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Today's A Big Day For The Transgender Community

Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices

Today, March 31, marks the annual celebration and recognition of the International Transgender Day Of Visibility. As issues surrounding transgende...

Laverne Cox Nabs Huge Honor

Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender activist and actress Laverne Cox is slated to be honored at this year's 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards with one of the event's top honors:...

RuPaul And 'Drag Race' Producers Respond To Claims Of 'Transphobia'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices

Earlier this month, popular reality show "RuPaul's Drag Race" came under fire for the use of what some transgender individuals and activists claimed t...

The Transformation of AJ Young

Peak Johnson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Peak Johnson

There was never a particular moment when AJ Young felt that he was supposed to be a guy, but it was more of a continual questioning why it was he felt uncomfortable around friends and family.

Maryland Notches Another Victory for LGBT Rights

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Gov. Martin O'Malley

That's the good news. But not every loving family with same-sex parents lives in a state where their legal rights are protected. And many transgender Americans live in the 32 states where they can still lawfully be denied a job or a home solely on the basis of their identity. That is not right. And those laws need to change.

The 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: From Donald Rumsfeld to ADHD

Karin Badt | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

"Everyone should have a chance to do this," gushed my sister Katy Frissora, speaking about our week together at the recent Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece. "See documentaries from all over the world and talk to the directors afterwards. It makes you think. Plus, the Greeks are so wonderful!"

5 Places Trans People Exist

Lauren Lubin | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Lauren Lubin

The fashion industry has never been wary of pushing boundaries, including the boundaries of gender. Gender nonconformity is not only becoming commonplace in the fashion world but is now becoming the epicenter of high fashion and innovation.

The Anti-Gay Harlem Church Is About The Get A Big Surprise

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.30.2014 | Gay Voices

An anti-gay church is New York City is about to become the subject of several demonstrations by queer NYC advocacy organizations in response to its ve...

Join Janet Mock And Other Trans Women For International Women's Day Discussion

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices

In recognition of Women's History Month, transgender author and activist Janet Mock will host a Google Hangout this Wednesday, March 26, to celebrate ...

Jerry Springer Reacts To Backlash From Use Of The Word 'Tranny' On His Show

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay Voices

Longtime television host Jerry Springer sat down with "TMZ Live" today to discuss the backlash surrounding his use of the word "tranny" on his program...

Jared Leto Reveals The Controversial Move He Considered Making At The Oscars

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay Voices

In a new interview with the U.K.'s Evening Standard, Jared Leto revealed that he considered attending the 2014 Academy Awards dressed in drag as tribu...

Gays And 'Trannies' Should Be Banned From The Military, Pundit Says

Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Gay and lesbian service members have been able to serve openly since the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" in September 2011, but one notoriously righ...

Teacher Sparks Community Controversy After Coming Out As Transgender

Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay Voices

A California teacher, who previously presented as a man, will return to school after spring break as a woman. The Fresno Bee is reporting that the...

The Inevitability of Transparency as the New Paradigm of Government

David K. Rehr | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Republicans have an incentive to embrace transparency because it will lead to more efficient government and they will have something "new" to campaign on. Frankly, just talking about balanced budgets and tax cuts do not have the same voter impact they have had in the 1980s.

Watch What Happens When A Lesbian Asks This Anti-Gay Church To Stone Her

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.22.2014 | Gay Voices

When Jennifer Louise Lopez first saw the horrific anti-gay sign go up on The ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in her neighborhood in Harlem, she knew...

The Surprise Impact Of Anti-LGBT Job Discrimination

Posted 03.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender rights advocates took to HuffPost Live this week as pressure on President Barack Obama to sign an executive order which would extend Emplo...

Will The US Finally Recognize Non-Binary Genders?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay Voices

A petition is making its rounds on the Internet that calls on politicians to legally recognize individuals whose bodies and experiences fall outside o...

Protecting Religious Freedom in Maine and Beyond

Wayne Maines | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

Recently, our leaders in Augusta -- good, honest Mainers -- did the right thing. They voted "No" and defeated LD 1428, a bill that purported to provide additional religious freedom protections in Maine.

LOOK: 6 Incredible Things That Happened In The Dark Shadow Of Westboro Church

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices

One year ago today, March 19, Planting Peace, a non-profit organization, launched an incredible initiative that sought to combat the efforts of the no...

How Not to Sound Like a Creationist to a Trans Person

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 05.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

When people say they support transgender people but oppose the specific issues that matter to the transgender community, it makes as much sense as saying you support the gay community, but oppose marriage equality and anti-bullying initiatives.

Wendy Williams Responds To Outrage Over Transphobic Comments

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Television personality Wendy Williams came under fire last week for hosting a problematic panel discussion about transgender athlete Chloie Jonsson an...

It's Getting Better, Even If Some Days It Doesn't Seem Like It

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Visibility, even when it focuses on violence and discrimination, is the first step along the journey from recognition to tolerance, then to acceptance and finally, affirmation.

8 Myths About Transgender Men's Genital Reconstructions

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

"It's not life-or-death," "It's cosmetic," "You need therapy, not surgery," and "It will burden taxpayers" are among the many toxic myths in need of exploding. So -- with the caveats that this list is not exhaustive and I am no medical expert -- it's time to bust some myths!

Transgender Activist Cecilia Gentili on Identity and Putting the 'T' Back in LGBT

Daniel Lyons | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

Since leaving Argentina, Cecilia Gentili has embarked on an incredible journey of transformation, ultimately turning her into a widely respected advocate for trans rights in New York City. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cecilia and hearing first hand how her story has unfolded.

'Nobody Wants To See A Male Person Dress Up Like A Girl'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.13.2014 | Gay Voices

An annual tribute to slain Latina superstar Selena in Corpus Christi, Texas, is coming under fire after organizers allegedly told a woman that she is ...