Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Another DC Trans Shooting

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 12, 2011 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Media, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: assault, MPD, shooting, transgender, Washington D.C., Washington Post

What is going in Washington D.C.?

This morning comes a report of another shooting of a trans person in D.C.

And what is going on with the Washington Post's reporting on these issues?

As you'll note in the article below, the post uses the wrong name of one of the victims, choosing to use her birth name, misgendering her, and it also fails to note the August 2 shooting by Officer Kenneth Furr.

From the Washington Post:

Police are investigating the shooting of a transgender person Monday, the third in a string of similar attacks in the District this summer.

Monday's shooting took place just before 2 a.m. in the 2300 block of Savannah Street SE, police said. The attack appears to be non-fatal; the victim was conscious when transported to the hospital.

The two earlier attacks on transgender people -- one of which was fatal -- occurred one block and 11 days apart in Northeast Washington.

On July 20, 23-year-old Myles Mclean was shot about 4:30 a.m. in the 6110 block of Dix Street. Police said two men approached Mclean and one asked a question. Then, before waiting for an answer, one of the men pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and opened fire. Mclean, who was also known by friends as Lashay, was killed.

On July 31, at about 2:45 a.m., a man approached a transgender person in the same neighborhood, asked for change and pulled a semiautomatic handgun without waiting for a response.

The man shot the gun, but missed the victim, police said. That attack was in the 6200 block of Dix Street NE. Police said they were investigating the shootings as a "potential emerging pattern."

Transgender rights have been in the spotlight in the region since April, when a 22-year-old transgender woman was brutally attacked at a suburban Baltimore McDonald's.

It is unknown whether Monday's shooting is related to the earlier shootings. Stay with PostLocal.com as more details become available.

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This is tragic and hard to digest. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. This is exactly what happens when police and public officials do not require equal rights and protections to all citizens, INCLUDING gender variant people! It has me wondering... if there were transgender suspects randomly shooting gender congruent people on a biweekly basis, how many victims would it take to be considered a "potential emerging pattern"? I'd say 2.

Conditions in D.C. are frightening! Please keep us posted, Dr. Weiss. Not only is the trend frightening, but police lack of concern and down right ignorance by the press does not bode well for Trans people in the D.C. area!

Transgender activists Earline Budd and Ruby Corado, who spoke at a news conference yesterday, said the latest shooting was among more than a dozen violent attacks against transgender women in D.C. this year.

I pick up the Washington Examiner on my way into work to do the crossword puzzle. They ran a cover story this morning on the current spate of violence against transgender individuals in DC, although I found some of the language and descriptions of victims (one as a "man wearing women's clothing") really insensitive. You may want to check it out.

(I don't see the particular story I'm referencing on their website yet; the title was "Surge in Attacks on Transgenders".)