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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.

Bullied Transgender Teen And YouTube Personality Dies

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices

A 16-year-old transgender teen and YouTube personality has died after allegedly being subjected to intense bullying at the hands of her classmates. ...

A Case of Cis Regret

Lola Olson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Lola Olson

I was actually born with a body that matched my agender identity. I didn't make sex hormones. But I was bullied so viciously for looking androgynous, I chose to be "normal." And now I have cis regret.

The Virgins of the Door: A Rare Glimpse Inside Peru's Besieged Transgender Community

Jesse Jackman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Jesse Jackman

"There are some amazing leaders within the transgender community who are actively promoting change," Mroczek says. "We want to honor those people, but we also want to empower all transgender Peruvians to become pillars of their community, and we're honored to be a part of that progress."

The White House Just Made A Huge Pro-Queer Move

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

Visitors to the White House whose gender identity doesn't align with a male/female binary now have have a safe space to use the restroom. A White H...

What It Means To Our 10-Year-Old To Be Transgender

Posted 04.07.2015 | Gay Voices

By Lisa Keating | The Next Family Six months ago, our 10-year-old began to identify as transgender. This after spending years trying to explain it ...

Christ Was Seen in Indiana This Week

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

They thought Jesus was seen in the pizza parlor in Indiana this week; martyred for religious freedom, as a store was "forced" to close after speaking words of hate in the guise of freedom.

Dear Red Cross: I Am Not a Man

Andy Wilkins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Andy Wilkins

What should have happened with me? I should have been asked the same questions every other woman is asked. I never should have received a follow-up call during which I needed to defend my gender identity.

The Unbearable (In)visibility of Being Trans

Chase Strangio | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

There is unbearableness but that unbearableness also binds us together. Amidst the scrutiny, the savage violence, the systemic discrimination, there are communities of resistance and resilience that hold each other up.

The Vicious Cycle of Invisibility: How Trans Role Models Can Help Us Combat Transphobia

Yasmin Thayná | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Yasmin Thayná

One of the main problems is that many of us don't live around trans people. Growing up, I never had trans people visiting my house. My family doesn't even know any trans people. This invisibility, propagated by the willing and unwitting actions of governments, media and authority figures, perpetuates the isolation of the trans community from mainstream culture.

My Transgender Life - HEARTS and MINDS

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

It took me almost 60 years before I let myself feel anything. I mean REALLY feel anything. Perhaps some of you can understand this.

Mara Keisling, Founding Executive Director of National Center for Transgender Equality, Discusses Racial Equality

Toni Newman | Posted 05.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

We agreed that President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have been the most trans-friendly administration ever in U.S. history. There has been much progress, but in 2015 there is still much work to be done to gain full equality and rights.

Bathroom Selfies and the Messy Politics of Passing

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 05.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

We have a significant problem brewing when transgender people who do have passing privilege are made to feel as though their voice can't have an impact.

When It Comes To Trans Issues, This Unearthed Clip Shows Dolly Parton Character Was A Trailblazer

Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices

Dolly Parton has long been a supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community -- even before it was trendy -- and the above th...

Surviving and Thriving Through Adversity: A Transgender Bathroom and HIV Love Story

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 05.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

I didn't die. Instead I thrived. I learned all I could; I saw the best doctors that community health, and occasional private insurance, could provide. And today, 27 years post infection with an AIDS diagnosis, I am undetectable with a healthy t-cell count.

Transgender Teen Who Was Crowned Homecoming King Dies

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices

A transgender activist who made headlines last year when he was crowned homecoming king at his Charlotte, North Carolina, high school has died. Lo...

My Transgender Life: Explain It to Me Like I'm a 6-Year-Old

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I wonder why adults don't look at change the way a 6-year-old does. Why can't we explain being transgender to everyone in the same way we would to our children?

How Loving A Transgender Man In My 50s Changed My Life

Pamela Madsen | Posted 05.24.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

For most of my life, I identified as 'straight'. I married young and had kids. Then I met Mac. Mac was my earthquake. Loving a transgender man has rewired my brain and changed how I look at sexuality and the world.

Being Transgender Naked: First Kiss

Zoe Dolan | Posted 05.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

My kiss with Amanda would weigh on me for 21 years, well after I had gotten into the right body.

Right Wing Groups Attempt To Use HuffPost Blog To Prove Queer People 'Indoctrinate' Kids

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

A number of right-wing conservative groups have sounded off on a transgender Huffington Post blogger's most recent piece, arguing that the blog lays o...

This Trans 13-Year-Old Is Our New Hero.. And When You See This He'll Be Yours Too

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

This just made our week. Tom Sosnik may only be 13-years-old, but the articulate teen has a more solid grasp on his sense of self than many adults ...

CBS Breaks New Ground With Profile Of Transgender Soldier

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley broke fresh ground this week with an extensive profile of Landon Wilson, who was kicked out of the U.S. military be...

My Transgender Life: An Open Letter to the Partners of Those in Transition

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

For many, this is a journey they were not prepared to take, and don't want to take. Once we finally come to our own self-acceptance and choose to change gender we want everyone to be excited for us, but often neglect to understand the impact on those we are in relationship with.

Here Is Why We Need Transgender Pronouns

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.17.2015 | Gay Voices

Pronouns are important. While language may seem insignificant, the act of misgendering can affect an individual on a personal level far more than y...

'Family' Association Slams Planet Fitness For Making 'Women Feel Unsafe'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.17.2015 | Gay Voices

The American Family Association has responded to the media firestorm that erupted after Planet Fitness revoked the membership of a woman who "inapprop...