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Transgender Rights

Why This Week Taught Us That Trans Visibility Is Not Enough

Geena Rocero | Posted 02.26.2017 | Queer Voices
Geena Rocero

We believe visibility in the media is one of the many antidotes to violence and injustice, and mainstream media has the power to elevate the stories of marginalized groups, and give us a platform to share our story.

What We Forget About Restrooms

Delia Melody | Posted 02.23.2017 | Queer Voices
Delia Melody

For a very long time we've wanted to act like we're protecting women by gendering spaces, but all we're really doing is enabling the misogyny to continue everywhere outside of those spaces.

How a Ferocious Backlash to LGBT Equality Is in Full Force While Leaders Have No Strategy

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.20.2017 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

A backlash against LGBT equality is in full swing, eight months after marriage equality came to the entire nation, and it's not just happening in very conservative places.

Here's What This Man With A Vagina Wants You To Know

Daniel Lyons | Posted 02.19.2017 | Queer Voices
Daniel Lyons

In the wake of a formative year for transgender communities, there seems to be little discussion about people like Becca Blackwell, a trans actor who post-transition does not conform to the gender binary that our society is comfortable with.

South Dakota -- Separate Is NOT Equal

Mary J. Moss | Posted 02.19.2017 | Queer Voices
Mary J. Moss

In 2012, Vice President Joe Biden called transgender rights "the civil rights issue of our time." South Dakota should be aware of just how true that statement truly is and how their proposed bill looks to set us back to times of segregation.

From A to T: Advice for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Youth, Adolescents, Families, and Allies Words, Words, Words Part 1: Transgender and Genderqueer

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 02.17.2017 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Maybe what those of us who identify as genderqueer are demonstrating to the world is that gender is far more broad and nuanced than we otherwise might believe, and that the traditional understandings we have internalized are breaking down.

South Dakota on Slippery Slope With Bill Targeting Transgender People

Terri Bruce | Posted 02.16.2017 | Queer Voices
Terri Bruce

When I think about the bill before our state legislature, House Bill 1008, the feelings I had in high school come back to me. I feel the pain the transgender kids in South Dakota will feel when they are not allowed to use the bathroom of the gender they know themselves to be.

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

Melanie Bishop | Posted 02.11.2017 | Home
Melanie Bishop

During my twenty-two years as a professor, I had half a dozen students who were in some stage of gender transition, but it wasn't until reading Becoming Nicole, that I really got it.

#BlackTransLivesMatter: Creating Accountability in the HIV Community

Shaan Michael Wade | Posted 02.07.2017 | Black Voices
Shaan Michael Wade

The 2011 Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey exposed the high levels of discriminat...

The Amazing Reason Why This Man's Magazine Cover Made History

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices

The April edition of Men's Health Germany magazine will break fresh ground by featuring transgender fitness model Ben Melzer on its cover. The shoot w...

10 Steps to Winning the Transgender Bathroom "Debate"

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2017 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

There is no right way or wrong way to be trans. The only thing that counts is that we work together and unite our strengths.

My Transgender Life: We're Not So Transparent Anymore

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 01.26.2017 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

Yes, the word is out there, which is a great start. But, there is much more to be done.

From A to T: Advice for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Youth, Adolescents, Families and Allies -- Queer Eye for the Trans Person Edition

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 01.19.2017 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

As we change our gender, clothing can be one of the most intimidating obstacles we face. What do we do?

Washington, D.C., Police Unit Changes Name To Be More Inclusive Of LGBT Community

The Huffington Post | Blair Guild | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

WASHINGTON -- The Washington, D.C., police department is changing the name of its Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit to include the words "bisexual" and "tr...

Why Share Our Story?

Janna Barkin | Posted 01.12.2017 | Queer Voices
Janna Barkin

I share my story as a parent of a trans child because my child's life depends on it. There are still many people in America who are ignorant and fearful, of trans people, often simply because they have no direct experience with anyone who is transgender.

Get A Poignant Look At The Transgender Experience In This New Book

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Two remarkable teens strike a unique friendship in Lily and Dunkin, Donna Gephart's new novel for young readers, and The Huffington Post has an exclus...

The 'T' in LGBT Family Planning

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 01.06.2017 | Queer Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

Family-building has been one important life issue that has been left out of the transgender conversation. Why is that?

Trans Passenger Forced To Remove Prosthetic Genitalia In Search

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A transgender passenger says he was required to remove his prosthetic genitalia during an airport search, calling the experience "demeaning," Yahoo in...

Trans* Year End Reflections: The Shape of Things to Come

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 12.31.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Right now our community is in the awkward, liminal space where we move from past to future, from disempowerment to autonomy. We have endured decades of conflict. Our struggles are finally showing signs of victory.

New York City Lays Out Transgender Protection On Dress Codes, Bathroom Use

Reuters | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New York City has warned landlords, employers and businesses they could be running afoul of the law by purpose...

Minnesota Under Fire For Banning Coverage Of Gender Confirmation Surgery

Courthouse News | Nico Pitney | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

MINNEAPOLIS (CN) - Minnesota's ban on reassignment procedures for gender dysphoria is discriminatory and is condemned by the medical community, a righ...

Clinton's Statement on LGBT Rights Shows Her Trust in the Decency of Americans

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

With this policy statement Hillary Clinton has made a commitment to continue to fight for equality and use the power of the Presidency to accomplish that goal. She is also putting her belief on the line that the American people will join her in that effort.

We Need To Decriminalize Sex Work In The U.S.

Victoria M. Rodriguez-Roldan | Posted 12.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Victoria M. Rodriguez-Roldan

We must end the criminalization of all people who work in the sex trade in order to end this violence. Laws punishing people who engage in sex work serve only to worsen the violence and economic hardships of transgender people already struggling to survive.

Here's A Look At The Evolution Of Transgender Characters In Hollywood

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

With Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox and "Transparent" making headlines in Hollywood and beyond, there's no question that 2015 was a game changing year in...

Transphobia Leads to Suicide -- End of Story

Derrick De Lise | Posted 12.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Derrick De Lise

Compassion needs to be the illuminating force that ends the violence and harassment. No one has the right to accost someone else -- for any reason, and certainly not for being true to themselves.