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Transgender Issues

Lives Guided by Fear: In Honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

The sad truth is, this personal moment is not exclusive to November 20th. I, like many others, live perpetually is a state of fear of the reaction from those who do not support my identity.

National Transgender Day of Remembrance: The Message Is You Are Important to Us and We Need You to Survive

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni Newman

In those moments you feel no one cares and no one loves you, remember you are important and we need you to survive. After 25 years in the transgender community, I can assure you it will not always be bad.

Unzipped Dallas: Single or Taken?

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tyler Curry

In the premiere episode of Unzipped Dallas, get to know the all new cast as they discuss their relationship status, their turn ons, and the qualities they look for in a potential match.

15 Things Trans People Wish You Would Stop Saying To Them

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

Sometimes, even our most well-intentioned sentiments can cause unintended harm to trans or gender non-conforming individuals. One way to describe thes...

Is Religion the Only Protected Class That Is Aggressive?

Mike Zimmerman | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Mike Zimmerman

In a recent discussion about religious freedom, I helped students explore the hidden dissonance of different forms of identity. The many hats we wear and aspects to our identities as we live our lives can sometimes be compartmentalized, but the major markers of who we are cannot.

Transgender Issues Finally Gain Recognition On Capitol Hill

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House lawmakers launched a task force Tuesday dedicated to issues of transgender equality, accompanied by Congress' first-ever forum on ...

Award-Winning Sex-Change Documentary Call Me Marianna Brightens Polish Film Festival in America

Greg Archer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

Faith, trust and the courage to live as the person you know yourself to be all come into play in Karolina Bielawska's moving, award-winning documentary Call Me Marianna. The film has been turning heads at film festivals around the world.

Our Child Is a Girl

An Anonymous Mom | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
An Anonymous Mom

Despite the overwhelming evidence that my daughter is a girl, the institution that is charged with educating and enlightening our children was only concerned with her body. The district therefore did not allow her in the girls' locker room.

Veterans Day Is a Good Day to Start a New Discussion

Wayne Maines | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Wayne Maines

We live in the United States of America, but my family and so many others have to live in hiding to protect our gender non-conforming children/transgender children. We have to fight against Religious Freedom bills that are based upon unfounded fears and propaganda.

Gay Transphobia, 2015 Style

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Neither the gay nor the ally community has been free of having to deal with the "ick factor," and there is just as much trans homophobia as there is gay transphobia, in my experience. Just as racism goes both ways, but is far more significant when directed against the powerless, gay transphobia is far more dangerous than trans homophobia.

I Was Arrested Just for Being a Black Trans Woman

Meagan Taylor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Meagan Taylor

As a Black trans woman, I am used to unfair and discriminatory treatment, but this was extra upsetting because we were paying customers at a hotel and on our way to a funeral. I felt like I had no rights.

Trans Texans Share Emotional Responses On Rejection Of LGBT Discrimination Measure

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

Members of Houston's transgender community sounded off on their city's rejection of a non-discrimination ballot measure that included protections on t...

We Segregate Bathrooms by Sex to Preserve an Arbitrary Sense of Order

Katherine Ripley | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Katherine Ripley

The sole purpose of separating men's and women's bathrooms is to preserve a sense of social order. It's similar to the reason we separate our sock drawer from our underwear drawer. Each thing has its assigned place, and that makes us feel better.

Transphobia at School

Taylor Vidmar | Posted 11.11.2015 | Teen
Taylor Vidmar

Transphobia is not what we should be teaching at our schools. Instead, we should be preaching and practicing tolerance and acceptance. Remember that transgender students are not lying, they are not dangerous, they are not tools for your bigotry.

Casual Transphobia in My Media?

Delia Melody | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Delia Melody

You might not want to harm trans people, but that's the thing about casual transphobia; It doesn't need to have true hate behind it to be real and harmful.

From Eddie to Madison: Trans Journey

Eddie Parsons | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eddie Parsons

I had found the Yin to my Yang and my ultimate BFF. We both went into our own directions but kept in contact and then I received the call. Eddie called me to inform me he was not gay. I remember thinking that this was a lost Queen and there was no way that he was straight.

My Transgender Life: What We Have Learned From Apollo 13

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

The opponents once again claimed it was the "bathroom bill" and were successful in creating enough fear in the citizens to be afraid of those of us who are transgender. Yes, Houston, we have a problem!

Until I See Skyler Again...

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marsha Aizumi

"I had an endless amount of love for my son, but I did not speak up or stand up for him. I did not see his heart, when he came out as transgender. I only focused in on his gender identity. And so I have lost the chance to love and hug my son."

Staying Silent On Trans Bathroom Scare Tactics Is A Problem

Kasey M. Dunton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kasey M. Dunton

The next time a law like Houston's comes up -- and it will come up -- we owe transgender people better than tacit agreement. We owe the truth. It may not fix the problem, it may not ensure protection, but it's a lot better than staying silent.

Trans Woman Asks: 'You Really Want Me In The Same Bathroom As Your Husband?'

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

One trans woman in Chicago, Illinois, is making a bold, tongue-in-cheek statement in response to Houston, Texas, voters striking down proposed legisla...

HERO Takes A Hit In Houston

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Cindi Love

A majority of Houston voters have expressed their willingness to discriminate against trans identified persons and most of the rest of us. They do not represent the majority of Houston residents. The voters had their turn. Now we must each find a way to express our unwillingness to join them.

Reform Jews Poised To Pass Transgender Resolution

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - When Rabbi Elliot Kukla became the first out transgender rabbi ordained in the Reform Jewish movement almost a decade ago, he wou...

Trans Women Ask Facebook: Do I Have Boobs Now?

The Guardian | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Nipples. We’re all born with them, but only half of the population can show them off on a warm summer’s day without people tutting, objecting, bei...

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015: A Reporter's List

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Courtney O'Donnell

This is by no means a complete list. Most transgender deaths are unreported or lost due to misgendering.

My Transgender Life: The Circus

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

Sometimes we just need to sit and listen to others who have some of the same -- but not all the same -- types of experiences that we do.