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Transgender Issues

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.

Manhood

Zoe Dolan | Posted 01.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

It would be just as crazy to overlook the few men I've met who are comfortable enough in their manhood to date a transgender person. They exist. I fell in love with two of them. There must be more.

Here's How You Can Help Improve The State Of Healthcare For Trans People

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices

What does it mean to be a transgender individual living in America who needs access to affordable healthcare? Filmmaker Christian Hendricks tackles...

'Your Taboo Is My Family': Trans Individuals In Italy Share Their Stories (PHOTOS)

HuffPost Italy | Arianna Giunti | Posted 01.28.2015 | Gay Voices

When he first realized that he wasn’t interested in playing with dolls or trying on his mother’s makeup, he was seven years old, dressed in lacy p...

A Story of Love and Top Surgery in Words and Images

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 01.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Davis Smith

Kris said that he knows now that he stopped transitioning because he was terrified of never finding love as a transgender person. But only a couple months later, Kris would start a journey that would prove how very wrong he was.

Should All Bathrooms Be Gender Neutral?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Should all bathrooms be gender neutral? This is the question posed by Laci Green in the latest installment of MTV's web series, "Braless." Green co...

A Straight Dad of Twin Baby Boys Explains Why We Should All Support LGBT Rights

Robert Cordero | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Robert Cordero

As a father and a leader serving my community, I need to continue to step up in alliance with other far more courageous LGBT leaders and community folks to ensure that we are creating a just society.

Kids Do the Darndest Things! The Vagina Monologues in the Context of Historical Ignorance

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

An incident recently occurred at Mt. Holyoke College where I wish there had been some wisdom imparted to the students, who acted impetuously and, unfortunately, embarrassed themselves and their cause.

'Imagine Being Laughed At When Using A Public Toilet'

Reuters | Posted 01.24.2015 | Gay Voices

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON, Jan 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Xiao Tong was selling sex on the streets of Beijing when a man lured ...

Off Limits: My Transgender Teen's Body Is Not Up for Discussion

Liz Hanssen | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

If you are ever in doubt about whether to ask some burning question, first ask yourself if you would pose the same question about the body of a non-trans youth or adult, perhaps your own child or a student or neighbor. If the answer is no, don't ask. If you find yourself biting your tongue, keep biting.

WATCH: This Trans Couple Is Sharing The Story Of Their Beautiful Family With The World

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices

A family can be formed in an infinite number of ways. ABC ran a story recently about Bianca and Nick Bowser, a transgender couple who are the paren...

Proposed Bill Would Allow Students To Sue If They See Transgender Students In Certain Bathrooms

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices

One Kentucky state senator wants to make sure that transgender students are only allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their ...

Fixing Society in the Wake of Leelah Alcorn's Death Will Take Empathy and Understanding From Loved Ones

The OpEd Project | Posted 01.16.2015 | Teen
The OpEd Project

When kids come home from school feeling unwanted, they should be able to come home feeling accepted for who they are. This tragedy should not have happened, but because it has, parents should be more aware of their kids' feelings.

The Golden Globes Isn't the Only Victory for the Trans Community This Year

Julian Aldana | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Julian Aldana

Jeffrey Tambor made a great point this last Sunday -- representation matters. That's also why the ACA matters, and will continue to matter, for trans young adults looking for an affordable path to a healthier life.

Tyler Clementi's Mother Speaks Out About Leelah Alcorn's Suicide

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices

The queer community is still reeling from the suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn. Now, the mother of another queer teen who took his own life i...

Why More Transgender Success Stories Would Breed More Supportive Parents

Chris Edwards | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Chris Edwards

For parents of kids who are transgender, gender education alone isn't going to provide that reassurance. What I think would really help are more everyday success stories -- people who can show trans kids, their parents and society as a whole that being transgender doesn't have to forever define you (unless you want it to).

Hollywood, You're Halfway There With Trans Representation

Raquel Willis | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Raquel Willis

The same mindset that marks trans people as unfit to share and depict their own stories comes from the same place as the invalidation that causes us to experience discrimination and self-loathing on so many other levels. Seeing your true self in media is important and can save lives.

It's Time to Ban 'Reparative Therapy'

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The right is pushing hard on talking points claiming that transgender teens need to be pushed into (religious) "therapy" that no reputable, licensed mental-health professional would provide. Their rationales are riddled with half-truths, logical fallacies, and outright lies. Here are the facts.

Leelah's Legacy Needs Help: A Trans Woman's Call to Arms for the Absolute Right to Exist in Serenity and Safety

Jamie Cooper Holland | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Cooper Holland

This needs to end now. Those of us with the resources to fight in any way need to continue to stand up to those who are actively working to see more trans people dead, and we need to be absolutely present with those trans people who, at any given moment, may have fewer emotional or material resources than we do.

Jay Duplass On The Impact Of 'Transparent'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices

Actor Jay Duplass opened up about his experience on "Transparent," the Golden Globe-winning Amazon series about a Los Angeles family that discovers th...

Nation's First City Where Tourism Recognizes the 'T' in LGBT

David Duran | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
David Duran

There has been a massive and much-needed wave of news regarding anything having to do with that often neglected sub-group within the LGBT acronym. Transgender awareness is finally stepping forward in this country.

New Year's Reminiscences in the Context of the Ongoing Struggle for Cultural Change

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Doing something that is totally inconsistent with previous behavior and runs counter to personal philosophical and spiritual beliefs can nonetheless free one to live in a more positive and healthful manner. It's not a cure-all, but it gave me the tools to overcome stigma, live authentically in service to others, and not see myself as a victim.

Golden Globe Speeches Highlight Trans Issues, AIDS Epidemic, Civil Rights

BuzzFeed | Kelley L. Carter | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact

In a surprising twist, the Golden Globes acceptance speeches weren’t always about winners reciting a litany of agents, managers, and enablers. Inste...

Why Leelah Alcorn's Suicide Is Indicative Of Greater Issues For Transgender Youth

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.11.2015 | Gay Voices

With the transgender community still grappling with news of Leelah Alcorn's apparent suicide, MSNBC's Ronan Farrow took an in-depth look at the challe...