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Transgender Experience

Transgender Education: Teaching the Teachers

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

In our own writings, in the words that are found in articles, blog posts, and our own minds, we unintentionally reinforce the message we most need to confront. We do this when we talk about "becoming a woman" or "becoming a man." We do this when we use the word "transition."

The Moment I Finally Came to Understand and Accept Transgender People

Mehrac Aliyari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mehrac Aliyari

I'm gay-friendly. Always have been. And proud of it. But I am ashamed to say that until quite recently, this wasn't the case when it came to transgender people. For a very long time I saw trans people as gay people who were ashamed or afraid to be themselves.

My Life With David/Danielle Kaufman

Cathy Kaufman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Cathy Kaufman

The surgery date for mid-October 2013 was taken off the surgery schedule and delayed indefinitely. Why this happened is still a mystery that I would like to solve. But Danielle was not willing to wait. She took another road to becoming what she couldn't wait one minute more to become.

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler on Empowering the Transgender Community

Toni Newman | Posted 12.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler is a writer, filmmaker, producer, artist and activist fighting for social justice in the trans community. My interview with Dr. Ziegler discusses race, gender, the fight for equality and the empowerment of the transgender community.

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.

The Closet and Bradley Manning

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The recent publication of some of Bradley Manning's personal emails and photos about his gender dysphoria, including admissions from his psychiatrist during the sentencing phase of his trial for espionage, once again raise the issue of the "closet" and the pathology created within it.

Peeing in a Cup

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I have a new appreciation for the value of clean facilities and having the toilet seat down. In all honesty, I haven't quite figured out exactly how all of this pee-in-a-cup-while-sitting-down stuff works. I mean, for the first 54 years of my life, it was a pretty simple process.

Gender Transition and Its Discontents

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Over the years there have been salacious media reports about transgender women who revert back to living as men. Detransitioning happens very infrequently, but when it happens to someone who is or has become a public figure, such as Don Ennis, the story takes on a scandalous air.

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.

The Dark Side of Being Transgender: Having Little Choice

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

For the most part, my life as a trans woman seems to be working. But I truly cannot go back to living as a man. This is a choice like breathing is a choice. I can choose to not breathe, but not for long. I have to do this to stay alive. Truly I do.

Responsibility And Liberty

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Recently I asked a number of transgender and cisgender friends the following: If a transgender person does something that may reflect badly on the trans community, is their personal freedom of expression more important than expectations to conform?

'Unlike Some People I Could Mention': On Transgender Identity And Storytelling

Jennifer Finney Boylan | Posted 07.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Finney Boylan

I know there are plenty of people who, looking back at their younger selves, have had occasion to think, "Man, what you don't know could fill a book." However, I'm unique in that the book filled with the things I don't know is an actual book.

A Day in a Queer Life in the U.S.: Just One of the Guys

justin adkins | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices
justin adkins

2013-02-14-ADayInTheQueerLifeBanner.jpgI'd gone to mixed martial arts training and boxed with cisgender guys, and no one had had any clue that I'd been designated as "female" at birth. I don't hide the fact that I'm transgender; I just don't see any reason to bring up my trans status with that group. Allow me to explain.

Trans*-lation

Jennifer Tyrrell | Posted 04.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Tyrrell

"What exactly does it mean to be transgender? Why do they want to change their sex? Why can't they just be gay or lesbian?" These are some of the questions I so ignorantly used to think about transgender people. But I am a firm believer that ignorance must always be replaced by education.

Bathroom Rumors

Amos Mac | Posted 12.04.2011 | Gay Voices
Amos Mac

As a "transitioned" transsexual man, using public restrooms is easy for me, as long as there is a stall involved. I can't stress that enough. This man needs a stall. Because he sits to pee. Because he still has a vagina.

The Play

Stephanie Mott | Posted 09.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Imagine waking in the morning and entering into a play. You assume the part of a character who is not you. The character is about 5 years old and male. "How can I play the part of a boy?" you ask. "This is the part you are assigned," comes the answer.

Coming Out Again: The Politics of Shame, Silence and Story

Hayden | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Hayden

We must not just tell our stories to change the minds of strangers who might do us harm so that one day we'll be safe to walk down our streets; we must keep telling our stories, wholly and completely, to those who love us so that they can hold and support us and sustain us.