02 July 2009

Anti-Trans/Anti-Gay Assault in Jackson Heights.

MY POST on my own Facebook wall: Elyaqim was horrified to learn today of a trans-woman beaten in a bias attack a few blocks from his home. When we are still being bludgeoned in the streets, the top issues of the gay movement’s self-appointed leaders (e.g., marriage, children, military) seem less relevant. —1 July, 22:31 (SFBG, Fb.|FF)

The assault on Leslie Mora occurred 19 June in front of 72-11 Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, about three blocks from my building. As is my style, I present a bibliography below of the first articles about it I encountered online. As is also my style, I took it as an opportunity to rail against the highest-profile bourgeois gay organizations that might feel this brutal incident should take a back seat to the Gay Marriage Machine which seeks to ensure that same-sex partners will get benefits at the racquet club.

• “Transgender Woman Brutally Beaten in Queens Bias Attack - TLDEF Demands Full Investigation into Hate Crime,” Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund Web site, 30 June 2009. Reproduced with minor changes at transgenderlegal.org/​headline_show.php?​id=120. Also reproduced as “Transgender Woman Brutally Beaten in Queens Bias Attack,” The Angels, 30 June 2009.
• Kat Long, “Transgender Woman Attacked in Queens,” New York Blade, 30 June 2009.
• Helen Boyd [Gail Kramer], “TLDEF: Queens (Trans) Woman Beaten in Bias Crime,” en|Gender, 30 June 2009.
• “Why Is One of These Attacks a Hate Crime, While the Other One Isn’t?,” Queerty, 30 June 2009.
• CaitieCat a.k.a twice_immigrant, “Another Sister Attacked,” Shakesville, 30 June 2009.
Miranda, “Read This: Another Sister Attacked,” Women’s Glib, 30 June 2009.
• Justine Nicholas Valinotti, “Leslie Mora and Jackson Heights,” Transwoman Times, 30 June 2009.
• Rachel, “Transgender Woman Attacked in Queens,” The Feminist Agenda, 1 July 2009.
• Mixed Queer, “Trans Woman Attacked in Queens NY,” Mixed Queer (..] |V| [] [} : {] :{] D )…( Q {( U [] :{] :{] R {..), 1 July 2009.
• David Yale Mailloux, “#176: I Just Don’t Understand…,” DYM Sum, 1 July 2009.

(And don’t forget to read the article to which I originally linked: Tommi Avicolli Mecca, “The Price of Normal,” San Francisco Bay Guardian Online, 24 June 2009.)

Photo: Laura Vogel.

A version of this article is reproduced at webcitation.org/5kYwAk57c.