Justice for Trish / Trans-Rights

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    Jul 04, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
    http://community.feministing.com/2009/07/justice-for-teish.html

    This quote stuck out the most to me, "...sadly, most of the numerous murders against African-American transwomen ... tend to be under-reported, often unsolved and under-prosecuted."

    It's sad because it's true.
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    Jul 05, 2009 2:59 AM GMT
    It's really terrible. The combination of racism and anti-trans sentiment renders these women invisible and, too often, expendable. icon_evil.gif
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    Jul 05, 2009 9:00 AM GMT
    Historically gay murders go under reported as well as violence against gays. There are many reasons. You might be outcast from your family .. that is the shame and stigma that is put on gays prevents families from talking sometimes, and also sometimes gays don't want to be exposed even more so that family, friends, works don't find out. And sometimes law enforcement might be a little indifferent (this was certainly the case in the past).

    And of course even prior to the stonewall riots, a lot of the GAY people that ultimately revolted were poor and forced out on the streets .. some cross dressers, some were prostitutes just to make a living, and some were just your everyday closeted guys. All that meant also that these people were extremely vulnerable both to gay bashers and the police who were just as bad.

    Even the animosity towards "femm" guys among gays I am sure makes any support network difficult. It would be nice in the gay community, especially if there were more compassion, to realize that every life is significant and we share things in common even with people that SEEM to be different on the outside.
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    Jul 05, 2009 9:24 AM GMT
    Here are a few links that try to keep track of anti-gay hate crimes .. there are some on wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violence_against_LGBT_people

    But due to some of the guidelines of wikipedia .. a more comprehensive list is kept here:
    http://www.lgbthatecrimes.org/doku.php
    and here
    http://hatecrimereports.org/index.shtml

    Some of these extremely obvious and violent crimes against gays don't even make it into the FBI's statistics. A hate crimes bill would help ensure that crimes like this don't go unnoticed as anyone could submit theses to the FBI regardless of whether the state has hate-crimes laws or not.

    Finally here is a good website for lots of gay headlines .. it is where I discovered some of the hate-crimes sites above:

    The Republic of T.
    Black. Gay. Father. Vegetarian. Buddhist. Liberal.
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    Jul 05, 2009 9:26 AM GMT
    I know in the USA, it's not only Black Transvestites that have endured this kind of treatment. You have had black straight fellas dragged from the back of pickups, until nothing was left of em.

    Not only do black homosexuals endure discrimination in the US of A. But.....they do get a double whammy for being both black and a homosexual.
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    Jul 05, 2009 9:38 AM GMT
    Speaking of Stonewall and Hate crimes against gays .. here is a good article about the need for a global stonewall movement:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-stonewall-riots-haven_b_223469.htmlBut there are three great swathes of humanity still untouched by the spirit of Stonewall -- and terrified, terrorized gay people there are screaming for help. In the Caribbean, majority-Muslim countries, and most of Africa, being gay is a death sentence -- yet many people who should be showing solidarity choose not to see it.

    Jamaica is Taliban Afghanistan for gay people. If caught, gays and lesbians face ten years' hard labor -- but they are more likely to be lynched. The cases documented by Dr Robert Carr of the University of the West Indies fill whole books. Here's two from a single week. A father found a picture of a naked man in his 16 year old son's rucksack, so he produced it in the playground and called on his classmates to encouraged them to beat him to death -- which they promptly did. Nobody was ever charged. In Montego Bay, a man was caught checking out another man -- so the crowd lynched him. When the police arrived, they joined in. Hospitals routinely refuse to treat the victims of gay bashings, leaving them to die.
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    Jul 05, 2009 9:54 AM GMT
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    You know what really gets me about Jamaica in particular? Their reasoning is most likely culture, tradition, and probably religion as well. However, there's no rationality in allowing someone to die just because you don't like what they lie or do what they do. Yet... they don't see that

    People from cultures like that (not just Jamaica, but any place that encourages that mentality), bring those mindsets with them when they travel, and it can create incredibly hostile environments in their new locations -- just to say the least.
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    Jul 05, 2009 10:09 AM GMT
    Yes that is true. The things that stuck me hardest about the story even though other places are mentioned, is that in one case the police joined in and another the father actually instigated it.

    And even though here in the U.S. we are seeing improvements in protection and laws, you have to ask .. "How can we make things better in other places?" I am not sure I know the answer, but I think if we win our struggle here it will at least serve as an example in other places .. maybe give others hope.

    The more I study the history of gays and their persecutions around the world, the more I see patterns. The smallest bit of Homophobia overlooked or ignored can blow up into something far worse.

    P.S. something else in the case above about the father at the playground .. it underscores another important thing you learn about Homophobia .. it is taught .. those kids in the playground became trained killers of queers .. even kids here that bully homosexuals are that way because of what their parent and/or society teach them .. even down to the "faggot" slurs. Maybe in some cases it is also caused by indifference.
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    Jul 05, 2009 10:28 AM GMT
    I had some more articles to post but can't find them icon_eek.gif I think this topic is related to whether pride/stonewall is still relevant.
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    Jul 05, 2009 5:51 PM GMT
    Here by the way is the wikipedia entry about "Teish"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violence_against_LGBT_people#2000-2009# On November 14, 2008, trans woman Lateisha Green was shot and killed in Syracuse, NY because the alleged perpetrator thought she was gay. Local news media reported the incident with her legal name, Moses "Teish" Cannon.
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    http://www.californiachronicle.com/articles/view/82102
    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2008/11/syracuse_man_was_killed_for_be.html
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    Jul 05, 2009 6:19 PM GMT
    This report makes me sad. Everybody is a person with feelings.......a family they came from....aspirations......I shake my head in disbelief when I hear of things like this.