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Seeking Justice When The Empire (State) Strikes Black (Trans)

in Vanessa Edwards Foster

“Just waking up in the morning, gotta thank God. I don’t know but today just seems kinda odd…. Plus nobody I know got killed in South Central L.A. … Today was a good day.” – It Was A Good Day, Ice Cube As I intermittently work on this blog the day before the trial begins…

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Hate Crime Blood Lust

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To those that use Angie Zapata’s death as a way to “raise” your profile by covering the trial, shame on you. I have to agree with Brielle over at Women In Love. “Anyone who presents a rational ideology to empower the lgbt as a whole is basically ignored. People want blood. It’s the only thing…

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Transsexuals Not Covered In Hate Crimes Bill

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Back on Feburary 25, 2009 Kathy Padilla wrote a post over at Pam’s House Blend titled “Hate Crimes & ENDA: Bad Bills Come and Bad Bills Go“. When it came out I really thought it would be one of those explosive posts that rocked the community down to the bone. She said: “The new definitions…

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Counting the Cost

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If my previous post seemed a little scattered and emotional, there’s a reason for it.  The first trans community function I ever attended was a TDoR function, as was the first event I ever MCed outside a support group.   I’ve been sensitive to transphobic violence at every step, and my own transition began with violence.  But…

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“Sometimes, We Just Have to Pay Full Price.”

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My partner is a nut about sales. If it isn’t on sale, it doesn’t get purchased. So sometimes, when we run out of a breakfast staple and such, I have to remind her of that basic fact of life: “sometimes, we just have to pay full price.” And then, the phrase comes back to haunt…

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Remembering Our Dead, Echos From Our Fallen Sisters

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I was looking at videos for my YouTube post and found this video titled “Twin Boys Living As Girls”. It was taped in the early nineties, and is from the Jenny Jones Show. I sat their thinking this was just another trans segment on talk TV. It is not. When I realized who these two…

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