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It's Not the '80s Anymore: Transition-Related Care Is Basic Health Care

James D. Esseks | Posted 05.30.2014 | Gay Voices
James D. Esseks

Determinations of what medical treatments are covered by Medicare are made mostly by regional decision-making bodies, but there is a small number of national rules -- called NCDs -- regarding whether certain treatments are covered by Medicare. In 1981, HHS issued an NCD that Medicare does not cover transition-related health care.

A Look Back At Some Of The Week's Biggest LGBT News Stories

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.30.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every F...

We Must Not Forget Jane Doe's Humanity

Chase Strangio | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

Last Friday, I traveled to Niantic, Connecticut to visit with Jane Doe, a transgender 16-year-old being held at the high security York Correctional Facility for adult women. Jane has been sitting alone at York for 51 days.

WATCH: Incredible Story Of Transgender Son Will Have You Ugly Crying... And Then Cheering

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Two of the greatest things a parent can give a child in this life are unconditional love and acceptance, and the Whittingtons have done just that. ...

The Truth About Anti-Trans* Slurs

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

We must find a way to understand the damage we do. We can't continue to throw around words that we don't find personally offensive and wash our hands of the harm they cause to someone else. If we do anything less than put an end to the use of anti-trans* slurs, then we are just bullies.

Get Photographed For This Celebration Of Trans And Gender Non-Conforming People

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices

"The Transcending Gender Project" is a compelling new body of work that aims to celebrate transgender and gender non-conforming individuals as people,...

WATCH: 'A Letter To The Girl I Used To Be'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices

When Emily Smith was just 11-years-old, she said out loud she didn't want to live anymore. She told her therapist she did not foresee living past 21. ...

Radio Hosts 'Wish We Could Take Back' On-Air Comments Blasting Transgender Health Care

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices

The New York radio personalities who were fired last week after blasting the expansion of transgender health care benefits on the air have issued a fo...

RuPaul Responds To Controversy Over The Word 'Tranny'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.22.2014 | Gay Voices

RuPaul has finally responded to the controversy surrounding the word "tranny," as well as the use of "she-mail" on popular reality television show "Ru...

LISTEN: Radio Hosts Fired Over SHOCKING Transphobic Broadcast

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.22.2014 | Gay Voices

A pair of New York radio hosts have been fired after sparking controversy with an on-air rant over the recent expansion of transgender health care ben...

Why Coming Out As Transgender At The Office Is More Difficult Than Announcing You're Gay

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender rights advocate Beck Bailey spoke at length about the unique challenges facing the community in the workplace in a HuffPost Live interview...

CeCe McDonald Shares The Struggles Of Being A Trans Woman In A Male Prison Facility

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender activist CeCe McDonald was sentenced to 41 months in prison for manslaughter after a racist and transphobic attack against her turned dead...

Male Divas of Broadway: Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Cumming, and Terrance McNally

Richard Alther | Posted 07.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

Two of the brightest stars presently on Broadway are not just bending sex stereotypes, but, in truth, transcending gender.

It Has Been Getting Better For Transgender Teens -- But Cultural Concerns Remain

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Isaac Barnett took a bold step last year: He told teachers and classmates at his Kansas high school that the student they had k...

Mixed Messages: Homophobia, Transphobia and the Media

Randal Mason | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Randal Mason

Whether it's new funding for monitoring coverage of LGBT issues or incorporating LGBT awareness in current media development initiatives around the world, we can make it so that the stories of LGBT individuals and communities are told with the accuracy and dignity that all people deserve.

What Is Love? This Lesbian Teen Has It All Figured Out (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-05-16-20140515TyuniqueNelsonsmall.jpgTyunique Nelson was struggling with parts of her life. Through her struggles she found some peace with Alex, a new person she met at school.

Great News For Austria's Transgender Community

AP | Posted 05.15.2014 | Gay Voices

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's education minister has instructed schools to re-issue grade transcripts to transgender persons who have requested that they ...

He / She / It / ... Me

iO Tillett Wright | Posted 07.14.2014 | TED Weekends
iO Tillett Wright

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLabels are essential to conversation, as are boxes, but I stand by my point, which is that it's not that there are too many boxes in the world, it's that there are too few. Each one of us is in hundreds of boxes, like watercolors, splish-splashing elements of ourselves over into the others, and in my view, when colors bleed into each other, we get the most beautiful rainbows.

A Big Step Toward Broad Acceptance Of Gender Nonconformity

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.13.2014 | TED Weekends
Dana Beyer

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat seemed to me to be her most subversive and, to that audience, surprising message, was that there is far more bisexuality out there than what we'd consider purely "gay." Given that even the gay community finds that reality surprising, wondering where all the bisexual men and women are, it's one of what Wright calls her "self-evident truths," that we are far more complex than even we are willing to admit.

Escaping The Boxes, Living In The Gray

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 07.12.2014 | TED Weekends
Parker Marie Molloy

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThis biological need to find similarities in the world around us is what almost drove me to my own death. At the time, I didn't know there was anyone like me. I didn't see commonalities with a single other human being and myself. I saw myself as defective, and therefore, not worthy of life, itself.

Discarding The World's Labels And Embracing The Gray

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.12.2014 | TED Weekends
Brynn Tannehill

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAs we all know from the marriage debates, the opinions of others on our sexuality affect our daily lives. While the overwhelming consensus of the transgender community is that a person is whatever they identify as, others (including sometimes the government) base it on other things. The problem is it's done completely inconsistently.

2014 Transgender Violence Statistics Sobering Thus Far

A.J. Walkley | Posted 07.12.2014 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

As the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia approaches on May 17, it has been reported that in the first four months of 2014, 102 acts of violence against transgender people have been logged.

This Mom Says What Every Trans Child Needs To Hear

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.11.2014 | Gay Voices

This is one incredible way to recognize all of the great mothers out there today. In this video, a transgender teen, Zoe, recalls her journey to re...

Outside Of The Binary: Exploring India's Third Gender

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.15.2014 | Gay Voices

When photographer Jill Peters first traveled to India in 2007, she was intrigued by what she at first believed to be male cross-dressers making their ...

Hitting Close to Home: Homophobia and Transphobia In Asia = Family Violence

Grace Poore | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Grace Poore

While many of those interviewed spoke to societal discrimination and repeated experiences of exclusion in public spaces, at work and at school, the family was reported to be the primary perpetrator of violence against lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people.