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New study suggests that nearly 60% of transgender people in the U.S. have reported mistreatment by police in the last year
New York Daily News
By Muri Assunção
May 7, 2019

Police treatment of the transgender population in the U.S. is in dire need of reform, according to new report.

Findings from a survey released by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) based on the U.S. Transgender Survey revealed some sobering statistics that are, unfortunately, an all-too-common reality for over half of trans individuals living in this country: 58% of transgender individuals have experienced harassment, abuse or other mistreatment by law enforcement agents last year.

“On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, transgender people of color remain targets of harassment, abuse, and violence. If we ever hope to end this crisis, police departments must evolve to meet the needs of the communities they have sworn to serve. The solutions we offer can lead these communities and our nation’s law enforcement to a more equitable future, but we must get there together,” NCTE’s executive director Mara Keisling said in a press release.
The NCTE report…
Overall, police departments across the U.S. are failing to protect and serve transgender people. Of the largest 25 police departments:

Only nine of the 25 departments include gender identity and/or expression language in their non-discrimination policy, which is the best way to clarify that transgender people are protected.
Only one department fully addressed how gender-specific policies applied to people with non-binary (not exclusively male or female) gender identities and/or gender markers.
Most department policies (15 out of 25), including those that specifically address transgender interactions, lack any policies regarding correct use of names and pronouns.
Six departments required that gender be documented based on identification documents, 18 departments did not provide clear instructions on documenting a person’s gender, and one provided guidance regarding gender-neutral markers.
A majority of departments (16 of 25) fail to provide search procedures for transgender individuals and/or require members to perform searches based on sex.
Out of the sixteen departments with holding facilities, 10 failed to provide specific guidance on housing placement for transgender individuals (such as being placed with other women, men, or separately).
Only two department’s policy explicitly allows for transgender people to retain all appearance-related items (e.g. prosthetics, bras, clothes, undergarments, wigs, chest binders, or cosmetic items).
No department explicitly requires multiple hours of regular training on transgender policies for all members across rank.
Only two departments clearly prohibit officers from restricting transgender individuals’ access to restrooms in public places or department facilities.
Twenty-three departments do not have policies prohibiting officer misconduct towards members of the public.
No department explicitly prohibits the use of condoms as evidence in prostitution-related offenses.

To read the report go to HERE.

This excellent article is published in Freedom Socialist and reminds us Yes it is happening here again.

April 11, 2019
SOAPBOX
Return of the Red Scare

BERNADETTE LOGUE | APRIL-MAY 2019 FREEDOM SOCIALIST

“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination and control.” This intoned by Donald Trump during his much-delayed State of the Union Address. Delayed because he forced a government shutdown to coerce Congress into paying for his Wall to deprive refugees from seeking … liberty and independence.
Alarmed? Trump and his fellow capitalists are in a downright tizzy, because interest in socialism is at an all-time high. And why wouldn’t it be? Desperate people are looking for rational answers. If we can put cars on Mars (R.I.P. Opportunity Rover), why can’t we dump fossil fuels and begin to deal with climate change? If Congress can give the Pentagon more money than requested, why can’t it fund universal healthcare? For working people trapped in immovable wages, students crushed by debt and seniors unable to afford medications like insulin, the capitalists offer no answers — only scapegoats and war.
Our rulers are terrified of socialism, because they think it means nationalizing private companies and banks and redistributing their vast wealth back to the people who created it, the workers. They are absolutely correct. That is what it means. As a revolutionary socialist, I’m all for sharing the wealth and abolishing poverty.
But the social democracies of Europe and the mixed economies of Latin America, like Venezuela, are not socialist countries, no matter how many times Fox News calls them communist or socialist. A country may have free healthcare and education. But wherever capitalists control the banks, trade, factories, utilities and agriculture, then sorry — that’s not socialism.
“I love war,” says Trump of the heel spurs. And why wouldn’t he? War is very profitable. Trump & Co. are not doing the fighting and dying. The war with Iraq was sold as a war to stop nonexistent weapons of mass destruction; it was really about stealing Iraq’s oil. Now we’re being sold a shiny, new war to “free the Venezuelan people from a socialist dictator.” But it’s really about stealing Venezuela’s oil and imposing more harsh sanctions. It’s called re-enforcing good old Yankee Imperialism in Latin America.
Trump has assembled a troika of fervent anti-communists to accomplish this — John Bolton, Elliot Abrams and Mike Pompeo. Bolton, national security adviser, also loves war. He and the president have that to share as they decide which countries to sanction, bomb or invade. Secretary of State Pompeo’s ultra-hawk positions fit perfectly with old cold-war politics. He’s for expanding Guantanamo Bay prison, defends CIA’s torture interrogations, focuses on “radical Islamic terrorism,” and applauds spying on people by Google and Facebook.
In a truly twisted move, even for this White House, Elliot Abrams was appointed to head up the ‘humanitarian aid’ for Venezuela. At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, he refused to answer Rep. Ilhan Omar’s question, “Yes or no, would you support an armed faction within Venezuela that engages in war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide if you believed they were serving U.S. interests, as you did in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala?” (more…)

REST IN POWER ERIC GARNER!

