May 9, 2002 |
For Charlene Moore, even something as simple as trying to board a bus can be a challenge. Moore, a transsexual who was born male but who lives, dresses and self-identifies as a woman, said she had been barred from SEPTA buses by drivers who refuse to accept her pass, which is marked with an "F" for female. Moore has masculine characteristics, including a deep voice. "One bus driver told me I could not use my TransPass because God did not make me a woman," Moore testified at a City Council hearing yesterday.
July 29, 2003 |
Pennsylvania joined a small group of states yesterday that guards transgendered people from employment discrimination in state government. Gov. Rendell, in an executive order issued last night without much fanfare, opened the umbrella of protection wider than most every other state. The order applies only to the 80,000 employees in the governor's cabinet agencies and bans discrimination based on "gender identity or expression," which means people whose sense of their sexual identity differs from their gender.
June 18, 2016
The School Reform Commission on Thursday adopted a new policy for how Philadelphia public schools deal with transgender students. Effective immediately: Students may be addressed by names and pronouns corresponding to their gender identity. This applies to interactions with other students and staff, and all written records, including report cards, class rosters, and photo ID. Transgender identity, legal name, and sex assigned at birth are confidential. Students may participate in gender-segregated groups that correspond to their gender identity.
May 31, 2016 |
It turns out it's not that easy to change your name in college systems: There's no one record. Many documents — financial aid, insurance, medical records — require students' legal names. Colleges have more flexibility with other registries, such as class rosters, housing lists, student ID cards, and email addresses, but those often dwell in disparate systems. As colleges and universities examine their support for transgender students, they're struggling to find ways to recognize the students' name preference across the board.
June 21, 2013 |
DOVER, Del. - Transgender people are now protected under the state's antidiscrimination laws. The Senate voted, 11-9, Wednesday to approve a bill adding gender identity to the list of protected discrimination categories, including race, age, religion, and sexual orientation. The legislation also allows for enhanced penalties under Delaware's hate-crimes law for targeting someone based on his or her gender identity. Democratic Gov. Jack Markell signed the bill into law Wednesday evening, calling discrimination against transgender people "inherently wrong.
January 14, 2016 |
The Cherry Hill Board of Education is expected next month to adopt a policy to allow transgender students to use facilities, including restroom and locker rooms, based on whether they identify as male or female. Parents or guardians are required to provide a letter confirming a student is "gender nonconforming," according to the proposed policy. If the parents or guardians do not consent, the policy calls for a meeting between schools officials "to determine how the student's gender identity shall be addressed by the school district.
June 29, 2016 |
WHEN IT IS her time, Sophie Kandler knows she will die alone, but it will not be by her own hand. In an act of confusion, anger, frustration, and desperation, in 1990 Sophie went to one of her favorite places, Valley Forge Park, with one of her favorite things, Southern Comfort. She poured rat poison into the bottle and quickly drank as much as she could. Her loathed body saved her life by vomiting it up. Sophie is among an estimated 700,000 transgender Americans. The actual number is probably higher, but the U.S. census does not request gender identity, and most hide who they are. More than 40 percent have attempted suicide at least once between ages 18 and 35 (the actual number is probably higher)
June 19, 2016 |
When other high school seniors are fretting over test scores and class rank, Adrianna Branin's struggle is to be called by the right pronoun. For Branin, 17, who was born female and appears feminine and attends Franklin Learning Center and will graduate Monday wearing a navy blue boys' robe, it's never she. Branin prefers them, they, or their. And when the principal or teachers slip up and call Branin she, Branin is offended. "Pronouns are huge," Branin, who works at Attic Youth Center, which aids and supports LGBTQ youth, said in an interview Friday.
December 17, 2007 |
THE Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, passed Congress in November. Rep. Barney Frank's (D-Mass.) controversial removal of gender identity from the bill enraged lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups across the country. Frank, one of two openly gay members of Congress, claims to support transgender protections but said he didn't have the votes. It's been reported that freshman Democrats, many from previously Republican districts, didn't want to vote for gender-identity language.
June 24, 2016
THERE HAVE BEEN transgender people throughout the centuries, but the wide use of the word is fairly recent. And that is doubly true for teenagers. Ten years ago, it would have been unheard of for a 13- or 14-year-old to come out in public as someone who was born as a boy but identified as a girl. Or a 15-year-old who was born as a girl - or perhaps grew up as a girl - but now wants to be considered a boy. This is not a mass movement. The Philadelphia School District reports only 30 parents have asked about transgender rights in the last seven years.