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Teacher Sparks Community Controversy After Coming Out As Transgender

Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay Voices

A California teacher, who previously presented as a man, will return to school after spring break as a woman. The Fresno Bee is reporting that the...

The Inevitability of Transparency as the New Paradigm of Government

David K. Rehr | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Republicans have an incentive to embrace transparency because it will lead to more efficient government and they will have something "new" to campaign on. Frankly, just talking about balanced budgets and tax cuts do not have the same voter impact they have had in the 1980s.

Watch What Happens When A Lesbian Asks This Anti-Gay Church To Stone Her

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.22.2014 | Gay Voices

When Jennifer Louise Lopez first saw the horrific anti-gay sign go up on The ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in her neighborhood in Harlem, she knew...

The Surprise Impact Of Anti-LGBT Job Discrimination

Posted 03.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender rights advocates took to HuffPost Live this week as pressure on President Barack Obama to sign an executive order which would extend Emplo...

Will The US Finally Recognize Non-Binary Genders?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay Voices

A petition is making its rounds on the Internet that calls on politicians to legally recognize individuals whose bodies and experiences fall outside o...

Protecting Religious Freedom in Maine and Beyond

Wayne Maines | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

Recently, our leaders in Augusta -- good, honest Mainers -- did the right thing. They voted "No" and defeated LD 1428, a bill that purported to provide additional religious freedom protections in Maine.

LOOK: 6 Incredible Things That Happened In The Dark Shadow Of Westboro Church

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices

One year ago today, March 19, Planting Peace, a non-profit organization, launched an incredible initiative that sought to combat the efforts of the no...

How Not to Sound Like a Creationist to a Trans Person

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 05.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

When people say they support transgender people but oppose the specific issues that matter to the transgender community, it makes as much sense as saying you support the gay community, but oppose marriage equality and anti-bullying initiatives.

Wendy Williams Responds To Outrage Over Transphobic Comments

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Television personality Wendy Williams came under fire last week for hosting a problematic panel discussion about transgender athlete Chloie Jonsson an...

It's Getting Better, Even If Some Days It Doesn't Seem Like It

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Visibility, even when it focuses on violence and discrimination, is the first step along the journey from recognition to tolerance, then to acceptance and finally, affirmation.

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.