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Transgender Rights

Jacob Kerr

LGBT Immigrant Rights Protesters Arrested Near White House

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacob Kerr | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Six LGBT immigrant rights activists were arrested Tuesday after blocking a street near the White House to protest the Obama administrati...

John Oliver Shows Just How Far We Have To Go On Transgender Rights

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 06.29.2015 | Comedy

The media and country as a whole still can't seem to grasp the very graspable concept of transgender.

We Stand Proud With President Obama

Stuart Symington | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Stuart Symington

Today is a historic day for the LGBT community. Thanks to the Supreme Court's decision this morning, marriage equality is now a reality in 50 states. We now have more access to healthcare, more protection from discrimination, and more power in our political process than ever before.

The Need for Trans Elders

Darya Teesewell | Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Darya Teesewell

Sandy Stone and Kate Bornstein were together talking at Trans Pride L.A. this weekend; I was there whenever they were in the same room answering and asking questions. The last room slowly emptied of people; I gave Sandy a huge hug and thanked her, and then sat to wait for Kate with my beloved trans friend Kevin.

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro"

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.

My Husband Was Living in the Wrong Body

Mary Lasher | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary Lasher

I am still in love with the person I married back in 1984. A person who today is a she. I have witnessed true joy in the person I've grown a life with -- a person whose blue eyes shine because she feels right in her own skin.

What We're Made Of

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 06.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

You don't get to decide who calls themselves a man or a woman. You don't get to decide how that person presents or how that person lives their life. You wouldn't want anyone doing that for you, why should transgender people be any different?

What Are the Sounds of Transphobic Dinosaurs Dying?

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Ultimately the age of dinosaurs will pass; their fossils will be discovered by future anthropologist-archeologists to be scrutinized, dissected, and viewed as oddities whose ideas will seem curious for their naiveté.

What Are Your Thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner?

Jules Horowitz | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Jules Horowitz

Caitlyn's coming out has started a national dialogue, but my fear is that it will start and stop there. How can you help? Listen to transgender people when they talk about their needs, help pass legislation that protects transgender people, and of course, continue the conversation that Caitlyn's photo shoot has initiated.

It's Time to End Discrimination in the Workplace

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni G. Atkins

This isn't an issue about choice or religion -- these are real people, losing their livelihoods, their sources of income, and they're more likely to become impoverished because we still have not extended protections to many LGBT people. Demanding the right to fair employment and fair workplace treatment is not demanding special treatment or advantages over others

Promoting Prison Rape: Shortsighted Policies Put Trans Prisoners at Risk of Sexual Assault

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Christopher Zoukis

As May came to an end there was a buzz of hope and progress amongst the transgender prisoner population at FCI Petersburg, a medium-security federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia.

Should Transgender People Be Allowed to Serve Openly in the Military?

Kevin Martin | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Kevin Martin

No one honorably serving their country should have to lie about who they are in order to continue to serve - we're better than that! If they are allowed to die for our country, they must be allowed to live as themselves.

Who Decides What Makes A Woman?

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 06.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Accepting a transgender woman as female doesn't devalue the institution of womanhood any more that accepting gay spouses devalues the institution of marriage.

Being Transgender; the Words That Hurt

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

I asked Finneus and other transitioning people to talk about their life and how they feel about some of the issues that Caitlyn might be experiencing and what it is like to be transgender in our country today.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Appoints Transgender Attorney To White House Commission

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday appointed transgender attorney Shannon Price Minter to the President's Commission on White House Fellow...

This Man Criticized Caitlyn Jenner's 'Bravery.' What Happened Next Gave Us Chills.

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices

A Facebook user who ridiculed Caitlyn Jenner in a popular post for lacking "real American courage, heroism, and bravery" by comparing her to World War...

Sophia Jones

Meet The Transgender Woman Who Wants To Represent Turkey's LGBT Community This Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.05.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Twenty years ago, Deva Ozenen didn’t know if she’d ever find a way out of prostitution. The young transgender woman couldn’t fin...

Transgender Doctor One Step Closer To Serving As Pennsylvania's Physician General

Reuters | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 3 (Reuters) - A transgender woman named by the governor to serve as Pennsylvania's physician general was endorsed by a state leg...

Alissa Scheller

It's Still Legal To Discriminate Against Transgender People In Most States

HuffingtonPost.com | Alissa Scheller | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices

Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover was met with an outpouring of love and acceptance. Jenner gained a million Twitter followers in just over four hour...

Jennifer Bendery

Banned From Serving Openly, Transgender Veteran To Attend Pentagon Event In Uniform

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When the Pentagon holds its Pride Month event next week honoring gay and lesbian service members, Sheri Swokowski will be there to make ...

OMG! LGBT. TMI?

Nora T. Akins | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
Nora T. Akins

Employees do not have to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity. However, it is not too much information to know the sexual orientation and gender identity of one's employees.

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."