Transgender porn star shares story (Buck Angel)

By David Burt
Contributing Reporter
Published Monday, February 15, 2010

Charlie Croom/Photography Editor. Buck Angel, a transgender porn star, said at a Pierson Master’s Tea that he “wasn’t hiding anymore” after his sex change.

Despite receiving an anonymous threat before his visit, Buck Angel, a female-to-male transgender porn star, spoke at a Master’s Tea as part of Sex Week at Yale on Saturday.

Angel shared his life story with an audience of about 50 students at the Pierson College master’s house. He emphasized the importance of self-acceptance and urged people not to submit to the labels society assigns them. Some students said they disagree with his participation in pornography, while others said they enjoyed his message.

Angel grew up in Southern California as a girl who enjoyed sports and often hung out with the boys, he said; both his family and his neighbors treated him like a boy. Continue reading

NY: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Written by Administrator2
Thursday, 24 December 2009 12:43

Listen to the broadcast segment here.

Members of Sex Worker Action New York march at Pride 2009

December 17th was the 7th Annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Originally conceived by Dr. Annie Sprinkle and started by the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle, Washington, this event now calls attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe, from Montreal to Sydney.

According to the Paulo Longo Research Initiative (a new policy institute focusing on international research on sex workers), Continue reading

SF police probe death of trans woman

by Seth Hemmelgarn

San Francisco police are investigating the death of a young transgender woman whose body was found last week in her North Beach residential hotel room.

Mariah Malina Qualls, 23, was found dead in the Golden Eagle Hotel, 402 Broadway Street, on Wednesday, December 9.

Stephen Gelman, administrator for the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office, said that the manner and cause of death are pending.

Maureen D’Amico, an inspector with the San Francisco Police Department’s homicide unit, said police are investigating the death as a murder. As of Monday, December 14, she said that there had not been any arrests, but police do have leads. She couldn’t offer descriptions of any possible suspects. Continue reading

UK: Man held in fire murder inquiry

Page last updated at 10:59 GMT, Sunday, 18 October 2009 11:59 UK

Police investigating the murder of a woman whose body was found strangled after a fire at her flat in Brighton have arrested a 42-year-old man.

The body of Andrea Waddell, 29, who had a masters degree and worked as a prostitute, was found just before midnight on Thursday by firefighters.

The man in custody, from Brighton, was held on Saturday night, police said.

Ms Waddell’s family have revealed she underwent gender reassignment surgery after moving to Brighton in 2004.

In a statement, they said she had originally been born Alexander John.

Ms Waddell studied for a masters degree in social and political thought at the University of Sussex, after graduating in philosophy at Durham. Continue reading

UK: Sex-change graduate working as a prostitute strangled before killer set fire to her flat

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:23 PM on 18th October 2009

A murdered student who had been working as a prostitute had once been a man, her family has revealed.

Andrea Waddell’s body was discovered by firefighters called to tackle a blaze at the address.

The 29-year-old had been strangled.

As detectives hunted her killer, her grieving relatives disclosed the troubled life the murder victim had suffered before her untimely death.

Her parents, Sonia and Robin, and her brother Nick, said: ‘Our beloved Andrea has been through so much.

‘Born Alexander John, he was diagnosed with scoliosis – a severe spinal curvature – at the age of 14, and after surgery he developed fibromyalgia, a permanent condition of chronic pain. Continue reading

UK: Man arrested after the murder of a Brighton prostitute

9:10am Sunday 18th October 2009

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a Brighton prostitute.

Police arrested the 42-year-old last night following the death of Andrea Waddell, who was found strangled in her flat following a fire.

The man, who is from Brighton, is currently in police custody and will be interviewed by detectives today.

Ms Waddell’s family last night revealed that she had undergone gender surgery to become a woman while studying for a master’s degree.

Detectives launched a murder inquiry after her body was found shortly before midnight on Thursday in the first floor flat in Upper Lewes Road, Brighton.

In a statement released by Sussex Police, Ms Waddell’s family said the 29-year-old was born Alexander John, but saw a psychiatrist about his ambivalent gender feelings as a teenager growing up in Reading, Berkshire. Continue reading

Does policing Craigslist actually threaten safety?

September 28, 2009 1:30 PM

Editors’ Note: Guest bloggers Andrea Ritchie and Jarad Ringer are two of New York City’s foremost experts on violence against sex workers. Ms. Ritchie is the Director of the Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center. Mr. Ringer is the Coordinator of the Hate Violence and Police Relations Program at the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) and The Sex Workers Project (SWP) have been following and tracking recent debates concerning the use of Craigslist and similar websites to offer erotic services and to negotiate consensual sexual encounters. We are very concerned about the NYPD’s increased attention to policing the use of Craigslist, and specifically about their apparent targeting of LGBT individuals who use the site to meet sexual and romantic partners. Continue reading