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TV Host Janet Mock Explains The 'Great Irony' Of Her Success

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 11.20.2015 | OWN

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National Transgender Day of Remembrance: The Message Is You Are Important to Us and We Need You to Survive

Toni Newman | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

In those moments you feel no one cares and no one loves you, remember you are important and we need you to survive. After 25 years in the transgender community, I can assure you it will not always be bad.

A Trans Sisterhood

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 11.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

Throughout our lives, all I ever wanted was to be a big sister. As I was wheeled into my gender confirmation surgery, I took comfort in knowing that my family was there.

I Was Arrested Just for Being a Black Trans Woman

Meagan Taylor | Posted 11.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Meagan Taylor

As a Black trans woman, I am used to unfair and discriminatory treatment, but this was extra upsetting because we were paying customers at a hotel and on our way to a funeral. I felt like I had no rights.

Black Trans Woman Profiled By Iowa Hotel Files Civil Rights Complaint

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

In 28 states, a hotel can refuse service to a transgender person, or discriminate against them in other ways, and face no legal repercussions....

6 Things This Trans Woman Wants You To Know

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 11.02.2015 | Women

Carmen Carrera has a few things she wants you to know about trans women.  In a new video for Bustle, the transgender model and actress br...

Victory Announced as Texas Judge Ordered By Superior Courts to Reinstate Transgender Widow's Marriage to Fallen Firefighter

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 10.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

After nearly 6 years of fighting, my life has changed again with just one order.

The Remarkable Journey From Identical Twins To Brother And Sister

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 10.23.2015 | Gay Voices

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin baby boys 18 years ago, they had no idea the trajectory their lives would take. Wayne, an Air Forc...

A Trans History

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 09.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

You came full circle. From the little boy you welcomed into the world. To the discovery of your long lost daughter after so many years, even if she was no longer little. And you were there, for her rebirth. There to welcome your daughter into the world.

My Transgender Life: No Bang, No Whimper, Just a Small Smile

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 09.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

Your old world may or may not end, although your new world may well be beginning. Your new world of self discovery, self understanding and self acceptance can take you on roads and adventures never dreamed of.

20/2 Clarity: Isley Reust Dreams of a World That No Longer Needs a Word Like Transgender to Define Who She Is

Stella Mowen | Posted 09.18.2015 | Women
Stella Mowen

Four friends danced in a fluttering shower of bright yellow ginkgo leaves, singing Forever Young at the top of their lungs, in the warm embrace of the Los Angeles night sky - This is my first memory of Isley Reust.

Transgender Cinderella: A Man, the Stroke of Midnight and Genitalia

Zoe Dolan | Posted 08.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

I always dreaded what I sought most: a moment of intimacy. At that point my coach would turn back into a pumpkin and my gown would disappear in an instant.

A Tremendous Problem Facing The Trans Community

Caitlyn Jenner | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Caitlyn Jenner

My brother died in a car crash when he was 18 and my family never really recovered from it. I can't begin to imagine the Prescott family's pain. We live in a world that makes it very, very difficult to be trans.

How Caitlyn Jenner Can Re-Define What It Means to Be a Woman

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 07.23.2015 | Women
Danielle Campoamor

Consider the change that could occur if, instead of hearing about how hard a woman's life is because it takes her a long time to "get ready" for an evening, we heard about how hard a woman's life is because of blatant misogyny and overt sexism and dwindling reproductive rights and disproportionate wages.

Transgender High Schooler Not Allowed To Play Sport She Loves Because Of A Piece Of Paper

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 07.21.2015 | Sports

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Britain's 'Youngest Tycoon' Opens Up About Her Transgender Journey

OWN | Posted 07.07.2015 | OWN

Lauren Harries never really felt like a child prodigy. Though the young Brit became well known across the pond for having an unusual expertise in sel...

My Husband Was Living in the Wrong Body

Mary Lasher | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary Lasher

I am still in love with the person I married back in 1984. A person who today is a she. I have witnessed true joy in the person I've grown a life with -- a person whose blue eyes shine because she feels right in her own skin.

Caitlyn Jenner Isn’t Threatening Your Womanhood

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women

“What makes a woman?” It’s a big question, and one that a June 6 New York Times piece, written by journalist Elinor Burkett attempts to answer, ...

What Are the Sounds of Transphobic Dinosaurs Dying?

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Ultimately the age of dinosaurs will pass; their fossils will be discovered by future anthropologist-archeologists to be scrutinized, dissected, and viewed as oddities whose ideas will seem curious for their naiveté.

Online Violence Against Trans Women Perpetuates Dangerous Cycle

Rep. Katherine Clark | Posted 06.12.2015 | Women
Rep. Katherine Clark

In much of the country, the absence of commonsense policies protecting transgender people from violence and discrimination means the Internet is often the one place the trans community can find a support network and real economic opportunity.

Graduation to Womanhood: Being Transgender at a Southern College

Raquel Willis | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Raquel Willis

Some people come out of the college experience with a degree, others with incredible stories, and others simply with a better understanding of their body's tolerance for alcohol. But some, like me, left with a newfound understanding and sense of purpose; I matriculated as a timid, confused boy and departed as a woman standing in her truth.

From Tears to Joy: My Life in Transition

Chloe Hudson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Chloe Hudson

For all the people who go through the process that I have, just remember, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Often times we have to create it ourselves but it's there.

We Welcome Bruce Jenner With Open Arms -- But He's Not Our Standard Bearer

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Bruce stands on the shoulders of those before. His acceptance is only possible because of the courage of those who resisted at Stonewall, and the countless others who have rebelled against intolerance while simply attempting to be the people they felt themselves to be. They are our heroes and heroines.

The Childhood Friend Who Gave Janet Mock The Courage To Live Authentically

OWN | Posted 05.05.2015 | OWN

From a young age, Janet Mock always had a sense of who she was meant to be. Though the writer and host of MSNBC's web show "So Popular!" was assigned ...

Bruce Jenner, the Hottentot Venus and Me

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Everyone who transitions does so somewhat publicly, though not all of us have cameras focused on our every move. When we speak of Bruce, hopefully we can remember that Bruce is, at heart, a person, and give him the dignity he is due.