Indiana Town Wants Gay-Free Prom

TW: homophobia, bible-thumping.

Oh, Indiana. You never fail to make me proud.

http://www.advocate.com/youth/2013/02/11/indiana-town-launches-gay-panic-over-prom

http://www.wthr.com/story/21113712/rural-indiana-towns-gay-prom-ban-causes-controversy

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/11/16930207-gay-free-prom-idea-backfires-on-supporters-in-indiana-town

http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/indiana-anti-gay-prom-plan-sparks-backlash-173857067.html

Author: Meg

General Trigger Warning on the Old Posts

TW: none.

If any of you flip back through the Week of Action 2012 tag, I would like to state that there is a massive trigger warning on the individual days’ posts. At that time I tried to collect the story of each person’s life and death from a number of sources and there ARE descriptions of the murders, in some cases in quite a bit of detail. Please don’t read them if you will find them upsetting. I approached the Week of Action from a different perspective last year than I am this year and these kind of details were included; the 2012 Week of Action was pre-Stories Project where I collect the stories from the people involved themselves. General warning.

Author: Meg

Edit 2014: Outdated, all of the old posts now have trigger warnings on their individual pages (as do all of the new posts!) 🙂

Week of Action 2013 Statistics

TW: non-graphic mentions of murder, suicide, violence.

There are 105 people on this year’s list.

81 were murdered.
24 committed suicide.

The majority of suicide victims were men.
They account for 88%.
The majority of murder victims were women.
They account for 65%.

34% died between the ages of 13 and 19.
44% died between the ages of 20 and 29.
A solid 80% never saw the age of 30.
Only 11 reached the age of 40 or older.
The average age at death is 25 years old.
The youngest people on the list are 10 and 11 years old.

56% are people of color.
This number accounts for 59 people.
Only 35% are white.
This number accounts for 37 people.
I could not determine the race of 9 people given how little is publicly known about them.

39% of the victims are gay men.
19% of the victims are lesbians.
3% of the victims are bisexual, but this number could be higher. I was only able to find three reports of victims self-identifying this way.
5% of the victims are straight and cis or never self-identified as LGBT.
35% of the victims are on the transgender spectrum.
Trans* women make up 86% of that number.

2013 is a milestone anniversary for 20 people.
8 will have been gone 5 years.
4 will have been gone 10 years.
2 will have been gone 15 years.
2 will have been gone 20 years.
3 will have been gone 25 years.
1 will have been gone 30 years.

Author: Meg

In Remembrance (2013)

TW: No details or descriptions, but this list includes LGBT people who have been murdered and committed suicide.

“None of us can change the way the world was…but each of us now has an important role to play in creating a state where we can celebrate more birthdays and commemorate fewer murders.” – Sylvia Guerrero

This is the list of the people whose stories I am electing to spotlight specifically during this year’s Week of Action. These names are only a portion of those who have lost their lives to anti-LGBT intolerance and violence; they were not the first of their kind and they will likely not be the last. Many were killed in recent years – hate crimes and suicides alike are at record highs in this “progressive” era we supposedly exist in in 2013. Many more of us have faced the same kind of intolerance, but we survive to tell the tale. The fact that there are so many highlights just how much work is still to be done. There are 105 people on the “official” Week of Action 2013 list, up from 69 in 2012, but feel free to recognize anyone whose death has meaning to you.

2013 is a milestone anniversary for 20 individuals on this list: Sanesha Stewart (5), Lawrence King (5), Lateisha Green (5), Eudy Simelane (5), Nakhia Williams (5), Angie Zapata (5), Duanna Johnson (5), Cameron McWilliams (5), Sakia Gunn (10), Emonie Spaulding (10), Nireah Johnson (10), Bella Evangelista (10), Matthew Shepard (15), Rita Hester (15), Nicholas West (20), Brandon Teena (20), Rebecca Wight (25), John Lloyd Griffin (25), Tommy Lee Trimble (25), and Bobby Griffith (30).

Red (Life)

Andrew Anthos

Gwen Araujo

Bill Clayton

Kyra Cordova

Amancio Corrales

Ukea Davis

Lorena Escalera

Steen Fenrich

Sakia Gunn

Fred Martinez Jr.

Rafael Morelos

Ncumisa Mzamelo

Sanesha Stewart

Cathleen Thomas

Brian Williamson

Orange (Healing)

Tyler Clementi

Tiffany Gooden

Bobby Griffith

Rita Hester

Tyra Hunter

Samantha Johnson

Tyli’a Mack

Brandy Martell

Nizah Morris

Thanh Nguyen

Phumeza Nkolonzi

Phillip Parker

Matthew Shepard

Juana Vega

Nicholas West

Yellow (Sunshine)

Justin Aaberg

Courtney Bright

Asher Brown

Jeffrey Fehr

Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar

Lateisha Green

Sean Kennedy

Lawrence King

January Lapuz

Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado

Michael Sandy

Laryssa Silveira

Ryan Skipper

Seth Walsh

Scotty Joe Weaver

Green (Nature)

Lawrence Correa Biancao

Dominic Crouch

Talana Kreeger

Thapelo Makutle

Fred Mangione

Gary Matson

Winfield Mowder

Noxolo Nogwaza

Allen Schindler Jr.

Eudy Simelane

Emonie Spaulding

Rebecca Wight

Julie Williams

Lollie Winans

Vanderson Viegas Silva

Blue (Serenity / Harmony)

Jody Dobrowski

Brandon Elizares

Roxanne Ellis

Dano Fetty

Charlie Howard

Nireah Johnson

Zoliswa Nkonyana

Mollie Olgin

Danny Overstreet

Josh Pacheco

August Provost

Brandon Teena

Stephanie Thomas

Coko Williams

Barry Winchell

Purple (Spirit)

Michelle Abdill

Tiffany Berry

Eric James Borges

Rebecca Dowski

FannyAnn Eddy

Bella Evangelista

Jamie Hubley

Duanna Johnson

Deoni Jones

Chanel Larkin

Jamey Rodemeyer

Agnes Torres Hernandez

Carl Walker-Hoover

Nakhia Williams

Angie Zapata

Rainbow (Hope / Promise)

Jadin Bell

Paige Clay

Guilherme de Souza

John Lloyd Griffin

Billy Lucas

Cameron McWilliams

Puja Mondal

Andritha Morifi

Chanelle Pickett

Jack Reese

Bobby Saha

Gisberta Salce Jr.

Tommy Lee Trimble

Kenneth Weishuhn Jr.

Cassandra Zapata

Author: Meg