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Do You Exclude Transgender People?

Andrew Royce Bauer | Posted 11.28.2015 | Politics
Andrew Royce Bauer

Source: Twitter Sitting down in a room of strangers brought together for the very first time to discuss emerging topics such as sexuality and inclus...

Be Brave

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 11.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

What takes more bravery than the choice to be yourself, to honor your truth, your intuition, over and over again, in the face of circumstances or people or surroundings that would rather you acted like someone else?

Genderqueer And Trans Artists Breaking Down Barriers In Art

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.20.2015 | Arts

This week is Transgender Awareness Week, an initiative that aims to raise visibility of trans and gender non-conforming people and communities and ac...

Finding Myself in a Book

Kelly Haworth | Posted 11.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelly Haworth

Writing this book let me express the emotions of trying to figure everything out -- the pain, the awkwardness and the strength -- and I emerged on the other side knowing that this pendulum inside me, this duality of male and female was exactly who I was.

Here's What It's Like To Be Genderqueer

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices

MTV is launching a groundbreaking new campaign to coincide with Transgender Awareness Week from Nov. 16-20, 2015. Part of "Look Different," th...

Trans Hacking Startup Land: Gender Performance and Deception

Alyx Baldwin | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Alyx Baldwin

After I moved away from being gender ambiguous, I unbound myself and started presenting as a queer woman. I reached out to many LGBTQ* startup allegiances for help with fundraising. That was where I met more hostility than ever before.

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.