April 25, 2016 |
When a transgender girl graduated in white gown from Springfield Township High School, her parents made an unusual request for two diplomas: one for her, with her new female name, and one for them, with her male birth name. Springfield administrators say they complied without hesitation as they, like many public and private schools, increasingly are being asked to accommodate students who have switched name and gender. The small Montgomery County district, however, has gone a step further than most.
April 1, 2016 |
A Philadelphia judge Wednesday ordered a Logan man who told police he was the lookout for three accomplices in October's robbery and slaying of a transgender woman to stand trial for murder. After a preliminary hearing in the killing of 22-year-old Kiesha Jenkins, Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon ruled that Pedro Redding, 24, also be tried on conspiracy and robbery charges. Defense attorney Stephen Gross argued that the prosecution had failed to make a case that Redding, who police acknowledge was not the gunman, was an active participant in the plan to rob Jenkins.
March 5, 2016 |
A second person has been arrested in the stabbing death of a transgender woman in Frankford last month, police said Thursday. Jose Pena, 19, of the 900 block of Pratt Street in the Summerdale section of Northeast Philadelphia, was taken into custody by homicide detectives on Wednesday and charged in the stabbing death of Maya Young. On Tuesday, police arrested and charged Tiffany Floyd, 24, of the 4300 block of Cloud Street, in Frankford, with murder in Young's killing. Young, 25, was stabbed about 11:50 p.m. Feb. 20 on the 4900 block of Griscom Street.
March 3, 2016 |
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.
February 25, 2016 |
Maya Young had a distinctive birthmark: One side of her face was light and the other dark, with a line down the middle separating the brown tones. "She looked like chocolate and caramel," said Anthony Harper, a longtime friend and former roommate of the 25-year-old transgender woman. He used to call her "Twix," like the candy bar. "She was sweet, like candy," he said. On Tuesday, Philadelphia police confirmed that Young had been stabbed to death late Saturday in the city's Frankford section.
January 31, 2016 |
If your son insists he is a girl, what should you do? Eric Vilain, professor of human genetics and pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and J. Michael Bailey, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, pose dueling scenarios: You could persistently tell him he is a boy and try to put an end to behaviors such as cross-dressing and telling others he is a girl. Or you could let him be a girl: grow long hair, choose a new name, and when it is time, obtain the necessary hormones and surgery for a female body.
January 30, 2016 |
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.
January 14, 2016 |
The Cherry Hill Board of Education is expected next month to adopt a policy to allow transgender students to use facilities, including restroom and locker rooms, based on whether they identify as male or female. Parents or guardians are required to provide a letter confirming a student is "gender nonconforming," according to the proposed policy. If the parents or guardians do not consent, the policy calls for a meeting between schools officials "to determine how the student's gender identity shall be addressed by the school district.
January 8, 2016 |
Donna Mae Stemmer was a pistol. You can see it in each faded Polaroid and snazzy outfit of hers on display at Philly AIDS Thrift on South Fifth Street and Philly AIDS Thrift Giovanni's Room at 12th and Pine. In all of them, no matter the year, there's a mischievous glint in her eye and a smile playing on her lips. "She might have come out a bit less toward the end of her life, but she was still decked out," says friend Michael Byrne. The 82-year-old transgender trailblazer, who died in June at her Pennsauken home, was a University of Pennsylvania grad with a law degree from Temple who worked as a lawyer and served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years, fighting in Korea, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel, and being decorated 25 times, including a Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
December 31, 2015 |
We are leaving behind a year of fedoras and lapel pins, rainbow hair and stiletto nails, man buns and topknots. Other stylish staples of 2015 included athleisure - Tory Burch debuted her active line, Tory Sport, in September - and animal prints - see the formfitting wardrobe of Empire 's Cookie Lyon. But the biggest style stories touched on race, gender, sexuality, and body image. Designer comings and goings were big news, too, as were their collaborations with fast-fashion haunts.