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Am I Transphobic?: My History With Transgender Women and Effeminate Men

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 09.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

If transgender people want to be respected and accepted for who they are, then the same courtesy must be extended to cisgender men. One's sexual gender preference deserves as much respect and acceptance as one's gender identity. This realization helped me come to terms with my general lack of attraction for trans women.

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...

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.

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.

10 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Rebecca Juro | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Juro

Don't wait another second. You can recover from a lot of things -- a lost job, people in your life who react badly, discrimination, and much more -- but the one thing you can never get back is your youth. Spend it being who you are, not running away from it.

An Open Letter to HuffPost Gay Voices: Why This Trans Man Will No Longer Blog on Your Page

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

After I saw you post a parody video (later retracted) in which a trans woman is murdered as a consequence for voicing her objections to offensive language used on RuPaul's Drag Race, I can no longer publish my writing on your page. This letter is my last blog post on Gay Voices.

Human Rights Are (Transgender) Soldier Rights

Captain Sage Fox | Posted 06.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Captain Sage Fox

While deployed to the Middle East as a white, male officer, I lived and worked as a member of the privileged majority. However, after acknowledging my female identity, I suddenly found myself in one of the most exclusive and marginalized clubs in the U.S.

From Homeless to Hopeful: How a Trans Woman of Color Found Her Path (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-03-06-imfromdriftwoodangelalouissmall.pngAngela's story is a message of how important it is for parents to love and support their children, but also how it's never too late to change your life for the better.

Mistaken For a Trans Woman I Got Initiated Into Sisterhood

Victoria Bond | Posted 04.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Victoria Bond

Because of my experience my sense of sisterhood extends to trans women in a way it had not before. Trans women and cis women are each other's Phoebes. I am so glad that we're hearing more of our trans sisters' stories.

Reframing the Media Narrative: Trans Bodies Are Not Public Domain

Savannah Garmon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Savannah Garmon

The true aggression in these scenarios is the idea that trans women's bodies are public domain, or the simply nonsensical belief that no cis man would ever be attracted to a trans woman.

A Real, Honest Conversation Between a Gay African-American Man and a Transgender African-American Woman About the 'T' in the LGBT Family

Toni Newman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Over the holidays I had a photo shoot with renowned photographer Eric Scot. During the shoot we began to talk about being transgender, and Eric expressed that he fully supports the transgender community but has questions and concerns. We decided to sit down and film our conversation.

Why Men Come to Me to Be Transformed Into Women

Adrian Acosta | Posted 03.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Adrian Acosta

Grindr is infested with profiles that state: "Masc for Masc," which makes me questions if gays today are using their "masc" as a mask.

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Trevor Martin | Posted 03.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Trevor Martin

Jonathon was perched atop the Pyramid skyscraper. The whistling gusts and swirling rain were of no consequence to him. He was unshakably focused on ...

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.

Imitation Cherry-Red Lips and a Buddha Ass: The Real Amanda Lepore (NSFW PHOTOS)

Matthew Terrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

As you see her up on stage, woozily doing her thing, you can't help but be happy for her. Amanda Lepore finds pleasure in the artifice of her body; with her immensely fake tits and voluptuous lips, she proves that her most authentic self can be all ornamentation.

Finding My Place as a Transgender Woman

Mia Hogues | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mia Hogues

What do you do when the contents of your heart conflict with the image of your physical being? How do you find a way to just live a normal, safe life? My answer was hair! That's where Franklin Beauty School came into the picture.

The Fundamentals of Transphobia

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The opposition is very confused about the differences between sex and gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. But the problem is more fundamental: Most Americans do not have a basic understanding of human biology and reflexively equate "biology" and "sex" with genitals.

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.

This Is Why Trans People Rarely Speak Up When We're Misgendered

Laura Kate Dale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Laura Kate Dale

In the last 72 hours I've received more death threats, rape threats, abuse and hatred than I can count. I'm transgender, and on Sunday, Sept. 29, I found my name spreading across the gaming community for identifying the man who'd misgendered me.

Male Organ or Not, This Really Is a Female Body

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

Recently I had a powerful dream in which I was the subject of a complicated mystical ceremony of the sacred Earth spirits to make my body truly female. No, it wouldn't change my boy parts to girl parts -- I'd still need surgery for that -- but it would mean that my body was truly female.

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.

Islan Nettles' Murder: It Couldn't Have Been Me

J Mase III | Posted 11.05.2013 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

What happened to Islan would not have happened to me. As a trans person of color, it would be really easy for me to say that it could have, but the reality is that even though many of my FTM friends and colleagues are at risk, we are still less likely to be murdered than trans women.

Are Queer Women Leaving Trans Women Behind?

Alex Berg | Posted 11.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Alex Berg

I don't count any transgender women among my close LGBTQ and feminist friends. I'm not proud of that. I'm also not alone.

Managing NYC's Largest Bike Rental Company as a Transgender Woman

Kate Freitag | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Kate Freitag

When it comes to speaking about my identity at work, I actually find myself wanting to share, thanks to my employer's positive reception. Some discussions on the shop floor include light humor about encounters where I have to repeat my name seemingly 3,000 times when being introduced.

Trans Woman Murdered In Turkey Is Country's Fourth Victim In 7 Months

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices

Following suit of a disturbing trend of anti-trans violence in Turkey, authorities discovered a transgender woman dead in her Istanbul apartment Monda...