On February 15th, we reported the sad news that tireless Philly trans and HIV activist Jaci Adams passed away after a battle with cancer. Details about her memorial service were released today, and can be found in the image below, or here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Somewhere in the Clinton household, Hillary is giddily laughing, knocking back a celebratory martini, knowing that her biggest opponent for the 2016 presidential race, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has essentially destroyed all his political credibility in the now disgustingly overexposed “Bridgegate” scandal. You don’t have to be any sort of poli-sci genius to figure that one out.
That’s why Christie’s actions on Monday to veto a bill that would allow transgender individuals to change their gender on birth certificates can only leave the LGBT community with one conclusion: Christie is truly a bigot.
As if Chris Christie could use any more haters this week, he’s gone and done something to enrage the LGB — and especially T — communities. Yesterday, the New Jersey governor vetoed a bill that would allow transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates before undergoing surgery. His explanation:
The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery founder Dr. Sherman Leis — who was written about in Philly Mag’s recent story ”Is Philly the New Transgender Capital of the World?” — reached out to G Philly to share 10 trends he believes will affect the transgender community in 2014. And, for the most part, he sees things on the uptick. “Supportive laws, positive public statements by top political leaders, and growing cultural acceptance indicate that momentum is moving in the right direction,” he says.
What does that mean exactly? In the coming year he says we will begin to see people coming out as transgender at younger ages, more programs will sprout up to educate health care professionals on trans issues, and, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, health care equality for the trans community will become more of a reality. On the flip side, however, he does warn against an increase in violence against trans people, because, “the fast pace of gay marriage legalization and overall LGBT acceptance breeds more anger among certain groups.”
See his complete list after the jump.
The Philadelphia Police Department is in the process of implementing a new policy on how it interacts with transgender people. Philly.com reports that officials worked with the LGBT community to put together a nine-page directive that instructs cops on everything from proper pronoun usage to basic definitions of trans men and women.
Just a quick FYI to let you know that transgender stars Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox will be guesting on Katie today at 3 p.m., so set your DVRs.