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October Is LGBT History Month: We've Come a Long Way, But There Is Still a Lot to Do

Karen Fragala Smith | Posted 10.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Karen Fragala Smith

Spandex grannies with perfect manicures, jeans-wearing gents in blazers and hot Jersey girls in tight dresses had some interesting company at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City the last weekend of September.

Transforming Memories of Rejection and Bullying While Performing on 'East Los High'

Karen Anzoategui | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Karen Anzoategui

Now, here I am on set... walking the hallways, proud and out and queer at East Los High and my peers accept me for who I am.

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.

Transphobia in the Midwifery Community

Trevor MacDonald | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents
Trevor MacDonald

Trans, genderqueer and intersex people have been giving birth for as long as women-identified people have and we have also encountered oppression.

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...

4 Things You Have to Find Out the Hard Way When You Transition

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 07.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

Did you enjoy massages? Going to the gym? Using bathrooms? Sitting in the jacuzzi naked? Guess what? This has just become more complicated.

From Queer to Cis: My Story of Privilege and Guilt

Ravishly | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices

Is this a thing that happens? Do people come out -- or come back out -- as cis? How do you celebrate that? Unbake a cake? Re-wrap the gifts? Or do you mourn it? Do you shake your head at the person you thought you knew before shuffling back to your respective safe spaces, crestfallen?

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...

The Universal Sex Appeal Of 'OITNB’s' Ruby Rose

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women

This post contains light spoilers from Season 3 of "Orange Is The New Black." Like thousands of other Netflix enthusiasts, I spent any spare moment I ...

B&W Images Of Genderqueer Individuals Are The Nude Portraits Of Our Future (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.15.2015 | Arts

Upon first glance, Robyn Hasty's glass-plate portraits seem like they could have been generated alongside those of 19th-century photo giants l...

Photographer Nicholas Contrera Documents New York City's Genderqueer Scene

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 06.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

Nicholas Contrera and I recently met for a beer on the patio of a queer dive bar in Brooklyn. Almost immediately after sitting down he started telling me about the projects he has in the works: a photo series capturing genderqueer night life personalities, and his spread in this year's NYC Pride guide. I know that passion is very present in his work.

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...

'Love Yourself': Agender Person Goes From Being Bullied in the Newark Projects to Gracing the Cover of French Vogue (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-05-12-1431405406-5396287-2015050814311195206358299AndreJvid.jpg"Love yourself." It seems like a simple-enough mantra, but for Andre J. it took a lot of learning experiences to understand its true power.

Peeing While Trans*

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Never before did I think that relieving myself of bodily waste was a radical act.

The (Genderqueer) Kid I Never Expected

Julie Tarney | Posted 05.30.2015 | Parents
Julie Tarney

When Harry told me at age 2 that "inside" his head he was a girl, I have to admit it was an unexpected moment. And it took me awhile to realize that the awareness he'd had of his outer world as an infant applied also to his inner self as a toddler and growing boy.

You Go, Gurl!: How LGBTQ Literacies Create Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I do not believe in keeping information within the confines of academia. (What is the purpose of knowledge if it only remains within the ivory tower and tiny bubble that is the university?)

What Really 'Makes a Man': Race, Media and Visibility

Liam Kelly | Posted 05.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Liam Kelly

Even though I know this deeply, I've still absorbed the message that I'm not a man until I look like one. I've resisted the binary because I want to be myself, and not someone else's idea of what a man is.

Tomboy Recalls Being Taken to Gap to 'Fix' Their Gender (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-02-28-20150227Reneeplay.jpgRenee felt comfortable in the gender-mixed attire, but the mom of one of the other students did not. In an attempt to "fix" Renee's gender, the mom took Renee to Gap to buy them some pants for girls.

The Queer's Guide to Surviving (and Thriving in) the Straight Male Barbershop

Naomi Gordon-Loebl | Posted 04.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Naomi Gordon-Loebl

Barbershops are incubators for masculinity. As a visibly queer person, regardless of gender, entering a space like that can be intimidating and even scary. But under the right circumstances, going to the barber can also be a positive and affirming experience.

Embracing Gender Nonconformity in a McDonald's Parking Lot (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-02-13-20150212JacobTobiasmall.jpgFor some people, like Jacob Tobia, choosing between "male" and "female" is too restricting. Gender, as Jacob learned at a conference while in high school, should be more fun than that.

I'm Coming Out -- as Me

Corey Prachniak | Posted 04.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Corey Prachniak

I'm writing this post today to come out, even if I'm still processing how I feel. I do so with the self-serving purposes of feeling validated and relieved, of seeking guidance and support, and of putting others on notice so that maybe I can feel more respected.

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

Jeffrey Marsh | Posted 03.18.2015 | 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". . .

How Vine Taught Me to Accept Myself

Jeffrey Marsh | Posted 03.10.2015 | 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).

When Being Trans Is Not Trans Enough

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 03.06.2015 | 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.

The Beauty Of Being Genderqueer

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 12.25.2014 | Gay Voices

As the transgender community continues to fight its way into mainstream conversations, we recognize others who also fit outside the male-female binary...