“CeCe Is Being Punished for Not Being Killed”


“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 →