19 year old transman violently attacked for being trans
19-year-old transman, James Alexander, was violently attacked for being trans yesterday morning while going for a walk in his neighborhood. To get to his destination, he had to walk past the house of a girl he was once interested in who had turned him down in the past (saying that “she can’t be with him because he’s not a real man” and that “she’d consider him IF he had a penis.”, and also calling him a “faggot”.), but he didn’t think anything of it, as he’s lived in the area for three years. He certainly wasn’t expecting what was to come.
As he walked past the house of the girl, she came out, and told him she wanted to talk to him. James stopped, to be polite, and because he figured he’d let her say what she needed to say. She asked him if he is a man, to which he said “Yes.”. She then told him to prove he’s a man. He told her off, and began to walk away. As he was walking away, he felt someone grab the back of his shirt. The person spun him around to face them, and he discovered that it was the girls six-foot-five, 25-year-old boyfriend, Mark. Mark yelled in his face and also told him to prove he was a guy. James told him to back off, and shoved him away. Both the girl and Mark called James a “faggot”, and he began to cry. The two of them then proceeded to make fun of James for crying, saying “Oh look, the little girl is crying”. James started to walk away again, as Mark approached him and punched him in the face, right in the eye.. and continued hitting him repeatedly, while laughing, because James was crying.
James, who is significantly smaller than Mark, at five-foot-eight, and is not a violent person at all, defended himself as best he could, and got away.. but not before he sustained injuries to his face and hand, as well as psychological trauma.
James’ mother called the police, and also had him take photos of his injuries.. but it would seem that Mark is not going to be charged, after all. James explains, “It’s his word against mine. He has his mom, his girl, and three other people saying he didn’t do anything.. so even though I have a broken face and can’t physically stop crying or shaking, he is just getting a warning. I’m pressing charges, but he won’t be arrested. Just told to go to court on a certain day I guess.”
The bottom line is that he was attacked for a specific reason; for being trans. That qualifies what happened to him as a hate crime. This was a violent transphobic attack, and the guy who did this to this 19 year old transman, needs to be charged and convicted accordingly. It’s unfortunate that they won’t arrest Mark.. but I do hope that once this goes to court, he’s punished. He shouldn’t be able to just get away with this. Too many times has an incident like this happened, and the attacker gone free. It’s time we (transgender individuals) started being taken seriously when things like this happen to us.
If anyone who is reading this knows of any resources that could help James to ensure his attacker is convicted (legal counsel for trans people, etc), he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you’re a journalist who would like to write about this, I encourage you to do so, as increasing awareness about this incident is very important. There needs to be a huge public outcry about this. This boy needs all the support he can get. Then, maybe something will be done. Once again, James can be contacted at email@example.com.
I hate knowing that these kind of crimes are going on unpunished. :(
this makes me so sad..and so ..furious.
signal boost, hopefully someone has resources or information that could help?
Signal boost to share the reality of violence he had to face just for being himself, and hopefully someone experienced in law can help out or point him in the right direction? I’m sorry James, I hope someone can help, and know that we stand behind you.
Signal boost. This is absolutely horrible and heart-breaking, I really hope someone can help.
I used that customer feedback form to e-mail them about their ad campaign. I said something along the lines of finding it sexist and offensive, not understanding why they feel the need to alienate women to promote the product, and that I was disappointed enough not to purchase any Dr. Pepper products in the future.
Here’s the reply I received:
Thank you for contacting us about Dr Pepper TEN. Your comments and inquiries are appreciated because they provide valuable feedback about our brands.
We have a huge female customer base that has been satisfied with Diet Dr Pepper as their beverage of choice for years; however we learned through extensive market research that there was a gap in our male audience that was looking for a low-calorie alternative to regular Dr Pepper that lacked the diet imagery. We created Dr Pepper TEN to fill that void. Dr Pepper TEN features steel-grey packaging with rivets and a manly tagline, “It’s Not For Women.” We also know Dr Pepper TEN will appeal to both men and women, however the marketing strategy is tailored to our market research and filling the need of the male target with the tongue-in-cheek marketing campaign. When we tested the Dr Pepper TEN tagline, “It’s Not For Women” with consumers, many women said, “I’ll be the judge of that.” Who are we to stop them?
Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We hope that you will continue to purchase and enjoy our products.
(As a note before I get into this, I don’t mean for this to cater to gender-binary mentality, but I think it’s clear Dr. Pepper sees it that way so I’m addressing it on that level. I’m referring to cis-men here.)
