The first gay pride parade in communist Vietnam took place in the capital Hanoi on Sunday with dozens of cyclists displaying balloons and rainbow flags streaming through the city’s streets.
Organised by the city’s small but growing Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, the event went ahead peacefully with no attempt by police to stop the colorful convoy of about 100 activists despite their lack of official permission.
“There was no intervention which is a good thing for Vietnam,” said one of the organizers, Tam Nguyen.
She said the parade had helped unite the LGBT community and raise awareness among “curious” onlookers, although many had no idea what the rainbow flag — an international symbol for LGBT groups — symbolized.
The cyclists attracted no hostility — and only a little attention — as they made their way down Hanoi’s busy streets.
[TW FOR ANTI-TRANS AND RACIST VIOLENCE AND HATE SPEECH]
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CeCe McDonald is a young African American transgender woman charged with “second degree murder” after an incident that began when she was violently attacked because of her gender and race.
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CeCe is a creative and energetic person who, before her life was so unjustly interrupted, was studying fashion at MCTC. She had a stable home where she lived with and helped support four other African American youth, her family. CeCe’s family describes her as a leader, a role model, and a loyal friend. She is known as a wise, out-spoken, and welcoming person, with a cheerful disposition and a history of handling prejudice with amazing grace.
Around 12:30 am on June 5, CeCe and four of her friends (all of them black) were on their way to Cub Foods to get some food. As they walked past Schooner’s Bar in South Minneapolis, a man and two women (all of them white) began to yell epithets at them. They called CeCe and her friends ‘faggots,’ ‘niggers,’ and ‘chicks with dicks,’ amongst other things.
As they were shouting, one of the women smashed her drink into the side of CeCe’s face, slicing her cheek open, lacerating her salivary gland, and stinging her eyes with liquor. A fight ensued, with more people joining in. What happened during the fight is unclear, but within a few minutes Dean Schmitz–one of the attackers–had been stabbed.
CeCe was later arrested, and is now falsely accused of murder
For a month, CeCe was kept in solitary confinement “for her own protection”; she had no say in this matter. Finally, she was transferred to a psychiatric unit in the Public Safety Facility. It was nearly two months before she was taken back to a doctor to check up on the wound on her face, which by then had turned into a painful, golf ball-sized lump.
Later on, CeCe’s friends were harassed on the street by people they recognized from the scene of the fight. Individuals circled the block that CeCe’s friends were walking on and called them ‘niggers’ and ‘faggots’ and told them to ‘go back to Africa.’ When they attempted to wave down a passing squad car for assistance, the officer driving the car said he would not help them.
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So wait a minute. White trans* person gets beat up for being trans by black people, and her attackers get 30 years in prison. Black trans* woman gets beat up for being BOTH BLACK AND TRANS, and SHE ENDS UP IN JAIL? AND her friends get racially harassed with no recourse? Fuck the system. Burn it to the ground.
I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.
My sister is 5, and she lives in another state with my mother and stepfather. Before going out to visit, my mom told me that my sis was showing heteronormative tendencies (courtesy of my stepfather). While I visited, I decided to fix that.
I was on my computer, and my sis walked up behind me to see what I was doing. She ended up seeing my background, which is a picture of Kurt and Blaine from Glee kissing.
“Are they kissing?” she asked, astonished.
“Yup. They’re boys, too.”
“There’s nothing gross about it. Boys can kiss boys if they want to.”
“Yeah. And girls can kiss girls if they want to.”
“I like kissing girls. I like kissing girls and guys. And I like kissing some people who are neither or both.” At that point, she decided to walk away. I wasn’t disappointed because that seems like a lot for a five year old to take in. I wasn’t disappointed the next day when she asked me to draw with her.
“Can we draw princesses?” she asked me.
“Yeah, which ones?”
“Jasmine and… Mulan!” she decided.
“Can I draw them kissing?” I asked.
“Yeah. Make them real pretty.” She pulled out another piece of paper. “Then you gotta draw them getting married.”
She later ended up coloring the pictures and making Mulan and Jasmine vampires.
(Submitted by justtaketherunway)