The beating of a transgender woman by two men — one allegedly a police officer — in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, was caught on tape by a local news channel.
News channel 6 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, caught on video the beating of a transgender woman by two men, one of whom allegedly is a member of the Honduran police, a federal military organization. San Pedro Sula is Honduras’ second-largest city. Both Honduras and San Pedro Sula have the highest murder rate in the world.Â
Channel 6’s report identifies the transgender woman as “the tranny,” as Queerty reports.
Local sourceÂ La Prensa, which describes the victim as â€œthe tranny,â€ claims the woman is a sex worker. She reportedly attracted the attention of police and the Channel 6 news crew when an altercation with a client became disruptive â€” she reportedly brokeÂ the window of his truck when he refused to pay for her services.
The video begins after two military police officers arrive at the scene. The deadbeat client can be seen kicking, punching, and throwing the woman to the ground as two military police officers look on. At one point during the video, one of the officers â€” in full military gear â€” can be seen kicking the victim and pushing her down the street.
Gay Star News adds:
The video shows the trans woman being punched, kicked and thrown to the ground where she severely knocks her head.
Antonio Sanchez, spokesman of the Armed Forces of Honduras, denied the police had anything to do with the mistreatment of the woman.
â€˜The video was manipulated,â€™ he said.
However, LGBTI activists have slammed the video, saying it is another example of how LGBTI people are marginalized and victimized.
Mario Schauer, activist and amanger of eqaulit group Breaking the Taboo, said the video was â€˜homophobia at its best.â€™
â€˜The LGBT community is the most ignored,â€™ she said.
The Washington Blade’s Michael Lavers last month published an interview with Honduran LGBT activistÂ Nelson ArambÃº of the Diversity Movement in Resistance, who “told the Blade that 176 LGBT Hondurans have been reported killed between the 2009 coup and May.”
These include Walter TrÃ³chez, a prominent LGBT rights advocate who was shot to death on a Tegucigalpa street in December 2009, and Erick MartÃnez, a journalist and activist who was strangled to death in 2012 after leaving a gay bar in the Honduran capital.
ArambÃº told the Blade police officers in Tegucigalpa killed 10 trans people in the three months after the 2009 coup. An Amnesty International report indicates a group of armed men wearing bulletproof vests and balaclavas kidnapped a trans sex worker in the city of San Pedro Sula and killed her before placing her body into a plastic bag and dumping it alongside a road.
Here’s the News Channel 6 video:
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Trump Is a Threat to Democracy – Even if He Loses: Signorile
This article first appeared in Michelangelo Signorile’s Substack newsletter. To see the article in its original location or to subscribe, click here.
Here we’ve been for almost four years, worried that Donald Trump will destroy us if he wins re-election in two weeks.
But what about if he clearly and decisively loses? Prepare yourself for the fact that none of us is going to be able to take a vacation — even if he does accept the loss and vacates the White House in January.
Right now, Trump is projecting an air of invincibility. “We are going to win,” he told his campaign staffers yesterday. Later he told reporters, “I’m not running scared. I think I’m running angry. I’m running happy and I’m running very content ’cause I’ve done a great job.”
But this seems like damage control meant to stop the media from continuing to focus in on his rallies over the weekend, in which he pondered what would happen if he lost (“Maybe I’ll have to leave the country”) and begged suburban women for their votes (“Suburban women, please like me”).
According the Associated Press, quoting three campaign and White House officials, “Trump himself has alternated between disbelief and anger at the idea that he could lose to a candidate whom he views as washed up and incompetent.”
He’s freaking out. Even Trump, who often seems so out of touch with reality, sees what’s happening quite clearly. My hunch is that he knows it’s highly unlikely that he can turn things around this late in the game by switching positions, reaching out to women and people of color and others he’s losing badly, since voters are locked in and many despise him. And if he even tries, he’ll depress and possibly enrage his own base.
Another politician in such dire straits might just take that chance — certainly we’re seeing some GOP senators doing that, moving away a bit from Trump, though it’s likely far too late — but for Trump, a loss of support among his base after his re-election bid failed would be a loss of what he sees as a protective mass movement that will do anything for him.
Trump has got to be worried about investigations and prosecutions, and would no longer have the Justice Department, the military or the pardon power to wield as tools. And even if he tries to pardon himself for any crimes, which would ultimately go to the courts — or enacts the scenario his former fixer Michael Cohen envisions, in which he steps down in the lame duck, and Mike Pence briefly becomes president and pardons him — that won’t protect him from state charges.
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Trump Publicly Demands Bill Barr Appoint Special Counsel to Investigate Joe Biden in Off-the-Rails Fox News Interview
In a wide-ranging and off-the-rails Fox News interview President Donald Trump is demanding Attorney General Bill Barr appoint a special counsel to investigate his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, over Russian disinformation spread by his personal attorney and a conservative media outlet owned by his friend.
Trump told “Fox & Friends” Barr has “got to act” against the former vice president and his son Hunter Biden, insisting the Attorney General give credence to the disinformation before Election Day.
“We’ve go to get the Attorney General to act, and he’s got to act, and he’s got to act fast. He’s got to appoint somebody. This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election,” Trump demanded, before declaring, “we’re going to win the election.”
Fox News mentioned the letter sent to Barr by just 11 of the 198 House Republicans calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the Bidens.
Overnight Politico reported: “More than 50 former senior intelligence officials have signed on to a letter outlining their belief that the recent disclosure of emails allegedly belonging to Joe Biden’s son ‘has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.'”
On Fox & Friends, Trump says Bill Barr’s “gotta act” on the NY Post’s Hunter Biden stories, “and this has to be known about before the election.” pic.twitter.com/fjo4FEbVd6
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 20, 2020
Image: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr
‘Doubling’: CNN Hosts Visibly Unnerved After Hearing Doctor’s ‘Bleak’ New COVID Projections
CNN hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota appeared unnerved after an infectious disease expert warned the country is about to experience “one of the darkest chapters in modern American history” thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Peter Hotez, the co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, told CNN on Tuesday that the next three months were likely to be absolutely horrific when it comes to Americans’ health and well being.
Hotez began by offering a message of hope by saying that, by this time next year, the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic should be much more under control.
However, he warned that things in the country are likely going to get worse in the meantime.
“As bad as it’s been it’s about to get worse,” he said. “And that’s based on projections about a fall/winter surge as people are indoors more… some of the projections just awful. We could be looking at a doubling of the number of deaths a week before the inauguration. This is tough stuff.”
Hotez said that the problem could get worse if Trump loses the election and then gives up even pretending to care about the virus.
“They haven’t really been very involved in creating a national response to begin with, I can only imagine what it’s like during that lame-duck session,” he said. “So people are going to feel abandoned. They’re going to feel on their own in what is going to be one of the darkest chapters in modern American history.”
At this point, CNN host Berman took a deep breath and said, “It’s pretty bleak.”
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