In the 1970s according to California Law the question of whether or not I could actually be raped hung upon whether or not I was legally female. The actual fact that I had been vaginally raped by a man using his penis seemed to count for very little.
I was surprised to learn that the jail house rape I had survived in 1968 wasn’t considered rape at all since it occurred when I was still living as a boy.
I was boggled. How could rape not be considered rape?
Rape should be considered rape even if it is male on male rape, something that occurs way too often in jails and prisons. Jokes about prison rape should be treated with the same seriousness as joking about the raping of women is treated.
When T to F or T to M person is raped the victim should have her or his rape treated every bit as seriously as a non-trans woman would.
One reason I support Slut Marches and Women Against Rape is because rape is a serious crime and the victim should never be the one put on trial or held responsible for the actions of the rapist.
We need to modernize rape laws to recognize that TS/TG people get raped too. Even non-trans men are the victims of rape as are both boy and girl children.
In the past telling TS/TG people they couldn’t be raped was part of the blame the victim culture of misogyny.
Domestic violence is similar. We know it is far more common than is reported.
We also know that it occurs in unmarried and same sex couples as well as in legally married families. Whether it is between a non-trans male and female couple or between partners in a same sex couple or a relationship where one partner is trans and the other is non, the violence is the same the injuries are as real.
The laws should be automatically inclusive.
Victims shouldn’t have to fight to have crimes committed against them recognized as crimes simply because they are members of a minority group certain people in the dominant culture have chosen to treat as “despised and dispossessed”.
In the United States the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law. Inclusiveness in the laws against rape and domestic violence should be a no brainer, not something subject to debate.
This murder isn’t the hate crime that is all too common, but rather an act of domestic violence that claims the lives of way too many women.
It is one reason why TS/TG women need to be protected by the same laws that protect assigned female at birth women in matters such as rape and domestic violence.
From The Dallas Voice: http://www.dallasvoice.com/she-friend-everybody-10129957.html
26 Oct 2012
Friends, family members — and seemingly everyone who came into contact with Janette Tovar — will forever remember her vibrant personality and infectious smile.
Tovar died Oct. 15 after she and her boyfriend Jonathan Stuart Kenney fought. She was 43.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled her death a homicide, with the cause of death listed as blunt force trauma to the head. Kenney was later arrested in connection with her murder. As of press time, Kenney remained in the Dallas County jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
Kenney, 26, who police listed as Tovar’s life partner, allegedly committed murder Monday morning at 6:20 a.m. when he slammed Tovar’s head into the concrete in the 830 block of W. Davis Street. He then continued to assault her when they returned home at 918 W. Eighth Street.
Police responded to a 911 call after Kenney found her “not breathing and unresponsive” later that day and administered CPR. The apartment manager told police he heard the couple fighting that morning and said he often heard them fighting since he lives beneath their apartment.
Marisa Anguiano, Tovar’s cousin, said she and Tovar, a bar promoter, were inseparable for the last two decades, seeing each other at least twice a week for drinks, laughs and good times at The Grapevine Bar on Maple Avenue, one of Tovar’s favorite hangouts.
“She always had a smile on her face. She was always positive,” she said.
Continue reading at: http://www.dallasvoice.com/she-friend-everybody-10129957.html
See also planetransgender: Dallas Transgender Woman Janette Tovar Murdered
Brazil has had over 100 transsexual, transgender, transvestite and gender queer people murdered so far this year, mainly in Rio.
In 2014 Brazil is going to host the World Cup Football (Soccer) matches.
In 2016 Rio is hosting the Summer Olympics.
International pressure should be put on the nation to do something to stop the murders of TS/TG (and all the other identities people embrace)) people.
From planetransgender: http://planetransgender.blogspot.com/2012/10/bloody-rock-brazilian-trans-woman.html
By Kelli Anne Busey
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Reposted with permission
This day and age you might expect death by stoning to belong to a bygone era, but for transgender and transsexuals in some parts of the world that sort of brutality is almost an everyday occurrence.
In fact, we would be fooling ourselves to think we are safe from that bloody rock anywhere in the world.
The image is gruesome but is it excessive? No because once I too lay on top of a rock just like that near death.
Source: September 24th 2012 Infonet: “The transvestite Amos Chagas Lima, 39, one of the most popular and well known of Aracaju, who earned the nickname of Madonna, was killed with blows of parallelepiped (the) crime occurred in the early hours of last Friday, 19, in downtown Aracaju.”
She didn’t die right away but suffered for days having just passed on.
I want to write this post with cisgender people in mind. I want you to understand the realities of being trans. We are murdered almost daily worldwide, just for our gender expression. In fact Keila Simpson, president of the National Counsel to Combat Discrimination of the Secretary of Human Rights to the President of Brazil told Gay Star News her country has suffered 100 transgender murders since January of this year.