The Lines have been drawn. No Love Affair with the cops, is Part 3 of our series. This piece is a collage of ideas. This work like many others that we publish is gleaned from many sources, is made up of cut outs,  and brought together in a weaving in the service for and of the people. These works are a gathering of ideas, statements, thoughts, photo’s and whatever else we find at our disposal to tell a story, to tell our stories. We are interested in fight back. Ourselves and the Black and Brown Communities learned a long time ago that when we are under attack, we must fight back. What have we as a people, the LGBTQI+ populations done to fight back against the police? What have other communities done? What still is being done? What needs to be done is entirely up to you the reader of our essays.  At the end of this article are several groups maintaining a fight back mood.

Just about every day we read of police brutality, of misconduct and shootings of men and women of color. This has got to stop. But we know words alone won’t do it. How many times did Eric Garner have to tell the cops on Staten Island I can’t breath but still they murdered him? How many times we ask and ask? Eleven times he told them and eleven times their chokes continued.  Some say we have to spend time in educating, in holding classes with the cops. Well, folks have tried that over and over during the years and still it happens. The first time in Hartford that a gay organization tried to educate was in 1975 when members of the Kalos Society attended roll call in Hartford to brief police on what it is like to be gay. The then police chief Hugo J. Masini arranged the sensitivity sessions which he declared to be a success. ( See Part 1 and Part two of our essays to see the results of this success) Not much changed at all. Indeed our community has never had a love affair with the cops even when they tried to pull a Lavender Patrol with members of G.O.A.L and then police chief Jessie Campbell parading in the streets of Hartford. I am sure that many older activists in this town or in any town could put there heads together and remember all the other times that our community, and other communities have held training sessions, diversity sessions, and what else type of sessions  with the police and still the police act the way they do. How many Police Chiefs, how many administration changes has this city or any city gone through and nothing has changed?  A department can change their chief, hire in new officers, retire some, fire one or two and still the harassment and the murder continues. A liberal said the other day “I thought we were beyond such behavior now.” We will leave that thought right there for anyone of our readers to wonder while they wander what the fuck is wrong with some folks. (1)

African-Americans died at the hands of police at a rate of 7.2 per million, while whites are killed at a rate of 2.9 per million.

The Black and Brown Communities are under constant threats and attacks by the police. There have been over the years trainings and more trainings in diversity but still there are killings, still the harassment goes on. There have been pray ins, march ins, sit-ins and every kind of in and out but every day new cop attacks on citizens appear on my facebook page and every day I get more and more angry. Every day we read about the violence and racism and officers aquitted when they murder. Folks fight back and fight back some more but still the cops abuse their power. What will it take to stop this? A civilian review board made up of citizens with no police or politician interference? A board with teeth. A board willing to bite back. Perhaps a total dismantling of the system would be the answer. But what do we do in the meantime? People are dying, the cops get let off the hook due to a corrupt racist, sexist and homophobic system. Change the system some cry? Yes but when? Disarm the police some others say. Yes we answer but know that is only in our dreams hoping that others will join the dream in anyway that they can and make this a reality.

Let us never forget this statement: “When law enforcement agencies act in such total disregard for civil rights and human life, no minority group is safe. Those who pervert their public trust deserve to be dealt with swiftly and to the fullest extent of the law.” Jim Bradford, Mattachine Midwest Chicago, after touring the apartment where Fred Hampton was murdered.

It must take a certain type of person to join forces with such an idea and become cops, to join forces with evil, to become a enforcer. It takes a certain type of person to be full of hatred, cruelty and barbarity against Black and Brown people, women, LGBTQI folks and others who dare to step outside the line, that false boundary, and challenge the system that the masters have created. So many times just being is enough to get a person murdered. Just walking, just driving, just going out to the store. Do these types of enforcers have any place in a civilized society? I laughed as I wrote that as this society, this amerikkka has three K’s, no we damn well know that this society is not civilized. We can all talk until we turn blue, now wouldn’t that be strange, (wonder how they would treat folks then?) we can pray, and we can try to be as nice as pie but still it persists.

Here is a song that helped me put on my growing shoes, Barbara Dane and the Chamber Brothers sing Malvina Reynolds song “It Isn’t Nice”, a message from 1966 but still it sings today.

But, power didn’t heed the calls of the people and now power faces an even bolder show of resistance and we in the resistance face a bolder show of power.

You know folks let’s not beat around the bush anymore. We know as well as many that the lines have been drawn. The barricades are erected. On one side is us and the other is them. Now the question is do you wish to continue to pussy foot around this problem or join a side? Do you really think that those on the other side of the line, on the other side of the barricades can be educated? If your answer is yes to that educate question, well then we will have to say, “Honey we don’t have a 100 years to wait.”

A note to the LGBTQI+ Populations and those who want to assimilate into such a system.

Harry Hay the founder of the Mattachine Society a early gay rights movement once had this to say to the assimilationists among us. These words ring true today as they did on the day that he spoke them in an interview with the Progressive Magazine.  When Hay was asked what he thought of the assimilationist LGBT folks who wanted to just change the law and fit in he replied “The assimilationist group you have now is exactly the same crowd that threw me out, only forty years later. Assimilation is the way you excuse yourself. It absolutely never worked at all. You may not think that you are noticeable. But they know who you are. They know you’re a degenerate, and they’ve never forgotten that. You won’t find out until the push comes to shove. And then you’ll find it out fast. Because they’re respectable in the eyes of God and you are not.”

