Sam Melrath is a 22-year-old transgender man from Northeast Philadelphia, and he is suing the Giant Food Store on Huntingdon Pike in Huntingdon Valley, accusing the store of discriminating against him due to his gender identity. Read more »
A 53-year-old trans woman was attacked on the 900 block of North Watts Street on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 18th, Philadelphia Police announced today. The victim was transported to Hahnemann Hospital where she is in critical condition.
The attack was caught via surveillance video, according to police officials, where the attacker is seen repeatedly punching and kicking the victim until she was unconscious. After the victim “lay motionless on the ground, the offender stomped on the complainant’s head several times” and grabbed the victim’s purse. Read more »
The [redacted] Theater Company will present the first in a series documenting one person’s gender transformation at the FringeArts Festival from August 28th to the 30th. This Damned Body Is Carved Out of Meat is one of three theatrical components to document the life of transgender performer Swift Shuker, who is currently in the beginning stages of transitioning from a male body to an androgynous one (hence our use of the pronoun “they”]. This Damned Body will document Shuker’s life in real-time and chronicle their transformation. “We’re trying to reveal what is happening with Shuker’s body and emotions, the way they are interacting with the world and the way the world interacts with them,” says co-director and website designer Josh McLucas.
The study’s authors found that “transgender students responded that they had been diagnosed with an eating disorder in the past year at an alarming rate of 15.82%. Cisgender students were between .55% (heterosexual men) and 3.66% (unsure men). Cisgender sexual minority and unsure men and women were 2-4 times more likely to have been diagnosed with an eating disorder than heterosexual men and women.” Read more »
Two very brave trans folks, Logan Ireland and Laila Villanueva, took a huge risk: They publicly “came out,” so to speak, via a video documentary featured on The New York Times. But unlike, say, Caitlyn Jenner, Ireland and Villanueva serve in the United States military, which can, and does, openly discriminate against transgender people. In short, they could both be discharged and lose their jobs. Read more »
Philadelphia magazine contributor and author of Friday Night Lights Buzz Bissinger is in the spotlight again this week after penning the much-talked-about profile of Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair. Since the cover hit the web on Monday, he says he’s received hundreds of interview requests. He’s done the morning-show circuit, and appeared on Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric to talk about his experience profiling the most famous transgender woman in the world.
I caught up with Buzz on the phone this morning to find out how the story came about. Why did he get the assignment? What precautions did he take to keep it under wraps? Did he, a man who’s written about his own gender experimentation, glean any insight from his time with Caitlyn?
Caitlyn Jenner broke the Internet yesterday and, like a busted piñata, it spilled forth pages and tweets and status updates worth of opinions and remarks about this most famous of all gender transformations. We’ve heard it all (Philly Mag columnist Monica Weymouth details some of it here), but local State Representative Brian Sims chimed in today on a topic that we haven’t heard much about since yesterday’s news broke: the fact that the world’s most recognized transgender woman is … a Republican! He shared his take on Facebook in a status update:
I was getting coffee when Caitlyn Jenner met the Internet. Not fancy coffee — regular drip, black, get that cinnamon-sugar shaker away from me — so we’re talking maybe 15 minutes away from my desk. And yet that was enough time for seemingly the entire world to chime in on the Vanity Fair cover story documenting her transition.
Many were supportive and respectful, from Lady Gaga to Rick Santorum. Others, of course, were decidedly less so. (Tell me, how does it feel to be behind Rick Santorum in the Evolution line? Or don’t you guys believe in that yet? As you were.) But lurking through it all — the Facebook comments, the coverage from major outlets, even Vanity Fair’s presentation and promotion of the story — was an ugly subtext: After less than a day of revealing her new identity, Caitlyn Jenner had already been objectified and sexualized for our entertainment.
Which makes sense. She is, after all, a woman. Read more »
“The Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (PTHC) was founded by trans women who had no forum for their voices to be heard,” says April Anderson. “But every year, we’ve seen the amount of programming devoted to [the trans woman’s] needs shrink to the point that we’ve been crowded out of a desperately necessary space.”
Anderson, along with other local trans women, are trying to address this issue by establishing the first West Philadelphia Trans Femme Conference, which is being held this year on June 5th and 6th at A-Space on Baltimore Avenue. Two of these dates overlap with the Mazzoni Center‘s three-day PTHC. Of course, this has caused some intrigue and serious questions—particularly, why the need for the divide? Read more »