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'OITNB' Star To Host Groundbreaking MTV Documentary

AP | Posted 09.18.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgender people. The special, "Laverne ...

Against Me! Singer Digs Deep About Coming Out As Transgender

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Laura Jane Grace, the lead vocalist for the punk-rock band Against Me!, came out as transgender in 2012. Since then, she has been open and honest abou...

HRC Reboots Its Mission Toward Greater Trans Inclusion

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Last Thursday at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta, HRC President Chad Griffin apologized for all the problems between HRC and the trans community for which HRC had been responsible over the years. He was specific and demanded to be held accountable. These are words the trans community has never heard before from HRC, certainly not in public.

Things Are Changing On Campus For Transgender Students

AP | PHILIP MARCELO | Posted 09.10.2014 | College

BOSTON (AP) — Women's colleges are revisiting policies around enrolling transgender students as institutions of higher learning — single-sex, coed...

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

Judith Light On 'Transparent' And What She's Learned From The Trans Community

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices

Judith Light dropped by HuffPost Live to talk about her new role on the highly-anticipated new Amazon series, "Transparent." Light hopes that the ...

Finding Common Ground

Wayne Maines | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

It is hard to stay calm when we read about transgender violence, and we continue to experience discrimination in our community's. It hard to be patient when our children's self-esteem is being eroded in ways most parents cannot fathom.

Curtis M. Wong

Husband And Wife Drawn Together For Transgender Opera

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Opera stars Kelly Markgraf and Sasha Cooke are a husband-and-wife team who've performed together in venues around the world. Still, they're set to exp...

Women's Equality Includes Trans Women, Too

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 08.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Tuesday marked this year's Women's Equality Day, and at HuffPost Live, all women were celebrated. Dana Beyer, the executive director of Gender Rig...

Obamacare Opens Door For Gender Reassignment Surgery

Kaiser Health News | Anna Gorman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics

Devin Payne had gone years without health insurance – having little need and not much money to pay for it. Then Payne, who had a wife and four chi...

The Best Way to Change Minds: Come Out, Stay Out and Speak Out

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Last week my friend, Professor Jenny Boylan of Barnard College, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times entitled "Trans Community Can Change Minds by Changing Discourse." She uses the promotion of marriage equality as the gay analogue to what the trans community now needs. With all due respect, I think she's got it backwards.

Acting Director Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center Discusses Trans Equality in 2014 and the Future

Toni Newman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

My discussion with Kris is centered around trans equality now and the future. We discuss the inequality still facing trans people, especially trans women of color, and how we as a community move forward to progress to full equality and being treated fairly without bias and discrimination.

Does Political Correctness Work?

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

While our lexicons are being updated to reflect a changing understanding of prejudice, it's hard to imagine that some of us aren't losing our relation to the real-life problems that our language is trying to solve.

LGBT Civil Rights and Religious Liberty: The Challenge

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Since much homophobia and transphobia is rooted in misogyny, it's clear to me that in order to cleanse our faith-based institution of anti-LGBT bigotry, we're going to have to do a much better job of dealing with the pervasive sexism. That will require a very long-term effort.

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. ...

Michelangelo Signorile

After Marriage Equality, Are Transgender People 'Going To Be Left In The Lurch'?

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices

Now that President Obama has signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination against LGBT people among federal contractors, transgender act...

World Health Organization Recommends PrEP: Prevention or Perpetuating Stereotypes?

Jaga N.A. Argentum | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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."

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

Jennifer Finney Boylan | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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.

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” ...

Lila Shapiro

Hobby Lobby Wants To Control Which Bathroom Women Use, Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices

Meggan Sommerville In the days after the Supreme Court handed Hobby Lobby a sweeping victory in its fight to not provide employee health insurance ...

End the Gay-Transgender Panic Defense AB-2501

Mike Spradley | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Mike Spradley

AB-2501 sends a global message that the gay-transgender panic defense should not and will not be tolerated. The LGBTQ community must write their law makers, do not let people get away with murder, they have been doing it for far to long.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama To Sign Executive Order Protecting Transgender Federal Employees

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced Monday that he's preparing an executive order to ban workplace discrimination against federal employees...

Confessions of a Former Pride Grand Marshal

Fiona Dawson | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Fiona Dawson

This year I had an unusual lack of desire to celebrate Pride in any way, which is a complete turnaround from the person I used to be. There was a time when I felt Pride was a mandatory birthday that must be honored. So why was I so apathetic this past weekend?

On Transgender Issues, We Tend to Forget Our Most Powerful Sexual Organ Is the Brain

Leslie P. Henderson | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie P. Henderson

The first problem is the assumption that sex is solely defined by penises and vaginas, ignoring the fact that one of the most important sexual organs is the brain.

Obama's Transgender Rights Campaign Gets Little Attention

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage,...