July 20, 2012 |
IN "BEARDS Are for Shaving: A 007 Cabaret," the Bearded Ladies Cabaret combines comedy, classic James Bond plots, commonwealthclassictheatre.org and the secret-agent films' famous ladies. But this is about more than shaken, not stirred martinis. The experimental cabaret group uses Bond's army of beauties as a fertile foundation to explore gender roles with the guidance of Judith Butler's theories on gender. Butler's ideas concerning power, gender, sexuality and identity have significantly contributed to feminist theory and sexual studies.
July 13, 2012 |
Bruce Wayne Campbell and Jonathan Leitham both grew up in King of Prussia. They were both musicians. They both attended Upper Merion High School, albeit decades apart. They both became renowned in their fields, ending with very different results. Bruce Wayne Campbell redubbed himself Jobriath, a Bowie-esque glam singer and the first openly gay rock star who was touted as "rock's truest fairy. " Jonathan Leitham, after a successful career as a jazz bassist, transitioned to become Jennifer Leitham . Since her transition, Jennifer hasn't been invited back to play the same major stages and festivals she was once a regular fixture on. She could not be happier.
June 19, 2012 |
Body found on Burlington County trail A decaying human body was discovered Sunday by passersby on a trail off Quail Run Road in a wooded area of Pemberton Township, according to authorities. The remains were in an "advanced state of decomposition" according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, which offered no information about the deceased's gender or likely age. Officials said an autopsy by the county medical examiner's office was to be conducted Monday. An investigation is underway by police and the prosecutor's office.
June 1, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday fell short in an effort to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, as Republicans and Democrats made an election-year appeal for women's votes. The legislation would have made it a crime to perform or force a woman to undergo a sex-based abortion, a practice most common in some Asian countries where families wanting sons abort female fetuses. It was a rare social issue to reach the floor in a year when the economy has dominated the debate, and Republicans, besieged by assertions that they are waging a war on women, hit back by trying to depict the vote as a women's-rights issue.
May 24, 2012 |
The Women's Law Project just released a massive, two-year study, "Through the Lens of Equality," examining the role gender bias plays in the physical, emotional, and financial health of Pennsylvania women. The diagnosis? Not so good. Actually, the report states, "the health consequences of inequality truly shocked us. " Really, can we be shocked about gender inequality in a commonwealth whose governor, in defending a bill requiring an ultrasound prior to an abortion (plus two souvenir photos)
May 11, 2012 |
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Activists say Argentina now leads the world in transgender rights after it granted people the right to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand. The gender identity law that won congressional approval with a 55-0 Senate vote Wednesday night is the latest in a growing list of bold moves on social issues by the Argentine government, which also legalized same-sex marriage two years ago. These changes primarily affect minority groups, but they are fundamental, President Cristina Fernandez has said, for a democratic society still shaking off the human-rights violations of the 1976-1983 dictatorship and the paternalism of the Roman Catholic Church.
April 13, 2012
ATRANSGENDER 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.
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.