Fight this Hate shows a small selection of hate crimes and/or harassment that has taken place recently in the United States. Southern Poverty Law Center keeps detailed accounts of hate crimes. Colorlines tracks all manner of topics related to race and publishes them daily. The following incidents are only a small sample, and each includes a form of direct action.
LGBTQQIA Hate Crimes
In December 2016, the U.S. Justice Department announced that nation’s first conviction in which the victim was targeted because of gender identity under a federal hate crime law.
In 2016, 27 transgender people were killed in the United States and nearly all of the victims were transgender women of color. This number does not include transgender people whose deaths were not reported due to misgendering in police reports, news stories, and sometimes by the victim’s family.
In 2017, two transgender women were murdered in the first month of the year. They were Mesha Caldwell, 41, a hair and makeup artist who was shot near a road in Madison County, Mississippi, and Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, found killed in her apartment.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) calls on the media to report on each transgender person who is murdered. And for all of us to respect and use the lived identity, name, and pronoun of the victim.
Remember to ask the person what pronoun they prefer. Use the preferred pronoun.
Say their names. These are the transgendered people killed in 2016.
Violence Against Women
Some people think we are living in George Orwell’s book 1984. Violence against women, LGBTQQIA people, people of color, and animals is on the rise. The Southern Poverty Law Center tracks these crimes, as does Colorlines. Although President Trump looked into the camera on 60 Minutes and told his followers to “stop it,” he also plans to cut all 25 grant programs managed by the Office on Violence Against Women, housed in the Department of Justice. The grants, established by 1994’s Violence Against Women Act and other federal legislation, go to organizations working to prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and elder abuse.
Donate to organizations who are working to prevent violence, who support survivors of abuse and assault.
Sandra de Helen, author of the lesbian thriller Till Darkness Comes also pens the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson series. She is a poet, journalist, and a playwright. Her plays have been produced in the Philippines, Ireland and Canada, Chicago, New York City, and in thirteen states. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Dramatists Guild. Her books are available online, at Another Read Through Bookstore in Portland, Oregon, and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. Samples of her work are available on her website.