How to Find a Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Near You

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Today is the last day of Transgender Awareness Week. Beginning on November 12th, the occasion was established to celebrate our transgender community, take action to improve the lives of trans people, and to remember those who have lost their lives to acts of anti-trans violence. That is what November 20th is all about, actually: Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day, as the Human Rights Campaign points out, that serves as a “solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice and also raises awareness of the constant threat of brutality faced by the transgender community.”

In an email sent out this morning, HRC laid out a handful of reasons why it’s important for us to take part in days like this.

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Tom Wolf Will Use Tax Dollars to Pay for “Gender Experimentation,” Warns ACTION of PA

You’ve just got to laugh at some of the ridiculous—and really quite offensive—election propaganda that’s floating around out there right now. Check out this doozy of a press release I just received from ACTION of PA, “a group of concerned Christian men and women who have joined together to help promote the election of men and women to local, state, and national offices who will support Judeo/Christian principles on which our nation was founded.” The last-minute word of warning to Pennsylvania voters says that Tom Wolf will use state tax dollars to pay for sex-change operations, or as the ACTION of PA puts it “gender experimentation.”

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Philly’s Passional Boutique Teams With Suddenly Fem to Sell Fashions for Transgender Women

Sud-fem-products-2Philadelphia’s Passional Boutique and Sexploratorium is teaming with Suddenly Fem, the national retailer that specializes in clothing for the M2F woman, to sell a collection of clothing for crossdressers and transitioning transgender women.

Suddenly Fem, which, before now, was primarily a online-based clothing company, will offer dresses, teddies, gaff panties, skirts and pants at Passional, where personnel has undergone collaborative training meetings with Suddenly Fem to be better prepared to guide the transitioning customer.

Passional‘s Kali Morgan says she gets a lot of requests from trans customers. “We have sold items for the transgender community since the start of our business, but this partnership will allow us to offer a wider variety of merchandise and educational resources for this underserved market.”

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Throwback Thursday: Early Transgender Activist and Co-Founder of William Way Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Every week I take a trip down memory lane in William Way Community Center’s John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives, a veritable treasure trove of relics from gay Philadelphia’s past. This week, archivist—and author of The Gayborhood Guru—Bob Skiba shares photos of Tommi Avicolli Mecca taken in the 1970s and 1980s. Skiba tells me that “Tommi was an early activist here, one of the founders of the Gay Community Center (which later became William Way) and the Archives, and a trans activist.”



Woman Crush Wednesday: The Mazzoni Center’s Samantha Jo-Dato

Every hump day a Philly person shares their local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, local mover and shaker Samantha Jo Dato, who works at the Mazzoni Center to organize the annual Philadelphia Trans-Health ConferenceShe will soon publish a testimonial journal called Sami Jo Shattered Perfect, which she “hopes will reach trans* people near and far and inspire them to transform their narratives of struggle into stories of major success.”



Our Last Five Woman Crush Wednesdays:

Philly Artist Paints Only Authorized Portrait of Chelsea Manning

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You’ve likely seen the above image of Chelsea Manning that’s accompanied nearly every story of her since it was announced that she was transitioning. Manning was never happy with the image and the way it portrayed her, so she and supporters set out to find an alternative, something to send to the media that reflects her in a better, more realistic light.

The answer? A portrait by a relatively unknown Philadelphia artist and UArts grad named Alicia Neal. But it wasn’t going to be an easy job. A detailed article on theverge.com explains:

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Suddenly Fem Donates $5K Worth of Male-to-Female Trans Fashions to Mazzoni Center

Catalog-cover-2014Suddenly Fem, a fashion and lifestyle catalog that sells clothes and accessories to the cross-dresser and male-to-female transgender community, is all up in Philly this weekend. Not only will it be participating in tomorrow’s fourth annual Philly Trans* March, but the retailer has donated $5,000 worth of clothing to the Mazzoni Center—everything from dresses and heels to jackets and lingerie that are made to fit the male-to-female figure. 

The donation will go to the Center’s Sisterly Love Trans* Wellness Project, which, among other things, seeks to help trans women succeed in the workforce. The trans community has a high rate of unemployed people and many struggle to find the right professional outfit,” says the Mazzoni Center’s Samantha Jo-Dato. “We will make the clothing accessible to women in the trans community who are looking for jobs. We welcome them to stop by and pick out a couple amazing things for their wardrobes.”

That’s one of the goals of Suddenly Fem, too.

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Guide to OutFest 2014: Gay DJs at Dilworth Park, a Stimulus and Pulse Mashup Party, Stonewall Kickball’s Pub Crawl, and More

The party is always hoping on Camac Street, between U Bar and Venture Inn. | Photo by Josh Middleton

The party is always hoping on Camac Street, between U Bar and Venture Inn. | Photo by Josh Middleton

The 24th annual OutFest is on Sunday, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t celebrate National Coming Out Day all weekend. To keep you on your gay-game we’ve rounded up the best events so you’ll know how to whoop it up from Thursday night till the sun goes down Sunday.

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Transgender Law Center Kicks Off Campaign to Discourage Homophobic, Racist Halloween Costumes

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The Transgender Law Center hopes you’ll be classy, like these ladies, this Halloween.

Halloween: It’s the spookiest night of the year, but sometimes the fun and games can can turn downright ugly. With that in mind, the Transgender Law Center is hoping that individuals will think twice before they don what may be perceived as offensive costumes on October 31.

The Center, which advocates for policy and law changes to support all gender identities and expressions, has started a campaign aptly titled “Discrimination is Scary,” that discourages folks from wearing Halloween costumes that could be perceived as sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or ableist this October. Read more »

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