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Coming Out as Transgender

The Best Way to Change Minds: Come Out, Stay Out and Speak Out

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Last week my friend, Professor Jenny Boylan of Barnard College, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times entitled "Trans Community Can Change Minds by Changing Discourse." She uses the promotion of marriage equality as the gay analogue to what the trans community now needs. With all due respect, I think she's got it backwards.

The Challenges Of Coming Out As Transgender While In College

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Activist and musician Joanna Blackhart recalled the experience of coming out as transgender at a Catholic university in Texas as part of an interview ...

I Am Loveworthy: How a Transgender Woman Found Love

Andy Marra | Posted 08.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

Drew has helped me truly accept that I am loveworthy, deserving of being loved for all of who I am. He has shown me that I have been and always will be more than enough for someone.

10 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Rebecca Juro | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Juro

Don't wait another second. You can recover from a lot of things -- a lost job, people in your life who react badly, discrimination, and much more -- but the one thing you can never get back is your youth. Spend it being who you are, not running away from it.

Why Coming Out As Transgender At The Office Is More Difficult Than Announcing You're Gay

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender rights advocate Beck Bailey spoke at length about the unique challenges facing the community in the workplace in a HuffPost Live interview...

A Life Filled With Grace

Summer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Summer

Back home, everyone sees me as a boy, perhaps a bit feminine but definitely a boy. But take one look at me and you will see a vast difference between the boy with glasses sitting at the back of class, his head buried in some book, and the woman I can be when I'm free to do so.

Finding My Place as a Transgender Woman

Mia Hogues | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mia Hogues

What do you do when the contents of your heart conflict with the image of your physical being? How do you find a way to just live a normal, safe life? My answer was hair! That's where Franklin Beauty School came into the picture.

Why 'Living Visibly' As Transgender Is The 'Antithesis Of Coming Out'

Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Transgender writer and activist Janet Mock spoke to HuffPost Live about why the coming out process presents unique challenges for the trans community ...

My Job: 'Coming Out'

Justine Valinotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

Perhaps the most surprising and disturbing part of my "coming out" at work was the sometimes-unconsciously held prejudices about socio-economic class -- and pure and simple looks -- my transition brought to the fore.

Pi Lambda Phi Has a 'Sister'?

Juliet Owen | Posted 12.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Juliet Owen

In December 2011 she informed Ian Lowe, Executive Director of Pi Lambda Phi, that although she had been initiated into the fraternity as a male (in alignment with the fraternity's policies and guidelines), she now identified as a transgender woman and was in process of transitioning.

I'm Transgender-Masculine, a Lover of Men, and Living in Accordance With My Biblical Faith

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As a person who has characteristics of both of the conventional binary genders, I cannot help but embrace the creation account not as a principle that exclusively upholds heterosexuality but as an affirmation of the importance and blessedness of human partnership.

A Paradigm Shift Without a Clutch

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

I told the students I have been with my partner Janis for 13 years, and that we have three young children. I never mentioned my transition or used the words "lesbian" or "transgender." I just let them draw their own conclusions. Then I asked if I might do an audience participation exercise.

How to Tell Your Partner You're Transgender

Toni Newman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Finding a mate who can love and accept you as you will unfortunately not come easily. Like any person, you will have to deal with rejection, heartbreak and disappointment, but don't be dismayed, because love is out there, and you can find it.

WATCH: After 20 Years Of Marriage, Husband And Wife Both Come Out Of Closet

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.16.2013 | Gay Voices

In a recent HuffPost Gay Voices blog post, doctor and author Danielle Kaufman wrote about the day when she, still living as a man, learned her wife is...

Answers From The Wife Of A Transgender Woman

Regina | Posted 04.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Regina

My spouse, Jean, transitioned about 11 years ago. We've been together for 16 years and will celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary this spring. This has been a long journey for both of us.

Improving Conversations About Transgender Issues

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Just as telling my co-workers that I am transgender was necessary to making progress in my transition, opening better dialogue with would-be allies is necessary to making progress on transgender issues. Bridging the gap requires both sides to adjust how they do things.

The Beautiful Daughter: How My Korean Mother Gave Me The Courage To Transition

Andy Marra | Posted 01.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

What if I did find my birth family after all these years? And how would they handle meeting a young woman instead of a baby boy who should have grown into manhood? I was left with few ideas to reconcile my concerns.

Who Am I, Really?

Justin McCoy | Posted 09.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Justin McCoy

Around the age of 18, I realized that there was something off about me; I just didn't know what it was or what to do. I did know that I did not like who I was or my appearance. I did not recognize the person in the mirror. I asked myself, "Could I be transgender?" I was terrified.

Star Of AMC's 'Small Town Security' Reflects On His Transition (VIDEO)

Dennis Croft | Posted 09.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Dennis Croft

I got married and had kids, trying to live as a woman. I tried to convince myself I was normal and a woman: "See? I have kids and a husband." Then I woke up... I knew who I was, but I was afraid of it. Who would accept me? Would I be able to accept myself?

WATCH: Would You Stay With Your Spouse If She Or He Changed Gender?

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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I Told My Boyfriend I'm Transgender

Janet Mock | Posted 02.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Janet Mock

Though many guys I've dated do not and may never know the gender history of the girl they randomly made out with, I have relayed my story to a select few. But there is only one man whom I wanted to tell my story to from the very first night we met.

A Pro Bono Transgender Primer

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jon LaPook

What exactly does transitioning mean? It's the period during which somebody starts to live as his/her new gender. One misconception is that transitioning requires surgery.

Coming Out Again: The Politics of Shame, Silence and Story

Hayden | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Hayden

We must not just tell our stories to change the minds of strangers who might do us harm so that one day we'll be safe to walk down our streets; we must keep telling our stories, wholly and completely, to those who love us so that they can hold and support us and sustain us.