Transgender Woman Dies Following Brutal Attack in Harlem
by Eric Cameron, Digital Media Associate
Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman who was brutally attacked in Harlem over the weekend, has died.
According to media reports and the NYPD, Nettles was out with a group of friends Saturday night when a group of men identified her as transgender and began throwing punches and yelling anti-gay and anti-transgender slurs.
Nettles was rushed to Harlem Hospital following the attack. On Thursday she was declared brain dead and taken off life support.
One person has been arrested in relation to the attack. The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) reports that the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office are currently investigating the incident.
HRC condemns this horrendous act of violence and calls on the NYPD to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice. We send our deepest condolences to Ms. Nettles’ family, friends and loved ones and encourage those in the NY area to join the AVP for the vigil Monday honoring her life.
…captures the truth quite perfectly. and, let’s not forget that the cartoon has – of course – a man saying, no. it’s always a guy dispensing the control over a woman’s body.
…couldn’t agree more. have you ever noticed picketers at abortion centers ..? most have no vaginas. and, on a separate note – doesn’t it seem like it’s those without a vagina that have the strongest opinion on women, and our entire bodies – as though they know what’s best for us. and, yet, they’re first to say a girl “asked for it” because of her tiny skirt. and, quick to give the vaginaless party a free pass for any kind of rape that may lead to an abortion – because boys will be boys.
..fuck ’em …♥.
I agree …keep fat old rich politicians out of my business and body
…but, sadly, before i could think about anything of real value – i had a redneck thought:
she’s hotter’n dammit ….♥.
Women’s Rights News shared Let’s cook‘s photo.
i love jennifer’s response ..↓..
Jennifer Myers Um, you don’t “do” anything with women. What an odd post. Guys who say women belong in the kitchen are assholes.
this is also interesting to think about ….♥.
if any gay person can get arrested for simply …being gay – then let’s band together and force the miss universe organization to relocate ….
fuck them …♥.
This petition will be delivered to:
President of the Miss Universe Organization :
Paula M. Shugart
Public Relations Coordinator of the Miss Universe Organization :
Miss Universe Org.: Move Your 2013 Pageant From Russia Because of Anti-Gay Laws
Petition by Francesco PascuzziSomerville, NJ
As a lifelong pageant fan, I’m shocked and disappointed that the Miss Universe Organization has chosen to host its competition this year in Russia, where LGBTQ people are under attack.
Over the last few months, aggressive and discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws have been enacted in Russia. On July 3rd, 2013, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law preventing the adoption of Russian-born children to gay couples, and to couples and/or individuals living in any country where marriage equality exists in any shape or form. This shameful piece of legislation came on the heels of other laws, also signed by president Putin earlier in 2013, which allow Russian police to arrest and detain Russian citizens and foreign tourists suspected of being homosexuals or of pushing a pro-LGBTQ agenda. Another recently enacted law labeling “homosexual propaganda” as pornography puts anyone making pro-gay statements to underage individuals at risk of being fined and/or arrested.
Pictures of a recent Gay Pride event in St. Petersburg which ended in bloody beatings and arrests have now surfaced on the Internet, as well. Being gay in Russia is today equal to being a criminal. Russia is no longer a safe destination and host country. When the Miss Universe Organization allowed transgender beauty Jenna Talackova to enter the Miss Universe Canada pageant in 2012, reversing its previous policies on the matter, it sent a strong and unequivocal message in favor of equality and of the LGBTQ community. Choosing Russia as a host country undermines this progress.
Many Miss Universe fans, myself included, identify as LGBTQ — and surely many employees of the organization are, as well. How are any of these people, who might want or will have to attend the event, supposed to travel to Russia under these new laws and feel safe, when they could (and likely will) be beaten, arrested and/or detained on the spot for being who they are? Clearly, there is more at stake here than the organization’s reputation.
With this petition, we are asking the Miss Universe Organization to send a strong message in favor of equality and human rights by pulling out from hosting the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.
i remember my first lesbian relationship – and, how much time we spent in the bedroom; i think many lezzie relationships start out that way. in the beginning, i was preoccupied with the many positions that were new to me. yes, i read plenty of books on how to have lezzie sex, but putting it into action was a whole different story for me. eventually, we learn what we like, and what works, and we try our best to understand our partner, and all of the great things that make her tick.
i will say this though – i always feel vulnerable with a girl in my bed. oddly, sometimes the vulnerability can be so strong that you ‘ll need to look away, because of fear that you may cry; even her perfume can send you miles away, as though no place had the depth to hold you in.