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Transgender Issues

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.

iO Tillet Wright, Equality, And How Gay Are You?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.09.2014 | TED Weekends
David Henry Sterry

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI was 16 at the time my mother came out, and she seemed so much happier than when she was married to my cold, withholding, unfaithful father. So I was happy for her. She raised me to have an open mind about these things, and not judge people by the color of their skin, or who they loved, or what they worshiped. She raised me to judge them by their words and their actions.

WARNING: Letting Your Doctor Define You Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Chris Edwards | Posted 07.09.2014 | TED Weekends
Chris Edwards

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgToday I define myself as a happy, successful, devilishly handsome 44 year-old guy with a wonderful family and a bunch of great friends. Had I given up and let those first two doctors define me, I never would've made it past 23.

WATCH: For 8 Years, She Convinced The World She Was A Boy. Now, She's Making Us Rethink Sexuality

TEDTalks | Posted 07.09.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

What if most of us aren't "gay" or "straight," but somewhere in between? Artist and activist iO Tillett Wright makes a passionate case for accepting the complexity of individuality -- without making anybody feel like a second-class citizen. If her words don't persuade you, the images she shares just might.

9 Ways Life For The LGBT Community Has Improved Since 2005

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.09.2014 | Gay Voices

The last nine years have seen an immense amount of victories, both politically and socially, for members of the lesbian, gay, biseuxal and transgender...

An Unexpected Meeting on the Campaign Trail

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Sometimes the engagement achieved while knocking on doors as a candidate for office turns out to be of great personal significance, one that ties together loose ends from one's life, and the life discovered overlaps so much with one's own that it is uncanny. This is one such story.

Alaska Apologizes For Controversial Video After Outrage From Some In LGBT Community

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.06.2014 | Gay Voices

Former 'RuPaul's Drag Race' contestant Alaska Thunderfuck has apologized for releasing a YouTube video in April that many claimed featured the murder ...

Mom, Dad... I'm Straight

Jason Rozek | Posted 07.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Rozek

The person you thought was your male friend is, in fact, a woman, and I'm now in a heterosexual relationship. Over the past month, my partner and I have been coming out to our friends and family about her gender identity.

Mala Mala and the Possibility of Love

Antonio Santini | Posted 07.06.2014 | Entertainment
Antonio Santini

We set out to tell a new kind of story with Mala Mala -- focusing on the humanity of Puerto Rico's trans and drag communities, breaking them free from any pre-prescribed binaries.

LOOK: The Incredible 10-Year Journey This Trans 'Boi' Took To Find His True Self

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Nitzan Krimsky is a Jerusalem-born photographer who has spent the last ten years documenting his transition into living as his fully realized gender i...

The Controversial Ruling That Could Put This Transgender Inmate's Life In Danger

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A transgender prison inmate in Ohio wants a federal judge to order the state to allow her hormone treatments to continue, sayi...

WATCH: This Is The Reality Trans People Face Every Day

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Do you know the complicated cultural, legal and economic obstacles trans people face everyday as a result of regulation through government documentati...

Meet The First Out Trans Person To Play In A World Cup Qualifier

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Jaiyah Saelua made history in 2011 when she played a key role in American Samoa beating Tonga in the team's first victory in international soccer, as ...

Staying Put and Speaking Out for Change

Rebecca Juro | Posted 06.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Juro

I have to disagree with Mitch Kellaway's decision to stop blogging on Gay Voices. I'm sure he feels that it's the right decision for him personally, and I respect his choice and his reasoning. But rather than remove myself from the conversation by withdrawing as a blogger, I believe the opposite is called for.

WATCH: A Drag Queen And A Transsexual Discuss Controversial Words In The LGBT Community

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Over the past several weeks, discussions surrounding the use of certain words and whether they should be considered anti-transgender slurs reached a b...