Month: November 2015

A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About Transgender Bathrooms

I read these reports, and my heart starts to race. They can’t be serious. Let me be clear: I am not saying that transgender people are predators. Not by a long shot. What I am saying is that there are countless deviant men in this world who will pretend to be transgender as a means of gaining access to the people they want to exploit, namely women and children. It already happens. Just Google Jason Pomares, Norwood Smith Burnes, or Taylor Buehler, for starters.

There are countless deviant men in this world who will pretend to be transgender as a means of gaining access to the people they want to exploit.

While I feel a deep sense of empathy for what must be a very difficult situation for transgender people, at the beginning and end of the day, it is nothing short of negligent to instate policies that elevate the emotional comfort of a relative few over the physical safety of a large group of vulnerable people.

Don’t they know anything about predators? Don’t they know the numbers? That out of every 100 rapes, only two rapists will spend so much as single day in jail while the other 98 walk free and hang out in our midst? Don’t they know that predators are known to intentionally seek out places where many of their preferred targets gather in groups? That perpetrators are addicts so committed to their fantasies they’ll stop at nothing to achieve them?

Do they know that more than 99 percent of single-victim incidents are committed by males? That they are experts in rationalization who minimize their number of victims? Don’t they know that insurance companies highlight locker rooms as a high-risk area for abuse that should be carefully monitored and protected?

Don’t they know that one out of every four little girls will be sexually abused during childhood, and that’s without giving predators free access to them while they shower? Don’t they know that, for women who have experienced sexual trauma, finding the courage to use a locker room at all is a freaking badge of honor? That many of these women view life through a kaleidoscope of shame and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, dissociation, poor body image, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, difficulty with intimacy, and worse?

Why would people knowingly invite further exploitation by creating policies with no safeguards in place to protect them from injury? With zero screening options to ensure that biological males who enter locker rooms actually identify as female, how could a woman be sure the person staring at her wasn’t exploiting her? Why is it okay to make her wonder?

There’s no way to make everyone happy in the situation of transgender locker room use. So the priority ought to be finding a way to keep everyone safe. I’d much rather risk hurting a smaller number of people’s feelings by asking transgender people to use a single-occupancy restroom that still offers safety than risk jeopardizing the safety of thousands of women and kids with a policy that gives would-be predators a free pass.

Is it ironic to no one that being “progressive” actually sets women’s lib back about a century? What of my right to do my darndest to insist that the first time my daughter sees the adult male form it will be because she’s chosen it, not because it’s forced upon her? What of our emotional and physical rights? Unless and until you’ve lined a bathroom door with a towel for protection, you can’t tell me the risk isn’t there.

Even if there aren’t hundreds of abusers rushing into locker rooms by the dozens, the question I keep asking myself is, “What if just one little girl gets hurt by this? Would that be enough to make people reconsider it?”

via A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About Transgender Bathrooms.

Feds to Require Shelters to Accommodate Transgender Individuals – Washington Free Beacon

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is seeking to require shelters to accommodate transgender individuals to use the shared sleeping and bathing areas of their choice.

The agency is also expanding its definition of “gender identity” for purposes of the regulation.

The current definition states, “Gender identity means actual or perceived gender-related characteristics.”

The new definition adds to what “perceived gender identity” means.

“Gender identity means the gender with which a person identifies, regardless of the sex assigned to that person at birth,” the new definition reads. “Perceived gender identity means the gender with which a person is perceived to identify based on that person’s appearance, behavior, expression, other gender-related characteristics, or sex assigned to the individual at birth.”

The agency added, “Perceived gender identity may differ from the identity with which a person identifies.”

The proposed regulation also notes that the rule could apply to anyone, regardless of whether or not they use the term “transgender” to describe themselves.

The agency would allow exemptions on a case-by-case basis to the rule out of safety concerns. Complaints from other individuals living in the shelter would not be considered.

via Feds to Require Shelters to Accommodate Transgender Individuals – Washington Free Beacon.

