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Gender Identity

Partnering to Promote Equality for LGBT Communities

Kris M. Balderston | Posted 10.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Kris M. Balderston

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.

Acknowledging LGBT's 'T'

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 09.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

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.

Show Offers Carmen Carerra Cake as Apology for Transphobic Prank

Emerson Whitney | Posted 08.13.2012 | Gay Voices
Emerson Whitney

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.

Argentina's Groundbreaking Gender Identity Law Takes Effect

AP | By MICHAEL WARREN | Posted 06.05.2012 | Gay Voices

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Transsexuals lined up Monday to be the first to take advantage of Argentina's groundbreaking gender-identity law, which ena...

Tyler Clementi's Suicide: Best To Look Not Only At Ravi But At Society At Large

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 07.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

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.

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.

A Call to Rewrite the Scripts in the Gender Drama

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While Rev. Harris describes "gender distinctions" as God-given, he betrays his own assertion by demanding that parents break their children early of any forms of gender transgression.

Man In Morning, Woman At Night? Rare Syndrome Described By Scientist

| Gary Stix | Posted 04.20.2012 | Science

A graduate student of famed neuroscientist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran has found a group of men and women who report that their sexual identity can swit...

Non-Discrimination Policies Do Not Threaten Religious Freedom

Marcus Luther | Posted 05.30.2012 | College
Marcus Luther

While defenders of student religious groups have used rhetoric such as "faith-based qualifications" and "religious freedom," it's time for us to throw aside the axiomatic sugarcoating.

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.

Dirty Words and Gender Switching in the Blues

Debra Devi | Posted 05.22.2012 | Arts
Debra Devi

Africans may have arrived here with nothing, but they enriched and vitalized American language and culture beyond measure. Africans in the Americas became masters of metaphor and euphemism.

Wrestling With The Church As An African-American Transgender Woman

Toni Newman | Posted 05.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

I am an African-American transgender woman and will always be true to myself. I strongly disagree that I am out of the will of God. I believe that the truth I live in is a truth that God demands of us.

What I Learned From My Transgender Nanny

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 05.01.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

Over the next year and a half, Y experienced many physical and emotional changes. However, there was one very important aspect of Y that never changed -- his close relationship with my children. As a caretaker, he continued to be fantastic, loving my two girls as though they were his little nieces and he was their uncle.

Look At Him, He's Sandra Dee: What 'House Of Lies' Can Teach Us About Gender-Nonconforming Children

Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.

As a psychologist who spends much of my time working with children who don't fit inside neat, binary gender boxes, I applaud Showtime and the writers of House of Lies for bringing a new perspective on children's gender in a compelling and sympathetic way.

On Praising Tomboys and Rejecting Feminine Boys

Monica Gallagher Sakala | Posted 03.10.2012 | DC
Monica Gallagher Sakala

Teaching the lesson that things associated with females are considered weak or soft and things associated with men are considered strong, at such a young age, is a dangerous and slippery slope.

Proposed Anti-Bullying Policy Aims To Protect LGBT Students

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 01.07.2012 | Education

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A proposed anti-bullying policy for West Virginia schools acknowledges for the first time that sexual orientation and gender...

WATCH: Is Human Sexuality Innate?

Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.05.2012 | Education
Cara Santa Maria

Recent studies are revealing that genes, environment, brain structure, and hormones all seem to have a mixed role in sexual orientation and preferences.

Fox News Doctor: Perpetuating Homophobia and Misogyny, Again.

Dr. Logan Levkoff | Posted 12.28.2011 | Media
Dr. Logan Levkoff

I thought after Toemaggedon, Fox News' Dr. Ablow would just go away. However, Jenna Lyons is back on his radar because she is getting divorced and currently dating a woman. And Dr. Ablow is disturbed.

Treating Society's Gender Anxiety

Laverne Cox | Posted 12.20.2011 | Gay Voices
Laverne Cox

What if our entire culture, our entire society is experiencing a collective gender anxiety? What if the way society calms that anxiety is by objectifying and stigmatizing transgender and gender-nonconforming people?

National Let Your Boy Be a Girl Day

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.06.2011 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

Let's have a new holiday -- National Let Your Boy Be a Girl Day -- that lets boys be, well, girls for a day. Because every other day of the year they have to make sure they are not girls.

Transgender 10-Year-Old, Jackie, Born A Boy, Happier As A Girl

Posted 10.31.2011 | Parents

Turns out there are parents in the news who do the right thing. Jennifer and John of Ohio have a transgender 10-year-old child, and they support Jacki...

Connecticut Governor Signs Bill Protecting Transgender People From Discrimination

Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy (D) signed a measure on Tuesday to add gender-based language to the state's anti-discrimination statute, making Connec...

No More Boys Or Girls In Swedish Preschool Only Genederless Friends

ParentDish | Posted 08.27.2011 | Women

At a preschool in Sweden, there are no boys or girls. Only genderless "friends" Even the Swedish equivalent of pronouns such as "him," her," "he" a...

NPR And Lasers: Inside The Mind Of Larissa Bates On Beautiful/Decay

Posted 08.20.2011 | Arts

(Via Beautiful/Decay) Larissa Bates both celebrates the male gender identity within the history of art while struggling to disassemble heteronormat...

Bringing Up Baby Without Gender: A Risky Social Experiment?

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 07.27.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Baby Storm is four months old; it lives in Toronto, Canada, and is as cute as can be. Wait -- "it"?