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Transgender Issues

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.

My Transgender Life -- Transitioning at Age 64

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

My name is Grace Anne Stevens, and even one decade ago, I did not have the words to understand all the deep feelings inside of me that kept fighting the outward "reality" that I was a man. I was in my mid-50s.

Maura Pfefferman and the Changing Face of Our Jewish Community

Idit Klein | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Idit Klein

Change is happening. In the past couple of years, we've seen the number of requests from day schools, summer camps, youth movements and other institutions for resources and training around trans issues grow exponentially.

Trans Woman Details The 'Great Danger' She's Faced While Traveling

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.04.2015 | Gay Voices

Traveling through airports comes with its annoyances for everyone, but inconvenience often turns into discrimination and fear for transgender people w...

Making a Transgender Person the Butt of Your Jokes Just Isn't Funny.

Chris Edwards | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Edwards

If you were giving a lecture and there was a black person or a Jewish person or a gay person in the room, would you single them out by repeatedly making jokes at their expense? Of course not, right? So why is it that some people actually think it's okay if the person is transgender?

Parental Acceptance Is 'The Primary Mediator' For Good Or Bad Outcomes For Trans Kids

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Transgender youngsters identify as much with their genders as do non-transgender children, a n...

I'm A Transgender Teen And Which Restroom I Use Is None Of Your Business

Casey Hoke | Posted 01.29.2015 | Teen
Casey Hoke

It's one thing for a school to offer private facilities for students who identify as gender-neutral or are not comfortable using male- or female-designated facilities because of their gender identity. But to force all transgender students to do so is, in fact, a definite breach in privacy.

The Politico-Legal Transgender Tipping Point

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The use of terms in the brief such as "straightforward" and "plain meaning" are those we've been pushing for years, and it's gratifying to see them spoken by the government.