Speak up! Spread Love to the Transgendered Woman…

Speak up! Spread Love to the Transgendered Woman…

Right now, in America, the “Black Lives Matter” movement has picked up steam and has now taken off. Internet and Television is amplifying the movement, but I want to amplify another movement that people have failed to take notice of. The “Trans Lives Matter” movement needs to pick up steam too.

 Why?

Transgendered people are widely mistreated in America too and this would not be a true woman centered blog if I did not touch upon the struggles of all women and transgendered women most definitely struggle.

Recently, there has been case after case of attacks on transgendered women shared in the media and at this point, in my mind it is a human rights issue. Because if it is wrong to attack people on the basis of race, since when is it acceptable to attack people on the basis of gender?

The Attack of Muhlaysia Booker

There was an incident that went viral last year that I would like to give attention to. On April 12, 2019 a twenty two year old Black American trangendered woman named Muhlaysia Booker was attacked after a minor traffic accident in a Dallas apartment complex.

After backing a car belonging to her friend into another car, Booker was then held at gunpoint in attempt to collect money for the damages. A crowd formed due to the dramatics, and that’s when someone offered to give a adult man, Edward Thomas, 200 dollars to attack Muhlaysia who by all accounts was a transgendered woman. Thomas who is  a man, beat Booker, who was a woman.

The crowd stood by while Booker was beaten and they even called her names, and taunted her. Then several men then joined in, beating this helpless woman until she was unconscious. This poor woman was even beaten with a brick. It wasn’t until several brave women in the crowd, seeing the travesty, grabbed Booker and carried her to safety that is when the attack ended.

Remember this was all over a minor traffic incident. Usually you trade insurance information, maybe get a police report, and go along your way. Its rare that a crowd of people will beat a woman unconscious for a fender bender. Men will usually jump to a woman’s defense but in the case of Muhlaysia Booker? The men all joined together to give her a group assault. What if those women hadn’t stepped in on her behalf? They would have easily killed her. 

But wait, Muhlaysia Booker was killed a month later.

The Murder of Muhlaysia Booker

May 18, 2019 Muhlaysia Booker was killed by Kendrell Lyles, who is also suspected of killing another transgendered woman.  The murder is not surprising because it is rumored Booker was a sex worker and that in conjunction with being transgendered, put her at high risk for being murdered.

It has come out that the Booker murder was one of a long line of transgendered women murdered in 2019, including Michelle Simone, and another transgendered woman, Claire Legato. It’s just Booker’s murder was high profile due to the video of her being attacked at the Dallas apartment complex that previous month. Murders of women are not uncommon and national attention is rarely given to transgendered women who have family and loved ones who wish they would receive justice.

The Attack of Iyanna Dior

I don’t know if it is a trend, but what is it with traffic accidents and transgendered women being beaten?

Because in June 2020, another transgendered woman named, Iyanna Dior was beaten by approximately 20 men after an accident in Minnesota at a convience store until a clerk shielded her behind the counter. Its sad, mean and hateful. To watch anybody be beaten is horrible, but to know that this doesn’t happen routinely to women.

At least in America, mobs of men do not usually attack women while others not only watch but cheer them on….it’s an issue. It’s a woman’s issue. It’s a human rights issue.

She speaks about her attack on a video I found:

(Posted on YouTube by The Armon Wiggins Show)

Spread Love Instead of Hate

It is no secret women often are the lowest on the totem pole not only in America but worldwide. But natural women do have an advantage over transgendered women, the fact that we are born women with the “right” private-parts.

How can we help the suffering of transgendered women? While I would never ask a woman to put her body on the line, I do expect natural born women to speak out against the abuse our sisters with the “wrong” body parts.

They are no different from us. We should use our “privilege” to speak out whenever it is safe. We can educate ourselves about the LGBTQ community and transgendered women.

And how about this?

We don’t laugh at them. We don’t harass them. And more importantly when we come across one, we try to understand them.

Want to do more? Here is an organization you can support:

https://www.hrc.org/

Note:

The use of right or wrong is not a slight against transgendered people, as it is my attempt to highlight the negative views that many transgendered people face. It is my understanding that transgendered individuals who identify with the opposite gender that is placed on them often feel like their private parts are wrong. If I am in anyway offensive please excuse my ignorance and educate me in the comments, thank you.

What are your thoughts?

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References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhlaysia_Booker

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