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Another Day, Another Mob Attacking a Trans Woman

Virginia is one of those states that offers no protections for trans people. This weekend, a trans woman was bashed in a parking lot. What an unbelievable coincidence.

According to Fredericksburg police, a 32-year-old woman was beaten by a mob as she walked through a 7-11 parking lot. As if that wasn’t bad enough, one of the assailants used a broken-off metal broom handle. Jesus.

If there’s any silver lining to this, it’s that people came to the woman’s aid, and news coverage has actually been quite sensitive and even uses the right pronouns. Expect a ignorant backlash any moment now.

Virginia continues to putter along with no hate crime law, and no protection for housing and employment. In fact, the state’s Board of Social Services just voted to strip away protections for LGBT adoptive parents.

Virginia is for lovers indeed.

By:           matt baume
On:           May 24, 2011
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  • 16 Comments
    • Scott Rose
      Scott Rose

      The need for federal protections for LGBTers throughout the land could not be more obvious.

      May 24, 2011 at 1:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries
      dvlaries

      You’re not surprised if you’re unfortunate enough to live here. We’re the state that gave the world George ‘Macaca’ Allen, and in 1994, came within 3 percentage points of putting Oliver North in the Senate.

      When I croak, I don’t even want my ashes left in this toilet of a state.

      May 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • missanthrope
      missanthrope

      @Scott Rose:

      We have a federal hate crimes law. The question is whether the feds will investigate and prosecute if local authorities fail to do so.

      May 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TMikel
      TMikel

      I weep with shame for my state. We are better than this, believe me, and better than our politicians. My apologies.

      May 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GayGOP
      GayGOP

      @TMikel: I second everything you say. I am ashamed of my state.

      May 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      Flash mob beatings or anonymous mob assaults are becoming more common in the south and midwest. Witnesses said they were smiling and having fun. It’s a black thing, someone probably filmed it on their cell phone to upload it to Youtube, Facebook or Worldstarhiphop.

      May 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • matt baume
      matt baume

      @Kev C: Please clarify “it’s a black thing.”

      May 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      @matt baume: Something black people do = black thing.

      May 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • missanthrope
      missanthrope [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Kev C:

      Racist comment is racist.

      May 24, 2011 at 6:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • matt baume
      matt baume

      @Kev C: Funny, they don’t look black: http://www.queerty.com/three-minnesota-men-bravely-bash-local-homo-20110524/

      May 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      Flash mobbing for the explicit and documented purpose of assault is a black social phenomena. Based on the evidence, it’s almost exclusively a black thing. Even the New York Times noted this:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/25/us/25mobs.html

      I expect we’ll see more such black flash mob assaults as the summer progresses.

      May 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • matt baume
      matt baume

      @Kev C: This is one article about one phenomenon in one city that happens to be 44% black. Can you find any other examples?

      I seem to recall hearing that black people have, at times, been the victims of violent mobs.

      May 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      @matt baume: Last year, black anons in the Bay area used social media to target asians for flash mob violence.

      May 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981
      Shannon1981

      Everything below the Mason Dixon line, for the most part, is a shithole. I live here. I know. The feds need to step in. Clearly a hate crime. How convenient that the state is doing nothing.

      May 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AAA
      AAA

      @Scott Rose:

      You mean laws that make you special right? So that way every time anything happens to someone from the LGBT community you can yell hate crime, even before having all the facts? Or are LGBT perfect who never do anything wrong?

      If you read the linked article, there was an earlier argument about a dog. Also it was the victim saying the beating was in part due her being trans, That is just one side of the story, but leave it to a certain group of people to automatically throw up that trans phobia flag.

      No one should be fighting anyone. Life is short. But things happen, and things happen. Things are said in the heat of the moment. This could of been someone getting singled out for being trans, or this just could of been brewing from that earlier argument. I mean lets get all the facts before deciding what is what.

      May 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      The good news is that neighbors got involved and stopped the fight, one even stood over her to stop the attack. She’s considered moving out but neighbors have convinced her to stay.

      http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/virginia/transgender-woman-attacked-outside-7-eleven-in-fredericksburg-052411

      May 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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