As an Trans Woman I feel that we continue to demand respect. We constantly have to be called out our names, we call for help an our cry is overlooked. I feel we been ridiculed an sexual taken advantage of. We’re seen as easy targets an seen as a joke of some sort. But it’s still a fight for equality.
On August.17.2020 , Videos posted on Instagram on Monday, shows Videos by transgender influencer Eden the Doll . Shows the three social media influencers Eden The Doll, Joslyn Allen and Jaslene Busanet, said they were waiting for an Uber when a man, who had been harassing them earlier, approached them and stole Eden’s phone. After the women tried to get the phone back, people started to gather around them, and the situation became more violent.
The videos that surface shows a group of men attacking, robbing, and mocking the three trans women on Hollywood Boulevard in the dark, pre-dawn hours. One of the men threw a scooter at one of the women, who was also later knocked out, Eden said.
Bystanders didn’t help, according to the videos. Even a cop car drove by without stopping.
“I was VERY lucky,” Eden wrote in her Instagram stories. But Eden added that the other women, Jaslene White Rose and Joslyn Flawless, were “really hurt” in the transphobic attack.
According to Eden, the women were assaulted as they waited for an Uber. After one man stole Eden’s phone, they tried to get it back. Eden wrote the men then started throwing rocks at them; in one video, one of the alleged assailants can be heard saying that he threw a lighter.
In another video, one man can be seen hitting Rose and grabbing her bag before running down the street. Flawless tries to chase after him, but falls. (Eden said Flawless recently had hip surgery.)
Throughout many of the videos, the men can be heard laughing and ridiculing the women with transphobic comments. One yells, “Remember that shit on ‘White Chicks’?”
In one video, one man runs up to Rose and hits her. “She completely passed out on me,” Eden wrote in a caption to the video. The men keep mocking the women as Eden begs someone to call the police.
“She’s dead,” one says. RIP.”
While bystanders gather, no one appears to call for help. A cop car, with its sirens on, drives past and slows down, but doesn’t stop to help.
“More people keep walking past us. No one is stopping, no one is helping no matter how much I begged,” Eden wrote on Instagram. “People preach black lives matter and want equality for all, but this is how they treat BLACK TRANS WOMEN.”
My question to you is, will this end? Or will these malicious acts continue?
In 2019, advocates tracked at least 27 deaths of at least transgender or gender non-conforming people in the U.S. due to fatal violence, the majority of whom were Black transgender women.
According to the 2017 U.S. Trans Survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, 30% of the more than 27,000 transgender people surveyed had been homeless in their lives and 12% reported at least one episode of homelessness in the last year.
Dr. Laurel Westbrook, an associate professor of sociology at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, told USA TODAY that lack of access to housing can increase the risk of transgender murders, since poverty and murder are highly correlated.
They added that discrimination is decreased when family, friends, community members, journalists, and politicians show support for transgender people.