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Islan Nettles and Domonique Newburn, two African-American trans* women, were brutally murdered within a week of each other. This is just the latest in a trend of horrific violence against trans* wo…
TRIGGER WARNING: TRANSPHOBIA, TRANSMISOGYNY, HATE CRIME, VIOLENCEPolice said Islan Nettles, 21, was taken off of life support after being attacked on Saturday. A transgender woman who was savagely beaten over the weekend by a man shouting homophobic slurs in Harlem died of her injuries on Thursday, in what police are investigating as a hate crime, authorities said.
Islan Nettles, 21, was taken off life support at Harlem Hospital after she was declared brain dead from injuries she suffered in the attack, cops said. She had been clinging to life since being rushed to the hospital late Saturday night, police said.
Nettles was out with several other transgender women at 11 p.m. Saturday when she ran across a group of men near West 148th Street and Eighth Avenue, police said.
When the man realized that Nettles and her friends were transgender, they began throwing punches and yelling homophobic slurs, cops said.
Nettles, who also went by Vaughn Nettles and Alon Nettles, was taken to Harlem Hospital, but could not be revived, cops said.
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WASHINGTON, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Bradley Manning, sentenced to 35 years in military prison for the biggest breach of classified U.S. documents in U.S. history, said in a statement on Thursday she is female and wants to live as a woman named Chelsea. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning, I am a female,” Manning, 25, said in the statement read on NBC News’ “Today” show.
Originally posted on the Amplify blog, by Keziyah Lewis, TWC Peer Educator
Even in 2013, many people still insist that bisexuality does not exist.
When the existence of bisexuality is not denied, it is mocked, misunderstood, ignored, excluded, and erased, even by LGBTQ+ organizations, and this may have a profound effect on the experience on bisexuals, as shown in Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations. In this report, the LGBT Advisory Council of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission presents certain alarming trends and statistics that mark the effects of bisexual erasure.
As someone who identifies as queer or bisexual (someone who is attracted to people of the same gender and of other genders, in case you were wondering which definition I prefer, as definitions of bisexuality are heavily disputed), these facts and statistics surprised me. Though I could relate to many of these statistics, I was surprised because it is so rare that bisexual issues are discussed separately from other queer issues (even though some studies show that bisexuals are the largest segment of those belonging to the queer community.)
For me, this was a wake up call. Bisexual erasure, stereotypes, and lack of visibility are problems that I was already familiar with. But the statistics in the report about mental health, physical health, income disparities, and violence made me realize that there is so much work to be done within the bisexual community.
These are just some of the incredible facts presented in the report.
1. Bisexuals face greater physical and mental health disparitiesthan lesbians, gays, and the broader population (page 11). Bisexuals are also less likely to have access to insurance or financial resources for health care (page 12).
2. Bisexual women have increased rates of domestic violencewhen they are in relationships with monosexual partners, as compared to other groups of women (page 11).
3. Bisexuals are significantly more likely to be living in poverty, have lower levels of education, and have more children in the household (pages 12, 27).
4. Bisexuals are more likely to have considered or attempted suicide than heterosexuals, gays, and lesbians (page 12).
5. Statistics about violence against bisexuals and bisexual health are erased by organizations collecting the data.Bisexuals are usually grouped in with either the heterosexual or gay/lesbian categories (page 19-20).
6. Among women who have given birth, bisexuals are more likely than heterosexuals to have given birth during teenage years(page 23).
7. Female bisexual teens are more likely to have a history of sexual abuse than female heterosexual teens.
8. Bisexuals have significantly lower incomes than heterosexuals, gays and lesbians. Gay men and lesbians earn between 2 and 3 percent less than heterosexuals, while bisexuals earn between 10 and 15 percent less than heterosexuals (page 27).
9. There was zero grant funding that was specific to bisexual issues in the United States two years in a row (2008-2009). (page 28)
As I said, this should be a wake up call for LGBTQ+ activists and organizations. It’s time that we made a greater effort to increase the visibility of bisexual people and bisexual issues.
Also see “Why Bisexuals Stay in the Closet” in the LA Times.
Keziyah Lewis is a queer feminist and reproductive health and rights advocate living in Washington, DC. You can find her on Twitter @KeziyahL.
So so SO important