Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Hate Crimes

Shots were fired at a LGBT center in Oklahoma; we are now in an epidemic of violence directed at minorities.
13 Shots fired at Tulsa LGBTQ Center
LGBTQ Nation
By Dawn Ennis
March 7, 2017

Police in Tulsa, Okla., are investigating two incidents within one day at an LGBTQ center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, including more than a dozen pellet rounds fired at the building’s window and door.

Tulsa World reported surveillance video captured a brief glimpse of the truck driven by the person who fired several shots from a pellet gun at the entrance of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, about 12:20 a.m. Monday. Officials at the center posted the video on Facebook.

Not even eight hours later, Tulsa World reported a man walked into the lobby of the center, yelling profanities and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric at front-desk staff.
Hate crimes against Jews are increasing…
Jewish Centers Across American Receive New Threats; All 100 U.S. Senators Urge Trump to Increase Facilities’ Security
By CNN News Wire
March 7, 2017

A new wave of bomb threats against community centers and Anti-Defamation League offices in at least seven states prompted lawmakers on Tuesday to ask the federal government for increased security for the Jewish institutions.

Threats were reported in Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.

The threats, which were made via phone and email, are among more than 100 across the United States and Canada since early January, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
We also have been targeted,
Why Have There Been So Many Trans Murders This Year?
In the first 60 days of 2017, there have been seven reported killings of transgender women—six of them black, one Native American.
The Daily Beast
By Samantha Allen
March 4, 2017

2017 is on track to be the most violent year on record for transgender people in the United States.

In the first 60 days of this year, there have already been seven reported killings of transgender women—six of them black, one Native American.

In the past week alone, two black transgender women living in New Orleans—Chyna Doll Depree and Ciara McElveen—were murdered within a single 48-hour period, as local media first reported.

If this violence continues to emerge at its current rate, 2017 will see over 40 reported transgender killings by the end of the year. By comparison, LGBT media outlet The Advocate tallied 27 reported killings of transgender people in all of 2016.

It is unclear whether the murder rate is increasing or whether victims are being more accurately and consistently identified as transgender—but it is clear that the danger transgender people face is not dissipating.
Please be careful out there, there are a lot crazy people out there that hate us.

Yesterday hearing on the Conversion Therapy bill was brutal. I had injured my back when I was at the Model Railroad show at the end of January and sitting for three hours did a number on my back.

The hearing lasted well into the evening hours thanks to a long debate on marijuana until around 2 PM and as a result our bill wasn't heard until 8 PM. There was just one written testimony that was against the bill,everyone else was in support of the bill.

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