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Trigger Warnings and Twitter Wars

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.02.2015 | 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 | 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 04.28.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.29.2015 | 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.

Jay Duplass On The Impact Of 'Transparent'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices

Actor Jay Duplass opened up about his experience on "Transparent," the Golden Globe-winning Amazon series about a Los Angeles family that discovers th...

Nation's First City Where Tourism Recognizes the 'T' in LGBT

David Duran | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
David Duran

There has been a massive and much-needed wave of news regarding anything having to do with that often neglected sub-group within the LGBT acronym. Transgender awareness is finally stepping forward in this country.

Russia Bans Trans People And Those With 'Disorders Of Sexual Preference' From Driving [UPDATE]

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices

UPDATE Jan. 16, 2015: Russian Health Ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai said the new restrictions will not affect transgender drivers, according to the A...

Transgender Woman Sacrifices Everything for Her Love (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2015-01-07-ScreenShot20150107at3.04.06PMsmall.jpgIn the fourth episode of The Pearl of Africa, a documentary series about love, hate and being transgender, we get a glimpse into what Cleo and Nelson's relationship really means. They've loved each other since high school and plan to get married in the future, and Cleo grapples with the desire to start a family.

The Next Title VII Case Is Now Ready for Prime Time, and the Bigotry Is Visible in High Def

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Ms. Leyth Jamal was subjected to a hostile work environment at the Saks department store in the Houston Galleria when she was employed there in 2012. The harassment was typical and brutal: routine misgendering, forcing her to use the men's room, and a general environment grounded in ridicule from her co-workers.

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.