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Jay Duplass On The Impact Of 'Transparent'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices

Actor Jay Duplass opened up about his experience on "Transparent," the Golden Globe-winning Amazon series about a Los Angeles family that discovers th...

Nation's First City Where Tourism Recognizes the 'T' in LGBT

David Duran | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
David Duran

There has been a massive and much-needed wave of news regarding anything having to do with that often neglected sub-group within the LGBT acronym. Transgender awareness is finally stepping forward in this country.

New Year's Reminiscences in the Context of the Ongoing Struggle for Cultural Change

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Doing something that is totally inconsistent with previous behavior and runs counter to personal philosophical and spiritual beliefs can nonetheless free one to live in a more positive and healthful manner. It's not a cure-all, but it gave me the tools to overcome stigma, live authentically in service to others, and not see myself as a victim.

Golden Globe Speeches Highlight Trans Issues, AIDS Epidemic, Civil Rights

BuzzFeed | Kelley L. Carter | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact

In a surprising twist, the Golden Globes acceptance speeches weren’t always about winners reciting a litany of agents, managers, and enablers. Inste...

Why Leelah Alcorn's Suicide Is Indicative Of Greater Issues For Transgender Youth

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.11.2015 | Gay Voices

With the transgender community still grappling with news of Leelah Alcorn's apparent suicide, MSNBC's Ronan Farrow took an in-depth look at the challe...

JamesMichael Nichols

Here's The Beautiful Story Of How A Trans Teen And Some Pancakes Are Inspiring The Internet

HuffingtonPost.com | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices

One family's yearly birthday tradition has suddenly taken on a whole new meaning. Milo is a 15-year-old transgender teen whose family makes him a s...

Interview With Trans Activist and Icon Calpernia Addams

Michael Podell | Posted 03.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Podell

In putting together a collection of interviews with compelling members of the queer community, one would be remiss to leave out Calpernia Addams. I was fortunate that she agreed to answer a few questions. Take a look at what she has to say about her life growing up, the politics of language, and her history as a tireless advocate for equality.

Let's Talk About Sex (Change)

Zoe Dolan | Posted 03.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

Public discourse around the subject is governed by media guidelines that operate to suppress discussion, such as this one from GLAAD: "Journalists should avoid overemphasizing the role of surgeries in the [gender] transition process." For me, you could not overemphasize the importance of sex-change surgery if you tried.

Russia Bans Trans People And Those With 'Disorders Of Sexual Preference' From Driving [UPDATE]

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices

UPDATE Jan. 16, 2015: Russian Health Ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai said the new restrictions will not affect transgender drivers, according to the A...

Tragic Death Of Trans Teen Inspires Incredible Response

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices

When transgender teen Leelah Alcorn tragically took her life just days after Christmas, she left behind a note that told the world she wanted her deat...

Jerry Springer Responds To Claims That His Show Is Transphobic

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices

Media personality Jerry Springer disputed longstanding claims that his show is transphobic in a HuffPost Live appearance this week. "We have trans...

24 Powerful Reactions To Leelah Alcorn's Death

Camryn Garrett | Posted 03.09.2015 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

Leelah pleaded with readers of the note to take action after her death. "The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren't treated the way I was, they're treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights."

Kylar Broadus: My Selection for Transgender Person of 2014

Toni Newman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

In 2012 Kylar made history by becoming the first openly transgender person to testify before the U.S. Senate. He was speaking in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. His truthful speech touched me then, and he continues to fight for transgender people now.

JamesMichael Nichols

This Magazine Dedicated To Trans Issues And Culture Just Passed A Major Milestone

HuffingtonPost.com | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but Original Plumbing Magazine is 15 issues old. The premier quarterly print magazine dedicated to the lifestyl...

The Battle Ahead: A Look At The Challenges The LGBT Community Will Face Beyond Marriage Equality

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 01.02.2015 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not...

Smiles for Leelah Alcorn, Who Asked Us to 'Fix Society. Please.'

Peter Monn | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter Monn

"My death needs to mean something." Wow, that's pretty profound. They're just kids, right? They're just teenagers, and they don't know anything about the world, right? Well, I think Leelah taught us all a very valuable lesson: Life is very precious, and it needs to mean something.

How Do We Find Justice for Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn?

Dese'Rae L. Stage | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dese'Rae L. Stage

Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old transgender teen from Kings Mills, OH, died by suicide early Sunday morning. But for local media in Ohio, Leelah doesn't exist at all.

A New Priority: Looking Ahead to College with My Transgender Daughter

Wayne Maines | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

Not long ago, one quote jumped out at me, "I just wish the administration would at least acknowledge our existence." That student's statement reminded me that transgender students are still "separate but equal" at universities across the nation.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

School Districts Sued For Violating Transgender Student's Civil Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Four Michigan school districts are being sued for allegedly discriminating against a transgender student, violating his civil rights and causing him p...

What If My Child Weren't Transgender?

Mary J. Moss | Posted 02.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

I've been asked many times before if I fear that my son will "change his mind." What if he "decides he wants to be a girl again"? What if I made a mistake by allowing him to transition at such a young age? I know that without walking a mile in my shoes, it's hard to understand. So let's pretend my child wasn't born to be transgender.

'Cruel and Unusual Punishment' of the Entire Trans Community

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

A recent First Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding one trans woman, Michelle Kosilek, serving a life sentence for murder in a Massachusetts men's prison, was decided 3-2 on appeal on a claim brought under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Some Of The World's Most Famous Trans Women Come Together For Revolutionary Cover

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices

2014 has been a whirlwind year for mainstream transgender visibility. As we approach the end of this historic year for individuals identifying acro...

Fallon Fox and the Legacy of Satchel Paige

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Just how good is Fallon Fox? We will probably never know. Just like Satchel Paige the odds are we will still be arguing this 30 after she has passed away.

KateGate's Growing Horrors: From the B-52s' Kate Pierson's Unapolegetic Alignment With Anti-Trans Activism to Her Transparently Empty Call for Dialogue

Jamie Cooper Holland | Posted 02.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Cooper Holland

It's been over a week since the release of your new single, "Mister Sister," and the publication of my open letter to you regarding the disappointment and pain that it caused me, a longtime fan, and many in the trans community. What initially began as a few sparks flying about your single has officially turned into a conflagration.

Teaching Kids What It Means to Be Transgender: Why Starting Early Is the Way to Go

Chris Edwards | Posted 02.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Edwards

"So Shtine, what's the latest with the book? Any updates?" That was my cue. Calla and Ava knew their "Uncle Shtiny" had quit his job in advertising to write a book but were very curious what it was about. The question was, at ages 11 and 9, were they old enough to know?