August 22, 2014 |
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.
August 22, 2014 |
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.
June 26, 2014 |
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]
June 2, 2014 |
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.
February 18, 2014 |
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.
February 11, 2014 |
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.
January 8, 2014 |
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.
August 9, 2013 |
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.
July 26, 2013 |
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?
July 25, 2013 |
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.