This in today. We publish this for anyone who thinks that it is safe now out on the streets. Caryn has been a long time queer rights activists and an activist in Socialist circles. This blog and its sister organization Queers Without Borders will support any and all action that comrades in this area wish to do in support of Caryn and against this transphobic/butch dyke attack.
“My name is Caryn Jensen, I’m a 26 year old student at CCSU and a resident of New Britain. Sunday night at about 9:30 PM, I was walking home from a friends house when I was attacked from behind. The attack was carried out by 4-5 young men in their late teens/early twenties and occurred at the corner of Lasalle and Tremont St. They jumped from behind, pushed me to the ground and started punching me, the whole thing lasted less then thirty-seconds. I’m an out lesbian and that night I was wearing a pair of mens jeans, a baggy shirt and a baseball cap. Right before that attack, a witness heard one of them say ‘Its a girl.’ I filed a police report, however I did not get a good look at the people who did this and I know the odds of catching my attackers is slim to none. My goal right now is only to make the public aware of what happened to me in an attempt to prevent this from happening to someone else.”
…from her comrade Al
Last night, one of my closest friends (Caryn Jensen) was attacked by 4-5 men on her way home from my apartment. A young bystander said she heard one of the men yell “It’s a girl!” before attacking Caryn, who is very androgynous in appearance.
Caryn made it through all of this bullshit and was able to ward off her attackers. She composed herself long enough to speak to the cops, and then I drove her home last night, and now I’m thinking it’s time to take action. Notify the city of New Britain, stage a demonstration, something. Nobody beats up on one of my friends and doesn’t hear about it later.
Fuck violence and homophobia.
…and someone said this: “It’s 2013, how is this still happening? I’m disgusted. I’m glad she has a support team. The emotional wounds will be the hardest to mend.”
…a reply: In 2013 its happening all over the place. Trans folks are not safe, fem boys are not safe, butch dykes are not safe and on and on. Every time a lgbt/q person goes out there is always the danger of some bastards jumping us. And damn liberals think its all all right now because g and l can get marry and blow away brown folks in the army. Nope nothing has changed for many and the “it’s all right” always depends on where one is coming from.”