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.
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.
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!
March 22, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Daniel Radcliffe looks forward to a tolerant world where young people grow up unaffected by differences in sexual orientation. For the last few years, the Harry Potter star has been doing his part to make that a reality with his work with the Trevor Project, the leading organization for suicide prevention efforts among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youths. For his contribution, Radcliffe is being honored with the organization's Hero Award at a ceremony in New York in June.
September 5, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE - Enveloped by red, white, and blue, thousands of black and brown faces will stand out this week at the Democratic National Convention, mirroring an increasingly diverse America and contrasting with scenes from the Republican convention that just ended. Led by a president with a black father and a white mother, Democrats will tout diversity and sell themselves as inclusionary, sensitive to the most marginalized, and hip to the nation's changing demographics. Of their delegates, one study found, 26 percent are black.
January 31, 2003 |
More than a month after Nizah Morris was felled by an unexplained late-night blow to the head on a Center City street corner, police have declared the 47-year-old transsexual's death a homicide. "The cause of death according to the medical examiner is cranio-cerebral injury, and the manner of death is homicide," said Homicide Division Capt. Thomas Lippo at a hastily announced news conference yesterday outside Police Headquarters. The finding - which came after members of the transgender community accused police of foot-dragging - suggested that Morris might have been killed by "something similar to a severe blow to the head, possibly caused by a punch, or possibly by a motor-vehicle accident," Lippo said.
July 19, 1999 |
When we talk about gender, we tend to describe the fixed poles of male and female. But what if gender is a spectrum and what we think of as male and female are at opposite ends, like chocolate and vanilla, and there is a multitude of flavors in between? Gendernauts, filmmaker Monika Treut's journey across the gender lines, proposes this hypothesis in a clinical kind of way. Essentially it is a nature documentary, except that it trains its camera on humans rather than animals. It does, however, open with a brief discourse on the female spotted hyena, the gendernaut of the animal kingdom, with its high levels of testosterone and pendular clitoris that resembles a penis.
March 26, 2012 |
Determined to overcome a cocaine addiction that had propelled him into a downward spiral of unemployment, sex work, and life one step off the street, Erik Leiff contacted dozens of treatment programs. In person, when he explained who he was - a trans man, having medically transitioned from his birth gender to the only one he could live with - office workers giggled and pointed: "It's like, 'Look at the freak.' " On the phone, all said he would be housed with women. "If you saw me, that would have been ridiculous.
June 21, 2013 |
DOVER, Del. - Transgender people are now protected under the state's antidiscrimination laws. The Senate voted, 11-9, Wednesday to approve a bill adding gender identity to the list of protected discrimination categories, including race, age, religion, and sexual orientation. The legislation also allows for enhanced penalties under Delaware's hate-crimes law for targeting someone based on his or her gender identity. Democratic Gov. Jack Markell signed the bill into law Wednesday evening, calling discrimination against transgender people "inherently wrong.