There are finally some new developments in the 2013 murder case of Diamond Williams, the transgender woman who was brutally dismembered in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia last July. Today, accused killer Charles Sargent was ruled competent to stand trial for the murder.
Local experts answer the LGBT community-centric questions you’ve always wondered about, but never got around to asking. Today, trans advocate, educator and star of web series A Man Who Takes the Place Of AJ Young explains why you sometimes see an asterisk after the word “trans.”
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.
Last week, G Philly broke the news that, for the first time ever, a trans man won the title of Mr. Gay Philadelphia; as a matter of fact, we weren’t the only ones that picked up the story. Lou Cutler, the newly-crowned winner, was interviewed by The Advocate about his groundbreaking victory. I published a story on Mr. Cutler’s background as an acupuncturist and his belief that alternative medicine can heal. In other words, we were celebrating Lou as a whole person. Then, the gender police showed up. Read more »
Weekend Roundup: Saint Harridan Pop-Up, Thank Goddess It’s OMG Comes to an End, the Legendary Crystal Ball and More
There’s an old adage — you know the one — that says “clothes make the man,” and trans clothing designer here to making the saying true for women and FTM transgender people, too. This innovative company began with the mission of designing clothes that, “fit your body and your gender.”
Shoppers can buy Saint Harridan’s suits and accessories at any time, but those looking for a more personal shopping experience can head to its three-day pop-up shop in Philly, starting Friday at the Hampton Inn.
Mazzoni Center just released details about its 13th annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (PTHC), which kicks off on June 12. The three-day gathering will play host to no less than 250 workshops, speaking engagements and activities meant to promote “the health and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as their families, friends, allies and providers.”
Organizers have attracted some big names this year, including Director of Policy at the National Center for Transgender Equality Harper Jean Tobin, Esq., who will lead a keynote address on Friday, June 13th, at 1 p.m., but one that will likely draw even more attention is Janet Mock. The fired-up activist and New York Times best-selling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More made headlines recently when she sparred with Piers Morgan on his now-defunct talk show on CNN. She took the host to task for a litany of insensitive mentions he made about Mock’s identity on Twitter, proving that she is one cookie you don’t cross.
In 2008, Joy Ladin returned to her teaching position at Yeshiva University, an Orthodox Jewish college, prepared for another academic year. The only difference? Joy, formerly Jay, returned as a woman, making her the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. She recently documented her transition in the book Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders.
Now, Philadelphians will have the chance to meet Ladin and hear about her journey at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel’s (BZBI) new “Sicha” author series. “Sicha” means “conversation” in Hebrew, and that’s exactly what the coordinators of the lecture series hope to have, according to Adam Engle, director of programming and membership at BZBI.
“The ensuing conversations provide a nuanced discussion between author and expert and allows for deep exploration on various topics,” he says.
Attendees of Ladin’s talk can expect to hear how she balanced the often-difficult line between Orthodox Jewish faith and her gender transformation, and the “nuts-and-bolts problems of gender transition, such as how to change from female to male on the way to work, and the Jewish tradition that both clarifies and complicates the large moral, spiritual and philosophical questions raised by the mismatch between the gender of her body and the gender of her soul,” according to Engle.
Cox gives a candid interview in the issue, and discusses her suicide attempts, her humiliating grade school experiences, her frequently-referenced Katie Couric confrontation about genitalia, and her touching interaction with a bullied child in San Francisco. You can read the entire piece here.