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Transgender Rights

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,...

Why This Groundbreaking Transgender Musician Says She Still Faces Deep Obstacles

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices

Tona Brown, who's set to break fresh ground as the first-ever transgender person of color to take the stage at Carnegie Hall, spoke at length about th...

Gender Proud Presents: The Colombian Trans Woman Stranded in Hong Kong for 8 Months

Allie Hoffman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Allie Hoffman

Her story starts in Colombia. As a trans woman, she was treated miserably. After a particularly brutal beating, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a pharmacist and scientist, and fled to Taipei, where she got a scholarship and began to live her life anew.

The Time Is Now for Transgender Equality

Eòghann Renfroe | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Eòghann Renfroe

It is time for the New York State Senate to do the right thing and stop transgender New Yorkers from being treated like second-class citizens. It is time for Gov. Cuomo to become an integral part of this historic moment in transgender rights and call for the Senate to bring GENDA to a vote. It is time for GENDA to become law.

My Recent Trip to Russia

Wayne Maines | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

The more I researched the status of LGBT rights in Russia, the more I came to the conclusion that I must keep my family history top-secret. I could not discuss transgender children or transgender rights without real risks. It seemed surreal to think that I might create a "situation" abroad.

International LGBT Rights: The Canaries in the Mine Shaft

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have long thought that LGBT can be seen as the proverbial "canary in the mine shaft," since in places where individuals, institutions, and entire societies marginalize, commit violence against, and deny basic human rights to LGBT people, other social groups face similar adverse treatment as well.

Top 10 Reasons LGBT New Yorkers Should Be Proud This Pride Season

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 08.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

It's the three-year anniversary of marriage equality in the Big Apple and the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, which cited New York in its decision as justification for the favorable outcome.

The Next Phase of the Trans Movement

Harper Jean Tobin | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Harper Jean Tobin

If we're really going to make a better world for all trans people, it's not enough to keep doing what we're doing. We've got to go further, think bigger. We've got to make our movement stronger, bolder, and broader.

Pastoral Statement and Call to Action: Ending Anti-Trans Violence Now

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

In Isaiah, God calls us not to live in fear. At first blush this may seem to be a callous or trivial response to what is in fact a horrifying reality. But the prophet who wrote these words and the community that heard them were living through the floods and fires of their own terrifying circumstances.