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Transgender Students

Transgender Student Claims Prejudice and Harassment by North Carolina College

Alexa Diaz | Posted 04.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Alexa Diaz

Andraya Williams and Laverne Cox are pictured together in February. (Image Credit: Sarah Demarest) More than one hundred supporters of Andraya Will...

Transgender Student Denied Request To Live In All-Male Dorm

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 04.08.2014 | College

A transgender college sophomore who identifies as male has been barred from living in all-male dorms, and now his lawyer has lodged a federal complai...

Knock on Wood

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 03.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

I adopted that familiar incantation from my youth, using it on a daily basis as an insurance policy for the worries and fears I had for Sam that were accidentally spoken out loud.

Bid To Repeal Transgender Student Rights Dealt Major Blow

AP | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

BY LISA LEFF, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A referendum to overturn a California law that gives transgender students protections inc...

Maine Court Issues Groundbreaking Ruling On Transgender Teen

AP | DAVID SHARP | Posted 01.31.2014 | Gay Voices

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls...

Colo. School Board Member Doesn't Believe In Homosexuality, Transgender

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

A Colorado school board member who found herself in hot water when she said that transgender students would need to be castrated before the student co...

An Open Letter to Katherine Svenson of the Delta County School Board

Dannie Dobbins | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Dannie Dobbins

As a transgender student and a GLSEN Student Ambassador, I am deeply hurt by the statements that you made. Your word choice was not only vulgar, but very offensive. You are dehumanizing transgender students and stripping the legitimacy of their perceptions of themselves.

School Board Member: Trans Students Need 'Castration'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.26.2013 | Gay Voices

A Colorado school board member is facing criticism after she said that transgender students would need to be castrated before the student could use th...

Holding the Line on Transgender Student Protections

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Just as the religious right began learning in 1998 that legislating against marriage equality was a winning issue for them, the current attempt to repeal A.B. 1266 is effectively a test marketing of a new brand of anti-LGBT hate. If they win, you can expect a wave of bills targeting transgender people.

My Letter to the Trustees of the La Feria Schools on the Handling of Jeydon Loredo's Yearbook Photo

Isaac Ruiz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Isaac Ruiz

Jeydon is, from the point of view of his family and his health provider, a young man. But the school has presented Jeydon with a Hobson's choice: If he agrees to dress as a woman, he will be untrue to himself and basically agree that there is something wrong with being who he is.

Why Transgender People Belong in Your Bathrooms

Rye Silverman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rye Silverman

We exist, and there is nothing scary or dangerous about us. We don't just belong in your spaces; they are our spaces too. We belong.

I Stand With the Transgender Children of California... Do You?

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

We need the full resources of every LGBT organization in the country. We need all our self-proclaimed allies to start speaking up, calling out those who deal in falsehoods and half-truths. We need to educate the public. I'm going to.

Dress Codes and Other Sorry Excuses for Policing Identity

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

Dress codes facilitate abuse, first by enforcing the notion that there is a "right" and a "wrong" way to dress, and that transgressers can and should be punished, and secondly by normalizing the punishment. There is no legitimate reason for this.

The Fundamentals of Transphobia

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The opposition is very confused about the differences between sex and gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. But the problem is more fundamental: Most Americans do not have a basic understanding of human biology and reflexively equate "biology" and "sex" with genitals.

Safe Schools for LGBTQ Youth

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

LGBTQ youth experience relentless physical and verbal harassment, and now, with online bullying, there is no escape. It is 24/7. If LGBTQ youth aren't safe at home, and they aren't safe in their place of worship, shouldn't they be safe at school?

A Transgender Teacher in Hawai'i Makes a Place for Every Student (VIDEO)

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 12.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

2013-10-21-Screenshot20131021at7.22.14PM.pngIn Kumu Hina's school, a young student who decides to wear both male and female leis at a school performance is not sent to the principal or the guidance counselor, nor are the other students derisive or hostile, much less violent.

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.

Halloween Horrors: The Ghost of Prop 8 Returns...

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I was able to spot two small, simple signs: "Stop Co-Ed Showers in Schools" and "No Opposite Sex in School Bathrooms." I realized that the hordes of tourists were waiting for their chance to add signatures to the growing petition to topple California's new law protecting transgender students.

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.

Tina Fey's New Show About a Women's College Should Include a Transgender Narrative

Krystie Yandoli | Posted 11.13.2013 | College
Krystie Yandoli

Whether it's by writing a transgender character into the script or including a plotline that focuses on a problem faced by trans students based on real life events, Fey has an opportunity to use her power and influence over the upcoming show to educate major audiences about these realities.

Transgender Students Have New Rights in California

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation allowing transgender students in California to have access to the sports teams and facilities that correspond with their gender identity. This is a critically important move. Let me offer some insight from a trans woman's point of view.

Assemblyman: My Son WON'T Use Same Bathrooms As Transgender Students

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices

California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly will be pulling at least one of this children out of public school in response to a recently passed bill that grea...

What a Kindergartener Can Teach You About Gender Identity

Beth Kohm | Posted 10.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Beth Kohm

About six months ago my 6-year-old, Joshua, asked, "Mom, what is 'transgender'?" I explained as best as I could, but I also said that it's a very complicated topic that sometimes even grownups struggle with. Joshua thought about it for a moment and then issued his surprising response.

John O'Connor, Director of Equality California, on the Future of Full LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Toni Newman | Posted 10.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

John O'Connor, Executive Director of Equality California, appeared on my radio show to discuss LGBT equality after the victory for same-sex marriage in California, as well as important issues for LGBT equality in 2013 and the future.

Success and Opportunity for Transgender Students

Judy Chiasson | Posted 10.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Chiasson

By making sure that transgender students can be themselves at school, A.B. 1266 will enrich the diversity of California's schools and, ultimately, the lives of all our students. I know this firsthand. The Los Angeles Unified School District has had a similar approach in place for almost a decade.