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Claiming My Religious Right

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Stephanie Mott

It is my right to believe in unconditional love. Why is it that we are so eager to put conditions on God's unconditional love? You have to be straight. You can't be transgender. You have to be Christian. You have to believe. No! Not! None of these things! You just have to be.

8 Myths About Transgender Men's Genital Reconstructions

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 03.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

"It's not life-or-death," "It's cosmetic," "You need therapy, not surgery," and "It will burden taxpayers" are among the many toxic myths in need of exploding. So -- with the caveats that this list is not exhaustive and I am no medical expert -- it's time to bust some myths!

The Adventures of Dab the AIDS Bear

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Not too many years ago, during the AIDS crisis, Dab Garner took teddy bears and gave them to young men who were dying alone because even doctors and family members wouldn't have anything to do with them.

'But How Do You Know You're a Man?': On Trans People, Narrative and Trust

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

Manhood is an accomplishment, an internal need and quest, for both cis and trans men. When we acknowledge this, the necessity and intelligibilty of questions like "But how do you know?" fades away. Seeing this will help dismantle one of the structuring cultural approaches to transgender people: mistrust.

On Being More Than Your Medical Condition

Landon Wilson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Landon Wilson

I am a cancer survivor. I am transgender. These are two significant parts of my experience as the man I am today, but they do not define me.

Trans-Uterus

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Complicating the simple is a human talent. You might think that the human endeavor should be fraught with efforts to simplify the complicated, and indeed, it is. Unfortunately, it seems that most of the efforts to simplify the complicated, actually serve to complicate the simple.

Do Your Homework, Dr. Ablow

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

One might ask, "So what sort of evidence is there that being transgender has some sort of biological origin, that indeed someone can be wired to be one gender, and physically another?" Short answer: Lots. Here are 15 studies showing a biological origin of gender dysphoria.

Transgender Education: Teaching the Teachers

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

In our own writings, in the words that are found in articles, blog posts, and our own minds, we unintentionally reinforce the message we most need to confront. We do this when we talk about "becoming a woman" or "becoming a man." We do this when we use the word "transition."

Beyond Transition: Documentaries Capture Rich, Complex Transgender Lives

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

This year has seen a steady stream of trans-focused independent documentaries illuminating how nuanced, flawed, individualistic, and human trans lives are. I spoke via email with several filmmakers to learn how they worked toward capturing rich portraits of trans folks.

1960s Transgender Icon Given New Life Today

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.30.2013 | Arts

Born in 1935, April Ashley was a successful model by the time she turned 26, gracing the pages of magazines like Vogue in nothing but her underwear. B...

LGBT: What Does It Really Mean?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

LGBT. These letters stand for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender." They also stand for "love, grace, beauty, and truth." The challenges of, and the solutions to, creating a different world are intertwined in these two representations of these four letters.

Male Organ or Not, This Really Is a Female Body

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

Recently I had a powerful dream in which I was the subject of a complicated mystical ceremony of the sacred Earth spirits to make my body truly female. No, it wouldn't change my boy parts to girl parts -- I'd still need surgery for that -- but it would mean that my body was truly female.

Transgender Health Insurance (Part 2): Why Coverage Is Only the Beginning

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

When I learned that my insurance would pay for my top surgery, I thought the deal was sealed, but I faced two unanticipated limiting factors while preparing for surgery: (1) finding a surgeon willing to work with insurance, and (2) fitting the profile of a "properly" insurable trans person.

University of Arizona Helps Transgender Studies Take a Bold Leap Forward

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

For me, a transgender writer and thinker, this represents the core gain of a distinctly trans field of study: its ability to center trans people as active agents in defining their worldviews, rather than as the objects of others' research or criticism.

Transgender in the Workplace: The Need for Training

Vanessa Sheridan | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Vanessa Sheridan

Legalities, social understandings/expectations, and business paradigms are constantly shifting, and today's organizations must be equipped to respond accordingly. For this reason, transgender awareness training is rapidly becoming a necessity.

Peeing in a Cup

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I have a new appreciation for the value of clean facilities and having the toilet seat down. In all honesty, I haven't quite figured out exactly how all of this pee-in-a-cup-while-sitting-down stuff works. I mean, for the first 54 years of my life, it was a pretty simple process.

(A) Male, (B) Female, (C) Both, (D) Neither

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

I feel deeply male, yet I'd never want to be just a man. I am deeply proud of being assigned and raised female yet prefer not to be referred to as "she." I like to think there are more than two choices. Male? Female? Not enough.

'Our Generation Can Take This': An Interview With Xavier Dolan, and the Actors of Laurence Anyways

Brian Formo | Posted 08.28.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Formo

Laurence Anyways is an epic love story that chronicles a decade between the moment when Laurence (Melvil Poupaud) tells his girlfriend of two years, Fred (Suzanne Clement) that he wants to become a woman and still be together.

Transgender Health Insurance Coverage (Part 1): Ready for Reforms

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

As a man who desires medical affirmation for my gender transition, I've inherited a community history of insurance rejection, which has effectively functioned as yet another strand of social rejection.

How to Tell Your Partner You're Transgender

Toni Newman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Finding a mate who can love and accept you as you will unfortunately not come easily. Like any person, you will have to deal with rejection, heartbreak and disappointment, but don't be dismayed, because love is out there, and you can find it.

Sexual Reassignment Surgeries Are Anything But Optional

Lucas Waldron | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

I hope the next generation of transgender kids, who are panicking the way I did in third grade about impending puberty, will not have to limit their college applications to only those schools that recognize sexual reassignment surgeries as legitimate and necessary.

Transgender Disorder Stigma No More

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Courtney O'Donnell

In May, 2013, the paradigm for the way the medical profession view transgender people changes -- soon we will no longer be classified as having a "mental disorder." The American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual is being updated and the "disorder" stigma soon to be removed.

Transphobic Jokes On Phoenix's Mix 96.9

A.J. Walkley | Posted 03.11.2013 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

At a time when the bullying of LGBT youth across the country is becoming more apparent, the last thing we need is for radio and talk show hosts to perpetuate stereotypes and biases that just give bullies more fuel for the fire.

LOOK: Biggest Transgender Stories Of 2012

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 12.22.2012 | Gay Voices

While there's still a lot more work to be done, 2012 saw some remarkable milestones for transgender people both in the U.S. and abroad. From Vice P...

Trans Womanhood On Trial: Transmisogyny In The Assault Trial Of Former FDNY Firefighter Taylor Murphy

Laverne Cox | Posted 02.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Laverne Cox

Reading about the trial of former New York City firefighter Taylor Murphy, who is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, model Claudia Charriez, I was saddened and infuriated by the attempt of Murphy's legal counsel as well as the press to discredit and delegitimize Charriez.