Armed trans woman arrested after 10-hour D.C. standoff

The D.C. police department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit and its transgender supervisor, Sgt. Jessica Hawkins, played a role in persuading a 31-year-old transgender woman to peacefully surrender after a 10-hour standoff on the roof of a downtown office building in which she fired a handgun and threatened to kill herself and harm others.
According to a police news release and a separate police report, officers charged Sophia Dalke of Springfield, Va., with assault on a police officer while armed. The arrest came about 10:30 a.m. after Dalke agreed to peacefully leave a location in which she positioned herself on the roof deck of an upscale office building at 1999 K St., N.W.
“The MPD GLLU reported Suspect 1 told MPD that she wanted to commit suicide,” the highly redacted public version of the police report says. “Suspect 1 told MPD that she had just shot out the glass door leading to the roof top,” the report says.
The report adds: “Responding MPD units arrived on the scene to the front of the building. On the scene, sounds of several gunshots could be heard. Gunshots were fired in the area where police personnel were arriving.”
The report says Sgt. Hawkins was among three officers that provided assistance to the department’s Emergency Response Team that was dispatched to the scene. The press release says the officers arrived shortly after 12:19 a.m. after being alerted that “an adult female in crisis [was] threatening harm to herself and others.”
The police press release, which makes no mention that Dalke is transgender, says “a barricade incident was declared” after Dalke “discharged a firearm.”

via Armed trans woman arrested after 10-hour D.C. standoff.

Jail ‘too tough’ for transsexual offender – World News | IOL News

A transsexual who downloaded sickening images of child pornography escaped jail because a judge said prison would be too tough a place for her.

Laura Voyce, 20, who was born a man and used to go by the name Luke, faced being locked up for nine months in a male prison after being convicted of 14 counts of downloading indecent images of children.

Four of the images discovered on Voyce’s laptop were of level four, the second most serious, and featured semi-naked youngsters being abused.

But despite this Judge Lesley Newton allowed Voyce, who is in the middle of a sex

change which means she is biologically a man but legally a woman, to walk free with a nine-month jail term suspended for a year. She must also complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

The judge said prison would be an “appalling experience” for the sex offender.

via Jail ‘too tough’ for transsexual offender – World News | IOL News.

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Women Have Very Little Political Power Anywhere In The World

Wendy Davis
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, stands on a near empty senate floor as she filibusters in an effort to kill an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

When Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, announced he had appointed women to half of his government’s cabinet positions, many people asked him why.

“Because it’s 2015,” he replied.

But 2015 isn’t an especially progressive time in the political world for gender equality. There are zero countries where women have equal representation with men. Zero.

A new report on global gender equality by the World Economic Forum, the Geneva-based nonprofit most famous for its uber-elite economic conference in Davos, Switzerland, shows that while women are inching toward global parity in education, health, and to a lesser extent economic outcomes, they are still woefully underrepresented in national governments.

Of 145 countries in the index, only four (Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Nicaragua) are more than halfway toward equality at the parliamentary, ministerial, and head-of-state levels of government. The majority of countries are below a quarter of the way to equality.

This is no accident.

“Political power continues to be one of the great bastions of masculinity, almost anywhere you go in the world,” said Shauna Shames, an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University-Camden, who studies the subject.

Without political power, women can fight and claw their way toward other types of equality, but their fates are still ultimately in the hands of men.

Many of the top 20 countries on the list in terms of political empowerment — including Rwanda, Bangladesh, and Costa Rica — only got there through some sort of quota system that forces political parties to recruit and groom women for political office.

The United States comes in 72nd on the list, about halfway down.

In the U.S., things aren’t getting better. In fact, they are getting worse.

Via The Huffington Post at

Transgender woman Vicky Thompson found dead at Armley jail – BBC News

A transgender woman who told her friends she would kill herself if she was sent to a male prison has been found dead in jail.
Vicky Thompson, 21, was being held at Armley, Leeds, where she was pronounced dead on Friday.
Friends of Thompson, who was born male but had identified as female since her mid-teens, said she had asked to be sent to a female prison.
An investigation into her death has been launched, the Prison Service said.
Thompson, from Keighley, West Yorkshire, was handed a 12-month jail term in August which was suspended for 24 months.
The BBC understands she later breached the terms of the sentence, and was remanded in custody at Bradford Crown Court.

via Transgender woman Vicky Thompson found dead at Armley jail – BBC News.

