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Puberty Suppression for Transgender Adolescents Works

Jack Drescher | Posted 09.16.2014 | Science
Jack Drescher

Puberty suppression for gender-dysphoric adolescents has only been around since the late 1990s. The Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria at Amsterdam's VU University pioneered this approach, and their recent online publication of a longitudinal study in the journal Pediatrics offers insights into how some of these kids fare.

My Son Wore A Dress To School Today

Doug Gertner | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Doug Gertner

The blue cotton sundress he chose would be fitting for any teenage girl. Heck, it might actually be something his mom would wear. And he looked pretty darn good in it.

HRC Reboots Its Mission Toward Greater Trans Inclusion

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Last Thursday at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta, HRC President Chad Griffin apologized for all the problems between HRC and the trans community for which HRC had been responsible over the years. He was specific and demanded to be held accountable. These are words the trans community has never heard before from HRC, certainly not in public.

Alejandra Leos and the Plight of Transwomen of Color

Julia Meszaros | Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Julia Meszaros

Transwomen of color face the most violence out of any transgender population, and also face the most forms of discrimination within larger society. While Laverne Cox and other transwomen of color are gaining public recognition within the media, the lives of these women remain precarious and potentially dangerous.

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

Judith Light On 'Transparent' And What She's Learned From The Trans Community

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices

Judith Light dropped by HuffPost Live to talk about her new role on the highly-anticipated new Amazon series, "Transparent." Light hopes that the ...

Finding Common Ground

Wayne Maines | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

It is hard to stay calm when we read about transgender violence, and we continue to experience discrimination in our community's. It hard to be patient when our children's self-esteem is being eroded in ways most parents cannot fathom.

Transgender Woman Murdered Only Steps From Her Home (UPDATED)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices

In a story that is depressingly familiar, another transgender woman has lost her life at the hand of an attacker. Alejandra Leos was reportedly sho...

Painting Self-Portraits Helped Me Transition Into My Transgender Identity

Casey Hoke | Posted 09.08.2014 | Teen
Casey Hoke

I was in my freshman year of high school when I realized just how painful it was to see myself in the mirror as I was: a 14-year-old girl on the brink of puberty. Speaking as a 17-year-old boy, it makes a lot of sense now -- my appearance struck conflict with my identity.

The Highest-Paid Female CEO In America Was Born Male

New York Magazine | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business

Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that...

This Queer Collective Is Revolutionizing Sex (VIDEO)

Emerson Whitney | Posted 09.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Emerson Whitney

"It all started because I wanted a silicone 'pack and play,'" said Chelsea Downs, co-founder of the New York Toy Collective, a group that hand-makes a...

Curtis M. Wong

Husband And Wife Drawn Together For Transgender Opera

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Opera stars Kelly Markgraf and Sasha Cooke are a husband-and-wife team who've performed together in venues around the world. Still, they're set to exp...

A Navy SEAL Surfaces as Transgender

Christopher Murray | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

Last year, following her retirement from the Navy in 2011, she came out publicly as a transgender woman. CNN which will air a powerful documentary about her life and transition on Sept. 4. I watched it last week sitting next to Ms. Beck at the back of a screening room at the Time Warner offices.

Five Dos and Five Don'ts for College Seniors (From a Point Scholar Who's Been There)

Jacob Tobia | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Jacob Tobia

I want to pass along a bit of advice about life. Because I'm a recent graduate, the triumphs and tribulations of senior year are still fresh in my mind, and with all the infinite wisdom that is conferred upon me by three months out of college, it's a big deal that I'm passing along my sage advice to you.

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 09.04.2014 | 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 08.31.2014 | 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...