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Binaries Not Included

Stephanie Mott | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Eliminating the binary does not mean that someone can not identify as purely male or purely female. It means that no one has to. Gender does not paint the picture of who I am. Who I am paints the picture of my gender. Why not use all of the colors on the palette?

The Truth About Anti-Trans* Slurs

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

We must find a way to understand the damage we do. We can't continue to throw around words that we don't find personally offensive and wash our hands of the harm they cause to someone else. If we do anything less than put an end to the use of anti-trans* slurs, then we are just bullies.

What City in Kansas Is Getting LGBT in a Major Way?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

What city in Kansas has passed three LGBT inclusive ordinances in the last 8 months, put on a nationally recognized TDOR event, has a church that declared support for marriage equality, is getting ready to have a Pride Prom, and is planning a Pride Parade & Picnic for September?

Feeling Lost

Rebecca Pell | Posted 07.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Pell

I'm not sure where this is all heading. I guess, if anything, I was looking for a miracle. This blog was my attempt at putting a note in a bottle and throwing it in the ocean; hoping that something miraculous would happen.

The Challenges of Finding Employment as a 52-Year-Old Transgender Woman

Rebecca Pell | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Pell

Getting a meaningful job seems unattainable right now. I can't change things that are beyond my control. I can't change the fact that I'm 52, and that I'm transsexual with a voice like a guy.

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.

Men and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Calpernia Addams | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Calpernia Addams

My boyfriend's gift to me today was a few hours where I thought about nothing but the smell of the plants as they released the stored up warmth of the day in Griffith Park.

Claiming My Religious Right

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Stephanie Mott

It is my right to believe in unconditional love. Why is it that we are so eager to put conditions on God's unconditional love? You have to be straight. You can't be transgender. You have to be Christian. You have to believe. No! Not! None of these things! You just have to be.

8 Myths About Transgender Men's Genital Reconstructions

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

"It's not life-or-death," "It's cosmetic," "You need therapy, not surgery," and "It will burden taxpayers" are among the many toxic myths in need of exploding. So -- with the caveats that this list is not exhaustive and I am no medical expert -- it's time to bust some myths!

The Adventures of Dab the AIDS Bear

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Not too many years ago, during the AIDS crisis, Dab Garner took teddy bears and gave them to young men who were dying alone because even doctors and family members wouldn't have anything to do with them.

'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.

On Being More Than Your Medical Condition

Landon Wilson | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Landon Wilson

I am a cancer survivor. I am transgender. These are two significant parts of my experience as the man I am today, but they do not define me.

Trans-Uterus

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Complicating the simple is a human talent. You might think that the human endeavor should be fraught with efforts to simplify the complicated, and indeed, it is. Unfortunately, it seems that most of the efforts to simplify the complicated, actually serve to complicate the simple.

Do Your Homework, Dr. Ablow

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

One might ask, "So what sort of evidence is there that being transgender has some sort of biological origin, that indeed someone can be wired to be one gender, and physically another?" Short answer: Lots. Here are 15 studies showing a biological origin of gender dysphoria.

Transgender Education: Teaching the Teachers

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

In our own writings, in the words that are found in articles, blog posts, and our own minds, we unintentionally reinforce the message we most need to confront. We do this when we talk about "becoming a woman" or "becoming a man." We do this when we use the word "transition."

Beyond Transition: Documentaries Capture Rich, Complex Transgender Lives

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

This year has seen a steady stream of trans-focused independent documentaries illuminating how nuanced, flawed, individualistic, and human trans lives are. I spoke via email with several filmmakers to learn how they worked toward capturing rich portraits of trans folks.

1960s Transgender Icon Given New Life Today

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.30.2013 | Arts

Born in 1935, April Ashley was a successful model by the time she turned 26, gracing the pages of magazines like Vogue in nothing but her underwear. B...

LGBT: What Does It Really Mean?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

LGBT. These letters stand for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender." They also stand for "love, grace, beauty, and truth." The challenges of, and the solutions to, creating a different world are intertwined in these two representations of these four letters.

Male Organ or Not, This Really Is a Female Body

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

Recently I had a powerful dream in which I was the subject of a complicated mystical ceremony of the sacred Earth spirits to make my body truly female. No, it wouldn't change my boy parts to girl parts -- I'd still need surgery for that -- but it would mean that my body was truly female.

Transgender Health Insurance (Part 2): Why Coverage Is Only the Beginning

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

When I learned that my insurance would pay for my top surgery, I thought the deal was sealed, but I faced two unanticipated limiting factors while preparing for surgery: (1) finding a surgeon willing to work with insurance, and (2) fitting the profile of a "properly" insurable trans person.

University of Arizona Helps Transgender Studies Take a Bold Leap Forward

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

For me, a transgender writer and thinker, this represents the core gain of a distinctly trans field of study: its ability to center trans people as active agents in defining their worldviews, rather than as the objects of others' research or criticism.

Transgender in the Workplace: The Need for Training

Vanessa Sheridan | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Vanessa Sheridan

Legalities, social understandings/expectations, and business paradigms are constantly shifting, and today's organizations must be equipped to respond accordingly. For this reason, transgender awareness training is rapidly becoming a necessity.

Peeing in a Cup

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I have a new appreciation for the value of clean facilities and having the toilet seat down. In all honesty, I haven't quite figured out exactly how all of this pee-in-a-cup-while-sitting-down stuff works. I mean, for the first 54 years of my life, it was a pretty simple process.

(A) Male, (B) Female, (C) Both, (D) Neither

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

I feel deeply male, yet I'd never want to be just a man. I am deeply proud of being assigned and raised female yet prefer not to be referred to as "she." I like to think there are more than two choices. Male? Female? Not enough.

The Play

Stephanie Mott | Posted 09.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Imagine waking in the morning and entering into a play. You assume the part of a character who is not you. The character is about 5 years old and male. "How can I play the part of a boy?" you ask. "This is the part you are assigned," comes the answer.