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Transgender Equality

Gender Proud Presents: The Colombian Trans Woman Stranded in Hong Kong for 8 Months

Allie Hoffman | Posted 06.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Allie Hoffman

Her story starts in Colombia. As a trans woman, she was treated miserably. After a particularly brutal beating, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a pharmacist and scientist, and fled to Taipei, where she got a scholarship and began to live her life anew.

The Time Is Now for Transgender Equality

Eòghann Renfroe | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Eòghann Renfroe

It is time for the New York State Senate to do the right thing and stop transgender New Yorkers from being treated like second-class citizens. It is time for Gov. Cuomo to become an integral part of this historic moment in transgender rights and call for the Senate to bring GENDA to a vote. It is time for GENDA to become law.

International LGBT Rights: The Canaries in the Mine Shaft

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have long thought that LGBT can be seen as the proverbial "canary in the mine shaft," since in places where individuals, institutions, and entire societies marginalize, commit violence against, and deny basic human rights to LGBT people, other social groups face similar adverse treatment as well.

The Next Phase of the Trans Movement

Harper Jean Tobin | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Harper Jean Tobin

If we're really going to make a better world for all trans people, it's not enough to keep doing what we're doing. We've got to go further, think bigger. We've got to make our movement stronger, bolder, and broader.

Pastoral Statement and Call to Action: Ending Anti-Trans Violence Now

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 06.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

In Isaiah, God calls us not to live in fear. At first blush this may seem to be a callous or trivial response to what is in fact a horrifying reality. But the prophet who wrote these words and the community that heard them were living through the floods and fires of their own terrifying circumstances.

What Jenny McCarthy Needs to Learn From Jonah Hill: How to Say, 'I F'd Up'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Hill's apology was genuine, coming from someone who knew he'd let down his friends, his fans, and himself, and who was ashamed. It came from someone who had thought deeply about what he'd said and what the ramifications were and realized that he couldn't just delete it out of his life.

It's Not the '80s Anymore: Transition-Related Care Is Basic Health Care

James D. Esseks | Posted 05.30.2014 | Gay Voices
James D. Esseks

Determinations of what medical treatments are covered by Medicare are made mostly by regional decision-making bodies, but there is a small number of national rules -- called NCDs -- regarding whether certain treatments are covered by Medicare. In 1981, HHS issued an NCD that Medicare does not cover transition-related health care.

The Dallas Principles, Five Years Later

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The Dallas Principles were an effort to codify, in a manifesto of sorts, the values with which the LGBT community could most effectively move forward. I think we did a good job at expressing our beliefs and putting them into language that could be embraced by the community at large. Let's take them one by one.

What Chuck Hagel Needs to Understand

Justine Valinotti | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

While the notion that transgenderism is mainly if not entirely a medical condition may have helped remove a little bit (though certainly not much) of the stigma attached to being a trans person, it also limits us. And it will limit the military.

Jack Lorenz of Equality California Talks Transgender Health Care and Equality (AUDIO)

Toni Newman | Posted 07.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Jack believes that the transgender community is the most marginalized community in America, and that only with acceptance and understanding can society overcome its fear of the transgender community.

The Duality of a White, Cisgender, Gay Man

Tyler Curry | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

I do not claim to be anything other than my own personal mixture of identifiers and traits that make me who I am. But I'd like to believe it's still possible to strive to understand another group's inequalities so that we can keep striving for fairness in our culture. That is how equality is won.

An Unexpected Meeting on the Campaign Trail

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Sometimes the engagement achieved while knocking on doors as a candidate for office turns out to be of great personal significance, one that ties together loose ends from one's life, and the life discovered overlaps so much with one's own that it is uncanny. This is one such story.

A Statement on My Legal Name Change

Chelsea Manning | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Chelsea Manning

Hopefully today's name change, so meaningful to me personally, can also raise awareness of the fact that we trans* people exist everywhere in America today, and that we must jump through hurdles every day just for being who we are.

On Handling High-Profile Terrorism Cases as a 'Transgender Defender'

Zoe Dolan | Posted 06.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

I feared that the media would sensationalize my gender identity to the detriment of my ability to provide legal representation.What a humbling mistake that assumption turned out to be.

Transgender Female Crossfit Athlete Chloie Jonsson Talks Equality, Acceptance, Tolerance and Respect

Toni Newman | Posted 05.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Chloie Jonnson is a transgender female and CrossFit athlete fighting for her rights to compete as a female in the CrossFit Games. CrossFit has issue...

5 Places Trans People Exist

Lauren Lubin | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Lauren Lubin

The fashion industry has never been wary of pushing boundaries, including the boundaries of gender. Gender nonconformity is not only becoming commonplace in the fashion world but is now becoming the epicenter of high fashion and innovation.

Teacher Sparks Community Controversy After Coming Out As Transgender

Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay Voices

A California teacher, who previously presented as a man, will return to school after spring break as a woman. The Fresno Bee is reporting that the...

Protecting Religious Freedom in Maine and Beyond

Wayne Maines | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

Recently, our leaders in Augusta -- good, honest Mainers -- did the right thing. They voted "No" and defeated LD 1428, a bill that purported to provide additional religious freedom protections in Maine.

How Not to Sound Like a Creationist to a Trans Person

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 05.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

When people say they support transgender people but oppose the specific issues that matter to the transgender community, it makes as much sense as saying you support the gay community, but oppose marriage equality and anti-bullying initiatives.

It's Getting Better, Even If Some Days It Doesn't Seem Like It

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Visibility, even when it focuses on violence and discrimination, is the first step along the journey from recognition to tolerance, then to acceptance and finally, affirmation.

Transgender Acceptance Simplified: The Air and the Light

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I did everything I could think of to learn how to be this man I thought I had to be. I spent a lifetime trying to get my soul to match my body. In the falsehood of that existence, I was unable to participate in life.

One Small Question Can Have A Big Impact

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.05.2014 | College

One small question on the housing application form at Pitzer College in California can have a meaningful impact. The reason is not necessarily due to ...

5 Places Trans People Don't Exist

Lauren Lubin | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Lauren Lubin

"Gender binary" describes our current belief system that gender exists as only male or female. There are, in fact, many more genders, and this post highlights the five areas that are most challenging to those who identify outside of the gender binary.

Trans Woes

Margaret Klaw | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Margaret Klaw

As though it weren't tough enough being trans, this month Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill -- passed by big margins in both houses of the New Jersey legislature -- that would have allowed transgender people to get new birth certificates without requiring them to undergo sex reassignment surgery.

Intersections: Progressive and LGBT Advocacy

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I want my children to live in a progressive America. When I was my sons' age, my hope for a progressive nation was dashed when the Reagan "revolution" set in. I want them to have the future of which I dreamed, and I can sense that we are on the verge of a new progressive era.