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Transgender Woman Sacrifices Everything for Her Love (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2015-01-07-ScreenShot20150107at3.04.06PMsmall.jpgIn the fourth episode of The Pearl of Africa, a documentary series about love, hate and being transgender, we get a glimpse into what Cleo and Nelson's relationship really means. They've loved each other since high school and plan to get married in the future, and Cleo grapples with the desire to start a family.

Kylar Broadus: My Selection for Transgender Person of 2014

Toni Newman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

In 2012 Kylar made history by becoming the first openly transgender person to testify before the U.S. Senate. He was speaking in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. His truthful speech touched me then, and he continues to fight for transgender people now.

Not One More

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The state is unwilling to define reparative therapy and denial of medical care to transgender youths as abuse. We cannot change what religious leaders are preaching, nor do our voices carry enough weight to effectively gainsay their religious messaging. A radical new direction is needed. Therefore, I propose an emancipation project.

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.

A Transgender Childhood in Uganda (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 02.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

Cleo's story takes us into a rarely seen love story within the Ugandan LGBTIQ-community.

Small Town Cop, Big Time Ally

Liz Hanssen | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

It was a weekday afternoon and things were pretty quiet in our house. I was tidying up with the beats of my cleaning music in the background when I glanced out of the window and saw a police car parked in our driveway.

When Love Overcomes Fear (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 02.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2014-12-17-ScreenShot20141216at9.15.13PMsmall.jpgIn the second episode of The Pearl of Africa, I take you deeper into Cleo and Nelson's life, showing something that's rarely highlighted when talking about transgender people in Uganda: their love, their hope and their dreams.

Becoming Willing to Tell Our (Tragically) Unflattering but Still (Super) Effective Stories of Trans Allyship

Jean-Marie Navetta | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Jean-Marie Navetta

I've been asked to write about my own journey as a gay woman who is an out-and-proud trans ally, and I feel not brave but kind of useless. Let me explain.

The First Ugandan Transgender Love Story (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 02.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2014-12-09-pearlofafricaep1vidsmall.jpgI first met Cleopatra Kambugu in June 2012 and was fascinated by her determination to be the first Ugandan transgender woman accepted for her true gender identity. Despite the hate and violent history in her country, she wanted to humanize trans people.

Who Are We to Judge a Country Like Uganda?

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I think that before 2009 few people around the world knew what the Ugandan people are like, with little media attention to the country following a bru...

Trans Legal Trailblazers Macy and Glenn Speak Out for Sweeping Educational Efforts

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

This is an opportunity to educate the general population that discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, which encompasses tens of millions of people, is illegal and harmful to the bottom line. This is an opportunity to humanize and overcome ignorance and fear so that there is no desire to deny employment in the first place.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Honoring the Forgotten, the Homeless and the Victims

Toni Newman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

My heart belongs to the ladies on 14th Street who stood with me night after night, trying to survive and just be their authentic selves. I cry today for those ladies who are no longer here with us in 2014, but my heart remembers them.

Milla: Being Transgender in India

Christopher Taylor Barry | Posted 01.19.2015 | World
Christopher Taylor Barry

A professional actress, Milla is taking time off to prepare for her "final cut" in Thailand. Her transition is nearly complete, and life right now seems better as completion approaches. But what is "better"? How can I possibly understand? Life as a transgender person is not easy anywhere. In India life for transgender people is hard, but in some ways it is strangely better too.

A Unique Love Story About a Ugandan Transgender Woman

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 01.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I've been following Cleo's life up close for 18 months, and we're still shooting. I even moved in with Cleo and her straight boyfriend, Nelson, during one of my trips to Kampala, getting to know them both as human beings and as friends. Having been forced to live apart only to find each other once again in a foreign country, their love story is a true inspiration.

Seeing the Individual: Freiya on Being a Woman and Being Transgender

Kirsten Brown | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Kirsten Brown

What is most interesting to me is what it's like to be transgender on a daily basis. Is it really that big a deal? Are most people liberal enough to see past one small part of somebody's identity? How does this play out every day? Since I spoke to Freiya, my eyes have opened to things that would not even have occurred to me.

Major LGBT Advocates Who Had Previously Buried the Lede Come Out of the Closet -- Except One

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I would like to return to the post that generated the most debate and heat, "Burying the Lede: The LGBT Community's Deafening Silence on Federal Transgender Employment Protections," which provided in-depth background about the most momentous federal trans-rights advance in our history, and the community silence that followed. It struck a chord.

Sober Trans Housing

The Fix | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
The Fix

Besides struggling to accept themselves, which is hard enough, transgender individuals face higher rates of suicide, homelessness, addiction and discrimination. And when it comes to getting help for substance abuse issues, trans people face a unique set of challenges.

In Our Fight Against HIV, LGB is Not Enough ... We Must Include the "T"

Jason Cianciotto | Posted 01.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Jason Cianciotto

Advocacy for the health and safety of LGBT communities can't just be about adding the "T" at the end of our priorities. The needs and experiences of transgender people must be at the forefront of our agenda.

Those Who Can, Do

Dana Beyer | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

It's been a pleasure to contribute to the civil-rights debate, and I've enjoyed the feedback I've received. I realize my analysis is one of many, and the debate has helped me refine my understanding. It has helped when the debate is civil, which it often is not, and that leads me to today's post.

Jennifer Bendery

Transgender Troops In Other Nations Are Proof That Inclusive Militaries Work | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cpl. Natalie Murray has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 27 years. She is a radar technician, and she has been deployed as...

Sarah Silverman and the Art of Advocacy

Dana Beyer | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Social progress, with a concomitant increase in visibility, brings the need for that community to adapt in order to make further progress. A recent case in point is the politically correct backlash from some in the trans community directed toward Sarah Silverman and the equal-pay video from the National Women's Law Center last week.

Transgender Mother Responds to Being Named 'Working Mother of the Year'

Meghan Stabler | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Meghan Stabler

Working Mother has named me "Working Mother of the Year." In fact, this is the first time a transgender woman has been chosen to receive the magazine's prestigious award. Remarkable, isn't it? Actually, it's not. I'm just like any other mom. What is remarkable is the staggering inequality we working mothers face.

Transgender Violence Tracking Portal: One Year Later

A.J. Walkley | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

For the first time ever, there is a database where people can see exactly what is happening to transgender people globally in terms of violent acts against them. The TVTP was launched earlier this year in the hope of accumulating as much data as possible in order to serve as a true resource and, ultimately, to put a stop to such acts.

Anti-Trans Opposition To MSHSL Proposal: A Mother's View

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

I should have known before I pulled into the parking lot of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) that what was innocuously being billed as a...

Why This Is One Of The Worst Nations In The World For Transgender People

Reuters | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Malaysia is among the worst countries in the world to be a transgender person, Human Rights Watch said in a report...