19 year old transman violently attacked for being trans
19-year-old transman, James Alexander, was violently attacked for being trans yesterday morning while going for a walk in his neighborhood. To get to his destination, he had to walk past the house of a girl he was once interested in who had turned him down in the past (saying that “she can’t be with him because he’s not a real man” and that “she’d consider him IF he had a penis.”, and also calling him a “faggot”.), but he didn’t think anything of it, as he’s lived in the area for three years. He certainly wasn’t expecting what was to come.
As he walked past the house of the girl, she came out, and told him she wanted to talk to him. James stopped, to be polite, and because he figured he’d let her say what she needed to say. She asked him if he is a man, to which he said “Yes.”. She then told him to prove he’s a man. He told her off, and began to walk away. As he was walking away, he felt someone grab the back of his shirt. The person spun him around to face them, and he discovered that it was the girls six-foot-five, 25-year-old boyfriend, Mark. Mark yelled in his face and also told him to prove he was a guy. James told him to back off, and shoved him away. Both the girl and Mark called James a “faggot”, and he began to cry. The two of them then proceeded to make fun of James for crying, saying “Oh look, the little girl is crying”. James started to walk away again, as Mark approached him and punched him in the face, right in the eye.. and continued hitting him repeatedly, while laughing, because James was crying.
James, who is significantly smaller than Mark, at five-foot-eight, and is not a violent person at all, defended himself as best he could, and got away.. but not before he sustained injuries to his face and hand, as well as psychological trauma.
James’ mother called the police, and also had him take photos of his injuries.. but it would seem that Mark is not going to be charged, after all. James explains, “It’s his word against mine. He has his mom, his girl, and three other people saying he didn’t do anything.. so even though I have a broken face and can’t physically stop crying or shaking, he is just getting a warning. I’m pressing charges, but he won’t be arrested. Just told to go to court on a certain day I guess.”
The bottom line is that he was attacked for a specific reason; for being trans. That qualifies what happened to him as a hate crime. This was a violent transphobic attack, and the guy who did this to this 19 year old transman, needs to be charged and convicted accordingly. It’s unfortunate that they won’t arrest Mark.. but I do hope that once this goes to court, he’s punished. He shouldn’t be able to just get away with this. Too many times has an incident like this happened, and the attacker gone free. It’s time we (transgender individuals) started being taken seriously when things like this happen to us.
If anyone who is reading this knows of any resources that could help James to ensure his attacker is convicted (legal counsel for trans people, etc), he can be contacted at email@example.com.
Also, if you’re a journalist who would like to write about this, I encourage you to do so, as increasing awareness about this incident is very important. There needs to be a huge public outcry about this. This boy needs all the support he can get. Then, maybe something will be done.
Once again, James can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please reblog. Infinitely. The world must hear about this.
fuck this bullshit. while you’re all out parading around for “gay marriage” shit like this is still happening everywhere, all the time. and who’s speaking up for them?
This is something really important that we should all be paying attention to, but so is the fact that some people who are in relationships with members of the same gender would quite like to get married. Marginalization of other lgbtq&c. members by more mainstream members of the community is appalling, but can we not try and say people struggling for the right to marry is unimportant and should be put in quotation marks? Marginalization and abuse of anyoneis appalling. Please try and be compassionate wherever you can. The people who attacked James do not seem as though they were particularly pro-gay rights — so far as I can tell, this story does not have any connection to the issue of gay marriage — so let’s not drag another important issue through the mud because we’re pissed off about the marginalization of trans people. Both issues are important.
