Not Certain What to Say - Violence Against a Transsexual

My partner just read up what is one of the more disturbing videos I think I have ever seen on YouTube.  On it is recorded a violent assault against a transsexual woman in a McDonalds in Rosedale, MD.  The video was shot by an employee who actually egged the attackers on as the assault progressed.  Worthy of note, said employee is now looking for work.  A bit of Googling yielded more than a couple hits regarding this incident.  If you're curious, allow me to offer this entry from LGBTQNation.  No, I will NOT post the video here - having my stomach turned once is enough, thank you.

And as I stated in the title, I'm really not certain what to say.  This woman (and I call her that because that's how she sees herself) was beaten by two others while the employees and patrons of the restaurant JUST WATCHED.  That both assailants have been formally charged is likely little comfort to the victim, who has enough hurdles in front of her as things stand in addition to this ignominy.

Being bisexual, I have a mild inkling of what it takes to deal with a non-standard sexuality, though that is a kindergarten task compared to the gauntlet of being confronted with gender dysphoria.  Sadly, while some transsexuals struggle with their mindsets and the process of self-discovery and the necessary steps to make their bodies conform to their mental and emotional views of themselves. there are simpletons out there who either cannot understand or can't be bothered to understand either the person or the problem when they are confronted with one.  My suspicion is that all they know is that here is someone DIFFERENT ... and to them, such difference is only deserving of derision or mindlessly lashing out.

So what do we do about this?  Education?  There are plenty of people out there who can't deal with gays and Lesbians, never mind people who are not at home in their own bodies.  I know that I can support such people ... but what do we do about people determined to be ignorant about ANY of the LGBTQ community?

I'd love to hear some answers, though to be honest, I'm not really expecting any....

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Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2011 at 8:06pm

"Ignorance is everywhere."

Yeah, it is ... and what's scarier is that ignorance is TOLERATED.  I don't see ignorance flaunted in my face very often, but were I in that restaurant, there's a 14- and 18-year-old who would wish they had never met me!

Comment by Azel Praer on April 26, 2011 at 7:48pm
ignorance is everywhere, just think of how many hate crimes like this that are not caught on camera. in some ways it is good that is was caught on camera for the world to see what gay and transgenderd people have to face and go through everyday of there lives.

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