Cleis Abeni

Cleis (pronounced like "dice") is the transgender issues correspondent for The Advocate, and a Pushcart prize-winning former staff and freelance journalist for publications like the Baltimore Alternative and the Philadelphia City Paper. A nonprofit administrator and a longtime Buddhist dedicated to harm-reduction and compassionate living, Cleis has offered wellness outreach to LGBT youth, elders, addicts, and the homeless for many years.

The drag icon isn't holding back in her new show at the historic Stonewall Inn and hopes to prove that “the best humor comes from the worst tragedy.”

April 05 2016 5:38 AM

Activists hope that James Dixon’s reported “blind rage” confessions will not deter justice for the black trans woman he is on trial for killing.

April 01 2016 4:43 PM

A trans woman was allegedly raped at the Stonewall Inn, the iconic site of LGBT liberation.

March 28 2016 6:37 PM Updated

The latest alleged homicide of a transgender person this year comes during a reported intimate partner dispute on Skid Row.

March 23 2016 7:53 PM

One very special child’s family shows how precious unconditional love is for gender-variant children.

March 22 2016 6:42 PM

Family and friends of Kedarie/Kandicee Johnson are reeling after the gender-fluid teenager’s tragic shooting.

March 16 2016 8:48 PM
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