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Shaping a Movement That Leaves No One Behind

Masen Davis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Masen Davis

For many years, media portrayals of LGBTQ people focused on one type of experience -- that of the white, gay, urban man living a fabulous life in a coastal city. While people living that experience are an important part of our community, many other voices and stories haven't been consistently heard.

What's It Like To Be Transgender In Kansas City?

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.11.2015 | Gay Voices

What is it like to be transgender in Kansas City, Missouri? A compelling new television show from Discovery Life will tell the story of a group of ...

This New App Could Be A Lifesaver For The Transgender Community

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Where's the bathroom? While such an inquiry might seem harmless and nonchalant to some people, it is a loaded, even dangerous question for gender n...

Bullied Transgender Teen And YouTube Personality Dies

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices

A 16-year-old transgender teen and YouTube personality has died after allegedly being subjected to intense bullying at the hands of her classmates. ...

When It Comes To Trans Issues, This Unearthed Clip Shows Dolly Parton Character Was A Trailblazer

Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices

Dolly Parton has long been a supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community -- even before it was trendy -- and the above th...

This Trans 13-Year-Old Is Our New Hero.. And When You See This He'll Be Yours Too

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

This just made our week. Tom Sosnik may only be 13-years-old, but the articulate teen has a more solid grasp on his sense of self than many adults ...

This Girl Is About To Become One Of The Most Influential Teens In The World

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices

Things just keep getting better and better for Jazz Jennings -- and hopefully that means things will get better for all of us. The 14-year-old tran...

Trans People Launch Campaign To Let The World Know #WeJustNeedToPee

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.13.2015 | Gay Voices

While mainstream transgender visibility may be at an all-time high, there is still a long way to go before individuals identifying across the transgen...

Transgender Cheerleader Opens Up About Her Life In The Sports World And More

Posted 03.08.2015 | Gay Voices

Each month Athlete Ally and Huffington Post will feature a new Voice to Voice segment featuring LGBT and ally people of color leading the movement to ...

In Defense of Pastor Rob Bell -- Anti-Gay Christians Cause Their Own Irrelevance

Jessica Joseph | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Jessica Joseph

The glaring hypocritical pitfall of Anti-LGBT Christians is not only being noticed by more and more people, it's further exacerbated when people unveil the embarrassing, historical pattern of Christians selectively wielding the scriptures purely to oppress those towards whom they already had a prejudice.

Texas Lawmaker Wants To Make It A Crime For Transgender Individuals To Use The Restroom That Matches Their Gender Identity

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

A Texas state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make it a criminal offense for a transgender person to use a bathroom according to their gende...

Are You Ready For The 2015 Trans 100?

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices

Are you ready for the 2015 Trans 100? The Trans 100 is an annual event in its 3rd year that honors some of the most influential voices leading the ...

This Transgender Man Came Out to His Girlfriend. Her Response Will Make Your Heart Swell. (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-02-10-20150207MitchKellawaysmall.jpgLike many couples, Mitch and Jocelyn met on an online dating site. There was only one difference: Mitch was still presenting as a lesbian, having buried his transgender identity when he was 17.

A Story of Love and Top Surgery in Words and Images

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Davis Smith

Kris said that he knows now that he stopped transitioning because he was terrified of never finding love as a transgender person. But only a couple months later, Kris would start a journey that would prove how very wrong he was.

WATCH: This Trans Couple Is Sharing The Story Of Their Beautiful Family With The World

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices

A family can be formed in an infinite number of ways. ABC ran a story recently about Bianca and Nick Bowser, a transgender couple who are the paren...

Tyler Clementi's Mother Speaks Out About Leelah Alcorn's Suicide

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices

The queer community is still reeling from the suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn. Now, the mother of another queer teen who took his own life i...

Let's Talk About Sex (Change)

Zoe Dolan | Posted 03.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

Public discourse around the subject is governed by media guidelines that operate to suppress discussion, such as this one from GLAAD: "Journalists should avoid overemphasizing the role of surgeries in the [gender] transition process." For me, you could not overemphasize the importance of sex-change surgery if you tried.

What If My Child Weren't Transgender?

Mary J. Moss | Posted 02.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

I've been asked many times before if I fear that my son will "change his mind." What if he "decides he wants to be a girl again"? What if I made a mistake by allowing him to transition at such a young age? I know that without walking a mile in my shoes, it's hard to understand. So let's pretend my child wasn't born to be transgender.

The Science of Human Sexuality Goes to Court

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Today I'd like to discuss one of the first two post-Macy cases being brought by the EEOC, a case that highlights the conflict surrounding the transgender condition brilliantly. It shows us the state of mind of those Americans who either are profoundly ignorant of science or detest those who don't fit into their limited conceptions of sexuality.

Why Are Some Trans Women Being Arrested As Sex Workers Simply For Walking Down The Street?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices

What is the reality of day-to-day life for some transgender women? Many, particularly transgender women of color, become the subject of unjust prof...

Accepting My Partner's Gender Transition

Georgia Kolias | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Georgia Kolias

When my butch began transitioning, I was faced with a choice. I want to tell you why this lesbian chose to stay.

Think Again: Transgender Day of Remembrance Is for Me -- and You

Liz Hanssen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

Last year I attended my first Transgender Day of Remembrance. My teenage trans daughter had been out only six months, and no matter how much we loved, accepted, and supported her, there seemed to be so much hatred and pain lying in wait beyond our front door. Throughout the entire vigil I wept openly and profusely. So this year I had not planned to attend TDOR.

Here's How You Can Share Your Story For Transgender Day Of Remembrance

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices

For this year's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes those individuals we've lost to transphobic violence and hate, why not share...

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Honoring the Forgotten, the Homeless and the Victims

Toni Newman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

My heart belongs to the ladies on 14th Street who stood with me night after night, trying to survive and just be their authentic selves. I cry today for those ladies who are no longer here with us in 2014, but my heart remembers them.

Transgender Day of Remembrance and the Transgender Movement

JamieAnn Meyers | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
JamieAnn Meyers

Today we memorialize and celebrate the lives of those transgender and gender-nonconforming persons who were murdered this past year simply because of their gender identities. We also honor the lives of trans people who ended their own lives because they just could not bear to go on in the face of the emotional and/or physical violence brought about by transphobia.