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Posted on Aug 25, 2014

Petition launched to #FreeEisha, a trans woman of color arrested after she was attacked

A trans woman of color, Eisha Love, is currently facing attempted murder charges after she was attacked by two men outside a gas station on Chicago's West Side. According to a Change.org petition calling for Love's release from prison with over 2,000 signatures at this time, she was with a friend when two men began harassing them with slurs and epithets, and Love was struck in the face.

As Love and her friend rushed to escape the attack in their car, one of their attackers standing near the vehicle was permanently injured. Later, Love turned herself in for the injury and was charged with 1st degree attempted murder. If convicted, she faces 10 years in prison.

Love is not the first trans woman of color to face criminal charges after being attacked. Trans woman CeCe McDonald's story gained national attention when she was arrested and later sentenced for the death of her attacker, Dean Schmitz. McDonald was also targeted with slurs and epithets, and was bleeding from a drinking glass thrown at her face by one of her attackers before police arrived and arrested her at the scene. Many advocates have said that McDonald was "punished for surviving."

You can read more about Eisha's story and support her by signing and sharing this Change.org petition, and by using hashtag #FreeEisha on social media. 

August 25, 2014
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Posted on Aug 25, 2014

Detroit local media misgenders, stereotypes three transgender victims of violence

According to local news outlets in Detroit, police are investigating three recent shootings in the Palmer Park area as possible hate crimes. One of the victims was killed, and the two other victims were injured in separate incidents. All three victims are transgender women.

Making these tragedies even worse is the reporting from local news outlets in Detroit. Several outlets misgendered the victims, used the wrong pronouns to refer to them, and conflated sexual orientation and gender identity. Some referred to being transgender as a matter of "lifestyle," rather than a matter of someone's internal, deeply held sense of their gender.

The coverage from WJBK Detroit, a local Fox News affiliate, was especially disturbing. While the written story does not misgender the victims, the broadcast segment does, and it promotes the stereotype that transgender women are not who they say they are. Even worse, rather than hearing from friends and family of the victims, the report includes commentary from complete strangers who did not know the victims, but who nevertheless make gross speculations about the victims' lives.  

GLAAD has reached out to WJBK repeatedly about this problematic coverage, but the station has not responded. Journalists covering this story should refer to GLAAD's Media Reference Guide and our report, Doubly Victimized: Reporting on Transgender Victims of Crime.

August 25, 2014
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Posted on Aug 21, 2014

Uprising of Love benefit concert features Sting and Patti LuPone to raise funds for global equality

As world leaders come together in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative in mid-September, Executive Producers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook) will present Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality. The concert will feature performances by 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting and two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Patti LuPone.

Net proceeds from the event will go to Fueling the Frontlines, a three-year, $20 million campaign for global LGBTI rights led by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the only philanthropic organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to advancing LGBTI rights globally. The event aims to support the efforts of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN's Free & Equal campaign in calling for equal rights globally for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and to raise significant funding for grassroots organizations and activists working toward that goal around the world.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.uprisingoflove.org/benefitconcert.

Uprising of Love, co-founded by Melissa Etheridge, Dustin Lance Black, Bruce Cohen, and dozens of prominent individuals, is a global movement to support the safety and dignity of LGBTI people around the world. GLAAD is a partner of the organization that focuses on raising awareness and funds for activists making a difference for LGBTI people on the ground in every part of the globe.  

August 21, 2014
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