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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.

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

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

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.31.2014 | 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.

LGBT Civil Rights and Religious Liberty: The Challenge

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Since much homophobia and transphobia is rooted in misogyny, it's clear to me that in order to cleanse our faith-based institution of anti-LGBT bigotry, we're going to have to do a much better job of dealing with the pervasive sexism. That will require a very long-term effort.

Michelangelo Signorile

After Marriage Equality, Are Transgender People 'Going To Be Left In The Lurch'?

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices

Now that President Obama has signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination against LGBT people among federal contractors, transgender act...

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.

The Time Is Now for Transgender Equality

Eòghann Renfroe | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Eòghann Renfroe

It is time for the New York State Senate to do the right thing and stop transgender New Yorkers from being treated like second-class citizens. It is time for Gov. Cuomo to become an integral part of this historic moment in transgender rights and call for the Senate to bring GENDA to a vote. It is time for GENDA to become law.

International LGBT Rights: The Canaries in the Mine Shaft

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have long thought that LGBT can be seen as the proverbial "canary in the mine shaft," since in places where individuals, institutions, and entire societies marginalize, commit violence against, and deny basic human rights to LGBT people, other social groups face similar adverse treatment as well.

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.

Pastoral Statement and Call to Action: Ending Anti-Trans Violence Now

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

In Isaiah, God calls us not to live in fear. At first blush this may seem to be a callous or trivial response to what is in fact a horrifying reality. But the prophet who wrote these words and the community that heard them were living through the floods and fires of their own terrifying circumstances.

What Jenny McCarthy Needs to Learn From Jonah Hill: How to Say, 'I F'd Up'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Hill's apology was genuine, coming from someone who knew he'd let down his friends, his fans, and himself, and who was ashamed. It came from someone who had thought deeply about what he'd said and what the ramifications were and realized that he couldn't just delete it out of his life.

The Dallas Principles, Five Years Later

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The Dallas Principles were an effort to codify, in a manifesto of sorts, the values with which the LGBT community could most effectively move forward. I think we did a good job at expressing our beliefs and putting them into language that could be embraced by the community at large. Let's take them one by one.

What Chuck Hagel Needs to Understand

Justine Valinotti | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

While the notion that transgenderism is mainly if not entirely a medical condition may have helped remove a little bit (though certainly not much) of the stigma attached to being a trans person, it also limits us. And it will limit the military.

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...

A Necessary Conversation

Rebecca Juro | Posted 06.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Juro

Um, hi. Excuse me, Gay Community? It's us, the Trans Community. Have you got a few minutes? We really need to talk.

On Handling High-Profile Terrorism Cases as a 'Transgender Defender'

Zoe Dolan | Posted 06.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

I feared that the media would sensationalize my gender identity to the detriment of my ability to provide legal representation.What a humbling mistake that assumption turned out to be.

Dear RuPaul: Tell Transphobia to 'Sashay Away'

Nico Lang | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Nico Lang

RuPaul, you're a force for so much good in the world. But continuing to ignore this issue will only further the animosity that many transgender people already feel toward your show and the example it sets for the community.

Where The Rubber Meets The Road: Old GLAAD vs. New GLAAD on the Issue of RuPaul

Rebecca Juro | Posted 05.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Juro

It's time for the folks at GLAAD to decide, once and for all, what's really most important to them: The goodwill of media executives and celebrities like RuPaul or the trust and respect of the trans community they've pledged to serve and represent.

Maryland Becomes the 18th State to Vote for Comprehensive Gender Identity Protections

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The state of Maryland has finally joined the civilized world of equality, passing the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination bill and sending it to the governor for his signature.

Transgender Activist Cecilia Gentili on Identity and Putting the 'T' Back in LGBT

Daniel Lyons | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

Since leaving Argentina, Cecilia Gentili has embarked on an incredible journey of transformation, ultimately turning her into a widely respected advocate for trans rights in New York City. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cecilia and hearing first hand how her story has unfolded.

You've Never Heard 'Same Love' Like This Before

www.upworthy.com | Posted 02.25.2014 | Gay Voices

I *love* this version by pansexual rapper/singer Angel Haze, who replaced the lyrics with her own deeply personal experiences. Just listen to her powe...

Intersections: Progressive and LGBT Advocacy

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I want my children to live in a progressive America. When I was my sons' age, my hope for a progressive nation was dashed when the Reagan "revolution" set in. I want them to have the future of which I dreamed, and I can sense that we are on the verge of a new progressive era.

A Look At The Many Hurdles Ahead For The Transgender Rights Movement

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 12.15.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — As gays and lesbians rack up victories in their quest for marriage equality and other rights, transgender Americans are following in...

Inspiring New UN Video Reveals Seismic Shifts in Global LGBT Rights Debate

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

Certainly the debate at the United Nations on the rights of LGBT people remains fractious, exposing sharp divisions of opinion among countries and strong opposition from some quarters. But stand back a couple of paces and the longer-term trends appear far more positive.

A Life Filled With Grace

Summer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Summer

Back home, everyone sees me as a boy, perhaps a bit feminine but definitely a boy. But take one look at me and you will see a vast difference between the boy with glasses sitting at the back of class, his head buried in some book, and the woman I can be when I'm free to do so.