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UK Women and Equalities Committee – Transgender Equality Inquiry

On June 3, 2015, the UK announced a new Women and Equalities Committee to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Government Equalities Office.

Their first inquiry? Transgender equality.

The Transgender Equality Inquiry accepts written and oral evidence regarding discrimination against transgender people.

As reported by The Telegraph:

A full list of what the committee will look at regarding trans issues includes:

• The relationship between the Government Equalities Office and other government departments in dealing with transgender equality issues and how the UK’s performance compares internationally

• The operation of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and whether it requires amending

• The aspect of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 which is referred to as the “spousal veto”

• The effectiveness of the Equality Act 2010 in relation to trans people

• Employment and workplace issues (including in the Armed Forces) affecting trans people

• Transphobia (including the portrayal of trans people in the media) and hate crime against trans people

• Issues affecting trans people in the criminal justice system

• Issues concerning the diagnosis of gender dysphoria, including the operation of NHS Gender Identity Clinics

• Access to gender reassignment treatment under the NHS

• Trans people and wider NHS services

• NHS services for trans youth

• Issues concerning trans youth in the education system

• Issues concerning trans youth and social care services (including looked-after children).

Notably absent from the Women and Equalities Committee’s Transgender Equality Inquiry is women and any mention of how transgender anti-discrimination law and policy affects females.

Luckily, many women and women’s groups have submitted data to the inquiry addressing women’s concerns. Submissions to the inquiry and more information on women’s concerns, trans youth, prison transition and general discrimination can be found here:

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015

A list in honor of those who lost their lives thus far in 2015. Reports indicate that this year alone 22 transgender people were killed in the United States, most of whom are trans women of color. This list includes deaths from around the world and was previously published at Suspicious deaths and domestic violence are included. Deaths by suicide are not included. The murders of transgender people on this list occurred between November 2014 and October 2015.

Zella Ziona: Lured and shot to death near Gaithersburg, Maryland in October, 2015. A suspect Rico Hector Leblond, was charged with murder.

Diana Sacayán: Prominent Argentine trans activist was stabbed to death in Buenos Aires in October, 2015. Police are looking for 2 suspects.

Rafaela Capucci: Killed at her place of work in Vogtsburg, Brazil in October, 2015.

Melvin: Shot to death in Detroit, Michigan on October 5, 2015.

Kiesha Jenkins: Shot to death in Philadelphia in October after being assaulted by a group of men. A suspect, Pedro Redding has been arrested. Police are looking for 2 other suspects.

Chocobar Marcela: Reported missing in Argentina in September 2015. Her burnt and dismembered skeletal remains were identified by DNA a month later.

Keyshia Blige: Declared dead at a hospital in Aurora, Illinois on March 7, 2015 after being shot while driving a car and subsequently crashing the vehicle. Death went unnoticed due to media misgendering until reported in UK media in August, 2015.

Jasmine Collins: Stabbed to death in Kansas City, Missouri on June, 2015. The killer prevented others from offering CPR. A suspect, Tia Townsel is charged with murder.

Tamara Dominguez: Kansas City, Missouri police say she was hit by a SUV, then run over twice as she was lying on the ground in August, 2015. Pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.

Elisha Walker (aka Angel Elisha Walker): Reported missing in November, 2014, body found in crude grave in Johnson County, North Carolina in August, 2015. A suspect, Angel Dejesus Arias is charged with murder.

Kandis Capri: Shot outside an apartment complex and pronounced dead upon arrival at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona in August, 2015. Police released a video in hope of finding the killer.

Ashton O’Hara: Brutally murdered in a Detroit, Michigan field in July, 2015. A suspect, Larry B. Gaulding, is charged with first degree murder.

