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Transgender Issues

The State of the Trans Community -- Great Expectations

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

It is getting better, but it might not be good enough for any given individual just yet. The optimism of children and adolescents is understandable, but even when you find community on the internet you cannot simply assume that your parents and peers will support you.

On Being the Parent of a Transgender Child

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Paul Heroux

Recently, I had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting Marcia and Ryan. Marcia is the mother of Ryan who is a 9 year old transgender child living in my community. Ryan was born with the anatomy of a male, but Ryan describes herself as having "the heart and brain of a girl."

What Jesus Said No Longer Applies

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 10.27.2015 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

Evangelical Christians tend toward a Bible-alone theology, and tend to believe that the scriptures are evergreen in their entirety. The approach generally seems to be that all the rules presented then still apply.

Trans Hacking Startup Land: Gender Performance and Deception

Alyx Baldwin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alyx Baldwin

After I moved away from being gender ambiguous, I unbound myself and started presenting as a queer woman. I reached out to many LGBTQ* startup allegiances for help with fundraising. That was where I met more hostility than ever before.

People Always Wonder If I've Had 'Transgender Surgery'

Mikki del Monico | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mikki del Monico

When you focus on a transgender person's body, you miss the chance to ask about that person's life, and it is our stories that humanize us, not just transgender people but everyone.

Women's Right to Vote as the Downfall of Democracy

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

Surely every American knows that women have the same decision-making capacity as men, and that our right to participate in elections was long overdue. Don't they?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Expands Transgender Discrimination Protections

Reuters | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used his executive authority on Thursday to expand the state's anti-discrimination law to include transgender people i...

Gender Neutral Bathrooms: A Hot Button Issue in Houston's 2015 Mayoral Race

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Akoshia Yoba

In a political environment where matters of gender equality are tossed around like a game of hot potato, few issues are more polarizing than the topic of gender neutral public restrooms. It can at once inspire a sense of freedom and fairness for some and fear and distrust in others.

Single Use Restrooms in All Public Venues Must Be Made Unisex Because Not Doing So Is Stupid

Matthew Dicks | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Matthew Dicks

I would like to enact the following policy immediately: All public locations with single use restrooms will hereby remove their male and female signs immediately, thus making both restrooms unisex.

Red-Haired Stepchildren Need Love, Too

Marilu Rose Fanning | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marilu Rose Fanning

This is a piece about the future of America, specifically its LGBTQ population. I referenced the Canadian election because it is topically relevant, but also a greater proxy for the Canadian moral compass and the ease with which it rights itself.

Embracing God's Transgender People

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 10.20.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Transphobia is a problem, a matter of life and death for some people. When the dominant culture constructs a group of people as "Other," it dehumanizes them, it makes them less than, and it provides justification for mistreatment.

The Remarkable Journey From Identical Twins To Brother And Sister

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin baby boys 18 years ago, they had no idea the trajectory their lives would take. Wayne, an Air Forc...

Being Transgender in Prison

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

Paula called Robert from prison. He didn't recognize the number. She was calling from the detective's office. Crying and inconsolable, she told Robert an inmate "took advantage" of her. Distraught, Robert asked her if she has been raped and she said, "yes," by one of her cellmates.

Trans Man Walks Naked Through A Town In Powerful And Heartbreaking Music Video

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A compelling new music video from artist Will Young follows a transgender man as he strips down in a British pub and walks naked through a s...

I Am A Woman, Not A Man In A Dress

Marilu Rose Fanning | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marilu Rose Fanning

All of those little mis-gendered pronouns and mis-gendered references to those of us who are already struggling to become or stay positive about our lives can be really destructive. And yes, just because you didn't mean for them to be, they are very hurtful.

Why A School's Transgender Locker Room Ban Could Cause 'Lifelong Injury'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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This NYC Party Is Fusing Nightlife And Activism To Help Queer And Trans Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

An up-and-coming name in the New York City Nightlife community is bringing together a group of DJs, nightlife personalities and individuals across th...

An Interview With Actress, Performer and Trans Activist Candis Cayne

Michael Podell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Podell

Back in 2007, long before the recent mainstream media's embrace of the trans community, Candis Cayne was cast as a lead character on the ABC primetime drama series Dirty Sexy Money.

Brazilian Drag Activists Use Dodgeball to Discuss Homophobia and Transphobia

Sean O'Toole | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sean O'Toole

In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, a group of drag activists are fostering a sense of community engagement to address the recent rise in attacks against gay and Trans* people throughout Brazil.

My Transgender Life: Choices

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I have made many choices in my life. Some turned out well and some were less successful. One choice in my life was to seek and follow my truth. It really does matter that it took me so many years before I did this. I never look back; I never ask that useless "what if" question.

Transgender Rights and Public Bathrooms

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

It follows that if gender is part of someone's core identity it is a protected right. If someone identifies as a male, then it is his right to use a male bathroom. If someone identifies as a female, then it is her right to use a female bathroom.

New Exhibit Showcases Some Of The Most Compelling Work By Transgender Artists

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A new exhibit is on display at The Cooper Union in New York City that brings together the work of transgender artists and the famed Kinsey Archives. ...

#TransWivesMatter: Presidential Recognition and Honor for the Transgender Widow of a Fallen Firefighter

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

Nearly 6 years ago my firefighter husband, Captain Thomas Araguz, was killed in the line of duty. While this was a horrific tragedy, the torture continued as my marriage was voided and all of the support that most widows of fallen heroes receive disappeared.

I Caught a Case of Internalized Transphobia at the Doctor's Office

Harvey Katz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Harvey Katz

I have a history of making poor self-care choices in order to sidestep medical practitioners because I've had so many unfortunate experiences.

This Trans Guy Documented His Transition By Taking A Selfie Every Day For 3 Years

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

One trans guy is taking to YouTube to document the dramatic change he's made over the course of three years during his transition to living ...