Let’s think about that idea for a minute. Within our own population there are those that can and those who cannot, and those who will not. We are talking about passing. Passing in straight society. Being just like them. A good boy and girl. Nice as nice can be. You know them, side with the police, the military, the ones who call for more cops on the street, who come and gentrify the neighborhoods and fly their rainbow colors, who vote for a kinder and gentler fascism, who denounce drag queens and kings, who care more about their property values than providing a youth shelter for LGBTQI youth, who fight for themselves and their agendas that benefits a few. You know those who are acceptable by society vrs. those who are not. Those who are the good gays vrs those who are not. Those who are the spoonful of sugar, you know the bankers, the CEO’s, the movie star, the imitators of straight society, lovely home in the suburb, 2 kids in the yard, a marriage certificate that makes mommy and daddy proud, nice white middle class folks who do not make many peeps unless it concerns them and what they got. You know the folks the assimilationists among us. I have always believed them to be a very dangerous lot. If one sides with power over the people then one is and must be an enemy of mine. Yes, I believe they will when the push comes to shove try hard to pass, try hard to be just like them, will shoot us queers down just as power will. As we said all those little rainbow pins, all the cop cars done up rainbowy, will be cheered by the assimilationist, cheered even while they kill those who dare step outside. Conforming and assimilating in and with injustice is a threat to us, to those of us who wish to explore and build a totally different landscape.

We have written about them and their views many times. More than likely they think the police are only doing their job, and say, Stay inside the line and you’ll be fine. And the best one is, “So you don’t like the cops, who you gonna call if you find yourself in a bit of trouble?” “Which of course,” as Mary says, “has not a fucking thing to do with what we are talking about and is just another liberal way of excusing the bad behavior of power.” We must ask, what are we going to say to those assimilationists who believe that any inclusion is good inclusion? We wonder do these folks really think that a few LGBT cops will somehow work their lavender magic and a wave of goodness, harmony and peace will sweep through the police force and a thousand or so years of oppressor behavior will end and all will be well? If we have an LGBTQI+ liaison officer that somehow things will get better. In part one of our essay’s we put an end to that myth.   The words that come to my mind are Dream on fool. The big bully will be with us always unless we confront, topple and transform the system.

So how we gonna educate them? I would think the cops rather enjoy being paid for protecting the rich, for making sure the capitalist system is still a go each morning, to protect the property of the wealthy and to beat back anyone who tries to pull the plug on this system. Pull the plug in any manner that they see doesn’t fit in with what is suppose to be. The cops true job is to use all the force that is given to them to stop anyone who is a threat or a challenge to this system. Watching videos of cops beating, stomping and kicking black men tells me that they rather enjoy what they do. Educate them, they will educate you with a broom handle up your ass, a choke hold, or bullets to the head. As long as that money comes in and you know it always will, as long as they are well fed, as long as they have the backing of this racist system they will stick to the system like shit on a shoe. If they refuse one by one they will be dismissed and turned out from duty. The police are just lackeys for the twin parties of evil. What I have learned so far is that the cops are just a part of the fist that the capitalist class used along with the military, the courts and prisons to keep us all down and under their thumb. Calling on the police to stop what they are doing and join us even after they have nearly beaten our brothers and sisters to death is not only misguided but shameful and reckless. Brutal attack dogs they are, and as a young person from the Spartacus Youth Club said, “Cops are not workers, They are strike breakers, kill black people and beat, pepper spray and haul protesters off to jail.” They shot Oscar Grant down in cold blood. Cops are not potential allies they are our enemy.”

It is foolish to hold on to the illusion that cops are our brothers in our struggle (yes some liberals and other misguided folks do. I think it has something to do with they are in a union) when they are bound to enforce the laws of the Capitalist Class, and the democratic and republican parties. They are the thugs, the black shirt Gestapo, the folks that we must warn you about again and again. Let’s learn our lesson this time. Let’s thank our many comrades on the left who tell us these facts daily.

In the town where I grew up it was the guys that were the bullies in school who somehow, (give that a ha ha) made it into the police force. They always found acceptance there. As if one had to be a bully to be a police officer as if that is what was expected of them. And when the cop bully began bullying what did the good citizens say? Nothing. It was always the trouble maker who got it from the cops, not them. Our noses are clean as our hands are also. There the lines had been drawn, keep on this side be good and you won’t get a night stick upside your head. Phooey to them. We stare back from the other side of the line.

One of the problems with the suburbanite’s understanding of the police is what they represent. This crowd perhaps does not know what it is like to be policed which is very different from just interacting with cops-when you are policed you know what those guys are all about.. A.B

Here is a poem that our friend Molly wrote for this work.

 

 

The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn

with the last breath of Eric Garner, the last heart beat of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Stephon Clark, Sandra Bland, Michel Brown, Freddie Gray, Elliott Williams, Henry “Peg” Gilbert,  Tryvon Martin, Daniel Hambrick, Oscar Grant, Laquan Mc Donald, Tamir Rice Jimmy Atchison, D’ettrick Griffin, Kendra James, Antwon Rose, Willie Mc Coy, Oscar Cain Jr.  and the list of the dead goes on and on as we say their names year after year.

