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I was going to make a Real Blog Post out of this but realized I do not have it in me right now to add enough commentary to make it more than a signal-booster--and since I have more LJ/DW friends than blog readers, it seemed more sensible just to post it here.

EDGE Boston reports that a transgendered man was attacked in a restroom on the Long Beach campus of Cal State. The story is dated April 28, 2010, and the attack took place on April 15.

There has been almost no reporting of this incident in California itself that I can find with a quick Google. The LA Times ran a couple of extremely brief stories giving the bare details without any sort of followup. They did manage to use the right pronouns, but the second article emphasized only that the victim was "satisfied" with how CSU officials dealt with the incident, but EDGE Boston notes that not everyone in the QTBLG community at CSU Long Beach feels quite so happy about it.

From here, all I can think to say is why did I only hear about this yesterday? I don't keep up with daily news particularly obsessively precisely because most stories are distressing in one way or another so I have to conserve my emotional energy to those things that I choose to take on. I'd have liked to have taken this on a little sooner--not that there is anything in particular I can do, other than make sure people know that this sort of thing can and does happen even in California cities. The student who was attacked has stated that Cal State felt like a second home to him but he no longer feels safe there.

I kinda wonder how satisfied he can be with the school's response if campus is no longer a safe place for him.

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May. 14th, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
I heard about this a week or so ago, and nothing since. Is it for real? It just got buried it seems.

I would think the police would be called into investigate this, it is all very strange. It seems as though it went nowhere. Also, that is interesting about the supposed "Aztec" aspect, the comments on the website regarding the murder of LGBT people by "Aztec" law during the Chicana conference, and the threats to the organizers of this conference. All weird stuff...

The story has died down, and one would think that they would be searching for a perp.

It is horrible of course, but it seems all very odd.
May. 14th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Weird comments happen on the internet. Whatever was said on the website promoting the Chicana conference really doesn't have anything to do with the alleged attack except to the degree that they are being rhetorically connected both in the EDGE story and by student groups at Cal State.

The LA Times reports that Cal State police are looking for the perp. When incidents like this happen on a university campus, it is not always guaranteed that local police will get involved unless homicide is one of the crimes committed. Even rape victims often choose not to prosecute--if the guy no longer feels safe, then he may not want further action himself.

It's hard to say from here, with so little being reported, why the story has been hushed up and why there hasn't been any sort of community outcry beyond what EDGE reports at Cal State itself.


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