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What "Passing" Means In The Transgender Community

Quora | Posted 02.12.2016 | Queer Voices

A lot of us feel the need to "pass" because we come under so much scrutiny in society over our physical appearance. We all feel this pressure within society about "acceptable" appearance so the pressure is felt even more so when you're a transgender person.

Romanian Orphan Uninvited To Christmas By Adoptive Parents After Coming Out As Gay

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

When Florin Helf was born, he was abandoned by his birth mother in at a Romanian hospital. A long seven and a half years later, Florin ran through an airport into the arms of his new adoptive mother yelling the only English word he knew "Mommy!"

6 Easy Ways to Make Me, a Transgender Person, Extremely Uncomfortable

Ravishly | Posted 02.10.2016 | Queer Voices

My favorite question is when someone asks me what I was "born as." The answer is simple: A badass. An alien. A badass alien. I think it's safe to say that I will share any details about my past -- whether it's about my gender or not -- if and when I feel comfortable doing so.

My Butch Valentine

Georgia Kolias | Posted 02.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Georgia Kolias

I am no longer old, tired and dull. I feel joy, desire, hope, determination. With her, I am learning to be strong and vulnerable at the same time. She has shown me that I can lean on her and feel protected, and also know that I can protect myself.

What Do LGBTQ Rights Have to Do With Black Lives Matter?

Brandon Kneefel | Posted 02.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Brandon Kneefel

The point in discussing root cause is not for an academic volley, but to begin the work to treat the issue at the root.

Bisexual Invisibility: The LGBT Community's Dirty Little Secret

The Establishment | Posted 02.08.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

Despite the overwhelmingly negative statistics, there are ways that both mental health professionals and the LGBT community can be more inclusive to the bisexual community. The Bisexual Invisibility report lists several recommendations to improve bisexual inclusion.

Why I Cheered for 'Queer'

Julie Tarney | Posted 02.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie Tarney

As the mom of a child who defies labeling, the word "queer" gives my son a place in a richly diverse community of people living as their authentic selves.

How Can I Be Transgender? I'm Not Miserable and Depressed

Bethany Grace Howe | Posted 02.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Bethany Grace Howe

The stereotype of the unhappy transgender person is everywhere. It certainly makes good TV, and no one ever made a magazine cover saying, "Hello, I'm relentlessly content."

Hear Hear! Our Voices Are More Than Gay Voices

Sarah Prager | Posted 02.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Prager

There is no perfect term for all of us (we are too wonderfully diverse for that) but "gay" is about as far from inclusive as you can get and I'm glad Huffington Post Queer Voices made the change like so many other organizations have done.

117 Ways to Describe LGBTQ Identity

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

While we can certainly tease out some common terms, this shows that there is no monolithic LGBTQ identity -- if we only listen to what people have to say.

10 Steps to Winning the Transgender Bathroom "Debate"

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

There is no right way or wrong way to be trans. The only thing that counts is that we work together and unite our strengths.

Why My Fellow LGBTQ Iowans Should Caucas For Gov. Martin O'Malley

Kai McGee | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kai McGee

Upon taking office, O'Malley brought in new leadership to fix the broken system in a comprehensive manner. His staff was first directed to reform child welfare with a simple credo: Nothing matters more to a child than a place to call home.

Why Courts Matter: The Iowa Caucus

Donna Red Wing | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Donna Red Wing

The judicial emergency crisis in our federal courts is too often an issue left out of major political conversation. This has also been true of the 201...

The Truth About Dating Transexual Women

Quora | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Hi, I'm a trans woman. I understand that there exist people who, based on what they've seen in porn are specifically interested in dating women like me. Let's talk about why that happens and what that can feel like for the trans woman in question.

How Medical Schools Are Failing the LGBTQ Community

The Establishment | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

Medical schools' ongoing discomfort with sexuality and its antiquated notions of how it should be taught -- particularly in regards to LGBTQ issues -- is a serious problem, and one that is affecting patients' health.

What I Just Learned About Publicity, the Gays and Madonna

Kevin Thornton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Thornton

She always managed to find that sweet spot where half the people loved it and the other half were so outraged they couldn't stop talking about it.

Take a Walk in Our Shoes, Australia

Harry Cook | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Harry Cook

Imagine finding the love of your life, the person who makes you smile more than you thought humanly possible, and then imagine being scared about the simple act of holding their hand in public.

From A to T: Advice for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Youth, Adolescents, Families and Allies -- Queer Eye for the Trans Person Edition

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

As we change our gender, clothing can be one of the most intimidating obstacles we face. What do we do?

President Obama and Progressives: Christian Right Is Wrong About Religious Freedom

Jonathan Hutson | Posted 01.16.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Hutson

The idea of what religious freedom means is not a settled matter. But Clarkson offers a definition that allows progressives to reclaim religious liberty from conservative Christians who have perverted its meaning in service of theocratic agendas.

Where Would MLK Have Stood on Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This MLK holiday reminds me how Alabama has always been a troubling state when it comes to upholding the civil rights of its denizens.

"Don't Struggle With Something You Can't Control": Gay Son Receives Sage Advice From Mom

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

My mom essentially was like, "Stop. Don't struggle with something you can't control. I've known you were this way since you were a little kid. There was no place and time that affected you to become gay. You were born that way. God made you this way."

Peeling Back the Label: 5 Bisexuals Open Up About Polyamory

Kevin Hogan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

"Poly has made me grow as a person. It's expanded my boundaries and possibilities of love, relationships and family. I'm more aware of my own emotions and more in tune with others."

One Restaurant Took An Awesome Step To Help All Families

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 01.13.2016 | Parents

A North Carolina Pizzeria is making it clear that all customers are welcome.   Juli Metcalf Ghazi, the owner of Pure Pizza in the Plaza Midw...

My Journey With The Danish Girl

Jake Graf | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jake Graf

In early 2015 I was proud to be a trans actor auditioning for a new film, The Danish Girl, which I was sure would advance the nascent dialogue about t...

David Bowie Will Always Matter to Me as a Latino Artist

Charlie Vázquez | Posted 01.11.2016 | Latino Voices
Charlie Vázquez

The video for "Let's Dance" marked the time my exposure to music happening outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico began to explode. I wasn't an instant fan, but my first impression of the gaunt and pale Englishman was that there was something very unusual about him. In a great way.