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Transgender Issues

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...

No One Knew The First Black Trans Model's Secret, Until They Did

The Cut | Adam Goldberg | Posted 12.15.2015 | Style

Tracey “Africa” Norman always knew that the question wasn’t if she’d be found out, but how long she could go undetected....

The Future of LGBT Leadership: Allyship

Michael Ruderman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Ruderman

2015 has been a whirlwind of a year for LGBT people. As the year draws to a close -- as we celebrate our successes and learn the lessons of our setbacks -- where should the LGBT movement turn its attention next?

When Did You First Know?

Zoe Dolan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Zoe Dolan

Would you believe me if I told you that I don't know if I've ever known, since I don't really know what a woman is, other than a concept that exists outside me -- still, I know that I have felt like one.

This Is What Trans Looks Like

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

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Against the Odds: New Research Shows How Trans Sex Workers Overcome Pervasive Discrimination and Violence

Erin G. Fitzgerald | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Erin G. Fitzgerald

The criminalization and stigmatization of commercial sex worsens the discrimination and marginalization that transgender people already face.

Transphobia Leads to Suicide -- End of Story

Derrick De Lise | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Derrick De Lise

Compassion needs to be the illuminating force that ends the violence and harassment. No one has the right to accost someone else -- for any reason, and certainly not for being true to themselves.

This Model Just Became The First Openly Trans Person To Wed On Reality TV

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

Transgender model Carmen Carrera will make history this week when she becomes, according to a press release from VH1, the first transgender pe...

Sister Of 'OITNB' Star Opens Up About Being Trans In The Latino Community

Cosmopolitan | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Growing up in a Cuban family in the Bronx, I didn't know what transgender was. Especially in the Latin community, a boy is a boy and a girl is a girl....

This Kid's Book Features A Prince Who Transforms Into A Princess

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

A powerful new children's book tells the story of a prince who transforms herself into a princess, coming to live as her authentic self on her 16th b...

Against Me! Rocker Laura Jane Grace Opens Up About Trans Identity in 2015

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

This is the third feature in a series that aims to elevate some of the transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals who have played a significant...

Trans TLC Star Needs Only One Word To Respond To Bigots

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

The transgender teen activist who has inspired so many through her LGBT advocacy work had a short and sweet response after a Wisconsin elementar...

There Are Many Reasons to Get Amazon Prime this Holiday Season and 'Transparent' Is One of Them

Mikki del Monico | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mikki del Monico

What we see in the media matters. Narratives that include well-rounded transgender characters are important because they help us feel less alone and reveal more expansive endings than the ones we may previously have envisioned for ourselves.

A Dream Deferred: A Look At Transgender Discrimination In Thailand

Pulitzer Center | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Warat “Bai Thong” Tanasanti was a brilliant student who dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Her dreams came to a scree...

The Prevention of Suicide Through Unconditional Love

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

Although suicide is not seasonally dependent, the festivities may bring many LGBT persons more dread than cheer. Reflect on your relationship with your child this holiday season. A parent's assurances of unconditional love can be the difference between life and death.

10 Facts on HIV and Sex Work

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

Sex workers are recognized by the World Health Organization, along with other major health and human rights organizations, as one of four key populations in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

Why This Cisgender Man Totally Changed His Mind About Trans People

Richard Lucas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard Lucas

Just as trans people have the right to be themselves, we have a right to have an opinion about them and express that opinion, should we feel so inclined. That said, I question, should we?

A Hero By Any Other Name

Kenyth Mogan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kenyth Mogan

Caitlyn Jenner may not be one of my personal heroes, but she doesn't have to be. Her heroics and the recognition she receives for them do not make those of my heroes any less important to me, nor do they take away from the heroic actions of a soldier fighting over seas or a police officer in New York.

Transgender Woman Brutally Attacked In Queens

CBS New York | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –– Police are looking for a man who nearly killed a transgender woman in a beating in Queens. Around 4 a.m. Sunday, ...

Trans Women And Trans Men Offer Intimate Answers To Personal Questions

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

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Do You Exclude Transgender People?

Andrew Royce Bauer | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Andrew Royce Bauer

Sitting down in a room of strangers brought together for the very first time to discuss emerging topics such as sexuality and inclusion -- I made the mistake of making too fast an assumption, committing an 'oops' before walking all the way through the door.

From Homelessness to Activism: How One Trans Woman Is Standing in Her Truth

Daniella Carter | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniella Carter

It wasn't easy surviving on the streets, while at the same time, going to school everyday. At age 14, for me and for many LGBTQ youth, getting ready for school the night before looked very different than it does for the average youth.

You Don't Care Who Won a Glamour Award, You're Just a Transphobic Bigot

Ed Coffin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ed Coffin

Let's be honest, people aren't concerned with who actually deserved the honor, they are clearly outraged by the fact that a trans woman grabbed the spotlight.

Trans* Women Are Not Freakshows and Drag Queens: The Problem With the Transgender Umbrella

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

As a child, all I ever wanted was to be considered a "normal" girl. I didn't want to be different and when I found out I was, I took all steps to assimilate into the gender role I most identified as.

Caitlyn Jenner Is Not a "Hero"

Erin Nugent | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Erin Nugent

There have been many noteworthy transgender men and women who have accomplished just as much, if not more, than Jenner who should be applauded for their accomplishments.