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Nicole Maines

If You Think Trans Bathroom Access Doesn’t Matter, Listen To This Girl’s Story

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 05.14.2016 | Queer Voices

Nicole Maines, a transgender activist, knows firsthand the devastating consequences that can result when schools don't allow trans kids to use the bat...

The Remarkable Journey From Identical Twins To Brother And Sister

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin baby boys 18 years ago, they had no idea the trajectory their lives would take. Wayne, an Air Force...

Transgender Teen To Guest Star On USA's 'Royal Pains'

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A transgender teen is slated to play a role on the USA Network's "Royal Pains" in conjunction with a new public service announcement from the network,...

Melissa Jeltsen

Groundbreaking Transgender Teen Given Big Honor

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Nicole Maines, a teenager who made history earlier this year in a landmark transgender rights case, has been named one of Glamour magazine's 50 inspir...

Sharing the Bathroom With Someone Who's Transgender: What's Everyone So Afraid Of?

Chris Edwards | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Edwards

Two words: "men" and "ladies." When taken out of context, they're harmless. But when posted on the outside of a swinging door that might be used by someone who's transgender, they become catalysts for anxiety -- more so, it seems, for those who aren't transgender.

Melissa Jeltsen

This Big Transgender Ruling Is Worth Your Attention

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Wayne Maines was in a meeting when he got the call. His daughter, a transgender teenager who had been fighting the state of Maine for years over her r...

Remaining Hopeful After A Disappointing Court Decision, But How Do I Tell My Daughter?

Wayne Maines | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Maines

Last week, after five years of struggle, pain, hard work and hope, a Superior Court judge ruled that the Orono school system did not violate the Maine Human Rights Act when it prohibited my daughter Nicole from using the restroom that matches her gender identity.

What Does Transgender Mean? One Semi-Conservative Dad's Perspective

Wayne Maines | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Maines

My transgender daughter Nicole is my mentor. It's tough to put into words what a profound impact this small person has had in changing my core values, but since the young age of 5, she has unknowingly encouraged me to open my eyes and heart to new ideas.