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Ryan Phipps | Posted 06.27.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

We are a brilliant people. We are not golems. We've split the atom. We've spliced the gene. We've flown into space and built great-big-awesome things. You're telling me that we can't envision a bathroom scenario that works for everyone?

North Carolina Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Repeal Anti-LGBT Law

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- North Carolina lawmakers filed legislation Monday to repeal the state's extreme anti-LGBT law, which, since its passage last month, has ...

Caitlyn Jenner's Mentor Reveals Her Big Fear For The Reality Star

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 04.25.2016 | OWN

When you see Caitlyn Jenner, you're likely to see her in the company of her close friends -- often other strong women in the transgender community. On...

For Cruz, Trans People Are What Happens When Trump Dresses Up As Hillary

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 04.24.2016 | Politics

Continuing his war of words with rival Donald Trump over North Carolina's anti-LBGT bill, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday equated transgender people...

NC, GA, TN and SD: What's Next?

Caitlyn Jenner | Posted 04.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Caitlyn Jenner

The legislators introducing these bills claim they are about public safety. But it's important to know that in the 18 states (and more than 200 cities) that have laws and ordinances protecting transgender people from discrimination, there have been no increases in public safety incidents. None.

These Are the Transgender Bathroom Wars, in a Nutshell

Kicker | Posted 04.22.2016 | Queer Voices

These laws are fueled by pure fear and intolerance of, and ignorance about, what it means to be transgender.

Bathroom Battles: New Resource Expands Conversation Beyond the Binary

Cathy Renna | Posted 04.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Cathy Renna

Gender nonconforming people been sorely overlooked in the "bathroom wars" around the country. It's time to include this issue in our conversations.

Cruz Can't Believe Trump Supports Transgender Bathroom Rights

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) doesn't understand why there's backlash over North Carolina's transgender bathroom law, and he's especially confused by GOP pr...

When the Roll Is Called Out Yonder in the States that Discriminate

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 04.20.2016 | Education
Dr. Cindi Love

In 1893, James Black wrote the familiar Christian song, When the Roll is Called up Yonder which says: Then when all of life is over, and our work on...

Meet The Trans Student Who Is Fighting For Bathroom Access In Florida

Reuters | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.20.2016 | Queer Voices

For 17-year-old transgender male Nate Quinn, using the bathroom at school became a battle. The Florida high school student was barred last year from u...

Despite Marriage Victory, Fear of Backlash Looms Large for LGBTQ Americans

Steve Pierce | Posted 04.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Pierce

When the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in June 2015, LGBTQ people across the country celebrated a monumental achievement, gained through the persistence, dedication and hard work of countless individuals over many years.

Advocates And Family Of Islan Nettles Say Killer's Sentence Isn't Enough

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.19.2016 | Queer Voices

James Dixon, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to killing Islan Nettles in 2013 because she was transgender, was sentenced today to 12 years in pr...

Tennessee Legislators Pull Controversial Transgender Bathroom Bill -- Again

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

A Tennessee bill that would have required transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender assigned at birth is once again off the ...

I am a Latinx Transgender Woman With HIV and I'm Still Standing

J. Mercedes Cardona | Posted 04.18.2016 | Queer Voices
J. Mercedes Cardona

At the age of 35, I decided to live in my truth full time. I learned to stop caring about what people thought. It was liberating. From the first moment I said "I am trans," my heart felt a thousand times lighter, though new obstacles came my way.

Why Young People Are Crucial to LGBTQ Advocacy

Brennan Lewis | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Brennan Lewis

I am 19 years old and I have never felt safe in a school bathroom. I am a queer student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and I am represented by a state government that doesn't seem to care about the safety of people like me.

#Talk to Me: A Conversation With My Student

Alexandra Billings | Posted 04.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexandra Billings

I wanted no more lessons. And then I was lead by these students of art and humanness. I would call them my children, but that isn't the whole truth. They are not children.

Meet Amos Mac, Founder Of A Groundbreaking Magazine For Trans Men

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.10.2016 | Queer Voices

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

The 21 Best Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Books for Kids

Em & Lo | Posted 04.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Em & Lo

Here's a comprehensive list of great books for kids -- novels, picture books, workbooks, memoirs and profiles -- that deal with transgender and intersex issues, gender non-conformity and sexual orientation as it relates to trans people.

Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills Have Nothing to Do With Privacy and Everything To Do With Fear and Hatred

James D. Esseks | Posted 04.15.2016 | Queer Voices
James D. Esseks

It is quite clear whose privacy and very lives are really at risk if state legislatures continue to succumb to anti-trans fear and hatred and give it state sanction.

I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.

LGBTQ Kids Beg School Board For Fair Treatment

Richard Zombeck | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

The board of education had proposed a set of policies to make Michigan schools more inclusive for students, should they be adopted by the local school boards. They were developed by the State Board of Education in response to requests from school districts and parents. The ACLU statement was in response to the uproar which ensued after they were released.

Why Trans Musician Laura Jane Grace Refuses To Cancel Her NC Show

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.14.2016 | Queer Voices

Openly trans musician and queer icon Laura Jane Grace announced in an interview this week that she will still perform in North Carolina as an act of p...

Tomboy in the Ladies' Room

Lyndsey D'Arcangelo | Posted 04.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Lyndsey D'Arcangelo

I would never claim to know what it feels like to be transgender, or what it feels like to be discriminated against because of my gender identity. But there is one, small part of the transgender struggle for equal rights that I feel comfortable saying I can relate to pretty well.

My Transgender Life: He's Still Inside Me

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 04.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

For me, with a long and pretty wonderful life behind me, I have never felt that part of me has died or even missing.

The Story I Never Thought I'd Live to Tell

Ben Weger | Posted 04.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Ben Weger

For my whole life not only have I felt great disappointment at not being able to have the life experiences I wanted, but my body has looked wrong and my clothes have never fit right. I had hoped for a beard and I ended up with breasts. And for most of my life I felt stuck.