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Trans Women of Color

The Last Thing This Transgender Woman Has To Say About Caitlyn Jenner

Delia Melody | Posted 08.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Delia Melody

Over the course of time, I’ve learned to stop being surprised by anything that comes out of certain people’s mouths. Speaking as a transgender wom...

Why Caitlyn Jenner Will Never Grow Out of Her Privilege

Delia Melody | Posted 03.29.2017 | 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.

#BlackTransLivesMatter: Creating Accountability in the HIV Community

Shaan Michael Wade | Posted 02.07.2017 | Black Voices
Shaan Michael Wade

The 2011 Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey exposed the high levels of discriminat...

As A Trans Woman Of Color, I Should Only Have 4 Years Left To Live

Trav Pittman | Posted 11.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Trav Pittman

Let's talk about education, let's talk about good, real data and how to get it, let's talk about calling trans and gender nonconforming people --  dead or alive -- by their proper names. If there's one thing my mom refusing to open her bills has taught me, it's that ignoring something doesn't make it go away.

How to Dress as a Trans Person for Halloween

Sidney Chase | Posted 10.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Sidney Chase

Trans bodies are not costumes. Our identities are not masks we can take on and off freely. Whether we express this outwardly or only on the inside, it does not change the people we've always known we are.

On the Urgent Importance of Loving Trans People

Janson Wu | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janson Wu

It's hard to write about these tragedies without falling into sadness or anger, or without inadvertently raising the visibility of the victim's deaths over their lives. It's also hard to write about it without knowing exactly how, as a cis-gendered ally, to make it better. But we don't have the luxury of time.

#BlackLivesMatter Should Contend With Community Violence, Too

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Connecting community violence to the movement for accountability for police brutality would help call attention to the disproportionate violence experienced by all kinds of black women, and girls and it would also create a space to more closely interrogate the detrimental aspects of police abdication on black communities.

15 Questions: TS Madison

Brad Hammer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brad Hammer

TS Madison has become really popular over the past year. She is a YouTube sensation who recently got her own show on YouTube via World of Wonder. Madison just dropped her first album, so I thought it would be a perfect time for her to be asked "15 Questions."

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

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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: A Day to Honor the Dead and the Living

Shelby Chestnut | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shelby Chestnut

As we honor our friends and family we have lost to anti-transgender violence on Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), how can we ensure that transgender women of color are leading the LGBTQ anti-violence movement?

The First Annual Out Of The Binders Conference And The Power Of Female Communities

Meghan O'Dea | Posted 12.14.2014 | Women
Meghan O'Dea

I can't wait for equality and to see sexism become a thing of the past, but I hope we don't lose the sense of sisterhood and excitement we had this weekend.

State of Emergency for Transgender Women of Color

Addison Rose Vincent | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Addison Rose Vincent

Self-defense is murder when you're a transgender woman of color. According to an Aug. 22 Facebook post by trans-rights activist Channyn Lynne Parker, Eisha Love defended her life in the midst of an alleged hate crime in late August and now faces a 10-year sentence for attempted murder.

Acting Director Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center Discusses Trans Equality in 2014 and the Future

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni Newman

My discussion with Kris is centered around trans equality now and the future. We discuss the inequality still facing trans people, especially trans women of color, and how we as a community move forward to progress to full equality and being treated fairly without bias and discrimination.

Can There Be Meaningful #JusticeforJane?

Chase Strangio | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chase Strangio

A 16-year-old transgender girl spent 77 days alone in a Connecticut prison without ever being convicted of, or even charged with, a crime. Known publicly as "Jane Doe" because she is a minor, she sat alone in the York Correctional Institution, a high-security prison in Niantic, Connecticut, for two and a half months.

From Homeless to Hopeful: How a Trans Woman of Color Found Her Path (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-03-06-imfromdriftwoodangelalouissmall.pngAngela's story is a message of how important it is for parents to love and support their children, but also how it's never too late to change your life for the better.

Reframing the Media Narrative: Trans Bodies Are Not Public Domain

Savannah Garmon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Savannah Garmon

The true aggression in these scenarios is the idea that trans women's bodies are public domain, or the simply nonsensical belief that no cis man would ever be attracted to a trans woman.

Finding My Place as a Transgender Woman

Mia Hogues | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mia Hogues

What do you do when the contents of your heart conflict with the image of your physical being? How do you find a way to just live a normal, safe life? My answer was hair! That's where Franklin Beauty School came into the picture.

Islan Nettles' Murder: It Couldn't Have Been Me

J Mase III | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J Mase III

What happened to Islan would not have happened to me. As a trans person of color, it would be really easy for me to say that it could have, but the reality is that even though many of my FTM friends and colleagues are at risk, we are still less likely to be murdered than trans women.

Are Queer Women Leaving Trans Women Behind?

Alex Berg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alex Berg

I don't count any transgender women among my close LGBTQ and feminist friends. I'm not proud of that. I'm also not alone.

Trans Woman Murdered In Turkey Is Country's Fourth Victim In 7 Months

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Following suit of a disturbing trend of anti-trans violence in Turkey, authorities discovered a transgender woman dead in her Istanbul apartment Monda...

Orange Is The New Black and Its New Black Trans Narrative

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

Although OITNB treads the line of racial stereotype, the show is redeemed by the ways in which it depicts female sexuality. For the most part, all of the women in the prison are represented as having control of their sexuality despite their reality of incarceration.

WATCH: Janet Mock Discusses Struggles Trans People Face On A Daily Basis

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Writer and transgender advocate Janet Mock recently joined HuffPost Live to chat with Marc Lamont Hill about barriers that transgender people face in ...

It Really Isn't Getting Better For Some Trans Women

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

We are a violent, sexist society, and there is much work that needs to be done to reduce the violence. Being black and trans may compound the risk, but it is already shameful that our country throws up its hands to the violence endemic in our society.

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

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

WATCH: Monica Beverly Hillz Opens Up About Life Before 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Randall Jenson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Randall Jenson

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