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University Of North Carolina Won't Enforce Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 05.29.2016 | Queer Voices

The University of North Carolina system will not enforce a state law that mandates people use the bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth ...

Voices From the Front Lines of Our Nation's True Bathroom Panic

The Establishment | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

For many trans and non-binary people -- especially those of us like me who are early on in our transitions and thus are more likely to have difficulty "passing" as our true genders to society -- there are few things more fraught than the prospect of using a public gendered restroom.

Dear Creepy Heterosexual Men Guarding Our Bathrooms

Kasey Rose-Hodge | Posted 05.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Kasey Rose-Hodge

To those of you who think you're being helpful by "protecting" me and my fellow women, you're like a shark sitting in the lifeguard chair. I wasn't uncomfortable until you showed up at the pool and the only potential predator I see is you.

Security Guard Charged With Assaulting Trans Woman In Bathroom

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.19.2016 | Queer Voices

A security guard accused of assaulting a transgender woman in the bathroom of a Washington D.C. grocery store on Wednesday has been arrested and the i...

Please Stop Calling This Our "I Have a Dream" Moment

Kasey M. Dunton | Posted 05.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Kasey M. Dunton

Regardless of what speech is eventually remembered as our watershed, big deal, no-turning-back moment, it needs to come from a trans person, not a perfectly nice cisgender civil servant.

The Power of One: Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Gender Inclusivity

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Posted 05.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

This past Monday, Attorney General Lynch spoke, and the nation listened.

Dan Savage Takes On Ann Coulter Over Transgender Bathroom Rights

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 05.08.2016 | Queer Voices

We’ve been over why so-called bathroom bills — legislation that prevents transgender people from using the bathroom corresponding with their gende...

Transgender People Aren't a Threat to You

Chase Strangio | Posted 05.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Chase Strangio

Amidst the vitriol and lies being thrown around about trans people, I worry that a few basic principles have been lost. Here are five things to remember when talking, writing, or thinking about trans people.

Beyoncé Speaks Out About North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.04.2016 | Queer Voices

Beyoncé did not cancel her tour stop in North Carolina over the state's recent anti-LGBT bill, but she did speak out against it. The state has faced...

Bathroom Laws Are 'Hateful,' Should Be Repealed, Education Secretary Says

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics

BOSTON -- Education Secretary John King Jr. called for so-called bathroom laws to be repealed on Monday, hinting that his department won't sit on its ...

Has Marriage Equality Spurred an Uptick in Queerphobia?

The Establishment | Posted 04.28.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

Regardless of who we are, the perception of being queer, the other, a threat to the white, cis, hetero, male "normal," results in violent hate crimes and discrimination time and again.

This Ad Agency Wants To Flush North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A North Carolina-based advertising agency has found one surefire way to send the state's anti-LGBT law down the drain. “We think it’...

"First, Do No Harm": There Is a Time and a Place to Come Out

Dana Beyer | Posted 04.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Transition is NOT for everyone who is trans. Transition in any given place or time is NOT for everyone. There is no shame in delaying or deferring transition; I delayed for twenty years. What works for me may not work for you.

Appeals Court Sides With Trans Student Denied Access To High School Boys Bathroom

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled in favor of a trans student in Virginia who sued his county school board over a policy barring him from using...

Why Caitlyn Jenner Will Never Grow Out of Her Privilege

Delia Melody | Posted 03.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Delia Melody

It's great that you're willing to learn, but the only way to do that is to start learning from us: the underprivileged trans women of color who face the brunt of institutionalized transphobia.

Here's Where Lawmakers Don't Want Trans People To Use The Right Bathrooms

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics

North Carolina passed a bill banning LGBT non-discrimination ordinances in a special session Wednesday, which Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law. Th...

#StandWithCharlotte -- Don't Give In to Hate!

Christine Pelosi | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

The North Carolina law not only codifies discrimination into law, it teaches and validates hate.

South Dakota Stops Just Short Of Being First With A Transphobic Bathroom Law

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 03.01.2016 | Queer Voices

In a major win in the fight to protect transgender children, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have outla...

North Carolina Republicans Vow Showdown Over Trans Rights

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics

North Carolina state legislators are vowing to reverse a new law in Charlotte that aims to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents ag...

North Carolina's Biggest City Breaks With GOP Gov. On Trans Rights

WaPo | Alana Horowitz | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina’s largest city has passed a law allowing transgender people to choose public bathrooms that correspond to their g...

Toward Comprehensive Protection for Trans Rights

Bruce Hay | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bruce Hay

The increased awareness of trans identity has not brought a commensurate increase in safety for trans individuals: the past year also saw the highest number of trans women murdered on record.

Why The '70s And '80s Were A Political 'Desert' For The Trans Community

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Since Minneapolis became the first U.S city to pass protective legislation inclusive of trans people in 1975, we've seen more -- albeit not enough -- ...

Black Trans Woman Attacked, Killed By Group Of Men In Pennsylvania

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A transgender woman in Pennsylvania was attacked by a group of men before being fatally shot Tuesday morning, authorities say. Kiesha Jenkins, 22, w...

On the Road to Healthcare Justice

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
New York Legal Assistance Group

Unfortunately, our transgender and gender non-conforming TGNC clients in particular experience significant barriers to accessing services during some of their most vulnerable moments.

Deutsche Bank Address Transgender Inclusivity At Pride Panel

Alex Berg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alex Berg

You may not know it, but you're working with us and that could mean we are still in stealth. It could mean we are terrified to come out," Billings said. "You can make yourself known as an ally."