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Mandi's Diary: Real Life As San Quentin's Only Transgender Prison Guard

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 07.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

Originally published on Feb 24th, 2014. “I wasn’t going to a safe space; I would be facing down some of the toughest people in the state. In...

Supreme Court About To Enter Legal Fight Over Trans Rights And Bathroom Access

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics

The controversy over the rights of transgender students and bathroom access at their local schools has reached the Supreme Court. The dispute arrived ...

Texas, 12 Other States Push To Block Feds From Enforcing Trans Bathroom Guidance

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics

A coalition of 13 states led by Texas wants a federal judge to block the Obama administration from enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws in a way...

Jousting With Jugheads

Kenna Henderson | Posted 06.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Kenna Henderson

One problem with being transgender is having to prove that I exist.

Outspeak Reacts To Orlando

Zac Thompson | Posted 06.27.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Zac Thompson

Passionate Outspeak creators immediately took to YouTube to inspire change in the wake of the Orlando Shooting.

The One Thing We Have To Stop Asking Trans People

Zac Thompson | Posted 07.01.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Zac Thompson

The question, "are you a boy or are you a girl?" seems like an innocent one, but for a person in the midst of a gender transition it can tap into serious personal insecurities.

That's Me? Yikes!

Kenna Henderson | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Kenna Henderson

The spackle and duct tape I must employ to make my face street-worthy helps a little ("helps" in this case meaning "hides"). But I'd hate to meet myself in a dark alley.

'Coming Out' At 72: Who I Am And Why It Matters

Kenna Henderson | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Kenna Henderson

I'm struck by the fact that those who are least likely to know anything about us believe themselves most qualified to describe who and what we are.

Istanbul Police Violently Disperse Banned LGBT Rally

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.19.2016 | World

ISTANBUL, June 19 (Reuters) - Istanbul riot police fired tear gas and rubber pellets on Sunday to disperse a march for transgender people banned after...

Introducing HuffPost's "Journey Beyond the Binary" Blog Series!

The Huffington Post | Amanda McGowan | Posted 06.09.2016 | Queer Voices

While it's important to unite in joy throughout this month, it's equally important to turn our collective attention towards the work left to be done. For trans and gender non-conforming members of the LGBTQI community, every day in this country is a struggle -- a battle not only for equality, but for survival.

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.