Posts tagged hate crimes
Posts tagged hate crimes
Attention! Hate crimes in the Sacremento, CA area.
-Eight instances in the last four days, twelve in the last week. All consisting of beatings and muggings with homophobic overtones. As far as we know, there have been no deaths.
-This is too many to be random occurrences.
-A pregnant lesbian and her wife, who struggled for years to get pregnant, were attacked outside a movie theater. She miscarried soon after.
-This is not limited to Lavender Heights. A transguy was followed home by a car and then attacked in the foyer of his building.
Help (the bad):
-There have been no reports on local news.
-The police are informing victims that walking alone at night is dangerous, in one instance tell an individual they were ‘lucky’ they didn’t get raped. A drag queen was told it was her fault for leaving the club in face, that ‘alternative lifestyles’ are offensive to many people and so she has to remember that ‘cross-dressing’ can incite anger in some.
Help (the good)
-Local Hell’s Angels and Pyrate Punx are organizing to patrol the heights and try to keep people safe.
Why is this coming from an east coaster?
-On 9/24 Upsi was jumped while heading home. They lost their laptop, school books and all notes for the semester—and received a few broken ribs. I am writing this with their full knowledge and consent. They are not currently online (due to lack of computer), but I will gladly pass on any information or message you have for them.
Please signal boast for your followers in the area. If you are in the area and know of any local avenues that could be useful—please share.
Late last week video of a trans woman being beaten by two cis women in a Baltimore area McDonald’s made its way online. The video was shot by Vernon Hackett, who put the video out in public, basically trying to turn the brutal attack into torture porn. Hackett has since been fired.
The posting of the video and subsequent e-media storm has forced Chrissy Lee Polis, the woman who was attacked, out into the open and made her more fearful for her safety. The beating was brutal enough already, and Polis says it was not the only transphobic violence she has experienced. The internet reaction, where Polis’ personal information has been dug up and she’s been put in a position where she felt the need to speak up publicly is a disturbing heaping on of injury. Reactions to the attackers, two young women of color, and the creator of the video, a man of color, have also been disturbing. Many have focused on race, painting a picture of people of color as violent or racist themselves, instead of recognizing this as obviously an incident of transmisogyny.
“Exactly one week before the hate crime beating, the Maryland Senate effectively killed the Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Bill, also known as HB 235, which would have protected transgender people in housing, banking, and employment. While the bill would have had no direct impact on this incident, the Maryland Senate sent Maryland citizens a strong message by killing the bill.”