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Trans Coming Out

The Best Way to Change Minds: Come Out, Stay Out and Speak Out

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Last week my friend, Professor Jenny Boylan of Barnard College, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times entitled "Trans Community Can Change Minds by Changing Discourse." She uses the promotion of marriage equality as the gay analogue to what the trans community now needs. With all due respect, I think she's got it backwards.

A Life Filled With Grace

Summer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Summer

Back home, everyone sees me as a boy, perhaps a bit feminine but definitely a boy. But take one look at me and you will see a vast difference between the boy with glasses sitting at the back of class, his head buried in some book, and the woman I can be when I'm free to do so.

Pi Lambda Phi Has a 'Sister'?

Juliet Owen | Posted 12.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Juliet Owen

In December 2011 she informed Ian Lowe, Executive Director of Pi Lambda Phi, that although she had been initiated into the fraternity as a male (in alignment with the fraternity's policies and guidelines), she now identified as a transgender woman and was in process of transitioning.

A Paradigm Shift Without a Clutch

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

I told the students I have been with my partner Janis for 13 years, and that we have three young children. I never mentioned my transition or used the words "lesbian" or "transgender." I just let them draw their own conclusions. Then I asked if I might do an audience participation exercise.

How to Tell Your Partner You're Transgender

Toni Newman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Finding a mate who can love and accept you as you will unfortunately not come easily. Like any person, you will have to deal with rejection, heartbreak and disappointment, but don't be dismayed, because love is out there, and you can find it.

The Beautiful Daughter: How My Korean Mother Gave Me The Courage To Transition

Andy Marra | Posted 01.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

What if I did find my birth family after all these years? And how would they handle meeting a young woman instead of a baby boy who should have grown into manhood? I was left with few ideas to reconcile my concerns.

The Universal Experience of Coming Out

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Most human beings are closeted in one form or another. We all have secrets, what are euphemistically called "skeletons in the closet." While in the closet, we lead lives, as Thoreau said, "of quiet desperation." I believe that coming out is so powerful because it is a universal desire.

Coming Out Again: The Politics of Shame, Silence and Story

Hayden | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Hayden

We must not just tell our stories to change the minds of strangers who might do us harm so that one day we'll be safe to walk down our streets; we must keep telling our stories, wholly and completely, to those who love us so that they can hold and support us and sustain us.