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A Story of Love and Top Surgery in Words and Images

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 01.23.2015 | 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 01.08.2015 | 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 12.29.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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.

Milla: Being Transgender in India

Christopher Taylor Barry | Posted 01.19.2015 | World
Christopher Taylor Barry

A professional actress, Milla is taking time off to prepare for her "final cut" in Thailand. Her transition is nearly complete, and life right now seems better as completion approaches. But what is "better"? How can I possibly understand? Life as a transgender person is not easy anywhere. In India life for transgender people is hard, but in some ways it is strangely better too.

Transitive Thoughts: Musings on Harassment, Societal Pressures and Detransition

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 01.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Over the course of these past weeks, I have experienced more profound doubt about my gender transition than at any other time since I earnestly began my journey last December. As the anniversary approaches, I cannot help but notice the gradual yet significant decline in social acceptance, which appears to correlate with becoming visibly further feminized.

James Nichols

LOOK: The Faces Of Genderqueer

HuffingtonPost.com | James Nichols | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices

A compelling new book showcases the faces of individuals identifying across the trans, genderqueer and gender nonconforming spectrum. From photogra...

Seeing the Individual: Freiya on Being a Woman and Being Transgender

Kirsten Brown | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Kirsten Brown

What is most interesting to me is what it's like to be transgender on a daily basis. Is it really that big a deal? Are most people liberal enough to see past one small part of somebody's identity? How does this play out every day? Since I spoke to Freiya, my eyes have opened to things that would not even have occurred to me.

What Is It Like To Come Out As A Trans Person And Then Transition?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Episodes four and five of AOL's compelling series "True Trans" takes an intimate look at the individual stories of several individuals who came out as...

One Of Our Favorite Web Series About Trans Masculine Friends Is Back

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices

"Brothers," an intimate queer web series about the lives of trans masculine friends, just premiered its emotional fourth episode -- and it just keeps ...

How Does Someone Come To Terms With Gender Identity?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices

What is the moment like when an individual realizes their gender identity doesn't align with the one they were assigned at birth? The journey to li...

NYC Could Make It Easier For Transgender People To Alter Their Birth Certificate

AP | DEEPTI HAJELA | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Transgender New Yorkers on Monday called for the passage of city legislation that would eliminate a requirement that they have gende...

Sober Trans Housing

The Fix | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
The Fix

Besides struggling to accept themselves, which is hard enough, transgender individuals face higher rates of suicide, homelessness, addiction and discrimination. And when it comes to getting help for substance abuse issues, trans people face a unique set of challenges.

This Transgender Model Just Made History

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.07.2014 | Gay Voices

We love this! Lea T made history this week when Redken announced that she would front the haircare brand, reportedly making her the first transgend...

Ambiguous Power Guy and Divesting From Mainstream LGBTQ Movements

J Mase III | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

As trans people of color, we must be empowered to walk away from organizations that do not hear our rallying cries and our petitions, that pass us over for promotions again and again. Every day, new organizations serving trans people of color are popping up that empower our communities. Let's do better at supporting them.

Do Trans Women Have An Advantage In Sports?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Do transgender women have an advantage in the sporting world? Short answer: no. But this, of course, is one of the many arguments utilized by those...

How Saved by the Bell Helped Me With My Gender Transition

Tobly McSmith | Posted 01.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Tobly McSmith

Saved by the Bell taught me absolutely nothing about gender transition, but co-creating and producing Bayside! The Musical! has taught me to take big leaps of faith, learn from my mistakes, and believe in myself -- all the tools I needed to come out as transgender several months ago.