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When Love Overcomes Fear (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2014-12-17-ScreenShot20141216at9.15.13PMsmall.jpgIn the second episode of The Pearl of Africa, I take you deeper into Cleo and Nelson's life, showing something that's rarely highlighted when talking about transgender people in Uganda: their love, their hope and their dreams.

The First Ugandan Transgender Love Story (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2014-12-09-pearlofafricaep1vidsmall.jpgI first met Cleopatra Kambugu in June 2012 and was fascinated by her determination to be the first Ugandan transgender woman accepted for her true gender identity. Despite the hate and violent history in her country, she wanted to humanize trans people.

NYC Makes AMAZING Move On Behalf Of Its Transgender Residents

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Members of New York's transgender community and advocates are praising the city council's vote to pass legislation making it easier for residents to c...

Minnesota Governor Unloads On 'Hate Mongering' Against Transgender Students

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

Gov. Mark Dayton (D) slammed opponents of the Minnesota State High School League's vote this week to allow transgender students to play on girls' spor...

Who Are We to Judge a Country Like Uganda?

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I think that before 2009 few people around the world knew what the Ugandan people are like, with little media attention to the country following a bru...

Trans Legal Trailblazers Macy and Glenn Speak Out for Sweeping Educational Efforts

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

This is an opportunity to educate the general population that discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, which encompasses tens of millions of people, is illegal and harmful to the bottom line. This is an opportunity to humanize and overcome ignorance and fear so that there is no desire to deny employment in the first place.

Despite Progress, Transgender Activists Still Fear They Face An Uphill Battle

Reuters | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a 12-year-old boy went on the Oprah Winfrey show to announce he was tran...

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Honoring the Forgotten, the Homeless and the Victims

Toni Newman | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

My heart belongs to the ladies on 14th Street who stood with me night after night, trying to survive and just be their authentic selves. I cry today for those ladies who are no longer here with us in 2014, but my heart remembers them.

Milla: Being Transgender in India

Christopher Taylor Barry | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Christopher Taylor Barry

A professional actress, Milla is taking time off to prepare for her "final cut" in Thailand. Her transition is nearly complete, and life right now seems better as completion approaches. But what is "better"? How can I possibly understand? Life as a transgender person is not easy anywhere. In India life for transgender people is hard, but in some ways it is strangely better too.

A Unique Love Story About a Ugandan Transgender Woman

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I've been following Cleo's life up close for 18 months, and we're still shooting. I even moved in with Cleo and her straight boyfriend, Nelson, during one of my trips to Kampala, getting to know them both as human beings and as friends. Having been forced to live apart only to find each other once again in a foreign country, their love story is a true inspiration.

Christopher Mathias

New York's Largest Jail To Open Housing Unit For Transgender Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- The country’s second-largest jail will open a housing unit this week for transgender women, officials announced Tuesday, in a historic e...

A Movement That Matters: Trans Rights in Lesotho

Randal Mason | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Randal Mason

"There's a lot of stigma in the general population," says Tampose Mothopeng, a human rights defender from Lesotho, who's been described by NPR as "young, idealistic, and transsexual."

Melissa Jeltsen

Groundbreaking Transgender Teen Given Big Honor

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Nicole Maines, a teenager who made history earlier this year in a landmark transgender rights case, has been named one of Glamour magazine's 50 inspir...

Seeing the Individual: Freiya on Being a Woman and Being Transgender

Kirsten Brown | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Kirsten Brown

What is most interesting to me is what it's like to be transgender on a daily basis. Is it really that big a deal? Are most people liberal enough to see past one small part of somebody's identity? How does this play out every day? Since I spoke to Freiya, my eyes have opened to things that would not even have occurred to me.

Major LGBT Advocates Who Had Previously Buried the Lede Come Out of the Closet -- Except One

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I would like to return to the post that generated the most debate and heat, "Burying the Lede: The LGBT Community's Deafening Silence on Federal Transgender Employment Protections," which provided in-depth background about the most momentous federal trans-rights advance in our history, and the community silence that followed. It struck a chord.

Sober Trans Housing

The Fix | Posted 11.07.2014 | Gay Voices
The Fix

Besides struggling to accept themselves, which is hard enough, transgender individuals face higher rates of suicide, homelessness, addiction and discrimination. And when it comes to getting help for substance abuse issues, trans people face a unique set of challenges.

In Our Fight Against HIV, LGB is Not Enough ... We Must Include the "T"

Jason Cianciotto | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Cianciotto

Advocacy for the health and safety of LGBT communities can't just be about adding the "T" at the end of our priorities. The needs and experiences of transgender people must be at the forefront of our agenda.

Those Who Can, Do

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

It's been a pleasure to contribute to the civil-rights debate, and I've enjoyed the feedback I've received. I realize my analysis is one of many, and the debate has helped me refine my understanding. It has helped when the debate is civil, which it often is not, and that leads me to today's post.

The Next Civil Rights Frontier: How the Transgender Movement Is Taking Over

Nico Machlitt | Posted 12.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Nico Machlitt

The transgender movement is taking force, with more media visibility of transgender people and for the transgender movement. Katie Couric had Laverne Cox back on her show to apologize for the first interview and talk about the real issues that transgender people face.

Transgender Violence Tracking Portal: One Year Later

A.J. Walkley | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

For the first time ever, there is a database where people can see exactly what is happening to transgender people globally in terms of violent acts against them. The TVTP was launched earlier this year in the hope of accumulating as much data as possible in order to serve as a true resource and, ultimately, to put a stop to such acts.

Anti-Trans Opposition To MSHSL Proposal: A Mother's View

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

I should have known before I pulled into the parking lot of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) that what was innocuously being billed as a...

Jennifer Bendery

No Support For Transgender High School Students In Minnesota Governor's Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Minnesota's gubernatorial candidates are not fans of allowing transgender high school students to participate in sports based on their g...

A Win In Kenya For The Transgender Community

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices

While the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community struggles to achieve basic human rights throughout Africa, transgender Kenyans have ...

You're Transgender, You're Transitioning...So Now What?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices

A new documentary aims to examine the challenges many transgender people face aside from the transitioning process after coming to terms with their id...

Selfies for LGBT Equality UN-Style (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

This year, the UN Human Rights Office set up a photo booth near the entrance to the iconic General Assembly Hall. Visitors were invited to stop by and have their photo taken while holding up a sign affirming their support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world.