Excerpt taken from Gothamist.com:
Last month, 32-year-old Rasheen Everett was convicted of the 2010 murder of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, a transsexual prostitute. Prosecutors said Everett, who has a history of abuse, choked the 29-year-old Gonzalez-Andujar to death allegedly after he discovered she had male genitalia, bleaching her body and fleeing her Queens apartment with her camera, suitcase, keys, laptop, coat and cell phone. “He said he choked her until she wasn’t breathing,” the prosecution’s witness, Darius Ferguson, told the court.
But at Everett’s sentencing hearing yesterday—at which he was served a sentence of 29 years to life—defense attorney John Scarpa caught the ire of the judge when he argued against the victim’s character. “Shouldn’t that [sentence] be reserved for people who are guilty of killing certain classes of individuals?” he reportedly asked, adding, “Who is the victim in this case? Is the victim a person in the higher end of the community?”
Luz’s Daughter Cares Statement:
We have a VERY serious dilemma when any individual in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA feels proper sentencing for murder of a Trans Person is unnecessary because Trans People are of a lower class!! I’m certain LGBT organization’s are already seeking for this lawyer to be disbarred, right??
We are appalled by this inhumane declaration. It is yet another example of why Trans People rights and not gay marriage should be at the forefront of the LGBT equality movement and not at the tail end.
As a Lesbian, I will give up my right to marry if it means putting more effort and resources towards the safety, well-being and equality of Trans People. I don’t want to get married in a country that is okay with killing my Trans Sisters and Brothers. Gay marriage does not have the same importance to me!!
My heart hurts and my fists are clenched in frustration.What are we waiting for? The Genocide of Trans People before we take SERIOUS action!? I am NOT okay with any HUMAN having less rights than an animal.
While we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela and his transitioning to the Heavens, I ask who amongst our leaders, who amongst our community, who amongst out support groups, who amongst our heterosexual allies, who amongst our organizations, who amongst our churches,who amongst our celebrities, who amongst Trans People are ready to risk what little has been accomplished in order to gain EQUALITY for Trans People??
I am sick of the “pillow talk” approach to Trans People Equality!
I am Luz’s Daughter.
- Trans people must be free to live without the fear of violence (leftfootforward.org)
- Study: 238 trans people were murdered across the world in the past 12 months (pinknews.co.uk)
- Study reveals that nearly 80% of trans people in Ireland have contemplated suicide (pinknews.co.uk)
- Society owes Trans People 40 Acres and a Mule (luzsdaughtercares.wordpress.com)