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This U.S. All-Female College Just Made Transgender History

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices

For the first time in its 162 years as a school of higher education, one all-women's college will become the first higher education, all-female instit...

Being a Trans Ally: Where to Begin

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Being a good ally begins with listening and actually hearing what transgender people have to say about their lives. When people actually do listen, the results can be remarkable.

Spreading My Wings...With a Little Help From My Friends

Rebecca Pell | Posted 08.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Pell

I have always been envious of women who had boudoir photos taken. Not just because they had the courage to do it, but because it shows they were comfortable with themselves, something I never was. And I never thought I would be, even after transitioning.

Trans* Surgeries Don't Make the Man (or Woman)

Justin Ropella | Posted 08.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin Ropella

A very common experience trans* people have is that conversation can tend to veer rather quickly to their genitalia. While I can certainly understand the curiosity, can we all just agree that conversations about one's genitals are conversations best left under the "personal/private" umbrella?

The Best Way to Change Minds: Come Out, Stay Out and Speak Out

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Last week my friend, Professor Jenny Boylan of Barnard College, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times entitled "Trans Community Can Change Minds by Changing Discourse." She uses the promotion of marriage equality as the gay analogue to what the trans community now needs. With all due respect, I think she's got it backwards.

Inspiring Transgender Golfer Helping Others Set Themselves Free

Ken Reed | Posted 08.20.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Her quest to join the LPGA has resulted in a lot of media attention. As a result, she's embraced the opportunity to be a role model for others -- especially athletes -- who might be struggling with their gender identity and wondering if there's a place in the sports world for them.

WATCH: Laverne Cox Reads Powerful Letter From An Incarcerated Trans Woman [UPDATED]

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Update on Saturday, August 23 at 7:30am: Laverne Cox has reportedly asked the Sylvia Rivera Law Project to remove her video from the petition page. ...

Alexis Arquette Claims She Slept With Jared Leto.. And She's Not Shy About One Big Detail

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices

We certainly didn't see this one coming! One of our favorite queens, Jackie Beat, sat down for an interview with transgender actress Alexis Arquett...

Laverne Cox Opens Up About Suicide Attempt, Being Bullied As A Child

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices

In a recent special with ABC that documents the shift in transgender visibility within mainstream American, actress and activist Laverne Cox opened up...

Author Of Horrifically Transphobic Thought Catalog Essay Put On 'Indefinite Leave'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices

It looks like Gavin McInnes' actions have finally caught up with him. Last week, there's a good chance that a horrifyingly transphobic article titl...

Marriages Of Transgender People Ruled Valid By Courts In Arizona And California

Transgender Law Center | Posted 08.14.2014 | Gay Voices

Recognition of gender identity as well as transgender people’s right to marry and have children. An Arizona Appeals Court ruled today that the marri...

James Nichols

After Dark: Jayne County, Transgender Musician And Nightlife Icon

HuffingtonPost.com | James Nichols | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices

This is the thirteenth installment in HuffPost Gay Voices Associate Editor James Nichols' ongoing series "After Dark: NYC Nightlife Today And Days Pas...

Director Alexia Kosmider Talks New Documentary TransJourney (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 08.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with filmmaker Alexia Kosmider about her new documentary, TransJourney, which follows Sandra on her cross-country journey to share in the life of her child, formerly her son, now her "new" daughter Annabelle.

Acting Director Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center Discusses Trans Equality in 2014 and the Future

Toni Newman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

My discussion with Kris is centered around trans equality now and the future. We discuss the inequality still facing trans people, especially trans women of color, and how we as a community move forward to progress to full equality and being treated fairly without bias and discrimination.

This Trans Viral Sensation Getting Her Own Web Series May Be Best Thing To Happen All Week

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices

OMG! World of Wonder just made a stellar move by offering transgender viral vine sensation TS Madison her own web series -- fittingly called "Wait ...

A Trans Woman on Saving MichFest

Kayley Whalen | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Kayley Whalen

When people all around you are telling you directly that you have no claim to your womanhood and that by merely existing you are furthering the patriarchy, it cuts right through to your heart. I want to be able to return to the Land feeling welcome and safe. MichFest is my home too.

What Is The Difference Between Transgender And Transsexual?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.05.2014 | Gay Voices

In this week's video from Arielle Scarcella, the YouTube star features a fellow vlogger, and transgender woman, and asks her to talk about her own exp...

Fighting Back Against Anti-Transgender Talking Points

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Since the publication of Time's cover story "The Transgender Tipping Point," there has been a spate of conservative op-eds in retort. The attacks follow a predictable set of talking points that rely on the reader having no scientific knowledge of the issue. However, when examined from a perspective of peer-reviewed medical consensus and law, these talking points fail utterly.

WATCH: Laverne Cox Schools Gayle King On 'CBS This Morning'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Just when you thought you couldn't love her even more... Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox stopped by “CBS This Morning” last week t...

Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism: What Exactly Is It, And Why Does It Hurt?

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 08.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism, or TERF, is a loosely-organized collective with a message of hate and exclusion against transgender women in particular. They have attached themselves to radical feminism as a means to attempt to deny trans women basic access to health care, women's groups, restroom facilities, and more.

Transgender Teen Stabbed On Metro During Rush Hour

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices

A man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon after harassing and allegedly stabbing a transgender teen on a Washington D.C. metro line dur...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Protests Mount Against Music Festival That Excludes Trans Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices

A music festival is facing increasing pressure to end its exclusion of transgender women, a practice that critics call discriminatory. For the past...

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...

The New 'C' Word

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

"Cis" and "cisgender" certainly have a proper place in academia and are likely to be used there for a long time, given how their use has steadily increased. They are also increasingly used in non-LGBT progressive circles as part of policy and sociology discussions. Outside these contexts, however, neither word does us much good.

Janet Mock Has An Awesome New Job!

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices

What a week for some of our favorite transgender icons! New York Times bestselling author Janet Mock received a big honor this week when Marie Clai...