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Some Of The World's Most Famous Trans Women Come Together For Revolutionary Cover

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices

2014 has been a whirlwind year for mainstream transgender visibility. As we approach the end of this historic year for individuals identifying acro...

15 Questions: TS Madison

Brad Hammer | Posted 11.20.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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.

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...

Seeing the Individual: Freiya on Being a Woman and Being Transgender

Kirsten Brown | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Kirsten Brown

What is most interesting to me is what it's like to be transgender on a daily basis. Is it really that big a deal? Are most people liberal enough to see past one small part of somebody's identity? How does this play out every day? Since I spoke to Freiya, my eyes have opened to things that would not even have occurred to me.

Koko Jones, Former Percussionist for Whitney Houston, Steps Out Front With New Album

Toni Newman | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

When I heard that Koko Jones, Houston's former percussionist (as well as The Isley Brothers' former percussionist), had embarked on her first album since coming out as a trans woman, I took notice and became very excited to talk to her about her life and music.

Feminist Issues Are Transgender Issues

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

If we only work on behalf on the "right" kinds of women, it diminishes the movement and repeats mistakes of the past, where feminism was not nearly intersectional enough. Beyond a concept of simple solidarity, though, is that many of the core issues of feminists and transgender people are the same.

Transgender Mother Responds to Being Named 'Working Mother of the Year'

Meghan Stabler | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Meghan Stabler

Working Mother has named me "Working Mother of the Year." In fact, this is the first time a transgender woman has been chosen to receive the magazine's prestigious award. Remarkable, isn't it? Actually, it's not. I'm just like any other mom. What is remarkable is the staggering inequality we working mothers face.

COMING SOON: America's First Transgender Girl Band!

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Get ready, because America's first transgender pop group is in the making. For about the past 10 years, 32-year-old Nicole Sanders, stage name Nik...

Thai Photographer Creates Stunning Portraits Of His Girlfriend, A Transgender Woman

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.02.2014 | Arts

Thanks to the semi-magical invention known as the camera, viewers glued to their computer screens can gain intimate access into spaces, times, and liv...

LOOK: We Asked Trans People To Send Pics Of Themselves And The Results Are Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Even though queer people are gaining more and more visibility in mainstream media and society, that doesn't mean that the images we're presented with ...

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.

Gender Proud Presents: The Colombian Trans Woman Stranded in Hong Kong for 8 Months

Allie Hoffman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Allie Hoffman

Her story starts in Colombia. As a trans woman, she was treated miserably. After a particularly brutal beating, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a pharmacist and scientist, and fled to Taipei, where she got a scholarship and began to live her life anew.

Are We a Stone's Throw from an Epidemic of Anti-LGBTQ Violence?

Sharon Stapel | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Sharon Stapel

This week a disturbing story reached the light of national attention. We learned that Scott Esk, an Oklahoma Tea Party Republican candidate for the state House, had endorsed the stoning of gay people.

What Life Is Like For Transgender Woman's Family 3 Years After Her Transition

OWN | Posted 06.09.2014 | OWN

Three years ago, Lisa Ling explored the very private worlds of four different transgender people on their emotional journeys of transformation. In an ...

I Am Loveworthy: How a Transgender Woman Found Love

Andy Marra | Posted 08.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

Drew has helped me truly accept that I am loveworthy, deserving of being loved for all of who I am. He has shown me that I have been and always will be more than enough for someone.

10 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Rebecca Juro | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Juro

Don't wait another second. You can recover from a lot of things -- a lost job, people in your life who react badly, discrimination, and much more -- but the one thing you can never get back is your youth. Spend it being who you are, not running away from it.

An Open Letter to HuffPost Gay Voices: Why This Trans Man Will No Longer Blog on Your Page

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

After I saw you post a parody video (later retracted) in which a trans woman is murdered as a consequence for voicing her objections to offensive language used on RuPaul's Drag Race, I can no longer publish my writing on your page. This letter is my last blog post on Gay Voices.

Transgender Activist Cecilia Gentili on Identity and Putting the 'T' Back in LGBT

Daniel Lyons | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

Since leaving Argentina, Cecilia Gentili has embarked on an incredible journey of transformation, ultimately turning her into a widely respected advocate for trans rights in New York City. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cecilia and hearing first hand how her story has unfolded.

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.

'But How Do You Know You're a Man?': On Trans People, Narrative and Trust

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

Manhood is an accomplishment, an internal need and quest, for both cis and trans men. When we acknowledge this, the necessity and intelligibilty of questions like "But how do you know?" fades away. Seeing this will help dismantle one of the structuring cultural approaches to transgender people: mistrust.

Veronica Jones

Trevor Martin | Posted 03.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Trevor Martin

Jonathon was perched atop the Pyramid skyscraper. The whistling gusts and swirling rain were of no consequence to him. He was unshakably focused on ...

From Christine Jorgensen to Jan Morris

Justine Valinotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

Jorgensen, being one of the first trans women to become publicly known, conformed completely to the gender norms of her time, while Jan Morris was able to define her own womanhood and femaleness to a much greater degree than Jorgensen could or would have.

Imitation Cherry-Red Lips and a Buddha Ass: The Real Amanda Lepore (NSFW PHOTOS)

Matthew Terrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

As you see her up on stage, woozily doing her thing, you can't help but be happy for her. Amanda Lepore finds pleasure in the artifice of her body; with her immensely fake tits and voluptuous lips, she proves that her most authentic self can be all ornamentation.