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Transgender Issues

WATCH: Laverne Cox Shares How 'It Got Better'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices

This is probably the best thing you're going to watch today. Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox took part in an incredible new docuseries...

My Recent Trip to Russia

Wayne Maines | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

The more I researched the status of LGBT rights in Russia, the more I came to the conclusion that I must keep my family history top-secret. I could not discuss transgender children or transgender rights without real risks. It seemed surreal to think that I might create a "situation" abroad.

Justice for Jane Doe and the Urgency of Survival

Chase Strangio | Posted 08.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

Jane asked her supporters to share this representation of her so you can see her as the person that those of us who know her best do: a teenager who wants to smile with friends, shop for prom dresses with Janet Mock, and have a family to love her.

LOOK: A Glimpse Into The Lives Of Transgender Cubans

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.15.2014 | Gay Voices

TransCuba, from photographer Mariette Pathy Allen, documents the lives and experiences of transgender individuals living and working in Cuba. Allen...

The Next Phase of the Trans Movement

Harper Jean Tobin | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Harper Jean Tobin

If we're really going to make a better world for all trans people, it's not enough to keep doing what we're doing. We've got to go further, think bigger. We've got to make our movement stronger, bolder, and broader.

Poll Shows Way More Education Needed To Understand Lives And Rights Of Trans People

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices

A troubling new poll has found that the majority of Americans are not on board with letting transgender individuals use the bathroom that corresponds ...

LOOK: These Stunning Images Reveal The 'Soul' Of This Trans And Genderqueer Community (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices

(Note: Some images may not be suitable for viewing in work or other sensitive environments) A new photo series has hit the web that documents trans...

The Challenges Of Coming Out As Transgender While In College

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Activist and musician Joanna Blackhart recalled the experience of coming out as transgender at a Catholic university in Texas as part of an interview ...

Nevada Republican Could Become Nation's First Transgender State Legislator

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

A transgender woman clinched the Republican nomination to represent a Nevada Assembly seat in a race that could have national implications. Lauren...

Candis Cayne Defends Drag Race: 'I Don't Think the Word "Tranny" Is Wrong'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 08.10.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Throughout her career, Candis Cayne has admittedly embraced her role as an unofficial spokeswoman for all things trans. When it comes to the community's recent outcry against terminology deemed "transphobic" on RuPaul's Drag Race, though, Cayne takes an opposing stance.

Kumu Hina: A Story of Triumph for All of Hawai'i

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 08.10.2014 | Hawaii
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

This film tells a story of love, transition and acceptance. In order to support those whom we love, we must be willing to bear witness to their struggles and triumphs, and understand their perspectives.

WATCH: Laverne Cox Is Flawless, Perfect, Etc On Wendy Williams Show

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Laverne Cox stopped by the Wendy Williams show yesterday and continued to remain captivatingly flawless -- even in the wake of a few probing and probl...

Dispelling Myths, Misconceptions and Lies About Gender-Nonconforming Children

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Recently, a video about a transgender child in California went viral. Sadly, like every other conversation about transgender children, the comments section was often unkind. Scanning the comments, I saw the same poorly thought-out ideas keep popping up. I think it's time to put these misconceptions to bed.

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New Project Explores The Diverse Transgender And Gender Nonconforming Community

HuffingtonPost.com | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 06.08.2014 | Gay Voices

A compelling new project is in the works that elevates the lives individuals whose gender identity or presentation exists outside traditional understa...

Name Our Own

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

Dorothy Allison wrote, "Two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is just this -- if we cannot name our own we are cut off at the root...." I use this quotation each year for my church's Trans Day of Remembrance service, an event I am tired of observing. I'm weary of counting our dead, and weary of reading the ways we die.

Grieving a Child Who Is Still Alive

Mary J. Moss | Posted 08.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

My daughter Grace passed away in September 2010. There wasn't an obituary. There wasn't a funeral. There wasn't a casket or even a body to put in it. No one sent me sympathy cards. No one brought me casseroles. This wasn't because no one cared yet. It was because my child was still alive.

WATCH: Exploring The Lives Of Trans Masculine Men

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.05.2014 | Gay Voices

An important new series hit the web this week that takes a look at the lives and experiences of a group of fictional trans characters played by real t...

What Does It Really Mean To Be Transgender?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices

A compelling new documentary that will begin screenings around the country this week hopes to humanize the faces and experiences of those within the t...

I Am Loveworthy: How a Transgender Woman Found Love

Andy Marra | Posted 08.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

Drew has helped me truly accept that I am loveworthy, deserving of being loved for all of who I am. He has shown me that I have been and always will be more than enough for someone.

A Poem for the Awkward Moments Trans People Find Ourselves in Every Day (VIDEO)

J Mase III | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

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It's Not the '80s Anymore: Transition-Related Care Is Basic Health Care

James D. Esseks | Posted 07.30.2014 | Gay Voices
James D. Esseks

Determinations of what medical treatments are covered by Medicare are made mostly by regional decision-making bodies, but there is a small number of national rules -- called NCDs -- regarding whether certain treatments are covered by Medicare. In 1981, HHS issued an NCD that Medicare does not cover transition-related health care.

A Look Back At Some Of The Week's Biggest LGBT News Stories

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.30.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every F...

We Must Not Forget Jane Doe's Humanity

Chase Strangio | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

Last Friday, I traveled to Niantic, Connecticut to visit with Jane Doe, a transgender 16-year-old being held at the high security York Correctional Facility for adult women. Jane has been sitting alone at York for 51 days.

WATCH: Incredible Story Of Transgender Son Will Have You Ugly Crying... And Then Cheering

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Two of the greatest things a parent can give a child in this life are unconditional love and acceptance, and the Whittingtons have done just that. ...

The Truth About Anti-Trans* Slurs

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

We must find a way to understand the damage we do. We can't continue to throw around words that we don't find personally offensive and wash our hands of the harm they cause to someone else. If we do anything less than put an end to the use of anti-trans* slurs, then we are just bullies.