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Director Alexia Kosmider Talks New Documentary TransJourney (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 08.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with filmmaker Alexia Kosmider about her new documentary, TransJourney, which follows Sandra on her cross-country journey to share in the life of her child, formerly her son, now her "new" daughter Annabelle.

What Is The Difference Between Transgender And Transsexual?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.05.2014 | Gay Voices

In this week's video from Arielle Scarcella, the YouTube star features a fellow vlogger, and transgender woman, and asks her to talk about her own exp...

Exclusive Excerpt From Transgender Anthology Letters for My Sisters

Andrea James | Posted 07.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrea James

I was honored to be asked to co-edit Letters for My Sisters by transgender-owned publisher Transgress Press. In this new anthology of letters and test...

The New 'C' Word

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

"Cis" and "cisgender" certainly have a proper place in academia and are likely to be used there for a long time, given how their use has steadily increased. They are also increasingly used in non-LGBT progressive circles as part of policy and sociology discussions. Outside these contexts, however, neither word does us much good.

Comic Con Making History With Pro-Trans Move

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Well done, Comic Con! At this year's popular comic book convention in San Diego, organizers have orchestrated a panel focusing specifically on tran...

5 Things Not to Say to a Transgender Person (and 3 Things You Should)

Jennifer Finney Boylan | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Finney Boylan

1. "Hey, you! Have you had 'the surgery'?" This is kind of like someone coming up to you and asking about your vagina or penis. No, wait, it's exactly like that.

Can There Be Meaningful #JusticeforJane?

Chase Strangio | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

A 16-year-old transgender girl spent 77 days alone in a Connecticut prison without ever being convicted of, or even charged with, a crime. Known publicly as "Jane Doe" because she is a minor, she sat alone in the York Correctional Institution, a high-security prison in Niantic, Connecticut, for two and a half months.

In a Word: 'Tranny'

Alexandra Billings | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Alexandra Billings

I would like to propose that when we see each other, when we greet each other, when we congratulate or debate each other, we do it all with great kindness; that no matter what we believe to be true or not true about words and the meanings behind them, we refuse to use any form of language that might be even remotely jarring to someone's spirit.

Transgender People: Strangers in Gay Land

Renato Barucco | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

In February 2014 Queerty, the online magazine and newspaper focusing on gay topics, ran a piece titled "Seriously Sexy Trans Men Make Us Say 'Mmmm!'" What's interesting and horrid about the article? The comment section, which displayed the pervasive lack of understanding of transgender identities within the gay community.

A Historic March For Transgender New Yorkers

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices

The Long Island Transgender Advocacy Coalition (LITAC) hosted a historic march and rally Sunday in order to raise awareness surrounding issues affecti...

The Next Phase of the Trans Movement

Harper Jean Tobin | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Harper Jean Tobin

If we're really going to make a better world for all trans people, it's not enough to keep doing what we're doing. We've got to go further, think bigger. We've got to make our movement stronger, bolder, and broader.

LOOK: These Stunning Images Reveal The 'Soul' Of This Trans And Genderqueer Community (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices

(Note: Some images may not be suitable for viewing in work or other sensitive environments) A new photo series has hit the web that documents trans...

WATCH: Laverne Cox Is Flawless, Perfect, Etc On Wendy Williams Show

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Laverne Cox stopped by the Wendy Williams show yesterday and continued to remain captivatingly flawless -- even in the wake of a few probing and probl...

Dispelling Myths, Misconceptions and Lies About Gender-Nonconforming Children

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Recently, a video about a transgender child in California went viral. Sadly, like every other conversation about transgender children, the comments section was often unkind. Scanning the comments, I saw the same poorly thought-out ideas keep popping up. I think it's time to put these misconceptions to bed.

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...

Grieving a Child Who Is Still Alive

Mary J. Moss | Posted 08.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

My daughter Grace passed away in September 2010. There wasn't an obituary. There wasn't a funeral. There wasn't a casket or even a body to put in it. No one sent me sympathy cards. No one brought me casseroles. This wasn't because no one cared yet. It was because my child was still alive.

I Am Loveworthy: How a Transgender Woman Found Love

Andy Marra | Posted 08.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

Drew has helped me truly accept that I am loveworthy, deserving of being loved for all of who I am. He has shown me that I have been and always will be more than enough for someone.

A Poem for the Awkward Moments Trans People Find Ourselves in Every Day (VIDEO)

J Mase III | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

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The Truth About Anti-Trans* Slurs

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

We must find a way to understand the damage we do. We can't continue to throw around words that we don't find personally offensive and wash our hands of the harm they cause to someone else. If we do anything less than put an end to the use of anti-trans* slurs, then we are just bullies.

This Mom Says What Every Trans Child Needs To Hear

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.11.2014 | Gay Voices

This is one incredible way to recognize all of the great mothers out there today. In this video, a transgender teen, Zoe, recalls her journey to re...

LOOK: The Incredible 10-Year Journey This Trans 'Boi' Took To Find His True Self

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Nitzan Krimsky is a Jerusalem-born photographer who has spent the last ten years documenting his transition into living as his fully realized gender i...

WATCH: This Is The Reality Trans People Face Every Day

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Do you know the complicated cultural, legal and economic obstacles trans people face everyday as a result of regulation through government documentati...

Staying Put and Speaking Out for Change

Rebecca Juro | Posted 06.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Juro

I have to disagree with Mitch Kellaway's decision to stop blogging on Gay Voices. I'm sure he feels that it's the right decision for him personally, and I respect his choice and his reasoning. But rather than remove myself from the conversation by withdrawing as a blogger, I believe the opposite is called for.

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.

Speaking for Ourselves

Dana Beyer | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Last week we saw the Janet Mock/Piers Morgan saga degenerate into a situation where both protagonists ended up speaking past one another. Still, I believe that however difficult it has been for everyone involved, it is ultimately all for the good.