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Letter: Stop the hate, stop the killing

By | 2008-03-20T09:00:00-04:00 March 20th, 2008|Opinions|

The month of Feburary has been a very tragic month for the transgender community. Along with Ashley Sweeney, whose body was dumped in a vacant lot on the East side of Detroit, there have been victims from California, Florida, South Carolina, New York and the United Kingdom. Lets not forget the 10-year-old who committed suicide in Britain, after telling his mom that he wanted to wear dresses and makeup. On Jan. 21, Adolphus Simmons from South Carolina was murdered. Cameron from Britan was discovered hanging by a leather belt and he was only 10. He was also bullied in school. Sanesha Steward was found stabbed to death on Feb. 9. Lawrence King was shot and killed while in a Junior High School classroom, because he was gay and liked to wear high heel boots, makeup and jewelry. Simmie Williams, a 17-year-old from Florida was killed.
These young people had their whole lives taken from them just for being transgender. This is such a tragedy and a shame. This killing needs to stop and the hate needs to leave this world. Transgender people, like anyone else, just want to live our lives free from hate.

{ITAL Michelle Fox-Phillips
Executive Director
Transgender Detroit}
Submitted on Wed Mar 12 20:01:00 2008
Person: Michelle FoxPhillips
City: Warren
State: Michigan
Country: Warren

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