Why is no one talking about the genocide going on?
Here in the US people believe that this is only happening in OTHER nations and refuse to believe, speak up or investigate. A little online research brings shocking and amazing reality to this trend towards INCREASING violence of an entire class of people.
Why should we care that US citizens are being eradicated?
Why should we care that around the world people are being eradicated?
Aren't there too many people already?
What if you were one of those people?
So let's hear it from one of these people a case of WHY should we care about your life?
Here is why.
It is a proven fact in my life and probably in yours that men and women think differently.
But in case you doubt this, let me share a personal story of success?
A multi-billion dollar oil company invited my former employer to bid on solving a problem. The result would be a 6 figure project per site with countless potential sites. In a room full of male engineers, some with far more knowledge and experience than I possess, none could see an answer to this problem long thought to be impossible. I immediately saw a solution that only required 15 minutes of programming (generously speaking) and use of a very simple and basic device. The result was that we saved the client $25,000 per site and had by far the most desired solution.
So what happened? Women think differently than men do.
So should women do everything? NO. Because men think of things that women do not as well.
But it is not limited to gender. Add in race, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Cultural differences also allow for greater perspective. Diversity in thinking is one of the single greatest tools and resources that a company or society can have.
So based on this we should EMBRACE Diversity right?
But we do not. Conservatism is to require CONFORMITY. Religion is all about CONFORMITY. Business is all about CONFORMING to the boss's expectations.
Diversity is actually seen as a liability. The result? Discrimination against those who are different.
Who is more different than Transgender?
Transgender people have been shown on brain scans to THINK DIFFERENT:
So what? Why should we care?
People are DYING.
The UN shared a European a study that determined: Every 3rd day the murder of a trans person is reported.
Preliminary results of a new Trans Murder Monitoring Project show more than
200 reported cases of murdered trans people from January 2008 to June 2009
by Carsten Balzer (in cooperation with NGO and TGEU), July 2009
Oh that is the world, this sort of thing would "never" happen in the US, right?
WRONG. The US is one of the single WORST offenders. Iran and Cuba both have full legal protections for Transgender people as does most of Europe, and much of South America and Asia. The US alone counts for nearly 10% of the homicides of Trans-identified people. Africa is probably the only worse continent for a trans person to live on than North America. If you have not already left this thread because of not caring or wanting to be involved: here are some stories of the killings, discrimination and violence that we experience every day here in the "land of the free" known as the US of A.
Here is a 200+ page in-depth multi-year study of US transgender discrimination:
In Schroer vs the US Library of Congress, it was found that the US Government practiced employment discrimination against transgender people.
As if we needed a court case to tell us that. HELLO? Military?
Here are some of the results of that discrimination:
Here are just two examples of the unnecessary deaths of American citizens because of who they are:
Beating and Murder of a Duanna Johnson by police:
In 2008 Memphis PD severely beat a Transgender woman while
in custody in the Memphis jail. The
video was caught on film by security and the two police officers were
fired. Nearly a year later Duanna
Johnson was executed in the streets with a bullet to the head. Memphis PD with a 90% solution to murder
cases was "surprisingly" unable to solve the crime even two years
================= Jennifer Gale denied employment and housing which resulted in her death freezing on the streets of Austin Texas. .... homeless transgender (My note: as a rape victim/survivor, I certainly do not blame her for not sleeping and showering with men). The Texas Civil Rights Review has a piece up entitled Equality Texas mourns the death of Jennifer Gale, a ...Jennifer's voice rang through Austin Council Chamber Her death points to critical problems faced by the homeless, "Jennifer most nights slept outdoors," said Austin Marti Bier, policy aide for Austin City Council Member Randi There was really nowhere for Jennifer Gale to go to protect ==================== There are countless more murdered victims, countless more Here are a few recent violent murders of transfolk that made news headlines that you were Venus Xtravaganza Brandon Teena Gwen Araujo Fred Martinez, Jr Emonie Spaulding Roberto González Onrubia Ruby Ordenana Erika Keels Sanesha Stewart Larry King of Oxnard, California Angie Zapata LaTeisha Green Amanda González-Andujar Roy Antonio Jones, III Stacy Blahnik Lee
woman Jennifer Gale died on the streets of Austin — from a heart attack likely
caused in part by the extreme cold. Gale was a perennial political candidate
who ran for Dallas mayor in 2007. She slept on the streets because the only
shelter for women in Austin, run by the Salvation Army, wouldn’t house her
according to her gender identity, which would have forced her to sleep and
shower with men.
Jennifer Gale Death Caused by Lack of Shelter for Transgender Homeless,
explaining how the perennial candidate for Dallas and Austin public office died
this past Wednesday. From the article:
47-year-old transgender homeless woman who died yesterday. Jennifer's body was
found Wednesday morning. She was lying in an outdoor walkway at the First
English Lutheran Church in Central Austin.
doors every week, often times in support of the homeless population of which
she was a part. "Let's give the homeless a place to exercise that need
jobs and need help," said Gale Tuesday night before the city's Health
and especially by homeless women and the transgender homeless.
Mayor Will Wynn. "Jennifer, we believe, is the 136th person who has died
sleeping on the streets (of Austin) over the last 12 months."
Shade, said the following regarding Ms. Gale's death: "Something Jennifer would never talk about, but was a reality
for her, is that she is a transwoman living in a transphobic society.
Homelessness in the trans-community is a really big problem, and one that goes
ignored. There are no laws in Texas protecting transgender people, whether from
job discrimination, housing discrimination or hate crimes.
herself from the cold last night. The Salvation Army (the only shelter in town
that takes in women) would not let her in there unless she was grouped with the
men (which includes sleeping with, and showering with, other homeless men).
They would make her use her male birth name and completely disregard, and
disrespect, her identity as a trans-woman. There is so much to be learned from
Jennifer Gale, and so much to be worked on in our community."
unreported and vastly more countless deaths due to "non-violent"
discrimination, homelessness, and lack of availability of medical care. Our blood is on your hands by your silence
probably unaware of:
When will you care? When will you decide that enough have died and that we need to end the violence against gifted, talented people who wanted nothing more than an opportunity to exist? Yes, they LOOK different and yes, they THINK different.
WHO CAN WE LEARN MOST FROM?
People who think just like us?
Or those who see things different from us?
We are here, we are not going away. We are dying, but more are born all of the time. Our blood is on your hands, for if you do not speak out for us, then you are complicit as an accomplice to the crimes. How much more blood will you have on your hands before you demand justice?
Is LIFE, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness too much to ask for in the United States? Weren't those promises made in the Bill of Rights?
When will those promises be kept?
Will you continue to deny them?
Jennifer Gale denied employment and housing which resulted in her death freezing on the streets of Austin Texas.
.... homeless transgender
(My note: as a rape victim/survivor, I certainly do not blame her for not sleeping and showering with men).
The Texas Civil Rights Review has a piece up entitled
Equality Texas mourns the death of Jennifer Gale, a
...Jennifer's voice rang through Austin Council Chamber
Her death points to critical problems faced by the homeless,
"Jennifer most nights slept outdoors," said Austin
Marti Bier, policy aide for Austin City Council Member Randi
There was really nowhere for Jennifer Gale to go to protect
There are countless more murdered victims, countless more
Here are a few recent violent murders of transfolk that made news headlines that you were
Fred Martinez, Jr
Roberto González Onrubia
Larry King of Oxnard, California
Roy Antonio Jones, III
Stacy Blahnik Lee
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