So, basically, women are supposed to feel like they have to prove themselves by drinking this? They didn’t address my points about the sexism and offensiveness of the ad campaign at all, just made it sound even more offensive. What you essentially just told me, Consumer Relations, is that men won’t be interested in your product unless you belittle and dismiss women in order to get their attention. You’re also telling me that that is supposed to make women want to fight back and show that they are just as good.
What about that is supposed to make the product sound appealing to me? As a woman?
It’s one thing to have men as your target audience. I don’t like the inherent “boys play with trucks, girls play with dolls” stereotype but whatever, that’s a bigger issue than just Dr. Pepper. But to appeal to men by putting women down? I get that this is a soda. There are bigger issues out there to get upset about. But I think this is important to see and address. This company is essentially willing to alienate and belittle women in part of its advertising in order to make more money. And that’s supposed to be okay?
This is the sound of the aurora on Saturn. Pretty eerie, no?
There is no sound in space. Outside planets and stars, molecules are spread out too thin for sound to propagate. It follows, then, that we can’t really hear sounds planets emit into space. But radio waves—electromagnetic waves with wavelengths longer than infrared light—are, as we know, handy for representing sound. And so it makes sense for us to interpret radio waves, whether originally encoding sound or not, as sound. These are radio waves emitted in conjunction with auroras around Saturn’s poles, similar to the northern and southern lights on Earth. They were picked up by the Cassini spacecraft and then interpreted as sound. But the sound was not in the audible range, so it has been downshifted by a factor of 44. And finally, so as not to bore us to death, it has been speeded up by a factor of 22. Realize, then, that many human choices were made in order for us to be able to “listen to space.” But if you can accept that, you can enjoy this.
I think I’m going to have to face facts that I’m one of the only people into Boardwalk Empire who cares more about Angela and Chalky than fucking Jimmy
also gonna have to face facts that I’m probably
not going to get any Gladys Bentley-type characters or see Angela go to any gay clubs
brb gonna draw Gabby queering it up and pretend that everyone cares as much about how queer the 20s were as I do
WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE JIMMY SO MUCH. WHY.
He does horrible things. I get he went through trauma, life is tough, etc. Doesn’t give him the right to be an abusive, demanding asshole? He treats Angela like garbage. Someone explain to me how she gets the blame for this. Because that’s bullshit.
Can we just make this Chalky White: The Show?
Anyway, um, at least Babette pops up now and then? With her top hat and suit… not anywhere near enough though, I keep catching glimpses of her outfit and I almost want to physically wave at the TV to make the camera go back.
This site is my fucking jam right now. I am absolutely loving the idea and execution. Essentially, you can either “check” your own baggage, or “carry” someone else’s. To “check” it, you anonymously write your problems and wait for a response, which comes in the form of a song and a small (optional) message. Or to carry it, you read someone’s problem, and choose a song you want to send them, along with some words of wisdom/positivity. I’ve just sent like 5 of them. I am LOVING this. I checked something as well, and can’t wait to see if I get a response. :)
Why is this so beautiful? ;_;
Ok this websites whole concept is really amazing (and hopefully it hasn’t been abused too much). I gave a bunch of people songs and encouragement (they can only get one song, so choose wisely!) and debated wether or not to check some baggage myself, but I’m really glad I did!
I put a little blurb up, and someone sent me the perfect song and it was such a “holy shit the internet can be so cool sometimes” moment. Whoever you are, anonymous songster, thank you!
This is a really neat thing.
i like how it turns a negative turn of phrase into a neat concept. i think i need to unload me some baggage.
I saved this as a bookmark. What a brilliant idea!
white people saying shit like “be proud some of us came to our senses”
What the fuck?
WHAT THE FUCK?
My fellow white people: Cut it the fuck out. No one gives a shit about your webcam tears. And, no, we should not be proud that after centuries of POC suffering that some white people get it. We do not get to pat ourselves on the back here. We do not get to take this situation and spin it so it’s about US.
Shut up, go out there, donate to organizations that can help, encourage your leaders to listen to the POC community, etc. But shut up about what great white people you are.
(…that I haven’t looked at in a year or two and forgot I had)
Found some disgusting anti-Islam propoganda e-mails sent by someone from my old church. Who is still a family friend.
What the fuck is wrong with you
Why would you send that shit to me
How dare you
How dare you
I left the church something like two years ago, and since then it’s like people’s true colors are suddenly bursting forth. Not all bad, but a lot of it… so much hypocrisy, so much disappointment, so much blind hatred.