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03 July 2008


Derrick from Philly

And some gay guys wonder why transfolk (that includes drag queens to me) are so defensive. It's a harsh life. Their only protection is each other, and sometimes a straight razor.


Goodness ... that is down right scary. I saw that video of the beating somewhere else and that was just terrible. I don't know what is wrong with people these days.


Transgender women are almost the most vulnerable members of our community. They are often targeted for violence and the police routinely turn a blind eye. Sad, but hopefully progress is being made. The news report does a good job, they interview gay rights and hate crimes experts.

Mel Smith

Wow, Rodney Whitaker was beautiful. See, I think the LGBT community need to take a stronger approach on educating the public. Physically, Whitaker had male body parts. However, mentally/genetically Whitaker was a female. The Oprah Winfrey show once had transgendered people on the stage as young as 5-years-old who shared their experiences as to being born in the wrong body. So, Whitaker was simply killed for a transgendered person. It's some really sick people in this evil world.

Mel Smith

I just realized Whitaker was only 20-years-old. That makes me more sad to find out how young she was.


Needless to say, this is not acceptable. But what exactly could we possibly do to help trangendered people and lessen violent behavior like this??


Sad story. Rodney was very, very beautiful.

Mel Smith

Disturbed, I think the media can help us out greatly. Ex: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Tara Banks Show, Dateline NBC, etc. More media exposure highlighting ALL transgendered people, regardless of their age. Other television channels could also help and destroy these myths.


Mel: I totally understand what you're saying about the media being helpful, but it just all still seems so disheartening. Gays barely get any respect from the majority of society; I can't even begin to imagine what transgendered men and women go through on a daily basis.

Roberto S

Disturbed, we are talking about it now. That is called raising awareness. People are having a conversation, pressing for hate crimes laws, the media is putting the Memphis PD under a spotlight. Progress just comes very slowly. It's more disheartening to sit back and do nothing.

Just reading this post we also discovered the black transgender blogger that Rod linked to, Monica Roberts. She has emails, phone numbers and addresses if you want to do more. Oh, and big ups to Rod 2.0 or including stories on our transgender brothers and sistahs.


Roberto S.: "Progress just comes very slowly. It's more disheartening to sit back and do nothing."

I believe that these are the sentences that I need to remember. I apologize for being a downer; I'm just so used to seeing injustice and inequality in so many forms in my own community. I would like to get involved...

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