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Transgender Kids Take Center Stage In Stunning, Empowering Photo Series

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 05.24.2015 | Gay Voices

For the past 12 years, Dutch photographer Sarah Wong has documented the lives and experiences of a group of children who have transitioned -- or are i...

Girl Scouts Have Awesome Response To 'Family' Group That Wants To Ban Trans Scouts

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices

A "family" group doesn't want transgender girls accepted into the Girl Scouts of the USA, but the Girl Scouts sure don't care. Last week, the Amer...

10 Reasons Why This 7-Year-Old Transgender Activist Will Melt Your Heart

Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices

By Alex Temblador | The Next Family Avery Jackson is a 7-year-old transgender girl and she is blowing the Internet away with her amazing story of ...

Trans Icon Janet Mock Gives Heartfelt Advice To Young People Struggling With Identity

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices

As a kid, transgender icon Janet Mock felt like her gender identity was policed by those around her. In a recent video for the "It Got Better" pro...

New York State Is Pushing Back On Health Care Discrimination Against Transgender People

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living

New York State is kicking off a health care initiative to improve services for transgender people, state officials announced Friday. “My office i...

Update: Status of Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

It's been a busy legislative season, and you would have to have been under a rock, to not know about the conservative attack on transgender people, and where we go to the bathroom.

My Transgender Life: Whose Life Are You Living?

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

As the flood of tears slowed down, I asked myself, "Whose life am I living?" That question was a hard one, but not nearly as hard as trying to answer it.

Baby, We Were Born This Way

Eileen O'Connor | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Eileen O'Connor

Since becoming a mother, I have learned that all I really care about is that my kids are happy. And healthy. I can only do so much in the healthy department. But, at this stage of this game called life, I pretty much control their happiness. And when I say I, I mean we.

The Privilege of Being Pretty -- #PassingCanMean #PrettyPower -- The Transgender Struggle

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

Today I encourage you to look in the mirror and tell yourself "I am pretty, I am worthy, and I love Me!" and then go tell someone else, and even more I ask that the next time you encounter a transgender individual offer them a kind word about their appearance.

Laverne Cox: 'Time' Magazine's 'Transgender Tipping Point' Cover Girl

Nicholas Snow | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

On this episode of Nicholas Snow Live, I bring you exclusive audio of an amazing speech given by Laverne Cox at the United States Conferences on AIDS, presented by the National Minority AIDS Council, and held in San Diego in October, 2014.

My Transgender Life - Modern Pen Pals

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

You might say I am not one of those early adopters. You must know those people; the ones that camp out in front of the local Apple store days before the next iGadget comes out. No, never have been and probably never will.

The Future of Faith From a Trans-Man's Perspective

Taj M. Smith | Posted 05.07.2015 | Religion
Taj M. Smith

I take our "come as you are" philosophy very seriously, showing up every Sunday as I am. A little bit rock and roll, and every bit as transgender as I was the day before.

Lila Shapiro

How The Global LGBT Movement Can Keep Up Its Stunning Momentum

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the n...

Communities That Matter: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week in daily giving we were honored to provide funding that helps make life better for people around the world. From a culturally sensitive Ebola-eradication effort in Sierra Leone to a free/low-cost means of legal support for African Immigrants in Texas, our daily giving community at The Pollination Project is happy to announce the seven micro-grants we've made this week.

The Power of Trans Vulnerability

Jacob Tobia | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Jacob Tobia

We can't underestimate the power of trans people sharing their vulnerability, because it is so rare and so precious. As a genderqueer person, I feel constant pressure not to be vulnerable. In order for my femininity to be respected and valued by others, I feel pressure to be polished

From Tears to Joy: My Life in Transition

Chloe Hudson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Chloe Hudson

For all the people who go through the process that I have, just remember, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Often times we have to create it ourselves but it's there.

We Welcome Bruce Jenner With Open Arms -- But He's Not Our Standard Bearer

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Bruce stands on the shoulders of those before. His acceptance is only possible because of the courage of those who resisted at Stonewall, and the countless others who have rebelled against intolerance while simply attempting to be the people they felt themselves to be. They are our heroes and heroines.

Samantha Lachman

Women's Colleges Are Admitting Trans And Gender-Fluid Applicants. Now What?

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.13.2015 | College

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ten years ago, Erin Armstrong was forced to drop out of college in Utah because her parents refused to pay her tuition when she cam...

Bruce Jenner's Critics Are 'Poo-Poo Heads,' According To Ellen DeGeneres

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.04.2015 | Gay Voices

Ellen DeGeneres praised Bruce Jenner, who came out as transgender last month, calling him "incredibly brave" in a segment on her show. "It took a ...

The Childhood Friend Who Gave Janet Mock The Courage To Live Authentically

OWN | Posted 05.05.2015 | OWN

From a young age, Janet Mock always had a sense of who she was meant to be. Though the writer and host of MSNBC's web show "So Popular!" was assigned ...

My First Father-Daughter Dance: Standing Ground (#BaltimoreUprising)

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2015 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Last year at this time, my then first-grader asked me to take her to the father-daughter dance at her school repeatedly, and every time, my refusal made her cry. She begged and whined, "Why, Daddy, why?" What I was too ashamed to explain last year at this time was that I was afraid around other dads because I didn't look like a dad.

Don't Just Ask Bruce Jenner for Answers, Ask Yourself

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

By questioning and shattering the stories that have been imposed on each of us, we allow ourselves the opportunity to reassemble the fragments -- as Jenner has done -- into a mosaic of our own creation.

Walking Into Conflict: Trans Woman and Visual Artist Yishay Garbasz on Chronicling Trauma

Eliza Steinbock | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Eliza Steinbock

"My job is not to document a story, or see right or wrong -- you must step out of the way and allow the picture to enter the camera," explains British-Israeli and Berlin-based artist, Yishay Garbansz.

My Transgender Life - This Old "House"

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

It was one of those now classic homes built back in the late 40s. It seems so long ago, and in such a different world. I'm sure you know the kind th...

Meet The Transgender Army General Who Won A Surprise Legal Victory In Serbia

AP | JOVANA GEC | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — In macho Serbia, he came across as macho as they come: an army major in a military culture that glorifies masculine strength...