Here’s a fun little tidbit about my day
I had four completely different people tell me that they know what today in history means for everyone and that despite that, they “forgive” me
Dude. Dude. Dude okay
Interesting fact, I am not, despite what you may have heard, the ambassador for all things vaguely middle-eastern looking nor am I even a good candidate for such a position were it to even exist
But let’s just pretend, for the sake of these two old racist dingbats, that I was in fact from Afghanistan
I don’t understand the cognitive dissonance one can have to know about the events that transpired on September 11 2001 and somehow find a way to blame all brown people for what happened (well, actually I can, it’s called “you’re fucking stupid”) but there are two specific groups responsible here for the horrific tragedy that happened, and neither of them are a group the vast, vast, almost entire majority of people who have to deal with this kind of shit are a part of
- The terrorist organization that orchestrated the attacks
- The North American governing body that gave the aforementioned terrorist organization millions of dollars and invaluable CIA training in the hopes that these people would put aside decades of exploitation at the hands of said governing body to instead fight those damn communists
This shit has become so commonplace on this particular day of the year that I typically don’t even leave the house but I had to today because I had work
If it’s not people implying that I had something to do with the attacks because my skin is relatively the same colour as the dudes in those planes, it’s people pretty much interviewing me about what my “thoughts” on the event are
My thoughts are it was fucking horrible what the shit kind of thoughts am I supposed to have
In conclusion some white people are a real treat
Clicking on this video I was not prepared to be so shocked by what I saw. This is not another make-up tutorial posted on Youtube like I expected on how to cover up dark circles or how to look like fucking Angelina Jolie. It is incredibly powerful.
i fucking love lauren luke, and this made me love her even more.
If I were going to describe the perfect contraceptive, it would go something like this: no babies, no latex, no daily pill to remember, no hormones to interfere with mood or sex drive, no negative health effects whatsoever, and 100 percent effectiveness. The funny thing is, something like that currently exists.
The procedure called RISUG in India (reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance) takes about 15 minutes with a doctor, is effective after about three days, and lasts for 10 or more years. A doctor applies some local
anesthetic, makes a small pinhole in the base of the scrotum, reaches in with a pair of very thin forceps, and pulls out the small white vas deferens tube. Then, the doctor injects the polymer gel (called Vasalgel here in the US), pushes the vas deferens back inside, repeats the process for the other vas deferens, puts a Band-Aid over the small hole, and the man is on his way. If this all sounds incredibly simple and inexpensive, that’s because it is. The chemicals themselves cost less than the syringe used to administer them. But the science of what happens next is the really fascinating part.
The two common chemicals — styrene maleic anhydride and dimethyl sulfoxide — form a polymer that thickens over the next 72 hours, much like a pliable epoxy, but the purpose of these chemicals isn’t to harden and block the vas deferens. Instead, the polymer lines the wall of the vas deferens and allows sperm to flow freely down the middle (this prevents any pressure buildup), and because of the polymer’s pattern of negative/positive polarization, the sperm are torn apart through the polyelectrolytic effect. On a molecular level, it’s what supervillains envision will happen when they stick the good guy between two huge magnets and flip the switch.
With one little injection, this non-toxic jelly will sit there for 10+ years without you having to do anything else to not have babies. Set it and forget it. Oh, and when you do decide you want those babies, it only takes one other injection of water and baking soda to flush out the gel, and within two to three months, you’ve got all your healthy sperm again.
The trouble is, most people don’t even know this exists. And if men only need one super-cheap shot every 10 years or more, that’s not something that gets big pharmaceutical companies all fired up, because they’ll make zero money on it (even if it might have the side benefit of, you know, destroying HIV).
PLEASE: If this sounds awesome for you or your loved one, get the word out. Share this article. Or this link. Or this one. Or this one. Sign this petition. Do something! A revolutionary contraceptive like this needs all the support it can get.
UPDATE: A lot of people are asking to be kept in the loop. So here’s the clinical trial/mailing list sign-up from the Parsemus Foundation to get further information about this procedure’s development. And again, please fill out the short non-spam petition to get the procedure funded and keep buzz going.
Melissa Harris-Perry describes herself as “cis” (via “MSNBC Talks To And About Trans People For An Hour, Doesn’t F*ck It Up” on autostraddle)
I still can’t believe this was on MSNBC.
