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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.

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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?

Parenting in Transition: Real Life Trans Parents Face Financial Barriers

Mike Mennonno | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Mike Mennonno

Despite huge strides in the media's depiction of trans folk, in real life many still struggle against less than optimal social and financial odds.

NYC Makes AMAZING Move On Behalf Of Its Transgender Residents

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Members of New York's transgender community and advocates are praising the city council's vote to pass legislation making it easier for residents to c...

This Web Series Is Breaking New Ground In Its Portrayal of Transgender Lives

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices

We're big fans of "BROTHERS," the awesome web series exploring the experiences and lives of trans masculine men. Now, the series is releasing its penu...

Stunning Before And After Photos Depict The Journey Of Gender Confirmation Surgery

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts

"Freedom, progress, diversity, respect." These are the goals photographer Claudia Gonzalez expressed to The Huffington Post. They serve as the ambitio...

Minnesota Governor Unloads On 'Hate Mongering' Against Transgender Students

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

Gov. Mark Dayton (D) slammed opponents of the Minnesota State High School League's vote this week to allow transgender students to play on girls' spor...

An Open Letter to Kate Pierson, From a Trans Woman and Fan, About Your New 'Trans Anthem' Attempt

Jamie Cooper Holland | Posted 02.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Cooper Holland

I don't speak for all trans people; I appreciate the sentiment, but it's not for you to write a trans anthem because you haven't lived a trans existence. Trans lives are still very much misunderstood by mainstream culture.

WATCH: The B-52s' Kate Pierson Is Back With A 'Trans Anthem' [UPDATED]

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices

One of the founding members of the iconic band The B-52s is back with a very queer new single. Kate Pierson is slated to release a solo album, call...

Who Are We to Judge a Country Like Uganda?

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I think that before 2009 few people around the world knew what the Ugandan people are like, with little media attention to the country following a bru...

The Science of Human Sexuality Goes to Court

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Today I'd like to discuss one of the first two post-Macy cases being brought by the EEOC, a case that highlights the conflict surrounding the transgender condition brilliantly. It shows us the state of mind of those Americans who either are profoundly ignorant of science or detest those who don't fit into their limited conceptions of sexuality.

Sex-Segregation in Schools Is Bad Policy

Lucas Waldron | Posted 02.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

Sex-segregation in public schools is not only an archaic policy, it also threatens the safety of trans students and institutionalizes patriarchal definitions of gender that harm our entire society.

Why Are Some Trans Women Being Arrested As Sex Workers Simply For Walking Down The Street?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices

What is the reality of day-to-day life for some transgender women? Many, particularly transgender women of color, become the subject of unjust prof...

Why Parents Should View Their Transgender Children 'With Joy'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.30.2014 | Gay Voices

Over the past several weeks, AOL has aired an incredible docuseries with the intention of educating and informing the public about the lives of transg...

What Is The Dating World Like For The Transgender Community?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.28.2014 | Gay Voices

What is it like to navigate the dating world after coming out as transgender? In this eighth episode of AOL's docuseries "True Trans," Against Me!'...

Transgender Woman Presented As Man By Family At Her Funeral

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.24.2014 | Gay Voices

In a depressing reminder of the times in which we live and how far we still have to go to reach equality for everyone in the LGBT community, a Twin Fa...

Accepting My Partner's Gender Transition

Georgia Kolias | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Georgia Kolias

When my butch began transitioning, I was faced with a choice. I want to tell you why this lesbian chose to stay.