September 27, 2011
I FELT SOME pressure to get this story into the paper before Chaz Bono got axed from ABC's "Dancing with the Stars. " He's not the most polished dancer, but I really hope Bono lasts on the wildly popular show because the transsexual son of singer/actress Cher and the late Sonny Bono is so much fun to watch. Plus, every flash of his smile is a slap at the haters and those who are urging a boycott of the show because they're afraid Bono might confuse their children. Of course, gender dysmorphia isn't contagious.
February 6, 2004 |
All I can say is, thank God for the Supreme Court of Massachusetts. The court ruled Wednesday that the state legislature may not offer "civil unions" instead of marriage for same-sex couples. That means the state must recognize marriage between people of the same sex. If it all comes to pass, these will be the first officially state-recognized same-sex marriages in U.S. history. You might not think I welcome this mistaken decision. And you'd be right. But at least now, all Americans know what the true cultural battleground is: marriage.
May 12, 2008
Education is a must on transgender issue Marybeth Hagan's May 8 commentary, "School's sensitivity is off-target," left me with this message: that a transgender child poses some kind of threat to the school and would be better off "separated" from his peers or "hidden" at home. As an early childhood education administrator, I and my colleagues constantly challenge ourselves to serve all children because the early years are so critical in forming social constructs that will persist for a lifetime.
October 12, 2012 |
As Chaz Bono recounted his transformation from cute little daughter of singers Sonny and Cher to the 43-year-old transgender man standing at the lectern, students at Penn State Abington found pieces of their own stories. For Richard Kirchenbauer, 60, it was the memory of seeing a 4-year-old Chastity Bono in Sonny Bono's arms during a performance at the old Valley Forge Music Fair. For Seonne Baylor, 23, it was coming out as a lesbian to her parents. For Erin Donnelly, 18, it was accepting a cousin who announced that she was pansexual.
April 22, 2000 |
No cases of tuberculosis that were feared to have spread to the transgender, cross-dressing community of Philadelphia have been reported, and officials remain cautiously optimistic. "It's a very good sign, but it's still very important to get the word out about this very contagious disease and to get those who may have contracted it the proper care," said Cynthia Glocker, a health communications specialist for the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC confirmed 26 active cases and 37 latent cases of tuberculosis in New York City and Baltimore and discovered that all were members of a community comprised of cross-dressers, those who had undergone sex-change operations, and those who were considering a sex-change operation.
November 4, 2010
NOT SURPRISINGLY, the most candid person in Washington isn't a politician. It's Kye Allums, a transgender member of the George Washington women's basketball team. Yesterday, Allums - who said he is "a male on a female team" - shared his story with the media. He said he decided to talk about his situation because "it got too tough to not be me. " Allums, a 21-year-old junior from suburban Minneapolis, said he has delayed having steroid treatments and/or surgery so that he can stay on the women's team.
February 11, 2009 |
On a bitter cold Saturday at Vesuvio, more than 400 people - gay guys and girls, transgender kids, hipster straights willing to experiment - heat up the South Philly nightspot. There's dancing on the tables, kissing by the billiard tables, huddled gatherings in every dark nook and corner - pretty spicy stuff for a Bella Vista Italian restaurant and disco. This is Tracy Buchholz's doing. "It's freaking incredible," Buchholz said of the Scene - a once-a-month party she created where girls dance on tables at the same time kids play pool.
June 29, 2010 |
THE BARE, WHITE walls once held 130 awards and honors plaques. Now, after 45 years with the Philadelphia Police Department, Chief Inspector James Tiano was packing up his fourth-floor office at 10th and Spring Garden streets. "I've had a pretty good career," said Tiano, whose last workday is today. "I spent the latter part of my career helping a lot of diverse communities, so it was very satisfying. " Tiano, 65, served simultaneously as police liaison to the Asian-, African- and Caribbean-immigrant and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities - and it has been announced that it's going to take eight deputies to replace him. His compassion for diversity was inspired by Italian-immigrant grandparents.
March 8, 2006
RE SIGNE'S cartoon "World Parenting Styles": What a way to depict hard-working parents in Philadelphia. All of Philadelphia's parents are not drug-addicted or neglectful. As a parent who has raised two well-adjusted, non-drug-using children in this city, I was truly insulted and the Daily News should be ashamed of itself. There are some drug-addicted parents in our city, but I am most definitely certain that you will also find those types of parents in Asia and Europe, too. Joy C. Ferris, Philadelphia I know you're going to get some flak for the Signe cartoon that reads "Japanese mother: 'Let's do some math!