Two female customers at a gay bar attack two trans guys in DC’s Dupont Circle. I mean, attack: whiplash and concussion. Presumably the two women were lesbians but since we don’t know that for certain, I’m not going to say it.

But still.

Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.


  1. Appalling.
    How do you “denounce someone as androgynous”? That phrasing is really weird.

  2. Although I have many gay friends, I also have experienced quite a bit of …well, let’s just say mild intolerance from within the LGBT community. I have always been puzzled as to why that is when there clearly is a ‘T’ at the end of LGBT.

  3. “They said, ‘What the fuck are you? Are you a girl or a boy?’”

    Translate that into Spanish, and it’s almost word for word what a man said to a transwoman in West Hollywood about five years ago before he beat her to death with a baseball bat.
    We need a dialogue with our brothers and sisters in the “LGB” part on this. I also think that it’s amplified by the invisible plague in all of our communities: alcohol and substance abuse. Invisible because its such a widely accepted part of our “culture”, not that invisible because I’ve witnessed the stumbling, the unconsciousness and the vomiting in the streets at Robertson and Santa Monica on a Sunday morning about 2:15am. In this case, drunk people do stupid things they normally wouldn’t; I don’t know if they were drunk, but if we were betting right now, I’d raise.

  4. The way people hate on each other, ESPECIALLY when they’ve been hated on themselves…it just never makes sense. :(

  5. I’m sorry to comment on this thread, but I can’t get on threads that don’t have comments. I get in an endless, “login to comment” cycle. Hmmph.

    But, this commercial is of general interest, and might serve as a good dose of positive humanism to counter the sadness of the story you posted on:

  6. omatty, where’d you find that? that commercial has been around for a few years, but all of a sudden it’s showing up all over the place.

  7. I’ve been wondering that myself, Helen. I saw that commercial quite a while ago, and I thought others had seen it too. But now it’s making the rounds again, and a lot of people seem not to have seen it before. Things move in mysterious ways!

  8. Someone posted it on facebook…. I guess I’m late to the party…haha.

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