Monday, September 12, 2011

What In Trans Hell Is Going On In Washington DC?

Since July, a rash of armed attacks has broken out in our nation's capital, with the third shooting of a transgender person taking place this morning at 2AM, resulting in serious injuries and a hospitalization for the victim.  From the Washington Post:
Police are investigating the shooting of a transgender person early Monday morning in Southeast D.C. 
The shooting took place just before 2 a.m. in the 2300 block of Savannah Street SE, police said. The attack appears to be non-fatal; the victim was conscious when transported to the hospital.
This appears to be the only information released thus far about the victim, with neither the name of the individual nor his or her gender stated in any articles I've seen.

This could perhaps signify a disturbing trend in DC for violence against trans residents of the District, with two shootings, one fatal and one not, popping up just 11 days and 1 block apart from each other in July:
On July 20, 23-year-old Myles Mclean was shot about 4:30 a.m. in the 6110 block of Dix Street. Police said two men approached Mclean and one asked a question. Then, before waiting for an answer, one of the men pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and opened fire. Mclean, who was also known by friends as Lashay, was killed. 
On July 31, at about 2:45 a.m., a man approached a transgender person in the same neighborhood, asked for change and pulled a semiautomatic handgun without waiting for a response.
Please note that Myles Mclean was Lashay's birth name, which clearly indicates the Post needs to revise their policy in reporting on trans issues.  Regardless, police and LGBT residents are wondering if these attacks are related, with another story of anti-trans violence surfacing in an August incident where an off-duty police officer assaulted and fired on transwomen:
In addition, an off-duty D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officer has been arrested for an Aug. 29 incident in which he got into an argument with a group that included two trans woman. He later stood on the hood of the group’s car and fired multiple times through the windshiled. One man in the car — said to be the brother of one of the trans women — was injured in the attack. 
The officer, 20-year veteran Kenneth Furr, is alleged to have been drunk at the time of the attack, and trans advocates who spoke to the victims said the argument started when Furr propositioned one of the trans women and then got angry when she turned him down.
While the officer's misconduct appears to be unrelated to the other attacks on trans people in DC, now is certainly a scary time to be trans in the District.  Be safe, friends, especially after dark.

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