Okay, even though the U.S. midterm elections gave the Republicans a congressional majority again, let us console ourselves with how this will make it easier for the Democrats to come back in 2016. We hope, anyway. Let’s get to this and more in this week’s newsy updates.
Over the past few months, trans women in the Washington, D.C. area have been targeted for violence and hate crimes. Since July alone, there have been four reported shootings of trans women in the D.C. area, as well as multiple other reports of crime towards them. Back in mid-August, Kenneth Furr, an off-duty cop, drunkenly fired his gun into a car, leaving its passengers, three trans women and two young men, injured. The incident came fresh off the heels of the still unsolved death of Lashai McLean, a twenty-three year old woman who was walking home from The Wanda Alston House, a home for LGBTQ youth and project for Transgender Health Empowerment. Eleven days later, in a distance that now seems ominous, a still unidentified male fired a shot at Tonya Harell, barely missing her, one block from where McLean was shot. Read More Ghosts of D.C.: Violence Against Trans Women In The Nation’s Capital