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Transgender Rights

Michigan Driver's License Policy Harms Transgender Individuals, Lawsuit Claims

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

Michigan’s driver's license policy preventing transgender people from correcting their gender puts them at risk for discrimination and injury, says...

Update: Status of Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

It's been a busy legislative season, and you would have to have been under a rock, to not know about the conservative attack on transgender people, and where we go to the bathroom.

The Privilege of Being Pretty -- #PassingCanMean #PrettyPower -- The Transgender Struggle

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

Today I encourage you to look in the mirror and tell yourself "I am pretty, I am worthy, and I love Me!" and then go tell someone else, and even more I ask that the next time you encounter a transgender individual offer them a kind word about their appearance.

Changing Sexes, Needing Church (and God)

Peggy Payne | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion
Peggy Payne

"As a result of being transgender and accepting myself, my faith has grown deeper but still sits on the shaky foundation laid down by my family, the church and society."

Laverne Cox: 'Time' Magazine's 'Transgender Tipping Point' Cover Girl

Nicholas Snow | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

On this episode of Nicholas Snow Live, I bring you exclusive audio of an amazing speech given by Laverne Cox at the United States Conferences on AIDS, presented by the National Minority AIDS Council, and held in San Diego in October, 2014.

We Welcome Bruce Jenner With Open Arms -- But He's Not Our Standard Bearer

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Bruce stands on the shoulders of those before. His acceptance is only possible because of the courage of those who resisted at Stonewall, and the countless others who have rebelled against intolerance while simply attempting to be the people they felt themselves to be. They are our heroes and heroines.

Meet The Transgender Army General Who Won A Surprise Legal Victory In Serbia

AP | JOVANA GEC | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — In macho Serbia, he came across as macho as they come: an army major in a military culture that glorifies masculine strength...

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 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...

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.

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 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's Why CBS Is Airing a Transgender Profile Tonight

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 05.17.2015 | 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...