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Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors Are Slipping Through the System

Michael Munson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Munson

A system that excludes the diversity of gender expressions literally kills trans people.

Amanda Terkel

Nebraska High School Student's Speech On Gender Stereotypes Barred From TV Showcase (UPDATE)

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.02.2014 | Gay Voices

UPDATE: 6:01 p.m. -- The NSAA reversed its decision Wednesday afternoon, after significant outcry and attention to the issue. In a statement, the orga...

Trans Model Recalls The Terrifying Moment 'That Raised Her Consciousness' About The Community

Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender fashion model and advocate Geena Rocero recalled her experience of being detained in an airport because her passport still identified her...

Transgender Female Crossfit Athlete Chloie Jonsson Talks Equality, Acceptance, Tolerance and Respect

Toni Newman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Chloie Jonnson is a transgender female and CrossFit athlete fighting for her rights to compete as a female in the CrossFit Games. CrossFit has issue...

Laverne Cox Nabs Huge Honor

Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender activist and actress Laverne Cox is slated to be honored at this year's 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards with one of the event's top honors:...

DOJ Trains Cops To Work With Transgender People

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department launched a program Thursday to train local police departments to better respond to transgender individuals,...

5 Places Trans People Exist

Lauren Lubin | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Lauren Lubin

The fashion industry has never been wary of pushing boundaries, including the boundaries of gender. Gender nonconformity is not only becoming commonplace in the fashion world but is now becoming the epicenter of high fashion and innovation.

Will It Be a Year of Action for LGBT Workers?

Harper Jean Tobin | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Harper Jean Tobin

Even though the president has made it clear that LGBT people who work for the federal government are protected from discrimination, millions of federal contractor employees still have no law or policy to protect them.

Gays And 'Trannies' Should Be Banned From The Military, Pundit Says

Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Gay and lesbian service members have been able to serve openly since the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" in September 2011, but one notoriously righ...

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...

Popular Transgender Rights Bill Opposed By Lawmaker Afraid Of Men In Dresses

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

A Maryland bill that would prohibit discrimination against transgender people has overwhelming support among state residents, according to a new poll....

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...

Protecting Religious Freedom in Maine and Beyond

Wayne Maines | Posted 03.19.2014 | 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.

How Not to Sound Like a Creationist to a Trans Person

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.18.2014 | 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.

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

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.17.2014 | 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.

'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 ...

Transgender Acceptance Simplified: The Air and the Light

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.07.2014 | 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.

Stunning Photos Explore Transgender Life In Mongolia

Posted 03.06.2014 | Arts

In Mongolia, the discrimination and violence against transgender peoples is so horrific many chose to live in the closet rather than face the persecut...

5 Places Trans People Don't Exist

Lauren Lubin | Posted 02.28.2014 | 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 02.27.2014 | 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 02.26.2014 | 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.

How to Support the Ugandan LGBTQ Community

justin adkins | Posted 02.24.2014 | Gay Voices
justin adkins

What I found when I got to Kampala was a beautiful city and wonderful, loving people. I also found a community living in fear and not able to move around for rational fear of being arrested, attacked or worse.

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...

Colbert Perfectly Lampoons The Media's Transphobia

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.19.2014 | Comedy

On Tuesday's "Colbert Report," the increased (and largely problematic) media coverage of the transgender community was in the spotlight. Stephen Colbe...

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...