reposted from a online story by Corinne Pinfold for PinkNews.co.uk 2 May 2013, 2:00pm
Mia’s comments on the story below- The media coverage disgusts me “an oddly dressed man” ? really because of bullshit like this coverage we fight tooth and nail for trans inclusive hate crime laws. When a transgender woman is murdered the regular practice is to report a mans body was found then in the report it will say the man was dressed in womans clothing and may have had plastic surgery? Because of these antiquated transphobic practices police commissioners get to stand before congress and with a straight face say “our state doesnt have a transhate crime problem the statistics don’t support it”
A couple of years ago a post graduate student crossed referenced murders in california with missing trans women and found that they were murdered and reported as men,at a rate as high as 7 out of 10. So california could under report hate crimes on transgender people by as much as 70%.
We need intelligent reporting of crimes by police, we need them not to release gender until they have researched the person in cases where they suspect trans gender lifestyle. If the police find investigating in the trans community distasteful or against their religous beliefs then transfer to traffic, we are citizens we have rights and one is if we become a victim of violent crime that our last moments on earth will be treated with decency and respect by those investigating our death.
Cemia Dove was found dead on April 17
The death of Cemia Dove, also known as Ci Ci, a transgender woman from Ohio, has been noted as a “likely” hate crime by a local councillor.
Dove, originally identified by police by her birth name, Carl Acoff, was reported missing on 27 March.
Her body was found on 17 April in Olmstead Township near Cleveland. She had been stabbed to death and left in a pond with a cinder block and a steel pipe tied to her waist. Advanced decomposition suggested she had been dead for several weeks.
The transgender flag was flown from the top of Cleveland City Hall on 1 May as a sign of remembrance and solidarity, while local transgender rights supporters gathered in front of the building.
Among them was Cleveland City Councilor Joe Cimperman, who called for Dove’s murder to be treated as a hate crime.
“While Cemia struggled, she did not deserve to die as what is likely a hate crime,” he said. “Too often we lose loved ones because of fear or hate. Violence should not be tolerated against anyone regardless of race, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.”
Cleveland Transgender Community Outreach Committee Chair Jacob Nash said: “The violent death of this young woman is unconscionable and needs to be addressed. Ci Ci was someone’s child, but the perpetrator of this horrific crime could not see that. I am sure all they saw was someone who was different and trying to live their life the best they knew how.
“This is the third transgender woman of color murdered in April in the US alone and this needs to stop,” he added. “We need to break down the barriers and accept people for who they are, regardless, and stop the violence.”
GLAAD have taken up the case of local news source, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which covered Dove’s death in a way that has been described as “dehumanizing”.
The Plain Dealer referred to Dove’s body as “it”, and described her in a headline as an “Oddly dressed man” (later changed to “Oddly dressed body”), among other insulting errors.
GLAAD is urging Plain Dealer staff to meet with advocates for training on how to cover transgender issues in future.
Laurel Ramseyer of the influential Pam’s House Blend blog said: “Violence against transgender people is at epidemic levels in the United States, with transgender African-Americans one of the hardest-hit subpopulations. Pieces of dehumanizing garbage like these articles in the Plain Dealer… only feed the flames of hatred and abuse.”