With the children of our martyrs blood and tears, and mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, cousins aunts uncles lovers weeping

with the lives of our Black, Brown and white Trans sisters murdered for wanting to just live their lives and breath freely.

with every group of young men and women, with every group of senior men who congregate on the corner to pass the time and the news and the cops harass them.

with the tear gas and pepper spray, the cup of coffee thrown in a police mans face, with coins flung and screams of Here’s your payoff coppers.

with every black child pulled from her seat by the white teacher for really nothing more than being a kid.

With those who are not afraid and come out nightly to fight, to scream for justice.

with every cop acquitted after murdering a Black man.

with every child’s cries from hunger pains, from the cold, from rats scurrying near her bed.

with every child separated from her parents by the U.S government and every parent searching for their son.

with every jug of water dumped out on the ground by border patrol.

The battle lines are drawn when Roxana Hernandez was physically abused and died while in ICE custody and hundreds of her Transgender sisters are held at the border.

with the shooting of Scout Schultz a bisexual, intersex president of Pride Alliance at Georgia Tech. Protesters burned a police car, and broke windows in anger.

with every drone, bomb, and military attack on the civilian population of the world.

with the eviction of children, women, and men from their homes forcing them to live on the streets.

with the knowledge that the local cop is a member of a far right organization.

with every cop who beats his nightstick in his hand daring us to move just an inch or two.

with the teargas, the mace, the pepper spray, the rubber bullets, the military grade weapons patrolling the streets of fascist amerikkka.

with every Trans women who is beaten but afraid she will be beaten and sexually assaulted by the cops if she reports the assault to the cops.

The battle lines were drawn when Eric Crawford threw back the tear gas canister at the cops to protect innocent young lives and Ieshia Evans stood firmly in the street to stop the advancing police

with every time the racist, sexist, homophobic right wing pig president breaths.

The battle lines have been drawn and we know which side we stand on.

The Attack On RENT BOY by Homeland Security. The policing of our sexual lives. Get the government out of our pants.

I think a lot of folks mouths flew open when we heard the news that Homeland Security had raided the offices of the hook up site Rent Boy in Matthatan August 2015.  First let us look at what the job of Homeland Security is as listed.

The core mission and purpose of Homeland Security is defined by statute and regulations. Its strategic priorities are outlined in regulations and its own quadrennial review. None outline supervision of the world’s oldest profession as a law enforcement goal.

There are five homeland security missions. First, it is to prevent terrorism and enhance national security. Second, to secure and manage our national borders. Third, enforcing our immigration laws. Fourth, safeguarding cyberspace from hackers. Fifth, ensuring a resilient response to national disasters. That’s their charge, purpose and duty.

Investigating alleged consensual male prostitution was never mentioned in a summary of their high priority targets?

The ‘ ‘legitimate’ and ‘mainstream’ LGBT organizations like the HRC are unlikely to jump into this fight. They are too busy trying to be accepted by the establishment to stand up strenuously against it. Rent boys represent a fringe element they don’t want to be associated with. (where have we heard this before? Hey right here in Hartford when police were entrapping men down by the river.) Nevertheless, don’t ever forget that the LGBT civil rights movement did not start with corporate Vice Presidents stepping out of the closet in the workplace. It began with youth and drag queens taking to the street in Greenwich Village and AIDS activists marching on Washington.

While we have put an end to sodomy laws and advanced the cause of gay rights nationally, personal acceptance of your sexual identity still remains a challenge for millions of Americans. Escorting services provide a vehicle and conduit for human beings to explore their own identities privately and individually. It’s healthy, not harmful. Those decisions should be protected, not prosecuted. Perhaps this raid may the impetus to start a class action on behalf of those whose rights have been compromised. Frankly, we should all be very frightened. The government has spied on us for a long time in many ways. The only thing that has changed is the way they do it. But every way they do it compromises your freedom and the integrity of law enforcement in America.

The raid on Rentboy came five days after the announcement by several major American LGBT legal advocacy organizations—Transgender Law Center, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National Center for Transgender Equality—that they will join Amnesty International in calling for the decriminalization of sex work. Transgender Law Center has condemned the Rentboy raid, stating, “the US federal government is not only jeopardizing countless people’s lives and only source of livelihood, but sending a clear and troubling message that the country is less invested in addressing systemic issues of racial, economic, and anti-LGBT injustice than in further criminalizing the individuals most marginalized by those systems.” (2)

And on the Homefront

100 million traffic stops shows massive racial bias in policing. Written by Laura Clawson for Daily Kos

We place this in full here. We need to read and understand this in its fullest.

There is racial bias in policing, and a team of Stanford University researchers has erased any shadow of reasonable doubt about it. (Facts can’t do much about unreasonable doubt.) The Stanford Open Policing Project data includes nearly 100 million police stops over six years from 50 state and municipal police departments, finding powerful evidence of bias not just in who gets stopped but in what happens next.

While “officers generally stop black drivers at higher rates than white drivers, and stop Hispanic drivers at similar or lower rates than whites,” there could conceivably be multiple explanations for that. But once a driver has been stopped, black and Hispanic drivers are much more likely to be ticketed, searched, and arrested than white drivers. In fact, black drivers are 20 percent more likely and Latino drivers are 30 percent more likely to be ticketed than white drivers. It doesn’t stop there, though—they’re also twice as likely to be searched as white drivers.

