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The New 'C' Word

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

"Cis" and "cisgender" certainly have a proper place in academia and are likely to be used there for a long time, given how their use has steadily increased. They are also increasingly used in non-LGBT progressive circles as part of policy and sociology discussions. Outside these contexts, however, neither word does us much good.

The Duality of a White, Cisgender, Gay Man

Tyler Curry | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

I do not claim to be anything other than my own personal mixture of identifiers and traits that make me who I am. But I'd like to believe it's still possible to strive to understand another group's inequalities so that we can keep striving for fairness in our culture. That is how equality is won.

Why These Queers Are Boycotting OkCupid

Alex Berg | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Alex Berg

More of my queer-identified friends use it than any other dating website because the options are varied -- just not varied enough. On the website, users can only identify as male or female, and as straight, gay, or bisexual.

The Problem With Automatically Labeling Drag Queens as Cisgender Gay Men

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 06.29.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

The idea that drag queens entertain and then return home to their cisgender lives is problematized by the fact that many drag performers are marked as subversively gendered even out of drag.

The Language Of Dude Feminism

J.A. McCarroll | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
J.A. McCarroll

Rather than attacking the institution of masculinity itself, several recent campaigns have attempted a sort of masculinity triage, trying to eliminate violence against women, while still flattering men with the label of protector.

Mistaken For a Trans Woman I Got Initiated Into Sisterhood

Victoria Bond | Posted 04.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Victoria Bond

Because of my experience my sense of sisterhood extends to trans women in a way it had not before. Trans women and cis women are each other's Phoebes. I am so glad that we're hearing more of our trans sisters' stories.

Facebook Provides Opportunity for Lesson in Gender Identity

Chris Edwards | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Edwards

A few months ago I was filling out an online customer survey. Under "gender," in addition to "male" and "female," there was a third option: "other." I thought that was impressive. Then Facebook came along and added 50. Bravo, Facebook, bravo.

On Loving Men Beyond the Erection

Mark Travis Rivera | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Travis Rivera

One day I met a man who helped me redefine what my sexuality means to me. This guy, whom I will refer to as "James," was attractive: He had this way with words, and a smile that took my breath away. James happens to be transgender; he was assigned "female" at birth.

I'm Not Angry With Gabourey Sidibe -- I'm Grateful To Her

Jean-Marie Navetta | Posted 04.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Jean-Marie Navetta

I am cisgender and identify as gay. These are not things that I chose. But I do choose to be an ally to my trans friends and colleagues because I want everyone I know to be treated as they want to be treated.

How To Be a Trans* Ally

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Amelia Shroyer

You can be a trans ally in a lot of different ways; there is no one, fool-proof guide. I spent some time researching and putting my own experiences as an ally down into a list of 'bare minimum' criteria.

When Will Non-Transgender People Wake Up to Themselves?

Fiona Dawson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Fiona Dawson

The cisgender obsession with transgender people's sex organs indicates that cisgender people don't really know enough about what defines their own state of being. Quite frankly, if as Couric says, "it's still a mystery to some people," then go read a biology book or Google it.

Indigo Girls Encourage Music Festival Protest Over Transgender Exclusion

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices

Though they'll be on hand to perform, the Indigo Girls are encouraging a protest against the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival for the event's continu...

Trans*-lation

Jennifer Tyrrell | Posted 04.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Tyrrell

"What exactly does it mean to be transgender? Why do they want to change their sex? Why can't they just be gay or lesbian?" These are some of the questions I so ignorantly used to think about transgender people. But I am a firm believer that ignorance must always be replaced by education.

When Will HRC And GLAAD Go After Miller Lite's Offensive Ads?

David Groshoff | Posted 03.03.2012 | Gay Voices
David Groshoff

On Christmas I took the day off from researching corporate law and watched whatever programming our cable TV provided. And that programming contained a seemingly disturbing amount of "manliness," whatever that means.

Queering Language

Emerson Whitney | Posted 01.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Emerson Whitney

I use words like "genderqueer" and "cisgender" and address friends with pronouns like "ze" and "per" as part of a vocabulary I've adopted to help articulate the complexity of gender.