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Transgender Rights

Bruce Jenner, the Hottentot Venus and Me

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Everyone who transitions does so somewhat publicly, though not all of us have cameras focused on our every move. When we speak of Bruce, hopefully we can remember that Bruce is, at heart, a person, and give him the dignity he is due.

Transgender Youth: Education, Awareness and Tolerance is Critical

Ross Ellis | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Ross Ellis

We're living in a different world today. LGBT's have always had a difficult time in school, in society and at times with their families and friends. We've always needed to educate people but now it's more important than ever.

#Occupotty and the Gender Politics of Bathrooms

Tristan Bridges | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Tristan Bridges

Making use of a public restroom is not often understood as a political act. Yet, a group of transgender folks in the U.S. and Canada are participating in a bit of digital activism by doing just that.

A Night of a Thousand Genders

Lori Sokol | Posted 04.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Lori Sokol

'Why do we need to be told which toys are appropriate for girls and boys?' and 'Why are toys even categorized according a child's gender?' But, there was still a more crucial question that even I, a life-long feminist, did not think to ask: "Are there really only two genders?"

As the Wedge Turns: Is a Federal LGBT Civil Rights Act Actually Feasible in the Near Future?

Dana Beyer | Posted 04.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

With the support of the American business community, which is coming to the fore for equality as never before, we might just be able to accomplish what no one has thought possible: a federal LGBT Civil Rights Act produced by a Republican Congress.

Not One More: Protect and Empower Trans Youth

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 04.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

While trans visibility is increasing, and we're seeing more positive representations in the media, our youth remain vulnerable and mostly unheard.

A Case of Cis Regret

Lola Olson | Posted 04.09.2015 | 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.

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 ...

Dear Red Cross: I Am Not a Man

Andy Wilkins | Posted 04.03.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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.

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

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 03.26.2015 | 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...

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

Pamela Madsen | Posted 03.24.2015 | 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.

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...

Lila Shapiro

'Finally Normal': How A New Medical Landscape Is Changing Life For Trans Youth

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

Nell Gaither, who grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, didn’t figure out that she was transgender until she was 40. “It was just not something that yo...

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

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 03.18.2015 | 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's Why CBS Is Airing a Transgender Profile Tonight

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 03.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Jon LaPook

Few people in America face more discrimination and are more misunderstood than transgender people. Often, it is the misunderstanding that leads to the discrimination. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley will try to shed some much-needed light on their world.

Rep. Mike Honda On His Transgender Granddaughter: ‘She's Beautiful'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices

As a longtime supporter of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, the fight for equality is hitting closer to home for California Rep. Mike Ho...

Why 'Finding Community' Was Key For This Prominent Trans Activist

Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices

By Brandy Black, The Next Family I had the chance to catch up with Jen Richards, a transgender activist and media specialist to address transgende...

My Transgender Life -- Where Is God?

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

Discrimination in any form does not come from a loving God, or a loving person. Discrimination occurs when people travel the path of fear. This path is not freeing, it is confining. It hurts both internally and externally. I know this from the decades of hiding my own truth and living in shame and fear of discovery.

Trigger Warnings and Twitter Wars

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Students are seen as fragile flowers who must be protected from views that might offend them. This is an assault on learning, and those of us who are not professional victims need to fight it.

This New Transgender Rom-Com Will Break Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices

GLAAD's Claire Pires got a peek behind the scenes of "Boy Meets Girl," the hotly-anticipated new transgender romantic comedy, when she sat down for an...

Lila Shapiro

According To New Poll, The Kids Are All Right With Transgender Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.28.2015 | Gay Voices

Last summer, a troubling poll showed that a majority of Americans had a problem with transgender people using bathrooms that correspond with their ide...

Fired for Being Trans

Patricia Dawson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Patricia Dawson

I am not a distraction. I am a woman, and I shouldn't be fired for being who I am.

Living Your True Life: What Everyone Can Learn From the LGBT Community

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 04.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

We in the LGBT community know that our inner lives have improved when our own guards have retired, and wonder what it might take for others to stop living in fear of not only our truth, but also their own truth. We wonder!