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The 'T' Word

Jennifer Finney Boylan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Finney Boylan

Can we have a conversation about the word "tranny"? It's a word that is generally considered dehumanizing and offensive when referring to transgender people. But there it was in headlines last week in the story about DJ Mister Cee. There it was in a Daily Beast interview with Jared Leto.

A Paradigm Shift Without a Clutch

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

I told the students I have been with my partner Janis for 13 years, and that we have three young children. I never mentioned my transition or used the words "lesbian" or "transgender." I just let them draw their own conclusions. Then I asked if I might do an audience participation exercise.

Parts Unknown

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

Severe pain in my 17-year-old son's abdomen took us to the ER last week. It's one of those situations that everyone dreads, but if you're transgender, there can be an added level of anxiety when the medical professionals aren't current on trans health care. Such was the case for us.

Male Organ or Not, This Really Is a Female Body

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

Recently I had a powerful dream in which I was the subject of a complicated mystical ceremony of the sacred Earth spirits to make my body truly female. No, it wouldn't change my boy parts to girl parts -- I'd still need surgery for that -- but it would mean that my body was truly female.

LOOK: Transgender Fashion Model Says Transitioning Is Like Getting Rid Of 'Horns On My Head'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.18.2013 | Gay Voices

Days before her planned gender reassignment surgery, a transgender model wowed audiences on the catwalk at London's Fashion Week, just two years after...

We're Not Astroturf: Why Open Trans Military Service Is a Worthy Fight

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 11.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Last week Professor Dean Spade, a former teaching fellow at Harvard and transgender activist, attacked efforts to raise awareness of the exclusion of transgender people from U.S. military service.

EXCLUSIVE: KOKUMO, Trans Artist And Activist, Releases Powerful New Video

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices

KOKUMO, a transgender artist and activist, released her video today for the title track off of her EP, "There Will Come A Day," in an exclusive premie...

Is There a Link Between Autism and Gender Dysphoria?

Kyle Simon | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Kyle Simon

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) occur at a higher rate in transgender people than in the general population. Moreover, female-to-male (FTM) transgender people have higher rates of autistic features than do male-to-female (MTF) transgender people or cisgender males and females.

The Cost of Trans Job Discrimination

Mara Keisling | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Mara Keisling

As the U.S. becomes increasingly aware that transgender people exist in most workplaces -- in factories, in offices, and on construction sites -- it's increasingly clear that there is little awareness that these same people can lose their jobs for being transgender or gender-nonconforming.

Lawyer Comes Out As Transgender In Protest Of Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices

Masha Bast, Chairwoman for the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights, has come out as transgender in protest of Russia's anti-gay legislatio...

WATCH: How I Discovered My Father Was Transgender

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.12.2013 | Gay Voices

Filmmaker Sharon Shattuck appeared on HuffPost live this week in a segment titled "My New Trans Parent." She discussed her experiences growing up ...

Speaking the Silent 'T'

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

It is amazing how often the "LGBT" acronym is used in blog posts, on webpages, and in news stories without any mention of the transgender community (except to explain the meaning of the acronym, if that).

Study: Are Rural Gays And Lesbians Happier Than Those In The Cities?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.11.2013 | Gay Voices

A surprising new study came out this week that contradicts a long-standing mentality among the LGBT community: gays and lesbians living in metropolita...

WATCH: Huge Victory For Transgender Teacher Allegedly Fired For Being 'Worse Than Gay'

The Huffington Post | James NIchols | Posted 09.11.2013 | Gay Voices

Marla Krolikowskii, a transgender Catholic high school teacher whose 32-year employment was allegedly terminated after being called "worse than gay" b...

Our Evolving Multi-Gender Society

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

These are exciting times as the freedom to self-determine is allowing a myriad of identities to arise. My personal belief is that the binary will survive and be strengthened as the borders of the two main categories become softened and the codes that determine qualification are loosened.

WATCH: 12-Year-Old Transgender Boy Fights Doctor's Hormone Blocker Denial

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices

A 12-year-old transgender boy is fighting alongside his mother after a British medical practitioner denied his request for hormone blockers that would...

WATCH: Could This Transgender Teen Nab Her School's Homecoming Crown?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.11.2013 | Gay Voices

A transgender teen in Huntington Beach, Calif. is making history after being named one of the top 10 contenders for the homecoming queen title at her ...

James Nichols

Trans Author Discusses Her Children's Book Series And Being A Trans Parent In The South

HuffingtonPost.com | James Nichols | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices

Lilly Mossiano is a transgender mother living in Burlington, North Carolina, whose series of children's books aims to help kids with transgender paren...

Has Gentrification of New York's Harlem Neighborhood Stirred Up Prejudice Against LGBTQ Residents?

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

I'm told that, oddly, the resentment toward white queer people taking up residence in Harlem has been expressed more openly toward black queer people, in the form of homophobic and transphobic slurs and attacks.

The Media's Coverage of Transgender People: I'm Never Surprised

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

When a media outlet calls a trans woman a "man," I'm not surprised. When a website asks trans children questions about "the surgery," I'm not surprised. When a television network feels the need to include a trans person's "real name" in reporting, I'm not surprised.

The Risks Of Being Transgender In The U.S. Military

Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices

Bryce Celotto joined HuffPost Live Sept. 6 to discuss being transgender while serving in the U.S. military. "The military is something that was alw...

WATCH: The Incredible Mother Of A Transgender Child Shares Her Story

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.04.2013 | Gay Voices

Linda F., the mother of a 12-year-old-transgender daughter, joined HuffPost Live today to talk about her family's experiences throughout their younges...

Celebrity Summer in Transdom

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

When most of the media refused to recognize Pfc. Manning as a woman, there was an outpouring of criticism of that action. Subsequently, both the Associated Press and The New York Times decided to violate their previous editorial policies. Here's the problem.

Chelsea Manning -- Courageous as a Trans Woman

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 11.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

I sympathize with Chelsea. I can't fathom the idea of 35 years in prison, but I remember being in her place regarding my transition. All I knew was that I had to do it. I didn't really know what "it" would entail, just that it had to be accomplished, however or whatever it took to do it.

WATCH: Shocking Transphobic Voicemail Lands Bar Owner In Hot Water

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices

A Portland, Ore. bar owner has been ordered to pay $400,000 to a group of transgender customers that he banned after claiming they affected his busine...