Tampa Transwoman Shot, Shooter Faces Attempted Murder Charge

Bay News 9 reports a transwoman was shot in the 5000 block of Winnie Street N. on the morning of April 9.  A Tampa teen is being charged with attempted murder in the shooting.  Tavares Spencer, 16, is facing charges of attempted murder, robbery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The charges carry enhanced penalties because officials are considering this a hate crime.  Spencer was already in jail on previous charges when he was informed of his arrest for the shooting.

Full details can be found on the Bay News 9 website here.

Mexican Trans Advocate Found Murdered

Mexican transgender advvocate, Agnes Torres was found murdered, showing evidence of torture, after disappearing on Friday.

As reported on Queerty, 28 year old Agnes Torres’ body was discovered in a ditch, with burn marks on her body and a slashed throat.  On Monday, close to 2,000 people congregated outside Puebla’s civic plaza, seeking justice and demanding the murder be classified as a hate crime.

The full article can be viewed on Queerty here.

Help Cece MacDonald!

From Support Cece at wordpress.com (TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR TRANSPHOBIC, RACIST VIOLENCE):

Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald is a young African American transgender woman charged with “second degree murder” after an incident that began when she was violently attacked because of her gender and race.

CeCe is a creative and energetic person who, before her life was so unjustly interrupted, was studying fashion at MCTC. She had a stable home where she lived with and helped support four other African American youth, her family. CeCe’s family describes her as a leader, a role model, and a loyal friend. She is known as a wise, out-spoken, and welcoming person, with a cheerful disposition and a history of handling prejudice with amazing grace.

Around 12:30 am on June 5, CeCe and four of her friends (all of them black) were on their way to Cub Foods to get some food. As they walked past Schooner’s Bar in South Minneapolis, a man and two women (all of them white) began to yell epithets at them. They called CeCe and her friends ‘faggots,’ ‘niggers,’ and ‘chicks with dicks,’ amongst other things.

As they were shouting, one of the women smashed her drink into the side of CeCe’s face, slicing her cheek open, lacerating her salivary gland, and stinging her eyes with liquor. A fight ensued, with more people joining in. What happened during the fight is unclear, but within a few minutes Dean Schmitz–one of the attackers–had been stabbed.

CeCe was later arrested, and is now falsely accused of murder

For a month, CeCe was kept in solitary confinement “for her own protection”; she had no say in this matter. Finally, she was transferred to a psychiatric unit in the Public Safety Facility. It was nearly two months before she was taken back to a doctor to check up on the wound on her face, which by then had turned into a painful, golf ball-sized lump.

Later on, CeCe’s friends were harassed on the street by people they recognized from the scene of the fight. Individuals circled the block that CeCe’s friends were walking on and called them ‘niggers’ and ‘faggots’ and told them to ‘go back to Africa.’ When they attempted to wave down a passing squad car for assistance, the officer driving the car said he would not help them.

Here’s what you can do to help!

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Please, if you can, help out Cece MacDonald in any way you can, whether it’s by using one of the above links, reposting this article, twittering, tumblring or facebooking about this.  This is a situation that can’t be taken lightly.  Cece MacDonald needs all the support we can give her right now.  Don’t let her stand in court alone.

Hunting Trans Prostitutes Isn’t “Heinous Enough” For D.A.

A San Francisco District Attorney has decided that not only is hunting down transgender women to assault, rape and murder isn’t a hate crime, it’s also not “heinous enough” to warrant the death penalty.

This isn’t the first time Donzell Francis is in trouble with the law in regards to transgender women:

Donzell Francis, 42, allegedly raped and killed Ruby Rodriguez, also known as Ruby Ordenana, whose body was found on a Potrero Hill sidewalk on March 16, 2007.

Francis was convicted last year of sexually assaulting, beating and robbing a transgender prostitute in the Tenderloin in September 2007. He was sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison, and three months later, prosecutors charged him with similar attacks on two other transgender prostitutes including the rape and strangling of Ordenana.  – San Francisco Examiner

D.A. George Gascón, despite being a supporter of the death penalty, has stated that he will only pursue it in “very heinous” cases.  At the time of this post, both the death penalty and a hate crime implication are off the table.  Apparently going around attacking trans people isn’t “hateful” or “heinous” enough.

Read the full articles at the San Francisco Examiner and NBC Bay Area.

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