Sunday, February 13, 2011

This one will literally make you ill...

I got this from Saranga, who got it from Ragnell:

Found this on Ragnel's' tumblr page:



[TRIGGER WARNING for murder and trans-hatred]

[Image is a black-and-white picture of Tyra Hunter, a short-haired black woman, wearing what appears to be a turtleneck with a necklace]


It was the morning of Aug. 7, 1995, and Tyra Hunter, a popular African-American hairdresser, was on her way to work in Washington, D.C. Suddenly, the car she was in was broadsided. In this situation, one would expect that Hunter would have promptly been taken to a hospital, where she would have received whatever medical care she needed. But tragically, and outrageously, that is not what happened. When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they helped the barely-conscious Hunter out of the car and began treating her, but only until one of them realized she was transgender after cutting open her clothing. At that point, they backed away from her, began laughing at her and taunting her with anti-transgender slurs. They stopped treating her in a life-threatening situation. In what world does someone sworn to help others in emergency situations stop treating them to attack them? When she was finally transported to a hospital, her ordeal didn’t end. Doctors refused to treat her, and by the time she was finally granted medical care, it was too late. Hunter was pronounced dead the same day. (via COLORLINES)

Mandy Carter, “Still No Freedom Rainbow for Transgender People of Color”

may actually start weeping

What the fuck is wrong with people?

Look, I'm just a straight white guy, so I can't really understand first-hand the plight of those in the GLBT community.

But I do know this:

If you directly encounter someone with potentially life-threatening injuries, ESPECIALLY if you are trained emergency personnel, and you deny them life-saving treatment and even taunt them and laugh at them merely because they are transgender? Then you've just made a major transition, my friend.

You've just gone from merely being a transphobic douchebag to being an INHUMAN MONSTER. It's just that simple. And if the choice ever comes down to either you or a transperson going to hell, you'd better hope it's not me who has to decide. It wouldn't even be a contest.


At 1:15 PM , Blogger SallyP said...

Holy crap. What is wrong with people? I can recall that the doctor who invented the process of storing blood as plasma bled to death outside of a hospital...he was black, and the hospital was for whites only.

Some things never seem to change.


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