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Transgender Rights and Public Bathrooms

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

It follows that if gender is part of someone's core identity it is a protected right. If someone identifies as a male, then it is his right to use a male bathroom. If someone identifies as a female, then it is her right to use a female bathroom.

Bathroom Bigotry and the Battle for Transgender Rights

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 08.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

It's hard in the midst of fighting for civil rights, in fighting for equality, to measure progress. But it is clear that we are making progress, however slow and painful it may be.

The Courage of Being Transgender in Public

Victoria Kolakowski | Posted 08.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Victoria Kolakowski

I believe that the willingness to be oneself, one's true self, openly in public is a scary thing for anyone. Honesty in the face of adversity is a form of moral strength. For transgender people, being "out" can be downright dangerous.

This New App Could Be A Lifesaver For The Transgender Community

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Where's the bathroom? While such an inquiry might seem harmless and nonchalant to some people, it is a loaded, even dangerous question for gender n...

Surviving and Thriving Through Adversity: A Transgender Bathroom and HIV Love Story

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 05.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

I didn't die. Instead I thrived. I learned all I could; I saw the best doctors that community health, and occasional private insurance, could provide. And today, 27 years post infection with an AIDS diagnosis, I am undetectable with a healthy t-cell count.

A Woman Complained To Planet Fitness About A Transgender Member. This Is How They Responded.

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices

Planet Fitness says its staff stood by the company mantra of being a "Judgement Free Zone" when they canceled the membership of a woman who "inappropr...

Lila Shapiro

According To New Poll, The Kids Are All Right With Transgender Rights | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.28.2015 | Gay Voices

Last summer, a troubling poll showed that a majority of Americans had a problem with transgender people using bathrooms that correspond with their ide...

Sam Levine

Kentucky Bill That Would Have Let Students Sue If They Saw Transgender Students In Certain Bathrooms Fails | Sam Levine | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

A bill that would have allowed students to sue their school if they saw a transgender student in a bathroom that did not correspond with the gender he...

Florida Law Would Make It A Crime For Transgender People To Use Public Bathrooms

The Huffington Post | Amanda Gutterman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

A proposed bill in Florida would make it illegal for a person to enter a public facility designated as single-sex if the person was not born a biologi...

I'm A Transgender Teen And Which Restroom I Use Is None Of Your Business

Casey Hoke | Posted 03.31.2015 | Teen
Casey Hoke

It's one thing for a school to offer private facilities for students who identify as gender-neutral or are not comfortable using male- or female-designated facilities because of their gender identity. But to force all transgender students to do so is, in fact, a definite breach in privacy.

Should All Bathrooms Be Gender Neutral?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Should all bathrooms be gender neutral? This is the question posed by Laci Green in the latest installment of MTV's web series, "Braless." Green co...

Teaching Kids What It Means to Be Transgender: Why Starting Early Is the Way to Go

Chris Edwards | Posted 02.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Edwards

"So Shtine, what's the latest with the book? Any updates?" That was my cue. Calla and Ava knew their "Uncle Shtiny" had quit his job in advertising to write a book but were very curious what it was about. The question was, at ages 11 and 9, were they old enough to know?

Melissa Jeltsen

Groundbreaking Transgender Teen Given Big Honor | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Nicole Maines, a teenager who made history earlier this year in a landmark transgender rights case, has been named one of Glamour magazine's 50 inspir...

Lila Shapiro

Hobby Lobby Wants To Control Which Bathroom Women Use, Too | Lila Shapiro | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices

Meggan Sommerville In the days after the Supreme Court handed Hobby Lobby a sweeping victory in its fight to not provide employee health insurance ...

Bathroom Manners: How I Learned to Stop Being Helpful

Tricia Elam Walker | Posted 08.05.2014 | DC
Tricia Elam Walker

Liberal, open, curious, that's me, I shouted silently. But if that was true, how could I have made such a mistake?

UTAH LAWMAKER: Transgender People Can't Choose Their Bathrooms

AP | ANNIE KNOX | Posted 02.05.2014 | Gay Voices

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker has proposed a bill that would prevent transgender students from using bathroom facilities of their choice, jo...

Why Transgender People Belong in Your Bathrooms

Rye Silverman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rye Silverman

We exist, and there is nothing scary or dangerous about us. We don't just belong in your spaces; they are our spaces too. We belong.

A Gay Dad Pulls His Kids Out of Private School and Into Public to Celebrate California's New Transgender Respect Law

Rob Watson | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

Tim Donnelly is pulling one of his sons out of the system over fear of his coming in contact with a transgender student. I am going to put two sons into the system in celebration of the dignity it affords them and a friend they care about.

WATCH: Transgender Student Allegedly Forced To Use Storage Closet For Bathroom

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.30.2013 | Gay Voices

A Clearwater, Fla. technical college is coming under fire after allegedly forcing a transgender nursing student to use a storage closet as her bathroo...

Into the Toilet

Justine Valinotti | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

How do they always end up being about bathrooms? I'm talking about the debates and protests that accompany any attempt to ensure that gender-variant individuals have the same rights as everybody else.

California Gives Boost To Transgender Rights

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 07.05.2013 | Gay Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would require public K-12 schools to let transgender students choose which r...

Transgender People Need Safe Restrooms

Masen Davis | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Masen Davis

For transgender people, accessing the restroom that matches our gender identity too often results in ridicule or violence. Those of us who don't fit narrow gender stereotypes -- including transgender people transitioning from one gender to another -- are most likely to be targeted.

Key Transgender Rights Battle Heats Up

AP | DAVID SHARP | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices

BANGOR, Maine — Maine's highest court heard arguments Wednesday over whether transgender students can use the bathroom of their choice, and the ...

Will Philadelphia Introduce Gender-Neutral Bathrooms?

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices

A Philadelphia city councilman has sponsored a bill that would require newly constructed or renovated city-owned buildings to have gender-neutral bath...

Michelangelo Signorile

Arizona Rep Says Bathroom Bill Will Prevent 'Transgender Ruse' | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.03.2013 | Gay Voices

The Arizona state legislator who received national attention for promoting a harsh anti-transgender bill aimed at prosecuting transgender people for u...