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Transgender Equality

Why We Should Be Thanking Caitlyn Jenner

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 11.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

Whether or not you endorse the statements and behaviors of Ms. Jenner, it must be noted that her celebrity has focused attention on a matter too long ignored.

Lives Guided by Fear: In Honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

The sad truth is, this personal moment is not exclusive to November 20th. I, like many others, live perpetually is a state of fear of the reaction from those who do not support my identity.

National Transgender Day of Remembrance: The Message Is You Are Important to Us and We Need You to Survive

Toni Newman | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

In those moments you feel no one cares and no one loves you, remember you are important and we need you to survive. After 25 years in the transgender community, I can assure you it will not always be bad.

Transgender Issues Finally Gain Recognition On Capitol Hill

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

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Award-Winning Sex-Change Documentary Call Me Marianna Brightens Polish Film Festival in America

Greg Archer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

Faith, trust and the courage to live as the person you know yourself to be all come into play in Karolina Bielawska's moving, award-winning documentary Call Me Marianna. The film has been turning heads at film festivals around the world.

Our Child Is a Girl

An Anonymous Mom | Posted 11.12.2015 | Gay Voices
An Anonymous Mom

Despite the overwhelming evidence that my daughter is a girl, the institution that is charged with educating and enlightening our children was only concerned with her body. The district therefore did not allow her in the girls' locker room.

I Was Arrested Just for Being a Black Trans Woman

Meagan Taylor | Posted 11.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Meagan Taylor

As a Black trans woman, I am used to unfair and discriminatory treatment, but this was extra upsetting because we were paying customers at a hotel and on our way to a funeral. I felt like I had no rights.

Why Are Trans People Left Out Of LGBT History So Often?

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.31.2015 | Gay Voices

Despite their pivotal role in advancing the queer community, trans people are often written out of history, Lourdes Hunter, the national ...

Agents of Change: 5 Powerful Women Who Are Making a Positive Difference

Greg Archer | Posted 10.31.2015 | Women
Greg Archer

They walk among us--those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five noteworthy women who are making a positive difference.

Victory Announced as Texas Judge Ordered By Superior Courts to Reinstate Transgender Widow's Marriage to Fallen Firefighter

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 10.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

After nearly 6 years of fighting, my life has changed again with just one order.

The State of the Trans Community -- Great Expectations

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

It is getting better, but it might not be good enough for any given individual just yet. The optimism of children and adolescents is understandable, but even when you find community on the internet you cannot simply assume that your parents and peers will support you.

Why The '70s And '80s Were A Political 'Desert' For The Trans Community

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.28.2015 | Gay Voices

Since Minneapolis became the first U.S city to pass protective legislation inclusive of trans people in 1975, we've seen more -- albeit n...

5 Trans Americans Who Transitioned More Than 15 Years Ago Share Their Stories

Esquire | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.22.2015 | Gay Voices

Transgender men and women have lived openly for decades in America. Most of them transitioned before it was remotely acceptable to the wider culture&...

Transgender Rights and Public Bathrooms

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.14.2015 | 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.

San Diego Pride and Transgender History Why the World Is a Better Place

Mike Spradley | Posted 10.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Mike Spradley

This city has paved the road for LGBTQ equality, including having the first street in the nation named after Harvey Milk. All eyes were on San Diego Pride in 2011 when the first openly gay active duty members of our military marched in the Gay Pride parade.

Finding Love When Your Whole Country Is Against You

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 10.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I think that in a male-dominated society, the pressure of being a masculine man is even greater. This makes men feel insecure and frightened, sometimes of their own sexuality. I have a hard time seeing anything changing to the better in Uganda before the male role changes.

Transgender Equality Starts With Each Transgender Person Taking Responsibility for Actions, Words and Deeds

Toni Newman | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Being authentic and true to myself was my decision and now I live in my own truth. My sisters and brothers lets strive to be the best citizens we can be and show our communities we are just people trying to live in our own truth.

Chris Christie Vetoes Bill That Would Have Allowed Transgender People To Change Their Birth Certificates

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for transgender people to change their name and g...

We Have To Make Things Easier

Caitlyn Jenner | Posted 08.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Caitlyn Jenner

The one constant I've noticed is how incredibly difficult it is for transgender folks to transition and become their authentic selves and still be healthy and secure -- emotionally, physically, financially...the list goes on and on.

Stop Shaming Partners of Trans People

Thomas Matt | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Thomas Matt

Partners of trans folk -- especially heterosexual cisgender male partners of trans women -- need to start coming out and stop treating their partners as a source of shame. We need to start having discussions about the problems within our community

Black Trans Inmate Ashley Diamond Alleges New Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Ashley Diamond, a 36-year-old transgender black woman, has been serving time in various men's prisons for the past three years for offenses ...

Why Trans People Need To Be Involved In Telling Trans Stories

Jules Horowitz | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Jules Horowitz

It is exciting to see our stories being told and winning awards, but should we be concerned that transgender people have little involvement in the story telling?

Ireland Approves Gender Recognition Bill

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices

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John Oliver Shows Just How Far We Have To Go On Transgender Rights

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 06.29.2015 | Comedy

The media and country as a whole still can't seem to grasp the very graspable concept of transgender.

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.