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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...

Trans Author: Why I Don't Believe Anyone Should Transition In The Public Eye

OWN | Posted 04.24.2015 | OWN

Trans author Jenny Boylan is no stranger to the public spotlight. Her 2003 memoir, She's Not There, was the first bestselling work by a transgender Am...

The Bruce Jenner Story Is Good News

Annie Chagnot | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Annie Chagnot

The discussion about whether Bruce Jenner is transitioning has me feeling simultaneously hopeful and deeply uncomfortable. Uncomfortable because, as a daughter of a "transparent," the tabloid tone of ridicule with which the speculation has been presented recalls the cruel words I heard behind my back growing up.

Hallmark Mother's Day Campaign Puts Spotlight On Transgender Man And His Mom

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices

As part of an ongoing social media campaign, Hallmark has launched a "social experiment" in which participants are asked to talk about their loved one...

#Occupotty and the Gender Politics of Bathrooms

Tristan Bridges | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Tristan Bridges

Making use of a public restroom is not often understood as a political act. Yet, a group of transgender folks in the U.S. and Canada are participating in a bit of digital activism by doing just that.

JamesMichael Nichols

Meet The Trans Man Poised To Make History On The Cover Of Men's Health

HuffingtonPost.com | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices

Men's Health magazine might put an openly transgender man on the cover for the very first time. The health-focused magazine is holding its annual "...

Fox News Pundit Compares Being Transgender To Thinking You're A Cocker Spaniel

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce slammed a Maine school's controversial use of a book about a transgender girl as "social engineering" on the part of ...

A Night of a Thousand Genders

Lori Sokol | Posted 06.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Lori Sokol

'Why do we need to be told which toys are appropriate for girls and boys?' and 'Why are toys even categorized according a child's gender?' But, there was still a more crucial question that even I, a life-long feminist, did not think to ask: "Are there really only two genders?"

Not One More: Protect and Empower Trans Youth

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 06.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

While trans visibility is increasing, and we're seeing more positive representations in the media, our youth remain vulnerable and mostly unheard.

What's It Like To Be Transgender In Kansas City?

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.11.2015 | Gay Voices

What is it like to be transgender in Kansas City, Missouri? A compelling new television show from Discovery Life will tell the story of a group of ...

This New App Could Be A Lifesaver For The Transgender Community

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Where's the bathroom? While such an inquiry might seem harmless and nonchalant to some people, it is a loaded, even dangerous question for gender n...

Why You Should Sign More Petitions: White House Endorses Ban on Conversion Therapy

Em & Lo | Posted 06.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Em & Lo

So far, only California, New Jersey, and Washington, DC have banned conversion therapy for minors. There are bans pending in other states, but Republicans continue to vote them down -- as happened in Virginia recently. Still, people spoke up, via a petition, and the White House listened. And that, people, is what we call a very good start.