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From Change.org and anjak_j

On Friday, Adrian Leigh Cowan of Baltimore started a petition on Change.org, speaking out in response to a shocking online video of a transgender woman being brutally beaten at a local McDonald’s.

As Adrian told our team of organizers, "I was moved to start this petition because when I first viewed the video, I was brought to tears. How anyone could stand by and allow this to happen is unfathomable to me." More than 30,000 Change.org members had the same reaction, and joined Adrian in signing the petition.

If you haven’t watched the horrifying video of this hate crime, please click this link (WARNING: Video contains extremely graphic violence). Then add your name to Adrian's petition calling on McDonald’s and Maryland authorities to hold those involved accountable.

Note: The petition and the video are on the same page. But you have to click play for the video to begin.

If you would prefer not to watch the video posted by Adrian, you should know what it documents: A 22-year-old transgender woman is pulled out of a McDonald’s bathroom and viciously beaten by two customers. She is punched, knocked to the ground, dragged across the floor by her hair, and kicked in the face until she appears to experience a seizure.

Instead of coming to this woman’s assistance, one McDonald’s employee filmed the assault while others can be heard cheering the assailants on as they attack the victim. After the brutal incident, the video was posted to the Internet, where an employee bragged that the assault was OK because the victim “was a man dressed like a woman.”

Sadly, this attack is a reminder of the rampant harassment and discrimination that transgender people face every day. Nationwide, more than half of all transgender people experience verbal or physical abuse when trying to access public accommodations like restrooms. Brutal acts of violence are all too common -- and authorities often fail to prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent of the law.

Not surprisingly, McDonald's lacks standard policies for protecting transgender individuals, despite a decent record of workplace discrimination protections for gays and lesbians. And while the company has pledged to “take appropriate action” against all employees involved in this heinous event, just one has been punished.

Please join Adrian Leigh Cowan (Poster: And myself) in demanding that McDonald’s and Maryland authorities hold accountable both the assailants in this beating and the employees who cheered it on -- and to make sure that an attack like this never happens again.

Please take a minute to read this and sign the petition. This sort of thing is repulsive and it brings me to tears.
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17 September 2010 @ 08:31 pm
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25 September 2009 @ 12:08 am
Another round of art, this time for my friend Montiese! Her story is fantastic, be sure to read it!

Title: Though Lovers Be Lost Love Shall Not
Fic Authors: mcgarrygirl78
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22 September 2009 @ 10:14 am
This art was created for shrimpy_19's story for the bau_bigbang. For any Criminal Minds fans out there that haven't heard of the fest yet, check it out! People have been posting all week and will continue to do so until this Friday.

Title: Check and Mate
Fic Authors: shrimpy_19
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01 June 2008 @ 11:09 pm

by intoxuation

Comment if you would like to be added, I'll most likely accept it.

1. Please don't ask if we don't have anything in common. My #1 interest is baseball. During baseball season, that is pretty much all I will talk about (my teams: Rochester Red Wings, Minnesota Twins). During the offseason, I sometimes post about Criminal Minds, Psych, and White Collar.
2. Don't ask if you don't update your journal -- seems like a no brainer, but I've had people add me that never updated their journals. So what's the point?
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4. PLEASE COMMENT HERE IF YOU WANT TO ADD ME AS A FRIEND! I can't stand when people just add me out of nowhere.