On Top magazine carries a brief report (link here) on the torture and brutal murders of two trans women in the Dominican Republic.
NOTE: The following excerpt from the report contains some graphic descriptions which may be triggering.
Eduardo Padilla, 23, and Ramon Martinez, 26, were brutally tortured before being killed in the northern city of Santiago, Central Cibao Police District spokesman Col. Jesus Cordero Paredes said.
The police spokesman said one of the victims was stabbed 40 times, severely beaten in the genitals, arms and face and her eyes were torn out.
The second victim was found bound, stuffed in a bag with her legs broken. She also was stabbed and burned, Cordero Paredes said.
The spokesman said the pair were tortured in a “cruel” fashion. Two suspects are in custody; men the victims’ relatives identified as “friends.”
“Friends”? “Friends”? I cannot begin to understand how the victims’ relatives can possibly believe the people suspected of torturing and murdering members of their families are “friends”. And I can’t help but wonder, if Ms Padilla and Ms Martinez had been cis women, would their murderers still be thought of as “friends”?
I have this (probably misplaced) belief that the majority of cis people are actually good and decent folks who, even though they will never truly understand what it means to be trans, are at least capable of accepting us, and who would genuinely be horrified to learn that hate crimes against trans people are increasing at an exponential rate worldwide. What is starting to undermine my faith in cis humanity is the refusal to face the facts and the continuing failure to stand with us against this escalating spiral of transphobic bigotry and violence.