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Anti Transgender Hate Crimes

Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Call to Action for Trans People and Our Allies Alike

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Being transgender isn't what is killing us. It is the culture we live in. It is a culture that teaches people that we aren't real men or women, one that reduces us to jokes intended to inspire visceral reactions of disgust. It is a culture that teaches people that such portrayals are not just acceptable but entirely justified. It is embedded in our culture that we have no value.

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014: A Reporter's List

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Courtney O'Donnell

This is by no means a complete list. Most transgender deaths are unreported or lost due to misgendering. I should also point out that not everyone agrees on which types of deaths ought to be included in such lists. I've included domestic violence and suspicious deaths but excluded suicide.

Botched Robbery or Hate Crime?

Christopher Argyros | Posted 12.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Argyros

Over the past two weeks, community members in L.A. have held a vigils to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Aniya Parker. The murder of Ms. Parker marked the eighth homicide of a transgender woman of color reported in the U.S. since June. She was shot in the head and killed as she was fleeing from three men who had confronted her on a sidewalk in Hollywood.

Transgender Violence Tracking Portal: One Year Later

A.J. Walkley | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

For the first time ever, there is a database where people can see exactly what is happening to transgender people globally in terms of violent acts against them. The TVTP was launched earlier this year in the hope of accumulating as much data as possible in order to serve as a true resource and, ultimately, to put a stop to such acts.

State of Emergency for Transgender Women of Color

Addison Rose Vincent | Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Addison Rose Vincent

Self-defense is murder when you're a transgender woman of color. According to an Aug. 22 Facebook post by trans-rights activist Channyn Lynne Parker, Eisha Love defended her life in the midst of an alleged hate crime in late August and now faces a 10-year sentence for attempted murder.

The Fatal Transgender Double Standard

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Not only are our bodies not our own, neither are the history of your genitals or your genetics. For whatever reason, this seems to only apply to transgender people.

Holding the Line on Transgender Student Protections

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Just as the religious right began learning in 1998 that legislating against marriage equality was a winning issue for them, the current attempt to repeal A.B. 1266 is effectively a test marketing of a new brand of anti-LGBT hate. If they win, you can expect a wave of bills targeting transgender people.

Islan Nettles' Murder and the Shameful (Non-)Response of LGBs

Christian Fuscarino | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Christian Fuscarino

I am ashamed of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people right now. We've had a great tragedy in our community, and few of us have reacted with even an ounce of the effort we have put into the fight for marriage equality.

Lila Shapiro

Charges Dropped In Beating Death Of Transgender Woman

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- When Delores Nettles heard that charges had been dropped against the young man accused of assaulting her daughter, she was hopeful. "I...

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Anatomy of a Memorial

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

It occurs in a month full of and surrounded by relevant observances and seasons: All Saints and All Souls, when we remember the dead; Thanksgiving, when we express gratitude; Advent, when some of us anticipate Word-made-flesh.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Remembering My Fallen Transgender Sisters Who Loved Me When I Was All Alone

Toni Newman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

Today only two of my 13 closest sisters are alive. I close my eyes and see them standing next to me on the street, proud of who they are and never ashamed of their identity. I applaud my fallen sisters for showing me the way with the grace of God.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Rita Hester and Beyond

Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Since Rita Hester's murder, hundreds of others have been murdered. This year more than 200 people have died at the hand of anti-transgender violence. Every two weeks, on average, someone is murdered in the United States in an act of anti-transgender violence.

Allison Woolbert on the Need for Tracking of Anti-Transgender Violence

A.J. Walkley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

One trans* and bisexual activist is taking charge of this problem, turning to Kickstarter in hopes of raising the funding to launch the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal. I sat down with Allison Woolbert to discuss her campaign and what she hopes will come from it.

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013: A Reporter's List

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Courtney O'Donnell

I did this for the first time last year. The 20-odd transgender deaths that passed my desk during 2012 were compiled into a post presenting the victims' names and how they died in order to convey the importance of observing the Transgender Day of Remembrance. I'm doing it again for 2013.

New Twist In Transgender Woman's Murder Case

| Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices

By Murray Weiss, DNA Info MANHATTAN — Frustrated investigators trying to solve the beating death of a transgendered Harlem woman are appealing t...

Islan Nettles' Murder: It Couldn't Have Been Me

J Mase III | Posted 11.05.2013 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

What happened to Islan would not have happened to me. As a trans person of color, it would be really easy for me to say that it could have, but the reality is that even though many of my FTM friends and colleagues are at risk, we are still less likely to be murdered than trans women.

'That's a Man!'

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

We must face the fact that in the year 2013, despite or maybe in part because of the progress that we have seen in marriage equality and LGBTQ rights, it is dangerous for a gay or transgender person to walk down the street in any city or town in the United States of America.

Lila Shapiro

Vigil For Murdered Transgender Woman Disrupted

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- On Tuesday night, hundreds turned out for a vigil in honor of Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman who died after an attack just...

NYC Transgender Woman Dies After Assault

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK — The death of transgender woman assaulted on a New York City street last week was ruled a homicide Friday as hate crimes task force de...

NYC Transgender Woman Dies After Alleged Hate Crime

| Posted 08.23.2013 | Gay Voices

By Mathew Katz, DNA Info HARLEM — A transgender woman who was savagely beaten over the weekend by a man shouting homophobic slurs in Harlem died...

WATCH: 'Gay' And 'Transgender' Person Attacked In Alleged Hate Crime

Posted 06.03.2013 | Gay Voices

EDITOR'S NOTE: The victim's family uses male pronouns but also makes reference to Diego as a woman, so we have updated the following story to read wit...

Questions From Readers About Anti-Trans Violence

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Anti-trans violence is not going away anytime soon. My last blog post on anti-trans violence touched on issues that deserve far greater consideration than I'm capable of providing in one post, so this time I'm responding to some comments I've received over the past week.

Homophobia And Transphobia Matter To Everyone: Commemorating The International Day Against Homophobia And Transphobia

Ryan Ubuntu Olson | Posted 07.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Ryan Ubuntu Olson

On May 17, commemorating the day that the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder, millions of people from over 100 countries will come together to celebrate the ninth annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

The Sandy Hook Tragedy, Anti-Trans Violence And Codes Of Masculinity

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The perpetrators of mass murder are almost always male. What is it about our codes of masculinity in this society that valorize violence to such a degree that shooting sprees are becoming commonplace?

Transgender Day Of Remembrance: A Reporter's List

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 01.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Courtney O'Donnell

I had the unpleasant task of having to report on 20-odd transgender deaths during the past year. Sometimes, just presenting the victims' names and how they died is enough to convey the importance of observing the Transgender Day of Remembrance.