Demand 19 y/o trans man James Alexander's attacker be brought to justice.
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Demand 19 y/o trans man James Alexander's attacker be brought to justice.

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      R K

      sheridan, IL

From a fellow tumblogger:

19-year-old transman, James Alexander, was violently attacked for being trans while going for a walk in his neighborhood. To get to his destination, he had to walk past the house of a girl he was once interested in who had turned him down in the past (saying that “she can’t be with him because he’s not a real man” and that “she’d consider him IF he had a penis.”, and also calling him a “faggot”.), but he didn’t think anything of it, as he’s lived in the area for three years. He certainly wasn’t expecting what was to come.

As he walked past the house of the girl, she came out, and told him she wanted to talk to him. James stopped, to be polite, and because he figured he’d let her say what she needed to say. She asked him if he is a man, to which he said “Yes.”. She then told him to prove he’s a man. He told her off, and began to walk away.  As he was walking away, he felt someone grab the back of his shirt. The person spun him around to face them, and he discovered that it was the girls six-foot-five, 25-year-old boyfriend, Mark. Mark yelled in his face and also told him to prove he was a guy. James told him to back off, and shoved him away. Both the girl and Mark called James a “faggot”, and he began to cry. The two of them then proceeded to make fun of James for crying, saying “Oh look, the little girl is crying”. James started to walk away again, as Mark approached him and punched him in the face, right in the eye.. and continued hitting him repeatedly, while laughing, because James was crying.

James, who is significantly smaller than Mark, at five-foot-eight, and is not a violent person at all, defended himself as best he could, and got away.. but not before he sustained injuries to his face and hand, as well as psychological trauma.

James’ mother called the police, and also had him take photos of his injuries.. but it would seem that Mark is not going to be charged, after all. James explains, “It’s his word against mine. He has his mom, his girl, and three other people saying he didn’t do anything.. so even though I have a broken face and can’t physically stop crying or shaking, he is just getting a warning. I’m pressing charges, but he won’t be arrested. Just told to go to court on a certain day I guess.”

The bottom line is that he was attacked for a specific reason; for being trans. That qualifies what happened to him as a hate crime. This was a violent transphobic attack, and the guy who did this to this 19 year old transman, needs to be charged and convicted accordingly. It’s unfortunate that they won’t arrest Mark.. but I do hope that once this goes to court, he’s punished. He shouldn’t be able to just get away with this. Too many times has an incident like this happened, and the attacker gone free. It’s time we (transgender individuals) started being taken seriously when things like this happen to us.

If anyone who is reading this knows of any resources that could help James to ensure his attacker is convicted (legal counsel for trans people, etc), he can be contacted at ericjames1302@yahoo.com.

Also, if you’re a journalist who would like to write about this, I encourage you to do so, as increasing awareness about this incident is very important. There needs to be a huge public outcry about this. This boy needs all the support he can get. Then, maybe something will be done.

Once again, James can be contacted at ericjames1302@yahoo.com.

No one should have to go through anything like this. Everyone has the right to be who they are, and accepted. I hope beyond hope that Mark is arrested for doing this.

On top of all that, Mark is pressing charges against James. Because he hit back. Once. In self-defense. And Mark doesn’t have a scratch on him. But the police still showed up at James’ door. He doesn’t deserve something this horrible, nobody does.

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Demand 19 y/o transman James Alexander's attacker be brought to justice.

We must help put an end to cissexism in this country.
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    Reasons for signing

    • Meg Elder KELOWNA, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I've been attacked too. In different circumstances, but I know that expression in the picture. It's the same one I had. Hurt betrayal, disbelief... I hope it all works out. The guy who beat me was never charged because my girlfriend at the time said "she didn't see anything".

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    • Elizabeth Plant OATLEY, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because this is NOT okay

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    • Franciscus Te Whiu WAITAKERE, NEW ZEALAND
      • almost 3 years ago

      To serve justice, this is the right thing to do. He is a innocent victim, regardless of his sexually. Att: I am straight.!!!!

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    • Philip Patston AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • almost 3 years ago

      Such sad and unjust circumstances.

      But lets remember to be grateful for the changes everyone has made and need still to make, even those whom we may see to have caused problems through ignorance. And we must, without risking our self-worth and safety, be generous to those who struggle to change what they have learnt to believe to be true and right.

      Simultaneously lets remember to celebrate, support and nurture ourselves and each other as we strive to work in this difficult space, in between dark and light, and continue to make beautiful, vibrant rainbows.

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    • Nathan Brown DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND
      • almost 3 years ago

      Stand up and stand out!

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