Shade Schuler: Severely decomposed body discovered in a field in Dallas, Texas on July 29th, 2015. Cause of death unclear. Possibly shot. No suspects.

Amber Monroe: Shot to death in Detroit, Michigan, during the summer of 2015 (exact date unclear). Police still looking for a suspect as of October, 2015.

KC Haggard: Stabbed to death in Fresno, California in a July, 2015 incident that was captured on surveillance video. Her pleas for help were ignored by passerbys. Police are looking for suspects.

Nephi Luthers: Shot in the head in Georgetown, Guyana in July, 2015 by a person she was talking to. Police have arrested one suspect, Ron Forde, and are looking for a second suspect named Kanand Ojha,

India Clarke: Found shot to death in Tampa, Florida in July, 2015. A suspect, Keith Lamayne Gaillard, has been arrested.

Daya Rani Kinnar: The victim, a well-known trans politician, was shot to death in Uttar Pradesh, India in July, 2015. Two suspects were arrested and police are looking for a third.

Mercedes Williamson: DNA confirmed that a body stabbed to death and buried in George County, Mississippi in May, 2015 was that of the victim, a resident of Alabama. A suspect who knew the victim, Josh Brandon Vallum, was arrested after being turned in by his father.

Laura Vermont: Died in a São Paulo, Brazil hospital in June, 2015 from injuries not clearly specified. Two military police officers, Ailton de Jesus, and Diego Clemente Mende were arrested for their involvement in the death.

Francela Méndez Rodríguez: Noted trans activist murdered while visiting a friend in Sonsonate, El Salvador on May 31, 2015.

London Chanel (aka Londyn “Kiki” Chanel-Washington, London Banks): Stabbed to death in Philadelphia on May 18, 2015. A suspect, Raheam Felton, was arrested and charged with murder.

Yosvani Muñoz Robaina: Stoned to death in a public park in Pinar del Rio, Cuba on April 26, 2015. Three suspects were detained.

Almaroof Bijli: Burned and mutilated body was found on May 5, 2015 in Gungal, Pakistan.

Saima Shahzadi, Shah Zaib and Billi: Shot by motorcyclists in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in May, 2015.

Vanessa Santillan: Found in a London apartment strangled and beaten on March 28, 2015. A suspect, Joaquin Gomez-Hernandez, was arrested.

Two unidentified trans women: Gunned down after performing at a wedding in Pakistan in April, 2015.

Kristina Grant Infiniti: (aka Kristina Gomez Reinwald) Found dead in her Miami Florida home in Feb. 2015. Police classified the death as a homicide.

Sumaya Dalmar: (aka Sumaya Ysl) Found dead in Toronto, Ontario on Feb 22, 2015. Cause of death not released. Unclear if it is a homicide.

Bri Golec: Killed by her father during a domestic dispute in Akron Ohio on Feb. 13, 2015. The father, Kevin Golec was charged with murder.

Piu da Silva: Disfigured body was found January 24, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one day after a video showing the victim being tortured surfaced.

Penny Proud (aka Penny Proud Johnson): Fatally shot on Feb. 10. 2015 in New Orleans. Police believe it may have been a robbery attempt. Two suspects are being sought.

Taja DeJesus: Stabbed to death in February, 2015, in San Francisco. A suspect, James Hayes, committed suicide before being found by police.

Marisol Almeida: Found dead in her place of business on Dec. 24, 2014, in Ecuador.

Yazmin Vash Payne: Found by firefighters stabbed to death in Los Angeles on January 31, 2015. Her live-in partner, Ezekiel Jamal Dear, is charged with murder and the setting of their apartment on fire.

Papi Edwards: Shot to death in Louisville, Kentucky on January 9, 2015. A suspect, Henry Richard Gleaves, was charged with murder.

Hande Ö: Found strangled in her Vienna apartment on January 19, 2015. DNA evidence resulted in the arrest of an unnamed suspect.

Unidentified trans woman: Found shot to death in Badhber, Pakistan, in January, 22, 2015.

