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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.
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August 22, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the Hearts on a Wire Collective, a grassroots movement to support transgender people in and out of prison, the fate of their fall 2013 newsletter seemed proof that logic was lost in Pennsylvania's correctional system. A member reported that the newsletter, a compendium of drawings, poems, essays, homegrown legal advice, and obituaries, was confiscated at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Fayette - because it contained "information regarding the manufacture of explosives, incendiaries, weapons, escape devices or other contraband.
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.
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June 2, 2014 | By Gloria Hochman, For The Inquirer
When Rey and Nicole met a year ago, neither knew that they shared a life-changing secret. It was one that had tormented each of them as far back as they could remember - and that ultimately brought them together. Rey had gone to an event at his church, and spotted Nicole across a crowded room. "There was something about her that spoke to me," he recalls. "I thought, 'There she is . . . the girl you've been waiting for.' " Nicole, a lean, sandy-haired beauty, didn't sense Rey's eyes on her, even when he headed her way. But once he came close, the chemistry between them was undeniable.
NEWS
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
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 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.
NEWS
August 17, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer
THE SCHOOL REFORM Commission unanimously approved the revised Code of Student Conduct on Thursday night but added a resolution on language regarding nonconforming gender identities to be included under the dress-code/uniform policy. Fred Ginyard, an organizer for Youth United for Change, sent an email Tuesday to the SRC asking for such language to be included in the new code. Under current rules, transgendered students or those nonconforming to their genders "can be disciplined for expressing their preferred gender identity," Ginyard said in his email.
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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
August 22, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the Hearts on a Wire Collective, a grassroots movement to support transgender people in and out of prison, the fate of their fall 2013 newsletter seemed proof that logic was lost in Pennsylvania's correctional system. A member reported that the newsletter, a compendium of drawings, poems, essays, homegrown legal advice, and obituaries, was confiscated at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Fayette - because it contained "information regarding the manufacture of explosives, incendiaries, weapons, escape devices or other contraband.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
FOLLOWING A Radaronline.com story that former Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett had moved out of the home he shared with wife Kendra Wilkinson and their children because he was fooling around with transgender woman Ava London , In Touch magazine has spoken with Ava. "Yes, I had sex with Hank," she blabbed to In Touch . "Hank and I had sex several times. " Ava claims that she and Hank even got it on when Kendra was pregnant with the couple's now 1-month-old daughter, Alijah . "The last time we were together was about a month ago, right before [Kendra]
NEWS
June 2, 2014 | By Gloria Hochman, For The Inquirer
When Rey and Nicole met a year ago, neither knew that they shared a life-changing secret. It was one that had tormented each of them as far back as they could remember - and that ultimately brought them together. Rey had gone to an event at his church, and spotted Nicole across a crowded room. "There was something about her that spoke to me," he recalls. "I thought, 'There she is . . . the girl you've been waiting for.' " Nicole, a lean, sandy-haired beauty, didn't sense Rey's eyes on her, even when he headed her way. But once he came close, the chemistry between them was undeniable.
NEWS
February 18, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
YOU WOULDN'T think that anyone who had endured what Jaci Adams had in a life of childhood abuse, drug addiction and prison would have any right to be cheerful and friendly. And yet there Jaci was, in many a social gathering, "the brightest spot in the room," as Ronda B. Goldfein, executive director of the AIDS Law Project, put it. "All the laughter came from her corner of the room," Goldfein said. "She had a great outlook on life. " Jaci Adams, a transgender woman and an inspirational leader for others in Philadelphia's LGBT community, a busy volunteer in HIV and AIDS programs, died Saturday of cancer.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A few antagonistic words can go a long way toward deepening the divide between transgender Philadelphians and the people sworn to protect them. It's the little things that tend to sting: a police officer who uses "sir" instead of "ma'am," or declines to use one's chosen name. "It's enough to put fear into you or make you feel uncomfortable or uninvited," said Samantha Dato, director of Philadelphia's Trans Health Conference, which promotes health in "mind, body, spirit, and community" for the city's transgender residents.
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE PHILADELPHIA Police Department will soon implement a new set of guidelines for how officers interact with transgender people. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel worked with members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community to fine-tune the nine-page directive, police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said. "The times have evolved, and not just within the Police Department," Stanford said yesterday. "You see it across the board in so many different areas. We have to learn to adapt to the times.
NEWS
August 9, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
RUTH WOODS laid out a few of the family photos she'd been staring at all night on her kitchen table. Marky, at around 12, posing sheepishly in a family portrait. Marky, an awkward teen, holding his cat Fluffy near the family Christmas tree. Marky, with that beaming Woods-family smile, laughing at his grandmother mugging for the camera. Woods, 69, had called me to set the record straight. Or as straight as a grandmother in mourning could, given her unresolved shame and guilt and denial.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE there have been so many rallies lately - for Trayvon Martin, for victims of urban violence. But there was a familiar attitude among those who stood vigil for a transgender woman allegedly butchered by a john in Strawberry Mansion: The media ignore us, and when they don't, they disrespect and misrepresent us. Society views us as disposable, expendable. I didn't totally disagree. But, as I stood in the crowd listening to friends and advocates mourn Diamond Woods, I wondered: If we can't even manage to care about the deaths of people we should be able to relate to - children - what chance do people often viewed as spectacles and freaks have at getting our attention, let alone our sympathy?
NEWS
July 25, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rachel Rose last saw her best friend, Diamond Williams, on Old York Road in the city's Hunting Park section earlier this month. Williams was caught up in the world of drugs and prostitution, but she didn't let it get her down, said Rose, 30. For transgender women facing discrimination in mainstream society, resorting to the sex trade "is a matter of survival," said Aamina Morrison, 33, of the Trans-Health Information Project. The risky occupation turned fatal when, according to police, Williams was picked up by Charles Sargent, who took her to his home in Strawberry Mansion sometime around July 13. Police say Sargent, 43, killed Williams and dismembered her body, scattering her remains in a weed-choked field near York Street and Sedgley Avenue.
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