Summary: In another spoken-word sociopolitical rebuttal against foolish social biases; unwarranted ignorance and scary Far-Right normalisations for homophobic violence, @TheAngryindian discusses the increasingly apathetic focus on the basic #HumanRights of our #Trans/#TwoSpirit Brothers and Sisters (and everything in-between) with regards to anti-Transgender discrimination; physical assault and extreme prejudice and/or (premeditated) murder of people simply because they are different; vulnerable and un-protected by the legal/justice system. It is important to understand that this critique is centred on one particular source of independent Afro-American news media, not the broader effort undertaken by Black broadcasters in North and South America to address and eliminate prejudice(s) and the rush to belligerence in an supposedly (progressive) humane society.
EXTRAS: Listeners should anticipate the usual political satire clips – this time from ‘Secular Talk’ and political entertainment in the form of ‘Revolution #2’ by The What – and – ‘Straight White Middle Class Male’ by veteran troubadour Dave Lippmann. There is also archived audio from a televised interview with a Two-Spirited Dine’ (Navajo) person who sat as a guest on the (usually ‘Liberal’) Phil Donahue Show (circa: 1991) following the Danny Bonaduce prostitution scandal; and internet media from Africa discussing the struggles of Transgendered People on the African continent.
All this and much more on, 4WR.
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- Murder of Gwen Araujo – Wikipedia
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- Man’s Confession in Transgender Woman’s Death Is Admissible, Judge Rules – The New York Times
Murder of Gwen Araujo – Wikipedia – Witness account of the circumstances of Araujo’s death
Araujo, who was undergoing hormone treatment and going by the name Gwen at the time, met Michael Magidson, José Merél, Jaron Nabors, and Jason Cazares in the summer of 2002. She engaged in oral sex with Magidson and anal sex with Merél. She claimed to be menstruating and during sex would push her partners’ hands away from her genitalia to prevent them from discovering that she had a penis. On October 3, 2002, she attended a party at a house rented by Merél and his brother, Paul Merél. Also in attendance at the party were Magidson, José Merél, Nabors, Cazares, Paul Merél, Paul Merél’s girlfriend Nicole Brown, and Emmanual Merél.
At the party, she was discovered, by forced inspection (conducted by Brown) to be a transgender woman, following which the men with whom she had sexual relations became enraged and violent. Magidson, after vomiting, put her in a chokehold. Later, he punched her in the face and began to choke her, but was pulled off by others. At some point after that, Paul Merél, Emmanuel Merél, and Brown left the house. José Merél struck her in the head with a can of food and a frying pan. Nabors and Cazares left in Magidson’s truck to go to Cazares’s house to get shovels and a pickaxe.
When Nabors and Cazares returned, Araujo was still conscious and sitting on the couch. At some point, the assault resumed. Magidson kneed her in the head against the living room wall, rendering her unconscious. Cazares kicked her. After this, she was taken to the garage of the home. Nabors testified that Magidson strangled her with a rope and that Cazares struck her with a shovel, but Magidson testified that it was Nabors who strangled her and struck her with the shovel, and Cazares testified that he never struck her and did not see her die. Most accounts have Merél cleaning blood out of the carpet at the time that Araujo was strangled. She was then hog-tied, wrapped in a blanket, and placed in the bed of a pick-up truck. They then drove her body four hours away and buried her near the Sierra Nevada mountains. Her disappearance and murder went unreported for days. It is not clear at what point during this sequence of events her death occurred. However, the autopsy showed that she died from strangulation associated with blunt force trauma to the head.
Two-Spirit – Wikipedia – Two Spirit (also two-spirit or twospirit) is a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans to describe certain spiritual people – gay, lesbian, bisexual and gender-variant individuals – in their communities. The term was adopted by consensus in 1990 at an Indigenous lesbian and gay international gathering to encourage the replacement of the outdated, and now seen as inappropriate, anthropological term berdache.
“Two Spirit” is not interchangeable with “LGBT Native American” or “Gay Indian”; this title differs from most western, mainstream definitions of sexuality and gender identity in that it is not so much about whom one is sexually interested in, or how one personally identifies; rather, it is a sacred, spiritual and ceremonial role that is recognized and confirmed by the Elders of the Two Spirit’s ceremonial community. While some have found the term a useful tool for intertribal organizing, not all Native cultures conceptualize gender or sexuality this way, and most tribes use names in their own languages. While pan-Indian terms are not always appropriate or welcome, the term has generally received more acceptance and use than the term it replaced.
Third and fourth gender roles traditionally embodied by two-spirit people include performing work and wearing clothing associated with both men and women. Not all tribes/nations have rigid gender roles, but, among those that do, the most usual spectrum that has been documented is that of four genders: feminine woman, masculine woman, feminine man, masculine man.