The entire interview can be seen here. They actually discuss the existence of non binary/genderqueer people & talk about the astounding homelessness rates of trans youth. It was actually the best thing I’ve seen about trans people on cable TV.. ever.
I wish there’d been at least one trans person of color on the panel but it was really wonderful to watch. MHP is the best thing to happen to cable news in a long time.
Three female punk rockers who mocked Vladimir Putin in a surprise protest inside Russia’s main Orthodox church will be kept in jail, a Moscow court ruled Thursday.
Five members of the feminist band Pussy Riot — clad in brightly colored homemade ski masks and miniskirts — briefly seized the pulpit of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in February and chanted “Mother Mary, drive Putin away.”
Three band members have been in police custody since March and face up to seven years in jail on charges of hooliganism. Their cause — and the harsh response of the Russian Orthodox Church — has provoked a public outcry and criticism of Russia’s largest religious institution.
charges of hooliganism
charges of hooliganism
“Mother Mary, drive Putin away.”
Understanding the Syrian Revolution in under 4 Minutes
Self-Defense Claim of the Day: “I acknowledge the acts, but not criminal guilt.”
So Anders Behring Breivik told a Norwegian court this morning, asserting that he had acted in self-defense in killing 77 in July 2011 and that his actions were “cruel but necessary.” He added: “I do not recognize the Norwegian courts. You have received your mandate from political parties which support multiculturalism.” Breivik has said he acted against those he considered to be “state traitors” for opening Norway up to multiculturalism and allowing a “Muslim invasion” of Europe.
The key issue to be resolved — clearly — during his 10-week trial for terrorism is that of Breivik’s mental health, which will determine whether he is sent to prison or into psychiatric care.
Harry Bliss submitted this sketch in 1997 in response to Mayor Giuliani’s reluctance to investigate the police who tortured Haitian immigrant Abner Louima — but, unfortunately, this picture stands the test of time and still resonates clearly today. [excerpted from Blown Covers]
Only 15 years ago? Seems like yesterday… and still, nothing changes.
OH. fucking. SNAP.
Hate Crime Investigation of the Day: Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five who emigrated from Iraq with her husband 17 years ago, was found severely beaten inside her El Cajon, California home next to a note that allegedly read “go back to your own country. You’re a terrorist.”
Alawadi was rushed to the hospital, but passed away after being taken off life support yesterday afternoon.
One of her three daughters, Fatima Al Himidi, told KUSI she found Alawadi unconscious in the dining room. The attacker had apparently broken in through the sliding glass door and assaulted Alawadi repeatedly with a tire iron. Al Himidi said the attacker was gone by the time she came downstairs.
According to Lt. Mark Coit of the El Cajon police, the family had received a note similar to the one left near Alawadi earlier this month, but thought it was a prank, so did not bother reporting it to authorities.
“Given the fact of these notes left, we’re obviously concerned about the possibility of a hate crime,” said the executive director of CAIR’s San Diego branch, Hanif Mohebi. “I don’t think anyone would disagree this is a coldblooded murder.”
Investigators say they believe this was “an isolated incident,” and a hate crime is just “one of the possibilities” they are exploring.
In this two-part report, John Oliver from The Daily Show investigates the Obama administration’s decision to stop funding UNESCO, a multinational humanitarian organization after Palestine’s admission.
“It’s not that we’re unaware of the terrible consequences of our actions, Jon. We’d love to help. It’s just, we can’t. Even though we can. But the law says that we shouldn’t. We’d love to change that law, but we can’t; except, we can—it’s just that we don’t want to. Except, we do, it’s just that we’re not going to. But it’s not that bad a situation!… Apart from the fact that it really is.”
I might have reblogged this already but it’s so good I don’t care.
Kyriarchy in action.
Also the study where they had women and men talking in a discussion and when women spoke around 30% of the time, men perceived them as dominating the discussion. They didn’t consider it “equal” until something like 5-10% of women talking.
Voila. A beautiful example of why fighting for equality becomes a gross exaggeration in the eyes of the oppressors.