Transgender- the formal diagnosis used
by psychologists and physicians to
describe people who experience
significant dysphoria (discontent) with
the sex and gender they were assigned
at birth. Evidence suggests that people
who identify with a gender different
from the one they were assigned at birth
may do so not just due to psychological
or behavioral causes, but also biological
ones related to their genetics, the
makeup of their brains, or prenatal
exposure to hormones
BrandonTeena was a transgender male
in Nebraska who was beaten, sexually
assaulted and murdered by the people
in his life that he considered his friends
after they learned that he was born
female. One of his killers got the death
penalty, while the other is serving life.
Neither punishment will bring back a
life that was cut short.
Gwen Araujo, a California teenager who
was born male, but like Brandon, felt as if
she was born into the wrong body. She
was assaulted and murdered by four of
her friends after learning who she was
before she became “Gwen”.
Two of her assailants were convicted of
second degree murder, while two were
charged with voluntary manslaughter.
The charge was reduced because their
attorney provided a “trans-panic “
At the hands of her own parents, Leelah
was subjected to conversion therapy, the
“pray the gay away” method. She was
isolated for weeks at a time, removed
from her public school, all social media
and her friends. At the age of 17, Leelah
(born Josh) committed suicide because of
the hate she felt directed toward her from
her own family. Because of Leelah’s life
and ultimate death, a petition receiving
over 120,000 signatures made it’s way to
President Obama’s desk and Leelah’s law
was signed and passed in early April 2015
making Conversion therapy illegal in the
Matt Shepard was a student in a
Wyoming university who was beaten
and left to die by two men that posed
as gay in order to earn his trust. One of
the defendants claimed he had never
intended to kill Matt, only to rob him.
The conditions changed when Shepard
made an advance toward him
Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson
Britney Crosby and Crystal Jackson
were murdered in GalvestonTexas by
Britney’s father because he didn’t
approve of his daughters choice in a
partner.The circumstances are too
brutal to list here.
The condition of being sexually
attracted to both sexes.
When a crime is said to have a hate
crime based on a homosexual status, it
is usually not taken into account if a
person is bisexual.They are listed as
heterosexual or homosexual.
• Denied Equal Marriage Rights
• Denied Health Benefits
• Denied Family Benefits
• Denied Adoptions
• Denied Employment based on
sexual preference and identiy
• Denied access to public facilities
based on gender identity.
• There are still 15 states that do not recognize same sex marriages.
• There have recently been bills introduced that will not allow homosexual
• Thanks to some recent laws that have been introduced in states like
Indiana, Arkansas and Louisiana, businesses have been given the rights to
deny services to customers based solely on their orientation or gender.
After severe backlash, these statutes were revised for fear of lost
revenue, but no other reasoning.
Some of the Facts
A person who is transgender faces
adversity daily. When you have to go to
the restroom shouldn’t be one of these
times. If you were born a male and feel
female, going to the restroom carries
with it accusations of being perverse.
When you’re a women that feels like a
man as well. Going into a restroom
that doesn’t apply to your birth
assigned gender runs the risk of being
Tristan Broussard was dismissed from
his job as a loan manager in a south
Louisiana loan company because he
refused to dress and act as a female
when dealing with clients. Broussard
had explained to his employer at the
time of his hiring that he was a
The following slide shows the hate crime statistics in the
United states. While crimes against LGBT people are not
the top listed, they make up nearly 20% of the
documented hate crimes in the country. Remember, that
these are crimes in which charges have been brought
forward specifying that the offense had to do with hate
over sexual orientation or gender.That doesn’t include
every crime committed against the LGBT community that
these special charges were not specified.
There’s no real way to explain how hard
it is to watch people you care for, your
own community to fall victim to people
who don’t understand or don’t want to.
There are thousands of crimes committed
under various different guises but none
so painful as that of blind hate. It is
time for the hate to end.