And are searches of black and Latino drivers more likely to turn up contraband? Nope. White and black drivers were about equally likely to be found with contraband: 36 percent and 32 percent, respectively. Just 26 percent of Latino drivers were found with something illegal. The Stanford researchers designed a test of the data that found that “police require less suspicion to search black and Hispanic drivers than whites. This double standard is evidence of discrimination.”

A key defense from the Fraternal Order of Police was that officers are more likely to be patrolling in high-crime areas, which are more likely to have a lot of people of color, and therefore it’s completely reasonable that police would be stopping more people of color. But without even stopping to pull apart all the claims embedded in that defense, there’s this: The researchers looked at whether black drivers are equally likely to be pulled over at night, when it’s harder for police to see drivers as cars go by. And guess what! “After adjusting for the variation in sunset times across the year, researchers found a 5 to 10 percent drop in the share of stopped drivers after sunset who are black, suggesting black drivers are being racially profiled during the day.”

It doesn’t take a police officer sitting there thinking in so many words, “I want to pull over and ticket some black people” for policing to be racially biased or outright racist. If black drivers are more likely to be pulled over than white ones—which they are—and black and Hispanic drivers are more likely to be ticketed or searched than white ones—which they are—and white drivers are the most likely to be caught with illegal items—which they are—and black drivers are less likely to be pulled over at night when police can’t see them clearly—which they are—well, there goes that very last shadow of a reasonable doubt. Which was already more of a shadow of a shadow in a figment of someone’s imagination, anyway.

Here goes an award for one of the biggest shit heads breathing in the U.S today. 

Ohio State Rep: If Police Tase or Shoot a Child, She Probably Acted ‘Stupid’ or Was ‘a Punk’
Rep. John Becker  ( 3 )

Tasers are often billed as “less lethal” weapons,” though Tasers can kill. A 2017 Reuters study found 1,005 cases of fatal stun gun use by police, nearly all since the early 2000s, with “more than 150 autopsy reports citing Tasers as a cause or contributor to deaths.”

When he tased the girl on Aug. 6, Kevin Brown was working off-duty as a security guard at a Kroger market. Police say he believed the girl was shoplifting. (A report stated that the girl had stolen items, including a backpack, candy, and baby clothes totaling $53.81.) Brown fired his taser from about 10 feet away, striking her body just below her waist.
Body camera video includes Brown telling the girl, after he tased her, “Sweetheart, the last thing I want to do is tase you like that. When I say stop, you stop. You know you’re caught, just stop. That hurt my heart to do that to you. Then I got to listen to all these idiots out here in the parking lot, telling me about how I was wrong for tasing you.”

Later, also captured on video, the girl cries as EMTs remove the taser barbs from her skin. Police Chief Eliot Isaac has said Officer Brown’s use of the Taser was “unnecessary in this circumstance.”

We agree with the girls mother: “If you can’t restrain these little kids, you need to find a different job,” “She should have never got tased.”

And here a hero of the people Eric Crawford throws back a tear gas canister to protect children near him.

Rest In Power Edward Crawford Jr.

Edward Crawford Jr. throwing back a tear gas canister at the police, Ferguson Missouri August 13, 2014. Crawford later said about the incident, “I didn’t throw a burning can back at police, I threw it out of the way of children.” Edward Crawford a true peoples hero.

When state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who much like Crawford emerged on the national radar during Ferguson, heard the news of Crawford’s death, she took to social media.

“He is #Ferguson’s hero,” the senator wrote on her Twitter account. “For those of us tear-gassed, he was our local champion.”

“Everybody back home is just shocked,” said Chappelle-Nadal, whose district includes Ferguson, from the capitol in Jefferson City.

“It’s depressing. That’s what it is. There seems to be no hope. It’s like we are imprisoned as black people. There are so many barriers that are put up for us as you try to change things and you fail, you try and you fail, ultimately there is very little hope and then you see these cases like this,” she said. “Folks who have been active in voicing their opinion on civil rights end up dead. It breaks you down.”

Let the truth be known Loud and Clear! 

When under attack Fight Back. Note from North Georgia.

Look at this heinous shit. Rapist Prison Guard in North Georgia. Scratch marks are from his victim’s incredible struggle against him.

How about this big bully. Everything about him spells PIG! This is officer Craig Appleby of Hamden Ct. police.

Here is a statement by a grandmother in Hamden Ct. Does anyone still wonder whey we do not, and let me repeat do not like cops. Thank you to Ms. Hebron for posting this and we will continue to fight.

