Allentown Trans Woman Sues Former Employer Over Discriminatory Behavior

Kate Lynn Blatt

Kate Lynn Blatt

A transgender woman in Allentown has filed a federal lawsuit against her former employer, Tilden Township sporting goods store Cabela’s, saying that the company discriminated against her when she was transitioning, even going so far as to fire her because of her gender identity.

Kate Lynn Blatt’s lawsuit claims that management wouldn’t let her wear a gender-appropriate uniform, they forced her to wear a name tag with her birth name on it, and refused to let her use the women’s restroom.

“I mean it personally tore me down,” she says. “It never let up, they never stopped, and it prevented me from expressing who I was. … [My right to use the women's restroom was] refused and thrown in my face, even after I had provided all the documentation and proved my case.”

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17-Year-Old Bucks Co. Trans Man Ends His Life by Stepping in Front of an Amtrak Train

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GALAEI’s TransHealth Information Project (TIP) just released information about the passing of 17-year-old transgender man Riley Matthew Moscatel*. The young man, a student at Bucks County Technical High School, was killed when an Amtrak train hit him Monday afternoon. Coroners are ruling it a suicide.

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Superintendent Stands Up for New Jersey Trans Teen Who Was Told She Had to Enroll in School as a Boy

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Yesterday I told you about Rachel Pepe, the 13-year-old transitioning transgender student who was told she would not be able to enroll at Thorne Middle School as female. In a shameful turn of events, the school told her that she would have to dress as and answer to her birth name, Brian.

Thankfully the school district’s superintendent, William O. George, is stepping in to make the transition easier for Pepe. Yesterday evening he announced that he would work with staff to ensure she could attend school as Rachel, and do what he could to create a safe environment for her. This includes having the staff undergo LGBT sensitivity training.

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Local Trans Man’s Identity Stolen In Prosthetic Penis Scam

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When Philadelphia artist Jaden Remy joined the private Facebook group “All Transmen Know Each Other,” he expected to find support and allies in the 1,000-plus members. He never expected that his identity and pictures would be stolen in an elaborate scam to sell prosthetic penises to other transgender men in the online group.

“This isn’t the first time this has happened,” says Remy; younger, oftentimes naive, members of trans community are often targeted for these types of scams. In this case, two fake Facebook users, “Jessie Sexton” and “Skylar Jace Collins,” used Remy’s pictures in an attempt to sell discounted FreeToM Prosthetics, a penis prosthetic, to unsuspecting trans men in the group.

The scammers posted a status update, posing as Remy, that included photos of the prosthetic penis in question. (You can see that NSFW image here.) The update read, “It’s going to change the world. This is an amazing product every trans man needs to own. Message me for details.”

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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.

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