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What Is Transgender?: A Beautiful Short Film Has an Answer

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

To get to the heart of what the words gender and transgender are all about, I believe it is more effective to show than to tell. The new short film, Dylan, by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, does exactly that.

The Sanctity of (Gay) Marriage

Brandon Wallace | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandon Wallace

Don't get me wrong, if you feel like your current partner is "The One," and you've already been together for a long time, then by all means, slap a ring on that finger and go get hitched. But, I urge all of you LGBT couples, don't get married just because they can

History Has Been Made! Thank you, America!

Brandon Wallace | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandon Wallace

This decision has refreshed within me a sense of patriotism. In the last few years, we've faced so many negatives in this country that it has made people feel like freedom was something this country was losing.

How a Trans Best Friend Changed My Outlook on Life

Connor R. McLaren | Posted 06.23.2015 | College
Connor R. McLaren

We have all done things in life that we regret and are not proud of. I am no exception. Sometimes you get a do over--and sometimes you don't.

Is It Really That Strange For a Guy To Wear A Dress?

Miles Robbins | Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Miles Robbins

I wear dresses to embrace femininity (adjective) but not to re-assign my gender to female (noun). I think that it is absurd to think that there is a rigidity to the identity of CIS and Heterosexual males and females, that for a man to wear a dress or for a woman to wear pants means they are LGBTQ.

These Black Trans Couples' Stories Tug At Our Heartstrings

The Huffington Post | Taryn FInley | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices

“I identify as a trans man,” Tiq Milan said sitting next to his wife, Kim Milan, a woman who identifies as queer. NBC BLK interviewed Tiq, ...

Here's How A Gym Became An Unexpected Gathering Place For Transgender Men

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 06.17.2015 | Gay Voices

Google has released a powerful new video that documents one transgender man's transition and his journey to find a community of supportive and like-mi...

It's Time to End Discrimination in the Workplace

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni G. Atkins

This isn't an issue about choice or religion -- these are real people, losing their livelihoods, their sources of income, and they're more likely to become impoverished because we still have not extended protections to many LGBT people. Demanding the right to fair employment and fair workplace treatment is not demanding special treatment or advantages over others

Gen Zed: The First Animated Series to Feature a Trans Lead

Sidney Chase | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Sidney Chase

Hilarious, witty, and full of heart, Gen Zed is completely ahead of it's time. While the future is far and wide for animation to show creator Hayden Black, every variable counts.

Seattle Mayor Appoints Dylan Orr as Director of New Office of Labor Standards

Joe Mirabella | Posted 05.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Joe Mirabella

Mayor Ed Murray today named Dylan Orr as director of the new Office of Labor Standards (OLS), which oversees implementation of the city's historic minimum wage law.

Transgender Footprints in the Sand

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I have endured a lifetime of believing that my faith was at odds with my transgender identity. I have come to know that my faith was at odds with my inability to trust God enough to embrace my authentic self.

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 06.27.2015 | 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 06.20.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.13.2015 | 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 06.04.2015 | 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 05.24.2015 | 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.