Sunday, April 24, 2011

McDonalds' Super Sized Hate At Ground Zero

McDonalds and especially some of it's employees strike it big again this time.

" "Where am I supposed to go??"
The plaintive cry of a transwoman in between savage beatings as two teen girls in Baltimore respond to her mere presence with extreme violence. It seems this individual, who is clearly presenting as female, regardless of her personal identity or legal sex, attempted to use the bathroom deemed socially appropriate for her at the time."

From “The Human Eye”

A woman of transsexual or transgender experience, walked into a locally owned and operated franchise of the sprawling McDonalds fast food empire. Her simple intentions were to possibly get some food and use the bathroom, but what transpired next, turned out to be a tragically abusive, inhuman orgy of transphobic esctasy. It would also be an evening where several Mcdonalds employees exposed their base predatory selves, as they facilitated and mocked the merciless beating of Chrissy Lee Polis. One employee, Vernon Hackett, laughing hysterically, recorded the assault for fun, while the other shift employees stood by watching as well. They not only verbally (and by action or inaction) disrespected her gender identity, they egged the 18 year old woman and her 14 year old female companion on! They excitedly exclaimed: "It's a man! Beat it's ass, kill the thing". The shift manager stood by as well... entertained for several minutes, until he made 2 weak attempts to shoo the girls away and sqeaking out the word "stop!" He then joined in the facillitation of violation and humilation of the woman, by encouraging the savages to get away before the police arrived and acting as a look out. By the way, the Baltimore PD was not seriously contacted until 17 minutes after the attack began.

We are then further treated to more wonderful displays of humanity as our ace videographer Vernon, continues to record the suffering of the victim as she goes into a seizure, spitting up the blood from her internal injuries. We can clearly see the shift manager walking around amused and slightly curious, staring down at Chrissy as she helplessly convulses as a result of several kicks and blows to the head. One employee was more concerned about having to clean up her blood and dime store hair extensions and real hairs that were ripped out of her scalp, than about her welfare or her life, yes quite lovely.

Sure, these "human" girls were initially worried about Chrissy speaking 3 - 4 words to one of their boyfriends ("Not now, but thanks"), as she made her way to the womens restroom -but the perpatrators and employees who supported their actions, were angry about that, when they perceived her to be transgender or transsexual, that's what helped to fuel the raging attack upon her.

In an interview with the Baltimore Sun yesterday, Polis says before she was attacked, one of the teens said Polis was a "man" using the women's restroom and accused Polis of "talking to her man."

Our fearless video person decides to upload the crime to UTube, allowing it to go viral. The dilemma here is that on the one hand, we are fortunate that this video exists, because it is almost unimpeachable criminal evidence in and of itself. yet on the other hand, it is a tool of oppression, stigmatization and humilation, created and spread around by an ignorant creep.

Chrissy Lee has been released from the hospital, after she was listed in fair ccondition. But now understandably, she is too terrified to leave her house. Yet, here's where the abuse continues: the police and media have not only disrespected her privacy and especially her identity, by portraying her as a "cross dressing male" in blaring headlines and police statments to the public and media, they have also displayed her past record of minor criminal offenses, including charges of prostitution which of course she had engaged in, in order to simply survive, eat and get beaten at greasy places like the Rosedale, MD Mcdonalds franchise. Of course she worked the street, because no one would hire her, just because she is transsexual/transgender and possibly did not "fit" American society's backward, narrow idea of what is "female" or "male".

The McDonalds franchise where this horrible event occured and the corporation of McDonalds are definitely accountable in this case, because of what's called: "Premise Security Liability" which is a civil action where a landlord or property manager can be legally held liable for injuries inflicted during a violent criminal attack committed on the rental or store property under premises liability law.

Maryland as a state, has an implicitly implied set of codes that specifically addresses this:
‎"Shopping mall owners and operators may be held responsible for the parking lots and common areas such as bathrooms. **Businesses may be held responsible for incidents happening within their stores**. Banks may be held liable for incidents occurring at their ATM machine or lobbies."

