June 16, 2015 |
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)
June 8, 2015 |
"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.
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.
May 21, 2015 |
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.
May 11, 2015 |
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.
March 20, 2015 |
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.
March 14, 2015 |
'Black Madam" Padge-Victoria Windslowe conceded that her specialty - buttocks enlargement using injected silicone - was illegal and even dangerous in the wrong hands. Her hands were the right ones, Windslowe, 43, boasted. She was "the best, the Michelangelo of buttocks injections. " Windslowe's boast is debatable. A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury found her guilty Monday of third-degree murder and aggravated assault in the death of one client and the hospitalization of another.
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.
November 19, 2014 |
A Rowan University student's recent online posting, aimed at advancing a conversation about the needs of the school's transgender community, took a turn for the worse, prompting a university memo Monday and again putting a popular social media application under scrutiny. The student's message on the Yik Yak app last week proposed gender-neutral housing and better education for professors about transgender identity. The ideas were met by inflammatory remarks on the app, which allows users to anonymously contribute to a single thread based on geographical location.
October 13, 2014 |
TODAY, MANY will gather at LOVE Park to call attention to transgender issues. It seems only right to call attention to something else: The remains of a transgender woman who was brutally slain and dismembered in July 2013 have lay unclaimed for more than a year. When I got the call, I thought there was no way that was true. I knew Diamond Williams was estranged from many in her family. But when I talked to Williams' grandmother, Ruth Woods, shortly after the slaying, she said family members told her that they would take care of everything.