Trans* People Murdered for Truth-Telling

Published: February 13, 2015

The BILERICO Project
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Abolitionists joined together to work for the immediate end to the institution of human slavery and the cessation of racial discrimination and segregation. They faced steep opposition from many quarters — including a number of Christian denominations, who asserted that sacred scripture not only condoned, but more importantly, mandated the practice of slavery.

Trans* Women: Alejandra Leos, 41, fatally shot, Memphis, Tennessee. Aniya Parker, 47, fatally shot, Los Angeles, California.

Young people conducted a number of sit-in demonstrations at Southern lunch counters to end Jim Crow laws that segregated public facilities, enduring the abusive taunts of onlookers and the crashing batons of local police. Demonstrators faced imprisonment and the imposition of permanent criminal records.

Ashley (Michelle) Sherman, 25, fatally shot, Indianapolis, Indiana. Betty Skinner, 52, fatal severe head injuries, Cleveland, Ohio.

Feminists formed a new wave in the fight for women’s suffrage against a high tide of obstructionism within a patriarchal system of male domination and misogyny — and an attitude that the enfranchisement of women would destroy Christianity and civilization itself.

Gizzy Fowler, 24, fatally shot, Nashville, Tennessee. Jennifer Laude, 26, Olongapo, Philippines.

The Church convicted physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei on the charge of heresy for insisting that the Earth revolves around the Sun, rather than — as per Church teaching — that the Earth was the immovable center of the universe with the Sun revolving around it. Galileo spent the remainder of his life under house arrest.

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