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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.

Transmuting Transphobia: How My Own Youthful Gender Ambiguities Clouded My Ability to Differentiate Lesbians From Trans Guys

Stephanie Fairyington | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Fairyington

It's a sleepy Saturday afternoon in Downey, California, a dull suburb of Los Angeles, where I grew up. I'm 10. The sun rains a shower of light through...

'I'll Be Damned If I'm Going to Be Buried a Girl': Gender Transition Inspires HIV-Positive Trans Man to Live (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-03-28-20140326TeoDrakesmall.jpgWhen Teo thought he had nothing else to live for, a therapist reminded him that gender transition was an option.

8 Myths About Transgender Men's Genital Reconstructions

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

"It's not life-or-death," "It's cosmetic," "You need therapy, not surgery," and "It will burden taxpayers" are among the many toxic myths in need of exploding. So -- with the caveats that this list is not exhaustive and I am no medical expert -- it's time to bust some myths!

'But How Do You Know You're a Man?': On Trans People, Narrative and Trust

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 05.05.2014 | 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.

On Loving Men Beyond the Erection

Mark Travis Rivera | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Travis Rivera

One day I met a man who helped me redefine what my sexuality means to me. This guy, whom I will refer to as "James," was attractive: He had this way with words, and a smile that took my breath away. James happens to be transgender; he was assigned "female" at birth.

Seeking Queer Visibility, Rejecting Assimilation

Lucas Waldron | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

It is my choice in 2014 to be visible, to continually question my social position, and to seek ways to use my privilege to advance inclusive progress in the queer community in an effort to motivate my generation to seek more radical definitions of equality and justice.

Beyond Transition: Documentaries Capture Rich, Complex Transgender Lives

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

This year has seen a steady stream of trans-focused independent documentaries illuminating how nuanced, flawed, individualistic, and human trans lives are. I spoke via email with several filmmakers to learn how they worked toward capturing rich portraits of trans folks.

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler on Empowering the Transgender Community

Toni Newman | Posted 12.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler is a writer, filmmaker, producer, artist and activist fighting for social justice in the trans community. My interview with Dr. Ziegler discusses race, gender, the fight for equality and the empowerment of the transgender community.

'Where Have All the Butches Gone?'

Roey Thorpe | Posted 12.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Roey Thorpe

The question is driven in part by nostalgia and in part by a discomfort with what seems to have been a shift in the way that young lesbians think about gender. And the first question often leads to others: Why are all the butches becoming men?

Our Evolving Multi-Gender Society

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

These are exciting times as the freedom to self-determine is allowing a myriad of identities to arise. My personal belief is that the binary will survive and be strengthened as the borders of the two main categories become softened and the codes that determine qualification are loosened.

The Media's Coverage of Transgender People: I'm Never Surprised

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

When a media outlet calls a trans woman a "man," I'm not surprised. When a website asks trans children questions about "the surgery," I'm not surprised. When a television network feels the need to include a trans person's "real name" in reporting, I'm not surprised.

Father's Day as a Transgender Man

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

I witness Ezekiel's first Father's Day in a Philadelphia hotel room. I surmise that there are numerous others within our community celebrating this first today, one pinnacle amongst the many precious firsts that transgender men experience throughout our gender transitions.

Taking A Risk: Are Straight Allies and LGBT People Ever Equal to Each Other?

Kryss Shane | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Kryss Shane

It appeared to be the classic "friend zone" story, but in this story, the boy is a trans man, and the girl is me. After I politely told him that I valued his friendship but didn't feel more toward him, he accused me of being transphobic. It led to questions about the nature of privilege.

Pronouns And Cons

Lauren Hennessy | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Lauren Hennessy

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.

A Day In A Queer Life In The U.S.: A Trans Man On Love And Marriage

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 06.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

2013-02-14-ADayInTheQueerLifeBanner.jpgI am a queer transgender man planning my wedding to a queer cisgender woman. Man, did my heart ache to think that the world would see me as heterosexual. See Jocelyn as heterosexual. Depending on a given day or situation, it still stings.

Transgender Pioneers Get Groundbreaking New Honor

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices

We Happy Trans, a website that celebrates the positive experiences of transgender people, and This is H.O.W., a Phoenix-based trans advocacy organizat...

Annual Event Honoring Transgender Advocates Kicks Off In Chicago

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.01.2013 | Gay Voices

Trans 100, an annual celebration of transgender advocates, kicked off March 31 in Chicago. The inaugural Trans 100 list was created with the inten...

What Makes A Man?

Catherine Oliver | Posted 07.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Catherine Oliver

The FTM (female-to-male) community cannot gloss over the fact that we who are genderqueer and identify as men, dress as men, bind, pack, etc. are not "less-than" because we don't take testosterone. We are not less than any man because of our choice not to have surgery.

Men Giving Birth: Media Nonsense, Or An Opportunity To Raise Awareness Of Trans Issues?

Jane Fae | Posted 05.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Jane Fae

Peter Martindale's central thesis was that recent froth in U.K. media about a transgender man having a baby was just that: froth. The man was really a woman; move along, nothing to see here. I guess this gives something to aim at: a pretty basic piece of biological essentialism.

Queer Hair For The Postmodern Dandy

justin adkins | Posted 04.16.2012 | Gay Voices
justin adkins

I went to a workshop where the question was posed, "What is something you do to queer your life?" I said, "I wear a handlebar mustache." The audience laughed, but I was serious. The mustache is no coincidence. My facial hair is based on anti-assimilation theory.

How To Bed A Trans Man

Raymond | Posted 04.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Raymond

You're a savvy queer who's been eyeing a hot trans guy. Here are seven tips to help you up your seduction game and keep you from inadvertently offending (or just turning off) your date.

Redefining Who Counts As A 'Hot' Trans Man

justin adkins | Posted 03.28.2012 | Gay Voices
justin adkins

Last week I saw a link to a website that listed "10 Handsome Men (Who Were Born Female)." The longer I thought about the list, the more troubled I became, because this list favors specific types of trans men: famous, white, masculine, passing trans guys.