October 14, 2010 |
The longtime boyfriend of 31-year-old Stacey Lee arrived at the couple's Point Breeze rowhouse Monday night after work. He immediately noticed something was not right. "The house light was on," said the boyfriend, 39, referring to a small fixture next to the front door. "It's never on. " The boyfriend of Stacey Lee, a transgender person, asked not to be identified for fear of jeopardizing his job. Police do not consider him a suspect, and said he was at work when she was killed.
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.
October 20, 2008 |
Shortly after school began in the fall of 2004, an eighth grader named Tye Clark delivered a jolting message to her classmates. "I'm the same person I was last year and the year before, but I am transgender and will now come to school as a boy," Tye told four assemblies at Cedarbrook Middle School in Cheltenham Township. "You may not agree, but I hope you will respect me and my right to get a good education. " Eyes misting with tears, Tye asked to be known as Ty. The transgender teen finished to rounds of applause.
November 17, 1997 |
The elderly, soft-spoken gentleman stood in a room of about 100 men dressed in drag, and he finally felt at home. Things have changed a great deal for cross-dressers since Charles, now 66, started "dressing up" at home more than 50 years ago. Drag queen RuPaul has a successful talk show on VH1. Movies featuring drag queens, such as To Wong Foo . . ., have become box-office hits. But only after all these years did Charles muster the courage to attend his first meeting of the Renaissance Education Association, the "transgender" support group that celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.
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?"
July 29, 2016 |
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.
June 8, 2015 |
"Susan," as the 66-year-old engineer likes to be called when he's in women's attire, said there's a "don't ask, don't tell" policy in his South Jersey home. "My kids suspect something, but they don't know the extent of" his cross-dressing, he said Saturday at the Convention Center for the 14th annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. Susan wore an auburn wig, full makeup, panty hose, jewelry, and a peach-colored, crocheted dress that hugged his 40D silicone breasts. The three-day gathering, which organizers said is the largest such conference with free registration, focused on issues affecting the transgender community - from legal and medical to parental and employer concerns.
March 20, 2015 |
Philadelphia City Council and judicial candidates touted progressive ideas and support of the LGBT community Wednesday night in a forum held by Liberty City Democrats. More than 20 candidates for judge and Council addressed the crowd at the William Way LGBT Community Center in three-minute speeches, and later fielded questions from the audience. Council incumbents including Kenyatta Johnson, W. Wilson Goode, and Blondell Reynolds Brown reminded the crowd that they had voted in favor of several successful LGBT-rights bills introduced over the last three years.
June 23, 2016
By Jacquelyn Warr-Williams In the aftermath of the Orlando killings, there has been a tremendous outpouring of love and support for the victims and their families. But this tragedy has also brought to the surface the unbelievable hate that still exists for gay and transgender individuals. This hate is not anonymous, and it is not confined to one group of people. A California pastor openly commented that he was not going to mourn those who died in Orlando. He stated, "Are you sad that 50 sodomites were killed today?
March 14, 2015 |
'Black Madam" Padge-Victoria Windslowe conceded that her specialty - buttocks enlargement using injected silicone - was illegal and even dangerous in the wrong hands. Her hands were the right ones, Windslowe, 43, boasted. She was "the best, the Michelangelo of buttocks injections. " Windslowe's boast is debatable. A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury found her guilty Monday of third-degree murder and aggravated assault in the death of one client and the hospitalization of another.