We're told that we're being unrealistic, but it takes a hell of a lot of creativity and imagination to keep fighting at odds with what we are told is possible, at odds with the options available in our given systems steeped in racisim, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and violence.
On Tuesday, March 12, I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to meet with a group of representatives from Housing Works who, every Tuesday from January to June, travel to Albany, N.Y., to speak with New York state legislators to encourage them to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act.
There are plenty of men walking around in female bodies, and plenty of women walking around in male bodies. Should we be forced to transition just to be "affirmed," "recognized" and "respected" as belonging to the gender we identify with? Nope, not all of us should have to, and I probably won't.
The co-directors of WSU's 11th annual production of The Vagina Monologues have included two original pieces: the story of a "genderqueer" person who struggles with their relationship with their vagina, and the story of a non-op trans* woman who wishes she had a vagina but cannot.
It's up to trans* people to be proactive and make certain that our individual and collective voices are heard loud and clear by the public and the media, and that we continue to be written into the record of queer history.
Lesbians, bisexual women and transgender women experience violence and discrimination as women and as people with nonconforming sexual orientation and gender identity -- from their families, religious groups, employers, police, and general public.
What about my sexual orientation? I'm most strongly attracted to transgender women. I am certainly not straight, but I'm not gay, either. So what's my sexual orientation? There is no word that describes a person who is primarily attracted to transgender women.
Now that the courts are recognizing that sex and gender overlap, and now that Americans realize that gender identity and sexual orientation are rooted in the biology of our brains, we are nearing the moment that the entire LGBT community may be protected under an expanded Title VII.
In the absence of any concrete statements from Manning, it's impossible to know for certain how he prefers to be known, but if his use of a female name was indeed one of the reasons why Manning was placed on a highly restrictive status, that's a very troubling justification.
Trans persons are no longer classified by the medical community as mentally ill, this decision coming 39 years after homosexuality was declassified as a mental illness. I have been involved in many civil rights campaigns, but as a physician, none has mattered more to me than this one.
Traditional masculine men and feminine women are rapidly becoming just two options in a much larger array of gender expressions, and those of us with transitioning bodies, or identifying outside the binary, would like to have a safe place to pee.
Perhaps this makes me gauche, low-brow, or hopelessly insensitive, but if you've written an entire book about your transitioning experience from female to male, yes, I'll admit it: I'm going to have questions about what's happening in your pants.
There are too many LGBT patients who are uncomfortable discussing sexual orientation or gender identity with health-care providers -- and there are too many providers who need training on how to have these discussions with patients.
With incorrect, offensive, or downright transphobic phrases like "man in a dress," "male-to-female transsexual," "he calls himself Brandi," or, likely the most offensive of them all, "he-she," mainstream media simply cannot get it right.
In 76 countries, consensual sex between same-gender partners is a crime with a prison sentence. These kinds of human rights abuses are unacceptable, and the Obama administration is committed to combating them -- but we also need your help.
The reality is that while bullying, school environments, and related outcomes have a long way to go for lesbian, gay, and bisexual students, the distance is even further for transgender students. We need to be having a discussion about that.
Performer and trans activist Carmen Carrera is calling for TLC show Cake Boss to re-edit an episode in which she recently appeared as a guest star and unwittingly becomes the butt of a blatantly transphobic prank.
Ravi's Twitter posts, webcam spying, and homophobic attitude were stigmatizing, and it is possible that these pushed Clementi to a tipping point. But Clementi's suicide did not happen in a bubble with only him and Ravi; it took place in a society in which homophobia is still rampant.