Attacks against transgender people in the Mission district have government officials mobilizing to prevent further violence as the recent crimes evoke past tragedies and call into question The City’s commitment to protect such individuals. Read More
Recent reports involving attacks against transgender people in the Mission district have community leaders searching for ways to protect the vulnerable group.
EL/LA, a Mission-based organization for transgender women, has heard of at least four major incidents since January, including a date rape and a vicious assault in front of a bar, office coordinator Susana Caceres said Wednesday. Read More
A man is suing his former school and employer, alleging that positive reviews and recommendations all turned sour and that his supervisors took retaliatory actions after he disclosed his transgender status. Read More
San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents.
The Health Commission voted Tuesday to create a comprehensive program for treating transgender people experiencing mental distress because of the mismatch between their bodies and their gender identities. The vote was announced Thursday. Read More
District Attorney George Gascón said Thursday he was “extremely disappointed” in a judge’s ruling that two men who allegedly robbed and assaulted a transgender woman should not face felony hate-crime charges. Read More
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said Thursday he is disappointed in a judge's decision to dismiss felony hate crime allegations against two men accused of assaulting and robbing a transgender woman near San Francisco's 16th Street BART station in April. Read More
Felony hate crime allegations were dismissed Wednesday against two men accused of assaulting and robbing a transgender woman near San Francisco’s 16th Street BART station in April, but the pair were ordered by a judge to stand trial on other charges in the case.Lionel Jackson, 32, and Maurice Perry, 37, are accused of attacking the woman on April 1 outside the BART station at the intersection of Mission and 16th streets and taking her smartphone. Read More
Prosecutors took the death penalty off the table Thursday for a man accused in the rape and murder of a transgender woman, a 2007 case in which DNA samples lay untested for two years before a hit was made.
Donzell Francis, 42, allegedly raped and killed Ruby Rodriguez, also known as Ruby Ordenana, whose body was found on a Potrero Hill sidewalk on March 16, 2007.
Though Francis’ DNA was already on file from prior convictions, the DNA lab didn’t Read More
The country’s first museum for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people will open in San Francisco’s Castro district today.The GLBT History Museum at 4127 18th St. is a 1600-square-foot space with installations that showcase items depicting gay history, which organizers have spent 25 years gathering.“It’s been a long-time dream,” Gerard Koskovich, a spokesman and historian for the museum said. Read More
The San Francisco Department of Motor Vehicles worker who was being investigated for mailing a letter to a transgender customer claiming she will go to hell has resigned from his job. Thomas Demartini handed over a typed resignation letter late Wednesday night. However, DMV officials would not say whether the letter referenced the October incident.“It was short and to the point, and we accepted it,” said Michael Marando, a spokesman for the DMV. Read More