Wednesday, May 4, 2011

“Be Smart. Be Sexy. Be Safe”...Truer Words Have Never Been Spoken.

As CiCi and I have stated, there has been a lot of headway when it comes to crossdressing and the transgendered community being more widely accepted in the media and just in the general public. However, as we all know, it is not everywhere. I’m not sure how many of you keep up with the news, but recently there was a hate crime committed against a transgendered male to female. Let me give you the abbreviated version (for the full version go here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/04/25/maryland.mcdonalds.beating/index.html?iref=allsearch AND for the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMrLXl6VwBU).


In Maryland, Chrissy Polis, 22 years of age, was going to use the restroom at a McDonald’s. Upon attempting to enter the ladies room Chrissy was jumped by an 18 year old young adult along with a 14 year old girl. They began beating her until she was on the floor of the restaurant having an epileptic seizure. The Oscar winning video credit can be given to an ignorant, clearly hard working McDonald’s employee who gleefully laughed the entire time. This upstanding citizen has since been fired from the company; which to be quite frank McDonald’s and police department, he should be charged with accessory to assault. Apparently, not on their radar. One employee, ONE, came to Chrissy’s assistance trying to get the women off of her as well as an older woman who took care of her throughout her epileptic seizure.


Currently, this Maryland police department is reviewing the case to see if additional charges should be filed for it being a hate crime—currently the girls are just charged with assault. Polis states in her police interview that these are the types of incidents that make her not want to go outside. Again, with my bluntness, she is post op and an extremely passable transgendered female—I don’t even know how these women could tell, unless it is a small town where news travels fast.

Either way, completely inappropriate. We do not live in a world that people can take it into their own hands to violently attack an individual when they disagree with something, whether it be an outfit, a political stance, a lifestyle, etc. If you do not recall, in 1998 plastered all over the news was the Matthew Sheppard gay hate crime case. This poor young man was beaten to death due to his sexual orientation. It took until 2008 for the The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act to be signed. Ten years of thousands of reported hate crimes, and just now is there legislation that protects people. The legislation includes:


· removing the current prerequisite that the victim be engaging in a federally-protected activity, like voting or going to school;
· giving federal law enforcement agencies greater ability to engage in hate crimes investigations that local authorities choose not to pursue;
· providing $10 million in funding for 2008 and 2009 to help state and local agencies pay for investigating and prosecuting hate crimes; and by
· requiring the FBI to track statistics on hate crimes against
transgender people.


Now can someone in law enforcement please explain to me why this case needs to be reviewed to see if it is a hate crime? Any takers out there? I doubt it.


The point of this blog is not to scare people. That is not our intention at all. We like for our readers to be aware. There are situations that occur—I’ve heard them first hand by quite a few of my customers. There are people who are completely ignorant and people that are just plain violent. This is not just limited to the GLBT community—cross dressers and the transgendered are not the targeted population. There are many types of hate crimes, but it is always knowledgeable to know that sometimes it is better safe than sorry. I have to say as a woman myself, if I walk into a bar or a club and I get that gut feeling I walk my rear end right out of there. It is a safety precaution that I advise everyone to take. Now you can’t always go on instinct because these types of crimes are literally just random acts of violence—but as CiCi always says, “Be smart. Be Sexy. Be Safe.” And she is absolutely right. Be smart about where you go and the crowd you are with. Be sexy and express yourself in whatever gives you confidence and makes you happy. And of course, be safe.

23 comments:

CherylAnne said...

Thank you...still under review, just amazing, isn't it. Yes, it sure can be an ugly place. One of my favorite movies has an exchange between a grown-up and a kid. The Kid asks, "Why can't you just be nice?" And our grown-up answers, "Because the world's not nice."

It can sure seem that way. I take additional steps to make sure I am as safe as I can be. But there are surprises in life. Ask Ms. Polis.

I have always liked CiCi's "Be..." closer. I use it myself sometimes now (highest compliment, ya know!). So be safe, but also be yourself and be who you are. Think about 9-11. The terrorists wanted us to be afraid and dramatically alter our life-long habits. They failed. Now, at long last justice has been done for whatever it's worth to any individual (I'm glad, but I didn't do a 'happy dance' when I heard bin Laden was dead. Glad, but not like the many scenes across the Middle East showing cheering, chanting crowds shouting "Death to America". I'n not an extremist to anywhere near that degree and I am glad I'm not.

The celebrations, laughter, jeers directed against a minority by a minority. Only in America, huh? Near Baltimore, near Washington, DC, our nations capital. Isn't there something in the Constitution about "...life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." And, something about "all men (people, folks, citizens) are created equal. Like "Animal Farm" even...we are all equal but some are more equal than another. We are the lesser of the lessor equals in this society. Look at our legal protections and rights, the few we have. Stay safe...but take it upon yourself, to whatever your degree of comfort may be, to be proactive in that regard.

I'm sorry Ms. Polis, may this be one of the last times we have to apologize for the ignorance and hatred of us 'different' folks.

Anonymous said...

This didn't happen in a small town, it happened in Baltimore. From what I have read, she was walking to the restroom, and a guy made a pass at her, and she said "not now please" So she gets done in the restroom, walks out, and these two teen girls are waiting for her, one of which spits in her face. She tried walking away, but then they jumped her and asked her if she was trying to steal her man, and the beating ensued from there. I think it was because it was two against one. One feeds off the other, not to mention it was two black girls against one white girl. It was a racially motivated hate crime. From what I have observed in my time, blacks harbor a sense of resentment toward whites......like we owe them something, for which we don't owe them "jack" They are much more racist than any white person. We have learned to let go of the past, but the other side has not found a way to let go...............how sad.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry. So Sorry for Chrissy. It's a shame that persons (of any age) grow up in environments of hate. Beating "anyone" will not prove anything, except show your ignorance. Oh, what a world we live in. So sorry for Chrissy.

Anonymous said...

They say that it was due to the pass, however, the one woman stated in the police report that it was because she was transgendered. So who knows. Either way it makes me feel like the world is in a sad state of affairs.

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I truly feel for this poor young lady. The hatred and intolerance in this world for all things "different" is one of humankind's worst aspects and will ultimately lead to our extinction. Why is the answer always violence? Why are people so hateful? So stupid? It simply doesn't make sense.

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