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'Imagine Being Laughed At When Using A Public Toilet'

Reuters | Posted 01.24.2015 | Gay Voices

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON, Jan 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Xiao Tong was selling sex on the streets of Beijing when a man lured ...

Off Limits: My Transgender Teen's Body Is Not Up for Discussion

Liz Hanssen | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

If you are ever in doubt about whether to ask some burning question, first ask yourself if you would pose the same question about the body of a non-trans youth or adult, perhaps your own child or a student or neighbor. If the answer is no, don't ask. If you find yourself biting your tongue, keep biting.

Have You Ever Had to Convince Someone You're a Woman? (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2015-01-16-pearlofafrica5small.jpgThis week's episode covers discrimination against LGBTI people in Uganda. Cleo is invited to a secret meeting with the Ugandan government to prove that she's real. In the episode I search for an answer to the question of why it's so hard for people to accept anything that doesn't fit into society's norms.

Jay Duplass On The Impact Of 'Transparent'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices

Actor Jay Duplass opened up about his experience on "Transparent," the Golden Globe-winning Amazon series about a Los Angeles family that discovers th...

Nation's First City Where Tourism Recognizes the 'T' in LGBT

David Duran | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
David Duran

There has been a massive and much-needed wave of news regarding anything having to do with that often neglected sub-group within the LGBT acronym. Transgender awareness is finally stepping forward in this country.

Russia Bans Trans People And Those With 'Disorders Of Sexual Preference' From Driving [UPDATE]

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices

UPDATE Jan. 16, 2015: Russian Health Ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai said the new restrictions will not affect transgender drivers, according to the A...

Transgender Woman Sacrifices Everything for Her Love (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2015-01-07-ScreenShot20150107at3.04.06PMsmall.jpgIn the fourth episode of The Pearl of Africa, a documentary series about love, hate and being transgender, we get a glimpse into what Cleo and Nelson's relationship really means. They've loved each other since high school and plan to get married in the future, and Cleo grapples with the desire to start a family.

The Next Title VII Case Is Now Ready for Prime Time, and the Bigotry Is Visible in High Def

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Ms. Leyth Jamal was subjected to a hostile work environment at the Saks department store in the Houston Galleria when she was employed there in 2012. The harassment was typical and brutal: routine misgendering, forcing her to use the men's room, and a general environment grounded in ridicule from her co-workers.

Justice for Leelah Alcorn: Pass Leelah's Law

A.J. Walkley | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

In an effort to hasten change, the Transgender Human Rights Institute has begun a petition calling for a permanent end to transgender conversion therapy in Leelah's name. At this point, only with help from the federal government can we hope to see differences made quickly in the United States on this front.

Kylar Broadus: My Selection for Transgender Person of 2014

Toni Newman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

In 2012 Kylar made history by becoming the first openly transgender person to testify before the U.S. Senate. He was speaking in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. His truthful speech touched me then, and he continues to fight for transgender people now.

When Being Trans Is Not Trans Enough

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Let us not forget that transgender is an umbrella that encompasses all persons whose authentic identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female genders and assigned gender at birth. Male and female are increasingly being presented as two distinct states, with nothing between.

Tragic Death Of Transgender Ohio Teen Inspires Call To Help Others

Reuters | Jon Herskovitz | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Dec 31 (Reuters) - A transgender Ohio teen walked in front of an oncoming truck and was crushed to de...

Not One More

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The state is unwilling to define reparative therapy and denial of medical care to transgender youths as abuse. We cannot change what religious leaders are preaching, nor do our voices carry enough weight to effectively gainsay their religious messaging. A radical new direction is needed. Therefore, I propose an emancipation project.

The 2014 Best and Worst Sex List

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

A lack of robust and healthy sex education is a set-up for the worst sexual issues we can imagine in society. We need to celebrate the fact that sex comes in every style, and experts agree that there's a wide range of sexual feelings and acts worthy of exploration, as long as they're consensual and don't harm anyone.

A New Priority: Looking Ahead to College with My Transgender Daughter

Wayne Maines | Posted 12.30.2014 | 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.

A Transgender Childhood in Uganda (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

Cleo's story takes us into a rarely seen love story within the Ugandan LGBTIQ-community.

Trans Inclusive ENDA

Patti Spangler | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Patti Spangler

Life these days is getting better and better for the LGB part of our community and I, for one, could not be happier for them. In two thirds of this country, people can now marry those they love. The trans community is still desperately struggling.

What If My Child Weren't Transgender?

Mary J. Moss | Posted 12.29.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | 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.

ACLU Files Complaint After School Bars Transgender Boy From Using Men's Bathroom

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Thursday after a Virginia school district adop...

When Love Overcomes Fear (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2014-12-17-ScreenShot20141216at9.15.13PMsmall.jpgIn the second episode of The Pearl of Africa, I take you deeper into Cleo and Nelson's life, showing something that's rarely highlighted when talking about transgender people in Uganda: their love, their hope and their dreams.

The First Ugandan Transgender Love Story (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2014-12-09-pearlofafricaep1vidsmall.jpgI first met Cleopatra Kambugu in June 2012 and was fascinated by her determination to be the first Ugandan transgender woman accepted for her true gender identity. Despite the hate and violent history in her country, she wanted to humanize trans people.

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...

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...

Who Are We to Judge a Country Like Uganda?

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.05.2014 | 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...