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Transgender Issues

Transitive Thoughts: Musings on Harassment, Societal Pressures and Detransition

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Over the course of these past weeks, I have experienced more profound doubt about my gender transition than at any other time since I earnestly began my journey last December. As the anniversary approaches, I cannot help but notice the gradual yet significant decline in social acceptance, which appears to correlate with becoming visibly further feminized.

Working to Ensure the Safety of Transgender Individuals

Geoff Kors | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Geoff Kors

NCLR is here to serve our community and we stand ready to work together to make our nation a safer and more equal one for every LGBT person. If you are interested in enacting similar policies in your community please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Melissa Jeltsen

Groundbreaking Transgender Teen Given Big Honor

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Nicole Maines, a teenager who made history earlier this year in a landmark transgender rights case, has been named one of Glamour magazine's 50 inspir...

Myths About Transition Regrets

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Recently there has been a spate of blog posts raising the specter of transgender people regretting transitioning. They cite their two favorite studies, without actually looking at what the actual studies said, and drag out some old anecdotes. Let's deconstruct the arguments being trotted out one by one.

Seeing the Individual: Freiya on Being a Woman and Being Transgender

Kirsten Brown | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Kirsten Brown

What is most interesting to me is what it's like to be transgender on a daily basis. Is it really that big a deal? Are most people liberal enough to see past one small part of somebody's identity? How does this play out every day? Since I spoke to Freiya, my eyes have opened to things that would not even have occurred to me.

What Is It Like To Come Out As A Trans Person And Then Transition?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Episodes four and five of AOL's compelling series "True Trans" takes an intimate look at the individual stories of several individuals who came out as...

One Of Our Favorite Web Series About Trans Masculine Friends Is Back

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices

"Brothers," an intimate queer web series about the lives of trans masculine friends, just premiered its emotional fourth episode -- and it just keeps ...

This Transgender Teen Is Fighting For His Rights In Virginia

Posted 11.13.2014 | Gay Voices

A transgender teen in Virginia is fighting for the right to use the bathroom that corresponds with his gender identity. Gavin Grimm is a 10th grade...

How Does Someone Come To Terms With Gender Identity?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices

What is the moment like when an individual realizes their gender identity doesn't align with the one they were assigned at birth? The journey to li...

NYC Could Make It Easier For Transgender People To Alter Their Birth Certificate

AP | DEEPTI HAJELA | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Transgender New Yorkers on Monday called for the passage of city legislation that would eliminate a requirement that they have gende...

LOOK: Transgender Contestants Compete For Title Of Miss International Queen

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.14.2014 | Gay Voices

Miss International Queen, an annual pageant in Thailand that provides a platform for transgender women to compete for a title has declared a new winne...

WATCH: This Kid Rapping About Being Transgender Is Our New Hero

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices

It looks like we just found our new pint-size hero. Alex hasn't even left elementary school but he already has a firm grasp on his identity and wha...

Sober Trans Housing

The Fix | Posted 11.07.2014 | Gay Voices
The Fix

Besides struggling to accept themselves, which is hard enough, transgender individuals face higher rates of suicide, homelessness, addiction and discrimination. And when it comes to getting help for substance abuse issues, trans people face a unique set of challenges.

This Transgender Model Just Made History

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.07.2014 | Gay Voices

We love this! Lea T made history this week when Redken announced that she would front the haircare brand, reportedly making her the first transgend...

Doobie Brothers Member Says He'll 'Come Out As A Tranny' During Interview

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.06.2014 | Gay Voices

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, singer Michael McDonald said he would come out as "a tranny" when releasing a hypothetical album. The 62-ye...

Laverne Cox Named One Of Glamour Magazine's Women Of The Year

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.05.2014 | Gay Voices

She just can't be stopped! 2014 has been a whirlwind of a year for transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox and the awards and recognition don'...

A Come to Jesus Talk on Transgender Youth

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 11.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

There aren't a lot of Bible verses that are directly applicable to transgender issues, and of those there are contradictions and a lot of room for interpretation. What does it say about your soul if you're willing to gamble the lives of other people's children, to put them at extreme risk of great or even fatal harm, on faulty assumptions?

In Our Fight Against HIV, LGB is Not Enough ... We Must Include the "T"

Jason Cianciotto | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Cianciotto

Advocacy for the health and safety of LGBT communities can't just be about adding the "T" at the end of our priorities. The needs and experiences of transgender people must be at the forefront of our agenda.

Ambiguous Power Guy and Divesting From Mainstream LGBTQ Movements

J Mase III | Posted 11.06.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

As trans people of color, we must be empowered to walk away from organizations that do not hear our rallying cries and our petitions, that pass us over for promotions again and again. Every day, new organizations serving trans people of color are popping up that empower our communities. Let's do better at supporting them.

Do Trans Women Have An Advantage In Sports?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Do transgender women have an advantage in the sporting world? Short answer: no. But this, of course, is one of the many arguments utilized by those...

The Good, Bad And Ugly Of What Happened When My Husband Came Out As Trans

Marvi Matos | Posted 11.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Marvi Matos

Until one year ago we were perceived as an ordinary family when it came to composition: husband, wife and kids. But when my other half expressed to the world that she is a woman and would start presenting herself as a woman, the news surprised some, shocked most and unraveled a series of fortunate and unfortunate events.

How Saved by the Bell Helped Me With My Gender Transition

Tobly McSmith | Posted 11.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Tobly McSmith

Saved by the Bell taught me absolutely nothing about gender transition, but co-creating and producing Bayside! The Musical! has taught me to take big leaps of faith, learn from my mistakes, and believe in myself -- all the tools I needed to come out as transgender several months ago.

Why We Shouldn't Lose Sight of Full Equality

Patrick McNeil | Posted 10.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Patrick McNeil

Whether at school or in public spaces, many LGBT youth don't feel safe and continue to face disgraceful levels of discrimination (and some don't feel safe at home, either). But when they enter the workforce, disadvantages persist.

Meet The Only Openly Transgender Person Working On Capitol Hill

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.27.2014 | Gay Voices

What is it like to be an openly transgender person working with legislators from across the political spectrum on Capitol Hill? Ben Panico, a trans...

From Music Festivals to College Campuses: Trans* and Women's Communities

Mona Shattell | Posted 10.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Mona Shattell

There are a number of complicated perspectives and positions on trans inclusion in women's spaces, and these dialogues illustrate some of the complexities of combating patriarchy.