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8 Myths About Transgender Men's Genital Reconstructions

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

"It's not life-or-death," "It's cosmetic," "You need therapy, not surgery," and "It will burden taxpayers" are among the many toxic myths in need of exploding. So -- with the caveats that this list is not exhaustive and I am no medical expert -- it's time to bust some myths!

Transgender Activist Cecilia Gentili on Identity and Putting the 'T' Back in LGBT

Daniel Lyons | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

Since leaving Argentina, Cecilia Gentili has embarked on an incredible journey of transformation, ultimately turning her into a widely respected advocate for trans rights in New York City. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cecilia and hearing first hand how her story has unfolded.

'Nobody Wants To See A Male Person Dress Up Like A Girl'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.13.2014 | Gay Voices

An annual tribute to slain Latina superstar Selena in Corpus Christi, Texas, is coming under fire after organizers allegedly told a woman that she is ...

Could The Ban On Transgender Military Troops Soon Be Lifted?

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 03.13.2014 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general has concluded there "is no compelling medical reason" for the U....

Experiencing a Parallel Transition From Inside the Closet

Jason Rozek | Posted 05.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Rozek

I'm back in the closet and keeping the reality of my relationship from the people in my life because my partner is a transgender woman who is not out yet. I've gone back into hiding and dusted off my dormant skill at playing the pronoun game. It's a curious space to occupy.

Carmen Carrera Slams CrossFit For Alleged Discrimination Against Trans Athlete

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender athlete Chloie Jonsson announced last week that she is filing a $2.5 million lawsuit against popular fitness program CrossFit. Johnson all...

Do Transgender Athletes Have an Unfair Advantage?

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 05.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Perhaps no transgender issue brings out more anger than the idea of transgender women competing in athletics. This was evident again when a female transgender CrossFit athlete was told, in writing, by the CrossFit governing body that she cannot compete as a woman.

Transgender Acceptance Simplified: The Air and the Light

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I did everything I could think of to learn how to be this man I thought I had to be. I spent a lifetime trying to get my soul to match my body. In the falsehood of that existence, I was unable to participate in life.

'But How Do You Know You're a Man?': On Trans People, Narrative and Trust

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

Manhood is an accomplishment, an internal need and quest, for both cis and trans men. When we acknowledge this, the necessity and intelligibilty of questions like "But how do you know?" fades away. Seeing this will help dismantle one of the structuring cultural approaches to transgender people: mistrust.

One Small Question Can Have A Big Impact

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.05.2014 | College

One small question on the housing application form at Pitzer College in California can have a meaningful impact. The reason is not necessarily due to ...

'Drag Race' Star Speaks Out On Ellen's Liza Minnelli Joke

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Following Sunday night's 2014 Academy Awards, host Ellen DeGeneres landed herself in hot water for what some perceived as a transphobic joke aimed at ...

WATCH: The Joke Ellen Delivered At The Oscars That Has Some People Pissed

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Ellen DeGeneres took to the stage last night to host the 2014 Academy Awards and one joke made by the comedian about actress Liza Minnelli has some pe...

It Turns Out My Partner Is a Woman, So What Does That Make Me?

Jason Rozek | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Rozek

Eight months ago I pulled a bra out of the washing machine for the first time since breaking up with my college girlfriend and loudly coming out of the closet as a gay man a decade earlier. This bra belonged to someone I would have called my boyfriend a week earlier, before she came out to me as a transgender woman.

WATCH: Being Transgender On A Global Level

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices

On the eve of Zero Discrimination Day, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) have re...

5 Places Trans People Don't Exist

Lauren Lubin | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Lauren Lubin

"Gender binary" describes our current belief system that gender exists as only male or female. There are, in fact, many more genders, and this post highlights the five areas that are most challenging to those who identify outside of the gender binary.

I'm Trans* and I Have a Right to Date However I Want (Even If It's Not Heteronormative)

J Mase III | Posted 04.29.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

I deserve to have someone(s) in my life that is EXCITED to hold my hand and maybe even, gasp, KISS me in public. ('cause I'm kind of awesome.)

What I Learned From Transgender Students

John O'Connor | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices
John O'Connor

These youth know how difficult the task at hand is. Understanding what it means to be transgender is new for many people in our society and can be confusing. That's not surprising, because many people are unaware of the issues transgender people face.

Michelangelo Signorile

CeCe Says: Transgender Activist Recalls Brutal Details Of Hate Attack, Manslaughter Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.22.2014 | Gay Voices

CeCe McDonald left prison last month after serving 19 months of a 41-month sentence, having been convicted of second degree manslaughter — in a plea...

Jill Soloway's Transparent, the Blue Meth of Amazon's Pilot Season

Rolla Selbak | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Rolla Selbak

As a filmmaker who gets desensitized by writing formulas and stock characters, I can honestly say this is probably the most addictive pilot I have ever seen.

As a Trans Person, Facebook is One of the Only Places I Exist

Lauren Lubin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Lauren Lubin

Facebook's massive gender inclusion turned my once invisible presence in this world into something visible. I now existed. It was quite surreal.

Facebook's Gender Identities

Dana Beyer | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

As expected, there was a rush of praise from the LGBT community, and condemnation from Fox News and its reactionary brethren. On further analysis, I believe this is significant progress yet not as momentous a change as some imagine.

Michelangelo Signorile

Vladimir Vs. Vladimir: Italian Transgender Activist And Ex-MP Recalls Russian Detention

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices

“The second time, I was very afraid,” said former Italian member of parliament Vladimir Luxuria, about her detention in Sochi, Russia after she de...

WATCH: Janet Mock Goes Head-To-Head With Stephen Colbert

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender activist and writer Janet Mock stopped by "The Colbert Report" last night to discuss issues affecting the transgender community, her new b...

50 Shades of Control: Facebook Knows Best?

Brian Stone | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

While Facebook is enjoying their good (and bad) PR from this bit, I wouldn't start building them a float for the pride parade. Fill out your gender however you like, but don't forget that this is just another marketing ploy.

Olympic Committee's Surprise Response To Transgender Activist Being Detained

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday defended the removal of an Italian gay rights activist from a Sochi arena, sayin...