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September 12, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Mason Catrambone's heart was set on Camden Catholic High School. But after the school learned that the Madelyn Catrambone who was accepted last February for September admission had since begun to identify as male, Camden Catholic broke Mason's heart. "They can't look past what I'm going through, and see me as a human being," says Mason, 14. "I'm not a transgender . . . entity. I'm not some diabolical plan to impose my transgender evilness on them. " I meet Mason, a bright, friendly kid with a sensational smile, at the Williamstown home he shares with his parents, Frank Catrambone Sr. and Annmarie Kita.
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.
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 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
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!
NEWS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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NEWS
September 20, 2016
ISSUE | GENDER BIAS Admit student On behalf of 250 LGBTQ alumni and allies of Camden Catholic High School, we are disappointed in the school's decision to rescind the admission of Mason Catrambone and are concerned for LGBTQ members of the student body (" A leap of faith: 'Hi, I'm Mason ,' " Sept. 11). The root of Catholicism is universal empathy; the decision falls short of this ideal and undermines the basic human dignity that undergirds Catholic social teaching.
NEWS
September 17, 2016
ISSUE | TRANSGENDER BIAS Bathrooms don't pose any risk of violence It is a cynical lie that "bathroom bills," which would require transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex instead of their gender identity, are intended to or would safeguard anyone. They are hate laws. They put into law discrimination against transgender people and put transgender people at even greater risk for assault or harassment. Reacting to the NCAA's decision to pull seven championship events from North Carolina over the law, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest doubled down on his rationale for defending it: "The protection and safety and security of women and girls in North Carolina is our utmost importance.
NEWS
September 14, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
An online petition to support a 14-year-old who was initially accepted to Camden Catholic High School - and then rejected once officials there learned he is transgender - has collected more than 800 signatures. "Madelyn Catrambone was accepted to Camden Catholic High School last February, but when Camden Catholic learned that since then Catrambone goes by Mason and identifies as male, the school refused to accept him for who he is," the petition on change.org says. "I ask that students, faculty, alumni, and anyone else who doesn't support Camden Catholic's decision, sign this and show that you stand with Mason.
NEWS
September 14, 2016
ISSUE | INTOLERANCE Hardly Jesus-like I go to Mass every week with my wife and my daughters, even though I am not Catholic. I love the lessons from the Gospels. There is usually only logic and love. The politics of today, however, is another matter, far removed from the Gospels. I smirked when I read Camden Catholic High School principal Heather Crisci's comment that refusing admission to a transgender student was "about the school's Catholic identity" ("A leap of faith: 'Hi, I'm Mason,' " Sunday)
NEWS
September 13, 2016
Alexis Arquette, 47, the transgender character actress and sibling of actors David, Rosanna, Richmond, and Patricia Arquette, died Sunday morning in Los Angeles. A versatile performer, Ms. Arquette's big break came in the 1989 adaptation of Last Exit to Brooklyn , in which she played the trans sex worker Georgette. She also had roles in films including Pulp Fiction , Bride of Chucky , and, as a Boy George impersonator, in the Adam Sandler films The Wedding Singer and in Blended . Ms. Arquette also performed in nightclubs and cabarets under the name Eva Destruction.
NEWS
September 12, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Mason Catrambone's heart was set on Camden Catholic High School. But after the school learned that the Madelyn Catrambone who was accepted last February for September admission had since begun to identify as male, Camden Catholic broke Mason's heart. "They can't look past what I'm going through, and see me as a human being," says Mason, 14. "I'm not a transgender . . . entity. I'm not some diabolical plan to impose my transgender evilness on them. " I meet Mason, a bright, friendly kid with a sensational smile, at the Williamstown home he shares with his parents, Frank Catrambone Sr. and Annmarie Kita.
NEWS
September 12, 2016
The Lady Chablis, 59, the transgender performer who became an unlikely celebrity for her role in the 1994 best-seller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , died Thursday in Savannah, Ga. Ms. Chablis' sister, Cynthia Ponder, confirmed the death. A close friend, Cale Hall, said Ms. Chablis died of pneumonia and had been in the hospital for a month. A modern, nonfiction take on Southern Gothic storytelling, author John Berendt's Midnight thrust Savannah into the pop-culture spotlight.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, STAFF WRITER
At the luncheon sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and the Victory Institute, a group that works to elect LGBT officials, DNC LGBT caucus chair Earl Fowles told the gathering, "This is the gayest convention in history. " Fowles said the makeup of the delegation was now 11.5 percent LGBT, up from 7.8 percent in 2012, including 28 transgender delegates, up from 14. Several speakers noted that Wednesday night, Sarah McBride, a transgender woman who is national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, will be the first trans person to address a national convention.
NEWS
July 29, 2016
Delegates to political conventions come from all kinds of backgrounds. That's a given. Still, it's kind of surprising, when you come across someone who admits to having worked in the sex industry. That's right. Sharron L. Cooks, 38, a delegate from Pennsylvania at the Democratic National Convention, doesn't shy away from telling people about her life. "I've had some individuals say well what about when you were an adult film actress? Or what about when you did that?"
NEWS
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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