Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Transgender Activist Beaten Following Benefit For Orlando Victims

Seattle police and the FBI are searching for the perpetrator who assaulted a transgender activist after a benefit concert for victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

The attacker allegedly said “Happy Pride” before uttering offensive language as he punched and strangled the victim, who lost consciousness, on Wednesday night in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

A GoFundMe account identified the victim as Michael Volz and included photos showing cuts and bruises on Volz’s swollen face in an emergency room. Volz was released from the hospital on Thursday.

Volz wanted the pictures shown “because this is what transphobia looks like,” the GoFundMe page said.

Volz is a social worker and former county government employee who helped create the Kings County Transgender Resource Guide, according to The Seattle Times.

Volz was walking alone around 11:30 p.m. when the attack happened. The suspect is a white man in his 20s, with brown hair and a partial beard, according to the Seattle Police Department. He wore an orange or copper-colored sweatshirt, blue jeans and sandals, police said.

“I’m disgusted by this hateful attack,” said Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole. “I want to assure the victim and the community that the SPD will leverage every resource to identify the suspect and bring him to justice.”

Seattle’s Trans Pride Parade begins Friday evening as part of a weekend of LGBTQ events. Police will maintain an increased presence downtown and in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Original Article
Author: Michael McLaughlin

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