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What Are the Sounds of Transphobic Dinosaurs Dying?

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Ultimately the age of dinosaurs will pass; their fossils will be discovered by future anthropologist-archeologists to be scrutinized, dissected, and viewed as oddities whose ideas will seem curious for their naiveté.

An Open Letter to Christians from the Parents of a Transgender Child

Melissa McLaren | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Melissa McLaren

My daughter is wary because she expects you to say hurtful things. She needs your supportive voice to be louder than the competing voices of judgment and hate. So, please, speak up.

Girl Scouts Have Awesome Response To 'Family' Group That Wants To Ban Trans Scouts

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices

A "family" group doesn't want transgender girls accepted into the Girl Scouts of the USA, but the Girl Scouts sure don't care. Last week, the Amer...

10 Reasons Why This 7-Year-Old Transgender Activist Will Melt Your Heart

Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices

By Alex Temblador | The Next Family Avery Jackson is a 7-year-old transgender girl and she is blowing the Internet away with her amazing story of ...

Why One Mom Had to Create America's First-Ever Summer Day Camp for Trans Kids

Juliet Linley | Posted 05.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Juliet Linley

Last summer 6-year-old Scarlett had the worst experience of her life at day camp: Her best friend told the other girls that Scarlett has a penis. Amazingly, the little girl had enough resilience to return to camp the next day. But it was the genesis of the day camp that her mother Sandra is launching in California this summer: the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp.

Why This Mom Is Calling Miley Cyrus a Hero

Melissa McLaren | Posted 05.11.2015 | Entertainment
Melissa McLaren

Say what you will about Miley Cyrus but the girl has the ability to accumulate press. And, what I've always loved about her, even when her actions made me cringe, is that she didn't seem to care what other people said or thought.

The Childhood Friend Who Gave Janet Mock The Courage To Live Authentically

OWN | Posted 05.05.2015 | OWN

From a young age, Janet Mock always had a sense of who she was meant to be. Though the writer and host of MSNBC's web show "So Popular!" was assigned ...

This Isn't the Same Thing as Pretending Your Child Is a Dog

Melissa McLaren | Posted 06.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Melissa McLaren

There's been a lot of media coverage this week on transgender children and while I know better than to read the comments, I sometimes can't help myself. I was really happy to see a lot of supportive comments but I saw several versions of the same few questions and these are my thoughts.

Fox News Pundit Compares Being Transgender To Thinking You're A Cocker Spaniel

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce slammed a Maine school's controversial use of a book about a transgender girl as "social engineering" on the part of ...

A Night of a Thousand Genders

Lori Sokol | Posted 06.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Lori Sokol

'Why do we need to be told which toys are appropriate for girls and boys?' and 'Why are toys even categorized according a child's gender?' But, there was still a more crucial question that even I, a life-long feminist, did not think to ask: "Are there really only two genders?"

What It Means To Our 10-Year-Old To Be Transgender

Posted 04.07.2015 | Gay Voices

By Lisa Keating | The Next Family Six months ago, our 10-year-old began to identify as transgender. This after spending years trying to explain it ...

What Gay Dads Can Learn From Their Trans Kids

Jason Howe | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Jason Howe

While "getting it" may come easier to gay fathers of children who don't conform to traditional standards of gender, they can face challenges that heterosexual parents may not.

Access to Care Is a Way to Save Transgender Youth's Lives Today

Dr. Robert Garofalo | Posted 05.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Robert Garofalo

There is a larger educational point that needs to be said loud and clear for the benefit of other families and for transgender or gender nonconforming youth. That message is simple: For transgender youth, access to health care services saves lives.

Rep. Mike Honda On His Transgender Granddaughter: ‘She's Beautiful'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices

As a longtime supporter of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, the fight for equality is hitting closer to home for California Rep. Mike Ho...

My Transgender Life -- Where Is God?

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

Discrimination in any form does not come from a loving God, or a loving person. Discrimination occurs when people travel the path of fear. This path is not freeing, it is confining. It hurts both internally and externally. I know this from the decades of hiding my own truth and living in shame and fear of discovery.

Parenting a Transgender Child

Sarah Virginia White | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Sarah Virginia White

Before he could talk, he was wearing my high heels. Sometimes I would let him wear them to the store, and this was in DC, so it's not common.

A Grandfather's Love: Congressman Mike Honda Opens Up About His Transgender Granddaughter

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Marsha Aizumi

Congressman Honda's granddaughter will never have to wonder how her grandfather feels about her. She will see it in the work that he does, the hugs he gives, and the eyes that gaze upon her with love. What a gift he has given to her... and to all of us, by extension.

Parental Acceptance Is 'The Primary Mediator' For Good Or Bad Outcomes For Trans Kids

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2015 | Gay Voices

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Transgender youngsters identify as much with their genders as do non-transgender children, a n...

Appreciating Beauty Doesn't Have a Gender

Julie Tarney | Posted 03.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

At Swan Lake this week, I saw lots of little girls on the laps of moms and dads, but no little boys. And I felt a little sad. It's my opinion that little boys deserve as many opportunities to experience art and beauty as girls do, for they are links to creativity and self-expression.

Fixing Society in the Wake of Leelah Alcorn's Death Will Take Empathy and Understanding From Loved Ones

The OpEd Project | Posted 03.18.2015 | Teen
The OpEd Project

When kids come home from school feeling unwanted, they should be able to come home feeling accepted for who they are. This tragedy should not have happened, but because it has, parents should be more aware of their kids' feelings.

Leelah's Legacy Needs Help: A Trans Woman's Call to Arms for the Absolute Right to Exist in Serenity and Safety

Jamie Cooper Holland | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Cooper Holland

This needs to end now. Those of us with the resources to fight in any way need to continue to stand up to those who are actively working to see more trans people dead, and we need to be absolutely present with those trans people who, at any given moment, may have fewer emotional or material resources than we do.

Apology Letter to Leelah Alcorn

Mary J. Moss | Posted 03.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

Leelah please hear this: Your death has meant something and because of you brave beautiful Leelah society is being fixed. There has been an overwhelming amount of support for you. Society has listened dear Leelah and you have NOT gone unnoticed.

Why Leelah Alcorn's Suicide Is Indicative Of Greater Issues For Transgender Youth

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.11.2015 | Gay Voices

With the transgender community still grappling with news of Leelah Alcorn's apparent suicide, MSNBC's Ronan Farrow took an in-depth look at the challe...

Catholic Deacon Pens Inspiring Letter On Parenting Transgender Children

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion

For parents struggling with how to react when their child comes out as transgender, Catholic Deacon Ray Dever has three words of advice: Love your chi...

A New Priority: Looking Ahead to College with My Transgender Daughter

Wayne Maines | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

Not long ago, one quote jumped out at me, "I just wish the administration would at least acknowledge our existence." That student's statement reminded me that transgender students are still "separate but equal" at universities across the nation.