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Trans Equality

Taking A Risk: Are Straight Allies and LGBT People Ever Equal to Each Other?

Kryss Shane | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Kryss Shane

It appeared to be the classic "friend zone" story, but in this story, the boy is a trans man, and the girl is me. After I politely told him that I valued his friendship but didn't feel more toward him, he accused me of being transphobic. It led to questions about the nature of privilege.

The Dallas Principles, Four Years On

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

While the full declaration holds up well four years later, the proof of its value lies in the progress that has been made since Dallas. The trans community, remarkably, has made even greater progress over the past four years.

Increasing Transgender Acceptance One Family at a Time

Crystal Cheatham | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Crystal Cheatham

Dr. Michele Angello is a therapist who works specifically with transgender youth and their families. Through her interactions with transgender youth and, subsequently, their families, Dr. Angello has led the way in educating entire churches, schools and communities about transgender identity.

Toward the Impossible

Avi Cummings | Posted 07.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Avi Cummings

We're told that we're being unrealistic, but it takes a hell of a lot of creativity and imagination to keep fighting at odds with what we are told is possible, at odds with the options available in our given systems steeped in racisim, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and violence.

The Global LGBT Rights Kaleidoscope (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 07.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

The improvement in the human rights situation of LGBT people is real, but millions have yet to feel its touch. Extending the reach of progress and guaranteeing the rights of every LGBT individual, no matter where they live, is emerging as a vital, if contested, objective of human rights activism.

7 Goals Of Trans Activism

Autumn Sandeen | Posted 07.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Autumn Sandeen

There are whys to transgender activism, but beyond the whys, there are the whats of transgender activism: the goals. Here are seven goals of trans activism, with some explanation as to why these are trans activism goals.

Tolerance, Respect And Acceptance: The Transgender Person's Daily Fight For Equality

Toni Newman | Posted 06.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

I am a proud African-American trans woman, and my goal is to show society that transgender people are intelligent, creative and hardworking individuals who need equal opportunity to succeed. We are not asking for special considerations, just equal rights in a democratic society.

Transgender Freedom Riders: The Fight For Transgender Equality In New York State

Laverne Cox | Posted 06.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Laverne Cox

On Tuesday, March 12, I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to meet with a group of representatives from Housing Works who, every Tuesday from January to June, travel to Albany, N.Y., to speak with New York state legislators to encourage them to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act.

Anger Management For A Movement

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 06.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This week I had one of those productive conversations on transgender issues with a manager. She confessed that she had deliberately steered away from reading about these issues in the past, though not from squeamishness but because "both sides just seem so angry all the time."

We Need To Give Up Transphobia

Nico Lang | Posted 06.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Nico Lang

My name is Nico Lang, and I used to be transphobic. I never thought about myself that way. I thought that my emotions were normal and valid, feeling justified in my passive disgust for trans bodies.

HRC And My Marriage

Jay Brown | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Brown

My wife Kendra and I are acutely aware of the glacial speed with which HRC came to embrace the "T" in "LGBT." But since 2007 -- and even before then -- HRC has done more for transgender Americans than they're ever credited with doing.

No Loo For You: Not Just A Trans Issue!

Mark Daniel Snyder | Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Daniel Snyder

Arizona's proposed bill that would allow businesses to deny restroom entry to anyone suspected of being transgender -- or if they just don't like how masculine or feminine you are -- is another illustration of how important it is for the LGB community to stand with our trans brothers and sisters.

Trans* Rights: This Generation's Civil Rights Issue --- How to Put On Your Law Enforcement Liability Vest

James Parlow | Posted 05.06.2013 | Gay Voices
James Parlow

Officers and agencies across the nation are embroiled in civil suits stemming from mistreatment of trans* individuals. Many of these actions stem from personal biases, prejudices and misinformation, compounded by little or no training in the subject of trans* people.

Inauguration 2013: A Transgender Call To Action

Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Posted 03.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Gwendolyn Ann Smith

It is vital to view the history of the Stonewall rebellion much more closely and not let that fight be reduced to simply the right of gay and lesbian Americans to get married. It is important to note that at the forefront of the fight were two transgender women, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson.

Improving Conversations About Transgender Issues

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Just as telling my co-workers that I am transgender was necessary to making progress in my transition, opening better dialogue with would-be allies is necessary to making progress on transgender issues. Bridging the gap requires both sides to adjust how they do things.

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.

Continuing The Fight For Transgender Rights

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 01.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

Unlike most conferences that privilege theory over praxis in the fight for transgender equality, the 7th annual Transgender Leadership Summit is uniquely designed to offer strategic practical solutions through a series of skill-building workshops covering a host of topics.

Everything You Need To Know About ENDA 2013

Mara Keisling | Posted 06.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Mara Keisling

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will be reintroduced today in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. People may have a lot of questions. Here, I hope, are the answers.

A Seat At The Table, And The Consequences Of Not Having One

Dana Beyer | Posted 06.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

If you're not at the table, you're on the menu. It's been true for every minority community in America, yet there is not a single trans person around a legislative table anywhere in America. So come out, get out of the house and get involved -- and run for office while you're at it.

As 'Gay Cure' Ministry Exodus International Closes, Insights From an 'Incurable'

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

I know that my gender identity is most definitely not a choice. Had I been given a choice, I would have chosen a gender identity congruent with my body's sex. I have suffered enormous, unspeakable pain for decades from having my real gender identity in conflict with my birth sex.