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How A 7-Year-Old Girl Persuaded A Publisher To Drop 'For Boys' From A Book's Cover

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents

When 7-year-old Parker Dains picked up a copy of Biggest, Baddest Book of Bugs at the library, she flipped the book over and saw something totally unn...

How Halloween Helped Me Challenge The Gender Binary

Erin Whitney | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Erin Whitney

In her latest blog at the A.V. Club, Cameron Esposito says that little gay kids push the boundaries of gender on Halloween out of a necessity and a sense of survival. While I may not have recognized it at the time, or at least attached a label to it, I was one of those little gay kids who, as she says, felt something "off about heteronormative culture" and used the holiday to protest it.

James Nichols

New Project Explores The Diverse Transgender And Gender Nonconforming Community

HuffingtonPost.com | James Nichols | Posted 06.08.2014 | Gay Voices

A compelling new project is in the works that elevates the lives individuals whose gender identity or presentation exists outside traditional understa...

As a Trans Person, Facebook is One of the Only Places I Exist

Lauren Lubin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Lauren Lubin

Facebook's massive gender inclusion turned my once invisible presence in this world into something visible. I now existed. It was quite surreal.

Facebook's Gender Identities

Dana Beyer | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

As expected, there was a rush of praise from the LGBT community, and condemnation from Fox News and its reactionary brethren. On further analysis, I believe this is significant progress yet not as momentous a change as some imagine.

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.

Label Mayhem: The Problem With a Binary System of Sexuality in a Society That's Changing Its Views on Love

Bekki Charbonneau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Bekki Charbonneau

I am a queer woman. I flip-flop between identities. I have been "straight," then "bisexual," then "pansexual," then a weeping puddle in the middle of the floor (which has occurred frequently enough to be considered an identity, in my opinion). But I have figured out a few things (probably).

Can God Make People Who Don't Fit Into Our Boxes? The Transgender Question

Morgan Guyton | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Azusa Pacific University, a Christian college, recently decided to fire a theology professor for coming out as transgender. It got me thinking about a basic conflation that I think conservative evangelicals like Russell Moore are making in how they react to transgender people.

Gay Love vs. Magnets: Why We Are Missing the Point

Gilles Herrada, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Gilles Herrada, Ph.D.

Amalaha's worldview is based on the grand principle of the complementarity of polar opposites. Gender polarities have constituted the pillars of nearly all worldviews in the Old World since late antiquity. Eventually the European colonizations made the gender polarity a standard.

Our Evolving Multi-Gender Society

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

These are exciting times as the freedom to self-determine is allowing a myriad of identities to arise. My personal belief is that the binary will survive and be strengthened as the borders of the two main categories become softened and the codes that determine qualification are loosened.

Bashing Binaries -- Along With 2,000 Pounds of Clay (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Heather Cassils | Posted 11.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Heather Cassils

I aim to make images that bash through binaries and the notion that in order to be officially transgender, you have to have surgery or take hormones. I perform trans not as something about a crossing from one sex to another but as a continual becoming.

Lost in Trans-lation

Nadia Cho | Posted 09.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Nadia Cho

Transgender and genderqueer individuals challenge us to think about how people are defined and what it means to be who we really are. What constitutes a man or a woman is dictated by cultural norms, and how we identify with a certain gender is more complicated than we think. Gender is a spectrum.

(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.

Misidentification and Transphobia: One Musician's Experiences Touring America

James Nichols | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
James Nichols

With the knowledge that Janke identifies as trans and has experienced violence in multiple forms in response to this identification, I felt that their travels performing their musical project would in some way speak to issues for trans individuals during this crucial time for the queer community.

Does 'Bisexual' Imply That There Are Only Two Genders?

A.J. Walkley | Posted 03.18.2013 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

The idea that bisexuals are attracted to only two genders is an incredibly common stereotype of all bisexuals. Many people assume that the "bi" aspect of the word "bisexuality" implies a gender binary, and that those who identify as bisexual are only attracted to males and females.

Sassafras Lowrey's 'Roving Pack': My Thoughts

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 01.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Susan Corso

True confessions: I had to call Father Toni Amato to get some help understanding the world of Sassafras Lowrey's Roving Pack. It's a world of transgender gutterpunks. The first word I knew. The second, not so much.

The Bad 'B' Word: A Need For Bisexual Acceptance

A.J. Walkley | Posted 10.20.2012 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

Why, in this day and age, is the term "bisexual" still a bad word with negative connotations? Why do those who may have identified as bisexual in the past feel the need to find other terms for their sexuality today?

Boys Will Be Boys, At Last!: Thank You, Joel Stein

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Many thanks to you, sir, for your considered thoughts on gender correctness in last week's New York Times. It's a relief to know that "boys will be boys" (masculine, car-loving, toilet-fixing, lady-killing hunters) if parents get out of their own overly empathic, feminist-mind-controlled way.

Everybody's Trans: Gender Oppression Hurts All Of Us

Laverne Cox | Posted 08.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Laverne Cox

Many of us are constantly putting ourselves and others in gender boxes that we just don't fit into, whether or not we identify as trans. This is not to negate the specific discrimination that trans-identified people experience daily and systemically, but gender oppression affects everyone.

A Penis And A Dress: Why The Gender Binary Needs To Go Away

Allison Hope | Posted 07.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Imagine a world where someone with a penis can wear dresses every day if this person desired. Gender-neutral bathrooms and department stores and professional sports become the rule rather than the exception to it. Children can play with whatever toys they prefer.

Beyond Male And Female: Creativity, Risks, And Resilience Among Genderqueer People In The National Transgender Discrimination Survey

Jack Harrison-Quintana | Posted 07.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Jack Harrison-Quintana

Are you male or female? For many people, answering this question doesn't cause a moment's hesitation. But for genderqueer people, this question isn't so easy to answer, and survey research that offers only two gender options may overlook genderqueer people's experiences altogether.

Breaking Down The Gender Binary

Catherine Oliver | Posted 06.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Catherine Oliver

Some parents have tried to raise their kids without gender stereotypes, only to get accused of being hippies at best and downright abusive at worst. Tell me what's abusive about not shoving your kid into a box that says, "This is how you're supposed to act given your genitalia."

The Gender Spectrum: A Detrimental Solution to the Binary Problem

Sandra Matsevilo | Posted 05.28.2012 | College
Sandra Matsevilo

While the gender spectrum is a plausible stepping stone in better understanding gender, it is in no way a final solution to helping individuals find their identities.

When The Gender Boxes Don't Fit

Ericka Sokolower-Shain | Posted 05.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Ericka Sokolower-Shain

What gender-variant youth need are teachers who don't make assumptions, who ask lots of questions and then listen to the answers. Everyone is different. When a kid tells you what's important to them, that's what they want you to do.

WATCH: Can Trans* People Be Non-Straight?

Brandon Thomas | Posted 05.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Brandon Thomas

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