Transgenders excluded from Gay Rights NEW National Strategy for Equality

tAfter years fighting to legalize same-sex marriage, the leading gay rights groups in the United States including the Human Rights Campaign, announced they will lobby for a new campaign to expand “more” basic civil rights into conservative southern and western states within the next five years. Part of their mission will be workplace protections, the election of public officials, nondiscrimination ordinances in housing and employment and legislation allowing gay parents to adopt in states like Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas and Texas.

Yet this agenda which they consider to be the “final frontier for gay rights” blatantly does not include transgender people. As a matter of fact, “transgender” is referenced only twice in this article and that is only because “transgender” completes the term LGBT. The article released yesterday in the politics section of the New York Times, specifically mentions this movement is for the “largely eluded millions of gay men and lesbians.”

So, there you have it. “The country’s leading gay rights groups and donors” in plain English, have publicized “Trans Lives Do Not Matter” in a major national newspaper. While gays and lesbians appear to be satisfied with the outcome of civil rights in northern and east coast states and are moving on, transgender people still lobby for the “basic civil rights.” Legislation such as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in LGBT tolerant states like New York, have yet to pass. If gays & lesbians consider themselves, “largely eluded” how should transgenders be considered? Humor me. Please.

It appeared trans people were trending in 2013.

There was the good –  Janet Mock, Carmen Carrera, Laverne Cox, Jennifer Pritzker, Chelsea Manning and achievements like ENDA, Violence against Women Act.

There was the bad –  Islan Nettles, Domonique Newborn, Cemia “CeCe” Dove, Eyricka Morgan, Evon Young,  Artegus Konyale Madden, Melony Smith, Diamond Williams and Amari Hill just to name a few.

It was a record year of trans “visibility”. Yet, once again, the gay and lesbian leaders are blind to trans equality and non-responsive to trans oppression by choice. If over the past ten years, the question from the trans community and their allies to the gay, lesbian and bisexual movement was, “what have you done for me lately?” it just took a turn for the worse.

Unyielding PRO-trans groups, leaders, trans people and CIS allies must unite in solidarity and demand serious DOCUMENTED Transgender inclusion in all movements going forward. That includes political protests. Fighting for Gay & Lesbian rights ONLY is discrimination against our trans sisters & brothers. Period!

What are we going to do about the TRANSGENDER EXCLUSION in the equality rights for EQUALITY??

The time is now.

Nariko Wright

I am Luz’s Daughter

Luz’s Daughter Cares

 

 

 

Luz’s Daughter Cares successfully urges NYPD Crimestoppers to initiate $2,000 reward on the homicide case of Trans Woman Islan Nettles!!

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After weeks of urging and various forms of communication with the NYPD Foundation, Nariko Wright of Luz’s Daughter Cares FINALLY gets CRIMESTOPPERS to post $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest on the Islan Nettles case!!! NYC Crimestoppers WANTED Islan Nettles

Luz’s Daughter Cares will continue  to strengthen the “reward  for indictment” process by raising $10,000 from private donations and the community via GoFundMe:  $10,000 “Reward for Indictment” Fundraiser by Luz’s Daughter Cares

Please continue to support Justice for Islan Nettles by donating to the fundraiser, spreading awareness and keeping hope alive.

Together, we CAN catch Islan Nettles Killer! 
TRANS LIVES MATTER!

#islannettles

#justice4islan

#iamislan

 

Nariko Wright
Founder – Luz’s Daughter Cares
 

The Kitty Bella Radio Show discusses the Islan Nettles case from a very different perspective. Go ahead, take it personal.

1618530_10201652134969226_1747043141_nRecently, Luz’s Daughter Cares spoke on a radio show to discuss our very early involvement in the “Justice for Islan Nettles” case. Today however, we’d like to share another such experience with you that is very unique.

Tune in for our 1st invite to discuss the Islan Nettles case by a radio show hosted by a  “Trans Woman about Trans Women”.  It’s the The Kitty Bella Show Online Radio!

We are delighted and honored to be a guest.

Listen as Luz’s Daughter Cares shares one of the appalling disappointments encountered in the quest to keep Trans Women safe during a volunteer project in seeking Justice for Islan Nettles.

