This day and age you might expect death by stoning to belong to a bygone era, but for transgender and transsexuals in some parts of the world that sort of brutality is almost an everyday occurrence.
In fact, we would be fooling ourselves to think we are safe from that bloody rock anywhere in the world.
Just a few days ago transgender woman Janette Tovar who lived only 30 miles from my home in Dallas was stoned to death.
The image is gruesome but is it excessive? No because once I too lay on top of a rock just like that near death.
Source: September 24th 2012 Infonet: “The transvestite Amos Chagas Lima, 39, one of the most popular and well known of Aracaju, who earned the nickname of Madonna, was killed with blows of parallelepiped (the) crime occurred in the early hours of last Friday, 19, in downtown Aracaju.”
She didn’t die right away but suffered for days having just passed on.
I want to write this post with cisgender people in mind. I want you to understand the realities of being trans. We are murdered almost daily worldwide, just for our gender expression. In fact Keila Simpson, president of the National Counsel to Combat Discrimination of the Secretary of Human Rights to the President of Brazil told Gay Star News her country has suffered 100 transgender murders since January of this year.
This is why we fight so hard against being marginalized, and defamed regardless of who, what, when or where. We are never far from the Rock. I know.
18/05/2010 – Keila Simpson, vice-presidente da ABGLT, emociona platéia presente ao seminário “Direitos Humanos de LGBT: cenários e perspectivas”, no auditório Nereu Ramos, na Câmara dos Deputados. O texto que ela leu – “História de todas nós” – de Rafael Menezes está disponível no site da Comissão de Direitos Humanos e Minorias: www.camara.gov.br/cdh
18/05/2010 – Keila Simpson, vice president of ABGLT, wows audience at this seminar “Human Rights of LGBT: scenarios and perspectives,” in the auditorium Ramos Nereus, the House of Representatives. The text she read – “History of us all” – Rafael Menezes is available on the website of the Commission on Human Rights and Minorities: www.camara.gov.br/cdh