Anti-Trans Violence In NYC Subway
By Monica Roberts
One of the things I’m beyond being sick and tired of being sick and tired of is the anti-trans hate being directed at Black trans women in our community by Black cis males that manifests itself into anti-trans violence, as demonstrated in the MARTA attack on two trans women by Luther Thomas and Frederick Missick back in May.
I had this video clip sent to me by longtime TransGriot reader, LaSaia Wade, of another depressing transit system attack on a Black trans woman by a cis Black ‘man’ as this Black trans woman is trying to just go through her day without drama.
[I'm] not aware of what transpired between the two to drive it to this level, but I am bothered that no one came to her aid.
I’m even more upset about the fact some people thought this crap was humorous, and this alleged ‘man’ thought it was okay to put his balled up fists on a trans woman.
No dudes and ignorant transphobes. Trans* women are women, and you’re a punk if you think it’s ever okay to take a swing at us.
Sharae Kavoskii, your transphobic ignorance and poisonous self-loathing is also on display for using the t-slur word in your caption of the video.
People throwing their balled up fists at a transwoman isn’t cute, funny or entertaining. If you think it is, something is seriously wrong with you as a human being. We transgender women are not your punching bags to take out whatever anger issues you have in your miserable life out on us.
We trans people are part of the diverse mosaic of human life on this planet and we aren’t going away. Deal with that reality.
Monica Roberts, aka the TransGriot, is a native Houstonian and a trailblazing award winning trans community leader. In addition to participating in a long list of panel discussions and speaking engagements to various colleges, groups and conferences over the years, in January 2006 she founded the award-winning blog TransGriot.
*This post originally appeared on TransGriot. Cross-posted with permission as part of our content partnership.