Trans Activist Andrea Bowen Named Executive Director of Garden State Equality

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Garden State Equality’s new Executive Director Andrea “Andy” Bowen.

New Jersey’s Equality PA equivalent Garden State Equality (GSE) made history this week when it named Andrea “Andy” Bowen executive director. The position makes Bowen the nation’s first openly transgender executive director of a statewide organization for LGBT civil rights.

Bowen comes to GSE from Washington D.C., where she worked as the social policy organizer with the D.C. Trans Coalition, and policy expert for the National Center for Transgender Equality. In these roles she played an integral part in getting key legislation passed for the LGBT community, including a bill that allows transgender people to change their birth certificates and names, and she helped spearhead a movement that ensured D.C. health insurance policies covered many trans-specific health care needs.

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Man Crush Monday: Jaden Remy Introduces You to Philly’s Hottest Trans Bachelors

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Philadelphia mixed-media artist and entrepreneur Jaden Remy. 

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WATCH: Laverne Cox Stars in Video for John Legend’s “You and I”

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UPenn alum John Legend wants to change your perception of it means to be beautiful. He’s making his case in his latest video, “You and I,” which features Orange is the New Black star and all-around badass trans advocate Laverne Cox, and a host of other women of every color, background, and walk of life. Check it out below, but grab a Kleenex first.

Who Gives if Mr. Gay Philadelphia Has a Penis?

Cutler Banner 2 Last week, G Philly broke the news that, for the first time ever, a trans man won the title of Mr. Gay Philadelphia; as a matter of fact, we weren’t the only ones that picked up the story. Lou Cutler, the newly-crowned winner, was interviewed by The Advocate about his groundbreaking victory. I published a story on Mr. Cutler’s background as an acupuncturist and his belief that alternative medicine can heal. In other words, we were celebrating Lou as a whole person. Then, the gender police showed up. Read more »

Weekend Roundup: Saint Harridan Pop-Up, Thank Goddess It’s OMG Comes to an End, the Legendary Crystal Ball and More

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There’s an old adage — you know the one — that says “clothes make the man,” and trans clothing designer Saint Harridan here to making the saying true for women and FTM transgender people, too. This innovative company began with the mission of designing clothes that, “fit your body and your gender.”

Shoppers can buy Saint Harridan’s suits and accessories online at any time, but those looking for a more personal shopping experience can head to its three-day pop-up shop in Philly, starting Friday at the Hampton Inn.

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Janet Mock Speaking at This Year’s Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference

Mazzoni Center  just released details about its 13th annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (PTHC), which kicks off on June 12. The three-day gathering will play host to no less than 250 workshops, speaking engagements and activities meant to promote “the health and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as their families, friends, allies and providers.”

Organizers have attracted some big names this year, including Director of Policy at the National Center for Transgender Equality Harper Jean Tobin, Esq., who will lead a keynote address on Friday, June 13th, at 1 p.m., but one that will likely draw even more attention is Janet Mock. The fired-up activist and New York Times best-selling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More made headlines recently when she sparred with Piers Morgan on his now-defunct talk show on CNN. She took the host to task for a litany of insensitive mentions he made about Mock’s identity on Twitter, proving that she is one cookie you don’t cross.

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Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel To Host Transgender Advocate Joy Ladin

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In 2008, Joy Ladin returned to her teaching position at Yeshiva University, an Orthodox Jewish college, prepared for another academic year. The only difference? Joy, formerly Jay, returned as a woman, making her the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. She recently documented her transition in the book Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders.

Now, Philadelphians will have the chance to meet Ladin and hear about her journey at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel’s (BZBI) new “Sicha” author series. “Sicha” means “conversation” in Hebrew, and that’s exactly what the coordinators of the lecture series hope to have, according to Adam Engle, director of programming and membership at BZBI.

“The ensuing conversations provide a nuanced discussion between author and expert and allows for deep exploration on various topics,” he says.

Attendees of Ladin’s talk can expect to hear how she balanced the often-difficult line between Orthodox Jewish faith and her gender transformation, and the “nuts-and-bolts problems of gender transition, such as how to change from female to male on the way to work, and the Jewish tradition that both clarifies and complicates the large moral, spiritual and philosophical questions raised by the mismatch between the gender of her body and the gender of her soul,” according to Engle.

Ladin’s lecture, scheduled for June 8th at 6 p.m., is moderated by Mazzoni Center Executive Director Nurit Shein. Tickets and more information about the evening can be found via the BZBI website.

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