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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...

How To Navigate High School As An Out Transgender Student

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender teen Jordan K. recalled the experience of coming out as transgender while still in elementary school in an interview with HuffPost Live. ...

Comic Con Making History With Pro-Trans Move

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Well done, Comic Con! At this year's popular comic book convention in San Diego, organizers have orchestrated a panel focusing specifically on tran...

WATCH: Laverne Cox Makes A Brilliant Observation On 'The View'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices

2014 has been quite the year for Laverne Cox -- and it seems to just keep getting better. The transgender activist and "Orange Is The New Black" st...

World Health Organization Recommends PrEP: Prevention or Perpetuating Stereotypes?

Jaga N.A. Argentum | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Jaga N.A. Argentum

Anyone who engages in risky sexual behavior should take extra precautions, be it through PrEP or otherwise. While I'm certain that the WHO acknowledges this, their message nevertheless helps perpetuate the falsehood of HIV being a "gay disease."

Moving Forward After Today's Executive Orders

Rebecca Isaacs | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Isaacs

We urge the next Congress to introduce a comprehensive bill that addresses discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations like the comprehensive laws we have passed in many states.

5 Things Not to Say to a Transgender Person (and 3 Things You Should)

Jennifer Finney Boylan | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Finney Boylan

1. "Hey, you! Have you had 'the surgery'?" This is kind of like someone coming up to you and asking about your vagina or penis. No, wait, it's exactly like that.

LOOK: One Artist's Incredible Documentation Of His Transition Across The Gender Spectrum

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices

A stunning new art exhibition is slated to open in Toronto this month that chronicles one artist's transition across the gender spectrum. From arti...

Transgender Sister Of NBA Star Found Dead

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices

A transgender woman has been found dead in Baltimore. It is the second trans homicide in the city within the last six weeks. Police found the body...

Through the Lens: My Journey to Celebrate Trans Lives Across the U.S.

Rhys Harper | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Rhys Harper

I set out to change the way the rest of the world sees us, but this project has ended up helping change the way we see ourselves.

Doctors Who Perform Gender Confirmation Surgery 'Need To Go To Jail,' According To This Right-Wing Source

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Peter LaBarbera of Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality took aim at the transgender community in an appearance on “The Janet Mefferd Show” ...

Jailed Transgender Teen Moved To Psych Center

AP | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A transgender girl detained without criminal charges for two months at an adult women's prison in Connecticut has been moved ...

"I Love My Transgender Brother"

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 07.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Marsha Aizumi

As the mother of a transgender son, I often wonder how my younger straight son truly felt as our family was navigating through some of our most challenging years.

#AllyFail, a Poem on the Shortcomings of Allyship

J Mase III | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

As a trans person of color, there are so many times during my day when I am challenged to exist in a space not designed for me. For some, this poem may ring very true, for others it may make them very uncomfortable.

To Those Who Laughed

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Laughing was the moral equivalent of mocking someone for their stutter. Or telling a gay kid that he should never find love because you find that kind of sex icky. Or cheering on the police as they take a homeless veteran's shopping cart away, because you just want them to disappear. It. Was. Punching. Down.

Can There Be Meaningful #JusticeforJane?

Chase Strangio | Posted 07.01.2014 | 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.

This Man's Mom Had The Best Reaction To His Transgender Partner

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.30.2014 | Gay Voices

As she wrote in a heartfelt blog earlier this month, transgender woman Andy Marra had a longtime struggle with dating. She would meet a nice man, thin...

New Study Shows Why It's Tough To Be Bi

Posted 06.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with bloggers Liz Margolies and Scout, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stor...

On Transgender Issues, We Tend to Forget Our Most Powerful Sexual Organ Is the Brain

Leslie P. Henderson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie P. Henderson

The first problem is the assumption that sex is solely defined by penises and vaginas, ignoring the fact that one of the most important sexual organs is the brain.

R. Kelly Speaks Out About Transgender Son

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices

R. Kelly spoke out for the first time about his transgender son, saying that when it comes to having kids it's about offering support. When the si...

In a Word: 'Tranny'

Alexandra Billings | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Alexandra Billings

I would like to propose that when we see each other, when we greet each other, when we congratulate or debate each other, we do it all with great kindness; that no matter what we believe to be true or not true about words and the meanings behind them, we refuse to use any form of language that might be even remotely jarring to someone's spirit.

Single-Sex Institutions in a Multi-Gender World: What's a Girl (To Do)?

Julie Mencher | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Mencher

It's time for girls' and women's institutions to move from reactivity to well-considered policy. Fundamentally, women's colleges were founded on the premise that women could, and should, think.

Transgender People: Strangers in Gay Land

Renato Barucco | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

In February 2014 Queerty, the online magazine and newspaper focusing on gay topics, ran a piece titled "Seriously Sexy Trans Men Make Us Say 'Mmmm!'" What's interesting and horrid about the article? The comment section, which displayed the pervasive lack of understanding of transgender identities within the gay community.