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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.