Thursday, November 13, 2008

Helping Duanna Johnson's memory

First off, via Questioning Transphobia, Duanna's family needs money for funeral expenses:

"The balance for Duanna Johnson’s funeral is $1195 and the funeral home is requiring Mrs. Skinner (Duanna’s mother) to pay it by tomorrow (11/14). The cost is a hardship, so we are asking anyone who can to donate. Please send any donations to:

N.J. Ford and Sons Funeral Home
12 S Parkway W
Memphis, TN 38109
(901) 948-7755.

Please forward this to as many people as you can!! Thanks!"

Also, I found this press release from the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center beautiful:

"Duanna bravely confronted the Memphis Police Department officers who brutalized her while she was in police custody. At great personal cost, Duanna was the public face of our community's campaign against racism, homophobia, and transphobia. There was no justice for Duanna Johnson in life. The Mid-South Peace & Justice Center calls for justice in the investigation and prosecution of Duanna's murder."
Also, several organizations are carrying on Duanna's memory such as the Memphis charter of Stop Police Brutality.

1 comment:

Aubrey said...

Any thoughts on the new WE show 'Sex Change Hospital'? I watched a couple of episodes, and while it shows some touching personal stories I can't help but wonder if people are watching to learn and understand or just satisfying their curiosity (like when they watch the TLC shows on conjoined twins, polygamy, etc.) at the expense of these brave individuals. And if they are only doing the latter, could this be a good thing since it may open some people's eyes to what it means to be transgendered?