“CeCe Is Being Punished for Not Being Killed”

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“Recent research and reports on violence against transgender women have found that, in 2010, 44 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-affected hate-crime murder victims were trans women. In 2009, trans women accounted for 50 percent of LGBTQH hate-crime murder victims.”

Mother Jones reports on the case of CeCe McDonald. In accepting a plea deal of second-degree manslaughter, McDonald was forced to give up her assertion of self-defense. However, many believe that she was prosecuted for “surviving a hate crime,” and activists have rallied around her as the June 4th sentencing date approaches.


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →