her book Call Me Tree, the fi...