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Update: Status of Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

It's been a busy legislative season, and you would have to have been under a rock, to not know about the conservative attack on transgender people, and where we go to the bathroom.

Mara Keisling, Founding Executive Director of National Center for Transgender Equality, Discusses Racial Equality

Toni Newman | Posted 05.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

We agreed that President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have been the most trans-friendly administration ever in U.S. history. There has been much progress, but in 2015 there is still much work to be done to gain full equality and rights.

10 Transgender Wins of 2013 You Should Know About

Mara Keisling | Posted 03.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Mara Keisling

In 2013, five states and the District of Columbia began telling insurance companies for the first time that excluding healthcare for transgender people from their plans constitutes unlawful discrimination.

Burying the Lede: The LGBT Community's Deafening Silence on Federal Transgender Employment Protections

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Transgender Americans are protected against discrimination in employment in all 50 states under federal law. There, I said it. Our gay and trans organizations have been, at best, burying the lede, and at worst, remaining silent and even misrepresenting the current legal state of affairs.

Referring to Bradley Manning as He or She Is Not the Issue

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

Clearly Bradley Manning has created a stir by asking to be referred to as Chelsea Manning from now on. There is going to be a debate over whether she helped or hurt the cause of the transgender community to be more understood and accepted.

A Review of the National Center for Transgender Equality's Decade of Accomplishment

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

As I take my leave from the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), rolling off after six and half years of board service, I'd like to highlight the progress that the transgender community has made over the past decade, progress in which NCTE played a role.

No Longer at Zero: An Update on ENDA

Mara Keisling | Posted 05.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Mara Keisling

As we face a new Congress with our rapidly growing power and a quickly filling armamentarium of legal remedies, we need to make sure that ENDA, when it passes in a few years, moves our rights forward. We are no longer powerless mendicants. We are no longer starting from zero.

2012: State Of Equality And Human Rights For All LGBT Americans

Toni Newman | Posted 12.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

As an African-American transgender woman, I have faced much discrimination and injustice in my life. Transgender people of color continue to fight for basic human rights in the justice system, but today we have achieved broader awareness and understanding of our issues.

Taking Rape Out of a Prison Sentence And Why it Matters To LGBT People

Posted 08.11.2012 | Gay Voices

Since launching our Voice to Voice conversation series in January, we've tackled lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature, Black History Mont...

DEBATE: Should The LGBT Community Use Words Like 'Faggot' And 'Tranny'?

Posted 05.06.2012 | Gay Voices

Using words like "faggot," "dyke," and "tranny" to define oneself and other members of the LGBT community has long been a contentious topic. While ...

LGBT Voices Respond To Frank's Retirement Announcement

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.29.2011 | Gay Voices

Barney Frank has always been a lightening rod, not only for the right-wing but also within the LGBT community itself. He's spoken out forcefully for g...