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Transgender Women of Color

When Visibility is not Enough

Kris Hayashi | Posted 02.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Kris Hayashi

Failure to adequately protect transgender students means that transgender people and their families often face hostile, unsafe, or unwelcoming school environments. Harassment and violence make it difficult for transgender students to obtain the skills and education they need to succeed.

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self-interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.

Violence Against Black Transgender Women Goes Largely Ignored

The Root | Terrell Jermaine Starr | Posted 01.23.2015 | Black Voices

Elle Hearns was hoping to share in the collective pain other black people were feeling during a Trayvon Martin rally in Columbus, Ohio, in April 2012....

15 Questions: TS Madison

Brad Hammer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Brad Hammer

TS Madison has become really popular over the past year. She is a YouTube sensation who recently got her own show on YouTube via World of Wonder. Madison just dropped her first album, so I thought it would be a perfect time for her to be asked "15 Questions."

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.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Day to Honor the Dead and the Living

Shelby Chestnut | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Shelby Chestnut

As we honor our friends and family we have lost to anti-transgender violence on Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), how can we ensure that transgender women of color are leading the LGBTQ anti-violence movement?

State of Emergency for Transgender Women of Color

Addison Rose Vincent | Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Addison Rose Vincent

Self-defense is murder when you're a transgender woman of color. According to an Aug. 22 Facebook post by trans-rights activist Channyn Lynne Parker, Eisha Love defended her life in the midst of an alleged hate crime in late August and now faces a 10-year sentence for attempted murder.

To Be Black, Trans and Brilliant: Lourdes Ashley Hunter

J Mase III | Posted 09.28.2014 | Black Voices
J Mase III

Lourdes is a self-described black, trans revolutionary, academic and orator residing in Brooklyn. As co-founder of the Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC), she is leading a transformative movement that uplifts the narratives and leadership of trans people of color.

Can There Be Meaningful #JusticeforJane?

Chase Strangio | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

A 16-year-old transgender girl spent 77 days alone in a Connecticut prison without ever being convicted of, or even charged with, a crime. Known publicly as "Jane Doe" because she is a minor, she sat alone in the York Correctional Institution, a high-security prison in Niantic, Connecticut, for two and a half months.

Join Janet Mock And Other Trans Women For International Women's Day Discussion

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices

In recognition of Women's History Month, transgender author and activist Janet Mock will host a Google Hangout this Wednesday, March 26, to celebrate ...

From Homeless to Hopeful: How a Trans Woman of Color Found Her Path (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-03-06-imfromdriftwoodangelalouissmall.pngAngela's story is a message of how important it is for parents to love and support their children, but also how it's never too late to change your life for the better.

Islan Nettles' Murder: It Couldn't Have Been Me

J Mase III | Posted 11.05.2013 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

What happened to Islan would not have happened to me. As a trans person of color, it would be really easy for me to say that it could have, but the reality is that even though many of my FTM friends and colleagues are at risk, we are still less likely to be murdered than trans women.

Are Queer Women Leaving Trans Women Behind?

Alex Berg | Posted 11.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Alex Berg

I don't count any transgender women among my close LGBTQ and feminist friends. I'm not proud of that. I'm also not alone.

LOOK: Vigil Held For Brutally Slain Transgender Woman

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Friends and family of Diamond Williams, a transgender woman in the Strawberry Mansion area of Philadelphia, gathered last night at Love Park for a Vig...

WATCH: Janet Mock Discusses Struggles Trans People Face On A Daily Basis

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Writer and transgender advocate Janet Mock recently joined HuffPost Live to chat with Marc Lamont Hill about barriers that transgender people face in ...

WATCH: New Documentary Highlights Death Of Slain Transgender Woman

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.21.2013 | Gay Voices

In November of 2011, Detroit Police identified a burned torso that was found on Detroit's east side, belonging to 19-year-old Shelley Hilliard, a tran...

It Really Isn't Getting Better For Some Trans Women

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

We are a violent, sexist society, and there is much work that needs to be done to reduce the violence. Being black and trans may compound the risk, but it is already shameful that our country throws up its hands to the violence endemic in our society.

Tolerance, Respect And Acceptance: The Transgender Person's Daily Fight For Equality

Toni Newman | Posted 06.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

I am a proud African-American trans woman, and my goal is to show society that transgender people are intelligent, creative and hardworking individuals who need equal opportunity to succeed. We are not asking for special considerations, just equal rights in a democratic society.

WATCH: Monica Beverly Hillz Opens Up About Life Before 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Randall Jenson | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Randall Jenson

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Where Is Sage Smith?

Daryl C. Hannah | Posted 12.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Daryl C. Hannah

To call the media's silence on Sage Smith's story deafening would be an understatement. That someone's son or daughter, trans-identified or not, can go missing from their family for nearly 20 days and there be no national or even local outcry is more than enraging; it's terrifying.

Why Centering Race In Transgender Advocacy Is Key To Equality For All

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 01.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

While trans folks celebrate recent gains, we cannot forget that trans people of color have limited access to those gains. If striving for the equal recognition of all trans people is our goal, then the steps that ensure the longevity of trans people of color cannot remain secondary.

A Rallying Cry For CeCe, Paige, And Trans Women Everywhere: Your Lives Matter

Janet Mock | Posted 07.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Janet Mock

I will never be silent just because the topic of gender identity and race are uncomfortable. CeCe McDonald, Paige Clay, and other trans women of color are human beings first, and when we turn a blind eye to injustice, we close our hearts and minds on ourselves.

The Inseparable Link Between Discrimination, Economic Injustice, And Anti-Transgender Violence

Peggy Shorey | Posted 04.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Peggy Shorey

Deoni Jones was 23 years old, fatally stabbed while waiting at a bus stop in Washington, D.C. Police say they have no evidence that this particular stabbing was related to her gender identity. Regardless, she was one of too many transgender women violently killed.