http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/blog/2011/08/deal_reached_in_transgender_at.html

“Breaking news from Andrea Siegel: A teenager whose beating of a transgender woman at a Rosedale McDonald’s was captured on a video that went viral online pleaded guilty Thursday to the attack. Teonna Monae Brown, 19, pleaded guilty in a Baltimore County courtroom to one court of first-degree assault and one count of a hate crime in the attack on Chrissy Polis, 22, said Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger. The April attack brought attention nationwide to the plight of transgender people, with thousands signing online petitions and holding rallies. Prosecutors expect to seek a prison term of five years when Brown is sentenced next month. The girl who was charged as a juvenile in the same attack admitted her role in juvenile court on July 1 and was committed to a locked facility, Shellenberger said.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLblg-kn68I (Video has language not appropriate for viewers at work.)

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2011/04/mcdonalds-fires-employee-who-recorded-brutal-beating-of-transgender-woman/

When I first watched this video, and some others like it, I decided that I would not eat at a McDonald’s anymore. The deplorable treatment by the employees who stood around recording the beating and the seizures caused by the beating, doing very little to stop it is intolerable and heartless. The firing of the employee that recorded the beating, and told the beaters to “leave before the cops get here”, was justified and the right thing to do. Will it save them from my boycott? Not even a little bit. Why? The behavior of the McDonald’s other employees in the video and standing around watching what was going is intolerable, along with the weak attempts by the manager to stop the beating. I find it completely wrong that McDonald’s did not willingly release a statement until long after the video went viral. I am no longer able to find it in my heart to forgive McDonald’s for their poor response time or the treatment by employees to the woman while she was being brutally attacked. Unforgivable. Totally unforgivable. Both beaters should be given the maximum sentance

The demonstrations that occurred in support of the victim, Ms. Chrissy Lee Polis, were commendable. The fact that other employees were not fired as they were heard laughing in the video is also unforgivable. The fact that charges for a hate crime were not filed in both cases of both attackers is telling; the Maryland prosecutor is obviously oblivious to the hateful nature of this attack, the inactivity of employees to stop the beating, and the fact that it was overly “hilarious” to them makes for a pretty tidy case. While I am not a lawyer, there are more than two collaborators in this assault, like half the employees simply watching and laughing and one of them taking video of the whole thing. McDonald’s fires the person who videoed the beating, but did nothing about the rest of the employees. Ms. Polis should sue for restitution, too; against all the people involved. It proves that women, whether transgender or not, are not respected by the company and the rights of this woman to have to peace are not as important as the need to have someone flipping burgers, slinging fries, or taking orders. One person paid for wrongdoing when others should have been fired, too. Intolerable. Totally intolerable.

While I strongly dislike the term “transgender”, I will say that we all need to stand by our brothers and sisters who are suffering at the hands of bigots and hateful people a little more commonly. While I dislike the term “transvestite”, we need to stand by our Kings and Queens a little more commonly, too. We are all a part of a community that is oppressed, tyrannically ostracized, and denied equal rights because we don’t fit into the box that has been built by people who think we are “sinning” and “unnatural”. We need to seriously stick together here people, really. We need to stand up for the rights of our own people and support them in their endeavors to be treated equally because we are all sharing the same goal. If we don’t, our community breaks down and we will fail at our attempts to be a unified front. Let’s get it together people and start standing up for all of our rights, not the select few.

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