April 12, 2012 |
A transgender lobbying group says SEPTA has agreed to remove gender identification stickers from monthly transit passes next year under pressure from transgender riders and others who feel discriminated against. Since the 1980s, the transit authority has required that all TransPasses have a male or female gender sticker affixed to prevent heterosexual spouses from sharing passes with one another. As a result, opponents argue, riders whose gender identifications don't match the stickers on their passes, including transgender men and women who are not living in one gender full time, and people who do not present themselves as male or female, have been harassed and ridiculed by drivers in front of other riders.
March 30, 2012 |
THE APPOINTMENT of a new chief executive at IBM has revived the debate over Augusta National's all-male membership just 1 week before the Masters. IBM hired Virginia Rometty as its CEO this year, which could mean a break in recent tradition for either side. The last four CEOs of IBM have been members of Augusta, but the club has never had a female member since it was founded in 1933. Martha Burk led an unsuccessful campaign 10 years ago for Augusta to admit a female member.
March 21, 2012 |
MORE THAN 70 nations have criminalized homosexuality, and in Iran gays can be executed. Iran is not alone is putting homosexuals to death. Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen do as well, as do parts of Nigeria and Somalia, according to the Brussels-based International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad infamously said at a Columbia University event in New York in 2007: "In Iran, we don't have homosexuals, like in your country.
February 21, 2012 |
CHICAGO - A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics. It's an issue that raises ethical questions, and some experts urge caution in treating children with puberty-blocking drugs and hormones. An 8-year-old second-grader in Los Angeles is a typical patient. Born a girl, the child announced at 18 months, "I a boy" and has stuck with that belief.
December 21, 2011 |
A newborn baby was found in a box shortly after 10 this morning in North Philadelphia. The infant, who was in good condition, was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, police said. The infant was found in the 2500 block of North 27th Street. As other details, such as the child's gender, become available, this article will be updated.
August 10, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Boy or girl? A simple blood test for mothers-to-be can answer that question with surprising accuracy at about seven weeks, a research analysis published in today's Journal of the American Medical Association has found. Though not widely offered by U.S. doctors, gender-detecting blood tests have been sold online to consumers for the past few years. Their promises of early and accurate results prompted genetics researchers to take a closer look. They analyzed 57 published studies of gender-testing done in rigorous research or academic settings.
July 15, 2011 |
The war between the sexes is an ancient theme, but the battle keeps going on - at least in the minds of theater artists, who mine it in plots and subplots. In the case of Robert Dubac, an altogether charming guy who is holding forth this month at Act II Playhouse in Ambler, it's a one-act, one-man exploration. He calls the show The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? , and on the way to the theater I thought, nuts, are we going to be getting into more gender bashing, this time against guys, by a guy?
July 11, 2011 |
Question: I am six months pregnant with my first child and I desperately want a girl. I'm not sure why, exactly - I have great relationships with my father/brothers/nephews/husband - but the desire is so strong I'm a little concerned. I've insisted on not finding out the baby's gender. I'm claiming I want to be surprised, but really it's because I'll be devastated if it's a boy. If it is a boy, how do I handle the disappointment and avoid being unfair to an innocent little baby?
June 21, 2011 |
At a park in Lianyungang, a port city in China, journalist Mara Hvistendahl saw the problem in all its smiling, sticky-fingered happiness: Near an ice-cream stand, feeding the pigeons, were seven boys and five girls. Romping on an inflatable play castle, six boys and only three girls. Across the way, chasing kites, three boys and two girls. The same pattern exists in cities across eastern China - and not just there. In India and Vietnam, in Azerbaijan, the Republic of Georgia, and Albania, the birth ratio between girls and boys has swung seriously out of whack.
June 8, 2011 |
Chaz Bono has been all over television and radio lately, hawking his newbook, Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man, to fawning talk-show hosts and admiring audiences. So his appearance Saturday at the 10th annual Trans Gender Health Conference should have been a love fest, right? The three-day event is the largest of its kind in the world, said sponsors at the LGBT-friendly Mazzoni Center on South 12th Street. A record 1,900 came this year: adults, teens, and a smattering of children as young as 4, all in various stages of gender transformation (yes, the children, too)