Caitlyn Jenner on the ESPY Awards.
Earlier this week, it was announced that transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner will be speaking at Penn on February 17th.
The now-sold-out event will feature Jenner and writer Buzz Bissinger in a conversation about her life post-transition and the causes she continues to advocate for. This news was met with harsh criticism and some offensive remarks in the comments section of our Facebook and Instagram pages. Read more »
Wit Lopez in a scene from “M or F.”
A very touching new mini-documentary shot in and around Philadelphia features a series of engaging and moving discussions about not only trans identity, but the problem with society’s obsession with the “gender binary,” period. Read more »
Looking for a midweek movie/date night?
There have been 25 pairs of tickets set aside for Philly Mag readers at an early screening of Tom Hooper‘s much-buzzed-about film The Danish Girl. The showing takes place next Wednesday, December 9th, at 7:30 pm at Ritz Five.
Wanna go? I’m going to make this really easy: Between now and noon on December 8th, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Lemme see The Danish Girl!” The first 25 people to email me will snag two seats for themselves and a friend.
The Danish Girl stars Eddie Redmayne in a role that many are saying will win him a best acting Oscar for the second year in a row. He plays turn-of-the-century artist Lili Elbe, who made history when she became one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. The film concerns her marriage to Gerda Wegener, played by Alicia Vikander, and their journey navigating a relationship and transgender issues long before the world knew Caitlyn Jenner or Laverne Cox.
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Sam Melrath at work | Melrath and his fiancee (photos courtesy Sam Melrath via Facebook)
Sam Melrath is a 22-year-old transgender man from Northeast Philadelphia, and he is suing the Giant Food Store on Huntingdon Pike in Huntingdon Valley, accusing the store of discriminating against him due to his gender identity. Read more »
Marcus Jones has been charged with attempted murder of a trans woman.
A 53-year-old trans woman was attacked on the 900 block of North Watts Street on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 18th, Philadelphia Police announced today. The victim was transported to Hahnemann Hospital where she is in critical condition.
The attack was caught via surveillance video, according to police officials, where the attacker is seen repeatedly punching and kicking the victim until she was unconscious. After the victim “lay motionless on the ground, the offender stomped on the complainant’s head several times” and grabbed the victim’s purse. Read more »
Swift Shuker in a video promoting This Damned Body, which will premiere at this year’s FringeArts Festival.
The [redacted] Theater Company will present the first in a series documenting one person’s gender transformation at the FringeArts Festival from August 28th to the 30th. This Damned Body Is Carved Out of Meat is one of three theatrical components to document the life of transgender performer Swift Shuker, who is currently in the beginning stages of transitioning from a male body to an androgynous one (hence our use of the pronoun “they”]. This Damned Body will document Shuker’s life in real-time and chronicle their transformation. “We’re trying to reveal what is happening with Shuker’s body and emotions, the way they are interacting with the world and the way the world interacts with them,” says co-director and website designer Josh McLucas.
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Kayla Vasilakos, from the “Daily News” feature video.
Kayla Vasilakos, a South Philly radio personality, has been named to the Daily News‘ “Sexy Singles” list this year. Ms. Vasilakos is the first transgender person ever to receive the honor. Read more »
A disturbing new study
out of Washington University at St. Louis examined trends in eating disorders between transgender and cisgender college students, and the results are published in the Journal of Adolescent Health
The study’s authors found that “transgender students responded that they had been diagnosed with an eating disorder in the past year at an alarming rate of 15.82%. Cisgender students were between .55% (heterosexual men) and 3.66% (unsure men). Cisgender sexual minority and unsure men and women were 2-4 times more likely to have been diagnosed with an eating disorder than heterosexual men and women.” Read more »
A scene from “Transgender, at War and in Love.”
Two very brave trans folks, Logan Ireland and Laila Villanueva, took a huge risk: They publicly “came out,” so to speak, via a video documentary featured on The New York Times. But unlike, say, Caitlyn Jenner, Ireland and Villanueva serve in the United States military, which can, and does, openly discriminate against transgender people. In short, they could both be discharged and lose their jobs. Read more »
Philadelphia magazine contributor and author of Friday Night Lights Buzz Bissinger is in the spotlight again this week after penning the much-talked-about profile of Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair. Since the cover hit the web on Monday, he says he’s received hundreds of interview requests. He’s done the morning-show circuit, and appeared on Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric to talk about his experience profiling the most famous transgender woman in the world.
I caught up with Buzz on the phone this morning to find out how the story came about. Why did he get the assignment? What precautions did he take to keep it under wraps? Did he, a man who’s written about his own gender experimentation, glean any insight from his time with Caitlyn?
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