This is why we fight so hard against being marginalized, and defamed regardless of who, what, when or where. We are never far from the Rock. I know.
18/05/2010 – Keila Simpson, vice-presidente da ABGLT, emociona platéia presente ao seminário “Direitos Humanos de LGBT: cenários e perspectivas”, no auditório Nereu Ramos, na Câmara dos Deputados. O texto que ela leu – “História de todas nós” – de Rafael Menezes está disponível no site da Comissão de Direitos Humanos e Minorias: http://www.camara.gov.br/cdh
18/05/2010 – Keila Simpson, vice president of ABGLT, wows audience at this seminar “Human Rights of LGBT: scenarios and perspectives,” in the auditorium Ramos Nereus, the House of Representatives. The text she read – “History of us all” – Rafael Menezes is available on the website of the Commission on Human Rights and Minorities: http://www.camara.gov.br/cdh
See also: Gay Star News: Brazil trans stoned to death
“‘The Book of Mormon’ just launched its national tour in Colorado, so I was able to get a sit-down with [creators] Matt Stone and Trey Parker, ” said Eden Lane, the host of Colorado Public Television’s “In Focus with Eden Lane,” a weekly interview program highlighting arts and culture, discussing a recent trip to New York. “And I interviewed the stars, including Gavin Creel, who is the most charming fellow you ever met!”
She was beaming with excitement, hugely passionate about her work and the show, now in its fifth season. Each week Lane speaks with artists, writers, directors, performers and others in theater, dance, music, film and television, drawing them out with her warm and inviting personality. And while her program is focused on her interview subjects, she, too, is sometimes in the spotlight, making history as the only known openly transgender mainstream television broadcaster in U.S., something that Lane says just sort of happened, and was nothing she ever set out to do.
“I’ve been told that, for mainstream television, I’m the only broadcast journalist that is known to be transgender,” she said in an interview on my SiriusXM OutQ radio program. “I transitioned, in the way that your radio listeners will understand, almost a decade ago. I became a married, suburban housewife and mom, and never really intended to step in the spotlight. If I had known that nobody else was identified as transgender as a news journalist on television, I probably wouldn’t have done it. I probably would have been too afraid.”
Though she had been in television in years past, Lane didn’t expect to get back into the business.
“I started working on television in Colorado just by accident,” she said. “I was a guest on a panel for ‘Colorado Outspoken,’ which was an LGBT [television] newsmagazine. I was invited back again, and started being invited to do segments. I had done work in television but not since I had transitioned. So all of that work experience, all of that education, wasn’t something I could publicize and own, because it was under a different name and a different identity. And without wanting to publicize that, so that there’s that obvious ‘before’ and ‘after’ ‘comparison, I just had to start from scratch. And I never really intended to. It just sort of happened that way. When the station was looking for extra help in covering the Democratic National Convention [in 2008 in Denver], I stepped up and worked for the station outside of the LGBT program. And then got offered a chance to have a platform to do this kind of programming.”
By Zack Ford
on Oct 26, 2012
An exorcism can be an exciting thing to watch. No doubt, like many spiritual experiences, it is a phenomenon that taps into intense psychological manipulations to produce a result that can be traumatic both mentally and physically, making it jarring to witness. Because many conservative Christians believe that homosexuality is an abomination, some extreme believers will use exorcism to try to expel the gay “demon” from an individual. These sensationalized experiences serve as juicy bait for both viral videos as well as daytime talk-show intrigue. An abridged clip of Reverent Bob Larson exorcising a gay man — then selling his services — is making such rounds on the internet this week:
A similar, more timely, video went viral in 2009 when a Connecticut church tried to exorcise a young gay man, so traumatizing him that he writhed on the floor, seeming to seize and even vomit. Conservatives defended the church, and its leader even had to take to CNN to defend her religious practices. A few months later, the teenage victim appeared on Tyra, proclaiming that the exorcism had worked and he was now ex-gay.
There’s no doubt that exorcisms are dangerous and harmful, bordering on brainwashing as religious leaders stigmatize young gay people to their very cores. But because of how extreme — and for many viewers, so absurd as to be ridiculous — this phenomenon is, it desensitizes the public to the much more common and just-as-harmful practices of ex-gay therapy.
Often, ex-gay therapy is treated in both LGBT and mainstream media as somewhat fringe and perhaps even discountable. When a controversy erupts, like California’s recently passed law to ban ex-gay therapy for minors, the practice is acknowledged for a moment, then allowed to fade back into obscurity with the assumption that no one really believes something as silly as changing a person’s sexual orientation. But even though the number of people promoting ex-gay therapy may be low, the number of people who believe in it is much higher. The most prominent anti-gay organizations, including the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and even the National Organization for Marriage have all defended the practice and testified to its viability.