Meet officer Craig Appleby from the Hamden Police dept. In Connecticut. This officer assaulted, taunted and bullied my grandchild in the Hamden Middle School asst Principals office. After getting my grandchild all upset and frustrated, he pressed his body against my grandchild with his hand on his taser and dared my grandchild to hit him! Thank GOD my grandchild did not act on his dare because he would have been tased and beaten by this bully with a badge! Since that incident 4 months ago, I have filed complaints with the police dept and the Board of Education immediately following the incident! I have requested body cam video which I have finally received which was only a partial video that only captured the aftermath which showed my grandchild crying and sweating while still being taunted by the officer and the asst principal while he was quietly waiting for my arrival to pick him up. Now after continuous attempts to demand the footage that showed this officer abusing my grandchild, I have been informed that the rest of the video does not exist! After further investigating their policies and procedures regarding body cam use during interactions with the public, they are supposed to record all encounters so as to protect their self from allegations of misconduct! Now to further inform you of the incident. The officer is a school resource officer in which his daily job is to be present in the school at all times to ensure the safety of the school and the students. He was not called to the school because my grandchild was doing anything wrong, he was already in the building when he chose to engage with my grandchild in a manner that was inappropriate and unwarranted! Since this time its been brought to my attention that he frequently singles out young black children to bully and taunt for his pleasure and entertainment. Also, neither of the complaints that i filed with the board of education or the police dept have completed an investigation. Since they have not taken this case seriously, a few weeks ago i filed a complaint with the COMMISSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS. Now that they have been served with notice from the Commission, they have cut off all communication with me! Now I’ve been down this road with this same police dept. In the past with my son, and happy to say that in the end, we won our case in Federal court and the Commission of human rights! Im posting this to let people know not to give up if you find yourself in this or a similar situation! I will not stop until I get justice for my grandchild!
Just to make myself clear, I am also going after the principal at the school and the board of education for failing to protect and keep my grandchild safe while trying to get an education! Please share this post! Please screenshot it as well in case they try to remove it!  Marnie Rodgers Hebron.

Another creep showing off his manly power. 

It really takes a big man to threaten a young boy. We think here of the white pig who arrested the young 12 year old boy in a mall for what he claimed the child was selling his tapes. When will the day come that the people simply go and take the boy from the cop? His aunt tried and we support her.

A 12-year-old rapper was grabbed by police at a Georgia shopping mall for allegedly selling CDs in a controversial arrest that was captured in viral video and has sparked an internal law enforcement probe.

Corey Jackson — the young performer known as “Corey J” — was with his family at the Cumberland Mall in Cumberland, Georgia, on Oct. 6 when a Cobb County police officer grabbed his arm.

The confrontation was taped by Corey’s aunt, according to police and family friend Toya Brown, a recording studio manager in Atlanta where Jackson’s recorded before.

“You’re 12?” a police officer is heard telling Corey, according to a tape obtained by NBC affiliate WXIA. “You’re about to go to jail.”

The aunt insisted the officer speak to Corey’s dad.

“I have his father on the phone and you won’t even speak to him,” she told the officer.

The camera is jostled when it appeared the officer and youngster tussled. But Cobb County police spokeswoman Sarah O’Hara said Wednesday the camera shook because the boy’s aunt “got physical” with the officer.

“She was still holding on to the camera as she’s assaulting my officer,” O’Hara said. (more…)

We have disliked TERFS since June 1973 when Sylvia Rivera was booed while on the stage of pride speaking truth to the fledging power of the L and G movement. The TERFS lead by Jean O’Leary still dislike her even if she apologized and is now dead and gone on her way. TERFS are still a big problem and just recently some of them were seen an heard rubbing elbows with enemies of the LGBTQ populations. So fuck TERFS. Chase them out like one would and should any right wing scum for that is what they are. Let’s not play nice with these folks.

We don’t expect any Trump supporters to be reading this blog but one never knows now-a-days. Yeah maybe that cop who is a spy, checking us out, or maybe that right wing nut who wants to punch out our running lights, (careful on that one baby as we got the goods) or someone who is just curious to what a furbird is. We came upon this meme that someone send to us and asked that we publish it. We said yes but we want to add that this is only a part of the problem. A horrible nasty part of the problem. We have some trump supporters in our family and haven’t spoken to them since the election when we told them off. Just think saying “we love you out of their mouth and then voting against us as queers. Doesn’t work that way. Better study your history nazi.

and them some.

One thing that we know from ourstories past is that there has never been any love affair between the LGBTQ population and the cops. No matter what city or town we live in this has always been the case. From Dewey’s, to Coopers, from Comptons, to The Black Cat and on to Stonewall. From cruising  by the river side, to the tearooms and backrooms, from the parks to the drag balls, to our political demonstrations our people have never been safe. We cross their line, we are the other. The Transgender Community is more than aware of this. “How did the rising at Coopers Donuts (1959), Dewey Lunch (1965), Compton’s Cafeteria (1966), and Stonewall Inn (1969) start? With polices raids on these gathering places many times they checked for three items of male clothing. In other words they were looking for trans people.  Thousands of our women and men have been arrested, their lives ruined. But still we fight back. We know we have to, our lives depend on it. Many of the people who were at the forefront of these protests were people who did not conform to established gender roles set by society which everyone was suppose to follow.

Black Cat Tavern protest Sunset Blvd. February 11, 1967. ( 1 )

In so many instances our people have fought back, trying to throw off the yokes of oppression and other times gone passively for nothing else presented its self as an alternative for that time. I am old enough now to remember both times and say thank you to those who have come before and to those who continue this fight so that more of us are no longer afraid and that we know that any attack against us by the police or others will be met by our comrades resistance.

