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

Nathan Manske | Posted 03.05.2014 | 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 02.17.2014 | 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.

Veronica Jones

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...

Orange Is The New Black and Its New Black Trans Narrative

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

Although OITNB treads the line of racial stereotype, the show is redeemed by the ways in which it depicts female sexuality. For the most part, all of the women in the prison are represented as having control of their sexuality despite their reality of incarceration.

Laurence Anyways: Xavier Dolan's Romantic Masterpiece

Noah Tsika | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Noah Tsika

Directed by Québec's then-22-year-old Dolan (now 24), the sweeping romantic epic looks at the decade-long love affair between a trans woman and her female-identified, ever-passionate partner.

WATCH: Janet Mock Discusses Struggles Trans People Face On A Daily Basis

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Writer and transgender advocate Janet Mock recently joined HuffPost Live to chat with Marc Lamont Hill about barriers that transgender people face in ...

WATCH: New Documentary Highlights Death Of Slain Transgender Woman

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.21.2013 | Gay Voices

In November of 2011, Detroit Police identified a burned torso that was found on Detroit's east side, belonging to 19-year-old Shelley Hilliard, a tran...

Gov. Cuomo, Trans Women Must Be Included in the Women's Equality Act

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 08.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

Cuomo's fight for women's equality cannot afford to overlook transgender women, who are especially vulnerable to violence, harassment, and discrimination in housing, employment, and health care. I hope that the Women's Equality Coalition will recognize the vulnerability of all women.

WATCH: Transgender Actress Stars In New Netflix Series

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.07.2013 | Gay Voices

The trailer for "Orange Is The New Black," Netflix's new original series created by Jenfi Kohan of "Weeds" fame, is here. Actress, producer and tr...

How to Tell Your Partner You're Transgender

Toni Newman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Finding a mate who can love and accept you as you will unfortunately not come easily. Like any person, you will have to deal with rejection, heartbreak and disappointment, but don't be dismayed, because love is out there, and you can find it.