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My Life With David/Danielle Kaufman

Cathy Kaufman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Cathy Kaufman

The surgery date for mid-October 2013 was taken off the surgery schedule and delayed indefinitely. Why this happened is still a mystery that I would like to solve. But Danielle was not willing to wait. She took another road to becoming what she couldn't wait one minute more to become.

Pundit Compares Transgender People To His Castrated Horse

Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices

Pat Robertson condemned California's new transgender protection legislation as "insane" and absurd" on a recent installment of "The 700 Club." As ...

Beyond Transition: Documentaries Capture Rich, Complex Transgender Lives

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

This year has seen a steady stream of trans-focused independent documentaries illuminating how nuanced, flawed, individualistic, and human trans lives are. I spoke via email with several filmmakers to learn how they worked toward capturing rich portraits of trans folks.

Transgender Teen Nabs Huge Honor In New Hampshire

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices

In a historic moment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens everywhere, a transgender New Hampshire teen has been voted Homecoming Ki...

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler on Empowering the Transgender Community

Toni Newman | Posted 12.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler is a writer, filmmaker, producer, artist and activist fighting for social justice in the trans community. My interview with Dr. Ziegler discusses race, gender, the fight for equality and the empowerment of the transgender community.

Violating 'Christian Values?' What Did Jesus Say?

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

I have recently been informed that I am being asked to leave my university teaching post of 15 years for "violating Christian values" as a Christian theology professor and ordained minister who identifies as transgender.

This Is Why Trans People Rarely Speak Up When We're Misgendered

Laura Kate Dale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Laura Kate Dale

In the last 72 hours I've received more death threats, rape threats, abuse and hatred than I can count. I'm transgender, and on Sunday, Sept. 29, I found my name spreading across the gaming community for identifying the man who'd misgendered me.

James Nichols

Filmmakers Discuss Trans Icon Miss Major, Her Historic Legacy, And The Role Of LGBT Film

HuffingtonPost.com | James Nichols | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices

"MAJOR!" is a film documenting the life and legacy of transgender elder and pioneering activist Miss Major, a prominent and enduring figure within the...

Respect Or Acceptance -- Which Should We Choose?

Wayne Maines | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

As I fight to keep my emotions in check, I point out that many schools often stop short of really addressing many of the LGBT issues we need to discuss.

WATCH: What It's Like To Be A Transgender Teen?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices

In wake of the CW network developing a new show about the life of a transgender teenager, HuffPost Live sat down with several teens who identify as tr...

1960s Transgender Icon Given New Life Today

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.30.2013 | Arts

Born in 1935, April Ashley was a successful model by the time she turned 26, gracing the pages of magazines like Vogue in nothing but her underwear. B...

Transgender Woman Allegedly Murdered By Housemate

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices

A New Jersey transgender woman died earlier this week after allegedly being attacked by a man living in her boarding house. Eyricka Morgan, 26, rep...

James Nichols

WATCH: Moving New Documentary Explores The Often Unseen Lives Of Rural Trans People

HuffingtonPost.com | James Nichols | Posted 09.26.2013 | Gay Voices

"Passing Ellenville" is a documentary film project that explores the lives of two transgender young people, James and Ashlee, living in Ellenville, Ne...

LOOK: New Reality Series Is Casting 'Beautiful, Dynamic' Trans Women

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices

The casting company behind hit television series such as "RuPaul's Drag Race," "The A-List," and "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys" is seeking transg...

Transgender Homecoming Queen's Win Violates Standards Of 'Decency, Normality,' Pundit Claims

Posted 09.24.2013 | Gay Voices

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer minced few words when it came to Cassidy Lynn Campbell, a transgender teen who made national headlines...

Pennsylvania School Won't Let Transgender Student Run For Homecoming King

AP | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- A western Pennsylvania school board won't let a student who was born female but identifies as male run for homecoming king. The Ric...

Professor Asked To Leave University After Coming Out As Transgender

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 09.23.2013 | Gay Voices

(RNS) A California Christian university has asked a professor who was once its chair of theology and philosophy to leave after he came out as transgen...

Hip Hop's Mister Cee's Legitimate Love for Women

André St. Clair | Posted 11.21.2013 | Gay Voices
André St. Clair

To peg Mister Cee as gay would not be entirely accurate. Sexuality has never been uncomplicated. The leading heteronormative and gay paradigms have aimed to make it uncomplicated, but that only erases and make invisible those who do not fit within.

Workplace Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals: It's Time for ENDA

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

Macy v. Holder established that gender identity is protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. While encouraging, reliance on the Civil Rights Act doesn't offer transgender individuals the protection necessary to close some of the employment and wage gaps they so frequently face.

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.