December 9, 2010 |
Jennifer Finney Boylan is at ease now in the living room of the Devon home where she spent her boyhood. She has not always been comfortable in this place. When she lived here as 13-year-old James Richard Boylan Jr. and had the whole top floor to herself, she did her homework with the dead bolt on the bedroom door, wearing the bra and sweater she kept hidden behind the room's faux wood paneling, and trusting she'd hear the stairs creak if anyone approached. Now a professor of creative writing at Maine's Colby College since 1988, Boylan, 52, is a visiting prof this semester at Ursinus in Collegeville.
March 8, 2001 |
A media boom is under way on behalf of transgendered men and women. Last week, for instance, A&E's "Investigative Reports" ran "The Transgender Revolution," quoting an activist who called it the fourth great rights movement of our era. The Los Angeles Times weighed in with two days of long, sympathetic reports. One account featured an enormous bald man with a long beard who had been born a woman, and a husband and wife who are both undergoing sex-change operations. They will stay married, but the husband will become the wife and vice versa.
July 15, 2012 |
She's one of the transgender community's most passionate advocates. Yet New Hope plastic surgeon Christine McGinn has an equally intense suspicion of the news media even as she relies on them to get her message heard. "There is so much ignorance out there about transgendered people," says McGinn, one of half a dozen transgender men and women profiled in Trans, a documentary screening Sunday as part of Philadelphia QFest and one of an unusually large crop of transgender films at the annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival.
August 13, 2015 |
Hari Nef's short black hair is styled into a wispy, hipster mullet. The 22-year-old cover girl is long, lanky, and downright hipless. When she's not seductively smiling at the camera, she stares off somewhere, anywhere, with piercing, dark-brown eyes. It is not the look of a glamorous model, but Nef's milky skin and faraway gaze create a persona that photographs earthy and quietly modern. "I know I don't have the look that most transwomen have," Nef said recently during a telephone interview from Los Angeles, "that very 'Kardashian' look that's very extreme.
August 22, 2014 |
Jessica Moscatel came out as transgender in 11th-grade English class this spring. The teen asked classmates and teachers to call him Riley Matthew Moscatel from then on. They did. The request met little resistance at Bucks County Technical High School, which has other transgender or openly gay students. "Everyone supported him," said a friend, Kate Cimino, who will be a junior this year. "Everyone loved Riley. He was everyone's best friend. " But on Monday, the 17-year-old appeared to commit suicide, the county Coroner's Office said.
February 11, 2015 |
Bryn Mawr College has clarified its admissions guidelines on transgender women and "intersex individuals who live and identify as women at the time of application," the college said Monday. The board of trustees at the women's college voted Saturday to admit those individuals, accepting the recommendation from a campus group that had been studying the issue for months. More than 60 Bryn Mawr students and alumni in September signed an open letter to administrators asking that the campus be made more welcoming to transgender students and that they be encouraged to apply.
February 28, 2011 |
Nico Adamor is fighting a policy that's been in place longer than he's been alive. And though his opponent declared again just last month that it would not budge, Adamor, 28, says he's not quitting either. The opponent is SEPTA and the issue is the transit agency's use of M for male and F for female stickers on weekly and monthly passes. The stickers, in use since 1981, are meant to prevent riders from sharing passes, said spokeswoman Jerri Williams. But transgender activist Kathy Padilla said that doesn't make sense because "any two women or two men can share passes.
October 14, 2010 |
The death of a transgender woman in her Point Breeze house on Monday has been ruled a homicide by strangulation and asphyxiation, police said yesterday. The 31-year-old victim, known to friends and neighbors as Stacey and identified by police as Michael Lee, was found half-dressed on the floor of a second-story bedroom by her live-in boyfriend about 9:30 p.m., police said. He called police to the house and is not considered a suspect at this point, said Homicide Sgt. Bob Wilkins.
June 8, 2015 |
'I am the new normal. " That's how Caitlyn Jenner ends the first trailer for her forthcoming E! docu-series, I Am Cait , set for a July 26 premiere. In the July issue of Vanity Fair, Jenner told former Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News writer Buzz Bissinger she would like I Am Cait to focus on issues such as the rates of suicide in the transgender community. There will also be a segment in which Jenner sees whether she can still hit a golf ball 300 yards with the addition of newly acquired "ample breasts," as Vanity Fair calls them.
June 10, 2002 |
On May 16 the Philadelphia City Council voted 15-2 to pass a bill that prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations on the basis of "gender identity. " Many sexual minority-rights groups consider inclusion of people under this rubric a major victory. Mara Keisling, co-chair of the Pennsylvania Gender Rights Coalition, described City Council's action as "a wonderful step forward for civil rights for citizens of Philadelphia. " I thought the Constitution's 14th Amendment - equal protection under the law - took care of that.