On November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance, seven people attacked Thailand Warr, a popular Houston-based performer whose stage name is DeyJzah Opulent Mirage, in the lobby of her Houston high-rise condo complex, reports TransGriot.
She was confronted by a group of five Black men and two Black women, all in their late teens to early twenties, who smelled of marijuana. Warr sustained injuries to her head, upper body and breasts, along with scratches across her chest.
TransGriot’s Monica Roberts attributes the attack to the climate being fueled by Black ministers and media in Houston, post passage of HERO, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which bans discrimination based on sex, race, age, and religion, and expands anti-bias protections for LGBT residents.
“I and the Houston Black transgender community, in a year in which we lost 11 trans people of color in the USA, and with ten of them being African-American, are beyond sick and tired of the cricket chirping silence coming from the Houston Black church about these murders and assaults on trans people,” Roberts writes.
“I blame the Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity for sowing the anti-trans seeds at the behest of their massas in the white conservative led Pastor’s Council that have now borne poisonous fruit in Ms. Warr’s life…Where you at Houston Black church? Where are your voices of condemnation for this attack Houston NAACP and Houston Urban League for starters? Where are you Houston Black Area Democrats?
And where are you Majic 102 and KCOH-AM? Both of your stations can provide platforms for the sellout ministers and HERO opponents to speak and demonize the Houston African-American trans community, but you can’t provide a platform for us to rebut the scurrilous and demonstrably false charges aimed at us?”
Read her full post at TransGriot. ELIXHER will continue to closely monitor this story.