Transwoman Lauren Jackson Talks About Hate Crime Attack

Lauren Jackson

Lauren Jackson

Idaho resident Fred Joseph Costanza was indicted on four charges Thursday, one a first-degree bias crime after he allegedly beat up transgender woman Lauren Jackson at Agate Beach State Park last weekend. Despite the pain, Ms. Jackson says she refuses to hate Costanza or anyone else.

Lauren Jackson told KATU 2 that she had just moved from Utah for Oregon to begin transition “All of a sudden being pretty is very important to me. I’m having a rough start,” said Jackson.

“How I appear to other people is really important right now, and this is an intense thing to see on my face,” Jackson said.

Fred Joseph Costanza

Fred Joseph Costanza

She said the attack took her completely by surprise.

“He just comes up and starts yelling something about me being a lady, thinking I’m a lady. I just stand there and I don’t say anything. I don’t raise my hands. And he just blindsides me from the beginning and the rest was him dragging me around and continuing to punch me, and I’m just screaming. Someone heard and ran across the park and tackled this guy off of me.”

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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