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'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 04.13.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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...

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

Em Grosland | Posted 02.10.2015 | 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.

Why Parents Should View Their Transgender Children 'With Joy'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.30.2014 | Gay Voices

Over the past several weeks, AOL has aired an incredible docuseries with the intention of educating and informing the public about the lives of transg...

JamesMichael Nichols

LOOK: The Faces Of Genderqueer

HuffingtonPost.com | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices

A compelling new book showcases the faces of individuals identifying across the trans, genderqueer and gender nonconforming spectrum. From photogra...

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Riley, 21, From Philadelphia

Diana Scholl | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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Band of One

Liam Kelly | Posted 01.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Liam Kelly

Since puberty I've experienced gender dysphoria but developed coping mechanisms to ignore it. It got harder with age. Having just turned 33 and returned from another month-long tour, I felt more depressed than ever. With every single performance the pain of the lie was perpetuated.

LOOK: This Is What Genderqueer Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices

Though queer people are gaining more and more visibility in mainstream media and society, that doesn't mean that the images we're presented with are a...

Kim Bellware

12 Images That Remind Everyone Women Are The Bosses Of Their Bodies

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 07.10.2014 | Women

Women around the world represent a rich mosaic of experiences and expressions, but the one belief that unifies the sisterhood: Don't you dare tell a w...

Why the Pittsburgh Dyke Trans March Is Necessary for Survival

Sue Kerr | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

I see the greatest threat we face coming from the corporate Gay, Inc., agenda, not the participation of any trans person in the event. My visibility is heightened by the solidarity with my trans siblings and neighbors. The march is a space that celebrates and validates all of us, unlike PrideFest.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Starfire, 18, From Las Vegas (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

"My partner and I have been together a year and three months. He identifies as straight, and it doesn't bother him that I identify as queer, genderqueer, and polyamorous."

Why I'm Genderqueer, Professional and Unafraid

Jacob Tobia | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Jacob Tobia

For transgender and gender non-conforming people like myself, the question of what to wear to work becomes an exhausting question of identity and of survival. For us, the question changes from "how do I present my best self at work?" to "can I present my best self at work?"

Creating Change one Piece of Art at a Time and Loving It!

Dar Dowling | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Dar Dowling

The LivingRoom Community Art Studio is in essence an art hive, a place where anyone can come whether they've ever made art or not, hang out, laugh, share their stories, and create something that's uniquely their own.

If You Can't Afford Tampons, What Do You Do?

Sue Kerr | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Sue Kerr

The stigma of menstruation compounded by the stigma of poverty shouldn't leave our neighbors without the items they need for their basic health and welfare.