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Transgender Rights

From Superhero To Supermodel

The Pulitzer Center | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.31.2015 | Gay Voices

As a naïve kindergartener, Kritchaya “Lolita” Boonhor—now 24—dreamed of the day she could become a superhero. And, in a ...

A Psychiatrist Writing in The New York Times Forgets That First He Should "Do No Harm"

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I need to highlight the issue that underlies this debate, and has fueled the decades of hostility towards trans women of all ages -- misogyny.

More Transgender Actors Are Wanted, But Will Hollywood Listen?

Reuters | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.26.2015 | Gay Voices

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Gender Identity & Justice for Transgender People

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 08.25.2015 | Gay Voices
New York Legal Assistance Group

The standard for determining one letter on the face of an ID is absolutely worth our collective time and attention. The old New York birth certificate and benefit card standards meant that many transgender people were never able to have accurate documents

U.S. Marine Admits To Choking Transgender Filipino Woman, But Denies Murder

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.24.2015 | Gay Voices

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine charged with murder testified in court Monday that he choked a Filipino unconscious during a fight tha...

Silencing the Screaming Queens: Roland Emmerich's 'Stonewall' and the Erasure of Queer Rage

Colin Walmsley | Posted 08.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Colin Walmsley

While middle-class white gays and lesbians picketed the White House wearing suits and skirts, trans women of color threw their heels at police officers and taunted the cops by forming kick-lines and singing raunchy songs. While assimilation-oriented gays pleaded with the queer community for peace in Greenwich Village, enraged queers used parking meters as battering rams to break down the door of the Stonewall Inn and reclaim their safe space from the mob and the police.

Bathroom Bigotry and the Battle for Transgender Rights

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 08.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

It's hard in the midst of fighting for civil rights, in fighting for equality, to measure progress. But it is clear that we are making progress, however slow and painful it may be.

How 'Equality' Was Used to Dismantle Voting Rights

Janson Wu | Posted 08.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Janson Wu

We know our society is not color-blind, nor is it blind to LGBTQ identities. As evidenced by the historical success of the Voting Rights Act, we need laws that are equipped to address the particular obstacles that disadvantaged groups face.

Stonewall Whitewashes Trans History. Why I'm Seeing It Anyway.

Michael Lambert | Posted 08.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Lambert

Is it really for those of us with queer identities or, like any other Hollywood project, is it targeting the mainstream? I am inclined to believe the latter, and I believe that we should support the movie despite its glaring historical inaccuracies for, once again, the sake of courting the "average American."

A Heartbreaking Story From One of the World's Most Transphobic Places

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 08.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

When President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, he changed the lives of all LGBTI people in Uganda, one of the most dangerous countries for gay and transgender people. For my friend Cleopatra Kambugu, it was one of the worst days of her life.

Hollywood "Takes Care of its Own," Unless You are Trans

Darya Teesewell | Posted 08.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Darya Teesewell

A young trans friend of mine in the Hollywood film industry, a union member, spoke to me recently about a conversation she had when she asked an individual representing the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan about health care for herself.

State of Emergency Continues for Trans Women of Color

Addison Rose Vincent | Posted 08.13.2015 | Women
Addison Rose Vincent

We cannot and will not stand by any longer as our sisters and siblings are murdered in the streets, ignored by the nation and misgendered by the media.

Health Care Costs For Transgender Troops 'Too Low To Matter,' Study Says

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It wouldn't cost much for the Department of Defense to cover the health care needs of transgender troops, according to a new analysis p...

What Can We Learn About How We Treat Trans Women in the Wake of Amber Monroe's Death?

Rohin Guha | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Rohin Guha

So here we are then: "Soon" no longer cuts it when blood is being spilled, and our fellow humans are being denied housing, jobs and ultimately, common decency because of who they are.

#NotMyStonewall: Why I'm Not Giving The Movie "Stonewall" A Chance

Jules Horowitz | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Jules Horowitz

The filmmakers may be scrambling in post-production to try to fix all of the issues people see with the film, but it's unlikely they will manage to fix the most egregious errors.

Eddie Redmayne Opens Up About His 'Greatest Ignorance' Before Playing A Trans Woman

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.12.2015 | Gay Voices

For Eddie Redmayne, tackling the role of transgender icon Lili Elbe in "The Danish Girl" was "an extraordinary experience," but also a "deli...

Chris Christie Vetoes Bill That Would Have Allowed Transgender People To Change Their Birth Certificates

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for transgender people to change their name and g...

When Political Correctness Hits Below the Belt

Zoe Dolan | Posted 08.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

While the privacy that others may choose deserves respect, there is fallacy in the proposition that everyone should know better than to pursue understanding of a subject to which they have yet to be exposed.

The Courage of Being Transgender in Public

Victoria Kolakowski | Posted 08.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Victoria Kolakowski

I believe that the willingness to be oneself, one's true self, openly in public is a scary thing for anyone. Honesty in the face of adversity is a form of moral strength. For transgender people, being "out" can be downright dangerous.

We Have To Make Things Easier

Caitlyn Jenner | Posted 08.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Caitlyn Jenner

The one constant I've noticed is how incredibly difficult it is for transgender folks to transition and become their authentic selves and still be healthy and secure -- emotionally, physically, financially...the list goes on and on.

A Gay Dad's Letter To Those Who Question Caitlyn Jenner

The Next Family | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices

When I was ten years old, I remember waking up in bed, cuddled up in my sheet from the night before. As I lay there day dreaming, I tucked the sheet ...

Stop Shaming Partners of Trans People

Thomas Matt | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Thomas Matt

Partners of trans folk -- especially heterosexual cisgender male partners of trans women -- need to start coming out and stop treating their partners as a source of shame. We need to start having discussions about the problems within our community

Transgender Army Sergeant Shane Ortega Opens Up About His Journey

FUSION | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has said we’ve reached an era in which transgender service members could serve openly in the military. But unti...

Greg Louganis: 'I'd Love To Share' In Caitlyn Jenner's Journey

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices

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What These Transgender Viewers Think Of 'I Am Cait'

ThinkProgress | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.28.2015 | Gay Voices

ThinkProgress invited three trans people and one ally to watch the premiere of Caitlyn Jenner’s reality show ‘I Am Cait.’ We wanted...