September 20, 2016
ISSUE | GENDER BIAS Admit student On behalf of 250 LGBTQ alumni and allies of Camden Catholic High School, we are disappointed in the school's decision to rescind the admission of Mason Catrambone and are concerned for LGBTQ members of the student body (" A leap of faith: 'Hi, I'm Mason ,' " Sept. 11). The root of Catholicism is universal empathy; the decision falls short of this ideal and undermines the basic human dignity that undergirds Catholic social teaching.
September 17, 2016
ISSUE | TRANSGENDER BIAS Bathrooms don't pose any risk of violence It is a cynical lie that "bathroom bills," which would require transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex instead of their gender identity, are intended to or would safeguard anyone. They are hate laws. They put into law discrimination against transgender people and put transgender people at even greater risk for assault or harassment. Reacting to the NCAA's decision to pull seven championship events from North Carolina over the law, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest doubled down on his rationale for defending it: "The protection and safety and security of women and girls in North Carolina is our utmost importance.
September 14, 2016 |
An online petition to support a 14-year-old who was initially accepted to Camden Catholic High School - and then rejected once officials there learned he is transgender - has collected more than 800 signatures. "Madelyn Catrambone was accepted to Camden Catholic High School last February, but when Camden Catholic learned that since then Catrambone goes by Mason and identifies as male, the school refused to accept him for who he is," the petition on change.org says. "I ask that students, faculty, alumni, and anyone else who doesn't support Camden Catholic's decision, sign this and show that you stand with Mason.
September 14, 2016
ISSUE | INTOLERANCE Hardly Jesus-like I go to Mass every week with my wife and my daughters, even though I am not Catholic. I love the lessons from the Gospels. There is usually only logic and love. The politics of today, however, is another matter, far removed from the Gospels. I smirked when I read Camden Catholic High School principal Heather Crisci's comment that refusing admission to a transgender student was "about the school's Catholic identity" ("A leap of faith: 'Hi, I'm Mason,' " Sunday)
September 13, 2016
Alexis Arquette, 47, the transgender character actress and sibling of actors David, Rosanna, Richmond, and Patricia Arquette, died Sunday morning in Los Angeles. A versatile performer, Ms. Arquette's big break came in the 1989 adaptation of Last Exit to Brooklyn , in which she played the trans sex worker Georgette. She also had roles in films including Pulp Fiction , Bride of Chucky , and, as a Boy George impersonator, in the Adam Sandler films The Wedding Singer and in Blended . Ms. Arquette also performed in nightclubs and cabarets under the name Eva Destruction.
September 12, 2016 |
Mason Catrambone's heart was set on Camden Catholic High School. But after the school learned that the Madelyn Catrambone who was accepted last February for September admission had since begun to identify as male, Camden Catholic broke Mason's heart. "They can't look past what I'm going through, and see me as a human being," says Mason, 14. "I'm not a transgender . . . entity. I'm not some diabolical plan to impose my transgender evilness on them. " I meet Mason, a bright, friendly kid with a sensational smile, at the Williamstown home he shares with his parents, Frank Catrambone Sr. and Annmarie Kita.
September 12, 2016
The Lady Chablis, 59, the transgender performer who became an unlikely celebrity for her role in the 1994 best-seller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , died Thursday in Savannah, Ga. Ms. Chablis' sister, Cynthia Ponder, confirmed the death. A close friend, Cale Hall, said Ms. Chablis died of pneumonia and had been in the hospital for a month. A modern, nonfiction take on Southern Gothic storytelling, author John Berendt's Midnight thrust Savannah into the pop-culture spotlight.
July 29, 2016 |
At the luncheon sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and the Victory Institute, a group that works to elect LGBT officials, DNC LGBT caucus chair Earl Fowles told the gathering, "This is the gayest convention in history. " Fowles said the makeup of the delegation was now 11.5 percent LGBT, up from 7.8 percent in 2012, including 28 transgender delegates, up from 14. Several speakers noted that Wednesday night, Sarah McBride, a transgender woman who is national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, will be the first trans person to address a national convention.
July 29, 2016
Delegates to political conventions come from all kinds of backgrounds. That's a given. Still, it's kind of surprising, when you come across someone who admits to having worked in the sex industry. That's right. Sharron L. Cooks, 38, a delegate from Pennsylvania at the Democratic National Convention, doesn't shy away from telling people about her life. "I've had some individuals say well what about when you were an adult film actress? Or what about when you did that?"
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)