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The Art of Passing

Sidney Chase | Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Sidney Chase

She looks up at me with a sudden glare, her posture demonizing me as she slowly steps back. She clutches her handbag tighter, yanking the cart away from me. I had never been met with such disdain for what seemed to be no literal reason. It chilled me to the bone.

Why 'Finding Community' Was Key For This Prominent Trans Activist

Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices

By Brandy Black, The Next Family I had the chance to catch up with Jen Richards, a transgender activist and media specialist to address transgende...

My Transgender Life -- Where Is God?

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 03.04.2015 | 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.

What You Need to Know About Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Understandably, this has caused fear and dismay among transgender people around the country. We all have to use the bathroom, but these laws would seemingly force transgender people to choose between fines and jail, risking horrific violence or leaving the state.

The New York Times Is Hiding Behind Its Style Guide When It Comes to Reporting on Trans Lives

Rae Tutera | Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Rae Tutera

We appreciate that the New York Times has a style guide, like every media outlet. A style guide, much like the law itself, is meant to guide its subjects toward action that benefits the collective over the individual.

This Season On 'Drag Race,' 'You've Got She-Mail' Will Be Replaced With...

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices

"RuPaul's Drag Race" is about to unleash some new drag slang into the world. In the previous seasons of the hit reality TV show, each episode start...

This New Transgender Rom-Com Will Break Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices

GLAAD's Claire Pires got a peek behind the scenes of "Boy Meets Girl," the hotly-anticipated new transgender romantic comedy, when she sat down for an...

Off to the ER: Will I Be Treated With Dignity?

Beck Bailey | Posted 02.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Beck Bailey

Recently I found myself in a situation that many transgender people dread: I was in an accident and required emergency medical care.

My Transgender Life - Hard Choices That Were Not Only Mine

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I was 63-years-old and never could say the word out loud. I was afraid that if I dared to utter it -- if the word actually formed and left my lips, it would make it true -- and then -- my life would be over.

Texas Lawmaker Wants To Make It A Crime For Transgender Individuals To Use The Restroom That Matches Their Gender Identity

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

A Texas state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make it a criminal offense for a transgender person to use a bathroom according to their gende...

Conservative Mom Explains Why Her Trans Daughter's Gender Identity Goes Beyond Personal Politics

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.23.2015 | Gay Voices

The conservative Christian mother whose impassioned speech about her transgender daughter went viral in July 2014 recalled the experience in a new int...

Ohio and the Epidemic of Anti-transgender Violence

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

While marriage equality may be all but won, and Time declared a transgender tipping point, 2015 is off to a record breaking start. Not the good kind. Through the first seven weeks of 2015 at least six transgender women have been murdered.

Stop Letting Trans People Die

Mya Adriene Byrne | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Mya Adriene Byrne

I call on all non-trans people: queer allies, straight activists, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, bandmates, soulmates, teens and elders, ministers, doctors and teachers -- let the world know that you care about trans folk, no matter how they identify, and that you stand with us.

Transgender Model Has A Powerful Reason For Recreating Racy Adam Levine Nude Portrait

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices

Two photos. Two powerful messages. Four years have passed since Adam Levine stripped down for Cosmopolitan UK, with then-girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyn...

What Does It Mean to Be Transgender?

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

Ryan Sallans, who is a transgender man and author of the book Second Son, is an activist and international speaker on this topic. Ryan has agreed to answer my questions regarding some of the most-talked-about questions about what it means to be transgender.

Tomboys, Sissies and the Gay Dad

Jason Howe | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Jason Howe

For as long as he could remember, his parents, especially his father, had rejected him because he was a boy so effeminate that he was often mistaken for a girl.

Listening To Leelah: Continuing The Conversation

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

In memory of Leelah and our loved ones who have died, and in honor of Susan and those who come out each day as a transgender person, let's try to treat people of all genders, no genders, multiple genders and of various gender expressions as fully human and made in God's image.

How I Found Myself on Friday Night's Episode of Glee - the Experience

Patti Spangler | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Patti Spangler

Before the episode aired, I had asked every one that I knew to record the episode. I then asked them to freeze frame on every part of the choir. I wanted them to see what I saw, a group of people that were truly a cross section of our country.

WATCH: Parents Show Incredible Support For Transgender 9-Year-Old Son

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices

This just made our day. In this heartwarming and important video, Renée Fabish shares the story about her son's journey to live openly and honestl...

Living Your True Life: What Everyone Can Learn From the LGBT Community

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

We in the LGBT community know that our inner lives have improved when our own guards have retired, and wonder what it might take for others to stop living in fear of not only our truth, but also their own truth. We wonder!

WATCH: 200-Person Transgender Choir Makes Revolutionary Television Debut

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices

Over the years, "Glee" has pushed the boundaries of mainstream lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) visibility on television. And even though...

Trying to Be a Better Ally

Barbara Holm | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Barbara Holm

Much of my stand-up is about feminist issues, and because of that, I've been called "man-hating," but I believe when a man talks about feminist issues, people listen more, as disheartening as that is.

Are You Ready For The 2015 Trans 100?

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices

Are you ready for the 2015 Trans 100? The Trans 100 is an annual event in its 3rd year that honors some of the most influential voices leading the ...

A Look At 27 'Complex, Diverse, Loving And Lovable' Trans Men In Their Own Words

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices

A new book takes an inquisitive and inspired look at the journey of 27 "complex, diverse, loving and lovable" transgender men, as told in their own wo...

This Transgender Man Came Out to His Girlfriend. Her Response Will Make Your Heart Swell. (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-02-10-20150207MitchKellawaysmall.jpgLike many couples, Mitch and Jocelyn met on an online dating site. There was only one difference: Mitch was still presenting as a lesbian, having buried his transgender identity when he was 17.