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Transgender Issues

NYC Makes AMAZING Move On Behalf Of Its Transgender Residents

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Members of New York's transgender community and advocates are praising the city council's vote to pass legislation making it easier for residents to c...

This Web Series Is Breaking New Ground In Its Portrayal of Transgender Lives

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices

We're big fans of "BROTHERS," the awesome web series exploring the experiences and lives of trans masculine men. Now, the series is releasing its penu...

Stunning Before And After Photos Depict The Journey Of Gender Confirmation Surgery

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts

"Freedom, progress, diversity, respect." These are the goals photographer Claudia Gonzalez expressed to The Huffington Post. They serve as the ambitio...

Minnesota Governor Unloads On 'Hate Mongering' Against Transgender Students

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

Gov. Mark Dayton (D) slammed opponents of the Minnesota State High School League's vote this week to allow transgender students to play on girls' spor...

An Open Letter to Kate Pierson, From a Trans Woman and Fan, About Your New 'Trans Anthem' Attempt

Jamie Cooper Holland | Posted 02.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Cooper Holland

I don't speak for all trans people; I appreciate the sentiment, but it's not for you to write a trans anthem because you haven't lived a trans existence. Trans lives are still very much misunderstood by mainstream culture.

WATCH: The B-52s' Kate Pierson Is Back With A 'Trans Anthem' [UPDATED]

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices

One of the founding members of the iconic band The B-52s is back with a very queer new single. Kate Pierson is slated to release a solo album, call...

Who Are We to Judge a Country Like Uganda?

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I think that before 2009 few people around the world knew what the Ugandan people are like, with little media attention to the country following a bru...

The Science of Human Sexuality Goes to Court

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Today I'd like to discuss one of the first two post-Macy cases being brought by the EEOC, a case that highlights the conflict surrounding the transgender condition brilliantly. It shows us the state of mind of those Americans who either are profoundly ignorant of science or detest those who don't fit into their limited conceptions of sexuality.

Sex-Segregation in Schools Is Bad Policy

Lucas Waldron | Posted 02.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

Sex-segregation in public schools is not only an archaic policy, it also threatens the safety of trans students and institutionalizes patriarchal definitions of gender that harm our entire society.

Why Are Some Trans Women Being Arrested As Sex Workers Simply For Walking Down The Street?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices

What is the reality of day-to-day life for some transgender women? Many, particularly transgender women of color, become the subject of unjust prof...

Why Parents Should View Their Transgender Children 'With Joy'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.30.2014 | Gay Voices

Over the past several weeks, AOL has aired an incredible docuseries with the intention of educating and informing the public about the lives of transg...

What Is The Dating World Like For The Transgender Community?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.28.2014 | Gay Voices

What is it like to navigate the dating world after coming out as transgender? In this eighth episode of AOL's docuseries "True Trans," Against Me!'...

Transgender Woman Presented As Man By Family At Her Funeral

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.24.2014 | Gay Voices

In a depressing reminder of the times in which we live and how far we still have to go to reach equality for everyone in the LGBT community, a Twin Fa...

Accepting My Partner's Gender Transition

Georgia Kolias | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Georgia Kolias

When my butch began transitioning, I was faced with a choice. I want to tell you why this lesbian chose to stay.

Think Again: Transgender Day of Remembrance Is for Me -- and You

Liz Hanssen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

Last year I attended my first Transgender Day of Remembrance. My teenage trans daughter had been out only six months, and no matter how much we loved, accepted, and supported her, there seemed to be so much hatred and pain lying in wait beyond our front door. Throughout the entire vigil I wept openly and profusely. So this year I had not planned to attend TDOR.

Here's How You Can Share Your Story For Transgender Day Of Remembrance

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices

For this year's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes those individuals we've lost to transphobic violence and hate, why not share...

Despite Progress, Transgender Activists Still Fear They Face An Uphill Battle

Reuters | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a 12-year-old boy went on the Oprah Winfrey show to announce he was tran...

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Honoring the Forgotten, the Homeless and the Victims

Toni Newman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

My heart belongs to the ladies on 14th Street who stood with me night after night, trying to survive and just be their authentic selves. I cry today for those ladies who are no longer here with us in 2014, but my heart remembers them.

Transgender Day of Remembrance and the Transgender Movement

JamieAnn Meyers | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
JamieAnn Meyers

Today we memorialize and celebrate the lives of those transgender and gender-nonconforming persons who were murdered this past year simply because of their gender identities. We also honor the lives of trans people who ended their own lives because they just could not bear to go on in the face of the emotional and/or physical violence brought about by transphobia.

Milla: Being Transgender in India

Christopher Taylor Barry | Posted 01.19.2015 | World
Christopher Taylor Barry

A professional actress, Milla is taking time off to prepare for her "final cut" in Thailand. Her transition is nearly complete, and life right now seems better as completion approaches. But what is "better"? How can I possibly understand? Life as a transgender person is not easy anywhere. In India life for transgender people is hard, but in some ways it is strangely better too.

Transitive Thoughts: Musings on Harassment, Societal Pressures and Detransition

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 01.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Over the course of these past weeks, I have experienced more profound doubt about my gender transition than at any other time since I earnestly began my journey last December. As the anniversary approaches, I cannot help but notice the gradual yet significant decline in social acceptance, which appears to correlate with becoming visibly further feminized.

Working to Ensure the Safety of Transgender Individuals

Geoff Kors | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Geoff Kors

NCLR is here to serve our community and we stand ready to work together to make our nation a safer and more equal one for every LGBT person. If you are interested in enacting similar policies in your community please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Melissa Jeltsen

Groundbreaking Transgender Teen Given Big Honor

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Nicole Maines, a teenager who made history earlier this year in a landmark transgender rights case, has been named one of Glamour magazine's 50 inspir...

Myths About Transition Regrets

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Recently there has been a spate of blog posts raising the specter of transgender people regretting transitioning. They cite their two favorite studies, without actually looking at what the actual studies said, and drag out some old anecdotes. Let's deconstruct the arguments being trotted out one by one.

Seeing the Individual: Freiya on Being a Woman and Being Transgender

Kirsten Brown | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Kirsten Brown

What is most interesting to me is what it's like to be transgender on a daily basis. Is it really that big a deal? Are most people liberal enough to see past one small part of somebody's identity? How does this play out every day? Since I spoke to Freiya, my eyes have opened to things that would not even have occurred to me.