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Westboro Baptist Just Messed With The Wrong Group Of Students

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.06.2015 | Gay Voices

A crowd of high school students drove Westboro Baptist Church protestors away from their school in Kansas City, Missouri last week where the...

Finding Love When Your Whole Country Is Against You

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 10.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I think that in a male-dominated society, the pressure of being a masculine man is even greater. This makes men feel insecure and frightened, sometimes of their own sexuality. I have a hard time seeing anything changing to the better in Uganda before the male role changes.

CeCe McDonald Reflects On Life And Activism Since Her Release From Prison

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.05.2015 | Gay Voices

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

FABRICATIONS: This Trans Designer Used All Trans Femme Models In Her Show During NYFW 2015

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.02.2015 | Gay Voices

This is the fourteenth installment in a series titled "FABRICATIONS" that elevates the work of up-and-coming queer individuals working in the fashion ...

Jennifer Finney Boylan Talks Transgender Equality and Honored By GLAD (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I talked with Jennifer Finney Boylan, the first best-selling transgender author in the U.S. whose writings, teachings and activism have significantly illuminated and articulated the transgender experience.

This Transgender Man's ER Story Will Horrify You

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.07.2015 | Healthy Living

When Brandon James walked into an ER trauma center suffering from elevated blood pressure and severe anxiety in 2011, he needed medical attention. In...

Tactless Medical Staff Are Scaring Trans Patients Out of E.R.

Vocativ | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices

After he waited for several hours, another staff member repeatedly called Brandon James "Ms. James," even after being corrected. "She was blatantly being disrespectful," he says. Ultimately, James left without even seeing a doctor -- and that's a huge issue.

After the "Summer of Trans," Is It Time for T to Break Away from LGB?

Adam Lewis | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Adam Lewis

While neither sexuality nor identity should be subject to any form of discrimination, shouldn't this nuanced-yet-not-insignificant distinction be reflected in the way these groups advocate?

Tom Boy?

Janna Barkin | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Janna Barkin

Being transgender is not a "lifestyle choice;" rather, it is just one more beautiful, normal variation of being human. Having the support of family is the number one way to prevent depression and suicide among transgender youth. Every child deserves to be loved and supported unconditionally.

Watch This Trans Teen Find Out Her Life Is About To Change Forever

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices

After waiting two-and-a-half years, this transgender teenager finally received her first dose of hormones -- and her emotional reaction ...

Call Me Harvey

Harvey Katz | Posted 09.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Harvey Katz

When somebody announces "I am..." it is a bold statement. It's not a question and it's not a request. We may not get to declare it while looking stunning on a cover of a magazine, but still it deserves a listen. So open your ears and your heart, and when you open your mouth, do so with an open mind.

A Trans History

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 09.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

You came full circle. From the little boy you welcomed into the world. To the discovery of your long lost daughter after so many years, even if she was no longer little. And you were there, for her rebirth. There to welcome your daughter into the world.

ReThink Review: Stonewall - Don't Boycott It. Just Skip It

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Kim

While I sympathize with those calling for a boycott of Stonewall, I personally don't support a boycott. However, I don't think ANYONE should see Stonewall. Not because of its politics or revisionism, but because Stonewall is a terrible movie. Like really, really terrible.

I've Also Wanted to Look Like a Boy -- Not Be One

Katie Kein | Posted 09.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Katie Kein

I never wanted to be a boy, I just wanted to look like one. I certainly don't mean to demean the experiences of trans individuals, for whom the "born in the wrong body" narrative is a very real truth.

'Stonewall' Director Says He Chose A 'Straight-Acting' Character To Appeal To Straight Audiences

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Ever since the release of the theatrical trailer for "Stonewall" earlier this year, director Roland Emmerich has faced outrage from the...

This Trans Waitress Had The Perfect Response To A Child Asking 'Are You A Boy Or A Girl?'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices

The Internet has fallen in love with a transgender woman who had the perfect response to a child's question about her gender identity. While wor...

The Kardashians Are Speaking Your Teenage Daughter's Language, and That's Good News

ShimmerTeen | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents

The Kardashians may seem like your greatest obstacles in empowering your daughter, but they can be some of your greatest allies.

Six Problems With Media Coverage on the Sex Trade

Katherine Koster | Posted 09.22.2015 | Media
Katherine Koster

Look -- we get that you're under time pressure and for last minute news overviews, it's easier to just cut and paste from press releases. But if repeated research and in-depth features indicate that the press release is not a complete or accurate description of what happened, this becomes dishonest reporting.

HIV Hasn't Gone Away. Here's How You Can Make A Difference.

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.22.2015 | Gay Voices

What is life like living with HIV? In 2015, hopefully the reality is that it isn't that much different for from those who identify as HIV-negative. Ho...

Here's How You Can Help This Web Series Documenting The Lives Of Trans Masculine Men

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices

The stories of trans masculine men often go largely unheard in mainstream conversations about transgender identity. As a result of this, pr...

Never Woman Enough: How Trans Women Are Held to Unrealistic Standards

Unwritten | Posted 09.25.2015 | Gay Voices

Five years ago, being gay was widely seen as taboo. Three years ago, being bisexual was dismissed as being "confused." Now, the public is starting to become more comfortable with the transgender idea, but this battle is far from being won.

An Interview With Queer Activist and Artist Ryan Wilks

Michael Podell | Posted 09.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Podell

Kansas City, like many cities in the Midwest, is in the midst of a blossoming of queer art and culture. Ryan Wilks, a painter born and raised in the region, is focusing on this evolution with his newest project, a series of portraits and interviews called "Gender Treason."

Diego Miguel Sanchez Talks Promise Place School Gala and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

Diego made history in 2009 as the first openly transgender person to work as a senior legislative staffer on Capitol Hill and for historically testifying in 2008 to the U.S. House on ENDA.

On the Road to Healthcare Justice

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 09.15.2015 | Gay Voices
New York Legal Assistance Group

Unfortunately, our transgender and gender non-conforming TGNC clients in particular experience significant barriers to accessing services during some of their most vulnerable moments.

FABRICATIONS: Making Maternity Wear Accessible For Masculine-Presenting Queer Parents

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.15.2015 | Gay Voices

This is the thirteenth installment in a series titled "FABRICATIONS" that elevates the work of up-and-coming queer individuals working in the fashion ...