The CFC

29 Dec 2012

Among other things, the trans person’s neighbor, Wilna van Staden, would call her neighbor “it”, routinely tell people of the trans person’s gender change, circulated a petition to get the trans person evicted, and invited visitors to watch her trans neighbor over the bordering fence.

After complaints to the housing management and the police failed to curtail the neighbor’s harassment, the trans person’s attorney took van Staden to court.

Earlier this year South African Magistrate M J Thobela ruled van Staden’s behavior amounted to unfair discrimination and hate speech. Thobela ordered van Staden to pay damage for moving expenses, for the pain, suffering and humiliation she endured as well as counseling expenses. Thobela cited the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2000 as the basis for the decision.

The trans person’s attorney Michal Johnson: “People have been allowed to say what they wanted to vulnerable groups of our society for far too long without suffering the consequences. The ruling sent out a clear message that the act afforded protection to victims of hate speech and that the courts would enforce their constitutional rights.”


(Lexie Cannes, THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT)

17 Nov 2012

thespiritwas:

NYC area friends! please join me & other contributors wednesday September 19th to help launch The Scholar & Feminist Online, “A New Queer Agenda! I am super excited about the piece I wrote with my sibling Che Gossett and friend AJ Lewis called Reclaiming Our Lineage: Organized Queer,…

16 Jul 2012

Who killed Marcel Camero Tye?

Marcel Camero Tye, a 25-year-old transgender woman in Arkansas, was murdered over a year ago, but despite criticism from local advoctes, investigators say they haven’t stopped looking for her killer even though the case is cold. According to a new report on KTHV, Tye was found on Highway 334 in St. Francis County, Arkansas in March 2011. She had been shot to death and, most likely, dragged beneath a vehicle as the killer fled the scene.

Sheriff Bobby May of St. Francis County told KTHV that the FBI ruled that the murder was not a hate crime, but all the evidence the police department has gathered, including plaster impressions of tire tracks, DNA, and shell casings, have led nowhere. Tye’s murder and lack of a hate crime designation has been debated on local message boards (including  one message from a friend of Tye’s who said the victim was “picked on by police, schoolmates, and strangers,” would never get into a car with a stranger, and would tell anyone propositioning her that she was transgender). But even with all that talk online, police say nobody has been talking with them and the even their best evidence is useless.

“It had rained considerably and the tracks were more like ruts in the side of the road,” said Sheriff May, who released a profile of the killer (a local, married man, between the ages of 25 and 50, who had previous relations with Tye). The police are now asking for assistance from Tye’s friends and other transgender locals, telling KTHV that some trans folks may not be talking out of fear of violence themselves.

(Source: transfeminism)

16 Jun 2012

Who killed Marcel Camero Tye?

Marcel Camero Tye, a 25-year-old transgender woman in Arkansas, was murdered over a year ago, but despite criticism from local advoctes, investigators say they haven’t stopped looking for her killer even though the case is cold. According to a new report on KTHV, Tye was found on Highway 334 in St. Francis County, Arkansas in March 2011. She had been shot to death and, most likely, dragged beneath a vehicle as the killer fled the scene.

Sheriff Bobby May of St. Francis County told KTHV that the FBI ruled that the murder was not a hate crime, but all the evidence the police department has gathered, including plaster impressions of tire tracks, DNA, and shell casings, have led nowhere. Tye’s murder and lack of a hate crime designation has been debated on local message boards (including  one message from a friend of Tye’s who said the victim was “picked on by police, schoolmates, and strangers,” would never get into a car with a stranger, and would tell anyone propositioning her that she was transgender). But even with all that talk online, police say nobody has been talking with them and the even their best evidence is useless.

“It had rained considerably and the tracks were more like ruts in the side of the road,” said Sheriff May, who released a profile of the killer (a local, married man, between the ages of 25 and 50, who had previous relations with Tye). The police are now asking for assistance from Tye’s friends and other transgender locals, telling KTHV that some trans folks may not be talking out of fear of violence themselves.

27 May 2012

thespiritwas:

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