A Bay Area teen, Luke Sasha Fleishman, was set on fire while ze slept on a bus! While details are still sketchy at this point, it’s hard to imagine this not being a gender-motivated hate crime. Fleishman identifies as agendered, and was wearing a skirt at the time of the assault. Violent persecution of gender queer folks continues to be a major problem. What slightly irks me about this report from the NBC is that the reporters acknowledge that Fleishman identifies as non-gendered, but continues to refer to hir as “him” and “he”. On the other hand, at least they are mentioning gender non-conforming individuals.
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