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Transgender People Can Now Serve Openly in the Military, and It's About Time

Quora | Posted 07.11.2016 | Queer Voices

How significant is the Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on transgender service members? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing networ...

The First Trans U.S. Senate Candidate Is Already Making History

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.10.2016 | Queer Voices

Misty K. Snow became the first major party transgender candidate for the U.S. Senate when she won the Democratic nomination in Utah on June 28. And no...

Transgender Men Now Allowed To Join One Of Nation's Oldest Fraternities

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 07.08.2016 | College

One of the nation’s oldest fraternities has changed its membership policy and voted to allow transgender students to pledge. The fraternity, Chi Phi...

Empathy: Our Hope In The Fight Against Intolerance

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

The Technicolor parades inspiring hope throughout this nation have come to an end, and so, too, has 2016's LGBT Pride Month, dedicated in celebration ...

New Hampshire Governor Bans Transgender Discrimination In State Government

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signed an executive order Thursday that bans discrimination in state government against transgender...

Transgender Americans Can Now Fight And Die For A Country That Doesn't Protect Them At Home

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics

Transgender people are now allowed to serve in the military, according to a new policy announced by Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday. That mea...

Orlando: Straight America's Stonewall

Tony Varona | Posted 09.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Tony Varona

The mass shooting at Orlando's gay nightclub Pulse jolted straight Americans in much the same way that 1969's Stonewall Rebellion accelerated the LGBT rights movement. Like Stonewall, Orlando catalyzed a collective self-reckoning and resolve for progress.

Pakistani Clerics Declare Transgender Marriages Legal Under Islamic Law

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 06.28.2016 | World

A group of clerics in Pakistan has declared marriage between transgender individuals permissible in Islam, saying they have a right to be buried in Mu...

Pentagon To Repeal Ban On Transgender Troops

Reuters | Ashley Alman | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon plans to announce the repeal of its ban on openly serving transgender service members next month, U.S. defense off...

Federal Judge Orders High School To Let Trans Student Use Boys' Restroom

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics

(Reuters) - A federal court ordered a Virginia school district on Thursday to let a transgender student use the same bathrooms as other boys in a case...

These Trans People Explain Why Anti-Trans 'Bathroom Bills' Are Bulls**t

The Huffington Post | Madeline Diamond | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices

As conservatives and rightwing religious leaders attempt to justify so-called "bathroom bills" that discriminate against transgender people and argue ...

Meet The First Trans Athlete To Be Featured In ESPN's Body Issue

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices

ESPN Magazine's Body Issue will make history this year by featuring its first transgender athlete. Billed as a "celebration” of "amazing bodies," th...

To The Man Who Spit On Me. And To Everyone Alse.

Rhys Harper | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Rhys Harper

I do not know why you spit on me. I can only guess. Did you know that I am trans? Did you know that I am queer? Did you just think i was ugly? Your choices didn't include letting me know how I had transgressed.


Wayne Mahon | Posted 06.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Mahon

In 2011, I was lucky enough to executive produce the OWN TV documentary special, "I Am Jazz: A Family In Transition." I believe the bravery of young,...

7 Reasons "Holding It" Could Make You A Bigot

Mikki del Monico | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Mikki del Monico

I understand being concerned for the safety of your loved ones, but for some reason, you've confused "transgender" with "predator." This seems like a problem that could easily be solved with a dictionary.

Juli Grey-Owens on the Fight for Transgender Rights, Bathrooms and What Is to Be Done

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.17.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

I have long been horrified by the persecution and violence directed at so many people in the transgender community. But I find myself confused as to what I can do to help. Frankly, I find myself confused about many things.

If You Don't Fight Against Oppressive Structures, Then You Support Them

Hafsa Musa | Posted 06.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Hafsa Musa

I am twenty, queer, non-gender conforming, trans, black, mentally ill, and despite being college educated and situated in america, i do not expect to live long.

Virginia School Board Ready To Take Transgender Bathroom Fight To The Supreme Court

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics

(Reuters) - A Virginia school board will ask the Supreme Court to review a court ruling that gave a transgender high school student access to the bath...

Open Letter to Long Island PrideFest Organizers: Eliminating Parade Eliminates Legacy

Erinn Furey | Posted 06.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Erinn Furey

To me, the only thing that feels better than walking in a LGBT pride parade is watching LGBT youth walk in pride. I've seen tears stream down their faces as they are celebrated and validated and applauded by crowds for who they are.

Lady Bunny Lays It All Out For You

Tim Ranney | Posted 06.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tim Ranney

Photo: Jeff Eason The only thing more fun than watching Lady Bunny onstage in her newest hit show, Trans-Jester, is having a long, laugh-filled lunch...

Massachusetts To Expand Protections for Transgender People

NY Mag | James Nichols | Posted 06.02.2016 | Queer Voices

While 11 states are suing the Obama administration for issuing guidelines that protect transgender students, Massachusetts just took a step in the opp...

GLAAD Celebrity Activists Talk LGBT Equality and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I talked with celebrity activists and allies on the Red Carpet at the 27th GLAAD Media Awards in NYC.

Evidence Isn't Enough to Erase Bathroom Law Fears

E.C. Iwata | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
E.C. Iwata

Too often we feed our anxiety by validating them with quasi-research or faulty logic, such as personal experience or availability bias, that is to say, justifying my reasoning through my adjoining emotions rather than by broader statistics.

KKK Is Using Trans Bathroom Controversy To Recruit New Members

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 05.24.2016 | Queer Voices

Anti-transgender advocates have friends in the KKK. The leader of a white supremacy chapter has taken responsibility for hateful fliers found distribu...

Video Shows Transphobic Man Preaching In Target Getting Shut Down By Customer

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.23.2016 | Queer Voices

Video footage of a Christian protester's heated confrontation with a purportedly transgender customer at an unidentified Target store is making the In...