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An Open Letter Those Who Dismissed Jennicet Gutierrez As A 'Heckler'

Pat Cordova-Goff | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Pat Cordova-Goff

While President Obama claimed, "You're in my house," he seemed to be more comfortable with reading a speech about trans issues than listening to a trans women speak of her own issues.

This Is What Trans Sisterhood Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 06.05.2015 | Women

Sisterhood is a revolutionary act for all women. A new documentary series called "This Is Me," created by WifeyTV with the help of executive produ...

Strange Bedfellows Perpetuate the Denial of Proper Care for Young Trans Girls

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Even if it's true that 75 percent of gender dysphoric boys turn out to be gay, it is also true that denying the gender dysphoric boys who are actually girls the right to transition is cruel and abusive, and too often life-threatening.

Graduation to Womanhood: Being Transgender at a Southern College

Raquel Willis | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Raquel Willis

Some people come out of the college experience with a degree, others with incredible stories, and others simply with a better understanding of their body's tolerance for alcohol. But some, like me, left with a newfound understanding and sense of purpose; I matriculated as a timid, confused boy and departed as a woman standing in her truth.

NYC Feminist Zine Fest

Jenna Henry Hansen | Posted 05.06.2015 | New York
Jenna Henry Hansen

After reading just a handful of Twitter comments aimed at Arquette and pages directed toward E! and Rancic, clearly there is still an obvious need and immense desire for a platform of open dialog and feminist critique of our culture.

Trans Woman Opens Up About 'Survival Sex': '$500 Came Very Fast'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices

There were few options left for Sasha Washington, a trans woman living in New York, to get the money she needed to survive. So at the age of 15, she w...

LOOK: Brazilian Students Create Calendar Starring Trans Models

HuffPost Brazil | Andréa Martinelli | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices

A daily political and social struggle. It was this idea that motivated two students from the UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais), Mariana Mor...

Am I Transgender Anymore?

Zoe Dolan | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

On the one hand, I must be: "Transgender" is meant to embrace people like me, whose histories include travel between the sexes. On the other, do I still fit into this concept now that the past is the past and I am who I am today?

The Faces Of Feminism I Didn't Realize I Was Ignoring

Reilly Wieland | Posted 04.05.2015 | Teen
Reilly Wieland

It's extraordinarily exciting to see feminism growing within the teenage population because of Tumblr and Twitter and the Internet in general, but it seems to foster a sort of feminism that focuses entirely on very one sided issues, instead of a broader picture.

Manhood

Zoe Dolan | Posted 03.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

It would be just as crazy to overlook the few men I've met who are comfortable enough in their manhood to date a transgender person. They exist. I fell in love with two of them. There must be more.

15 Questions: TS Madison

Brad Hammer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay 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 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.

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.

Love and Reflection in Our Work: A Thank You Essay for Reina Gossett

Chase Strangio | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

The first time I heard Reina Gossett speak, she took my breath away. Having just finished my first year of law school, I was caught up in the type of reform narratives that are cognizable to our legal system. Ideas of formal equality, rights, democracy, and participation had already started to replace my notions of justice and revolution.

Koko Jones, Former Percussionist for Whitney Houston, Steps Out Front With New Album

Toni Newman | Posted 12.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

When I heard that Koko Jones, Houston's former percussionist (as well as The Isley Brothers' former percussionist), had embarked on her first album since coming out as a trans woman, I took notice and became very excited to talk to her about her life and music.

Feminist Issues Are Transgender Issues

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

If we only work on behalf on the "right" kinds of women, it diminishes the movement and repeats mistakes of the past, where feminism was not nearly intersectional enough. Beyond a concept of simple solidarity, though, is that many of the core issues of feminists and transgender people are the same.

Transgender Mother Responds to Being Named 'Working Mother of the Year'

Meghan Stabler | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Meghan Stabler

Working Mother has named me "Working Mother of the Year." In fact, this is the first time a transgender woman has been chosen to receive the magazine's prestigious award. Remarkable, isn't it? Actually, it's not. I'm just like any other mom. What is remarkable is the staggering inequality we working mothers face.

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.

Artist Resolves To Insert Trans Women Into The Canon Of Art History

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.10.2014 | Arts

The history of representation in Western art is unfortunately a pretty narrow one, consisting almost exclusively of white, cis men and women. Arti...

Am I Transphobic?: My History With Transgender Women and Effeminate Men

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

If transgender people want to be respected and accepted for who they are, then the same courtesy must be extended to cisgender men. One's sexual gender preference deserves as much respect and acceptance as one's gender identity. This realization helped me come to terms with my general lack of attraction for trans women.

Exclusive Excerpt From Transgender Anthology Letters for My Sisters

Andrea James | Posted 09.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrea James

I was honored to be asked to co-edit Letters for My Sisters by transgender-owned publisher Transgress Press. In this new anthology of letters and test...

Can There Be Meaningful #JusticeforJane?

Chase Strangio | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay 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.

I Am Loveworthy: How a Transgender Woman Found Love

Andy Marra | Posted 08.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

Drew has helped me truly accept that I am loveworthy, deserving of being loved for all of who I am. He has shown me that I have been and always will be more than enough for someone.

10 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Rebecca Juro | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Juro

Don't wait another second. You can recover from a lot of things -- a lost job, people in your life who react badly, discrimination, and much more -- but the one thing you can never get back is your youth. Spend it being who you are, not running away from it.

An Open Letter to HuffPost Gay Voices: Why This Trans Man Will No Longer Blog on Your Page

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

After I saw you post a parody video (later retracted) in which a trans woman is murdered as a consequence for voicing her objections to offensive language used on RuPaul's Drag Race, I can no longer publish my writing on your page. This letter is my last blog post on Gay Voices.