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Transgender Equality

California's Transgender Student Bill Signed

AP | TOM VERDIN | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California on Monday became the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender K-12 students in state law, requiring pub...

John O'Connor, Director of Equality California, on the Future of Full LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Toni Newman | Posted 10.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

John O'Connor, Executive Director of Equality California, appeared on my radio show to discuss LGBT equality after the victory for same-sex marriage in California, as well as important issues for LGBT equality in 2013 and the future.

A Review of the National Center for Transgender Equality's Decade of Accomplishment

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

As I take my leave from the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), rolling off after six and half years of board service, I'd like to highlight the progress that the transgender community has made over the past decade, progress in which NCTE played a role.

Transgender in the Workplace: What's In It for Your Organization?

Vanessa Sheridan | Posted 09.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Vanessa Sheridan

Over half the Fortune 500 companies now have trans-inclusive nondiscrimination policies for their workplaces. These organizations are experiencing the cultural, community, industry-wide, marketing, and fiscal advantages that accompany the presence of transgender people in the workplace.

Lunch With Allyson Robinson

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 09.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

Many in the trans community had a hard time coming to terms with the idea that adding other requirements to the repeal of DADT, such as open trans service, was not really the same fight. As Allyson also was transgender, I had presumed that she would have the same opinion.

Pride Ain't All Good: Celebrating Pride and Prejudice

Shaan Michael Wade | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Shaan Michael Wade

The massive party known as Pride is very much a space for the white, the cisgender, and the class-privileged. What about the rest of us? Pride is not a safe space for this othered other, a black queer man of trans experience deemed too queer by a community invested in their own recognition.

ENDA Vote Is Just the Beginning

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act now heads to the full Senate for consideration. In 29 states workers are not protected from being fired because of their sexual orientation, and in 34 states workers can be fired for being transgender.

Another Historic Week for Trans Civil Rights

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

First, the Senate committee overseeing ENDA passed the bill to the floor of the Senate without amendment. Then Mia Macy won a judgment from the DOJ in Macy v. Holder, and a settlement was reached in another trans discrimination case, this time at a private employer in Maryland.

Masen Davis, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center, Talks Transgender Equality

Toni Newman | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Our fight for full equality within the LGBT community is far from over. My conversation with Masen Davis is important because we must not forget our transgender brothers and sisters trying to live authentic lives.

Born to See Equality for All LGBTs?

Thom Senzee | Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Thom Senzee

Let's celebrate our #DoubleRainbow victories today, tomorrow and all through the summer. This is our Summer of Love. But let's also remember the "T" in "LGBT." The fight for their rights has only begun.

Trans* Visibility at PrideFest St. Louis 2013

Robyn Carolyn Montague | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Robyn Carolyn Montague

Visibility is what the trans* community needs. It's a factor that is so paramount in our struggle for acceptance and our rights. Despite the rich history of PrideFest in Tower Grove Park, it's time that the trans* community take back to the streets and venues as we did in the past.

I.D. Crisis: No Surgery Requirements For Transgender People

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.28.2013 | Gay Voices

The Social Security Administration removed surgery requirements for transgender people to officially change their gender. However, they still face leg...

Born Which Way?

Laura Krughoff | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Laura Krughoff

I believe people should be free to marry whomever they choose. Basing that claim on who was born which way, however, demonstrates either ignorance or foolishness. An open discussion of gender identity might help all of us, LGB or straight, transgender or not, recognize this.

Transgender People Need Safe Restrooms

Masen Davis | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Masen Davis

For transgender people, accessing the restroom that matches our gender identity too often results in ridicule or violence. Those of us who don't fit narrow gender stereotypes -- including transgender people transitioning from one gender to another -- are most likely to be targeted.

GENDA: Another Step Toward Full Equality

Hon. Richard Gottfried | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Hon. Richard Gottfried

Would you believe that in 2013, in the progressive state of New York, discrimination is still legal? It's true. One group of New Yorkers can be fired from their jobs, turned away from services and even evicted from their homes -- simply for being who they are: transgender New Yorkers.

The Canary in the Coal Mine

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Last week's Pew study on LGBT people paints an extremely negative picture of the battlespace as it stands for transgender people. We have almost no cultural acceptance. We lack all the traditional methods for changing this for the better. The risk of being "left behind" is strong.

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.

Over 135 LGBT Groups Take the Full Equality Pledge Demanding a National One-Bill Strategy

Todd Fernandez | Posted 08.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Todd Fernandez

The idea is simple: to combine all our separate legislative initiatives and community groups into one mass appeal for justice, big enough to manifest our dream of full equality in America and proud enough to reclaim our dignity.

A Huge Small Step: The Obama Administration Delivers Big

Mara Keisling | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Mara Keisling

Most readers won't know that the updated policies announced last week by the Social Security Administration (SSA) are among the most humane and important public policy advancements for transgender people during the Obama administration or even ever.

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.

Talking About ENDA With Republicans

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Too often, progressives focus entirely on the social justice arguments for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and fail to address the concerns of libertarian-leaning Republicans. The following are common comments expressing skepticism about ENDA, and how I answer each.

At Long Last, Some Good News For Arizona's Transgender Community

AP | Posted 06.06.2013 | Gay Voices

PHOENIX -- The sponsor of an Arizona bill targeting transgendered people who want to use bathrooms of the gender they identify with says he's giving u...

The Dallas Principles, Four Years On

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

While the full declaration holds up well four years later, the proof of its value lies in the progress that has been made since Dallas. The trans community, remarkably, has made even greater progress over the past four years.

Increasing Transgender Acceptance One Family at a Time

Crystal Cheatham | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Crystal Cheatham

Dr. Michele Angello is a therapist who works specifically with transgender youth and their families. Through her interactions with transgender youth and, subsequently, their families, Dr. Angello has led the way in educating entire churches, schools and communities about transgender identity.

Toward the Impossible

Avi Cummings | Posted 07.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Avi Cummings

We're told that we're being unrealistic, but it takes a hell of a lot of creativity and imagination to keep fighting at odds with what we are told is possible, at odds with the options available in our given systems steeped in racisim, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and violence.