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.
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.
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.
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.
April 13, 2012
ATRANSGENDER lobbying group says SEPTA has agreed to remove gender-identification stickers from monthly transit passes next year, under pressure from transgender riders and others who feel discriminated against. Since the 1980s, the transit authority has required that all TransPasses have a male or female gender sticker affixed to prevent heterosexual spouses from sharing passes with one another. As a result, opponents argue, riders whose gender identifications don't match the stickers on their passes, including transgender men and women who are not living in one gender full time, and people who do not present themselves as male or female, have been harassed and ridiculed by drivers in front of other riders.
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 24, 2010 |
A TRANSGENDER teen girl and Lambda Legal Defense have filed a lawsuit against the city's Youth Study Center and Department of Human Services. The girl alleges that despite being diagnosed with gender identity disorder she was housed with males and subjected to constant verbal and physical abuse. In fact, according to the suit, one Youth Study Center supervisor told this petite girl that he would not call her by her feminine name until she had her genitals removed. Of course, the language he used was much more crude.
August 13, 2012 |
I commend Councilman Jim Kenney for his letter criticizing the comments of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy in opposition to marriage equality. Much of the support for Chick-fil-A rests on two arguments: supporting free speech, and ensuring the city's competitiveness in attracting businesses. Both arguments fail to withstand examination. Kenney is not denying Cathy's right to free speech, nor could he. Indeed, it is evidence of a free society when a corporate official and an elected official can publicly disagree.
March 29, 2010 |
A PAIR OF paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport got in a fight while they staked out the best curb position to shoot . . . . . . British singer Pixie Lott. Surely you've heard of Pixie Lott. No? Well, "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" was a big hit across the pond, and Pixie's pix must command huge sums from the British tabs in order for paps to fight over her best angle. Airport police spokeswoman Sgt. Belinda Nettles said Saturday that pap Stefan Saad was arrested on suspicion of felony battery after the Friday night scuffle with an unnamed pap. Saad was released Saturday after posting $50,000 bail.