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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.

Don't Forget About Us in the Middle: LGBT's in the Midwest and the South

Brandon Wallace | Posted 05.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandon Wallace

Those of you on the coast need to remember that when it comes to LGBT issues, the Midwest and the South is about a decade behind you. Now, think back to the way things were a decade ago for you. See how we can't abandon ship just yet?

LGBT's: Don't Forget Riots Are What Got Us Here

Brandon Wallace | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandon Wallace

I am speaking to the LGBT people who are watching all of the latest events in America unfold. I just want to take this time to remind those LGBT folk that are so quick to condemn the riots in Baltimore that if it were not for rioting, we would not be where we are today.

Notes on Bruce Jenner and the Trans Grapevine

Darya Teesewell | Posted 05.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Darya Teesewell

An empty stomach and discouraged heart are hard to overcome. I urge my sisters and brothers who are hurting to see that, hopefully, the Jenner story is ultimately about raising you up where you stand this second, not about putting you down for what's in your purse or wallet.

Is the GOP Ready for 'Her'?

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

Conservative Republicans might think these issues have nothing to do with them because they don't even know any transgender people. But now they do -- and he's one of them.

Another Glimmer of Hope That the Veil of Silence Is Lifting

Allison Hope | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger does what a lot of films have not yet done: Shine a light on the life of a pioneer transgender activist and artist, without shying away from the nuances that makes Kate Bornstein the quirky, colorful, brilliant person she is.

It's Not Just About a Telescope

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 04.16.2015 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

The movement to protect and preserve the summit of Mauna Kea, one of the most sacred sites in the Hawaiian Islands, has grown from a small group of local activists to a much larger and diverse coalition around the globe.

Why Gossip About Bruce Jenner Is Damaging to the Transgender Community

Molly Fosco | Posted 04.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Molly Fosco

We don't know if Bruce Jenner identifies as transgender. We don't know anything about the situation. I expect we will find out a lot more when he sits down with Diane Sawyer for a two-hour interview on April 24th, but until then, we shouldn't assume we know anything at all.

10 Trans Names You Should Know in 2015

Sidney Chase | Posted 04.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Sidney Chase

With headlines left and right that churn my stomach, it's rare to find good seeds in the madness of the world. Especially when you are born transgender. To me that word hardly describes who I am, or what I want to be.

Justice Department Sides With Transgender Inmate In Georgia Lawsuit

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

(Fixes typographical errors) By David Ingram April 3 (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday weighed in on the s...

The "Tragic" Humanity of Black Trans Women

Raquel Willis | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Raquel Willis

When I was forced to stop looking at my identities as if they exist in a vacuum, I realized that being a black trans woman is a major risk and accepting myself would be just the first battle with a society obsessed with compartmentalization.

A Come to Jesus Moment for the Trans Celebrity‏

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Zoey presents herself as a scientist and an expert on transgender issues, yet the fact is that however well-intentioned she may be, her wild and inaccurate claims and attempts to define our narrative have done nothing but cause significant harm to the trans community.

This Trans 13-Year-Old Is Our New Hero.. And When You See This He'll Be Yours Too

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

This just made our week. Tom Sosnik may only be 13-years-old, but the articulate teen has a more solid grasp on his sense of self than many adults ...

Eli Conley's Music Opens Spaces to Connect the Queer and Trans Communities

Sue Kerr | Posted 05.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Eli Conley came to my attention through a conversation with a mutual friend. I was immediately struck by his words and his awareness of the issues that matter to me. Then I listened to his music. I had to talk with him and he was gracious enough to make some time for me.

Off to the ER: Will I Be Treated With Dignity?

Beck Bailey | Posted 04.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Beck Bailey

Recently I found myself in a situation that many transgender people dread: I was in an accident and required emergency medical care.

Not Yet Over the Rainbow, or the Unexpected Vigor of Intransigence

Frank Bua | Posted 04.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

Whether the old guard is wising up or dying off is no longer relevant. The gay rights movement is being won person by person, family by family, city by city, with Washington, D.C. a reluctant, self-congratulatory last stop.

Why Trans Lives Matter to This Lesbian

Allison Hope | Posted 04.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

As of today, trans women of color are the most targeted victims of hate. They are murdered by men who pass them on the street, by intimate partners in bed and by lovers who traded in love and understanding for ignorance and violence.

More Than a Woman: Transcending Gender and HIV

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 04.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

It was several years ago when I had my first experience with a friend coming out to me as transgender. I hadn't seen her for many years, but I was happy for her transition from the young man I had known to her new self.

When I Was a Girl

Stephanie Mott | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I was never a boy. I was always a girl. In spite of the lies that were constantly being told to me, by my body and by the world, there was never any real doubt about this truth. I was just one of those girls who were told that they had to live as a boy.

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...

Matthew 7, Leviticus 20, and the Christian Catch-22

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I am not anti-Christian when I stand up for LGBT rights. I am anti-bigotry. The fact that someone identifies as a Christian has nothing to do with it. There is no war on religion. It is a war on discrimination. Nothing more. Nothing less.

The Terrifying Life For LGBT People in Uganda (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 03.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

In February 2014, Cleopatra Kambugu experienced this first hand, when the Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper published personal information about 200 LGBTI people in Uganda. Cleo was one of them, who had her picture and personal information printed on the front page.

'Your Taboo Is My Family': Trans Individuals In Italy Share Their Stories (PHOTOS)

HuffPost Italy | Arianna Giunti | Posted 01.28.2015 | Gay Voices

When he first realized that he wasn’t interested in playing with dolls or trying on his mother’s makeup, he was seven years old, dressed in lacy p...

Neuroscience Proves What We've Known All Along: Gender Exists on a Spectrum

Ravishly | Posted 03.22.2015 | Science
Ravishly

Ever wonder about the brain's white matter microstructure diffusivity? Don't know what the hell we're talking about? Well, start paying attention... because it may be important in determining our gender identity.

On Loving Myself Beyond the Imperfections

Mark Travis Rivera | Posted 03.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark Travis Rivera

During a time when a lot more of my friends are getting into relationships, engaged, married, and expecting their own children, I am getting back to loving myself.