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Bruce Jenner Perfectly Explains Transgender Experience With One Sentence

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 04.25.2015 | Black Voices
Kadia Blagrove

From one sentence I realized, it's not for me to understand something I can't naturally relate to, but I must be compassionate. No one owes anyone a detailed breakdown of their personal and private experiences (especially when it can be so hard to put into words). The message is: I don't feel like my true self.

Gabriel Arana

Diane Sawyer And ABC Nailed The Bruce Jenner Interview. Here's Why And What Needs To Happen Next.

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 04.25.2015 | Media

Before Diane Sawyer’s blockbuster interview with Bruce Jenner aired on ABC, she told George Stephanopoulos, “This is a family love story.” In...

Trans Author: Why I Don't Believe Anyone Should Transition In The Public Eye

OWN | Posted 04.24.2015 | OWN

Trans author Jenny Boylan is no stranger to the public spotlight. Her 2003 memoir, She's Not There, was the first bestselling work by a transgender Am...

The Bruce Jenner Story Is Good News

Annie Chagnot | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Annie Chagnot

The discussion about whether Bruce Jenner is transitioning has me feeling simultaneously hopeful and deeply uncomfortable. Uncomfortable because, as a daughter of a "transparent," the tabloid tone of ridicule with which the speculation has been presented recalls the cruel words I heard behind my back growing up.

Hallmark Mother's Day Campaign Puts Spotlight On Transgender Man And His Mom

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices

As part of an ongoing social media campaign, Hallmark has launched a "social experiment" in which participants are asked to talk about their loved one...

#Occupotty and the Gender Politics of Bathrooms

Tristan Bridges | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Tristan Bridges

Making use of a public restroom is not often understood as a political act. Yet, a group of transgender folks in the U.S. and Canada are participating in a bit of digital activism by doing just that.

JamesMichael Nichols

Meet The Trans Man Poised To Make History On The Cover Of Men's Health

HuffingtonPost.com | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices

Men's Health magazine might put an openly transgender man on the cover for the very first time. The health-focused magazine is holding its annual "...

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 04.21.2015 | 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?"

Not One More: Protect and Empower Trans Youth

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 04.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

While trans visibility is increasing, and we're seeing more positive representations in the media, our youth remain vulnerable and mostly unheard.

What's It Like To Be Transgender In Kansas City?

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.11.2015 | Gay Voices

What is it like to be transgender in Kansas City, Missouri? A compelling new television show from Discovery Life will tell the story of a group of ...

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...

Why You Should Sign More Petitions: White House Endorses Ban on Conversion Therapy

Em & Lo | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Em & Lo

So far, only California, New Jersey, and Washington, DC have banned conversion therapy for minors. There are bans pending in other states, but Republicans continue to vote them down -- as happened in Virginia recently. Still, people spoke up, via a petition, and the White House listened. And that, people, is what we call a very good start.

Bullied Transgender Teen And YouTube Personality Dies

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices

A 16-year-old transgender teen and YouTube personality has died after allegedly being subjected to intense bullying at the hands of her classmates. ...

A Case of Cis Regret

Lola Olson | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Lola Olson

I was actually born with a body that matched my agender identity. I didn't make sex hormones. But I was bullied so viciously for looking androgynous, I chose to be "normal." And now I have cis regret.

The Virgins of the Door: A Rare Glimpse Inside Peru's Besieged Transgender Community

Jesse Jackman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Jesse Jackman

"There are some amazing leaders within the transgender community who are actively promoting change," Mroczek says. "We want to honor those people, but we also want to empower all transgender Peruvians to become pillars of their community, and we're honored to be a part of that progress."

The White House Just Made A Huge Pro-Queer Move

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

Visitors to the White House whose gender identity doesn't align with a male/female binary now have have a safe space to use the restroom. A White H...

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 ...

Christ Was Seen in Indiana This Week

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

They thought Jesus was seen in the pizza parlor in Indiana this week; martyred for religious freedom, as a store was "forced" to close after speaking words of hate in the guise of freedom.

Dear Red Cross: I Am Not a Man

Andy Wilkins | Posted 04.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Andy Wilkins

What should have happened with me? I should have been asked the same questions every other woman is asked. I never should have received a follow-up call during which I needed to defend my gender identity.

The Unbearable (In)visibility of Being Trans

Chase Strangio | Posted 04.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

There is unbearableness but that unbearableness also binds us together. Amidst the scrutiny, the savage violence, the systemic discrimination, there are communities of resistance and resilience that hold each other up.

The Vicious Cycle of Invisibility: How Trans Role Models Can Help Us Combat Transphobia

Yasmin Thayná | Posted 04.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Yasmin Thayná

One of the main problems is that many of us don't live around trans people. Growing up, I never had trans people visiting my house. My family doesn't even know any trans people. This invisibility, propagated by the willing and unwitting actions of governments, media and authority figures, perpetuates the isolation of the trans community from mainstream culture.

My Transgender Life - HEARTS and MINDS

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

It took me almost 60 years before I let myself feel anything. I mean REALLY feel anything. Perhaps some of you can understand this.

Mara Keisling, Founding Executive Director of National Center for Transgender Equality, Discusses Racial Equality

Toni Newman | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

We agreed that President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have been the most trans-friendly administration ever in U.S. history. There has been much progress, but in 2015 there is still much work to be done to gain full equality and rights.

Bathroom Selfies and the Messy Politics of Passing

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

We have a significant problem brewing when transgender people who do have passing privilege are made to feel as though their voice can't have an impact.