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Baby, We Were Born This Way

Eileen O'Connor | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Eileen O'Connor

Since becoming a mother, I have learned that all I really care about is that my kids are happy. And healthy. I can only do so much in the healthy department. But, at this stage of this game called life, I pretty much control their happiness. And when I say I, I mean we.

The Privilege of Being Pretty -- #PassingCanMean #PrettyPower -- The Transgender Struggle

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

Today I encourage you to look in the mirror and tell yourself "I am pretty, I am worthy, and I love Me!" and then go tell someone else, and even more I ask that the next time you encounter a transgender individual offer them a kind word about their appearance.

Laverne Cox: 'Time' Magazine's 'Transgender Tipping Point' Cover Girl

Nicholas Snow | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

On this episode of Nicholas Snow Live, I bring you exclusive audio of an amazing speech given by Laverne Cox at the United States Conferences on AIDS, presented by the National Minority AIDS Council, and held in San Diego in October, 2014.

My Transgender Life - Modern Pen Pals

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

You might say I am not one of those early adopters. You must know those people; the ones that camp out in front of the local Apple store days before the next iGadget comes out. No, never have been and probably never will.

The Future of Faith From a Trans-Man's Perspective

Taj M. Smith | Posted 05.07.2015 | Religion
Taj M. Smith

I take our "come as you are" philosophy very seriously, showing up every Sunday as I am. A little bit rock and roll, and every bit as transgender as I was the day before.

Lila Shapiro

How The Global LGBT Movement Can Keep Up Its Stunning Momentum

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the n...

Communities That Matter: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week in daily giving we were honored to provide funding that helps make life better for people around the world. From a culturally sensitive Ebola-eradication effort in Sierra Leone to a free/low-cost means of legal support for African Immigrants in Texas, our daily giving community at The Pollination Project is happy to announce the seven micro-grants we've made this week.

The Power of Trans Vulnerability

Jacob Tobia | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Jacob Tobia

We can't underestimate the power of trans people sharing their vulnerability, because it is so rare and so precious. As a genderqueer person, I feel constant pressure not to be vulnerable. In order for my femininity to be respected and valued by others, I feel pressure to be polished

From Tears to Joy: My Life in Transition

Chloe Hudson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Chloe Hudson

For all the people who go through the process that I have, just remember, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Often times we have to create it ourselves but it's there.

We Welcome Bruce Jenner With Open Arms -- But He's Not Our Standard Bearer

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Bruce stands on the shoulders of those before. His acceptance is only possible because of the courage of those who resisted at Stonewall, and the countless others who have rebelled against intolerance while simply attempting to be the people they felt themselves to be. They are our heroes and heroines.

Samantha Lachman

Women's Colleges Are Admitting Trans And Gender-Fluid Applicants. Now What?

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.13.2015 | College

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ten years ago, Erin Armstrong was forced to drop out of college in Utah because her parents refused to pay her tuition when she cam...

Bruce Jenner's Critics Are 'Poo-Poo Heads,' According To Ellen DeGeneres

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.04.2015 | Gay Voices

Ellen DeGeneres praised Bruce Jenner, who came out as transgender last month, calling him "incredibly brave" in a segment on her show. "It took a ...

The Childhood Friend Who Gave Janet Mock The Courage To Live Authentically

OWN | Posted 05.05.2015 | OWN

From a young age, Janet Mock always had a sense of who she was meant to be. Though the writer and host of MSNBC's web show "So Popular!" was assigned ...

My First Father-Daughter Dance: Standing Ground (#BaltimoreUprising)

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2015 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Last year at this time, my then first-grader asked me to take her to the father-daughter dance at her school repeatedly, and every time, my refusal made her cry. She begged and whined, "Why, Daddy, why?" What I was too ashamed to explain last year at this time was that I was afraid around other dads because I didn't look like a dad.

Don't Just Ask Bruce Jenner for Answers, Ask Yourself

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

By questioning and shattering the stories that have been imposed on each of us, we allow ourselves the opportunity to reassemble the fragments -- as Jenner has done -- into a mosaic of our own creation.

Walking Into Conflict: Trans Woman and Visual Artist Yishay Garbasz on Chronicling Trauma

Eliza Steinbock | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Eliza Steinbock

"My job is not to document a story, or see right or wrong -- you must step out of the way and allow the picture to enter the camera," explains British-Israeli and Berlin-based artist, Yishay Garbansz.

My Transgender Life - This Old "House"

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

It was one of those now classic homes built back in the late 40s. It seems so long ago, and in such a different world. I'm sure you know the kind th...

Meet The Transgender Army General Who Won A Surprise Legal Victory In Serbia

AP | JOVANA GEC | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — In macho Serbia, he came across as macho as they come: an army major in a military culture that glorifies masculine strength...

Who Gives A Crap About Bruce Jenner's Pronouns?

S. Bear Bergman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
S. Bear Bergman

With violence against trans people peaking right along with the media coverage, knowing who we can trust is more important than ever. Who gives a crap about Bruce Jenner's pronouns? I do. You should, too.

Jenner's Journey Into "Her"

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

To help clarify some of the questions surrounding Bruce Jenner's interview, as well as talk about what it's like for some to transition and be transgender, I interviewed my friend, Ryan Sallans, an American LGBT advocate, author and out trans man who began his transitional journey in 2005.

My Transgender Life - Sharing Secrets and Releasing the Shame

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 06.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

We now have seen "The Interview" with Bruce Jenner. I can't help but reflect on how similar his journey seems to be to the one I traveled only a few short years ago. However, there is one big difference.

Demi Lovato Beautifully Dedicates Song To Bruce Jenner

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.27.2015 | Gay Voices

Actress and singer Demi Lovato took some time during her New Zealand concert on Saturday, April 25, to dedicate a song to Bruce Jenner following the a...

Bruce Jenner, the Hottentot Venus and Me

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Everyone who transitions does so somewhat publicly, though not all of us have cameras focused on our every move. When we speak of Bruce, hopefully we can remember that Bruce is, at heart, a person, and give him the dignity he is due.

Bruce Jenner Perfectly Explains Transgender Experience With One Sentence

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 06.25.2015 | Black Voices
Kadia Blagrove

From one sentence I realized, it's not for me to understand something I can't naturally relate to, but I must be compassionate. No one owes anyone a detailed breakdown of their personal and private experiences (especially when it can be so hard to put into words). The message is: I don't feel like my true self.

Gabriel Arana

Diane Sawyer And ABC Nailed The Bruce Jenner Interview. Here's Why And What Needs To Happen Next.

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 04.27.2015 | Media

Before Diane Sawyer’s blockbuster interview with Bruce Jenner aired on ABC, she told George Stephanopoulos, “This is a family love story.” In...