Jailed for Life for Stealing a Coat

There’s something very wrong going on. A shocking new study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses. Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind… Continue Reading

This TDOR: Why Not “Tranny”?

& To close this year’s Trasngender Day of Remembrance, a note from Mara Keisling of NCTE on what the day means, why not “tranny,” and what next: The Day of Remembrance, which we commemorate tomorrow, is a time of mourning… Continue Reading

Gay Man Tortured in the Bronx

This is sickening: He was told there was a party at a brick house on Osborne Place, a quiet block set on a steep hill in the Bronx. He showed up last Sunday night as instructed, with plenty of cans… Continue Reading

Paulina Ibarra’s Killer Wanted

Another murder of another trans woman. Enough.

Dickens Suddenly Relevant Again

There’s a great piece today in the NYT by Barbara Ehrenreich about the criminalization of the poor. But will it be enough — the collision of rising prison populations that we can’t afford and the criminalization of poverty — to… Continue Reading


One of the things I’ve always liked about Vanessa Edwards Foster is that she doesn’t lose sight of the goal: actual equality. I agree with her that our standards are low when it comes to justice for the trans people,… Continue Reading

Hate Crimes Update from NCTE

Please read this update from NCTE on the status of the Hate Crimes Act that was voted on in the US Senate yesterday.

Teisha Green Trial Starts Today

From the Empire State Pride Agenda: Today, the trial begins for the murder of Lateisha Green, a 22-year-old transgender woman who was tragically shot and killed in Syracuse on November 14, 2008 just for being transgender. The Pride Agenda expresses… Continue Reading

From NCTE: Final Hate Crimes Push

From NCTE: Contact Your Senators About Hate Crimes Bill Dear Friends, We have good news: The Senate is likely to vote on the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, S.909, as early as next Wednesday, July 15. As you may remember, the… Continue Reading

Sean Kennedy: Insult to Injury

In the light of all the LGBT violence this past month, the news that Sean Kennedy’s killer was releaed from prison early – for good behavior? – is like insult to injury, salt in the wound. Why take the death… Continue Reading

TLDEF: Queens (Trans) Woman Beaten in Bias Crime

From TLDEF: We’re sad to bring you the news of another brutal attack on a transgender woman, this one coming during the height of LGBT Pride month. On June 19, 2009, at approximately 2:30 am, Leslie Mora was walking home… Continue Reading

Hate Crimes Vote Today

Call your reps now and tell them to vote YES on the Hate Crimes Act – HR 1913. NCTE has a ton of info up that you can use when you call, and the number to call is 866-346-4611.

News Round-Up

There’s been a lot going on: Susan Stanton finally got a job Angie Zapata’s murderer goes to trial with CO’s (gender inclusive) hate crimes law in effect Washington state seems to be ready to okay transgender hate crimes legislation Same… Continue Reading

Fed’l Hate Crimes Bill Trans-Inclusive

From NCTE: Last night, Representative John Conyers of Michigan re-introduced The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, H.R. 1913. This would be the first-ever federal law to provide protections for transgender people. It is identical to the… Continue Reading

Don’t Let Him Get Away With It

On May 16, 2007, Sean Kennedy, a 20-year old gay man, was attacked on the streets of Greenville, South Carolina. He died of his injuries later that night. Yet, because of the lack of hate crimes legislation, his attacker may… Continue Reading

70 Under 30

’50 Under 30′ Youth Hate Crimes Report Re-Issued: Almost 20 New Victims; Re-Titled ’70 Under 30″ WASHINGTON (December 4, 2008) — The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition’s 2006 hate crimes report, “50 Under 30: Masculinity & The War Against America’s Youth”… Continue Reading

Letter To a Wife

My friend Shirene, who I met while I was researching My Husband Betty, and at a SPICE conference to boot, has contined to work with wives who have just found out their husbands are crossdressers. She wrote this letter recently… Continue Reading

Trans Activism in the Heartland

Ann at Feministing posted about this really good article from The American Prospect about trans activism in the heartland and a companion article about gay activism’s slow adoption of trans issues. Many would view the politically red heart of the… Continue Reading

Trans for Obama: Reason #5

Reason #5: Vote for Obama because he was one of the earliest co-sponsors of the Matthew Shepard Act, which provides hate crimes protections for all LGBT people nationally. & Here’s his closing argument, a speech Obama gave in Canton, Ohio,… Continue Reading

Gendered Policy

Dorothy Samuels wrote a great Op-Ed for The NYT on the whole issue of Wasilla charging rape victims the cost of their rape kits and forensic exams. In the absence of answers, speculation is bubbling in the blogosphere that Wasilla’s… Continue Reading