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Transgender Issues

Trans Sex Workers Mistreated By The Institutions That Are Supposed To Help Them

Vox | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Transgender people, especially trans people of color, face devastating levels of discrimination in all walks of life. They experience dramatically hig...

2015 Trans Year in Review -- The Upside

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

She changed the cultural landscape, for better and worse, and gave us all a platform we never had. We're not quite to the status of "just another American minority group," but we're on our way.

Dear Caitlyn, Please Don't Be the Oppressor

Justin Maffett | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Justin Maffett

For many people, blending in by being 'respectable' is necessary for any chance of success, if not survival, in their prejudiced or queerphobic environment. But respectability of this sort, commonly referred to as 'passing,' should not be framed as the ideal.

New York City Lays Out Transgender Protection On Dress Codes, Bathroom Use

Reuters | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New York City has warned landlords, employers and businesses they could be running afoul of the law by purpose...

Advice for a Parent Whose Child Just Told Them They Are Transgender

Harvey Katz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Harvey Katz

How many parents gripe about their children not sharing their lives with them? Your kid just risked everything so they could be their authentic self every time you are together. That is magical.

My Transgender Life: Trans-expectations

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

Like many of us who transition, I had hoped that nothing much would change. However, my journey did not quite work out that way.

Stealth Trans Houdini in the Men's Locker Room

Willy Wilkinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Willy Wilkinson

It became a daily thought, to claim my body as male and to feel the liberation of congruence. I wondered what it could be like to have a body that would go unnoticed among men in the locker room; I fantasized about one day going for a swim without concern for my emotional and physical safety.

Minnesota Under Fire For Banning Coverage Of Gender Confirmation Surgery

Courthouse News | Nico Pitney | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

MINNEAPOLIS (CN) - Minnesota's ban on reassignment procedures for gender dysphoria is discriminatory and is condemned by the medical community, a righ...

'I Need Relief From The Pain Of Living In A Female Body'

Evan Thomas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Evan Thomas

By the time I was five, I knew I wasn't a girl. I'm 63 now. I've spent the years in between working hard to make life bearable as a gender-nonconforming woman, and it hasn't been enough.

The 31 Countries Where Trans Candidates Have Run For Office Since 1977

Washington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Last week, Tamara Adrián became the first transgender person elected to office in Venezuela, and the second trans person elected to national office i...

We Need To Decriminalize Sex Work In The U.S.

Victoria M. Rodriguez-Roldan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Victoria M. Rodriguez-Roldan

We must end the criminalization of all people who work in the sex trade in order to end this violence. Laws punishing people who engage in sex work serve only to worsen the violence and economic hardships of transgender people already struggling to survive.

Here's A Look At The Evolution Of Transgender Characters In Hollywood

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

With Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox and "Transparent" making headlines in Hollywood and beyond, there's no question that 2015 was a game changing year in...

No One Knew The First Black Trans Model's Secret, Until They Did

The Cut | Adam Goldberg | Posted 12.15.2015 | Style

Tracey “Africa” Norman always knew that the question wasn’t if she’d be found out, but how long she could go undetected....

The Future of LGBT Leadership: Allyship

Michael Ruderman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Ruderman

2015 has been a whirlwind of a year for LGBT people. As the year draws to a close -- as we celebrate our successes and learn the lessons of our setbacks -- where should the LGBT movement turn its attention next?

When Did You First Know?

Zoe Dolan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Zoe Dolan

Would you believe me if I told you that I don't know if I've ever known, since I don't really know what a woman is, other than a concept that exists outside me -- still, I know that I have felt like one.

This Is What Trans Looks Like

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A group of six transgender people recently sat down for a candid conversation about the realities of transgender identity and what being trans means t...

Against the Odds: New Research Shows How Trans Sex Workers Overcome Pervasive Discrimination and Violence

Erin G. Fitzgerald | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Erin G. Fitzgerald

The criminalization and stigmatization of commercial sex worsens the discrimination and marginalization that transgender people already face.

Transphobia Leads to Suicide -- End of Story

Derrick De Lise | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Derrick De Lise

Compassion needs to be the illuminating force that ends the violence and harassment. No one has the right to accost someone else -- for any reason, and certainly not for being true to themselves.

This Model Just Became The First Openly Trans Person To Wed On Reality TV

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Transgender model Carmen Carrera will make history this week when she becomes, according to a press release from VH1, the first transgender person to ...

Sister Of 'OITNB' Star Opens Up About Being Trans In The Latino Community

Cosmopolitan | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Growing up in a Cuban family in the Bronx, I didn't know what transgender was. Especially in the Latin community, a boy is a boy and a girl is a girl....

This Kid's Book Features A Prince Who Transforms Into A Princess

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A powerful new children's book tells the story of a prince who transforms herself into a princess, coming to live as her authentic self on her 16th bi...

Against Me! Rocker Laura Jane Grace Opens Up About Trans Identity in 2015

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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

Trans TLC Star Needs Only One Word To Respond To Bigots

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The transgender teen activist who has inspired so many through her LGBT advocacy work had a short and sweet response after a Wisconsin elementary scho...

There Are Many Reasons to Get Amazon Prime this Holiday Season and 'Transparent' Is One of Them

Mikki del Monico | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mikki del Monico

What we see in the media matters. Narratives that include well-rounded transgender characters are important because they help us feel less alone and reveal more expansive endings than the ones we may previously have envisioned for ourselves.

A Dream Deferred: A Look At Transgender Discrimination In Thailand

Pulitzer Center | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Warat “Bai Thong” Tanasanti was a brilliant student who dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Her dreams came to a screeching halt, ...