A police officer beats a transsexual woman in Memphis, TN at the precinct after being arrested for charges they don't specify (which were later dropped) as she is simply sitting in the lobby.

There's a video of the attack to boot. (Warning: It could be triggering because it is definitely violent.) Reading the news story attached to this video and the fact that this happened in JANUARY and no one started talking about it until JUNE pissed me off even more.

http://www.wmctv.com/global/story.asp?s=8515744





Shit like this is why I don't want to identify as transgender, but I will continue to do so because I'm not gonna be scared out of my comfortable identity by fuckhead assholes who think it's their right to violate other people. You want to beat or kill me for who I am? Go ahead. You have to live with the guilt afterward.

I want to show videos like this to my parents and say, "SEE, THIS IS WHY WE FUCKING NEED EQUAL RIGHTS AND WHY IT DISGUSTS ME THAT YOU GET TO SIT ON YOUR LITTLE PEDESTAL OF POWER AND LOOK AT ME, YOUR OWN FUCKING CHILD, AND LAZILY SAY, 'GAY RIGHTS ARE AGAINST MY RELIGION.' PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE THE REASON THESE POLICE OFFICERS GET TO BEAT PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU ALL JUST SIT AROUND AND WATCH IT HAPPEN WHILE LEANING AGAINST YOUR FUCKING HETEROSEXUAL, BINARY-GENDER- PRIVILEGE-COLORED LIVING ROOM WALLPAPER COMFORTABLY WATCHING THESE THINGS HAPPEN ON TV -- IF THEY EVEN MAKE THE NEWS AT ALL, 'CAUSE BEATING TRANSGENDER PEOPLE ISN'T NEWS-WORTHY IN MOST PLACES -- WHILE I AM SCARED TO WALK DOWN THE STREET WEARING A MAN'S SHIRT."

And you know what, you can tell me that I'm too angry about this, that perhaps I should take a chill pill and discuss things like this calmly and rationally, be quiet so as not to offend people or put them on the defensive -- nope, sorry, not right now. In ten minutes, yes, but not right now. (And I will never shut my mouth so as not to offend people ever.) These flares of anger are what siphon into the passion I carry with me that ensures that these beatings, this brutality, this awfulness won't continue in my lifetime if I have anything to do with it. This behavior is not okay. Beating people 'cause they don't look like you is not okay. Murdering people 'cause they don't look like you is not okay. Calling people "faggot" or "nigger" or "spic" or "dyke" is not okay.

(My fucking family refusing to stop using the words "queer" and "gay" and "faggot" as "swear words," in my mom's language, is not okay. Fuck my family. Until they decide to treat me like a human being and respond to my simplest of requests [to not use this language on the one or two times a year I am home], I will not allow them access to my emotional well-being.)

Anyway. Enough of that. I'm going to go exhale a few times and read Eat, Pray, Love. : )

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