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Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Where Is The Trans Community For CeCe?
Guest post by Pamela Hayes
morning, after sipping my apple juice and reading the headlines, I went
online and ran across a disturbing story about CeCe McDonald, a young
trans woman who got into a physical altercation with bigots, which led
to a man losing his life. According to the article, CeCe is in jail on
two counts of second degree murder.
Cee Cee was merely defending herself and in the course of doing so, a person lost his life. Imagine being locked up, stripped of your freedom for defending yourself. Talk about a huh moment.
What happened to CeCe could happen to any trans woman. Actually it
could happen to any person. But in this post, I'm talking about trans
women. Any trans woman could be out and about grabbing a bite to eat,
shopping for groceries, or in the post office buying stamps and
encounter a hateful bigot, who pelts her with epithets. And knocks her
around a bit.
What is she to do? The natural response to that sort of thing is to fight back. Which was what CeCe did.
And unfortunately, a person was killed. But CeCe did not plot this
man's murder. He lost his life while CeCe was defending herself. And she
shouldn't be in jail.
But CeCe is trans, so of course, anti
trans folks are undoubtedly arguing that had she not been out there like
that, (translated, being a trans woman) there wouldn't have been any
trouble. Well, each of us have a right to live our lives any way we damn
well please. And no one has a right to accost anybody with insults or
CeCe's last name triggers memory of the young
white girl (Chrissy Lee Polis) who was attacked and beat up in a McDonald's eatery sometime
back. When that happened, the transsexual cavalry ran to her rescue.
This story made the headlines. News reports were on the Internet. A
defense fund was set up for this white trans woman. She didn't go out
seeking help. A trans group with power sought her out.
is that group now? Why aren't they extending a helpful hand to CeCe? She
could certainly use their support. Is a white trans woman getting beat
up more important than a black trans woman who accidentally killed a man
while defending herself?
Where is the ACLU? Or any human rights groups? CeCe McDonald is in trouble and she needs assistance.