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Ben Singer papers


Held at: John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, William Way LGBT Community Center [Contact Us]1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, William Way LGBT Community Center. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Ben Singer is an out transgender advocate, community leader, teacher and scholar who did a significant amount of work in Philadelphia. He earned a Ph.D with Rutgers University, writing an interdisciplinary dissertation titled "Towards a Transgender Sublime: The Politics of Excess in Trans-specific Cultural Production", while enriching his studies with a parallel career in public health consulting. With Prevention Point Philadelphia, the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative and funding from the U.S. Center for Disease Control, Singer helped found the Trans-health Information Project (TIP) to address the unsafe injection of silicone and hormones by trans and GNC individuals.

This collection is divided into four series: Trans Health; Philadelphia City Hall; Events; and Other Materials. The Trans Health files are dated from 1996 to 2005 and include documentation from the Trans-health Information Project (TIP) and the Trans Health Action Coalition. The TIP documentation is comprised of copies of outreach session agendas and materials; administrative reports, and comprehensive medical guides written by Singer himself.

The Philadelphia City Hall series contains items dated from 1996 to 2004, which primarily deal with organizations that the Trans-health Information Project worked with on a wider scale. Documentation about the mayoral LGBT Advisory Board's Transgender work group, along with a local transgender needs assessment, are in this section. Administrative items from Prevention Point are included within this section.

The Events series of this collection has items dated from 1997 to 2007, which are about notable events: conferences, such as handouts from the first through sixth Philadelphia Trans Health Conference; film festival reviews and petitions; and a folder of photos from a gathering for the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The final series, Other materials, collects those items that did not fully fit underneath the other three schemas. The items within are dated from 1994 to 2005 and encompass a wide spectrum. Within this group are files from casual social events like the Gay Games or HIV/AIDS support groups, or then-contemporary news articles such as Leslie Nelson's 1955 trial. In addition are Singer's copies of more personal correspondence with the all-female Sadism/Masochism community Female Trouble regarding his membership status as a transgender man, and several issues of S/M magazines.

Donated by Ben Singer, 2014

John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, William Way LGBT Community Center
Finding Aid Author
Toby Makowski
Finding Aid Date
November 10, 2017
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research with the exception of two folders, which are restricted: Prevention Point job applications, 2003 (Box 3, Folder 2) and Trans--Prison, 1997-1999 (Box 4, Folder 9).

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives of the William Way LGBT Community Center.

Collection Inventory

Safety series sessions I, II, III, 2005.
Box 1 Folder 1
Safety series II: Self defense, 2004.
Box 1 Folder 2
Safety series session II & III: Legal issues & antiviolence, 2004.
Box 1 Folder 3
Safety series session III: Safer sex (FTM & MTF), undated.
Box 1 Folder 4
Trans-health Information Project: FTM I, 2002, undated.
Box 1 Folder 5
Trans-health Information project; FTM II, 2004, undated.
Box 1 Folder 6
Trans-health Information Project: FTM III, undated.
Box 1 Folder 7
FTM hormone use & safer injection techniques, undated.
Box 1 Folder 8
Trans-health Information Project: :MTF I, 2002, 2004, undated.
Box 1 Folder 9
Trans-health Information Project: MTF II, undated.
Box 1 Folder 10
Trans-health Information Project: MTF III, 2003, undated.
Box 1 Folder 11
MTF hormone use & safer injection techniques, undated.
Box 1 Folder 12
Trans-health Information Project: Outreach pack menu, undated.
Box 1 Folder 13
Trans-health Information Project: Outreach protocols, 2004, undated.
Box 2 Folder 1
Trans-health Information Project: Outreach materials, 2004, undated.
Box 2 Folder 2
Trans-health Information Project: Staff meeting agendas, 2003-2004.
Box 2 Folder 3
Intro to hormone use & safer injection techniques, undated.
Box 2 Folder 4
Frameworks for Trans Health, 2001-2002.
Box 2 Folder 5
Trans Health Action Coalition, 1996-1998, undated.
Box 2 Folder 6
Trans Health Action Coalition: Clinic project, 1996-1997.
Box 2 Folder 7
Trans Health Action Coalition training manual, 1998.
Box 2 Folder 8
Trans-health Information Project materials, undated.
Box 2 Folder 9
Transgender Health Action Committee final report, 1997.
Box 2 Folder 10

Bridges to Coalition, 1996.
Box 2 Folder 11
LGBT Advisory Board: Transgender Work Group, 2001.
Box 2 Folder 12
LGBT Health Awareness Week, 2003-2004.
Box 2 Folder 13
Philadelphia Metropolitan Area HIV/ Transgender/Transsexual Caucus, 2001.
Box 3 Folder 1
Prevention Point job applications [RESTRICTED], 2003.
Box 3 Folder 2
Prevention Point syringe exchange, 1999-2004.
Box 2 Folder 3
Prevention provider grant documentation, 2003-2004.
Box 2 Folder 4
Transgender needs assessment, 1997.
Box 2 Folder 5

1st Annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, 2002.
Box 3 Folder 6
2nd Annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, 2003.
Box 3 Folder 7
3rd Annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, 2004.
Box 3 Folder 8
4th, 5th, 6th Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, 2005-2007.
Box 3 Folder 9
Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 1997-2000.
Box 3 Folder 10
Trans Day of Rememberance photos, undated.
Box 3 Folder 11
Transworld 3: Conference for transsexual, transgender two-spirit people of color, 2001.
Box 3 Folder 12

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Articles about Leslie Nelson's trial, 2003.
Box 4 Folder 1
Au Courant: Trans articles, 1997-1999.
Box 4 Folder 2
Female Trouble, 1994-1995.
Box 4 Folder 3
Gay Games, 1998-1999.
Box 4 Folder 4
HIV/AIDS support group flyers, 1993, 1994, undated.
Box 4 Folder 5
Philly Ball Community, 1998, 2000.
Box 4 Folder 6
Philly Gay News: "Trans Life" Series, 2005.
Box 4 Folder 7
Sadism/Masochism publications, 1989-1997.
Box 4 Folder 8
Trans--Prison [RESTRICTED], 1997-1999.
Box 4 Folder 9
We X-Ist, 1995, 1997, 2000.
Box 4 Folder 10

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