its easy to *not* see this as a trans murder in the wording, especially in the use of transvestite which implies a man (?) in woman's clothes.... this is a gender bias hate crime again a trans female.. make no mistake about it...!!
Arrest made in transvestite (sic) murder
Police have made an arrest in the year-old murder of a transvestite.
32-year-old Michael Streater is charged with fatally stabbing Jessica Mercado.
Detectives found the body of Mercado, once known as Horacio, following a fire in Mercado's Chapel Street apartment in May of 2003.
Police say Streater stabbed Mercado to death and then tired to burn the body.
PROTEST WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION AND DEMAND EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
On July 1, 2004, Alex Franco Acebo was fired from Invescol, a private security company in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He had worked for the company for two years. According to Invescol Manager, Mr. Franklin Gallegos, the company’s internal regulations bar the employment of "physically disabled people and gays."
In 1997, Ecuador was the first in Latin America (and the second in the world, following South Africa) to include specific protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation in its Constitution. In this context, the action of Invescol, especially Mr. Acebo’s sexuality, are irrelevant to his job performance and should not, in any context, be compared to a "physical deficiency" that might render him unable to perform his job properly.
Indeed, while Invescol’s position is impossible to justify, the consequences of their policy are dramatic and conclusive: Alex Franco Acebo is currently unemployed, and is thus unable to attend to his basic survival needs, lacking any support if he happens to fall ill. In this context, if the government of Ecuador does not take action against Invescol, they will have failed to protect and fulfil Mr. Acebo's rights to be free from discrimination and his right to work. Fundación Amigos por la Vida (FAMIVIDA), a local LGBT Rights and HIV/AIDS prevention group, has submitted a complaint against Invescol to the Ecuador’s Labour Ministry.
HRC STATEMENT ON HOSTILE CLIMATE AT CONVENTION
‘Their platform and policy record is so divisive and at times discriminatory that it might have even driven Mary Cheney from the RNC stage,’ said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.
WASHINGTON — Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques released the following statement today regarding the climate at the Republican National Convention.
“All week long, the Republicans have been trying to put forth a moderate message, while their platform and policy record is so divisive and at times discriminatory that it might have even driven Mary Cheney from the RNC stage.
“Instead of talking about the Cheneys being divided on stage, we should be talking about the divide between the president’s discriminatory platform and the fair-minded moderate voters he is appealing to.
“Some of the most notable speakers at this week’s convention — Senator John McCain, Governor Schwarzenegger and former Mayor Giuliani — demonstrate compassionate, moderate Republican leadership. At the same time, the party’s platform is the most discriminatory in modern history. There has been absolutely no mention of important issues like hate violence and workplace discrimination, and the silence from the party leadership following Alan Keyes’ outrageous remarks has been deafening.