May 20, 2016
ISSUE | TRANSGENDER RIGHTS Local schools should make their rules The Obama administration issued a directive Friday to all public schools to grant transgender students equal access to all activities and facilities ("U.S. Call for Transgender Rights," Saturday). School districts that do not comply could face a loss of federal funds. This directive will permit transgender students to use the restrooms of students of the natural-born opposite sex. Again, the federal government is delving into the operation of local public schools.
May 15, 2016 |
As promised, the Obama administration on Friday sent letters to school districts across the country outlining the civil rights of transgender students, including access to bathrooms and locker rooms. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive federal funds, the letter said, saying schools should allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. The sweeping guidance does not have the force of law, but it warns that schools that do not comply could face lawsuits or lose federal aid. It ups the ante in the debate over bathroom laws, which are the subject of a charged lawsuit between North Carolina and the U.S. Department of Justice.
April 25, 2016 |
When a transgender girl graduated in white gown from Springfield Township High School, her parents made an unusual request for two diplomas: one for her, with her new female name, and one for them, with her male birth name. Springfield administrators say they complied without hesitation as they, like many public and private schools, increasingly are being asked to accommodate students who have switched name and gender. The small Montgomery County district, however, has gone a step further than most.
April 1, 2016 |
A Philadelphia judge Wednesday ordered a Logan man who told police he was the lookout for three accomplices in October's robbery and slaying of a transgender woman to stand trial for murder. After a preliminary hearing in the killing of 22-year-old Kiesha Jenkins, Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon ruled that Pedro Redding, 24, also be tried on conspiracy and robbery charges. Defense attorney Stephen Gross argued that the prosecution had failed to make a case that Redding, who police acknowledge was not the gunman, was an active participant in the plan to rob Jenkins.
March 5, 2016 |
A second person has been arrested in the stabbing death of a transgender woman in Frankford last month, police said Thursday. Jose Pena, 19, of the 900 block of Pratt Street in the Summerdale section of Northeast Philadelphia, was taken into custody by homicide detectives on Wednesday and charged in the stabbing death of Maya Young. On Tuesday, police arrested and charged Tiffany Floyd, 24, of the 4300 block of Cloud Street, in Frankford, with murder in Young's killing. Young, 25, was stabbed about 11:50 p.m. Feb. 20 on the 4900 block of Griscom Street.
March 3, 2016 |
A 24-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with killing Maya Young, a 25-year-old transgender woman who was stabbed to death in Frankford last month. Tiffany E. Floyd, 24, is being held without bond on murder and conspiracy charges, according to court records. Authorities said more arrests were "imminent," but they did not elaborate Tuesday night. Young, whose birth name was Norman Lindsey, was found injured just before midnight Feb. 20 on the 4800 block of Penn Street, according to police.
February 25, 2016 |
Maya Young had a distinctive birthmark: One side of her face was light and the other dark, with a line down the middle separating the brown tones. "She looked like chocolate and caramel," said Anthony Harper, a longtime friend and former roommate of the 25-year-old transgender woman. He used to call her "Twix," like the candy bar. "She was sweet, like candy," he said. On Tuesday, Philadelphia police confirmed that Young had been stabbed to death late Saturday in the city's Frankford section.
January 31, 2016 |
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.
January 30, 2016 |
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.
January 14, 2016 |
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.