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How Did a Visit to a Barbershop Change a Transgender Man's Life? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-12-12-20141210CharliePoulsonsmall.jpgWhen Charlie Poulson began his gender transition in college, his transition was followed with great interest by the people in small-town Ames, Iowa. Everyone knew he was transgender. But then he went on a trip to Rome.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Honoring the Forgotten, the Homeless and the Victims

Toni Newman | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

My heart belongs to the ladies on 14th Street who stood with me night after night, trying to survive and just be their authentic selves. I cry today for those ladies who are no longer here with us in 2014, but my heart remembers them.

Band of One

Liam Kelly | Posted 11.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Liam Kelly

Since puberty I've experienced gender dysphoria but developed coping mechanisms to ignore it. It got harder with age. Having just turned 33 and returned from another month-long tour, I felt more depressed than ever. With every single performance the pain of the lie was perpetuated.

Chef Chris Trapani, the First Transgender Chef to Appear on the Food Network, Discusses Love, Transistioning and Food

Toni Newman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

I recently talked with Chef Chris Trapani for the upcoming issue of Proud to Be Out: The Digital Magazine. Chris is the first transgender person to ...

LOOK: We Asked Trans People To Send Pics Of Themselves And The Results Are Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Even though queer people are gaining more and more visibility in mainstream media and society, that doesn't mean that the images we're presented with ...

Transgender People: Strangers in Gay Land

Renato Barucco | Posted 08.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

In February 2014 Queerty, the online magazine and newspaper focusing on gay topics, ran a piece titled "Seriously Sexy Trans Men Make Us Say 'Mmmm!'" What's interesting and horrid about the article? The comment section, which displayed the pervasive lack of understanding of transgender identities within the gay community.

'I'll Be Damned If I'm Going to Be Buried a Girl': Gender Transition Inspires HIV-Positive Trans Man to Live (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-03-28-20140326TeoDrakesmall.jpgWhen Teo thought he had nothing else to live for, a therapist reminded him that gender transition was an option.

8 Myths About Transgender Men's Genital Reconstructions

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

"It's not life-or-death," "It's cosmetic," "You need therapy, not surgery," and "It will burden taxpayers" are among the many toxic myths in need of exploding. So -- with the caveats that this list is not exhaustive and I am no medical expert -- it's time to bust some myths!

'But How Do You Know You're a Man?': On Trans People, Narrative and Trust

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

Manhood is an accomplishment, an internal need and quest, for both cis and trans men. When we acknowledge this, the necessity and intelligibilty of questions like "But how do you know?" fades away. Seeing this will help dismantle one of the structuring cultural approaches to transgender people: mistrust.

On Loving Men Beyond the Erection

Mark Travis Rivera | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Travis Rivera

One day I met a man who helped me redefine what my sexuality means to me. This guy, whom I will refer to as "James," was attractive: He had this way with words, and a smile that took my breath away. James happens to be transgender; he was assigned "female" at birth.

Why Every Teen Should Watch 'The Fosters'

Leo Sheng | Posted 04.09.2014 | Teen
Leo Sheng

I'm optimistic that Cole will become a role model for other youth who may be fearful and have never seen anyone like themselves on the big/little screen. I know I would have wanted to see someone like Cole when I was 13-year-old and coming to terms with my own identity.

Seeking Queer Visibility, Rejecting Assimilation

Lucas Waldron | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

It is my choice in 2014 to be visible, to continually question my social position, and to seek ways to use my privilege to advance inclusive progress in the queer community in an effort to motivate my generation to seek more radical definitions of equality and justice.

Who Will Be Crowned Mr. Transman 2013?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.04.2013 | Gay Voices

The Mr. Transman competition is back for its third year in a row -- and the competition is stiffer than ever. Set to take place at The Knitting Fac...

Beyond Transition: Documentaries Capture Rich, Complex Transgender Lives

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

This year has seen a steady stream of trans-focused independent documentaries illuminating how nuanced, flawed, individualistic, and human trans lives are. I spoke via email with several filmmakers to learn how they worked toward capturing rich portraits of trans folks.

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler on Empowering the Transgender Community

Toni Newman | Posted 12.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler is a writer, filmmaker, producer, artist and activist fighting for social justice in the trans community. My interview with Dr. Ziegler discusses race, gender, the fight for equality and the empowerment of the transgender community.

'Where Have All the Butches Gone?'

Roey Thorpe | Posted 12.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Roey Thorpe

The question is driven in part by nostalgia and in part by a discomfort with what seems to have been a shift in the way that young lesbians think about gender. And the first question often leads to others: Why are all the butches becoming men?

Our Evolving Multi-Gender Society

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

These are exciting times as the freedom to self-determine is allowing a myriad of identities to arise. My personal belief is that the binary will survive and be strengthened as the borders of the two main categories become softened and the codes that determine qualification are loosened.

The Media's Coverage of Transgender People: I'm Never Surprised

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

When a media outlet calls a trans woman a "man," I'm not surprised. When a website asks trans children questions about "the surgery," I'm not surprised. When a television network feels the need to include a trans person's "real name" in reporting, I'm not surprised.

Masen Davis, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center, Talks Transgender Equality

Toni Newman | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Our fight for full equality within the LGBT community is far from over. My conversation with Masen Davis is important because we must not forget our transgender brothers and sisters trying to live authentic lives.

Transgender Man Featured On VH1 Reality TV Show

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.19.2013 | Gay Voices

On the latest episode of VH1's "I'm Married To A..." Scott, a transgender man and his partner Jessica are featured. Scott is a performer who travels d...

Father's Day as a Transgender Man

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

I witness Ezekiel's first Father's Day in a Philadelphia hotel room. I surmise that there are numerous others within our community celebrating this first today, one pinnacle amongst the many precious firsts that transgender men experience throughout our gender transitions.

Taking A Risk: Are Straight Allies and LGBT People Ever Equal to Each Other?

Kryss Shane | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Kryss Shane

It appeared to be the classic "friend zone" story, but in this story, the boy is a trans man, and the girl is me. After I politely told him that I valued his friendship but didn't feel more toward him, he accused me of being transphobic. It led to questions about the nature of privilege.

VH1 Star Embraces Transgender Son On TV Show

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.01.2013 | Gay Voices

On the latest episode of VH1's "The Gossip Game" things got heated between blogger Vivian Billings and radio host Steph Lova. Lova went on air and mad...

Pronouns And Cons

Lauren Hennessy | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Lauren Hennessy

There are plenty of men walking around in female bodies, and plenty of women walking around in male bodies. Should we be forced to transition just to be "affirmed," "recognized" and "respected" as belonging to the gender we identify with? Nope, not all of us should have to, and I probably won't.

A Day In A Queer Life In The U.S.: A Trans Man On Love And Marriage

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 06.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

2013-02-14-ADayInTheQueerLifeBanner.jpgI am a queer transgender man planning my wedding to a queer cisgender woman. Man, did my heart ache to think that the world would see me as heterosexual. See Jocelyn as heterosexual. Depending on a given day or situation, it still stings.