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June 29, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
WHEN IT IS her time, Sophie Kandler knows she will die alone, but it will not be by her own hand. In an act of confusion, anger, frustration, and desperation, in 1990 Sophie went to one of her favorite places, Valley Forge Park, with one of her favorite things, Southern Comfort. She poured rat poison into the bottle and quickly drank as much as she could. Her loathed body saved her life by vomiting it up. Sophie is among an estimated 700,000 transgender Americans. The actual number is probably higher, but the U.S. census does not request gender identity, and most hide who they are. More than 40 percent have attempted suicide at least once between ages 18 and 35 (the actual number is probably higher)
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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.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
Aging can be emotionally, physically, and financially challenging for just about anybody. But transgender elders face some extra, heart-wrenching questions in the last chapters of their lives. Their predicament was discussed in several workshops this week at the 15th annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference at the Convention Center. "Is there a legal form that would require my family to bury me as I desire?" an older woman wearing a neat bob and a conservative dress asked Thursday at one of the sessions.
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.
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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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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.
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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.
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February 9, 2011 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
Herman Burton, a transgender prostitute, was ordered yesterday to stand trial on murder, arson and related charges in the slaying of a Chester County businessman in a Center City hotel room in October. Burton, who identifies as a woman and goes by the name Peaches, walked into the preliminary hearing wearing a quizzical expression, a gray sweat suit under which enlarged breasts were visible, and tightly braided hair with tiny pigtails on either side. So violent and brutal are the facts involving the defendant's alleged beating and strangulation of Patrick Michael Brady, 49, that the attorneys on both sides agreed that Burton's police statement would not be read in open court and that the city medical examiner was not called to testify - both of which normally happen in murder hearings.
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
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.
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!
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June 29, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
WHEN IT IS her time, Sophie Kandler knows she will die alone, but it will not be by her own hand. In an act of confusion, anger, frustration, and desperation, in 1990 Sophie went to one of her favorite places, Valley Forge Park, with one of her favorite things, Southern Comfort. She poured rat poison into the bottle and quickly drank as much as she could. Her loathed body saved her life by vomiting it up. Sophie is among an estimated 700,000 transgender Americans. The actual number is probably higher, but the U.S. census does not request gender identity, and most hide who they are. More than 40 percent have attempted suicide at least once between ages 18 and 35 (the actual number is probably higher)
NEWS
June 24, 2016
THERE HAVE BEEN transgender people throughout the centuries, but the wide use of the word is fairly recent. And that is doubly true for teenagers. Ten years ago, it would have been unheard of for a 13- or 14-year-old to come out in public as someone who was born as a boy but identified as a girl. Or a 15-year-old who was born as a girl - or perhaps grew up as a girl - but now wants to be considered a boy. This is not a mass movement. The Philadelphia School District reports only 30 parents have asked about transgender rights in the last seven years.
NEWS
June 23, 2016
By Jacquelyn Warr-Williams In the aftermath of the Orlando killings, there has been a tremendous outpouring of love and support for the victims and their families. But this tragedy has also brought to the surface the unbelievable hate that still exists for gay and transgender individuals. This hate is not anonymous, and it is not confined to one group of people. A California pastor openly commented that he was not going to mourn those who died in Orlando. He stated, "Are you sad that 50 sodomites were killed today?
NEWS
June 19, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
When other high school seniors are fretting over test scores and class rank, Adrianna Branin's struggle is to be called by the right pronoun. For Branin, 17, who was born female and appears feminine and attends Franklin Learning Center and will graduate Monday wearing a navy blue boys' robe, it's never she. Branin prefers them, they, or their. And when the principal or teachers slip up and call Branin she, Branin is offended. "Pronouns are huge," Branin, who works at Attic Youth Center, which aids and supports LGBTQ youth, said in an interview Friday.
NEWS
June 18, 2016
The School Reform Commission on Thursday adopted a new policy for how Philadelphia public schools deal with transgender students. Effective immediately: Students may be addressed by names and pronouns corresponding to their gender identity. This applies to interactions with other students and staff, and all written records, including report cards, class rosters, and photo ID. Transgender identity, legal name, and sex assigned at birth are confidential. Students may participate in gender-segregated groups that correspond to their gender identity.
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June 18, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
Without debate or comments from the public, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission adopted a policy Thursday night that immediately allows transgender students to, among other things, be referred to by their pronoun of choice; use their bathroom of choice; and go out for the athletic team of their gender choice, either boys' or girls'. "It's really important for us to acknowledge and respect all children and how they identify themselves," Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said after the meeting.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Southwest Philadelphia man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 22 to 44 years in prison Tuesday in last year's fatal stabbing of London Chanel. Only a day earlier, Raheam Felton, 32, had rejected the same plea deal and sentence, saying he wanted a trial in the May 18, 2015, slaying of the 21-year-old who had moved to Philadelphia from Texas to be able to live as a woman. A Common Pleas Court jury was picked and opening statements were set to begin when defense attorney Charles P. Mirarchi III said Felton wanted to plead guilty to third-degree murder and a weapons charge.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
Aging can be emotionally, physically, and financially challenging for just about anybody. But transgender elders face some extra, heart-wrenching questions in the last chapters of their lives. Their predicament was discussed in several workshops this week at the 15th annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference at the Convention Center. "Is there a legal form that would require my family to bury me as I desire?" an older woman wearing a neat bob and a conservative dress asked Thursday at one of the sessions.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Tiffany Floyd stabbed Maya Young this year for two reasons: Both were vying for the same man, and the victim was casting "voodoo spells," a detective testified in court Tuesday. Philadelphia Homicide Detective James Pitts told Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni that Floyd admitted to police that she stabbed Young in the back and then gave the knife to Jose Pena, telling him: "You got to finish it. You got to kill him. " Pitts, testifying during Floyd's preliminary hearing, said Floyd told detectives that Young was casting spells on her boyfriend, following her around, and harassing her. Assistant District Attorney Chesley Lightsey said Young - a 25-year-old transgender woman known as "Littles," who was born Norman Lindsey Jr. - died Feb. 21 of deep stab wounds in the back and chest that punctured a lung.
NEWS
June 6, 2016
Ryan T. Anderson is the William E. Simon senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation and author of the just-released book, "Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom. " You know gender-identity issues are getting lots of attention when it prompts one gay-rights activist to start a campaign called "Drop the T. " Its goal: to kick transgender out of the standard LGBT acronym for being "ultimately regressive and actually hostile to the goals of women and gay men. " Whatever happens within the LGBT community, one thing is clear: Government should not take sides in the transgender debate.
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