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This Trans Viral Sensation Getting Her Own Web Series May Be Best Thing To Happen All Week

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices

OMG! World of Wonder just made a stellar move by offering transgender viral vine sensation TS Madison her own web series -- fittingly called "Wait ...

A Trans Woman on Saving MichFest

Kayley Whalen | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Kayley Whalen

When people all around you are telling you directly that you have no claim to your womanhood and that by merely existing you are furthering the patriarchy, it cuts right through to your heart. I want to be able to return to the Land feeling welcome and safe. MichFest is my home too.

What Is The Difference Between Transgender And Transsexual?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.05.2014 | Gay Voices

In this week's video from Arielle Scarcella, the YouTube star features a fellow vlogger, and transgender woman, and asks her to talk about her own exp...

Fighting Back Against Anti-Transgender Talking Points

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 10.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Since the publication of Time's cover story "The Transgender Tipping Point," there has been a spate of conservative op-eds in retort. The attacks follow a predictable set of talking points that rely on the reader having no scientific knowledge of the issue. However, when examined from a perspective of peer-reviewed medical consensus and law, these talking points fail utterly.

WATCH: Laverne Cox Schools Gayle King On 'CBS This Morning'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Just when you thought you couldn't love her even more... Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox stopped by “CBS This Morning” last week t...

Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism: What Exactly Is It, And Why Does It Hurt?

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 10.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism, or TERF, is a loosely-organized collective with a message of hate and exclusion against transgender women in particular. They have attached themselves to radical feminism as a means to attempt to deny trans women basic access to health care, women's groups, restroom facilities, and more.

Transgender Teen Stabbed On Metro During Rush Hour

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices

A man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon after harassing and allegedly stabbing a transgender teen on a Washington D.C. metro line dur...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Protests Mount Against Music Festival That Excludes Trans Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices

A music festival is facing increasing pressure to end its exclusion of transgender women, a practice that critics call discriminatory. For the past...

Exclusive Excerpt From Transgender Anthology Letters for My Sisters

Andrea James | Posted 09.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrea James

I was honored to be asked to co-edit Letters for My Sisters by transgender-owned publisher Transgress Press. In this new anthology of letters and test...

The New 'C' Word

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

"Cis" and "cisgender" certainly have a proper place in academia and are likely to be used there for a long time, given how their use has steadily increased. They are also increasingly used in non-LGBT progressive circles as part of policy and sociology discussions. Outside these contexts, however, neither word does us much good.

Janet Mock Has An Awesome New Job!

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices

What a week for some of our favorite transgender icons! New York Times bestselling author Janet Mock received a big honor this week when Marie Clai...

How To Navigate High School As An Out Transgender Student

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender teen Jordan K. recalled the experience of coming out as transgender while still in elementary school in an interview with HuffPost Live. ...

Comic Con Making History With Pro-Trans Move

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Well done, Comic Con! At this year's popular comic book convention in San Diego, organizers have orchestrated a panel focusing specifically on tran...

WATCH: Laverne Cox Makes A Brilliant Observation On 'The View'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices

2014 has been quite the year for Laverne Cox -- and it seems to just keep getting better. The transgender activist and "Orange Is The New Black" st...

World Health Organization Recommends PrEP: Prevention or Perpetuating Stereotypes?

Jaga N.A. Argentum | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jaga N.A. Argentum

Anyone who engages in risky sexual behavior should take extra precautions, be it through PrEP or otherwise. While I'm certain that the WHO acknowledges this, their message nevertheless helps perpetuate the falsehood of HIV being a "gay disease."

Moving Forward After Today's Executive Orders

Rebecca Isaacs | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Isaacs

We urge the next Congress to introduce a comprehensive bill that addresses discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations like the comprehensive laws we have passed in many states.

5 Things Not to Say to a Transgender Person (and 3 Things You Should)

Jennifer Finney Boylan | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Finney Boylan

1. "Hey, you! Have you had 'the surgery'?" This is kind of like someone coming up to you and asking about your vagina or penis. No, wait, it's exactly like that.

LOOK: One Artist's Incredible Documentation Of His Transition Across The Gender Spectrum

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices

A stunning new art exhibition is slated to open in Toronto this month that chronicles one artist's transition across the gender spectrum. From arti...

Transgender Sister Of NBA Star Found Dead

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices

A transgender woman has been found dead in Baltimore. It is the second trans homicide in the city within the last six weeks. Police found the body...

Through the Lens: My Journey to Celebrate Trans Lives Across the U.S.

Rhys Harper | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Rhys Harper

I set out to change the way the rest of the world sees us, but this project has ended up helping change the way we see ourselves.

Doctors Who Perform Gender Confirmation Surgery 'Need To Go To Jail,' According To This Right-Wing Source

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Peter LaBarbera of Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality took aim at the transgender community in an appearance on “The Janet Mefferd Show” ...

Jailed Transgender Teen Moved To Psych Center

AP | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A transgender girl detained without criminal charges for two months at an adult women's prison in Connecticut has been moved ...

"I Love My Transgender Brother"

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Marsha Aizumi

As the mother of a transgender son, I often wonder how my younger straight son truly felt as our family was navigating through some of our most challenging years.

#AllyFail, a Poem on the Shortcomings of Allyship

J Mase III | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

As a trans person of color, there are so many times during my day when I am challenged to exist in a space not designed for me. For some, this poem may ring very true, for others it may make them very uncomfortable.

To Those Who Laughed

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 09.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Laughing was the moral equivalent of mocking someone for their stutter. Or telling a gay kid that he should never find love because you find that kind of sex icky. Or cheering on the police as they take a homeless veteran's shopping cart away, because you just want them to disappear. It. Was. Punching. Down.