Nintendo slammed for removing trans flag stage from Super Smash Bros.

One trans user's stage was taken down for being a 'political statement' by Nintendo

Gaming giant Nintendo is under fire after they removed a fan-made Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stage featuring a trans flag was removed.

But Japanese merchant removed the stage for being a ‘political statement,’ inciting fury from the trans community. With many creating more stages featuring the flag in retaliation.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a crossover fighting game involving a laundry bag of various Nintendo characters brawling it out. The fifth instalment allows fans to make their own custom battlegrounds.

What happened?

‘So Nintendo has, in their infinite wisdom, decided that this stage featuring the trans flag violates their TOS [terms of service],’ tweeted user Warm Saffina.

‘In what way is the trans flag and there title “trans rights now” inappropriate and/or harmful, Nintendo America?’

However, Saffina received a response from Nintendo’s customer support team, who informed them that they took down the stage for being a ‘political statement.’

As a result, Nintendo suspender her account for nine hours.

What should trans and ally gamers do?

‘The supervisor told me they personally don’t agree with the ruling, and recommended I and others contact corporate,’ she continued.

‘Or visit the Smash support forums and leave messages that the trans flag and messages of support for trans rights shouldn’t be prohibited.’

She added: ‘So, for now, BE ADVISED that the trans flags or messages in favor of trans rights and general supportiveness of trans people is capable of getting your account suspended or banned for being “political”.

‘MOAR FLAGS IT IS’

Moreover, Smash Bros. gamers are fighting back by re-creating similar stages featuring trans flags.

But Saffina even added the genderfluid and non-binary flags into a new LGBTI-positive stage, too.

Although Nintendo took down Saffina’s stage, Eurogamer reported that there are ‘between 70 and 80 trans rights stages still online.’

Gay Star News have contacted Nintendo America for comment.

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Nintendo attempts to explain why it will not allow gay characters

Author: Josh Milton

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Funds for beaten trans woman reach US$7,000

A go fund me campaign launched for Muhlaysia Booker, who was brutally beaten by several men last week, has nearly reached its US$7,500 target.

Footage that went viral over the weekend allegedly shows a mob violently attacking 23-year-old Booker following a traffic incident on Friday (12 April).

The attack left Booker seeking medical treatment at a local hospital.

The fund was launched on Monday (15 April) to assist with medical bills and mental health services.

As the incident took place near her home, the fund also hopes to help Booker relocated so she ‘can continue her life with a better sense of safety and security.’

What happened?

A man who brutally left a trans woman bruised and bleeding in broad daylight Dallas was paid $200 to do so, police said this week.

Booker allegedly accidentally backed into another vehicle with two men inside while driving her car.

One of the drivers – who remains a suspect in the investigation – told police her ran Booker off the road to keep her from leaving the scene.

But Booker said the unidentified driver then pointed a gun at her and demanded money for damage to his car. Also in the car was Edward Dominic Thomas, 29.

A crowd gathered, and someone in the crowd reportedly offered Thomas $200 to assault Booker.

Thomas, dressed in all-white, descended upon her, delivering a deluge of punches. As the footage suggests, two other men joined in. One kicking her as she lay helpless in the street.

As many threw homophobic insults at her, Booker suffered a concussion, facial fractures, and a broken wrist as a result.

‘This case is certainly disturbing,’ Police Lieutenant Vincent Weddington told reporters during a press conference Monday.

‘The video, I’m sure, shocks the conscience of anyone who looks at this video.’

Police arrested Thomas two days after the incident for aggravated assault. They are currently assessing whether the incident can be considered a hate crime.

The FBI recorded 7,175 hate crimes in the US in 2017.

Among them, 1,130 were based on sexual orientation bias and 119 on gender identity bias.

And more than 100 of those victims were people of color, according to the report.

Author: Rik Glauert

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Mob attacks transgender woman in broad daylight

Police have opened a hate crime probe after a transgender woman was violently attacked by several people in Dallas, Texas.

Footage that went viral over the weekend allegedly shows a mob violently attacking 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker following a traffic incident on Friday (12 April).

The video shows Booker being repeatedly punched and kicked by several men. She is later dragged along the floor.

The video ends with three other women helping Booker up.

Booker’s relatives told NBC she was beaten unconscious. She also suffered facial fractures and a broken arm.

A police department spokesperson said they were ‘investigating this offense and reviewing all available evidence to determine if it will be classified as a hate crime’.

‘Extremely angry’

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings denounced the attack.

‘I am extremely angry about what appears to be mob violence against this woman’ he said.

‘Those who did this do not represent how Dallasites feel about our thriving LGBTQ community. We will not stand for this kind of behavior’.

Booker took to Facebook to thank people for their support:

‘Thank you so much its a blessing being lucky enough to witness the love and respect im getting and thank you to all my genuine friends that been with me through this journey and knowing the real me knowing nobody deserves that’ she wrote.

According to Human Rights Campaign, 22 transgender people were killed in the US last year.

Since 2013, 95 percent of the 128 transgender killings documented in the US were women.

And more than 100 of those victims were people of color, according to the report.

Author: Rik Glauert

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