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Transgender Issues

Washington, D.C., Police Unit Changes Name To Be More Inclusive Of LGBT Community

The Huffington Post | Blair Guild | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

WASHINGTON -- The Washington, D.C., police department is changing the name of its Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit to include the words "bisexual" and "tr...

The Trans Comedic Punch Line Jumps the Shark

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Overall, I sense that the concept of joking about trans persons is coming to end as the jokes themselves are more nuanced and much less hostile. As people get to know more of us, we'll no longer be one of the easier targets, and the jokes will fade away.

Get A Poignant Look At The Transgender Experience In This New Book

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

Two remarkable teens strike a unique friendship in Lily and Dunkin, Donna Gephart's new novel for young readers, and The Huffington Post has an exclus...

8 Tips for Making Pelvic Exams Easier for Men of Transgender Experience

Apicha Community Health Center | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Apicha Community Health Center

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. One group frequently gets left out of the messaging, transgender people on the masculine spectrum. One in five trans* men refuse healthcare because doctors and other medical personal refer to them as the wrong gender.

'Dame Edna' Slams Caitlyn Jenner, Trans Women As 'Mutilated' Men

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

The man behind legendary drag icon Dame Edna is feeling the heat after slamming Caitlyn Jenner and the transgender community in a candid new interview...

The 'T' in LGBT Family Planning

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

Family-building has been one important life issue that has been left out of the transgender conversation. Why is that?

Trans Passenger Forced To Remove Prosthetic Genitalia In Search

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A transgender passenger says he was required to remove his prosthetic genitalia during an airport search, calling the experience "demeaning," Yahoo in...

Raina's Gotta Go: A Drag Queen Decides to Transition

Bethany Grace Howe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bethany Grace Howe

A year ago I was married with a daughter while living on the Oregon coast, making my living working as a high school teacher. Three months ago I chose to transition from male to female.

Thinking Harder about Political Correctness

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Notice the irony of Trump benefitting from the politics of resentment. Billionaires like Trump make off with too much of the nation's income and wealth, at the expense of ordinary working stiffs. And then Trump puts on his politician's hat and cashes in on the resentment. And here's where it gets really tricky. Some of the ultra-P.C. stuff is silly and makes it easier for the right to lampoon liberals. The broader challenge here is that many of the causes that Trump and company put down as P.C. are legitimate and overdue. How long will it take before cops who brutalize black citizens are brought to justice? Do we really want to evict 12 million law abiding immigrants, many of whom were brought here as kids? But when the local working class is getting clobbered economically, it's easier to play off the races against each other.

My Transgender Life: Not Then; Not When; the Magic of Now!

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

It has taken me a long time to live in the present and not get lost in my dreams of possible futures. I have learned that the universe truly does reward action, and the action must be taken by us.

Trans* Year End Reflections: The Shape of Things to Come

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Right now our community is in the awkward, liminal space where we move from past to future, from disempowerment to autonomy. We have endured decades of conflict. Our struggles are finally showing signs of victory.

8 Moments That Made Us Totally Rethink Gender In 2015

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

This year mainstream culture continued to evolve in how it perceives, experiences and talks about gender and the results are nothing short of thrillin...

Top 10 Sexist Media Moments of 2015

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 12.29.2015 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Women's achievements are constantly overlooked by mainstream media. We're usually much more updated on the happenings of celebrities.

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...