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Transgender People Share Photos Of Themselves For #WhatTransLooksLike

Even though queer people are gaining more and more visibility in mainstream media and society, that doesn't mean that the images we're presented with are always accurate or fully representative of who we really are and how we live our lives. And sometimes we're still disappointingly absent, …

'Trannygate'

"Trannygate." That's what everyone is calling it. You all know what I'm talking about: that furor that erupted a few weeks back. What, you don't know what I'm talking about?<p>OK, the back story, then. You've certainly heard of Trannyshack, my legendary drag performance party? I started it <i>way</i> back in …

The Trans Day of Action: Taking Back Stonewall

<i>Solidarity LGBT photo via Shutterstock</i><p>By Beth Lalonde for The Culture-ist<p>Walk down the main street of any city next weekend and you'll see them: rainbows. They're on every corner, waving cheerfully from flagpoles and spilling out of windows in glorious ROY G. BIV. Enormous banners in pink and …

After Dark: Meet NYC's Acid Betty, Artist And Nightlife Personality

<i>This is the sixth installment in HuffPost Gay Voices Associate Editor JamesMichael Nichols' 30-part series "After Dark: NYC Nightlife Today And Days Past" that examines the state of New York nightlife in the modern day, as well as the development and production of nightlife over the past several</i> …

Meet Page, One Of New York's Most Iconic '90s Drag Icons (NSFW)

Once you lay your eyes on the otherworldly beauty known as Page, it's nearly impossible to look away.<p>The irresistible transgender icon was a fixture of New York's drag scene in the 1980s and '90s, her provocative performances and impeccable style walking the line between fabulous and revolutionary. …

Laverne Cox Shares Her Journey To Living Authentically As A Trans Woman

This is probably the best thing you're going to watch today.<p>Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox took part in an incredible new docuseries this week that interviews out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) celebrities about their journeys to living openly, freely and authentically …

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

We first learned about Eliana through Geena's friend Maki, who founded a really successful trans website. At the time, she'd been stranded in Hong Kong for four months.<p>Her story starts in Colombia. As a trans woman, she was treated miserably. After a particularly brutal beating, she decided to …

Imagining our sci-fi future through lucid dreams

Some people build sci-fi landscapes — John Harris dreams them.<p>The iconic artist has been crafting his unique brand of science fiction imagery for decades, and it's all based on physical sensations he's experienced, whether through lucid dreaming or meditation. It's the feeling of weightlessness, of …

My Transgender Journey From The Philippines To New York Runways

<b>Click here to watch Geena's TEDTalk.</b><p>This story begins on a beach in Tulum, Mexico, last October. It was my 30th birthday, and I was dancing on the beach with my then partner. As he spun me around, he asked me, 'What does turning 30 mean to you?' I replied, 'It means letting go. It means no more …

'Trans 100' List Honors Prominent Transgender Individuals

The "Trans 100" is an annual list of some of the most prominent and influential individuals who both identify as trans and are actively working towards creating a better world for the transgender community.<p>Initially released on the International Trans Day Of Visibility on March 31, the list was …

Woman Spends $99,000 To Look Like Blow-Up Sex Doll

Being a natural beauty doesn't appeal much to Katella Dash.<p>The 38-year-old massage therapist from Minneapolis says she has spent an estimated $99,000 trying to look as fake as possible.<p>"I love to look plastic -- most people hate me for my extreme appearance but it fuels me to get more work done," …

Queer New World: Brooklyn's Mr(s) Williamsburg Competition (NSFW)

<i>This is the twentieth installment in an ongoing series that explores drag culture and the nightlife scene in Brooklyn, N.Y. Over the past several years, following the large-scale exodus of artists across the East River and into northern Brooklyn, those engaged in drag culture in this outer borough</i> …

'Wendy Williams Show' Hosts Transphobic Panel About Transgender Athlete Chloie Jonsson

(<i>Note: "The Wendy Williams Show" has removed the video referenced below from its website</i>)<p>Wendy Williams sat down with a panel of media personalities on her popular daytime talk show "The Wendy Williams Show" this week to discuss a transgender athlete's lawsuit against CrossFit for alleged …

Kryean Kally: Drag Bills and Thrills

<i>This blog post is part of a series of profiles of Atlanta-area drag queens and is funded by a grant from Idea Capital.</i><p>"I'm not quitting drag. I just want to quit the job of drag. In my boy job, I could work tonight and make $250. But I'm spending money to be in drag to maybe make $40," says Kryean …

Actually, The Best Film of 2013 Was...

