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Transgender Rights

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...

Why Trans People Need To Be Involved In Telling Trans Stories

Jules Horowitz | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Jules Horowitz

It is exciting to see our stories being told and winning awards, but should we be concerned that transgender people have little involvement in the story telling?

The Unexpected Reason Caitlyn Jenner Is Suffering From Insomnia

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Van Winkle's

Caitlyn Jenner's public transition has been one of 2015's cultural highlights, and we're excited to more fully explore her story in the new documentar...

The Queers Left Behind: How LGBT Assimilation Is Hurting Our Community's Most Vulnerable

Colin Walmsley | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Colin Walmsley

Is this to be the brave new gay world? A world in which the public face of the queer community -- the gay, the white, the cisgender and the wealthy -- take their place among society's elite, leaving the transgender, the non-white, the poor and the homeless to fend for themselves?

I Think I Might Be Trans. Now What?

Raymond Braun | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Raymond Braun

At 5 years old, Jazz Jennings became one of the youngest known examples of an early transition from assigned male at birth to female. Ever since then, Jazz and her loving, supportive family have been sharing her story and inspiring trans youth around the world.

Caitlyn Jenner's Transition Changes Everything -- And It Changes Nothing

Nicole S. Bowles | Posted 07.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicole S. Bowles

I hope Caitlyn appreciates that she stands on the shoulders of people who paved the way for her. How much does she know or care about our daily struggles? Can she imagine what it's like to struggle for a job or a safe place to sleep?

The Journey Begins

Caitlyn Jenner | Posted 07.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Caitlyn Jenner

Seeing how my new friends have overcome their adversities is such an inspiration. They are so well-adjusted and smart. I'll be sharing their stories here in the coming weeks and I can't wait for you to get to know them. They are just like you and me.

Hilary Swank Discusses The Progress Of LGBT Rights Since 'Boys Don't Cry'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 07.03.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Back in 1999, Hilary Swank's portrayal of real-life transgender man Brandon Teena became one of the first mainstream depictions of a largely marginali...

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.