This little seen documentary (sacrilege that there’s only 7,321 views!) is a testament to a legend, someone who has left an indelible mark on those she touched, entertained, loved, gave to, received from, crashed with, said hello to, babysat and fought for.
Marsha P. Johnson, how you inspire me everyday to step even further into who I am and find that slice of freedom we all deserve. Thank you for always coming from a place of compassion, kindness, love, and yes glitter and flowers.
In Brazil, trans woman stoned to death: A 39 year old trans person was stoned to death in the city of Aracaju, Brazil. Madonna received mortal blows and was admitted to a hospital in Aracaju, the capital of the state of Sergipe, Brazil, in the early hours of Friday last week. She died four days later from severe head injuries. Maria Livia Vieira, one of Madona’s neighbor told the Brazilian portal infonet: ‘She was a very funny, happy person, who loved to dance and be playful, she didn’t hurt anyone.’ (Dan Littauer, Gay Star News, Oct. 26, 2012)
Off-duty D.C. police officer convicted of assault with a deadly weapon: A D.C. police officer who jumped onto the hood of a packed car and fired five gunshots at its occupants minutes after offering a transgender woman $500 for sex was found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon Friday. Kenneth D. Furr, 48, also was convicted of solicitation. He was acquitted of the most serious charge he faced, assault with intent to kill, and six related offenses stemming from an Aug. 26, 2011, argument that turned violent. Furr faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for the assault conviction and 90 days for solicitation when he is sentenced in January. He could have faced up to 30 years behind bars if he had been convicted of all the charges against him. (Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, Oct. 26, 2012)
Jury frees man accused of shooting trans woman: [We believe the victim is misidentified in the linked article as a cross-dressing man. Since the victim lives and presents as a woman that is why we are identifying her as such here.] A jury acquitted Brian Jeremy White of armed robbery and aggravated assault Friday, according to court officials. White was accused of stealing a purse from Hayes and shooting her in the left leg during the crime on Sept. 11, 2011. Defense attorney James Finkelstein and District Attorney Greg Edwards disagreed as to what brought the jury to the acquittal. (Pete Skiba, Albany Herald, Oct. 26, 2012)
D.C. cop convicted of assault with dangerous weapon in trans shooting case: An off-duty D.C. police officer accused of firing his service revolver into a car occupied by three transgender women and two male friends in August 2011 was convicted Friday of assault with a dangerous weapon and solicitation for prostitution. But a D.C. Superior Court jury also found Officer Kenneth Furr, 48, not guilty of six other charges, including the more serious offense of assault with intent to kill while armed. Although three of them suffered non-life-threatening bullet wounds and two weren’t hit, prosecutors said any of the five could have been killed. “I really wonder what the jury heard and how they could decide not to find intent to kill,” said transgender activist Jeri Hughes. “You don’t fire a gun several times at people and not have intent to kill.” “It sounds like the defense did a good job in demonizing the victims,” said Hughes, who was among many LGBT activists who viewed the incident as another in series of violent attacks against LGBT people in the city over the past several years. (Lou Chibbaro Jr., Washington Blade, Oct. 27, 2012)
Women’s transgender status may have swayed jury to acquit shooting suspect: [We believe the victim is misidentified in the linked article as a cross-dressing man. Since the victim lives and presents as a woman that is why we are identifying her as such here.] A southwest Georgia prosecutor says he suspects a jury acquitted a suspect charged in a shooting because the victim was a man who testified wearing women’s clothes. Brian Jeremy White was found not guilty of armed robbery and aggravated assault charges Friday. He was accused of shooting Hayes in the leg while stealing her purse in September 2011. During the trial, Hayes wore women’s clothing and pearl earrings to court when she testified. District Attorney Greg Edwards says the jury’s verdict was probably influence by “the victim’s lifestyle.” (Associated Press, The Republic, Oct. 27, 2012)
Mia Tu Mutch: Youth activist and panelist in the Guardian’s “SF Feminism Today” discussion that took place this summer. Tu Mutch is chair of the Housing LGBTQ and TAY committee of the San Francisco Youth Commission, and is a program assistant at Lavender Youth Recreation Information Center (LYRIC).
Alexis Rivera: Actively fought HIV/AIDS — which affects one in three trans women in San Francisco. Was the staff community advocate for the Transgender Law Center, and helped found LA’s Female-to-Male Alliance. Rivera died this year.
Janetta Louise-Johnson: Works on recidivism in trans communities of color through her job at the Transgender Gender Varient Intersex Justice Project.
Tamara Ching: Award-winning “God Mother of Polk” well-known for her consultant work on transgender and commercial sex worker concerns.
Trans women, who cannot get pregnant, are generally pro-choice - because we recognize that the privilege-rooted anti-choice movement is generally based on suppressing women’s choices about our bodies as a general thing, not JUST specifically regarding abortion, and must be opposed even if we don’t SPECIFICALLY benefit from widely-available, legal and safe abortion.
I can count the trans women I know who are anti-choice on no hands.
I have met a grand total of one.
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Johana Ramirez: Why she kicks ass
- She is spokesperson for Trans Organization Reinas de la Noche (OTRANS) in Guatemala and a leader of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Transgender People who presented a shadow report to the UN Human Rights Committee in March 2012.
- Ramirez spoke of the tragic situation for trans people in Guatemala in a press release, saying, “During 2011, we organized trans women have suffered a series of attacks against us, culminating in a climax of murder.” She continued, “The recent cases and those suffered over the past decade are accompanied by a string of discrimination (in public spaces such as health centers, schools, prisons, etc.), persecution, and extortion perpetrated mainly by security forces.”
- She spoke at “Light for rights – Guatemala and the world united against AIDS” public event.
- With OTRANS, she has plans for opening up a small clothing factory but still needs to come up with the funds, and has plans to become a fashion designer.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs is calling attention to the fatal shooting of Kendall L. Hampton, a gender-nonconforming person who had reportedly been involved in sex work.
The 26-year-old victim was discovered in the parking lot of a Cincinnati convenience store last Saturday, reported Fox 19. Hampton was pronounced dead later that night at the city’s University Hospital. Police are currently searching for the gunman.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects, along with the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization, is working to determine if gender identity or race were motivators in the crime. Apart from Hampton, the coalition has learned of the murders of eight people this year who identified as transgender or were gender-nonconforming.
According to a recent report by NCAVP, 87% of reported LGBT hate-murder victims in 2011 were people of color. The organization encourages those affected by violence to contact their nearest anti-violence program, which may be found on its website.
To contact police regarding Kendall Jackson, call (513) 352-3040.
[Image description: A woman in a striped shirt, shorts, and dark tights, looks at the camera. She has black mid length curly hair and pink lips.]
I’m 100% genderqueer. I feel much more comfortable as a girl though. This just an image of me chilling out.