The 2013 results of the IRAs are in. Who are the IRAs? They're a mysterious but august film society that has voted on the best films of the year since 1976. More international and indie-focused than the Oscars, more mercurial than the LA Film Critics, more loyal to their favorites than the Golden …

Gay And Lesbian Military Members Perform Drag Show

While millions of eyes were on the Oscars this weekend, another display of talent was going on at a military base.<p>On Saturday, six gay, lesbian and straight service members traded in their military uniforms for some glitz and glam, performing in drag at a fundraising event at Kadena Air Base in …

It Turns Out My Partner Is a Woman, So What Does That Make Me?

Eight months ago I pulled a bra out of the washing machine for the first time since breaking up with my college girlfriend and loudly coming out of the closet as a gay man a decade earlier. This bra belonged to someone I would have called my boyfriend a week earlier, before she came out to me as a …

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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Premieres In New York City

Hundreds of people flocked to Stage 48 in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood Feb. 19 for the sixth season premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race."<p>Presented by Logo TV and Brandon Voss, the party consisted of show-stopping performances from all 14 of this season's queens, who more than proved that each …

#309 100 Bands You Need To Know - Magazine - Alternative Press

<b>100 BANDS YOU NEED TO KNOW IN 2014</b> <br>Our 14th annual 100 Bands You Need To Know special has something for every kind of music listener. So get …

Queer New World: Brooklyn Nightlife Awards (NSFW)

<i>This is the sixteenth installment in an ongoing series that explores drag culture and the nightlife scene in Brooklyn, N.Y. Over the past several years, following the large-scale exodus of artists across the East River and into northern Brooklyn, those engaged in drag culture in this outer borough</i> …

Custom Gender

For the past 14 years, I've had the privilege of working for some of Silicon Valley's most prominent companies. Currently, I'm an engineer at Facebook, and for the last few months I've worked on a project that we just announced today: the ability to identify yourself using a custom gender.<p>If you …

When Life Hands You Drag Queens

The conventional wisdom is well established and widely understood: When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. But what happens when life hands a successful, mature, professional man a lovely new frock? Does he immediately hand it over to the first female who crosses his path? Or does he try it on …

Gender Identity Is Not What's on the Outside

America's story to become "a more perfect union" is a struggle for rights and acceptance for groups that are outside the norm of white, Anglo-Saxon men. These include, women, African Americans, wounded veterans, the physically handicapped, the mentally challenged, and gays and lesbians. Each of …

Speaking for Ourselves

Last week we saw the continuation of the Janet Mock/Piers Morgan saga. What started off in the first interview a week earlier in a manner that <i>seemed</i> to please both the host and the interviewee degenerated into a situation where both protagonists ended up speaking past one another. Still, I believe …

Jinkx Monsoon's 'Drag Becomes Him, 'Web Series Seeks Backing For Full-Length Documentary

Since winning the fifth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" last May, drag superstar Jinkx Monsoon has been living his dream by combining his passions for Broadway and drag through "The Vaudevillians," a musical duo alongside Major Scales.<p>Having taken the show on a global tour, and filming an appearance …

Transgender Barneys Models Discuss Race In The Fashion Industry (VIDEO)

The new Barneys New York campaign, "Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters," is worth a look, as it sets a precedent in the fashion world by featuring 17 transgender models, all from different backgrounds, races and ethnicities.<p>On Friday, HuffPost Live hosted a group of the models after the …

Dyed, Fried, and Reaching for the Sky: Mo'Dest Volgare

<i>This blog post is part of a series of profiles of Atlanta-area drag queens and is funded by a grant from Idea Capital.</i><p>"I can't remember if I'm 23 or 24," says Nathaniel Jeffery. "But Mo'Dest is 2," he adds assuredly.<p>Mo'Dest Volgare first performed at local drag dive Friends on Ponce two years ago …

Reframing the Media Narrative: Trans Bodies Are Not Public Domain

Earlier this week, Piers Morgan interviewed transgender advocate Janet Mock for his CNN show, focusing on her new book, <i>Redefining Realness</i>. The interview quickly set off a critical response on social media, as Morgan focused his questions on Mock's transition history and the moment she came out to …