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Jenner's Journey Into "Her"

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

To help clarify some of the questions surrounding Bruce Jenner's interview, as well as talk about what it's like for some to transition and be transgender, I interviewed my friend, Ryan Sallans, an American LGBT advocate, author and out trans man who began his transitional journey in 2005.

My Transgender Life - Sharing Secrets and Releasing the Shame

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 04.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

We now have seen "The Interview" with Bruce Jenner. I can't help but reflect on how similar his journey seems to be to the one I traveled only a few short years ago. However, there is one big difference.

Demi Lovato Beautifully Dedicates Song To Bruce Jenner

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.27.2015 | Gay Voices

Actress and singer Demi Lovato took some time during her New Zealand concert on Saturday, April 25, to dedicate a song to Bruce Jenner following the a...

Bruce Jenner, the Hottentot Venus and Me

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Everyone who transitions does so somewhat publicly, though not all of us have cameras focused on our every move. When we speak of Bruce, hopefully we can remember that Bruce is, at heart, a person, and give him the dignity he is due.

Bruce Jenner Perfectly Explains Transgender Experience With One Sentence

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 04.25.2015 | Black Voices
Kadia Blagrove

From one sentence I realized, it's not for me to understand something I can't naturally relate to, but I must be compassionate. No one owes anyone a detailed breakdown of their personal and private experiences (especially when it can be so hard to put into words). The message is: I don't feel like my true self.

Gabriel Arana

Diane Sawyer And ABC Nailed The Bruce Jenner Interview. Here's Why And What Needs To Happen Next.

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 04.27.2015 | Media

Before Diane Sawyer’s blockbuster interview with Bruce Jenner aired on ABC, she told George Stephanopoulos, “This is a family love story.” In...

Trans Author: Why I Don't Believe Anyone Should Transition In The Public Eye

OWN | Posted 04.24.2015 | OWN

Trans author Jenny Boylan is no stranger to the public spotlight. Her 2003 memoir, She's Not There, was the first bestselling work by a transgender Am...

The Bruce Jenner Story Is Good News

Annie Chagnot | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Annie Chagnot

The discussion about whether Bruce Jenner is transitioning has me feeling simultaneously hopeful and deeply uncomfortable. Uncomfortable because, as a daughter of a "transparent," the tabloid tone of ridicule with which the speculation has been presented recalls the cruel words I heard behind my back growing up.

Hallmark Mother's Day Campaign Puts Spotlight On Transgender Man And His Mom

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices

As part of an ongoing social media campaign, Hallmark has launched a "social experiment" in which participants are asked to talk about their loved one...

#Occupotty and the Gender Politics of Bathrooms

Tristan Bridges | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Tristan Bridges

Making use of a public restroom is not often understood as a political act. Yet, a group of transgender folks in the U.S. and Canada are participating in a bit of digital activism by doing just that.

JamesMichael Nichols

Meet The Trans Man Poised To Make History On The Cover Of Men's Health

HuffingtonPost.com | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices

Men's Health magazine might put an openly transgender man on the cover for the very first time. The health-focused magazine is holding its annual "...

Fox News Pundit Compares Being Transgender To Thinking You're A Cocker Spaniel

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce slammed a Maine school's controversial use of a book about a transgender girl as "social engineering" on the part of ...

A Night of a Thousand Genders

Lori Sokol | Posted 04.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Lori Sokol

'Why do we need to be told which toys are appropriate for girls and boys?' and 'Why are toys even categorized according a child's gender?' But, there was still a more crucial question that even I, a life-long feminist, did not think to ask: "Are there really only two genders?"

Not One More: Protect and Empower Trans Youth

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 04.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

While trans visibility is increasing, and we're seeing more positive representations in the media, our youth remain vulnerable and mostly unheard.

What's It Like To Be Transgender In Kansas City?

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.11.2015 | Gay Voices

What is it like to be transgender in Kansas City, Missouri? A compelling new television show from Discovery Life will tell the story of a group of ...

This New App Could Be A Lifesaver For The Transgender Community

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Where's the bathroom? While such an inquiry might seem harmless and nonchalant to some people, it is a loaded, even dangerous question for gender n...

Why You Should Sign More Petitions: White House Endorses Ban on Conversion Therapy

Em & Lo | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Em & Lo

So far, only California, New Jersey, and Washington, DC have banned conversion therapy for minors. There are bans pending in other states, but Republicans continue to vote them down -- as happened in Virginia recently. Still, people spoke up, via a petition, and the White House listened. And that, people, is what we call a very good start.

Bullied Transgender Teen And YouTube Personality Dies

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices

A 16-year-old transgender teen and YouTube personality has died after allegedly being subjected to intense bullying at the hands of her classmates. ...

A Case of Cis Regret

Lola Olson | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Lola Olson

I was actually born with a body that matched my agender identity. I didn't make sex hormones. But I was bullied so viciously for looking androgynous, I chose to be "normal." And now I have cis regret.

The Virgins of the Door: A Rare Glimpse Inside Peru's Besieged Transgender Community

Jesse Jackman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Jesse Jackman

"There are some amazing leaders within the transgender community who are actively promoting change," Mroczek says. "We want to honor those people, but we also want to empower all transgender Peruvians to become pillars of their community, and we're honored to be a part of that progress."

The White House Just Made A Huge Pro-Queer Move

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Visitors to the White House whose gender identity doesn't align with a male/female binary now have have a safe space to use the restroom. A White H...

What It Means To Our 10-Year-Old To Be Transgender

Posted 04.07.2015 | Gay Voices

By Lisa Keating | The Next Family Six months ago, our 10-year-old began to identify as transgender. This after spending years trying to explain it ...

Christ Was Seen in Indiana This Week

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

They thought Jesus was seen in the pizza parlor in Indiana this week; martyred for religious freedom, as a store was "forced" to close after speaking words of hate in the guise of freedom.

Dear Red Cross: I Am Not a Man

Andy Wilkins | Posted 04.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Andy Wilkins

What should have happened with me? I should have been asked the same questions every other woman is asked. I never should have received a follow-up call during which I needed to defend my gender identity.

The Unbearable (In)visibility of Being Trans

Chase Strangio | Posted 04.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

There is unbearableness but that unbearableness also binds us together. Amidst the scrutiny, the savage violence, the systemic discrimination, there are communities of resistance and resilience that hold each other up.