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Transgender Issues

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 11.07.2015 | Gay 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 11.06.2015 | Gay 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 11.06.2015 | Gay 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 11.06.2015 | Gay 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 11.06.2015 | Gay 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 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices

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

HERO Takes A Hit In Houston

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay 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 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices

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Trans Women Ask Facebook: Do I Have Boobs Now?

The Guardian | James Nichols | Posted 11.04.2015 | Gay 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, object...

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015: A Reporter's List

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 11.03.2015 | Gay 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 11.02.2015 | Gay 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.

Good News For Trans Youth On The Cusp Of Puberty

Reuters | James Nichols | Posted 11.02.2015 | Gay Voices

(Reuters Health) - Puberty can be one of the worst times in a transgender or gender-nonconforming child's life, but for these children, access to drug...

Agents of Change: 5 Powerful Women Who Are Making a Positive Difference

Greg Archer | Posted 10.31.2015 | Women
Greg Archer

They walk among us--those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five noteworthy women who are making a positive difference.

The State of the Trans Community, Part 2 -- Awkwardness as Progress

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Once you get beyond bigotry, prejudice and religious hostility, you're left mired in ignorance. And ignorance, at best, leads to at least a period of awkwardness before there can be understanding, and then acceptance.

Victory Announced as Texas Judge Ordered By Superior Courts to Reinstate Transgender Widow's Marriage to Fallen Firefighter

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 10.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

After nearly 6 years of fighting, my life has changed again with just one order.

Transgender Woman Comes Out To Her Mom With Dementia '100 Times A Year'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.30.2015 | Gay Voices

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The Revelation Will Be Televised

Harvey Katz | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Harvey Katz

One of the most mind-blowing parts of my medical transition didn't happen on the surgeons' slab. It didn't happen on the other side of a needle. It didn't happen when I changed my name. Nope. It happened while I was sitting on my couch and watching The Biggest Loser with my roommate.

Trans Bodies Are Not a Halloween Costume

Delia Melody | Posted 10.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Delia Melody

It's easy to say it's "just a costume," and at the end of the night, you can take it off. But we can't take off our transness, and we will continue having to live with the consequences of the subtle, casual hatred your costume embodies.

Which Party Stands With Trans People?

Barbra Siperstein | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Barbra Siperstein

For trans people the difference between the parties is very clear, but on the surface, based on the Democratic CNN debate, one might not know how stark the difference is between Democrats and Republicans.

How I'm Transitioning Without Transitioning

Sam Schooler | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Sam Schooler

There my face was, with no hair to frame it. And I looked just fine. That was the start of it all. That was my marked moment, when I figured out that what people say I should look like and how I actually want to look are mutually exclusive.

Michelle Rodriguez Will Play 'Gender-Swapping' Hitman In New Hollywood Thriller

Hollywood Reporter | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodriguez will go under the knife for Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale, the gender-swapping action movie to be directed by Wa...

GOP Rep Opens Up About Raising Transgender Son

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.29.2015 | Latino Voices

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) took her message of acceptance for the transgender community to Spanish-language television Wednesday, ...

The State of the Trans Community -- Great Expectations

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

It is getting better, but it might not be good enough for any given individual just yet. The optimism of children and adolescents is understandable, but even when you find community on the internet you cannot simply assume that your parents and peers will support you.