Hear it for yourself here:  OUR LIVES MATTER STATE OF EMERGENCY

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Let us know if you have any questions or comments!

Help us get “Justice for Islan Nettles!”

tumblr_mvk0l7QNqd1sshd1to3_500This is How YOU can help:

Luz’s Daughter Cares is asking the community to  download & print out the attached Flyer as is or in black & white. Please distribute and post the “Wanted” flyer around the 5 boroughs of New York City and Everywhere else! Never underestimate where information can come from. We have all witnessed the effectiveness of such an action from a very recent tragic case here in NYC.

It’s been six months since the gruesome beating death of Trans Woman Islan Nettles took place in Harlem, New York.  Lack of action by New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly prompted Luz’s Daughter Cares to Petition for an informative investigation and the arrest of Paris Wilson who was on the street on $2,000 bail. Yes, a mere $2,000 bail was all Paris Wilson was given despite the “fact” Islan Nettles was already unconscious when police arrived on the scene (scene being across the street from the precinct).

As information and awareness about the case withered, we wanted to make “sure” authorities knew, “TRANS LIVES MATTER” and we were “Very” much aware of their “shabby” investigation of a Transgender of color murder case.  Despite Several “Occupy the Courthouse” protests organized by E. Nariko Wright of Luz’s Daughter Cares and endorsed by a few Transgender & Cisgender groups during the 2013 court dates – The Manhattan DA dropped the “silly” misdemeanor charges against the accused attacker Paris Wilson, due to lack of evidence during the November 18, 2013 court hearing.  The Nettles Family, and the LGB/Trans community were devastated. Paris Wilson appears to have gotten away with Murder or in the least, knows the person who did.  That Wilson clan has refused to “Do the Right Thing”. The Wilsons remain silent and unapologetic for their involvement in the death of a human being.

A very unified LGBQ and Trans People coalition of Human Rights Groups made it very clear silence was not an option. On January 30, 2014, we roared  “JUSTICE FOR ISLAN NETTLES” at One Police Plaza, NYC!

Still, my heart remains torn and I cannot be satisfied until we have justice in this case. An arrest for the murder of Islan Nettles! No has been charged and the case is cold.  Authorities need more information.

Lastly, Islan Nettles R.I.P.

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For the rest of us and the Nettles family, until there is Justice, there shall be no Peace. Period.

E. Nariko Wright,

Luz’s Daughter Cares

Let us know if you have any questions or comments:

PRESS RELEASE: Coalition of Human Rights Groups Demands Transparent Investigation of Brutal Transphobic Murder of Islan Nettles & all victims of transphobic violence in New York City.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 20, 2014

CONTACT: E. NARIKO WRIGHT

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NYC Human Rights Coalition Demands Transparent Investigation of Brutal Transphobic Murder of Islan Nettles

On Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 4 p.m., a coalition of representatives from New York City human rights organizations (including transgender and cisgender [non-transgender] activists) will protest the NYPD’s negligence in the immediate aftermath of the brutal beating death of transgender woman, Islan Nettles. The protest at One Police Plaza demands an explanation by incoming NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton and the NYPD for its initial malfeasance and demands a report on the current status of the felony investigation by NY County District Attorney Cyrus R.Vance, Jr. Members of The Transgender/Cisgender Coalition, ACT UP NY, Luz’s Daughter Cares, Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC), LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, Harlem Pride, Strategic Trans Alliance for Radical Reform (STARR), Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand, Ali Forney Center, Lambda Legal, Everything Transgender New York City (ETNYC), Translatina Network, Stonewall Democratic Club of NY, VOCAL, Make the Road, Global Network of Black Pride and Destination Tomorrow have all endorsed the action.