Since the McDonalds franchise located in Baltimore (specifically in it's subcommunity of Rosedale), is considered a "satellite" business unit of the main corporation, it is an economic "arm" that represents it. The same code of Premise Security Liability applies to McDonalds Coporate, they had to request permission from the Baltimore city, county and state, to operate. Therefore, McDonalds Coporate is responsible for contributing to the safety of it's customers in that area. Now a legal counsel for McDonalds and relevant franchise can make an argument called: "Comparative Fault" stating that the injured person was partially at fault for what happened. But in this case, there was very clear evidence that the victim did not have that much control over what happened to her. Also, the criminal nature of the documented assault, will help her case as well.

This is a general overview of Premises Liability:

Exactly one week before the hate crime beating, the Maryland Senate effectively killed the Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Bill, also known as HB 235, which would have protected transgender people in housing, banking, and employment. While the bill would have had no direct impact on this incident, the Maryland Senate sent Maryland citizens a strong message by killing the bill. Nontheless, the past bill still had no protections for public accomodations, such as public restrooms.

This is the "Emmett Till" moment or Ground Zero for trans people and allies. Sorry I had to say that, but if you can recall some history involving the civil rights movement, Emmett was a 14 year old boy who went to visit relatives near Money, Mississippi in 1955. He was kidnapped, continously severely beaten throughout the night, eye gouged out and then shot to death, accused of making a pass at a white woman. This crime of Human Rights became a spark for widening and further igniting that movement. The story about Emmett Till rapidly spread across the states (and several places around the world); An image of what happened to him was very clear and available for the world to see, just like this case. The Emmett Till crime woke many people up, illuminating the condition of oppression against a group of people.

McDonalds seriously needs to review, update and sincerely enforce their diversity and antidiscrimination policies right on down to the newest employees.

We hope and pray for Chrissy Lee Polis, we must reach out to her with love and full compassionate support to let her know that she is not alone, people care about her and that all are not darkness personified.

There is a rally and vigil against hate, scheduled for this Monday April 25th, 7:00pm - 10:00pm to be held under the "golden arches" at 6315 Kenwood Ave in Rosedale, MD:

Also another rally, Stand Up Against Hate! Will be held on Thursday, April 28 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm, to be held at the same McDonalds location on the public side of the sidewalk adjescent to it:!/event.php?eid=110187879067417

To join the boycott:

This is a Facebook support page for Chrissy Lee Polis, created by well wishers, please post words of comfort, support, warmth and encouragement:

Please sign the petition:

To file a complaint with McDonalds Corporate:
2111 McDonalds Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone # 1-800-244-6227
Fax: (630) 623-8843

Monday, April 4, 2011

Deligitimizing The Identity And Rightful Sex Of Transsexual People:

The below is a snapshot of discussion on Ethan St. Perrie's wall regarding the the recent article: "Don't Call Me Transgender" by Transmenace
And my response to one Trans women's act of deligitimizing the identity and rightful sex of TS people:

Janice Josephine Carney:

the reality is some transexual's may see themself,s as Real men or Women, but as soon as they lose there jobs. housing, or have need of legal assitence, they run to transgender friendly organizations for help and surrport. As fo rML, a law that needs aprovement is better then no law.

Arianna ShockAnna-Awe Kitti (Empowered Kitty):

@Janice and others:
Simple: TS women and men ARE women and men. What does "real" mean anyway, even when applied to Cissexual women and men??
Some women who are Cissexual/Cis -Gender (and some men), have been harrassed, discriminiated against, or lost their jobs because they did not fit narrow standards of what is considered a woman and man. There are numerous cases of instances, such as Price v Waterhouse, which did set a legal precedent in the realm of "gender expression".

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Take This Label And Like It!

From the article: "Don’t Call Me Transgender!"
Posted on April 2, 2011 at 11:31 am2011-04-02T11:31:59Zg:i a by The Transexual Menace

"Hellooooooooo girlfriend!
OMG! You really think that changing your sex is not breaking the cis-gender norms?

We hate to tell you but transsexual people are transgendered. Both of the founders of The Transexual Menace were post-op transsexuals who, before the political popularization of the meme Transgender, saw the need to have an general concept to describe the people who were being disenfranchised by society because of their expression of their gender. They felt that anyone who was marginalized because they failed to conform to society’s expectations of the correct gender expression was naturally a part of the ‘gender community’ as they called it originally. It was this concept of unity, embodied in the Original Charter of the Transexual Menace, that later merged with similar beliefs held by others world-wide giving rise to Transgender as we know it today.