“It wasn’t that long ago that people like me were targeted by the police for being true to ourselves. Lives were ruined, and a whole class of people were marginalized,”

This oppression isn’t new and this oppression still goes on today. Do not be fooled by those who tell you otherwise as these are the people who have too much.  In this essay we have gleaned from other essays published on furbirdsqueerly, many updated and revised for this article. We would like to share excerpts from those articles and build a new article on a history of the interaction of the police and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer population in Hartford Connecticut and elsewhere. We have researched in back issues of the Metroline and other publications, we have talked to friends and comrades. We do not pretend that these situations brought up here are the only interactions with the cops and our people as we well know many times crimes committed against the LGBTQ population are not reported. Of course we are no fools to think that police oppression, the vice squad, the politicians and others of the oppressor state are located in Hartford Ct. alone. They are everywhere as we are, the guardians of the gates waiting for us to step out of line. We know when push comes to shove that there will be two sides of the barricades our side and the side of the oppressor. Which begs the question which side will the LGBT cops be on? But here we are getting ahead of ourselves.

A bit of our stories concerning crack downs against our people:

Just about everyone in the LGBTQ population knows about the famous 20th century attempted crack downs on our people as we mentioned above. These crackdowns lead by the police were met with a fight back by many in the community and of course the cops did not expect that to happen. Well our people fought back and they showed us the way. They were a light that beckoned us “To Liberation” they cried and to liberation we went. Liberating ourselves and others, but on that road to liberation a wrong turn was taken. A turn that causes us to stop and ask, Is all inclusion, good inclusion? To this we would have to answer no. Not as long as the oppressor state continues to stand.

Here are just a few interesting facts from ourstories put together as a collage from many sources for Part 1.

A Very Short History of Ourstories

In the late fifteenth century, as many as one in two Florentine men had come to the attention of the authorities for sodomy by the time they were thirty. In 1432 The Office of the Night was created specifically to police sodomy in Florence. Indeed, nearly all Florentine males probably had some kind of same-sex experience as a part of their “normal” sexual life. Seventy years of denunciations, interrogations, and sentencings left an extraordinarily detailed record. The men of Renaissance Florence were so renowned for sodomy that “Florenzer” in German meant “sodomite.” In the short period from April 1492 to February 1494 they convicted 44 men for homosexual relations not involving violence or aggravating circumstances. So you see folks this is nothing new. All though out ourstories we have recorded police raids on the gathering places of our people. (see note *)

Records of men meeting for sex with other men in bathhouses date back to the 15th century. A tradition of public baths dates back to the 6th century BC, and there are many ancient records of homosexual activity in Greece. In the West, gay men have been using bathhouses for sex since at least the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a time when homosexual acts were illegal in most Western countries and men who were caught engaging in homosexual acts were often arrested and publicly humiliated. Men began frequenting cruising areas such as bathhouses, public parks, alleys, train and bus stations, movie theatres, public lavatories (cottages or tearooms), and gym changing rooms where they could meet other men for sex.

On February 21, 1903, NYPD conducted the first recorded raid on a gay bathhouse in the basement of the Ariston Hotel at the corner Broadway and 55th Street in New York City. 26 men were arrested and 12 brought to trial on sodomy charges; 7 men received sentences ranging from 4 to 20 years in prison. In the 1950s exclusively gay bathhouses began to open in the United States. Though subject to vice raids, these bathhouses were “oases of homosexual camaraderie” and were, as they remain today, “places where it was safe to be gay”, whether or not patrons themselves identified as homosexual. The gay baths offered a much safer alternative to sex in other public places. If you didn’t care for the baths there was always the showers at the good old YMCA.

Drag Ball Webster Hall Harlem, 1920s.

Drag balls in Harlem held at Hamilton Hall began in 1869 come under the scrutiny of the vice squad, politicians and the police. In1916 a moral reform organization known as the Committee of Fourteen periodically investigates the Drag Balls. The committee released 130 reports describing its visits and demanding that such “perversion must desist.” During this period and throughout the 1920s the police, politicians and mainstream society found themselves simply unable to suspend the ball scenes. The patrons rather than abandoning the scene fought for change and opportunity which made the ball scene unstoppable. The fight back spirit of the patrons, ball organizers and attendees against the moral reform organization, the politicians and the police allowed these balls to thrive and survive. No one cowered in fear, went away with their tails between their legs. They said no and a beautiful part of our Queer culture was formed.

In 1926 a female undercover officer entered Eve’s Hangout a speakeasy in the West Village in New York City where, “men were admitted but not welcomed.” Eve was showing her collection of short stories she was writing called Lesbian Love. Eve was arrested on the charge of disorderly conduct and for allegedly making homosexual advances toward the officer. Her manuscript along with other objectionable books was seized as obscene material. Eve was sentenced to a year in the workhouse and deported to Poland. This was a part of the police crackdown on Gay and Lesbian bars and other gathering places in 1920 New York.

1952: One Hartford judge, S. Burr Leikind, announced in June 1952 his intention to clean up all areas of the city where “sex deviates” gathered. Dozens of men were arrested for meeting at train stations and public parks, and their names were published in local newspapers. Most men at the time were not open about their gayness to their family, friends and in the workplace.

