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The Shopping Trip

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

Toothpaste. Shampoo. Cat litter. Storage containers. Paper towels. Laundry detergent. The most basic of items, but in reality, five of these were decoys. But it wasn't what I was buying that made this shopping trip seem so surreal. It was the why.

Knock on Wood

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 03.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

I adopted that familiar incantation from my youth, using it on a daily basis as an insurance policy for the worries and fears I had for Sam that were accidentally spoken out loud.

She Never Was a Boy

Karen Adams | Posted 03.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Karen Adams

Quickly my mind raced through the catalog of her interests, behaviors and clothing choices, and I saw how many clues I had missed. I saw my new daughter for the first time, through the actions of my nephew.

Sharing the Bathroom With Someone Who's Transgender: What's Everyone So Afraid Of?

Chris Edwards | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Edwards

Two words: "men" and "ladies." When taken out of context, they're harmless. But when posted on the outside of a swinging door that might be used by someone who's transgender, they become catalysts for anxiety -- more so, it seems, for those who aren't transgender.

Melissa Jeltsen

This Big Transgender Ruling Is Worth Your Attention

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Wayne Maines was in a meeting when he got the call. His daughter, a transgender teenager who had been fighting the state of Maine for years over her r...

Why California's Fight For Transgender Student Rights Could Be Far From Over

AP | Posted 12.26.2013 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new law that spells out the rights of transgender students in kindergarten through 12th grade is set to take effect in Califo...

Transgender Family Thanksgiving Celebrations

Wayne Maines | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

I dream about the day when families with transgender children will be able to have classic Thanksgiving celebrations. Unfortunately, many families like ours celebrate alone or with a few close friends because they are not considered part of the extended family anymore.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Jazz, 12 (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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Parts Unknown

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

Severe pain in my 17-year-old son's abdomen took us to the ER last week. It's one of those situations that everyone dreads, but if you're transgender, there can be an added level of anxiety when the medical professionals aren't current on trans health care. Such was the case for us.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

We didn't just drag our feet. Instead we got fitted for cement shoes that kept us firmly planted in the middle of this state of denial, because quite frankly, we were too scared to admit out loud what we already knew in our hearts to be true.

10 Things Transphobes Say That Make Me *Facepalm*

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Beyond the philosophical and medical argument of what makes a "real" man or woman, there is the simple level of civility. When you deliberately attack someone's core identity you have foregone the basic rules of decency.

Into the Toilet

Justine Valinotti | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

How do they always end up being about bathrooms? I'm talking about the debates and protests that accompany any attempt to ensure that gender-variant individuals have the same rights as everybody else.

The Dance

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

No one batted an eye or let on in any way that they were affected by Sam's transition. And just as I began to breathe a sigh of relief, Sam made a simple request that challenged my internal fortitude more than I could have ever imagined.

LOOK: 18 Kids Who Kick Way More Ass Than We Ever Did When We Were Their Ages

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.06.2013 | Gay Voices

The school year is coming to an end, so what better time to take a look at some of the amazing kids who have stood up and spoken out for lesbian, gay,...

Love More, Fear Less: A Mother and Her Child Share Their Incredible Journey

Franne Golde and Syd Fox | Posted 07.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Franne Golde and Syd Fox

It was a primal scream that went right through me and sent distress signals to my heart. My beautiful 4-year-old daughter stood up in the bathtub as though she were possessed. "Mommy, I'm supposed to be a boy. God made a mistake!" she screamed through heaving tears.

Bathroom Ban For Transgender Girl Ignites Discrimination Debate

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 03.20.2013 | Denver

Coy Mathis, a Colorado transgender first-grader, has been stirring up debate over anti-discrimination laws since her elementary school stopped letting...

Meeting Sam's Teachers

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 05.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

As I shake the science instructor's calloused hand I hope he really understands. Did he take it to heart when I described how gut wrenching it is for Sam to hear the words, "Pick a lab partner"? How hard it is to be put in that position? The odd man out because nobody wants to be paired with that kid who "...used to be a girl."

School Refuses To Mediate With Transgender Girl Banned From Bathroom

Posted 03.09.2013 | Denver

The family of a 6-year-old transgender Colorado girl who was banned from using her school's girls' bathroom are disappointed that the school district ...

School Officials, Students Divided In Support Of Mississippi Transgender Student

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 03.01.2013 | Gay Voices

Students at a Batesville, Miss. high school are protesting because they believe that a transgender classmate is receiving “special treatment.” ...

6-Year-Old Transgender Girl Barred From Using Girls' Restroom

Posted 02.27.2013 | Gay Voices

The Colorado-based parents of a 6-year-old transgender girl are taking legal action after their local school district opted to prohibit their daughter...

WATCH: Katie Couric Chats With Transgender Youth

Posted 02.26.2013 | Gay Voices

On the latest installment of "Katie," host Katie Couric interviewed three transgender children, taking an in-depth look at their deeply personal (and ...

To Go, Or Not To Go, That Is The Question

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 04.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

For my transgender child and thousands like him, the simple act of relieving themselves in a public restroom at their school is a source of stress, confusion, violence, endless meetings and even lawsuits, just because they identify with a gender that differs from their biology.

A Simple Valentine's Day Dance

Wayne Maines | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

Nicole was 10 years old, openly attending school as a transgender girl, and Valentine's Day was right around the corner. One evening Nicole came home, and while we were preparing dinner, she announced that there was going to be a father-daughter dance at the town recreation building.

Preparing For A Generation That Comes Out Younger

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 04.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

The average coming-out age has declined from 20-something in the '80s to somewhere around 16 today, and there are many who come out younger -- in some cases far younger. Both the LGBTQ community and society at large need to be thinking about how to meet these kids' needs.

The Cold Shoulder At Christmas: Family Holidays With A Transgender Daughter

Ellsworth 'Derry' Rundlett, III | Posted 02.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Ellsworth 'Derry' Rundlett, III

When Nicole decided to become her authentic self, I was startled and unsure -- but time, education and counseling have made our parent/child relationship stronger than ever. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for our extended family.