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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.

Get Photographed For This Celebration Of Trans And Gender Non-Conforming People

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices

"The Transcending Gender Project" is a compelling new body of work that aims to celebrate transgender and gender non-conforming individuals as people,...

WATCH: 'A Letter To The Girl I Used To Be'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices

When Emily Smith was just 11-years-old, she said out loud she didn't want to live anymore. She told her therapist she did not foresee living past 21. ...

Radio Hosts 'Wish We Could Take Back' On-Air Comments Blasting Transgender Health Care

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices

The New York radio personalities who were fired last week after blasting the expansion of transgender health care benefits on the air have issued a fo...

RuPaul Responds To Controversy Over The Word 'Tranny'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.22.2014 | Gay Voices

RuPaul has finally responded to the controversy surrounding the word "tranny," as well as the use of "she-mail" on popular reality television show "Ru...

LISTEN: Radio Hosts Fired Over SHOCKING Transphobic Broadcast

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.22.2014 | Gay Voices

A pair of New York radio hosts have been fired after sparking controversy with an on-air rant over the recent expansion of transgender health care ben...

Why Coming Out As Transgender At The Office Is More Difficult Than Announcing You're Gay

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender rights advocate Beck Bailey spoke at length about the unique challenges facing the community in the workplace in a HuffPost Live interview...

CeCe McDonald Shares The Struggles Of Being A Trans Woman In A Male Prison Facility

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender activist CeCe McDonald was sentenced to 41 months in prison for manslaughter after a racist and transphobic attack against her turned dead...

Male Divas of Broadway: Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Cumming, and Terrance McNally

Richard Alther | Posted 07.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

Two of the brightest stars presently on Broadway are not just bending sex stereotypes, but, in truth, transcending gender.

It Has Been Getting Better For Transgender Teens -- But Cultural Concerns Remain

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Isaac Barnett took a bold step last year: He told teachers and classmates at his Kansas high school that the student they had k...

Mixed Messages: Homophobia, Transphobia and the Media

Randal Mason | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Randal Mason

Whether it's new funding for monitoring coverage of LGBT issues or incorporating LGBT awareness in current media development initiatives around the world, we can make it so that the stories of LGBT individuals and communities are told with the accuracy and dignity that all people deserve.

What Is Love? This Lesbian Teen Has It All Figured Out (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-05-16-20140515TyuniqueNelsonsmall.jpgTyunique Nelson was struggling with parts of her life. Through her struggles she found some peace with Alex, a new person she met at school.

Great News For Austria's Transgender Community

AP | Posted 05.15.2014 | Gay Voices

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's education minister has instructed schools to re-issue grade transcripts to transgender persons who have requested that they ...

He / She / It / ... Me

iO Tillett Wright | Posted 07.14.2014 | TED Weekends
iO Tillett Wright

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLabels are essential to conversation, as are boxes, but I stand by my point, which is that it's not that there are too many boxes in the world, it's that there are too few. Each one of us is in hundreds of boxes, like watercolors, splish-splashing elements of ourselves over into the others, and in my view, when colors bleed into each other, we get the most beautiful rainbows.

A Big Step Toward Broad Acceptance Of Gender Nonconformity

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.13.2014 | TED Weekends
Dana Beyer

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat seemed to me to be her most subversive and, to that audience, surprising message, was that there is far more bisexuality out there than what we'd consider purely "gay." Given that even the gay community finds that reality surprising, wondering where all the bisexual men and women are, it's one of what Wright calls her "self-evident truths," that we are far more complex than even we are willing to admit.