Penn Adopts ‘Preferred Name Initiative’ for Trans Students

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Transgender students at Penn now have the option to use a name other than the one on their birth certificate thanks to the university’s newly launched Preferred-Name Initiative. The new plan streamlines a process that was already in place on campus. Previously, students could set up a meeting with Senior Associate Director of the LGBT Center Erin Cross to institute a name change, but the process wasn’t publicized. Therefore, most students would only hear about it through word of mouth. More from The Daily Pennsylvanian

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Philly Rep. Mark Cohen to Introduce PA’s First Transgender Rights Bill

Cohen at a recent Capitol news conference.

Cohen at a recent Capitol news conference.

Local trans activist-with-the-mostest Jordan Gwendolyn Davis reached out to let me know about a new transgender rights bill Philly Representative Mark Cohen will introduce in the House. The proposal is a four-bill package that will “address specific concerns faced by members of Pennsylvania’s transgender community involving institutional discrimination.”

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3 Philadelphians Named to National Trans 100 List

Three local folks have been named to This Is H.O.W. and We Happy Trans‘s second-annual Trans 100 list, a roll call that celebrates the work and achievements of trans people throughout the U.S.

dionne stallworthFormerly homeless, A. Dionne Stallworth has risen to become one of Philly’s most go-getting activists for people living with mental health issues, the homeless, people of color, and LGBT rights.. She is the founding member of the country’s first transgender political action committee, Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC), and is one of the first members of the Philly-based Transgender Health Action Coalition. She also has her hands full working as the resident activities coordinator for Philly’s Project H.O.M.E., an initiative that works to ”empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.” One of her latest projects is Movie Magic With Dionne, a night of film screenings that inspires community, and lots of popcorn-munching. Read a good interview with Miss Stallworth on TransGriot, here.

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NSFW Web Series Removes Word “Tranny” From Trailer, Synopsis

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Last week I did a post about new local web series NSFW using the word “tranny” in its trailer and online synopsis. The “T” word is one that I find particularly offensive to the trans community, and one that I feel should be removed from our vocabulary. The post inspired a pretty productive debate in the comments section. Some of you agreed, some of you didn’t, but NSFW co-creator Marc Cantone wrote me to say that he had removed the word.

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Philly Web Series NSFW to Make Transphobic Debut

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Some of you may know that my second job here at Philly Mag is editor of the our A&E blog, Ticket, where I report on the city’s arts and culture goings-on. Yesterday local writers Marc Cantone and Robert Yula  sent an email asking me to attend the debut screening of their new web series, NSFW, which was created and filmed in town with a legion of Philly creatives. In short, it’s a comedic show that follows what happens behind the scenes of an adult website called American Internet. Here’s a quick synopsis from the show’s website:

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With TIP Project Co-Founder Madelyn Morrison-Summers

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.

Morrison-Summers (center) out-reaching at OutFest with Chasity Moore and GALAEI Executive Director Elicia Gonzales.

Madelyn Morrison-Summers (center) out-reaching at OutFest with Chasity Moore and GALAEI Executive Director Elicia Gonzales.

Today: Madelyn Morrison-Summers, who has dedicated over 10 years of her life working to provide visibility, advocacy and services to trans women in the city of Philadelphia. She is one of the visionaries behind GALAEI‘s TIP (Trans Information Project), a program dedicated to the empowerment and betterment of trans and gender non-conforming individuals in the tri-state area.

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Activist SharRon Cooks

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight one of the most important black movers and shakers in the city.

First up: SharRon Cooks. Ms. Cooks is an activist for the trans community. We chose her for the important volunteer work she does at the William Way Community Center. There she wears all kind of hats: peer counselor, trans support group facilitator, special events volunteer and even front-desk receptionist. That’s what you call dedication.

7 questions with SharRon Cooks after the jump

Grantland’s Triple Bogey: How Grantland Botched More Than Trans Politics in the Dr. V Controversy

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FOR THOSE OF you not familiar with the Grantland Dr. V controversy, here’s a brief recap:

Caleb Hannan, a journalist writing for the sports and pop culture website Grantland, starts researching an article about a new putter that supposedly will revolutionize the way we think about putters which has been designed by a physicist who knows basically nothing about golf and seems to be somewhat of a mad scientist character. The physicist, Dr. Essay Anne Vanderbilt, is extremely private and only agrees to an interview with the stipulation that the article be about the putter and the science behind it, not the scientist. Hannan moves forward with the interview. In the course of fact-checking the story, particularly in trying to verify academic and employment credentials for Dr. V he runs into some roadblocks. Namely, he can’t seem to find any evidence that Dr. V is credentialed in the way she claims to be. So Hannan digs a little deeper. Turns out, Dr. V is a transwoman who transitioned in 2003 and has taken steps to keep her pre-transition identity private—something that many trans people take great pains to do, for various reasons including personal safety, mental health, protection from job discrimination and termination, or simply because it’s no one’s business but their own.

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