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Transgender Issues

Tyler Clementi's Mother Speaks Out About Leelah Alcorn's Suicide

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices

The queer community is still reeling from the suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn. Now, the mother of another queer teen who took his own life i...

Why More Transgender Success Stories Would Breed More Supportive Parents

Chris Edwards | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Chris Edwards

For parents of kids who are transgender, gender education alone isn't going to provide that reassurance. What I think would really help are more everyday success stories -- people who can show trans kids, their parents and society as a whole that being transgender doesn't have to forever define you (unless you want it to).

Hollywood, You're Halfway There With Trans Representation

Raquel Willis | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Raquel Willis

The same mindset that marks trans people as unfit to share and depict their own stories comes from the same place as the invalidation that causes us to experience discrimination and self-loathing on so many other levels. Seeing your true self in media is important and can save lives.

It's Time to Ban 'Reparative Therapy'

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The right is pushing hard on talking points claiming that transgender teens need to be pushed into (religious) "therapy" that no reputable, licensed mental-health professional would provide. Their rationales are riddled with half-truths, logical fallacies, and outright lies. Here are the facts.

Leelah's Legacy Needs Help: A Trans Woman's Call to Arms for the Absolute Right to Exist in Serenity and Safety

Jamie Cooper Holland | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Cooper Holland

This needs to end now. Those of us with the resources to fight in any way need to continue to stand up to those who are actively working to see more trans people dead, and we need to be absolutely present with those trans people who, at any given moment, may have fewer emotional or material resources than we do.

Jay Duplass On The Impact Of 'Transparent'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices

Actor Jay Duplass opened up about his experience on "Transparent," the Golden Globe-winning Amazon series about a Los Angeles family that discovers th...

Nation's First City Where Tourism Recognizes the 'T' in LGBT

David Duran | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
David Duran

There has been a massive and much-needed wave of news regarding anything having to do with that often neglected sub-group within the LGBT acronym. Transgender awareness is finally stepping forward in this country.

New Year's Reminiscences in the Context of the Ongoing Struggle for Cultural Change

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Doing something that is totally inconsistent with previous behavior and runs counter to personal philosophical and spiritual beliefs can nonetheless free one to live in a more positive and healthful manner. It's not a cure-all, but it gave me the tools to overcome stigma, live authentically in service to others, and not see myself as a victim.

Golden Globe Speeches Highlight Trans Issues, AIDS Epidemic, Civil Rights

BuzzFeed | Kelley L. Carter | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact

In a surprising twist, the Golden Globes acceptance speeches weren’t always about winners reciting a litany of agents, managers, and enablers. Inste...

Why Leelah Alcorn's Suicide Is Indicative Of Greater Issues For Transgender Youth

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.11.2015 | Gay Voices

With the transgender community still grappling with news of Leelah Alcorn's apparent suicide, MSNBC's Ronan Farrow took an in-depth look at the challe...

JamesMichael Nichols

Here's The Beautiful Story Of How A Trans Teen And Some Pancakes Are Inspiring The Internet

HuffingtonPost.com | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices

One family's yearly birthday tradition has suddenly taken on a whole new meaning. Milo is a 15-year-old transgender teen whose family makes him a s...

Interview With Trans Activist and Icon Calpernia Addams

Michael Podell | Posted 01.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Podell

In putting together a collection of interviews with compelling members of the queer community, one would be remiss to leave out Calpernia Addams. I was fortunate that she agreed to answer a few questions. Take a look at what she has to say about her life growing up, the politics of language, and her history as a tireless advocate for equality.

Let's Talk About Sex (Change)

Zoe Dolan | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

Public discourse around the subject is governed by media guidelines that operate to suppress discussion, such as this one from GLAAD: "Journalists should avoid overemphasizing the role of surgeries in the [gender] transition process." For me, you could not overemphasize the importance of sex-change surgery if you tried.

Russia Bans Trans People And Those With 'Disorders Of Sexual Preference' From Driving [UPDATE]

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices

UPDATE Jan. 16, 2015: Russian Health Ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai said the new restrictions will not affect transgender drivers, according to the A...

Tragic Death Of Trans Teen Inspires Incredible Response

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices

When transgender teen Leelah Alcorn tragically took her life just days after Christmas, she left behind a note that told the world she wanted her deat...

Jerry Springer Responds To Claims That His Show Is Transphobic

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices

Media personality Jerry Springer disputed longstanding claims that his show is transphobic in a HuffPost Live appearance this week. "We have trans...

24 Powerful Reactions To Leelah Alcorn's Death

Camryn Garrett | Posted 01.07.2015 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

Leelah pleaded with readers of the note to take action after her death. "The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren't treated the way I was, they're treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights."

Kylar Broadus: My Selection for Transgender Person of 2014

Toni Newman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

In 2012 Kylar made history by becoming the first openly transgender person to testify before the U.S. Senate. He was speaking in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. His truthful speech touched me then, and he continues to fight for transgender people now.

JamesMichael Nichols

This Magazine Dedicated To Trans Issues And Culture Just Passed A Major Milestone

HuffingtonPost.com | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but Original Plumbing Magazine is 15 issues old. The premier quarterly print magazine dedicated to the lifestyl...

The Battle Ahead: A Look At The Challenges The LGBT Community Will Face Beyond Marriage Equality

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 01.02.2015 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not...

Smiles for Leelah Alcorn, Who Asked Us to 'Fix Society. Please.'

Peter Monn | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter Monn

"My death needs to mean something." Wow, that's pretty profound. They're just kids, right? They're just teenagers, and they don't know anything about the world, right? Well, I think Leelah taught us all a very valuable lesson: Life is very precious, and it needs to mean something.

How Do We Find Justice for Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn?

Dese'Rae L. Stage | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dese'Rae L. Stage

Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old transgender teen from Kings Mills, OH, died by suicide early Sunday morning. But for local media in Ohio, Leelah doesn't exist at all.

A New Priority: Looking Ahead to College with My Transgender Daughter

Wayne Maines | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

Not long ago, one quote jumped out at me, "I just wish the administration would at least acknowledge our existence." That student's statement reminded me that transgender students are still "separate but equal" at universities across the nation.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

School Districts Sued For Violating Transgender Student's Civil Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Four Michigan school districts are being sued for allegedly discriminating against a transgender student, violating his civil rights and causing him p...

What If My Child Weren't Transgender?

Mary J. Moss | Posted 02.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

I've been asked many times before if I fear that my son will "change his mind." What if he "decides he wants to be a girl again"? What if I made a mistake by allowing him to transition at such a young age? I know that without walking a mile in my shoes, it's hard to understand. So let's pretend my child wasn't born to be transgender.