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Jennifer Bendery

Jeff Flake Opposes Discrimination Against LGB (But Not T) People [UPDATED]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Jeff Flake was a member of the House, he surprised some in 2007 by voting to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill tha...

Transgender Google Auto-Complete Photo Essay

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This weekend I did the Google auto-complete experiment using the words "transgender" and "transsexual," and the results were awful, depressing, and horrifying. Afterwards I teamed up with a trans male friend (who does a lot of artwork I admire) to put these results to pictures.

Why 'Living Visibly' As Transgender Is The 'Antithesis Of Coming Out'

Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Transgender writer and activist Janet Mock spoke to HuffPost Live about why the coming out process presents unique challenges for the trans community ...

Transgender Rights Bill Is 'Most Dangerous Bit Of Legislation' In U.S. History, Pastor Claims

Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices

Pastor Jack Hibbs has joined the chorus of right-wing voices who have condemned California's transgender student rights legislation. As Right Wing...

Standing Up for Tocarra

Tina Owen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Tina Owen

The viewing was almost unbearable. The person who prepared Tocarra for the visitation must have looked only at what was between her legs to determine how to dress the body, and never considered what gender may have been in her heart. Things only got harder when the sermon began.

My Job: 'Coming Out'

Justine Valinotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

Perhaps the most surprising and disturbing part of my "coming out" at work was the sometimes-unconsciously held prejudices about socio-economic class -- and pure and simple looks -- my transition brought to the fore.

6-Year-Old Transgender Girl Makes History In Argentina

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.10.2013 | Gay Voices

Argentina's government has granted a six-year-old transgender girl an ID that corresponds with her gender identity. Late last month, government off...

Right-Wing Religious Group: ‘Better To Die Than To Live' In Pro-Gay World

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices

Right-wing Christian organization The Family Leader is digging its heels as firmly into the ground as they can in response to recent social and politi...

Pundit Compares Transgender People To His Castrated Horse

Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices

Pat Robertson condemned California's new transgender protection legislation as "insane" and absurd" on a recent installment of "The 700 Club." As ...

The Coming Storm: 'Controversial' Transgender Stories

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

In the coming year, as A.B. 1266 goes into effect in California, be prepared to read a lot of stories like this: "Local Transgender Student Provokes Mixed Reactions," about the "controversy" surrounding news that a transgender student would begin attending school presenting as a girl.

James Nichols

Filmmakers Discuss Trans Icon Miss Major, Her Historic Legacy, And The Role Of LGBT Film

HuffingtonPost.com | James Nichols | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices

"MAJOR!" is a film documenting the life and legacy of transgender elder and pioneering activist Miss Major, a prominent and enduring figure within the...

Respect Or Acceptance -- Which Should We Choose?

Wayne Maines | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

As I fight to keep my emotions in check, I point out that many schools often stop short of really addressing many of the LGBT issues we need to discuss.

James Nichols

WATCH: Moving New Documentary Explores The Often Unseen Lives Of Rural Trans People

HuffingtonPost.com | James Nichols | Posted 09.26.2013 | Gay Voices

"Passing Ellenville" is a documentary film project that explores the lives of two transgender young people, James and Ashlee, living in Ellenville, Ne...

Transgender Homecoming Queen's Win Violates Standards Of 'Decency, Normality,' Pundit Claims

Posted 09.24.2013 | Gay Voices

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer minced few words when it came to Cassidy Lynn Campbell, a transgender teen who made national headlines...

Professor Asked To Leave University After Coming Out As Transgender

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 09.23.2013 | Gay Voices

(RNS) A California Christian university has asked a professor who was once its chair of theology and philosophy to leave after he came out as transgen...

Transgender Teen Named Homecoming Queen

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices

On Friday night, transgender teen Cassidy Lynn Campbell was crowned homecoming queen at a California high school. Campbell, a 16-year-old student ...

Workplace Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals: It's Time for ENDA

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

Macy v. Holder established that gender identity is protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. While encouraging, reliance on the Civil Rights Act doesn't offer transgender individuals the protection necessary to close some of the employment and wage gaps they so frequently face.

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.

Trans in Guyana: Recognized but Not Protected

Rosamond S. King, Ph.D. | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Rosamond S. King, Ph.D.

On Sept. 6, 2013, the Guyanese Supreme Court released an important decision regarding the country's law prohibiting cross dressing "for an improper purpose." The ruling includes both encouraging and troubling elements.

We Just Want to Be a Family: Civil Marriage Is a Civil Right!

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 11.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

I included the court-order proof of my "sex change," as it is referred to in this situation, which the 2009 Family Code designates as an acceptable proof of identification in order to obtain a marriage license in the state of Texas. And then Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart denied us.

The Cost of Trans Job Discrimination

Mara Keisling | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Mara Keisling

As the U.S. becomes increasingly aware that transgender people exist in most workplaces -- in factories, in offices, and on construction sites -- it's increasingly clear that there is little awareness that these same people can lose their jobs for being transgender or gender-nonconforming.

Lawyer Comes Out As Transgender In Protest Of Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices

Masha Bast, Chairwoman for the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights, has come out as transgender in protest of Russia's anti-gay legislatio...

WATCH: Huge Victory For Transgender Teacher Allegedly Fired For Being 'Worse Than Gay'

The Huffington Post | James NIchols | Posted 09.11.2013 | Gay Voices

Marla Krolikowskii, a transgender Catholic high school teacher whose 32-year employment was allegedly terminated after being called "worse than gay" b...

Michael Silverman, TLDEF Executive Director and Founder, Talks Transgender Equality and the Future

Toni Newman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Michael has been a member of the board of directors of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), as well as its executive director, since it was founded in 2005 in New York City. He has worked as an attorney in the LGBT rights movement since 1994.

James Nichols

Trans Author Discusses Her Children's Book Series And Being A Trans Parent In The South

HuffingtonPost.com | James Nichols | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices

Lilly Mossiano is a transgender mother living in Burlington, North Carolina, whose series of children's books aims to help kids with transgender paren...