Several glaringly obvious breaches of procedure stand out about this case. At midnight, August 17, 2013, Paris Wilson, accompanied by friends, flirted with Islan Nettles in Harlem, directly across the street from Police Service Area 6 at 2770 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between West 147th and West 148th Street.  (Public Service Area 6 covers the 24th, 26th, and 32nd Precincts.) Upon realizing Nettles was transgender, Wilson became enraged and began to harass Nettles and her transgender companions with transphobic slurs. Wilson began punching Nettles vigorously in the face until she fell to the pavement, slamming her head on concrete, according to the NYPD. Notified by one of Nettles’ friends, police officers arrived at the scene and pulled Wilson off of Nettles, according to DNAinfo.com. Nettles was then transported to Harlem Hospital and admitted with severe head trauma. Officers at Police Service Area 6 did not question Nettles’ companions thoroughly and never checked on Nettles’ condition after her admittance to Harlem Hospital, law enforcement sources have confirmed. Officers at the scene never obtained DNA evidence from Paris Wilson’s hands. Investigations were halted until August 23rd, when the D.A.’s office learned that Nettles was declared brain dead and removed from life support. When asked about crucial footage from the ten surveillance cameras located on the PSA 6 edifice and on surrounding structures, the D.A.’s office said all cameras were broken and no footage existed.

After the assault, Simone Wilson, mother of Paris Wilson, coerced an inebriated friend of her son to confess to the crime but he later denied the allegations, according to the NYPD. Shockingly, Simone Wilson was never held accountable for falsifying evidence or for hindering the investigation. Nettles’ friends and family also report that Simone Wilson aggressively photographed them at Harlem Hospital, as if threatening them if they filed charges. Following a misdemeanor charge of third degree assault, Paris Wilson was immediately released from jail on a mere $2,000 bail and on November 19th even that charge was dropped due to “lack of evidence.”  The D.A.’s office has since said it is “aggressively investigating the crime as a homicide,” but no suspect or statement on the progress of the investigation have been presented in the two months since the investigation began.

The Jan. 30 protest calls for the NYPD to explain its failure to immediately and adequately investigate the crime scene, question witnesses, retain DNA samples and surveillance footage, and check on Nettles’ condition, even if the crime was initially misperceived as merely an assault. We call for the NYPD to explain why Simone Wilson has never been charged with obstruction of justice. We demand that D.A. Vance provide a status report on the investigation. Finally, we call for the NYPD to audit the 24th, 26th, and 32nd Precincts and all city precincts for their capacity to conduct timely and unbiased investigations of this and all transphobic violent crimes.

“The transgender and cisgender communities together call on William Bratton and the NYPD to set an example with the Islan Nettles case by committing to seeing justice served, for Islan Nettles and all victims of transphobic violence in New York City,” said Brooke Cerda Guzman.

PROTEST: Thursday, January 30th 2014, 4 p.m., One Police Plaza, Manhattan

Take the 4,5,6, J, Z trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, walk on Chambers St. straight through the One Centre Street building, past the large red sculpture, to the front entrance of One Police Plaza.

Want to know what REALLY happened in the Islan Nettles case? Listen to this:

Justice for Islan Nettles UNCUT – The Radio Interview

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What’s Next for Gay Rights in 2014?

LGBT GlobeThe year 2013 was a banner one for gay marriage—but some LGBT activists are asking whether the movement is headed down the path to true equality and liberation.

But more broadly, at the same time that LGBT civil rights had its banner year in America, economic inequality reached record highs, the Supreme Court gutted voting rights and threw affirmative action into question, and dozens of state and federal laws were pushed to restrict women’s reproductive freedom.  In this sense, it would appear that the rising tide of LGBT equality is not lifting the entire boat of justice.  That should give us all pause.

I don’t mean to be a party pooper. We should certainly celebrate the great leaps forward for gay rights in 2013, in marriage equality but also with cultural markers and especially polls showing that the public is becoming more accepting. But in 2014, we must revisit the guiding philosophy of the gay movement and whether our strategies and tactics are pursuing liberation for all—gay and straight, black white and brown, women and men and trans—or merely some.  This debate, more vibrant in decades past, is in urgent need of revival. If 2013 was the year that Americans of all stripes and social movements joined the careening bandwagon for gay rights, may 2014 be the year in which the LGBT movement returns the favor with a vision of liberation for all.

Read more: What’s Next for Gay Rights in 2014

1.01.2014 The Daily Beast

Call for Action!! Lawyer claims hefty sentencing for murderer of Trans Woman should, “..be reserved for people who are guilty of killing certain classes of individuals”

Excerpt taken from Gothamist.com:

120613_gonzalezandujarLast 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?”

http://gothamist.com/2013/12/06/lawyer_argues_transgender_murder_vi.php

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.