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December 9, 2010 | By Dianna Marder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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
August 13, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
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
October 14, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
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.
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.
NEWS
June 10, 2002 | By Betty Jean Wolfe
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.
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August 13, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | BY STEVEN REA, Inquirer Staff Writer srea@phillynews.com, 215-854-5629
"TANGERINE" is a heartwarming tale of humanity punctuated by the clack of prostitutes' heels on sun-baked L.A. streets, by screaming matches in divey motels and the admonishments of a doughnut-shop owner threatening to call the cops if everybody doesn't shut up. With a spirit of genuine curiosity and generous fun, director Sean Baker dives into a certain subculture - transgender sex workers, the men who troll for them, the dealers and pimps trying to...
NEWS
June 25, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A 31-YEAR-OLD man will face trial in the brutal stabbing last month of a transgender woman, London Kiki Chanel. Raheam Felton was held for trial on charges of murder and possession of an instrument of crime by Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan after a preliminary hearing. The victim, 21 - who also spelled her first name Londyn, according to her Facebook page - had been living for about a week in an abandoned house on Ingersoll Street near 22nd in North Philly with Felton; his transgender girlfriend, Miaya Bankz; and another transgender woman known as "Star.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
HOLLYWOOD spends so much time and money on box-office predictions the big studios are usually as accurate as Nate Silver was on national elections. Then along comes "Jurassic World," a fourquel, 14 years from its last installment and directed by a man making his summer tentpole debut. Expectations are for a "World"-ly $125 million. But no. "Jurassic" is the Hollywood version of The Raptor, with all the world's true believers heading to the multiplexes. With nearly $205 million domestic (estimated)
NEWS
June 8, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Susan," as the 66-year-old engineer likes to be called when he's in women's attire, said there's a "don't ask, don't tell" policy in his South Jersey home. "My kids suspect something, but they don't know the extent of" his cross-dressing, he said Saturday at the Convention Center for the 14th annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. Susan wore an auburn wig, full makeup, panty hose, jewelry, and a peach-colored, crocheted dress that hugged his 40D silicone breasts. The three-day gathering, which organizers said is the largest such conference with free registration, focused on issues affecting the transgender community - from legal and medical to parental and employer concerns.
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.
NEWS
May 21, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have arrested a man in the stabbing death of a 21-year-old woman this week in North Philadelphia, officials said Tuesday. Raheam Felton, 31, of the 2500 block of South 61st Street in Southwest Philadelphia, was charged with murder and possession of an instrument of crime in the killing of London Banks. Banks was found at 12:49 a.m. Monday on the sidewalk outside an abandoned house on the 2200 block of North Ingersoll Street where she had been staying, police said, suffering from multiple stab wounds.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The starter pistol cracks, foot-falls thud-thud-thud against the track. High school runners await their heats, mostly girls with girls and boys with boys. One runner - Cherokee High School junior Matt Dawkins, who broke records as a freshman - traverses the geography of gender. On the sideline, the Marlton 17-year-old razzes one of the guys. Later, he grins and joins the easy banter in a knot of girls. And why not? Last year, he was one of them. For sophomore year and all his years before, he was Maya.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council and judicial candidates touted progressive ideas and support of the LGBT community Wednesday night in a forum held by Liberty City Democrats. More than 20 candidates for judge and Council addressed the crowd at the William Way LGBT Community Center in three-minute speeches, and later fielded questions from the audience. Council incumbents including Kenyatta Johnson, W. Wilson Goode, and Blondell Reynolds Brown reminded the crowd that they had voted in favor of several successful LGBT-rights bills introduced over the last three years.
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