Lamia Beard: Died in a Norfolk, Virginia, hospital of gunshot wounds in January, 2015.

Ty Underwood: Shot to death on Jan. 26. 2015 in North Tyler, Texas. A suspect, Carlton Ray Champion, Jr., is charged with murder.

Gizzy Fowler: Gunned down in Nashville, Tennessee in November, 2014. A suspect, Mallory Antoine Porter, turned himself in to police.

Deshawnda Sanchez (aka Tata): Shot to death in Los Angeles in December, 2014. A suspect, Robert James Spells, has been arrested.

Keymori Shatoya Johnson: Shot to death in her Albany, Georgia (USA) home in December 2014. A suspect, Kuyaunnis James has been arrested.

Unidentified trans woman: Found murdered in Tblisi, the former Soviet state of Georgia in November, 2014.

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Sex Reassignment Surgery and Women’s Prisons

Disclaimer: The purpose of this site is simply to document. This site does not encourage or condone discrimination against trans men and women. It is in no way intended to demonize trans men and trans women any more than reporting on any other types of violence demonize women or men. Presentation of research data is simply that, presentation of research data.

The following is a list of trans women who are seeking sex reassignment surgery, have been granted sex reassignment surgery and trans women who have been placed in women’s prisons. There will be some overlap between lists. Not all trans women who have been placed in women’s prisons have undergone sex reassignment surgery. Therefore, the categories interested in relocation, pre-op, post-op and granted sex reassignment surgery, but awaiting placement have been used.

Seeking or granted sex reassignment surgery:

James Randall Smith – kidnapping and raping a 17-year-old girl:

Luis Morales/Synthia China-Blast – rape and murder of a teen girl:

Wolfgang “Beate” Schmidt – serial rapist and murderer: &

Rodney Quine/Shiloh Quine – murder, kidnapping and robbery:

Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy/Michelle-Lael Norsworthy – murder:

Steve “Nikkas” Alamillo – murder:

Lyralisa Stevens – killing a San Bernardino County woman with a shotgun in a dispute over clothes:

Noel Crompton/Maddison Hall – murder of a 28 year old hitchhiker, charged with rape after he was moved to a women’s facility:

Michelle Kosilek – killed his wife by nearly decapitating her with a piano wire:

Dillon Andrew Shadle/Riley Nicole Shadle – sexual assault of a child:

Peter Laing/Paris Green – beat, tortured and murdered a man, moved to another women’s prison after having sexual relations with female inmates:

Vance Egglestone/Shauna Taylor – serial rapist:

James Elliot Wolfe/Jessica Elaine Wolfe – child rapist:,6081889&hl=en

Mark Brooks/Jessica Brooks – murder:

Paul Deyner – serial killer:

John Pilley/Jane Anne Pilley – kidnapping and attempted murder:

David Cross/Kelly Denise Richards  – armed robbery:

Matthew “Maxine” Richardson – murder of a prostitute that mocked him:

Geoffrey Ian Websdale/Michelle Websdale – murder:

Patrick Hagan – assault:

Mark van N – murder and mutilation:

Robert Floyd Brown Jr/Alicia Jade Brown – producing, possessing, and transporting pornography of 10-15 year old boys:

Stuart Kelly/Katelyn Findlay – robbery and assault, registered sex offender:

Melissa Cae – repeated stabbed a 16 year old boy:

Maikobi Shawn Burks/Mia Kobi-Burks – murder:

Rodney S. White Jr – child sexual offender:

Alan Baker/Sarah Baker – kidnapped and tortured his step-mother’s brother, attempted to kill another inmate:

David Megarry Jr/Sandra Jo Batista – child rapist: &

Thomas Lamb – convicted rapist, murderer and kidnapper:

William Gray – murder:

Craig Hudson/Kimberley Green – imprisoned, tortured and killed his wife, wrapped her body in a carpet and dumped it:

Lamar McQueen – murder:

