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God Damn these Hate Crimes and the Institutions that Fail to Act to Prevent Them

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Just a few months ago, trans woman of color Shade Schuler was murdered in this community. Shade’s body was in a field over in the Medical District so long that it was difficult for the police to identify her when someone cutting grass found her. We forgot about Shade. When I heard about the horror […]

Joseph Hutcheson Federal Civil Rights Complaint

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  *This is a copy of the civil rights complaint I constructed and filed jointly with the Hutcheson Family against the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department on September 22, 2015.  Due to technical limitations, I had to leave out the still pictures contained in the incident section of the original complaint (that section should be read […]

A Letter to Chairman Coleman on the Brutality of the Sheriff’s Department in Dallas County

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*Sent on Friday, August 7, 2015 To the Honorable Garnet Coleman,   On August 1, 2015 around 10am, Joseph Hutcheson parked his truck on the curb at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in Dallas County and hysterically ran inside. Upon entering, Hutcheson screamed, “Don’t hurt me, I just need some help.” The deputies tackled him. […]

Does Ty’s Life Matter? : The Betrayal of Silence Following the Murder of a Transgender Woman of Color

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Ty Underwood. Most people don’t know her name. Most people don’t know her story. Most people would just prefer not to know and keep going on about their lives. I can’t. Last week, Ty Underwood was brutally murdered somewhere near 24th Street in North Tyler, Texas. In addition to the murder, Ty faced the numerous […]

Beyond Borders: An Unexpected Trip to Mexico with a Dying Man

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  I didn’t expect to be on a flight to Mexico.  I thought I would spend most of today completing multiple unfinished writing projects that I have long neglected.  Things changed when I met Ramon.  Carrollton, Texas is not the type of place one would expect miracles to happen.  When I pulled up to the […]

Would Jesus March at Dallas Pride?

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The many closet doors will be closed tightly at Dallas Pride.  Behind the smiles and drunken debauchery, there will be terror about what it would mean to leave the new normal that many have developed.  Most of the participants will have told their parents and friends about their sexuality or gender, but few will have […]

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