Dallas police arrest one after brutal beating of transgender woman

Trans woman Muhlaysia Booker was treated like a 'punching bag'

Police in Dallas, Texas on Sunday (15 April) arrested a man in connection with the brutal beating of a transgender woman last week.

Edward Thomas, 29, has not yet been charged but could face hate crime charges, according to the Washington Post.

Police are continuing to canvass the neighborhood for more suspects.

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 several men repeatedly kicking and punching Booker. They later drag her along the ground.

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.

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.

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

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

Author: Rik Glauert

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Transgender woman shot and killed the day before Trans Day of Visibility

Transgender woman Ashanti Carmon

A transgender woman was shot and killed in Maryland on Saturday (30 March) — the day before International Trans Day of Visibility.

Police found Ashanti Carmon, 27, near the DC line in Prince George’s County, Maryland over the weekend. She had multiple gunshot wounds and authorities pronounced her dead at the scene.

Transgender activist Earline Budd told local news station WJLA that Carmon often came through his office at HIPS. This group helps find trans people alternative jobs to sex work.

‘She wasn’t someone that frequented the streets a lot, so that’s why it’s so shocking and the community is stunned,’ Budd said. ‘I’ve been getting calls all day about this murder.’

Budd continued, describe the Prince George’s neighborhood: ‘We’ve had quite a few transgender folks who have been assaulted, have been shot, who have been stabbed in that area.’

Activists warn trans people of frequenting the area, Budd confirmed.

Violence against trans women of color

Carmon is the second known transgender woman of color killed in the US this year.

In January, police found Dana Martin dead from a gunshot wound in a vehicle in a roadside ditch in Alabama.

Trans violence is becoming a more common occurrence around the world, and trans women of color face disproportionately high risks of becoming victims of this violence.

In 2018, there were 28 known homicides of transgender people within the US. This was an increase from 2017’s 25 count.

Philip Williams, Carmon’s fiance, spoke to NBC Washington about the loss.

‘Until I leave this Earth, I’m going to continue on loving her in my heart, body, and soul,’ he said. ‘She did not deserve to leave this Earth so early, especially in the way that she went out. She did not deserve that.’

See also

These US politicians are standing up for trans rights

Henry Sias could become America’s first ever transgender judge

Trans woman fired from Minnesota restaurant for wearing makeup

Author: Anya Crittenton

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15 transgender women tie the knot at mass wedding in India

Transgender women attended a mass wedding in India this weekend (Photo: Twitter)

The transgender community in Chhattisgarh, central India organized a mass wedding of 15 couples over the weekend.

The two-day celebrations were attended by hundreds of well-wishers, local community members, and even politicians.

The couples traveled from six different states to partake in the ceremony.

India’s Supreme Court in 2014 recognized trans identities as a third gender and ensured their constitutional rights.

But, transgender individuals remain shunned by mainstream society.

In May last year, a local government made history by organizing the wedding party for a transgender couple.

This weekend’s ceremony was also backed by local officials.

‘Work has been done on education and livelihood, but this was something that we felt needed to happen’ said one of the organizers, Siddharth.

‘What is extremely beautiful to watch is that the families are here too’ SIddharth said. ‘I cannot believe this day has come’.

‘Extraordinarily brave’

The festivities began on Friday (29 March) evening with a sangeet, a night of music before the wedding.

On Saturday afternoon, the grooms’ wedding procession swept through the streets of Raipur.

Among the guests in the evening were former minister Brijmohan Agrawa and representatives from the Indian National Congress and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Siddharth said they had received hundreds of applications to take part in the ceremony but had had to choose only 15.

‘The men getting married today are extraordinarily brave, and have faced brickbats from their families for being in love with someone who doesn’t have social acceptability’ Siddharth said.

Organizers said the wedding was also organized to celebrate the decriminalization of gay sex last year.

Author: Rik Glauert

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