From the first link -
“Gwen Araujo was beaten and strangled to death in the fall of 2002, not far from her home in Newark, CA. In September 2005, two young men were convicted of her murder.”
Latest news is:
”The man who led police to the body of a transgender Newark teen apologized to the victim's family Friday before being sentenced to 11 years in prison in a case that focused the country's attention on violence against transgender individuals.”
Also, from the same:”In September 2005, the jury in the second trial concluded that Michael Magidson, 25, and Jose Merel, 26, had beaten and strangled Araujo after learning that the person they had had oral and anal sex with was biologically male. The same panel deadlocked in favor of a second-degree murder conviction on Jason Cazares, 26.
In January, Magidson and Merel were sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder in Araujo's killing.”
It made the news in the S.F bay area, mostly because around here, this is GLBT-friendly country. Had it happened, in say, Montana, or some other distant state, we’d not have heard about it.
This sort of shit sickens me to no end. I’ve heard stories similar to this (not involving murder), where young men have had some form of sexual relations with a TV (transvestite), only to become violent when they find out later (granted, it wasn’t a smart move on the TV’s part: most people don’t appreciate deceit). The last time I heard one of these anecdotes, I got livid. The guy who told it thought it particularly amusing.
It’s not funny. I very loudly announced that the idiots who’d had sex with one of these people (and yes, they’re as human as you or I) should make more of an effort to keep their tools in their pants.
15 years to life? And I quote:
” Merel struck Araujo in the head with a vegetable can and skillet, Nabors said. Nabors said he and Cazares had then gone to Cazares' home to get some shovels.
Cazares said, "We're going to get some shovels. They're going to kill that b -- ," according to Nabors.
They used fucking shovels on her, for fuck’s sake.
There’s just so much wrong with their responses. I wish these assholes had gotten the needle.
I have a problem with bozos that go around smacking people who are different. Growing up bullied has made me terribly simpatico with minorities.
Far as I’m concerned, gay-bashers are right up there with pedophiles, Nazis, and other lowbrow ilk.
I’m a peaceable fellow, but the first clown who brags about this in earshot of me will be picking his teeth up from the ground. I’m dead serious.
I have waxed long and angry about this (sub) topic, here (the section about the ‘one man/one woman’ paradigm), so I shan’t belabor the point.
As my friend Frances the Magnificent would say (paraphrased here): We own ourselves. Nobody else does. So it’s nobody’s business WHO sleeps with WHOM. So mind your own damn business.
And if you find GBLT folks threatening?
Let’s just say this: that’s your problem, buddy-me-boyo, so go get some therapy, instead of targeting someone who isn’t ‘one of us’, or whatever elitist bullshit slogan you happen to use to justify the laying-on of hands on another human being.
Because discrimination is pure prejudice, no matter how you spin it.
So do me a favor, willya? Next time you start in on gay marriage, homosexuality, transexuality, or any other caste-type horse manure that involves two (or more) consenting adults, walk over to the nearest mirror, look yourself dead in the eyes, and repeat after me: ”Bigot.”
That’s my nickel’s worth. I’m too disgusted to suggest how anyone should spend it.