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Dear RuPaul: Tell Transphobia to 'Sashay Away'

Nico Lang | Posted 04.01.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.14.2014 | 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.

Honoring Transgender New Yorkers

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

This summer alone, we saw numerous attacks on trans New Yorkers, including the murder of 21-year-old Islan Nettles in Harlem. We must do more to end this hate.

Lessons From My First Transgender Day of Remembrance

Shane'a Thomas | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane'a Thomas

As much as Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time for memorializing those who have died, this day, this week, this month, this year, this lifetime and beyond need to be committed to ensuring the safety of all who place footprints on the Earth.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Reminds Society That Trans Lives Are Valuable

Eòghann Renfroe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Eòghann Renfroe

In the face of pervasive discrimination, harassment, and violence, Transgender Day of Remembrance is a way for us to show that trans lives are valuable. It is this perceived lack of value that underpins so many of the challenges that those of us in the transgender community face.

Do We Care About Trans Rights?

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

Universal human rights are not available à la carte: No one gets to pick and choose who deserves rights and who doesn't. Either everyone has them or they cannot be considered universal. For far too many trans people, the struggle for basic rights has become a matter of life and death.

From Christine Jorgensen to Jan Morris

Justine Valinotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

Jorgensen, being one of the first trans women to become publicly known, conformed completely to the gender norms of her time, while Jan Morris was able to define her own womanhood and femaleness to a much greater degree than Jorgensen could or would have.

ENDA, Language and Rachel Maddow

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The LGBT community's media darling, Rachel Maddow, has been telling her viewers that ENDA would protect employees from discrimination based on their "sexual orientation or sexual identity." I don't know what's worse: leaving out the "gender" in "gender identity" or replacing it with "sexual."

What the National Organization for Marriage's Shift to Trans-Bashing Means

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Today, with Hawaii on the verge of becoming the 16th state to pass marriage equality, and with gays much more visible, conservative ideologues are having a harder time raising money around the marriage issue. Enter transgender rights, the newest potential cash cow for the extremist right.

Allison Woolbert on the Need for Tracking of Anti-Transgender Violence

A.J. Walkley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

One trans* and bisexual activist is taking charge of this problem, turning to Kickstarter in hopes of raising the funding to launch the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal. I sat down with Allison Woolbert to discuss her campaign and what she hopes will come from it.

Transgender Google Auto-Complete Photo Essay

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This weekend I did the Google auto-complete experiment using the words "transgender" and "transsexual," and the results were awful, depressing, and horrifying. Afterwards I teamed up with a trans male friend (who does a lot of artwork I admire) to put these results to pictures.

My Job: 'Coming Out'

Justine Valinotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

Perhaps the most surprising and disturbing part of my "coming out" at work was the sometimes-unconsciously held prejudices about socio-economic class -- and pure and simple looks -- my transition brought to the fore.

'Trans Rights' and 'Gay Rights': Someday We'll Be Together Again

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I am heartened by the new focus on gender expression and its significance for gay as well as trans persons, and hopeful that such a focus will force our state and national advocacy organizations to evolve in a manner that will benefit all of us, and in particular the least among us.

Parts Unknown

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

Severe pain in my 17-year-old son's abdomen took us to the ER last week. It's one of those situations that everyone dreads, but if you're transgender, there can be an added level of anxiety when the medical professionals aren't current on trans health care. Such was the case for us.

Trans in Guyana: Recognized but Not Protected

Rosamond S. King, Ph.D. | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Rosamond S. King, Ph.D.

On Sept. 6, 2013, the Guyanese Supreme Court released an important decision regarding the country's law prohibiting cross dressing "for an improper purpose." The ruling includes both encouraging and troubling elements.

The Cost of Trans Job Discrimination

Mara Keisling | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Mara Keisling

As the U.S. becomes increasingly aware that transgender people exist in most workplaces -- in factories, in offices, and on construction sites -- it's increasingly clear that there is little awareness that these same people can lose their jobs for being transgender or gender-nonconforming.

Michael Silverman, TLDEF Executive Director and Founder, Talks Transgender Equality and the Future

Toni Newman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Michael has been a member of the board of directors of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), as well as its executive director, since it was founded in 2005 in New York City. He has worked as an attorney in the LGBT rights movement since 1994.

Transgender Students Have New Rights in California

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation allowing transgender students in California to have access to the sports teams and facilities that correspond with their gender identity. This is a critically important move. Let me offer some insight from a trans woman's point of view.