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Transgender Issues

Caitlyn Jenner and My Reptilian Brain

Leslie Irish Evans | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Leslie Irish Evans

We're living in historic times, as far as LGBTQ issues and rights go. It thrills me to see the arc of the moral universe bending toward justice. Slowly, but surely, I think we're getting to a world that is more loving and accepting of the widely and wildly diverse examples of the human experience. And I think brave people like Caitlyn Jenner are helping us get there.

Gay U.S. Veteran Sounds Off On Military's Plan To Lift Ban On Transgender Soldiers

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices

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The Best Birthday Present

Melissa McLaren | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Melissa McLaren

For my daughter, growing up is a two-edged sword. She's getting older with all the privileges that bestows, but each day brings her another step closer to puberty, and the next steps necessary to keep her from developing as a boy.

Google Airs Eye-Opening Ad On Trans Athletes Before Caitlyn Jenner's ESPYs Speech

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 07.16.2015 | Sports

Just before Caitlyn Jenner took the stage at the ESPYs to give a emotional and powerful speech on her own journey and the continued struggle of t...

Meet Trans Teen Jazz Jennings, Star Of New TLC Reality Show

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices

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I Think I Might Be Trans. Now What?

Raymond Braun | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Raymond Braun

At 5 years old, Jazz Jennings became one of the youngest known examples of an early transition from assigned male at birth to female. Ever since then, Jazz and her loving, supportive family have been sharing her story and inspiring trans youth around the world.

The Man in the Purple Dress

Leslie Hilburn Fabian | Posted 07.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Leslie Hilburn Fabian

Twenty-four years ago, as I married a man who sometimes cross-dressed, I was far more concerned about dealing with his four kids and ex-wife. Sure, we sometimes had challenges with the gender-bending; but I supported it and found it kind of fun.

Jenner Can. Dolezal Can't. But Why?

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 07.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

I agree that Jenner and all trans and genderqueer people get to claim and express a gender different than the one they were given at birth. I also agree that Dolezal or any other white person does not get to claim a racial identity of color. But I'm struggling to understand why one and not the other, and so far I haven't found an argument that holds.

The Cross-Dresser's Challenge for Acceptance

Terri Lee Ryan | Posted 07.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Terri Lee Ryan

The challenge for cross-dressers, who are dual-gendered, is to come out of the shadows and to start becoming comfortable with being out. The initial step toward acceptance is to accept themselves first.

This Amazing Web Series Focusing On The Lives Of Trans Men Is Back

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 07.03.2015 | Gay Voices

It's not often that you see authentic portrayals of the diverse experiences of trans masculine men. For this reason, we're big fans of the web seri...

Chicken Is To Egg as Understanding Is To Acceptance

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I started to question whether I or anyone else really did need to understand everything before it could be accepted. I wondered if I could accept first and then work on the understanding part as best I could.

Teens React to Caitlyn Jenner and Work Through What It Means to Be Transgender

Carly Steyer | Posted 07.02.2015 | Teen

"That must be so hard," ""She's so beautiful, and she's so happy," "Honestly, queen." These are a few responses from these teens in The Fine Bros n...

Interview With Grace; Transgender Rights and SCOTUS

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

Grace Stevens is a transgender woman and a leader in the transgender community who transitioned at the age of 64. She is a father of three and a grandparent of two.

Girl Scouts Return $100,000 When Donor Demands It Not Be Used For Transgender Girls

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices

  The Girl Scouts of Western Washington have rejected a $100,000 donation after its donor insisted the money not be used for trans...

Jacob Kerr

LGBT Immigrant Rights Protesters Arrested Near White House | Jacob Kerr | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Six LGBT immigrant rights activists were arrested Tuesday after blocking a street near the White House to protest the Obama administrati...

It's Not That I'm Against Marriage Equality

Pat Cordova-Goff | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Pat Cordova-Goff

It's not that I am against marriage equality, but as an 18-year-old non-binary low-income transwomyn of color (who is single because college is my current boyfriend), my right to walk down the aisle is no where near my list of priorities.

Marriage Is Not Enough

Lola Olson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Lola Olson

It's been a weird couple of days. My 17 year old self would be so happy right now. After crying in a counselling office when Bush was re-elected and all of my Southern Californian classmates rejoiced, I would have lauded this day.

Immigration Officials May Begin Considering Gender Identity When Housing Transgender Detainees

AP | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Immigration authorities will consider housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with in the wake of c...

An Interview With Award-Winning Trans Escort Viktor Belmont

Michael Podell | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Podell

Viktor isn't just a trans man, he's a trans gay male escort. It's a whole extra layer of stigma to deal with, and one that Viktor handles with aplomb.

John Oliver Shows Just How Far We Have To Go On Transgender Rights

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 06.29.2015 | Comedy

The media and country as a whole still can't seem to grasp the very graspable concept of transgender.

Antonia Blumberg

What Pagans Can Teach The World About Transgender Acceptance | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion

Members of the transgender and queer communities and their allies take to the streets in San Francisco Friday for the annual Trans March. Among them w...

Being a Trans Ally is a Verb

Ezak Perez | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Ezak Perez

In a world that is saturated in patriarchy and gender based violence, imagine how powerful and life saving it would be if men, masculine presenting people and cis-gender identified people started standing up as allies too.

My Transgender Life: Where Do the Children Play?

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

Sports are a must for so many of us to keep our heads on straight in this increasingly complex world. For trans youth, they must be allowed to play and play equally and not singled out.

The Problem With Transgender Generality

American Anthropological Association | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices
American Anthropological Association

If we look to her for a lesson in transgender identity, we may be left wanting. But if we scale back to put her unique story in its time and place and in a wide and rich history, some valuable things come into focus.

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro"

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.