There is an event on Facebook today encouraging us to do whatever we can to support CeCe McDonald who was recently convicted for fighting back against transphobic attackers. Â Her self-defense resulted in the death of one of them, and she’s now serving a 41 month sentence for the crime of defending herself while being brutally attacked. Â There’s a great story in Ebony online, and more out there if you want to get caught up with this case.
CeCe is a transgender woman, a woman of color, yet another victim in a long list of transgender women of color who’ve been the victims of violent crime based on their transgender status. Â I know the color of their skin is playing a huge role in the lack of popular outrage and the injustice in how their cases are, and have been, handled. Â But I’m not a person of color, I’m on the outside, feeling rage and a sick feeling. Â Even though I’m not a person of color, as a transgender person, as a person who routinely kicks the nuts of expected gender presentation, I don’t feel immune to the threat of that kind of violence. Â It has to stop, trans people need equal protection and equal justice. Â We all need to make a lot of noise whenever injustice occurs, no matter who it is, or where, or what that person was doing. Â No one deserves to be attacked. Period.
Speak out if you can, please.
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