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When Unconditional Love Is Anything But

Sandra McDonald | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Sandra McDonald

Though otherwise I am a happily transitioned woman, part of me feels empty, like I am less of a person -- and though she doesn't realize it yet, the same is true for my sister. I would ask my sister right now: Is sustaining your hate worth such heavy costs?

When Unconditional Love Is Anything But

Sandra McDonald | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Sandra McDonald

Though otherwise I am a happily transitioned woman, part of me feels empty, like I am less of a person -- and though she doesn't realize it yet, the same is true for my sister. I would ask my sister right now: Is sustaining your hate worth such heavy costs?

4 Easy Ways to Navigate Life's Transitions for Success

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin | Posted 06.22.2016 | Business
Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

Since transitions and change are a constant part of life, they are impossible to avoid. Therefore, the better equipped you are to handle and navigate life's transitions, the happier and more successful you'll be!

Welcome To My Life As The Nation's First Transgender Teacher

Karen Topham | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Karen Topham

They tell me it was "brave" of me to transition back in the 90s, before people understood transsexuals and before there were any other examples of anyone doing what I was doing as a teacher, but I wonder how brave it can be to do the only thing in the world that you actually can do.

From Perms and Bows to Twists and Fros

Tiff | Posted 06.08.2016 | Black Voices
Tiff

For so much of my life hair was the thing that made me feel beautiful. Though perms and the pressing combs hurt I didn't dare fall out of trend and let my hair go without. Now, three years after taking a leap to the other side, I couldn't imagine going back.

Embracing Caitlyn Jenner (Bad, Ugly and Good)

Anastasia Walker | Posted 06.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Anastasia Walker

I have no desire to defend Jenner's Cruzophilia or any of her other absurdities. Yet I find myself even now wanting to empathize with this woman who has so often put her foot in it, and to continue embracing her presence in our ranks for the good it's doing us even if that good has a liberal admixture of bad and ugly.

5 Stages of Transition: L.A. to Wisconsin

Pam Ferderbar | Posted 05.02.2016 | Comedy
Pam Ferderbar

Do I miss my old life, the goddesses, citrus trees, Calvin Klein underwear models named Mario and the ocean? Oh, yeah. Every day. But for now I am home.

"First, Do No Harm": There Is a Time and a Place to Come Out

Dana Beyer | Posted 04.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Transition is NOT for everyone who is trans. Transition in any given place or time is NOT for everyone. There is no shame in delaying or deferring transition; I delayed for twenty years. What works for me may not work for you.

Raina's Gotta Go: A Drag Queen Decides to Transition

Bethany Grace Howe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bethany Grace Howe

A year ago I was married with a daughter while living on the Oregon coast, making my living working as a high school teacher. Three months ago I chose to transition from male to female.

People Always Wonder If I've Had 'Transgender Surgery'

Mikki del Monico | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mikki del Monico

When you focus on a transgender person's body, you miss the chance to ask about that person's life, and it is our stories that humanize us, not just transgender people but everyone.

I Am A Woman, Not A Man In A Dress

Marilu Rose Fanning | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marilu Rose Fanning

All of those little mis-gendered pronouns and mis-gendered references to those of us who are already struggling to become or stay positive about our lives can be really destructive. And yes, just because you didn't mean for them to be, they are very hurtful.

Military Haircuts

Chelsea Manning | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chelsea Manning

Going through such a seismic, existential shift in my life  --  transitioning in a military prison -- presents real, meaningful, and daily challenges.

Transitioning In Plain Sight: I Came Out as Transgender While Making My First Film

Mikki del Monico | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mikki del Monico

When I broke it down, the script resonated with quests for authenticity, and I couldn't give my best unless I were capable of being authentic myself.

Caitlyn Jenner, Chelsea Manning and the Problem People Have With Transgender Women

Chelsea Stone | Posted 06.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Chelsea Stone

We as a culture do not like women as autonomous beings. We do not support them -- sometimes we punish them.

When a Parent Transitions as Transgender

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

It is important for both families and transitioning parents to know that they are not alone, and that communication, empathy, and unconditional love are transformative in helping meet any challenge.

How I Found Myself on an Upcoming Episode of Glee!

Patti Spangler | Posted 04.14.2015 | TV
Patti Spangler

While in San Francisco for a sold-out screening of the documentary short Trucker Patti, of which I am the subject, I was made aware that casting director Kristan Berona was looking for transgender people for an episode in the final season of Glee. Being the "Gleek" that I am, I immediately got in touch with Kristan and was invited to participate.

'Brady Bunch' Star Makes Insensitive Jokes About 'Going Transgender' For Publicity

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"Brady Bunch" star Barry Williams put his foot in his mouth in a big way on HuffPost Live on Wednesday when he suggested he might consider "going tran...

New Year's Reminiscences in the Context of the Ongoing Struggle for Cultural Change

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Doing something that is totally inconsistent with previous behavior and runs counter to personal philosophical and spiritual beliefs can nonetheless free one to live in a more positive and healthful manner. It's not a cure-all, but it gave me the tools to overcome stigma, live authentically in service to others, and not see myself as a victim.

Transitive Thoughts: Musings on Harassment, Societal Pressures and Detransition

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Over the course of these past weeks, I have experienced more profound doubt about my gender transition than at any other time since I earnestly began my journey last December. As the anniversary approaches, I cannot help but notice the gradual yet significant decline in social acceptance, which appears to correlate with becoming visibly further feminized.

How Saved by the Bell Helped Me With My Gender Transition

Tobly McSmith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tobly McSmith

Saved by the Bell taught me absolutely nothing about gender transition, but co-creating and producing Bayside! The Musical! has taught me to take big leaps of faith, learn from my mistakes, and believe in myself -- all the tools I needed to come out as transgender several months ago.

Chef Chris Trapani, the First Transgender Chef to Appear on the Food Network, Discusses Love, Transistioning and Food

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni Newman

I recently talked with Chef Chris Trapani for the upcoming issue of Proud to Be Out: The Digital Magazine. Chris is the first transgender person to ap...

The 3 Things Every College Graduate Should Know

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

As many people exchange their well-worn student IDs for brand new alumni discount cards, they are being bombarded with information -- from credit card offers, to (hopefully) job offers, to advice from authority figures -- irrespective of their actual authority or right to dispense worldly wisdom.

Mars In Transit: A Photographic Exploration Of Gender

M. Sharkey | Posted 02.20.2014 | Arts
M. Sharkey

I stopped shooting film exactly six years ago next month, in the spring of 2008. Within my small circle of colleagues, I was one of the last to do so....

Reflecting Back On a Year With Gratitude

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

What we each must come to realize is that it's not what happens to us in life that defines us, but in how we choose to respond to it that defines us.

10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started My Transition

Annika Penelope | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Annika Penelope

Two years and 4,860 pills later, I now realize how little I actually understood about transitioning back in February 2011. There were so many aspects of transitioning and being treated like a woman in society that I was totally unprepared for.