Would you believe that in 2013, in the progressive state of New York, discrimination is still legal? It's true. One group of New Yorkers can be fired from their jobs, turned away from services and even evicted from their homes -- simply for being who they are: transgender New Yorkers.
I witness Ezekiel's first Father's Day in a Philadelphia hotel room. I surmise that there are numerous others within our community celebrating this first today, one pinnacle amongst the many precious firsts that transgender men experience throughout our gender transitions.
Last week's Pew study on LGBT people paints an extremely negative picture of the battlespace as it stands for transgender people. We have almost no cultural acceptance. We lack all the traditional methods for changing this for the better. The risk of being "left behind" is strong.
Cuomo's fight for women's equality cannot afford to overlook transgender women, who are especially vulnerable to violence, harassment, and discrimination in housing, employment, and health care. I hope that the Women's Equality Coalition will recognize the vulnerability of all women.
As a man who desires medical affirmation for my gender transition, I've inherited a community history of insurance rejection, which has effectively functioned as yet another strand of social rejection.
Most readers won't know that the updated policies announced last week by the Social Security Administration (SSA) are among the most humane and important public policy advancements for transgender people during the Obama administration or even ever.
Trans studies consistently report even higher levels of discrimination and related health problems than in the LGB population. Leaving T data collection out of the National Health Interview Survey leaves the effort to eliminate trans health disparities at a great disadvantage.
No one batted an eye or let on in any way that they were affected by Sam's transition. And just as I began to breathe a sigh of relief, Sam made a simple request that challenged my internal fortitude more than I could have ever imagined.
My internal dialogue: "Why are these companies trying to sell me their merchandise in my space? Why should we consider it a victory that we've become another niche market to sell to? This day isn't about them, no matter how hard they try to make it so."
In the state of New York, it is still legal for a doctor to refuse to treat a transgender or gender-nonconforming person. Unfortunately, because New York has yet to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, individuals have no legal recourse to challenge this discrimination.
We live in a world that assumes the worst of young black masculinity to the point in which it causes concerned citizens -- even those of color -- to act as 'race vigilantes' who enforce preventative measures with the hopes of keeping black men from acting out our criminal nature.
It's time our law guarantees that our transgender relatives and neighbors can work hard, participate in our communities, and live their lives with dignity and in safety. It's time that we pass the Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act of 2013.
Ireland is the only country in the European Union without a process for legally recognizing the true gender of transgender people.
The one group of trans persons over whom there is still oftentimes fierce debate in the medical community is composed of children. We simply don't have any evidence-based understanding of which gender non-conforming boys will turn out trans, which will be gay, and which straight -- gender conforming or not.
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I should've known she'd find me. Within minutes of my March blog posting of my first visit to the Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth, Grace Ste...