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January 30, 2016 | By Gloria Hochman, For The Inquirer
Ten-year-old Nyr Medina-Castrejon admired herself in the mirror as she twirled around the bedroom in a pretty purple dress. "She was smiling and skipping and so happy," remembers Thomas, her older brother. "I wanted that sister. " Nyr, now almost 13, and Thomas, 17, are each other's best friend. They soothe each other in a world that often feels hostile and sometimes threatening; their unique bond gives them strength and courage. Both adolescents are transgender. Thomas refuses to acknowledge the girl's name his parents gave him at birth.
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March 8, 2001 | by John Leo
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the last few months, unusual missives began arriving in the post office box of the Hearts on a Wire Collective , a grassroots collaboration between transgender people who meet weekly at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia and transgender prison inmates around the state. "We started getting letters from folks on the inside saying, 'I just had this bizarre conversation I never expected to have,' " said Adrian Lowe, one of the organizers. "People were saying, 'They just asked me if I needed a bra!
NEWS
October 14, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two days after Philadelphia police asked for the public's help in solving the brutal murder of a transgender woman in Logan, someone called the department's homicide unit with a tip. The caller gave police a name - Pedro Redding - and said he was known for committing robberies in the neighborhood. And he lived on the same block where, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, 22-year-old Kiesha Jenkins had been beaten, robbed, and shot to death. Police stopped Redding on Sunday morning and took him into custody, homicide Capt.
NEWS
October 8, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
INVESTIGATORS ARE imploring the public to help them find the group responsible for killing a transgender woman in cold blood yesterday in Logan. Kiesha Jenkins, 22, of North Philadelphia, was gunned down about 2:30 a.m. on Wingohocking Street near 13th, according to Homicide Capt. James Clark. Jenkins was found lying on the pavement, suffering from two gunshot wounds to her back. Responding officers took her a nearby hospital, where she later was pronounced dead, Clark said. Investigators said the attack happened not long after Jenkins had been dropped off by an unidentified man. After the driver pulled away, Jenkins walked for a few minutes and then was approached by a group of at least five men, Clark said.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 11, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 28, 2011 | By Dianna Marder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 8, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
'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.
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January 31, 2016 | By Gloria Hochman, For The Inquirer
If your son insists he is a girl, what should you do? Eric Vilain, professor of human genetics and pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and J. Michael Bailey, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, pose dueling scenarios: You could persistently tell him he is a boy and try to put an end to behaviors such as cross-dressing and telling others he is a girl. Or you could let him be a girl: grow long hair, choose a new name, and when it is time, obtain the necessary hormones and surgery for a female body.
NEWS
January 30, 2016 | By Gloria Hochman, For The Inquirer
Ten-year-old Nyr Medina-Castrejon admired herself in the mirror as she twirled around the bedroom in a pretty purple dress. "She was smiling and skipping and so happy," remembers Thomas, her older brother. "I wanted that sister. " Nyr, now almost 13, and Thomas, 17, are each other's best friend. They soothe each other in a world that often feels hostile and sometimes threatening; their unique bond gives them strength and courage. Both adolescents are transgender. Thomas refuses to acknowledge the girl's name his parents gave him at birth.
NEWS
January 14, 2016 | Staff Report
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.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Donna Mae Stemmer was a pistol. You can see it in each faded Polaroid and snazzy outfit of hers on display at Philly AIDS Thrift on South Fifth Street and Philly AIDS Thrift Giovanni's Room at 12th and Pine. In all of them, no matter the year, there's a mischievous glint in her eye and a smile playing on her lips. "She might have come out a bit less toward the end of her life, but she was still decked out," says friend Michael Byrne. The 82-year-old transgender trailblazer, who died in June at her Pennsauken home, was a University of Pennsylvania grad with a law degree from Temple who worked as a lawyer and served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years, fighting in Korea, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel, and being decorated 25 times, including a Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
We are leaving behind a year of fedoras and lapel pins, rainbow hair and stiletto nails, man buns and topknots. Other stylish staples of 2015 included athleisure - Tory Burch debuted her active line, Tory Sport, in September - and animal prints - see the formfitting wardrobe of Empire 's Cookie Lyon. But the biggest style stories touched on race, gender, sexuality, and body image. Designer comings and goings were big news, too, as were their collaborations with fast-fashion haunts.
NEWS
December 7, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
When former Inquirer writer Buzz Bissinger made the media rounds after penning the Vanity Fair cover piece announcing to the world Caitlyn Jenner's transition, reporters kept asking him how much he knew about transgender issues before working on the story. (I know, because I was one of those reporters.) He didn't know much, he told me and others he talked with, but what he did know he learned from Amazon's Transparent , the second season of which debuts Friday. Transparent was one of the first shows to present a transgender person as a human being - not comic relief or crazy, but a member of a family whose decisions affect not only her, but everyone else in her orbit.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
If you hear baby Max Zuckerberg crying, she's got a good reason. Her parents followed up her birth announcement with one that they were giving away 99 percent of their wealth. And even after that, daddy Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan are still in the 1 percent. That's rich. The news came out in a Facebook post by daddy Mark that Priscilla gave birth last week to Max, and that Mark and Priscilla also plan to donate most of their wealth, $45 billion , to a new organization to tackle a broad range of the world's ills.
NEWS
November 4, 2015 | Daily News Editorial Board
HOW MUCH BLOOD has been spilled and battles fought to protect something that so few of us take advantage of? Yes, we're talking about voting and yes, we're talking to you. If you're trying to decide whether to go to the polls today, think about this: Plenty of people hope you stay home today. Some wish you didn't have the right to vote, and continue to work to try to take it away. They think it's an easy right to chip away at, because so few people care. They would rather have money decide elections.
NEWS
October 28, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
DIAMOND WILLIAMS is finally among friends. Williams is the transgender woman I wrote about last week who was dismembered by a john in 2013. For two years, her remains sat in the Medical Examiner's Office. And for two years, I called her grandmother hoping that she or someone in the family would claim her. No one did. And when it became clear that no matter how many times I called, it was unlikely anyone would, I called on GALAEI, a queer Latino social-justice organization in North Philly.
NEWS
October 23, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EVERY MORNING, in the empty hours between midnight and dawn, a thousand stories are told on Old York Road. Tales of desperation, isolation, resignation. Above all, tales of danger. Transgender women, about a dozen at a time, wrap themselves in body-clinging outfits, their nails long, hair crimped. They coo at passing drivers, greet them with a smile. At first glance, it's easy to reduce these women to caricatures of grinning prostitutes eager to trade their bodies for a few bucks.
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