July 28, 2007

The Boston Herald gets trans issues wrong.

Offensive coverage of the mugging of a transwoman in the Boston Herald. Write a letter to the editor today.

This is just another reminder of why we need trans-inclusive nondiscrimination and hate crimes laws, and the amount of education and advocacy that still must be done.

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4 comments:

maudite entendante said...

I don't want to give the Herald too much credit here ... but it is possible, isn't it, that the victim actually was a cross-dresser rather than a transwoman?

emily2 said...

it would be a hate crime only if the victim was targeted because of his/her gender/gender expression. if it was just a mugging, it wouldn't be a hate crime.

but assuming that it was a crime motivated by some animus against non-normative gender expression, i don't think it matters if he were "merely cross dressing" or if she were transgender.

maudite entendante said...

i don't think it matters if he were "merely cross dressing" or if she were transgender

No, not when you're assessing the severity of the crime; just when you're assessing the accuracy of the reporting.

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