Last week, national media and LGBT activist organizations were quick to frame the tragic murder of 17-year-old Rayquann Deonte Jernigan (Ava Le’Ray Barrin) as a victim of “anti-trans violence.” Yet local news organizations who had reporters on the ground gave a more accurate account from law enforcement investigators. According to Athens-Clarke County police, the murder “was the culmination of a feud between two transgender groups.”
That’s right, “transphobic” violence wasn’t to blame. Violence between “transgendered” persons led to Jernigan’s murder.
You didn’t hear about that in the national news: All you heard was “transphobic violence.”