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'Your Taboo Is My Family': Trans Individuals In Italy Share Their Stories (PHOTOS)

HuffPost Italy | Arianna Giunti | Posted 01.25.2015 | Gay Voices

When he first realized that he wasn’t interested in playing with dolls or trying on his mother’s makeup, he was seven years old, dressed in lacy p...

Emma Watson Launches New UN Women #HeforShe Initiative in Davos

Tabby Biddle | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Tabby Biddle

The new campaign, IMPACT 10X10X10, is a one-year pilot effort that aims to engage governments, corporations and universities to make concrete commitments to women's empowerment and gender equality.

What's Your Kids' Wage Gap? Boys Paid More, More Profitably

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

Fathers are, in the words of researchers, "gatekeepers" of their daughter's ambitions. Father's have to put in the time at home doing chores with their kids, especially daughters. Paying lip service to "equality" isn't good enough.

The Gospel of Diversity: Personal Assumptions and Business Implications

BJ Gallagher | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
BJ Gallagher

While the Gospel of Diversity is being preached in press conferences, public speeches, corporate workshops and seminars across the country, little attention is paid to the conflicting values and faulty assumptions implicit these discussions.

Off Limits: My Transgender Teen's Body Is Not Up for Discussion

Liz Hanssen | Posted 01.18.2015 | 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.

On Vine They Always Ask, "Are You For Real?"

Jeffrey Marsh | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Marsh

Happiness is a process. It's learned. Practice it like you practice an instrument or sport: every day and with as much teen-aged girlish enthusiasm as you can. It doesn't seem to matter where you start. Buy a book about it, or google "how to be happy". . .

Rethinking the 'Problems With Black Marriage'

Vicki Larson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Black Voices
Vicki Larson

For anyone who is worried about the "problems of black marriage" -- the lack of marriageable black men, the rise of single unwed black moms, the dismal statistics that indicate black marriages are hard to maintain -- the study is illuminating.

The Gender Police

Olivia Wilson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Olivia Wilson

The tribalism of organizing the world into categories comes from a very basic place to identify those around us. There are those that are men, those that are women and there are those that are not. Having the wisdom to know when it matters is what will make the world a better place.

Reaching the Peak in 2015

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

As we enter into 2015, GGO is rapidly approaching the final summit, moving upwards and pushing onward toward a gender responsive framework from the UNFCCC.

Luca Steals His Mom's Lipstick: Stories Of Gender-Nonconforming Kids In Italy

HuffPost Italy | Micol Sarfatti | Posted 01.11.2015 | Gay Voices

It’s the little boy who would rather dance than play ball, who prefers dolls over toy cars; the little girl who doesn’t dream about becoming a pri...

Remorse Culture and The Boyhood Witness: Ryan Spooner's Regret

Kelly Forsythe | Posted 01.09.2015 | Books
Kelly Forsythe

In his debut collection of essays, Regret (Lettered Streets Press, 2014), author Ryan Spooner explores these assumptions with gentle regard, subtle self-consciousness, and a wholly new type of investigation into masculinity.

The Lyon Queen -- Dead, But Never Forgotten

Nessa Carey | Posted 01.09.2015 | Science
Nessa Carey

There is no doubt about the magnitude of the impact of Mary Lyon's work. Her achievements are all the more remarkable when you learn about the level of discrimination she faced as a woman in science.

Ladies, It's Now Your Turn to Pay On the First Date

Dawoon Kang | Posted 01.09.2015 | Women
Dawoon Kang

When it comes to dating, we still have a lot of work to do. If we, as women, don't want to live with expectations of how ladies should behave or look, we should equally refrain from having expectations of how men should behave or look.

Straight Women, Gay Men Are Friends, Not Accessories

Ernest Owens | Posted 01.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

This was not the first time I'd been accosted by a straight woman wanting me to be her shopping pal, nor was it the first time I'd been told how oh-so-fabulous I, as a gay man, would make a straight woman's life.

How Vine Taught Me to Accept Myself

Jeffrey Marsh | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Marsh

With each video I make, I hope to give people, including parents, additional tools. I make silly, happy Vines and sincere, touching Vines, all trying to show the humanity of someone who is different. There is nothing wrong with me (and it only took 37 years to figure that out).

Middle-aged Seminarian Blues: Second-career Clergy Face Rising Debt, Lower Job Prospects

David Briggs | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The realities of a shrinking clergy labor market, and seminary tuition costs outpacing inflation, leave some facing debts of $80,000 or more trying to find work in a relatively low-paying profession. The burden is falling particularly hard on prospective minority clergy with the fewest resources, analysts state.

When Being Trans Is Not Trans Enough

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Let us not forget that transgender is an umbrella that encompasses all persons whose authentic identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female genders and assigned gender at birth. Male and female are increasingly being presented as two distinct states, with nothing between.

How Do We Find Justice for Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn?

Dese'Rae L. Stage | Posted 01.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dese'Rae L. Stage

Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old transgender teen from Kings Mills, OH, died by suicide early Sunday morning. But for local media in Ohio, Leelah doesn't exist at all.

Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The concept of meritocracy provides justification and cover to the nation in refusing to acknowledge and in denying the actual causes for the tremendous chasms in the wealth distribution and in educational achievement, and for the overall systemic inequities based on social identities.

Gay Black Men, It's Time to Do Away With 'Trade' and Down-Low Brothers in 2015

Ernest Owens | Posted 12.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

We have to encourage our gay friends and each other to value ourselves more, not to succumb to the easy temptation of quick, cheap ego boosts that will actually set us back socially, for we are not just satisfying sexual cravings when we indulge down-low men but committing self-betrayal and hypocrisy.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Gender

Joselyn DiPetta | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Joselyn DiPetta

Often when we talk about gender equality what we really mean is women's rights, empowerment and opportunities. What we don't talk about is the role that men can play in enabling greater equality and the benefits that accrue to men as a result.

An Open Letter to Penn's Phi Delta Theta Fraternity for Their 'Beyonce' Blow-Up Doll Holiday Card

Ernest Owens | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Sorry doesn't excuse ignorance. Sorry doesn't change rape culture, racist imagery, and misogyny on a campus that represents otherwise.

To End Poverty, We Need to Know What We Don't Know About Women and Girls

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

It is not just data. Sometimes our definitions fall short. Take, for example, the way we view income and labor. It simply doesn't cover enough of the work that women, and in particular poor women, are doing -- especially in their own households and the vast "informal" economy in which most of the world's poorest people work.

A Mother's Perspective on Improving Health Care in Nepal

Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

When I began living in the plains of Nepal in 1987, villagers visited almost daily to ask for advice on health problems. I was studying to be a doctor but not in medicine. I was working toward my PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University.

Asking to Be Seen: An Actor Takes on the Role of Eric Harris in the World Premier Play, The Erlkings

Em Grosland | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Em Grosland

I was there in my best teenage boy attire: Baggy jeans, chest binder, crew neck T-shirt, chucks, and no makeup. I knew that I still didn't pass completely from across an audition room, but I walked up to the table, and flashed my equity card.