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Transgender Rights

Justice for Leelah Alcorn: Pass Leelah's Law

A.J. Walkley | Posted 03.08.2015 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

In an effort to hasten change, the Transgender Human Rights Institute has begun a petition calling for a permanent end to transgender conversion therapy in Leelah's name. At this point, only with help from the federal government can we hope to see differences made quickly in the United States on this front.

Kylar Broadus: My Selection for Transgender Person of 2014

Toni Newman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

In 2012 Kylar made history by becoming the first openly transgender person to testify before the U.S. Senate. He was speaking in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. His truthful speech touched me then, and he continues to fight for transgender people now.

When Being Trans Is Not Trans Enough

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Let us not forget that transgender is an umbrella that encompasses all persons whose authentic identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female genders and assigned gender at birth. Male and female are increasingly being presented as two distinct states, with nothing between.

Tragic Death Of Transgender Ohio Teen Inspires Call To Help Others

Reuters | Jon Herskovitz | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Dec 31 (Reuters) - A transgender Ohio teen walked in front of an oncoming truck and was crushed to de...

Not One More

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The state is unwilling to define reparative therapy and denial of medical care to transgender youths as abuse. We cannot change what religious leaders are preaching, nor do our voices carry enough weight to effectively gainsay their religious messaging. A radical new direction is needed. Therefore, I propose an emancipation project.

The 2014 Best and Worst Sex List

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Women
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

A lack of robust and healthy sex education is a set-up for the worst sexual issues we can imagine in society. We need to celebrate the fact that sex comes in every style, and experts agree that there's a wide range of sexual feelings and acts worthy of exploration, as long as they're consensual and don't harm anyone.

A New Priority: Looking Ahead to College with My Transgender Daughter

Wayne Maines | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

Not long ago, one quote jumped out at me, "I just wish the administration would at least acknowledge our existence." That student's statement reminded me that transgender students are still "separate but equal" at universities across the nation.

A Transgender Childhood in Uganda (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 02.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

Cleo's story takes us into a rarely seen love story within the Ugandan LGBTIQ-community.

Trans Inclusive ENDA

Patti Spangler | Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Patti Spangler

Life these days is getting better and better for the LGB part of our community and I, for one, could not be happier for them. In two thirds of this country, people can now marry those they love. The trans community is still desperately struggling.

What If My Child Weren't Transgender?

Mary J. Moss | Posted 02.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

I've been asked many times before if I fear that my son will "change his mind." What if he "decides he wants to be a girl again"? What if I made a mistake by allowing him to transition at such a young age? I know that without walking a mile in my shoes, it's hard to understand. So let's pretend my child wasn't born to be transgender.

'Cruel and Unusual Punishment' of the Entire Trans Community

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

A recent First Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding one trans woman, Michelle Kosilek, serving a life sentence for murder in a Massachusetts men's prison, was decided 3-2 on appeal on a claim brought under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

ACLU Files Complaint After School Bars Transgender Boy From Using Men's Bathroom

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Thursday after a Virginia school district adop...

When Love Overcomes Fear (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 02.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2014-12-17-ScreenShot20141216at9.15.13PMsmall.jpgIn the second episode of The Pearl of Africa, I take you deeper into Cleo and Nelson's life, showing something that's rarely highlighted when talking about transgender people in Uganda: their love, their hope and their dreams.

The First Ugandan Transgender Love Story (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 02.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2014-12-09-pearlofafricaep1vidsmall.jpgI first met Cleopatra Kambugu in June 2012 and was fascinated by her determination to be the first Ugandan transgender woman accepted for her true gender identity. Despite the hate and violent history in her country, she wanted to humanize trans people.

NYC Makes AMAZING Move On Behalf Of Its Transgender Residents

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Members of New York's transgender community and advocates are praising the city council's vote to pass legislation making it easier for residents to c...

Minnesota Governor Unloads On 'Hate Mongering' Against Transgender Students

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

Gov. Mark Dayton (D) slammed opponents of the Minnesota State High School League's vote this week to allow transgender students to play on girls' spor...

Who Are We to Judge a Country Like Uganda?

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I think that before 2009 few people around the world knew what the Ugandan people are like, with little media attention to the country following a bru...

Trans Legal Trailblazers Macy and Glenn Speak Out for Sweeping Educational Efforts

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

This is an opportunity to educate the general population that discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, which encompasses tens of millions of people, is illegal and harmful to the bottom line. This is an opportunity to humanize and overcome ignorance and fear so that there is no desire to deny employment in the first place.

Despite Progress, Transgender Activists Still Fear They Face An Uphill Battle

Reuters | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a 12-year-old boy went on the Oprah Winfrey show to announce he was tran...

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Honoring the Forgotten, the Homeless and the Victims

Toni Newman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

My heart belongs to the ladies on 14th Street who stood with me night after night, trying to survive and just be their authentic selves. I cry today for those ladies who are no longer here with us in 2014, but my heart remembers them.

Milla: Being Transgender in India

Christopher Taylor Barry | Posted 01.19.2015 | World
Christopher Taylor Barry

A professional actress, Milla is taking time off to prepare for her "final cut" in Thailand. Her transition is nearly complete, and life right now seems better as completion approaches. But what is "better"? How can I possibly understand? Life as a transgender person is not easy anywhere. In India life for transgender people is hard, but in some ways it is strangely better too.

A Unique Love Story About a Ugandan Transgender Woman

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 01.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I've been following Cleo's life up close for 18 months, and we're still shooting. I even moved in with Cleo and her straight boyfriend, Nelson, during one of my trips to Kampala, getting to know them both as human beings and as friends. Having been forced to live apart only to find each other once again in a foreign country, their love story is a true inspiration.

Christopher Mathias

New York's Largest Jail To Open Housing Unit For Transgender Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- The country’s second-largest jail will open a housing unit this week for transgender women, officials announced Tuesday, in a historic e...

A Movement That Matters: Trans Rights in Lesotho

Randal Mason | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Randal Mason

"There's a lot of stigma in the general population," says Tampose Mothopeng, a human rights defender from Lesotho, who's been described by NPR as "young, idealistic, and transsexual."

Melissa Jeltsen

Groundbreaking Transgender Teen Given Big Honor

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Nicole Maines, a teenager who made history earlier this year in a landmark transgender rights case, has been named one of Glamour magazine's 50 inspir...