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Perhaps the title may be a bit blunt for some, but we all know this to be a significant problem and it seems to be getting worse. On the surface, it seems to be an extension of Bash The Queers, but I think there is more to it.
Probably we have all read accounts of the basic information surrounding the violent death of a trans woman. Usually there is time and place information as well as a brief account of what happened (if known). It is always astonishing to me how rare it is for someone to be arrested in connection with the event, but that is a topic for a different time.
Rarely do we have any detailed account of the events that led up to the violence. There will be vague references, such as “witnesses say that an altercation broke out just before…” or “friends of the victim say that she had been romantically linked with…”, but rarely is there anything more specific. It is almost like saying “Violence broke out and someone died” and leaving it at that.
But, here’s the thing. In MANY cases, when a trans woman is murdered, it isn’t due to a stab wound or a gunshot wound. It is due to Multiple stab wounds or Multiple gunshot wounds or Multiple blows with a blunt object or an amalgam of the above. Further, sometimes burning the body is included just for good measure. The way the reporting is done, it is very rare to gain any insight as to what might have happened to bring about this degree of rage.
Now, one of the possibilities is always the discovery that all is not as it seems. Clearly, that has happened in the past. But, I wonder if there are other things in play.
So, does anyone have any thoughts or insights to share?
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