Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Lawrence "Larry" Fobes King was murdered in school by a younger classmate for not dressing like most guys, which they saw as acting "gay." It is obvious to me her was transgender! How can his happen in 2008. Easy people at carefully taught to hate transgender people and anything or anyone that is not seen as "normal." Tennessee is even working on a law that says:
... no public elementary or middle school shall permit any instruction or materials discussing sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.Not saying Larry was gay, but they sure perceived him that way.
Several students at the school said the victim sometimes was the butt of jokes because of his nonconformist behavior and style of dress.
"He didn't care," said Matthew Puga, a seventh-grader. "He'd say, I am what I am."
Larry's uncle set up this website for his nephew.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Today eighth-grader Lawrence King, 15, of Oxnard, CA, was declared brain dead after a school shooting on Tuesday. King was shot twice by a fellow student while in class at E.O. Green Junior High School. Prosecutors are charging the assailant with murder with a hate-crime enhancement. King remains on a ventilator for organ donation. The victim was openly gay and was reported to have occasionally worn feminine clothing and makeup to school. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that King's peers attribute his attack to his open sexual orientation.
Slain teen remembered as fun, quirky at Rainbow Alliance candlelight vigil
Blue was Larry King's favorite color eye shadow.
Along with his signature black, high-heeled boots and varying shades of lipstick, friends say he wore dramatic makeup and dressed more flamboyantly in the last two weeks before he was shot to death by a classmate at an Oxnard middle school.
The cosmetics added a quirkiness to his personality, friends said. But they didn't define the 15-year-old boy Melissa Castillo knew.
"He didn't know he had a lot of friends," Castillo said. "We all thought he was funny but not in a mocking way. We all really liked him. I wish he knew that."
"Any 15-year-old is finding out who they are. It's normal to experiment in any direction," she said.
King was shot Tuesday morning inside a computer lab at the school. He was declared brain dead on Wednesday and taken off life support Thursday night. Prosecutors have charged a classmate, Brandon McInerney, 14, with first-degree murder and committing a hate crime and want him tried as an adult.
Students have said King was teased because he was gay. Some classmates also reported a confrontation between the two boys in the days before the shooting.
Authorities have not released details on a motive, and prosecutors have declined to elaborate on the hate crime charge. A hate crime is defined as an illegal action taken toward a person based on any of several criteria, such as race, religion or sexual orientation.
Friday, February 15, 2008
In this episode (right click on the link and save as) located HERE we interview the lovely, inspiring, and successful Kimberli. She discusses with us her story and experiences of being an African American transwoman, living in stealth, and making something of herself in the big wide world. You can read more about Kimberli's story on Lynn Conway's site or just click HERE
Thanks to Vickie Davis for suggesting this interview!
Great job Mila, Jayna and Kimberli. I treasure my relationship with you Kim, and I am glad others in our community are getting to know you too.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
She lived in Nashville and was
formerly of Bowling Green Kentucky.
Katie died February 6, 2008, at her home.
She was a surveyor and draftsman for an engineering company
in Franklin, Tennessee. She was a dedicated Events Coordinator for the
Tennessee Vals and had many ideas that were left undone.
for the group. We will try our best to follow
up on the things she wanted to do.
She will be missed!
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PS: She was this webmistress's best friend.
Good bye Katie.
Deep condolences on Katie's passing. Seems like the last time I saw her was at the Lobbying 101 thing at East End UMC. So I'm very sorry to hear of her loss. Lot of folks are gonna miss her.
This was definitely unexpected. My sincere condolences to the group and Katie's family for this loss. I only had the pleasure of knowing Katie for a short time but will definitely treasure it. She absolutely will be missed.
Katies will be misses terribly by me. She was a jem.
The news of Katies death is a real shock to me. When I met Vickie, Katie was with her and I became friends with both. Katie was an inspiration to me because she had gone thru what I had gone thru with the loss of my wife. I held her in my highest thoughts as I have with all the TVAL girls. I offer my condolences to her family and to her other family, The TVALS.
This is a real shock. Our last conversation was Thursday night after the Lobbying 101. She was in a great mood & said she was looking forward to Southern Comfort, SRS, & Advancing Equality Day on the Hill. She was a beautiful person & I will miss her terribly.
This is such a tragedy. I just saw and talked to Katie about a week or so ago at the board meeting. Sat right across from her. I cannot believe this. Katie was a very good person and very dedicated to this group. Unfortunately I hadn't got to know her as well as some of you but I am grateful that I got the opportunity to know her. I am still trying to wrap my brain around all of this.
Roxie and I have been talking about what to say about Katie, after feeling the shock of her death. I don't think I ever saw Katie that she didn't have a smile on her face, and enjoyed life. You never had to wonder what Katie thought about something, because she would tell you. She had some great ideas and we should see to it they are carried out. She was the cornerstone of our transition meetings, and we thought of her as a good friend. Our Hearts will be heavy with her loss for many, many years. Katie was so much younger then me, much healthier then me, and so much stronger then me it was just a shock. A shock that I just couldn't get rid of, which is why it has taken me so long to write something. This sudden loss should serve to remind us just how fragile life is and how sudden it can end. We need to love our brothers and sisters, give a helping hand when they need it, and a hug when they need it. I don't know if I got our feelings across, but we will really miss Katie.
Sara & Roxie