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Puberty Suppression for Transgender Adolescents Works

Jack Drescher | Posted 09.16.2014 | Science
Jack Drescher

Puberty suppression for gender-dysphoric adolescents has only been around since the late 1990s. The Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria at Amsterdam's VU University pioneered this approach, and their recent online publication of a longitudinal study in the journal Pediatrics offers insights into how some of these kids fare.

Duke's Historic LGBTQ-Inclusive Application Question Matters

Daniel Kort | Posted 09.03.2014 | College
Daniel Kort

While most students do not identify as LGBTQ, the mere presence of this question sends a powerful message to the Duke community about diversity.

I Would Learn to Play Hopscotch

Stephanie Mott | Posted 08.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Perhaps it is about having the courage to be myself at the time, even if only a little. Maybe learning to play hopscotch would have created enough space for my girl to breathe. Like a well-kept secret where I would have known what she was doing, that she was there, but no one else would know.

7 Social Issues Robin Williams Brought To The Big Screen

ThinkProgress | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact

Robin Williams was serious about a lot of issues in his personal life, whether campaigning for a new G.I. bill, or raising money for Hurricane Katrina...

Kashink Uses Hairy Four-Eyed Men to Examine Gender Assumptions

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

The international Street Art scene boasts a small percentage of women artists and KASHINK may perplex even that statistic with her mustache. It's the ...

Transgender Children Today: Shifting the Responsibility for Change Away From Children and Onto Society

Aidan Key | Posted 07.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Aidan Key

How do we change society? We start by listening to the truths of these children and believing, rather than dismissing, them. If we can start by believing the child's clearly stated truth, we are well on our way.

What My Son Taught Me About Gender Identity

Julie Tarney | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

Then it dawned on me. The handsome, bearded young man sitting next to me at the restaurant didn't just idolize female characters, he related to them. He identified with them.

My Trans Son: Standing Tall

Todd Greenwood | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Todd Greenwood

As a society, we have just begun to talk about what it means to be transgender, and I, like most men of my generation, knew almost nothing. If there is anything that I've learned, it's that the subject is deeply complex. I think I understand something fundamental, but I really don't.

Am I Losing My Queer Cred?

Justin Ropella | Posted 08.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin Ropella

When the hairstylist asked about my partner, I got to use female pronouns without feeling like I was breaking her trust in any way. I was strangely compelled to disclose my partner's transgender status, though. Why would I want to tack on some kind of modifier when identifying her as woman to a total stranger?

Drawing Boobs Drew Trouble for My 5-Year-Old Son

Julie Tarney | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

A few months earlier, in the summer of 1992, Harry had told me, "Inside my head I'm a girl." So I knew biological differences between boys and girls didn't make that much sense to him. It was what was in his head that mattered.

Playing in the Spaces

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

In Harvey Fierstein's Tony-nominated play, Casa Valentina, men embody women. Or rather they reveal themselves through women's clothing, mannerisms and identities.

Heavy Makeup, Fishnets And Short Shorts Don't Make Me Less Of A Feminist

Gabriela Rivera-Morales | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women
Gabriela Rivera-Morales

You can't convince me that I'm immediately complicit in a sexist system for loving makeup, and wearing booty shorts or itty-bitty crop tops.

Why It's Not Okay for Andrew Garfield to Play a Trans Woman

Bustle | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Bustle

It would be nice, for once, if actual transgender people were given a platform to actually say that we exist, on our own terms. It would be refreshing if there was an acknowledgment that fixing the problems we face is going to take more than pride and proclaiming that we exist.

Profound Portraits Of Young Agender Individuals Challenge The Male/Female Identity

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts

Sparked by a tragic incident of violence and hate, photographer Chloe Aftel's portrait project "Agender" shines a spotlight on the beautiful complexit...

WATCH: 5 Wildly Viral TED Talks That Will Show You The Power Of Courage

TEDTalks | Posted 07.23.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

We've pulled together five of the most-watched TED talks from this year as voted by you, our loyal TEDWeekends audience. On the surface, they seem so different. But each speaker is an outsider spreading a common idea -- the best way to find courage in this world is to embrace your own, unique voice.

The Power of Language

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

Heading off to debate camp, it did not really occur to me to worry about my safety as a transgender teenager staying in the dorms of a New England University for five weeks. But on the second day, my roommate said the unthinkable.

Mom, Dad... I'm Straight

Jason Rozek | Posted 07.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Rozek

The person you thought was your male friend is, in fact, a woman, and I'm now in a heterosexual relationship. Over the past month, my partner and I have been coming out to our friends and family about her gender identity.

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.

WATCH: A Multi-Media Exploration Of Gender Performance

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.22.2014 | Gay Voices

'GENDEROSITY' is a new multi-media theatrical project from artist Donald Shorter that seeks to take the viewer through his intimate transformation as ...

How My Partner's Transition Gave Me a Schlubby Ape-Man Complex

Jason Rozek | Posted 06.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Rozek

I realize, of course, that she's holding herself to a feminine ideal and embracing her true gender expression, but in those moments I couldn't look at the hair creeping down my arms onto the back of my hands without thinking, "Am I some sort of disgusting, hairy-handed ape-beast?"

Amanda Terkel

Obamacare Bars Discrimination Based On Gender Identity But Not Sexual Orientation: HHS Official

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Affordable Care Act is the first federal law to provide protection against sex discrimination in health care. LGBT advocates have be...

Enough With the Bathrooms: Stigma, Stereotypes and Barriers to Trans Equality

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

The truth of the matter is that everyone has a right to non-discrimination, and that trans people pretty much everywhere face unique barriers to exercising this right because of stigma, stereotypes and legal obstacles to changing gender markers.

Anti-Trans Slurs and Drag: Who Exactly Is Transgender, and Does It Matter?

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

It might help for someone to talk with RuPaul and explain how many trans women really don't want to overcome their distaste for the slurs "tranny" and "shemale." As one who was slurred as a cover girl for the extremist Traditional Values Coalition back in 2008, I join in asking for simple respect and civility.

Will The US Finally Recognize Non-Binary Genders?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay Voices

A petition is making its rounds on the Internet that calls on politicians to legally recognize individuals whose bodies and experiences fall outside o...

'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.