Transgender is our word for ourselves. It has been around since the 70s. LGB didn’t assign it to us nor are they pushing it on us (in fact, some of them wish that T would just go away). Before the creation of LGBT in the mid-90s, we were Transgender."


One of my responses to the above article is, that I myself have successfully (and continue to do so, that is if I don't share my past with the wrong elements of any communities) lived as a woman for years, in the sense of legal, gender and sex realms. I personally, as a matter of choice, except for a few mature, very accepting, understanding gay, lesbian and bisexual friends and allies who know of my past cross-somatic birth defect, (they do not try to push a culture of "Queerness" on me or anyone else) I do not directly associate with the LGB portion of the population as a group; This is due to past bad experiences with that group as a whole, as I was at the early stage of my medical/physical correction.

For example, I did attend a couple of support groups of Transsexual concerns for a short time. These were located only in a gay area of the city that I have moved from and left behind to authentically live my life. The general mistreatment of the people of Transsexual-experience who spoke up in San Diego, was both horrendous and subtle. The disrespect of our inherent knowledge of which sex/gender we belonged to, the shouting down and silencing of our concerns and point of view, the near obsessive, constant portrayal of TS-experienced and Transgender people as just "drag queens" was bullshit that was nasty to bear.
some of the gay males AND more than one Gender Queer person would spread rumours about TS-experienced and Trans females, saying that they are really "gay males who dress up who desire gay males" if they did not like us individually.

One of those bad experiences included a therapist, whom I saw on a regular basis as I was going throughout my corrective transition. She kept insisting that I was "Transgender", said that "it's ok to be Third Gender" and that I use that term to describe myself. She kept ignoring the fact that I also Intersex, but fully identifying as a female, having been born with an underdeveloped female uterus and right ovary.
Of course, I never came back to see her. After that, it was interesting to note that 3 other therapists, one of whom wrote my letter for SRS, have said that I had an "extreme case of Transsexuality".

Two to three times, I've travelled from the diverse suburban area I lived in in San Diego, to donate brand new books bought with my own money, that provided accurate education about Trans people, to the LGB (--T--) center located in the "Hillcrest" area of that city. Two to three times, the brand new books disappeared from the shelves never to be seen again. I even once found 3 of the new Trans books in a trash recepticle on the side of the center.

Once, there was a woman's fair at that center that I bravely attended, only to be caught by surprise by one of the events at that fair. That event was an "open discussion and expression", some gay, lesbian and other queer people came up on the stage to berate Trans people, to tell them that they are "phony", "gay males and lesbian women with self image issues" and "not to alter their bodies".

(Autumn Sandeen is a member of the Transgender/Queer/Gender-Queer "mafia" in San Diego by the way, I've personally known her for years in San Diego).
As for any discrimination, mistreatment and transphobia that I've experienced, on the job or in a general social environment, that has occurred mostly when I or someone who knows of my past cross-sexed condition, told other people. Other than that, I ("pass" as some would call it) blend in and live as a women (myself) in society very well,
I actually came out of full "stealth", even telling some people where I currently work about my past, in order to contribute to the battle for the Human Rights of Transsexual-experienced and Transgender people as well as even Gender Variant folk.
But, for someone to tell me that my life as woman is just an "illusion", to unquestioningly use a label of "Transgender" for myself and not to argue about it, when in fact I did not change my "gender", I physically aligned my body to the inherent (internal) gender that I have been since birth, is highly ridiculous.

Telling someone that the true blossoming happiness and healing that they've finally achieved, by being able to blend in and live as their rightful sex in womanhood or manhood, is nothing but an "illusion" and to "wake up", sounds very akin to what elements of the LGB community says to and about Trans people, especially people of Transsexual experience.

"We hate to tell you but transsexual people are transgendered."

???-The above statement makes about as much sense as a snail with a turbo-powered engine with only 5 gears in reverse...

**How a good number of males portray Trans women**