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Transphobia

Woman Sues Planet Fitness For Not Letting Her Be Transphobic

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices

Planet Fitness is facing a lawsuit for not being discriminatory. Really. Yvette Cormier, whose membership at a Planet Fitness in Midland, Michigan...

The Second Coming of the Man Who Would Be Queen

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Charlotte Allen's article in the Weekly Standard, "The Transgender Triumph," which reads like a "Greatest Hits" album of the scientifically ignorant and hateful anti-trans rabble, leads with the return of Professor J. Michael Bailey to the scene of the crimes that originally led to his fall from grace. It's a surprisingly tone-deaf way to stage-manage your Second Coming.

In Defense of Pastor Rob Bell -- Anti-Gay Christians Cause Their Own Irrelevance

Jessica Joseph | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Jessica Joseph

The glaring hypocritical pitfall of Anti-LGBT Christians is not only being noticed by more and more people, it's further exacerbated when people unveil the embarrassing, historical pattern of Christians selectively wielding the scriptures purely to oppress those towards whom they already had a prejudice.

Stop Letting Trans People Die

Mya Adriene Byrne | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Mya Adriene Byrne

I call on all non-trans people: queer allies, straight activists, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, bandmates, soulmates, teens and elders, ministers, doctors and teachers -- let the world know that you care about trans folk, no matter how they identify, and that you stand with us.

A Poem for the Haters This Valentine's Day

Allison Hope | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Because Valentine's Day is all about love (and oppressive Roman emperors and corporate marketing), I figured why not write a love poem to all those LGBT haters out there. Because love conquers all, after all. And if doesn't, at least it makes them squirm.

Favoring Transphobia?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Unfortunately for the transgender community, their need for rights are only now able to come to the forefront. They have always been there but have been misunderstood by almost everyone with whom they come in contact.

Duke Student Athletes Speak Out on the Power of Language

Daniel Kort | Posted 03.11.2015 | College
Daniel Kort

I am proud of my peers for leading by example in challenging marginalizing language and bias both on and off the field, building safer and more inclusive communities, and validating the identities and experiences of people of all backgrounds.

Jerry Springer Responds To Claims That His Show Is Transphobic

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices

Media personality Jerry Springer disputed longstanding claims that his show is transphobic in a HuffPost Live appearance this week. "We have trans...

Smiles for Leelah Alcorn, Who Asked Us to 'Fix Society. Please.'

Peter Monn | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter Monn

"My death needs to mean something." Wow, that's pretty profound. They're just kids, right? They're just teenagers, and they don't know anything about the world, right? Well, I think Leelah taught us all a very valuable lesson: Life is very precious, and it needs to mean something.

Not One More

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The state is unwilling to define reparative therapy and denial of medical care to transgender youths as abuse. We cannot change what religious leaders are preaching, nor do our voices carry enough weight to effectively gainsay their religious messaging. A radical new direction is needed. Therefore, I propose an emancipation project.

KateGate's Growing Horrors: From the B-52s' Kate Pierson's Unapolegetic Alignment With Anti-Trans Activism to Her Transparently Empty Call for Dialogue

Jamie Cooper Holland | Posted 02.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Cooper Holland

It's been over a week since the release of your new single, "Mister Sister," and the publication of my open letter to you regarding the disappointment and pain that it caused me, a longtime fan, and many in the trans community. What initially began as a few sparks flying about your single has officially turned into a conflagration.

Don't Let Seoul's Mayor Buckle to Homophobia and Transphobia

Andy Marra | Posted 02.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

As mayor, Mr. Park halted the enactment of Seoul's Charter of Human Rights for the city's upcoming observance of Human Rights Day. Why? The Charter included a provision stating support for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

An Open Letter to Kate Pierson, From a Trans Woman and Fan, About Your New 'Trans Anthem' Attempt

Jamie Cooper Holland | Posted 02.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie Cooper Holland

I don't speak for all trans people; I appreciate the sentiment, but it's not for you to write a trans anthem because you haven't lived a trans existence. Trans lives are still very much misunderstood by mainstream culture.

Love-Based Activism

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

If my purpose is to create change, to help bring about the end of legalized discrimination against LGBT people, my actions should be such that they are effective at bringing about that change.

The Science of Human Sexuality Goes to Court

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Today I'd like to discuss one of the first two post-Macy cases being brought by the EEOC, a case that highlights the conflict surrounding the transgender condition brilliantly. It shows us the state of mind of those Americans who either are profoundly ignorant of science or detest those who don't fit into their limited conceptions of sexuality.

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 and the Transgender Movement

JamieAnn Meyers | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
JamieAnn Meyers

Today we memorialize and celebrate the lives of those transgender and gender-nonconforming persons who were murdered this past year simply because of their gender identities. We also honor the lives of trans people who ended their own lives because they just could not bear to go on in the face of the emotional and/or physical violence brought about by transphobia.

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?

Transitive Thoughts: Musings on Harassment, Societal Pressures and Detransition

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 01.19.2015 | Gay 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.

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

Kirsten Brown | Posted 01.17.2015 | 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.

The Good, Bad And Ugly Of What Happened When My Husband Came Out As Trans

Marvi Matos | Posted 01.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Marvi Matos

Until one year ago we were perceived as an ordinary family when it came to composition: husband, wife and kids. But when my other half expressed to the world that she is a woman and would start presenting herself as a woman, the news surprised some, shocked most and unraveled a series of fortunate and unfortunate events.

Queering All Saints and All Souls: Celebrating the Queer Body of Christ

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The queer saints gather to break bread together, to keep Sabbath, to pray, to watch and witness, to hope, believing in the Beloved Community of unconditional grace that we have not yet seen in fullness -- only in a glass darkly in our queer koinonia. This is true love for God, without self-interest, with nothing left to gain.

LGBTIQ Rights in Africa: One Step Forward, One Step Back

Fareen Walji | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Fareen Walji

While the recent Ugandan and Kenyan court rulings are two victories to celebrate, we know there have been many battles quietly lost.

Sarah Silverman and the Art of Advocacy

Dana Beyer | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Social progress, with a concomitant increase in visibility, brings the need for that community to adapt in order to make further progress. A recent case in point is the politically correct backlash from some in the trans community directed toward Sarah Silverman and the equal-pay video from the National Women's Law Center last week.

Transphobia Strikes Again on Conan

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 12.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Co-authored by Jac Cichocki The Oct. 1 episode of Conan featured a parody song sung by a man in a wig making effeminate gestures, written, performed,...