Man Arrested in Stabbing Death of Transgender Woman London Chanel [UPDATED]

Photo via London Chanel's Facebook page.

Photo via London Chanel’s Facebook page.

UPDATE [5/20/2015, 4:12 am]: New York Daily News has an update in the murder of transgender woman London Chanel, who was stabbed to death early Monday morning in an abandoned rowhome in North Philadelphia:

Raheam Felton, 31 | Philadelphia Police Department.

Raheam Felton, 31 | Philadelphia Police Department.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of his roommate, a transgender woman who police found bleeding on a sidewalk outside the abandoned Philadelphia building they shared …

It’s believed Raheam Felton repeatedly stabbed Londyn Kiki Chanel, 21, in the neck and back during a fight over what authorities described as domestic matters – not because she was a transgender woman. …

Felton, who has prior felony convictions of aggravated assault, prostitution and burglary, shared the apartment in the 2200 block of Ingersoll Street with Chanel and another transgender woman.

ORIGINAL: A 21-year-old transgender woman was stabbed to death in a fight early Monday in North Philadelphia.

NBC10 reports that a man stabbed London Chanel in the back and neck inside an abandoned rowhome along the 2200 block of Ingersoll Street in North Philadelphia. More:

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Youth Voices: “Stop Killing My Sisters”

G Philly presents a new collaboration with youth from The Attic Youth Center to spotlight the creative magic and cultural contributions of Philly’s LGBTQ youth of color. Today, Dalyla gets deep in a discussion about misconceptions within our community, and sounds off about the lack of media coverage of trans* women of color. 

Photo courtesy of Lou Rok Photography.

Photo courtesy of Lou Rok Photography.

What do you imagine for the future of Philadelphia’s LGBT youth of color?
I imagine it getting better. Because, you know, gay isn’t as big as it used to be. In a way, it’s like racism. It’s all just swept under the rug and forgotten about. But it’s still a problem. I just hope that it progresses as time goes on.

How do you imagine that change for trans* women of color and trans* youth of color?
Oh, God. See, that is one of our biggest problems right now. And I’m so brokenhearted by it that I honestly don’t know what to say. All I can do about it is pray that the violence stops—for trans* women of color, for people of color, and for children. I just want it to stop. That’s what I want for the future.

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Men’s Health May Soon Have Its First Transgender Cover Model


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Transgender bodybuilder Aydian Dowling is blowing away the competition in an online model search conducted by Men’s Health looking for a man to grace the cover of an upcoming issue. If he wins, Dowling will be the first transgender man to appear on the cover of the popular men’s fitness magazine.

You may remember Dowling, 27, as the buff chap who recreated Adam Levine’s iconic nude photo that appeared in Cosmo UK. That image spread like crazy across the Internet—which could explain his more than 15,000-point lead in the Men’s Health cover competition. (Tally taken at publish time.)

The contest is seeking “the guy who possesses all of the qualities that make up today’s well-rounded, active, health-conscious and thoughtful guy. … a guy who is fit and fearless; a doer who gives back and leads by example.”

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Top Resources for Transgender People in Philadelphia

Attic Youth Center

255 South 16th Street
The Attic creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. It provides myriad creative outlets for local youth, such as poetry, print screening, drag, art and more.


1207 Chestnut Street
GALAEI (Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative) is unwavering in its commitment to promote queer Latin@ social justice in the Philadelphia area. It’s outreach projects include everything from promoting sexual health in the Philadelphia Latin@ community to stumping for equal rights. It also fosters a program for trans folks in Philadelphia called the Trans-Health Information Project (TIP).

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The White House Now Has a Gender-Neutral Restroom

Via Shutterstock.

Via Shutterstock.

It appears that Obama administration is making boldly progressive moves to support the LGBT community during the President’s last term in office; today it was announced that a new gender-neutral bathroom was installed at the White House complex.

CNN reports that the restroom “is in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next door to the West Wing, within the White House complex where many employees have meetings and offices. The White House now allows staff and guests to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, including in the West Wing.”

This move is the latest from the Obama administration that attempts to provide protection and support for those in the LGBT community; earlier today, we reported that the President is supporting efforts to end conversation therapy for gay and trans youth. On Wednesday, an executive order to protect LGBT federal employees from discrimination went into effect.

Obama to Support Efforts to End Conversion Therapy for Gay and Transgender Youth

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The death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, who committed suicide in December after her parents forced her to attend conversion therapy, has initiated a lot of reactions, perhaps the largest of which is a petition that calls for an end to conversion therapy on gay and transgender youth. The petition has garnered more than 120,000 signatures—enough for President Obama to make a response and take action to forbid mental health practitioners from working to “repair” LGBT youth.

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8 Philly Area Transgender People Named to National Trans 100 List

It’s a big year for Philadelphia and its surrounding regions on the third-annual Trans 100 list. Eight (8!)  folks with local ties have been recognized by national groups This Is H.O.W. and We Happy Trans for their achievements in advocacy and progressing transgender rights in our city and beyond.

The 100 honorees were announced Sunday evening at a live-streamed event in Chicago. The names were then shared on Twitter, one by one, which is where I culled my list of 8 locals:

Dr. Rachel Levine

Dr. Rachel Levine

It was just announced that Governor Tom Wolf named Dr. Rachel Levine the first transgender Acting Physician General for PA. The Middletown, Pa. resident is also a Professor at the Penn State College of Medicine, where she serves as chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders, a program she created on her own. She has also worked actively with the school’s Office of Diversity, mentoring LGBT students, faculty and staff, and she sits on the board of Equality PA.

Andrea Bowen, our go-getting sister across the Delaware, is the recently instated Executive Director of Garden State Equality (GSE). 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. Learn more about what she’s got in store for GSE here.

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Kendall Jenner Breaks Her Silence on Bruce’s Gender Transformation

Olympic champion and patriarch of the Kardashian klan clan Bruce Jenner has been the subject of a lot of headlines lately—many speculating whether or not he’s actually going through gender transformation. So far he’s remained mum, but this weekend, while attending the Justin Bieber Roast on Comedy Central, his 19-year-old daughter Kendall Jenner gave us one of the most definitive answers we have to date: During an interview with Us Weekly, she said:

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