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Transgender Issues

Bathroom Selfies and the Messy Politics of Passing

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 05.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

We have a significant problem brewing when transgender people who do have passing privilege are made to feel as though their voice can't have an impact.

When It Comes To Trans Issues, This Unearthed Clip Shows Dolly Parton Character Was A Trailblazer

Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices

Dolly Parton has long been a supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community -- even before it was trendy -- and the above th...

Surviving and Thriving Through Adversity: A Transgender Bathroom and HIV Love Story

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 05.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

I didn't die. Instead I thrived. I learned all I could; I saw the best doctors that community health, and occasional private insurance, could provide. And today, 27 years post infection with an AIDS diagnosis, I am undetectable with a healthy t-cell count.

Transgender Teen Who Was Crowned Homecoming King Dies

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices

A transgender activist who made headlines last year when he was crowned homecoming king at his Charlotte, North Carolina, high school has died. Lo...

My Transgender Life: Explain It to Me Like I'm a 6-Year-Old

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I wonder why adults don't look at change the way a 6-year-old does. Why can't we explain being transgender to everyone in the same way we would to our children?

How Loving A Transgender Man In My 50s Changed My Life

Pamela Madsen | Posted 05.24.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

For most of my life, I identified as 'straight'. I married young and had kids. Then I met Mac. Mac was my earthquake. Loving a transgender man has rewired my brain and changed how I look at sexuality and the world.

Being Transgender Naked: First Kiss

Zoe Dolan | Posted 05.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

My kiss with Amanda would weigh on me for 21 years, well after I had gotten into the right body.

Right Wing Groups Attempt To Use HuffPost Blog To Prove Queer People 'Indoctrinate' Kids

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

A number of right-wing conservative groups have sounded off on a transgender Huffington Post blogger's most recent piece, arguing that the blog lays o...

This Trans 13-Year-Old Is Our New Hero.. And When You See This He'll Be Yours Too

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

This just made our week. Tom Sosnik may only be 13-years-old, but the articulate teen has a more solid grasp on his sense of self than many adults ...

CBS Breaks New Ground With Profile Of Transgender Soldier

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley broke fresh ground this week with an extensive profile of Landon Wilson, who was kicked out of the U.S. military be...

My Transgender Life: An Open Letter to the Partners of Those in Transition

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

For many, this is a journey they were not prepared to take, and don't want to take. Once we finally come to our own self-acceptance and choose to change gender we want everyone to be excited for us, but often neglect to understand the impact on those we are in relationship with.

Here Is Why We Need Transgender Pronouns

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.17.2015 | Gay Voices

Pronouns are important. While language may seem insignificant, the act of misgendering can affect an individual on a personal level far more than y...

'Family' Association Slams Planet Fitness For Making 'Women Feel Unsafe'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.17.2015 | Gay Voices

The American Family Association has responded to the media firestorm that erupted after Planet Fitness revoked the membership of a woman who "inapprop...

This Girl Is About To Become One Of The Most Influential Teens In The World

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices

Things just keep getting better and better for Jazz Jennings -- and hopefully that means things will get better for all of us. The 14-year-old tran...

One Of Our Favorite Trans Teen Just Landed Her Own Reality TV Show

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.12.2015 | Gay Voices

Big things are on the horizon for one of our favorite transgender teen activists. Jazz Jennings, the 14-year-old who has been an outspoken supporte...

Trans People Launch Campaign To Let The World Know #WeJustNeedToPee

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.13.2015 | Gay Voices

While mainstream transgender visibility may be at an all-time high, there is still a long way to go before individuals identifying across the transgen...

My Transgender Life: When I Was a Young Girl

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I am still that young girl and I have made peace with that boy/man who used to be in control of this body. He has so many memories, and we have become friends. He tells me he is happy now, remembering all that happened, and is really happy that I am now in charge of this body.

Jennifer Bendery

The Army Just Made It A Little Easier For Transgender Troops To Serve | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a sign that the U.S. Defense Department may be inching closer to lifting its ban on transgender troops, the Army announced Friday tha...

A New, No-Holds-Barred Look At Gender Identity You Won't Want To Miss

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices

A new web series aims to take a thoughtful, no-holds-barred look at gender identity by examining everything from "bisexual erasure" to coming out in s...

Transgender Cheerleader Opens Up About Her Life In The Sports World And More

Posted 03.08.2015 | Gay Voices

Each month Athlete Ally and Huffington Post will feature a new Voice to Voice segment featuring LGBT and ally people of color leading the movement to ...

Gender Fluid Generation: Evolving Gender Norms at School

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The first time I learned that gender could be fluid was in sex ed in the 9th grade. I remember the teacher mumbling under her breath that some people don't identify their gender with the biological sex they were born with.

NYC Feminist Zine Fest

Jenna Henry Hansen | Posted 05.06.2015 | New York
Jenna Henry Hansen

After reading just a handful of Twitter comments aimed at Arquette and pages directed toward E! and Rancic, clearly there is still an obvious need and immense desire for a platform of open dialog and feminist critique of our culture.

The Art of Passing

Sidney Chase | Posted 05.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Sidney Chase

She looks up at me with a sudden glare, her posture demonizing me as she slowly steps back. She clutches her handbag tighter, yanking the cart away from me. I had never been met with such disdain for what seemed to be no literal reason. It chilled me to the bone.

Why 'Finding Community' Was Key For This Prominent Trans Activist

Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices

By Brandy Black, The Next Family I had the chance to catch up with Jen Richards, a transgender activist and media specialist to address transgende...

My Transgender Life -- Where Is God?

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

Discrimination in any form does not come from a loving God, or a loving person. Discrimination occurs when people travel the path of fear. This path is not freeing, it is confining. It hurts both internally and externally. I know this from the decades of hiding my own truth and living in shame and fear of discovery.