Activism: Fighting For Transgender Rights In Philadelphia

Activism: Fighting For Transgender Rights In Philadelphia

During the Obama administration, federal guidelines released called on public schools to allow transgender students to be able to choose the bathroom facility according to their self-professed gender identity. On Feb. 22, 2017, President Trump’s administration notified the U.S. Supreme Court that they would be withdrawing this guidance and felt that this was a focus for state-level governments rather […]

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Southwest Philadelphia: Morris Home Provides Trans-Affirming Residency For Rehabilitation

Southwest Philadelphia: Morris Home Provides Trans-Affirming Residency For Rehabilitation

Morris Home, located in Southwest Philadelphia, is a haven for individuals seeking refuge. The three-floored residence maintains a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility specifically for transgender individuals. Started in 2011, the organization’s growth reflects the increasing strength and resilience demonstrated by its residents. “We [Morris Home] offer short- and long-term rehab in a residential and […]

 

LGBTQIA: Mazzoni Center Becomes Unique Place for Transgender Youth Care

LGBTQIA: Mazzoni Center Becomes Unique Place for Transgender Youth Care

What is a parent to do when they suspect that their young child might be transgender? When their son feels more comfortable wearing his sister’s dresses? Or their daughter asks to be referred to as “he?” For parents in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, the answer to that is to go and see Dane Menkin, […]

 

LGBTQIA: Transgender Health Project Aims to Empower Youth

LGBTQIA: Transgender Health Project Aims to Empower Youth

One of Bella Santos’ fears was that she would never be loved. It may not be a common fear for most 17-year-old girls, but it’s one that was even echoed by Santos’ mother. “Gay men want men and straight men want women,” she would say. “Where do you fall?” It’s been a difficult journey for […]

 

LGBTQIA: Support Groups in the Transgender Community

LGBTQIA: Support Groups in the Transgender Community

The transgender community has seen many changes throughout the years. One of those changes has been the rise in the number of support groups that are available to the community. “There were no support groups,” said Elizabeth Coffey Williams, an artist and former actress who came out as a transgender woman in 1972. “There was […]

 

LGBTQIA: Experiences of the Transgender Community

LGBTQIA: Experiences of the Transgender Community

Being transgender in Philadelphia is still something that incites violence and discrimination, but not nearly as much as it used to, according to Elizabeth Coffey Williams. “I lived the white-picket fence, husband, dog, swimming pool and garden club life for many, many years,” she said, ” and now I find myself in the center of […]

 

LGBTQIA: Directive 152 and Ending Discrimination Against the Trans Community

LGBTQIA: Directive 152 and Ending Discrimination Against the Trans Community

Imagine the fear, frustration and mistrust you might feel upon being called ma’am when you’d clearly rather be called sir – or vice versa. This is the struggle transgender people of Philadelphia have been fighting. “In trans communities, there is a sense that police think that trans lives don’t matter,” said Adrian Lowe (above), a […]

 

Gayborhood: The Center For The Community

Gayborhood: The Center For The Community

It is not just services, colorful flags and signs that make a visible community, but also an atmosphere that makes people feel celebrated and welcomed. The things that make the Gayborhood a visible community are the cultural organizations, anchor buildings and businesses like the William Way LGBT Community Center, which provides resources and a safe atmosphere for […]

 

LGBTQI: Community Heroes Making A Difference

LGBTQI: Community Heroes Making A Difference

The LGBTQI communities have many leaders making a difference in Philadelphia. Here are 5 community heroes you should know. Regarded as a rocket in the Philadelphia lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, Samantha Giusti (above) has taken off. After nine years of working in the communities, Giusti has garnered the reputation of a compassionate powerhouse. Throughout […]

 

LGBTQI: Understanding Trans-Health in Philadelphia

The annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, a program of the Mazzoni Center, has announced that Samantha Jo Dato has been appointed the conference logistics coordinator. “This conference is not just important for Philadelphia,” said Dato (below). “It’s important to the world.” The 13th annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, a free, three-day event with more than 250 workshops […]