08/08/2012 11:50 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Transgender In 2012: A HuffPost Live Discussion About Exposure, Understanding And The Media

Though HuffPost Live, The Huffington Post's new livestreaming network, doesn't officially launch until Monday, August 13, it's already up and running and bringing readers live discussions on all kinds of hot topics.

On Monday night HuffPost Live featured a chat centering around what it means to be transgender in 2012, inspired in part by "Cloud Atlas" director Lana Wachowski publicly revealing she has transitioned and the recent controversy surrounding Canadian beauty queen Jenna Talackova.

HuffPost Live host/producer Janet Varney was joined by HuffPost Gay Voices Editor Noah Michelson and two transgender community members, musician Alex Davis and trans advocate Julian Melson, for a discussion about trans visibility, the pressure for trans celebrities to be role models, progress that has been made in recent years and more.

Watch the video above and then head over to HuffPost Live to see more live chats, sign up to take part in an upcoming discussion and get more info on our brand new livestreaming network.

Below, view a slideshow by blogger Nicholas M. Teich on 15 things you should know about being transgender



15 Things To Know About Being Transgender By Nicholas M. Teich