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Talking About ENDA With Republicans

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Too often, progressives focus entirely on the social justice arguments for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and fail to address the concerns of libertarian-leaning Republicans. The following are common comments expressing skepticism about ENDA, and how I answer each.

WATCH: Bystanders React To Trans Teen Fighting With Father About Buying Prom Dress

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices

The ABC show "What Would You Do?" has tackled various gay and transgender issues in the past, such as coming out to unaccepting parents and transgende...

Jan Diehm

LOOK: Where You Can Be Fired For Being Transgender | Jan Diehm | Posted 11.11.2013 | Gay Voices

When Congress last voted on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in 2007, the bill would have prevented employers from discriminating on the b...

SheZow, Bam, Pow! Children Trangressing Gender in Real Life and Media

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The one group of trans persons over whom there is still oftentimes fierce debate in the medical community is composed of children. We simply don't have any evidence-based understanding of which gender non-conforming boys will turn out trans, which will be gay, and which straight -- gender conforming or not.

At Long Last, Some Good News For Arizona's Transgender Community

AP | Posted 06.06.2013 | Gay Voices

PHOENIX -- The sponsor of an Arizona bill targeting transgendered people who want to use bathrooms of the gender they identify with says he's giving u...

Good News For Ohio Transgender Teen

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.03.2013 | Gay Voices

Great news for Chris Calderon-Perez: the 17-year-old Fostoria High School student has won the right to wear a girl's graduation robe to her 2013 comme...

WATCH: 'Gay' And 'Transgender' Person Attacked In Alleged Hate Crime

Posted 06.03.2013 | Gay Voices

EDITOR'S NOTE: The victim's family uses male pronouns but also makes reference to Diego as a woman, so we have updated the following story to read wit...

Pornographic Activism: The Rebranding of Buck Angel

Logan Lynn | Posted 08.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Logan Lynn

Buck Angel (and his vagina) are full-blown gay porn stars, friends. Is your mind blown? Well, good. That's the point.

Amazing Grace

Chris Delyani | Posted 08.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Chris Delyani

I should've known she'd find me. Within minutes of my March blog posting of my first visit to the Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth, Grace Ste...

Misidentification and Transphobia: One Musician's Experiences Touring America

James Nichols | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
James Nichols

With the knowledge that Janke identifies as trans and has experienced violence in multiple forms in response to this identification, I felt that their travels performing their musical project would in some way speak to issues for trans individuals during this crucial time for the queer community.

WATCH: Should OkCupid Expand Gender And Sexuality Options?

Posted 05.31.2013 | Gay Voices

Gay, lesbian and bisexual users are among the many who turn to OkCupid to liven up their personal lives, but is the dating and networking site too lim...

Increasing Transgender Acceptance One Family at a Time

Crystal Cheatham | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Crystal Cheatham

Dr. Michele Angello is a therapist who works specifically with transgender youth and their families. Through her interactions with transgender youth and, subsequently, their families, Dr. Angello has led the way in educating entire churches, schools and communities about transgender identity.

'Boy Or Girl?' The Challenges Of Gender In Schools

AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices

CHICAGO -- From the time they are born, we put our boys in blue beanies and our girls in pink ones. It's a societal norm, an expectation even, that yo...

LGBT Narratives, Memory and The Sense of an Ending

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The point of coming out and living free and equal is to allow all to not have to create memories based on shame and fear, to allow a life and its remembrance to be based on the emotions that we all have as human beings but which are grossly distorted by the closet.

Why I'm Not Interested In Being A 'Good' Transgender Woman

Autostraddle | Vivian | Posted 05.18.2013 | Gay Voices

A month or two after I started living full time out as woman, one of my friends suggested I talk to an acquaintance of his, an older trans woman who h...

High School Nixes Transgender Student's Graduation Plans

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.17.2013 | Gay Voices

A New Mexico-based transgender student is being denied the opportunity to walk during his graduation ceremony in the cap and gown designated for boys....

No Bigotry With My Big Gulp!

Sue Kerr | Posted 07.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Recently I stopped by my neighborhood 7-Eleven convenience store and found myself taking a big gulp when I encountered overt transphobia with a side of woman bashing. I witnessed a clerk use the word "tranny" while telling an anecdote to a co-worker and at least one customer.

Great News For Hong Kong's Transgender Community

AP | KELVIN CHAN | Posted 05.13.2013 | Gay Voices

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's top court granted a transgender woman the right to marry her boyfriend Monday in a watershed ruling that falls short of allow...

My First Rainbow Ball

Wayne Maines | Posted 07.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

Nicole was in the audience and I wanted so much not to embarrass her, but within minutes I was in tears. I saw girls, boys, and chaperones openly weeping. Every story touched a chord, snowballing into more emotion.

Why ENDA Matters To The Trans Community

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Those who oppose ENDA or oppose transgender inclusion in it ask why we need it when 84 percent of U.S. companies include gender identity in their equal opportunity statements. The short answer is that what we have in place is not preventing discrimination against transgender people.

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?

Standing Up For The 'T' Girls

Daniel Browne | Posted 07.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Browne

I associate with a diverse range of people, and the female-assigned people I know who dress or live as men have a much easier time than the male-assigned people I know who dress or live as women. The former is more socially acceptable, and that disappoints me.

Seriously, Smith College? Update Your Antiquated Definition Of Gender!

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 07.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Ken Schneck, PhD

At a time when colleges and universities need to be doing much more to support trans youth and create change that makes our educational institutions safer for all students, Smith College is broadcasting a statement that a box on a form can trump an individual's own expression.

Transgender Woman Allegedly Denied Service At Bridal Boutique

Posted 05.05.2013 | Gay Voices

A transgender Canadian woman is crying foul after allegedly being denied service at a bridal boutique. Of her experience at Jenny's Bridal Boutiqu...

Why LGBT Organizations Need to Embrace Hackathons

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

With the need to advent new technologies that prioritize the queer community, it is important for LGBT advocacy organizations to stake a claim in this growing culture and embrace hackathons for several reasons.