John “Johnny” Jacobson Jr/Skylar Deleon – armed burglary, murder of another inmate, tied a couple to the anchor of their yacht and threw them overboard alive, attempted to have father and cousin killed so they would be unable to testify:

Philip Walker Rosati/Mia Rosati – murder:


Women’s prison (expressed interest in or already moved):

Tania Veilleux – sexually assaulting a young girl for 4 years:

Luis Morales/Synthia China-Blast – rape and murder of a teen girl:

David Wesley Birrell/Bella-Christina Birrell – murder:

Michelle Kosilek – killed his wife by nearly decapitating her with a piano wire:

Christopher “Kitty” Grey – molested a child for 5 years:

Phillip “Sabrina” Trujillo – stabbed a man, theft and robbery:

Pre-op placement:

Cheyenne Lamson – privacy complaints due to pre-op status:

Noel Crompton/Maddison Hall – murder of a 28 year old hitchhiker, charged with rape after he was moved to a women’s facility:

Peter Laing/Paris Green – beat, tortured and murdered a man, moved to another women’s prison after having sexual relations with female inmates:

Tara Hudson – assault:

Jaris Lovado/Bianca Sawyer – robbery, possession of stolen property and fraud:

Stuart Kelly/Katelyn Findlay – robbery and assault, registered sex offender:

Richard Chaperon/Richard Kavanagh/Synthia Kavanagh – brutally murdered his ex roommate, a transsexual male prostitute, with a knife and hammer:

Jade Follett – stabbed a man who stalked and threatened after they met through a dating website:

Post-op placement (includes prison transition and self-castration):

Peter Rogers/Debbie Vincent – ex-military animal rights extremist charged with intimidation, threats, placing car bombs, arson, disturbance of personal remains and theft of ashes:

Melissa Young – killed neighbor by stabbing him 29 times over rejecting a gift:

Robert Hilton/Rebecca Hilton – murder:

Richard Masbruch – serial rapist:

Douglas Wakefield/Tai Pilley Wakefield – strangled his uncle, beat him with a hammer and stabbed him 48 times with a garden fork. While incarcerated, he strangled, stabbed, beat and killed an inmate, held prison officers hostage twice and attempted to kill one of them:

Glenn Nelson/Leslie Ann Nelson – killed a police officer and investigator with an AK-47 assault rifle:

Granted surgery, awaiting placement:

Rodney Quine/Shiloh Quine – murder, kidnapping and robbery:

David Cross/Kelly Denise Richards – armed robbery:

Alan Baker/Sarah Baker – kidnapped and tortured his step-mother’s brother, attempted to kill another inmate:


Post-op Trouble

Disclaimer: The purpose of this site is simply to document. This site does not encourage or condone discrimination against trans men and women. It is in no way intended to demonize trans men and trans women any more than reporting on any other types of violence demonize women or men. Presentation of research data is simply that, presentation of research data.

It is a common perception that those who have undergone sex reassignment surgery are both no longer violent or capable of penetrative sex or rape. This is a myth.

The vast majority of trans women have intact male genitalia even after sex reassignment surgery. In many cases, an orchidectomy, or surgical removal of the testes, is performed. This is termed surgical castration. Chemical castration involves administration of androgen (male sex hormone) blockers and estrogen (female sex hormone) replacement.

Neither method of castration prevents penile erection or ability for penetrative sex. Men who are surgically or chemically castrated for health reasons are still capable of erection. Sex drive may be decreased in some men, however, with the use of modern medicines, such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, etc., most men and trans women will still be perfectly able to experience erection.

There is a false belief among transitioners and the general population that taking female hormones may make one less dangerous, but this is not the case. We should keep in mind that when it comes to violent men, hormones are not the issue. Many trans women will take estrogen hormonal therapy and still commit crimes at the same rate as men.

The following is a list of specifically post-op trans women. Although some crimes may have been committed before sex reassignment surgery, those included also have documented issues after surgery. Some trans women have self-castrated and are documented as post-op. This is not a list of trans women who have been granted sex reassignment surgery while in prison or have undergone surgery after committing crimes.