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WATCH: A Transgender Woman From Oklahoma Shares Her Story

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Everyone's story is unique and deserves to be heard, and that's exactly what one student thought when she received an interview video assignment for h...

Trans Women's Place In The Feminist Movement

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices

As more high-profile women (and men!) proudly call themselves feminists, the conversation around feminism is getting bigger and louder. But where do t...

Sarah Silverman and the Art of Advocacy

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Social progress, with a concomitant increase in visibility, brings the need for that community to adapt in order to make further progress. A recent case in point is the politically correct backlash from some in the trans community directed toward Sarah Silverman and the equal-pay video from the National Women's Law Center last week.

Exclusive: Take A Sneak Peek At Laverne Cox's New Showing Starring Transgender Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices

In perhaps what is one of the biggest moments for mainstream transgender visibility, Laverne Cox's show telling the story of trans youth will premiere...

Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy: A Modern Transgender Hero

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

As a young trans girl growing up as a yeshiva boy in Queens, New York, I found that this play resonated deeply within me. The eponymous Yentl, who goes by the name Anshel as a yeshiva boy, challenges the gender norms of that extinct European world of the Jewish Pale and its predominantly Orthodox Jewish communities.

Trans Teen Co-Authors Book About Transgender Identity

miami.cbslocal.com | Irika Sargent | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices

One of our favorite role models for transgender youth is embarking on a new endeavor: co-authoring a children's book that aims to show all children th...

What Does It Mean To Be Trans But Not Want To Medically Or Surgically Alter Your Body?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices

What does it mean to identify as transgender, but not want to surgically or medically alter your body -- or ever "pass" as your self-identified gender...

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.

What Does Transmasculinity Look Like?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices

What does the face of transmasculinity or masculine of center queer people look like? A compelling new anthology from Brooklyn-based collective "bk...

HRC Reboots Its Mission Toward Greater Trans Inclusion

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Last Thursday at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta, HRC President Chad Griffin apologized for all the problems between HRC and the trans community for which HRC had been responsible over the years. He was specific and demanded to be held accountable. These are words the trans community has never heard before from HRC, certainly not in public.

Being a Trans Ally: Where to Begin

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Being a good ally begins with listening and actually hearing what transgender people have to say about their lives. When people actually do listen, the results can be remarkable.

Trans* Surgeries Don't Make the Man (or Woman)

Justin Ropella | Posted 10.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin Ropella

A very common experience trans* people have is that conversation can tend to veer rather quickly to their genitalia. While I can certainly understand the curiosity, can we all just agree that conversations about one's genitals are conversations best left under the "personal/private" umbrella?

The Best Way to Change Minds: Come Out, Stay Out and Speak Out

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Last week my friend, Professor Jenny Boylan of Barnard College, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times entitled "Trans Community Can Change Minds by Changing Discourse." She uses the promotion of marriage equality as the gay analogue to what the trans community now needs. With all due respect, I think she's got it backwards.

Director Alexia Kosmider Talks New Documentary TransJourney (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 10.07.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.20.2014 | 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 08.31.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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...