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Transgender Issues

Trans Visibility: Who Is It Good for?

Aria Ehren | Posted 06.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Aria Ehren

What we're observing is not a deep, enduring will to improve transgender lives -- it's the grasping of marketers and executives to ride the wave of trans visibility and monetize our struggles.

Exercise Guru Richard Simmons' Rep Responds To Transgender Rumors

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.08.2016 | Queer Voices

A representative for Richard Simmons has denied reports that the fitness legend would be coming out as transgender. In its June 8 issue, The National...

Get A Sneak Peek At The New Season Of The Trans Reality Show 'Transcendent'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.08.2016 | Queer Voices

The new season of Fuse's reality show "Transcendent" debuts June 8, and The Huffington Post got a sneak peek at Wednesday's premiere episode with thes...

Trump Exists Because We Wanted Him to Exist

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

If not Donald, someone else would be Trump. America has been waiting for him.

Hey NC! Check Out The Awesome Move NYC Just Made For Trans People

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.06.2016 | Queer Voices

New York City officials are speaking out against the ongoing "bathroom bill” controversy in a very big way. On Monday, the Big Apple became the fir...

In the Toilet

Misty Anderson | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Misty Anderson

Politicians and others know they can use fear to manipulate anxious people, and all of the anxieties swirling around the toilet (you know, alligators in the sewer, toilet snakes, the boogeyman) make it fertile if slippery territory for political grandstanding.

What Is to Stop a Man From Using a Woman's Bathroom?

Quora | Posted 06.05.2016 | Queer Voices

There are zero situations in which trans people have attacked anyone in a bathroom. If we can't trust straight cisgender men to behave, then we should be policing and punishing them, not everyone else.

Broadway Stars Join Forces To Fight North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.04.2016 | Queer Voices

Many theater professionals have expressed their disdain for North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2, which prohibits transgender people from using...

My Transgender Life: Tipping Cows and Flipping Pyramids

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 06.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I think the sacred cow of lack of safety in the women's rooms, being violated needs to be tipped over. Personally, I have found these have been safer than so many of the rest rooms I used to use.

Lady Bunny Lays It All Out For You

Tim Ranney | Posted 06.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tim Ranney

Photo: Jeff Eason The only thing more fun than watching Lady Bunny onstage in her newest hit show, Trans-Jester, is having a long, laugh-filled lunch...

The Bathroom Bogeyman: Policing Trans* Bodies and Protecting Women

Liz Hanssen | Posted 06.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Liz Hanssen

Outing the true culprits hiding in the stall: transmisogyny and gender-based violence.

Bathroom Bills Are About Civil Rights, Not Sex Offenders

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Paul Heroux

A voyeur may try to dress up as a woman to gain access to a woman's restroom, and they have. However, that is done with or without transgender public accommodation laws.

We Have a Lot of Work to Do: Supporting Transgender Students

Kikanza Nuri-Robins | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Kikanza Nuri-Robins

As adults, the challenge may be in a public bathroom. For children, the challenge is to be heard by their parents and then accepted and supported in their schools. We have a lot of work to do.

Elephant in a Tiny Room: A Family "Secret"

Darya Teesewell | Posted 05.31.2016 | Queer Voices
Darya Teesewell

Nicole bravely tackled the elephant. "So, forgive me for being forward and for asking this so bluntly, but what is keeping you from telling your kids about being trans?"

Porcelain and Privilege: Gender Oblivion, Bathrooms and the Push for Equity

Shannon Portillo | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Shannon Portillo

Like the change in military policy banning women from combat positions, the Obama administration's guidelines push educational institutions to be more inclusive and strive for gender equity, noting that many educational buildings were not designed with these concepts of equity in mind.

Dad Yanks Children Out Of School Over Transgender Bathroom Policy

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.27.2016 | Queer Voices

A Michigan father says he's yanked his three sons out of a public elementary school over the district's decision to allow transgender students to use ...

As a Trans Woman, I'm Coming Out a Second Time to My Colleagues

Rachel Jackson | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Rachel Jackson

Ten years after coming out as trans, I am working on coming out again in my professional life. I plan to be out when I apply to Family Medicine residencies this fall; I can't spend another three or four years in hiding.

Trans-Attracted Filmmaker Learns the Responsibilities That Come With Loving Trans Women

Wayne Mahon | Posted 05.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Mahon

So many men who are attracted to trans women can be douchebags... I should know, I was one of them. The amount of men who openly love these beautiful women is staggeringly sad, few and far between.

Police Called After Transphobic Preacher Trolls Teens Outside High School

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices

A purportedly Christian woman who stormed through a Target store May 15, raving about the company's pro-transgender bathroom policy took her right-win...

Trump Goes Into Robot Mode Answering Question About Trans Rights

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices

Jimmy Kimmel took Donald Trump to task over the ongoing controversy over transgender bathroom use this week. Suffice it to say, Kimmel didn't get very...

Safety of Women and Girls, Invisibility of Trans Men and Title IX

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 05.25.2016 | Queer Voices
Sheena C. Howard

This is just another example of America's historically moral hypocrisy around social issues and public policy, when it comes to minority populations.

The University of North Carolina Flagrantly Violates Federal Law Affirming Transgender Rights

Jim Neal | Posted 05.25.2016 | Queer Voices
Jim Neal

Whether out of fear, an abundance of caution or self-interest the fact remains that their schools are violating the legal rights of transgender people.

Transphobia in Mississippi

LD Thompson | Posted 05.23.2016 | Queer Voices
LD Thompson

The bias in Mississippi is stunning. Here we have a lovely, talented teenager who, because she was not gender conforming, was judged as mentally unstable, academically incompetent and behaviorally unmanageable.

Video Shows Transphobic Man Preaching In Target Getting Shut Down By Customer

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.23.2016 | Queer Voices

Video footage of a Christian protester's heated confrontation with a purportedly transgender customer at an unidentified Target store is making the In...

My Transgender Life: The Once and Future Transparency

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

Although we are not anywhere near the day when coming out as transgender will be transparent to our family and friends, I do have dreams and visions of that day.