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.
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.
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 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.
April 16, 2014 |
Dementia is terrible for everyone, but elderly people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) face extra problems, says Ed Bomba, communications chair for the LGBT Elder Initiative in Philadelphia. Many have spent much of their lives in the closet and fear discrimination by medical or social service providers or even the people they might live with in nursing homes. "We don't have children, as a rule. We don't have partners, as a rule, as we age," Bomba said. Many older LGBT people were rejected by their families and have created support systems of friends.
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.
September 4, 2012
GULF COAST - The nation's oil-and-gas hub along the Gulf Coast is slowly coming back to life in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Offshore oil platforms are beginning to ramp up production as crews are returning. Refineries are beginning to restart units as power is restored and floodwaters are cleared out. No major damage to oil platforms or refineries has been reported, and no further storm-related spikes in energy prices are expected. At the height of the storm, 1.3 million barrels per day of oil production was suspended.
November 5, 2010 |
Police have arrested a 22-year-old transgender prostitute in the killing of Patrick Michael Brady, the Chester County man who was strangled last weekend in his Old City hotel room. Brady had checked into the Omni Hotel at Fourth and Chestnut Streets on Friday night. In the early hours of Saturday morning, Brady, 49, let 22-year-old Herman Burton, who police said dresses and identifies as a woman, into his eighth-floor room. There, police said, a fight broke out between the two. "The only thing we know," Philadelphia Capt.
April 12, 2011 |
A transsexual man has sued the drug-treatment center in Camden where he worked, claiming that it discriminated against him when it fired him from a job that only a man is allowed to do: watching men urinate. El'Jai Devoureau of Deptford was born with female genitalia but says in his legal complaint that he has always considered himself male. Five years ago, Devoureau, 39, began counseling and male-hormone treatments. In 2009, he had sex-reassignment surgery. His driver's license, birth certificate and Social Security cards have all been reissued to reflect that he's a man. He said that managers at Camden's Urban Treatment Centers believed that he was a man when the drug-treatment center hired him in June to monitor men as they gave urine samples for drug tests.