Monday, June 1, 2009

Gender-Variant Shot - We're All Clueless

Last week, two female presenting people, possibly transwomen or crossdressers, where attacked and robbed in Cincinnati. One was shot when the thief tried to take her purse. How did no one hear about this? (Myself included and I’m on the look out). Needless to say, it wasn’t headline news. But then again, maybe its better it wasn’t because the media did such a terrible job of covering the story. Wrong pronouns everywhere. “…Attacker shot one of the victims, who was dressed as a woman, while trying to steal HIS purse.”

If it is clear someone is presenting in one gender, why are people determined to get the pronoun wrong? People are determined to stick to their brain’s sex binary. To add insult to injury, the civic response to this is thing short of a sick-minded comedy hour.

“…if the shooter gets caught, he'll probably only be charged with a "missed da weiner."”
“…don't they know it's a man under that skirt! Probably a big one too!”
“You don't think that Shanequa and Shantay were out trying to make some extra money.” –Transphobic, racist and classist. Charming.
“What a drag!” – Ok this one is shitty, I know, but I have to appreciate the accurate queer-vocabulary.

There was another attack that same week in a Cincinnati suburb where a gay man was beaten on account of his sexual orientation. In response to this a huge protest has been organized by big name queer organizations. I’m not trying to hate on anyone, or show a lack of support for the survivor or those working to fight hate. All I’m saying is where’s the rally to protect the genderqueers? I realize people can’t rally around something they don’t know happened. Maybe we just need to open our scope a little wider, be on the look out a little more. Mainstream media isn’t going to do it for us. Its up to us to make sure everyone is protected and supported.

Midwest GenderQueer
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Stuff Queer People Need To Know said...

I watched the video about the cross-dresser being shot. It doesn't mention that this was a hate crime or at all related to the fact that this person was gender-variant. Usually when something sensational happens like a hate crime, even if the media doesn't cover it substantially, they at least say it was motivated by hate.

And where did those comments come from? They aren't with the news story.

Wolfie said...

Perhaps its time for a Protest in Cincinnati to STOP THE VIOLENCE (LGBT inclusive)

Anonymous said...

Well, how DO we in fact know this was a hate crime, and not just another robbery? Is it really fair, or a good strategy, to just assume this? I would argue not -- we must operate in a responsible manner, based upon known facts, or a steep price will be paid in credibility.

And I would second the notion that people really can't rally around something they do not know even happened -- or about which critical facts are not (yet?) demonstrated.

Wolfie said...

Well even WITHOUT this being specific crime Hate crimes are certainly on the rise. There is no doubt about that.

Tell me do we do anything in Cincinnati? Witht he exception of a few bloggers people are so afraid to protest and speak up about things it really is a shame.