1953: The arrest of Bayard Rustin, Pasadena California: Civil Rights activist, writer, Socialist and pacifist Rustin was a key figure in the struggle for racial and social justice. A key advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement Rustin a gay man was arrested over and over in the fight for justice. In 1953 police arrested Rustin on a morals charge. He had been found having sex with another man in a parked car and jailed. He was forced out of the movement due to the stigma attached to homosexuality at the time. As plans for the 1963 March on Washington J. Edgar Hoover passed Rustin’s arrest record to Strom Thurmond, the segregationist Senator from South Carolina who declared on the Senate floor that the march was being organized by a “pervert.” Towards the end of his life Rustin gave vocal support to the gay rights movement.

1955: A sweeping investigation of a supposed “homosexual underground” in Boise, Idaho. Began with the arrest of three men in October 1955, the investigation broadened to encompass allegations that over 100 young men and teenage boys had been involved in sexual acts with a ring of adult homosexual men. By the time the investigation wound down in January 1957, some 1,500 people had been questioned, sixteen men faced charges, and fifteen of them were sentenced to terms ranging from probation to life in prison. Although framed in terms of “protecting children” from adult predators, the probe was not confined to investigating charges of men having sex with underage boys and some of those convicted and sentenced to prison were found guilty only of sexual encounters with other consenting adults.

1962: October 26, 44 people were arrested at the National Variety Artists Exotic Carnival and Ball in Manhattan. The ball drew up to 2,000 party goers. The people arrested were arrested on the sidewalks or in the lobby of the Manhattan Center. The charges were masquerading and indecent exposure. Police Commissioner Michael J. Murphy directed the arrests and as quoted in the New York Times as saying, “the most disgraceful condition of the spectacle.”

1965: A New Years Eve Ball is raided by the San Francisco police. The Council on Religion and the Homosexual, or the CRH sponsored the New Year’s Eve Ball. This group was formed in order to increase discussion between clergy and homosexuals. The organization’s goal was to promote homosexuals as belonging and being a part of mainstream society (Sides, 2009). Despite the CRH having filed the proper permits and even meeting with the sex crime department of the SFPD, problems with the police arose that night. Over 20 officers showed up blocking the intersection, photographing event attendees, and harassing them.
The publicity that followed was unprecedented and served to bring the struggles of the homosexual community to the attention of mainstream America. Press conferences and newspaper articles alike raised awareness of this event and sympathy for the LGBTQ community. This negative press was so powerful that it represented a decrease in police power. No longer were police free to harass the homosexual community; hence forward, “the SFPD stopped arresting gay men for doing ‘what was wrong’ and only arrested them for a ‘violation of the law.”

1971: 1971 Eleven members of the Kalos Society are arrested and verbally and physically abused by the police while protesting at The Park West a local “Gay” bar. Lesbians were being harassed by management for not dressing properly.

A person perceived as male who dressed in clothing customarily designed for women could technically be arrested in New York for “impersonating a female” as recently as 2011 — the remnants of a 19th century statewide law prohibiting wearing “the dress of the opposite sex.”

Haddon Township, New Jersey
1964’s Ordinance 175-10 for Indecent Dress or Exposure: “It shall be unlawful for any person to appear in any street or public place in a dress not belonging to his sex or in an indecent or lewd dress. In 2014, comedian Ben Kissel sought to overturn the law. He succeeded.

2005: “They could have been more helpful, in fact they were rather rude.” A lesbian women reported after contacting HPD about an attack near the Polo Club in Hartford left her and another women she was with black eyes, a broken cheekbone, and a broken sternum. The women added, “The police have been less than sympathetic.” A protest by the community was held.  (more on this in Part 2)

2016: Undercover police acting on a tip arrest men for public indecency, attempted sexual assault (moving a hand towards an officers crotch) and lewd conduct in Manchester Ct. and their photo’s published in the newspaper.

2019:  Two gay bars in New Orleans, The Phoenix and the Rawhide Lounge are accusing the states Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control ATC have unfairly singled them out for citations just one week before Mardi Gras. Michael Musa, Director of Operations at the Rawhide Lounge, told the Big Easy magazine the ATC imposed “numerous fines and citations and imposed regulations on how to operated, after the city’s 2018 Southern Decadence celebration. Both bars plan on attending the hearings and to fight these citations.

2019: A Lesbian police officer in Hartford reported sexual and homophobic harassment. Another women officer comes out and states that she too has been harassed. A fight back by a newly formed community group, HPD Not Safe For Women begins.

Arrested at the National Variety Artists Exotic Carnival and Ball NYC 1962

One would think that after centuries of persecution that no one would still love those who persecute you.

“You’re okay as long as you stay within the lines that we draw, as long as you are willing to wear our straight jackets and as long as you are willing to be “just like us.” If not we will arrest you or have you arrested and from then on your life will be miserable.”

Do LGBT folks love the Police?

Some do and many don’t. Ask a white middle class lesbian or gay man and they will pucker up their lips and say, “Kiss Kiss.” But ask the trans women of color on the street, trying to get by the best way that she can how much she loves the cops and she will say, “All cops are bastards.” Ask the young queer man who is demonstrating against the rise of the KKK and other right wing scum in America, who the cops just beat to the ground while the cops are forming a protective wall around the scum. Ask him and see what he will tell you. You know it all depends on where one is coming from. Instead of trying so hard to please the little white middle class goody two shoe lesbian or the gay man perhaps the approach should be towards the most vulnerable in society. Want the true pulse of the situation ask the person on the street. Go to the most vulnerable. Go to those who have the least. Their stories should be our top priority. (more…)