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Gender Identity

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

Jason Rozek | Posted 04.15.2014 | 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 03.28.2014 | 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 03.24.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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.

It Turns Out My Partner Is a Woman, So What Does That Make Me?

Jason Rozek | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Rozek

Eight months ago I pulled a bra out of the washing machine for the first time since breaking up with my college girlfriend and loudly coming out of the closet as a gay man a decade earlier. This bra belonged to someone I would have called my boyfriend a week earlier, before she came out to me as a transgender woman.

Call the (Gender) Police!

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

When lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer kids are attacked, they are usually the ones who are gender-nonconforming. This highlights the underlying problem: Our culture isn't killing people for being transgender; they're doing it for failing to stay within gender boundaries.

Facebook's Gender Identities

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.19.2014 | 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.

On Being More Than Your Medical Condition

Landon Wilson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Landon Wilson

I am a cancer survivor. I am transgender. These are two significant parts of my experience as the man I am today, but they do not define me.

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.

Gender Identity Is Not What's on the Outside

Vicki Cobb | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

Susan Kuklin's book for young adults, Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out captures the voices of six young people who have struggled with their gender identity, a different issue from sexual orientation.

Our Common Identity

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

I sometimes wonder if it makes much difference that for some of us, our Christian identity is a vertical identity shared with parents, and for others of us, it is a horizontal identity, an aspect of personality that may even put us at odds with our family of origin.

Chris Crocker: 'I Would Be 100 Percent Happy Living As A Girl'

The Huffington Post | James NIchols | Posted 02.07.2014 | Gay Voices

Chris Crocker rose to fame in 2007 with his infamous "Leave Britney Alone" YouTube video -- and he's come a long way over the past seven years. Hav...

Why Men Come to Me to Be Transformed Into Women

Adrian Acosta | Posted 03.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Adrian Acosta

Grindr is infested with profiles that state: "Masc for Masc," which makes me questions if gays today are using their "masc" as a mask.

What Tyler Oakley Taught Me About Being a 'Man'

Jackson Barnett | Posted 03.06.2014 | Teen
Jackson Barnett

Tyler Oakley is sassy. He's fabulous. He's hysterical. He's also kind of my role model. You see, Tyler Oakley has literally redefined the way I live, and it all started with his video "How to: Be A Manly Man."

14 LGBT Resolutions for 2014

Anna Aagenes | Posted 03.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Anna Aagenes

We have an opportunity to strengthen our efforts when we unify and include more diversity of voices in our fight for full equality.

The 11-Minute Film That Every Teen Should Watch (VIDEO)

Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen

Though just barely 11 minutes in length, "Sam" is a subtle, moving film that explores gender identity and bullying. It follows the story of a very you...

A Conversation With Architect and Interior Designer, Ashley Hicks

Blue Carreon | Posted 02.16.2014 | HuffPost Home
Blue Carreon

Ashley Hicks takes time off from his packed schedule to talk about ideas and hard work, active instructions in museums, and sometimes being mistaken for a girl.

WATCH: Transgender Woman Shares Amazing Video Of Her Transition

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Ashley Jones is a transgender woman who documented the experience of her transition over the course of a year's time. In this incredible video, Jo...

What Wallets and Purses Tell Us About Gender and Privacy

Tristan Bridges | Posted 01.26.2014 | Women
Tristan Bridges

Purses and wallets are gendered spaces. Like the use of urinals in men's restrooms, wallets and purses are a way of producing understandings of gender difference rather than as a natural consequence of differences.

'Evaluated' to Be Yourself: Ukraine's Flawed Gender Recognition Procedure

Anna Kirey | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Anna Kirey

Order No. 60 of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health Protection requires transgender people to first undergo 30 to 45 days of confinement in a psychiatric institution to be diagnosed with "transsexualism."

ENDA, Language and Rachel Maddow

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The LGBT community's media darling, Rachel Maddow, has been telling her viewers that ENDA would protect employees from discrimination based on their "sexual orientation or sexual identity." I don't know what's worse: leaving out the "gender" in "gender identity" or replacing it with "sexual."

Dress Codes and Other Sorry Excuses for Policing Identity

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

Dress codes facilitate abuse, first by enforcing the notion that there is a "right" and a "wrong" way to dress, and that transgressers can and should be punished, and secondly by normalizing the punishment. There is no legitimate reason for this.

Transgender Education: Teaching the Teachers

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

In our own writings, in the words that are found in articles, blog posts, and our own minds, we unintentionally reinforce the message we most need to confront. We do this when we talk about "becoming a woman" or "becoming a man." We do this when we use the word "transition."