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Surviving and Thriving Through Adversity: A Transgender Bathroom and HIV Love Story

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 03.26.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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...

Why 'Finding Community' Was Key For This Prominent Trans Activist

Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices

By Brandy Black, The Next Family I had the chance to catch up with Jen Richards, a transgender activist and media specialist to address transgende...

My Transgender Life -- Where Is God?

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

Discrimination in any form does not come from a loving God, or a loving person. Discrimination occurs when people travel the path of fear. This path is not freeing, it is confining. It hurts both internally and externally. I know this from the decades of hiding my own truth and living in shame and fear of discovery.

Trigger Warnings and Twitter Wars

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Students are seen as fragile flowers who must be protected from views that might offend them. This is an assault on learning, and those of us who are not professional victims need to fight it.

This New Transgender Rom-Com Will Break Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices

GLAAD's Claire Pires got a peek behind the scenes of "Boy Meets Girl," the hotly-anticipated new transgender romantic comedy, when she sat down for an...

Lila Shapiro

According To New Poll, The Kids Are All Right With Transgender Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.28.2015 | Gay Voices

Last summer, a troubling poll showed that a majority of Americans had a problem with transgender people using bathrooms that correspond with their ide...

Fired for Being Trans

Patricia Dawson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Patricia Dawson

I am not a distraction. I am a woman, and I shouldn't be fired for being who I am.

Living Your True Life: What Everyone Can Learn From the LGBT Community

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

We in the LGBT community know that our inner lives have improved when our own guards have retired, and wonder what it might take for others to stop living in fear of not only our truth, but also their own truth. We wonder!

Skin and Bones in the Closet

Zoe Dolan | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

I kept silent about my sex change for several years. I knew only one other transgender lawyer, and she was already established. There were no role models to help me believe it was possible to open up without jeopardizing my career. I feared losing the life ring that my job provided for my soul. But no woman is an island.

A Look At 27 'Complex, Diverse, Loving And Lovable' Trans Men In Their Own Words

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices

A new book takes an inquisitive and inspired look at the journey of 27 "complex, diverse, loving and lovable" transgender men, as told in their own wo...

National LGBTQ Collaborations: Some Thoughts From SONG and Transgender Law Center

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

There is already strong trans and GNC-led organizing happening in the South. That is for sure. Our hope is that the TLC@SONG collaboration will be a step towards supporting trans leadership all over the South to win campaigns and protections that are so urgently needed.

Florida Law Would Make It A Crime For Transgender People To Use Public Bathrooms

The Huffington Post | Amanda Gutterman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

A proposed bill in Florida would make it illegal for a person to enter a public facility designated as single-sex if the person was not born a biologi...

Trans Woman Details The 'Great Danger' She's Faced While Traveling

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.04.2015 | Gay Voices

Traveling through airports comes with its annoyances for everyone, but inconvenience often turns into discrimination and fear for transgender people w...

The Politico-Legal Transgender Tipping Point

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The use of terms in the brief such as "straightforward" and "plain meaning" are those we've been pushing for years, and it's gratifying to see them spoken by the government.

The Terrifying Life For LGBT People in Uganda (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 01.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

In February 2014, Cleopatra Kambugu experienced this first hand, when the Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper published personal information about 200 LGBTI people in Uganda. Cleo was one of them, who had her picture and personal information printed on the front page.

'Imagine Being Laughed At When Using A Public Toilet'

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2015 | 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 03.20.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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.