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Transgender Issues

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.

My Husband Was Living in the Wrong Body

Mary Lasher | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary Lasher

I am still in love with the person I married back in 1984. A person who today is a she. I have witnessed true joy in the person I've grown a life with -- a person whose blue eyes shine because she feels right in her own skin.

Courage Isn't a Competition - Reflections on Caitlyn Jenner

Jaena-Mae Caguiat | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Jaena-Mae Caguiat

Bravery comes in different shapes, sizes and forms. There is no need to compare bravery, because it's not to be compared. We all have our own battles, you shouldn't ridicule anyone for fighting them.

What We're Made Of

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 06.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

You don't get to decide who calls themselves a man or a woman. You don't get to decide how that person presents or how that person lives their life. You wouldn't want anyone doing that for you, why should transgender people be any different?

Here's How A Gym Became An Unexpected Gathering Place For Transgender Men

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 06.17.2015 | Gay Voices

Google has released a powerful new video that documents one transgender man's transition and his journey to find a community of supportive and like-mi...

Transgender Teen To Guest Star On USA's 'Royal Pains'

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 06.17.2015 | Gay Voices

A transgender teen is slated to play a role on the USA Network's "Royal Pains" in conjunction with a new public service announcement from the network,...

The Awful Reason This Trans Man's Doctor Withheld His Cancer Diagnosis

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices

Jay Kallio is a transgender man who lived through a healthcare nightmare he hopes no other trans person will ever have to face, and he shared the pain...

What Are the Sounds of Transphobic Dinosaurs Dying?

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Ultimately the age of dinosaurs will pass; their fossils will be discovered by future anthropologist-archeologists to be scrutinized, dissected, and viewed as oddities whose ideas will seem curious for their naiveté.

My Transgender Life: Fathers Day....and You Thought Pronouns Were Complicated!

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I've said it over and over again. I am one of the lucky ones. I've lost no one in my family and extended family when I transitioned. I am not going into the whys and wherefores of this. I am just happy to count my blessings.

Meet The Trans Star You'll Be Buzzing About This Summer

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices

By Maria Caspani NEW YORK, June 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - During childhood, transgender actress Michelle Hendley would go to ...

What Are Your Thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner?

Jules Horowitz | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Jules Horowitz

Caitlyn's coming out has started a national dialogue, but my fear is that it will start and stop there. How can you help? Listen to transgender people when they talk about their needs, help pass legislation that protects transgender people, and of course, continue the conversation that Caitlyn's photo shoot has initiated.

It's Time to End Discrimination in the Workplace

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 08.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni G. Atkins

This isn't an issue about choice or religion -- these are real people, losing their livelihoods, their sources of income, and they're more likely to become impoverished because we still have not extended protections to many LGBT people. Demanding the right to fair employment and fair workplace treatment is not demanding special treatment or advantages over others

Susan Sarandon Explains Why The 'Fluidity Of Gender' Is So Exciting

OWN | Posted 06.12.2015 | OWN

For decades, the world has known Susan Sarandon not just as a talented actress, but also an outspoken advocate for a wide range of women's issues, fro...

Should Transgender People Be Allowed to Serve Openly in the Military?

Kevin Martin | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Kevin Martin

No one honorably serving their country should have to lie about who they are in order to continue to serve - we're better than that! If they are allowed to die for our country, they must be allowed to live as themselves.

Who Decides What Makes A Woman?

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 06.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Accepting a transgender woman as female doesn't devalue the institution of womanhood any more that accepting gay spouses devalues the institution of marriage.

Being Transgender; the Words That Hurt

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

I asked Finneus and other transitioning people to talk about their life and how they feel about some of the issues that Caitlyn might be experiencing and what it is like to be transgender in our country today.

Kids' Reactions To Caitlyn Jenner's Photos Make Us Hopeful For The Future

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 06.09.2015 | Gay Voices

A powerful new video is making its rounds on the Internet that shows a group of young kids discussing their thoughts about Caitlyn Jenner's transition...

How Caitlyn Jenner Is Helping Me Be a Better Me

Elura Nanos | Posted 06.09.2015 | Women
Elura Nanos

Caitlyn Jenner's transformation was fascinating and inspiring to so many of us -- not only for the social change it means for our world, but also because it is rare to see any reinvention that is so total.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Appoints Transgender Attorney To White House Commission | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday appointed transgender attorney Shannon Price Minter to the President's Commission on White House Fellow...

An Open Letter to Christians from the Parents of a Transgender Child

Melissa McLaren | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Melissa McLaren

My daughter is wary because she expects you to say hurtful things. She needs your supportive voice to be louder than the competing voices of judgment and hate. So, please, speak up.

Caitlyn Jenner's Transition Is Far From Average: Why That Matters

Kasey M. Dunton | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Kasey M. Dunton

When one person becomes synonymous with an entire group, it's easy to forget that her experiences are not the norm.

Caitlyn Jenner Is a Person -- Not a Label

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Robert V. Taylor

Caitlyn Jenner is more than a label in the culture wars; the complexity of her choice shines a light on the labels we affix to others and ourselves. Her choice would not be mine, but I celebrate and admire her. It is an invitation to live beyond the cheap grace of labeling others.