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My Transgender Life: Choices

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 10.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I have made many choices in my life. Some turned out well and some were less successful. One choice in my life was to seek and follow my truth. It really does matter that it took me so many years before I did this. I never look back; I never ask that useless "what if" question.

Transgender Rights and Public Bathrooms

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

It follows that if gender is part of someone's core identity it is a protected right. If someone identifies as a male, then it is his right to use a male bathroom. If someone identifies as a female, then it is her right to use a female bathroom.

New Exhibit Showcases Some Of The Most Compelling Work By Transgender Artists

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.12.2015 | Gay Voices

A new exhibit is on display at The Cooper Union in New York City that brings together the work of transgender artists and the famed Kinsey Archives. ...

#TransWivesMatter: Presidential Recognition and Honor for the Transgender Widow of a Fallen Firefighter

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 10.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

Nearly 6 years ago my firefighter husband, Captain Thomas Araguz, was killed in the line of duty. While this was a horrific tragedy, the torture continued as my marriage was voided and all of the support that most widows of fallen heroes receive disappeared.

I Caught a Case of Internalized Transphobia at the Doctor's Office

Harvey Katz | Posted 10.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Harvey Katz

I have a history of making poor self-care choices in order to sidestep medical practitioners because I've had so many unfortunate experiences.

This Trans Guy Documented His Transition By Taking A Selfie Every Day For 3 Years

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.08.2015 | Gay Voices

One trans guy is taking to YouTube to document the dramatic change he's made over the course of three years during his transition to living ...

Military Haircuts

Chelsea Manning | Posted 10.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Chelsea Manning

Going through such a seismic, existential shift in my life  --  transitioning in a military prison -- presents real, meaningful, and daily challenges.

Sharing the Stories of LGBTQ Youth: Matt, 15, Ossining, N.Y.

Diana Scholl | Posted 10.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

"I feel like the sooner I can go on hormones, the better. I've been known at Matt since 8th grade, and have been using masculine pronouns since the beginning of 9th grade. But there are certain people who might not fully accept me until I am transitioning."

Westboro Baptist Just Messed With The Wrong Group Of Students

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.06.2015 | Gay Voices

A crowd of high school students drove Westboro Baptist Church protestors away from their school in Kansas City, Missouri last week where the...

Finding Love When Your Whole Country Is Against You

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 10.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I think that in a male-dominated society, the pressure of being a masculine man is even greater. This makes men feel insecure and frightened, sometimes of their own sexuality. I have a hard time seeing anything changing to the better in Uganda before the male role changes.

CeCe McDonald Reflects On Life And Activism Since Her Release From Prison

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.05.2015 | Gay Voices

This is the first feature in a series that aims to elevate some of the transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals who have played a significant...

FABRICATIONS: This Trans Designer Used All Trans Femme Models In Her Show During NYFW 2015

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.02.2015 | Gay Voices

This is the fourteenth installment in a series titled "FABRICATIONS" that elevates the work of up-and-coming queer individuals working in the fashion ...

Jennifer Finney Boylan Talks Transgender Equality and Honored By GLAD (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I talked with Jennifer Finney Boylan, the first best-selling transgender author in the U.S. whose writings, teachings and activism have significantly illuminated and articulated the transgender experience.

This Transgender Man's ER Story Will Horrify You

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.07.2015 | Healthy Living

When Brandon James walked into an ER trauma center suffering from elevated blood pressure and severe anxiety in 2011, he needed medical attention. In...

Tactless Medical Staff Are Scaring Trans Patients Out of E.R.

Vocativ | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices

After he waited for several hours, another staff member repeatedly called Brandon James "Ms. James," even after being corrected. "She was blatantly being disrespectful," he says. Ultimately, James left without even seeing a doctor -- and that's a huge issue.

After the "Summer of Trans," Is It Time for T to Break Away from LGB?

Adam Lewis | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Adam Lewis

While neither sexuality nor identity should be subject to any form of discrimination, shouldn't this nuanced-yet-not-insignificant distinction be reflected in the way these groups advocate?

Tom Boy?

Janna Barkin | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Janna Barkin

Being transgender is not a "lifestyle choice;" rather, it is just one more beautiful, normal variation of being human. Having the support of family is the number one way to prevent depression and suicide among transgender youth. Every child deserves to be loved and supported unconditionally.

Watch This Trans Teen Find Out Her Life Is About To Change Forever

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices

After waiting two-and-a-half years, this transgender teenager finally received her first dose of hormones -- and her emotional reaction ...

Call Me Harvey

Harvey Katz | Posted 09.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Harvey Katz

When somebody announces "I am..." it is a bold statement. It's not a question and it's not a request. We may not get to declare it while looking stunning on a cover of a magazine, but still it deserves a listen. So open your ears and your heart, and when you open your mouth, do so with an open mind.

A Trans History

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 09.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

You came full circle. From the little boy you welcomed into the world. To the discovery of your long lost daughter after so many years, even if she was no longer little. And you were there, for her rebirth. There to welcome your daughter into the world.

ReThink Review: Stonewall - Don't Boycott It. Just Skip It

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Kim

While I sympathize with those calling for a boycott of Stonewall, I personally don't support a boycott. However, I don't think ANYONE should see Stonewall. Not because of its politics or revisionism, but because Stonewall is a terrible movie. Like really, really terrible.

I've Also Wanted to Look Like a Boy -- Not Be One

Katie Kein | Posted 09.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Katie Kein

I never wanted to be a boy, I just wanted to look like one. I certainly don't mean to demean the experiences of trans individuals, for whom the "born in the wrong body" narrative is a very real truth.

'Stonewall' Director Says He Chose A 'Straight-Acting' Character To Appeal To Straight Audiences

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Ever since the release of the theatrical trailer for "Stonewall" earlier this year, director Roland Emmerich has faced outrage from the...

This Trans Waitress Had The Perfect Response To A Child Asking 'Are You A Boy Or A Girl?'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices

The Internet has fallen in love with a transgender woman who had the perfect response to a child's question about her gender identity. While wor...

The Kardashians Are Speaking Your Teenage Daughter's Language, and That's Good News

ShimmerTeen | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents

The Kardashians may seem like your greatest obstacles in empowering your daughter, but they can be some of your greatest allies.