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Phoenix crowd videos itself committing hate crime

Phoenix transgender teen Dakota Kern, 18, was invited to a pool party this past weekend. She shouldn't have gone.

A crowd of at least a dozen started yelling homophobic and transphobic slurs at Dakota and her friend before someone grabbed Dakota by the hair, punched her a few times, knocking her to the ground, and someone took live video of at least three people kicking her repeatedly.





Too many

Last Saturday in Waxahachie, TX, Gwynevere River Song reportedly got into an argument with another adult in her home, which led to that other person shooting Song to death. We have no idea what the argument concerned, but we do know that Song was a transgender woman. The assailant was also injured during the shooting and he was transported to a hospital.

[The deceased] remained inside the residence and succumbed to injuries.



Men behaving badly

About a week ago "comic" Lil Duval was asked on the radio program The Breakfast Club what he'd do if he found out a woman he had a relationship with was transgender.

This might sound messed up, and I don’t care. She dying. I can’t deal with that.

--Lil Duval

When cohost Charlagne Tha God told him "you can’t go around killing transgenders," he did not back down:

If one did that to me and they didn’t tell me, I’m going to be so mad I’m probably going to want to kill them.




I just don't seem to use this word as often as I should.

There is no better example that I can think of than Louie Gohmert of Texas, who Charles Pierce calls the Padishah Emperor of the Crazy People.



TSA says they Care

The TSA has released a new video which it claims is guidance for transgender passengers about screenings at airport security.

The TSA claims it is for our "comfort and awareness."

That’s the TSA’s way of saying it recognizes that transgender travelers “have questions and concerns” when it comes to screening procedures.

Ensure the information on your boarding pass matches your government issued ID.

You know, I have never noticed a gender marker on a boarding pass.



Danger in Michigan

Analysis of the 2015 US Transgender Survey has revealed that Michigan is not such a good place for transgender people to live. That survey was the largest ever conducted that concerned transgender people, drawing 27715 respondents, 894 of whom were Michigan residents.

Seventy-nine percent of transgender Michigan residents reported being mistreated (verbal harassment, physical assault, or sexual assault) between kindergarten and 12th grade.

These are not individual problems. This is a statewide problem.




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