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Nov. 8, 2013: Good News, Bad News

November 9, 2013

Good news and bad news for trans people in California: The good news is that, while Mara was waiting for the subway train last night, a woman started shouting at her, saying things like, “You’re a man!” and using profanity in front of a crowd of people. OK, that doesn’t sound too good. The good part is that the other people either paid no attention to the outburst or to Mara, or they stood up for her by engaging her in pleasant conversation.

OK, here’s the really bad news. Despite all of the protections we have for trans people in California, here are two links to recent news stories from the L.A. Times. One is about a trans person who was set on fire on a city bus in Oakland: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-teen-fire-oakland-bus-20131107,0,4705976.story#axzz2k0AwWyZJ. The other is about a trans person who was attacked in Hollywood: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-attack-transgender-woman-hollywood-to-be-arraigned-20131106,0,3729132.story?track=rss#axzz2k0CsN1io. I guess the upside to these stories is that, when police find who did it, the perps (I watch too much “Law & Order”) are arrested.

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