Mail, I get mail.
I get mail from lots of you who express utter amazement at the things your peers are doing – things like planning workshops to promote Penis in Lesbian Vagina and threatening to rape and kill Lesbians.
Yanno, stuff that happens to Women on a regular basis in the Trans-Critical world.
This gem comes to us from Bowling Green State University’s campus newspaper, the BG News.
So, apparently, Krishna Han of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Bowling Green State University brought in Lilian Briggs, a transwoman, to speak about her gender journey, yadda yadda,
Fine. Bored as I am by these narratives, I read.
I am rewarded.
AND I QUOTE…
“Transgendered people don’t just struggle with their family’s acceptance, Briggs was also discriminated against by others.
During one instance, Briggs was trying to get away from someone discriminating against her. She hit the person with her car twice to get away and was sentenced to six years in jail.”
Briggs stated (paraphrasing) “I hit someone with my car because they were discriminating against me.”
And the reporter… did not think this was worthy of a follow up or an explanation?
Like, what exactly did someone do to you that earned getting hit by a car?
Oh, and you went to jail for that?
So, what, exactly, would someone have to say to a transwoman that would make it “discrimination”?
I am guessing – and this is a guess – that the “discrimination” (if it actually happened, which we’ll get to in a minute) was actually someone (rudely, boorishly) saying something like “You are a man.”
Now, when I (and most Women) think of “discrimination,” we think of things like getting fired from our jobs, sexual harassment from the boss – you know, instances where someone (Male) exercises power over us (to our detriment) in a way that harms us (that’s discrimination).
“Discrimination” is not the word I use to describe instances of street harassment, or being “misgendered,” or generally asshole behavior from other people (Men).
Oh, and also – neither discrimination nor general asshole behavior means the discriminator or asshole deserves to GET HIT BY A CAR TWICE.
Apparently, a court agreed with me (and most people), and Briggs went to jail.
I could not find evidence to support Lily’s story, by the way.
Cameron J Briggs was convicted of felonious assault and sentenced to six years in prison.
Let’s see what happened in this case, shall we?
At approximately 10:30 p.m. on November 16, 2005, Briggs drove himself and Rebecca Vezina (“Vezina”) to the home of David Jette (“Jette”). Briggs, Vezina, Jette, Tyrone Maddox (“Maddox”), and several other people met in Jette’s living room to discuss some gossip, allegedly started or spread by Briggs. In particular, the group discussed Briggs’s allegation that Maddox had stolen money from a mutual friend. When the discussion concluded at approximately 11:00 or 11:30 p.m., Jette returned several DVDs, which were packaged together as a box set, to Briggs. Maddox and Briggs exited the apartment and walked to Briggs’s car. The evidence is conflicting as to whether Maddox helped Briggs by carrying the DVDs and whether people outside the apartment made threatening comments to Briggs as he walked to his car. Briggs opened the front passenger door of his car; put the DVDs in the car; removed his coat, shirt, and apron; removed a box-cutter from the apron; put his coat back on; and put the box-cutter in the coat pocket. Briggs testified that the box-cutter had been in his apron pocket from work, and he keeps the box-cutter in his apron because of how often he needs it to cut open boxes of food.
The evidence is disputed as to what occurred next. Briggs contends that the people gathered outside the apartment were threatening him, and three people had come close to the car to prevent him from getting in the driver’s seat and driving away. Briggs testified that Maddox punched him and they began fighting. Briggs stated that Maddox put his right arm around Briggs’s neck so he could not breathe, which is when Briggs grabbed the box-cutter and stabbed over his right shoulder at Maddox. The witnesses who testified on behalf of the State of Ohio (“State”) all stated nobody made any comment to Briggs as he walked to his car, and that nobody was near his car except himself and Maddox. The State’s witnesses testified that Maddox had helped carry Briggs’s personal belongings to his car, that Briggs was the aggressor, punching Maddox when he turned away, and that Maddox and Briggs began fighting. The jury apparently found the State’s witnesses more credible than Briggs.
Eventually, Maddox realized he had been cut and walked away from Briggs, who got in his car and drove back to his apartment. Maddox went into Jette’s bathroom where Jette attempted to administer first aid after calling 9-1-1.
Paramedics took Maddox to St. Rita’s Hospital, where doctors performed surgery, using over 300 stitches to suture approximately six cuts. Maddox suffered a cut to the left side of his face, from his temple almost to his jaw; a cut across the bottom of his neck; a cut to his right ear; and several cuts on his left arm. Officers from the Lima Police Department arrested Briggs at his apartment that night.
The reporter who wrote about Briggs’ speech had the chance to investigate what happened when Briggs said “I hit someone with my car for discriminating against me” and she didn’t (which, by the way, strikes me as a journalism failure). Of course, this is not the first time we’ve had bizarre reporting on alleged Trans discrimination that took a liberal view of facts and reality (hello Tobi Hill-Meyer).
At the very least, Lily Briggs, who is, according to the article, the president of the Owens Community College Gay Straight Alliance and the LGBTQIA Student Initiatives Director, has a very creative way of explaining her past.
And instead of actual journalism, we get this:
Freshman Jazmin Baldwin attended the event for a class and said Brigg’s story and the event really opened her eyes.
“I never really thought about trans,” Baldwin said. “I knew it was there, but I never thought about what they go through.”
Baldwin said she thinks other students should learn about transgendered people as well.
“To do what it did for me,” Baldwin said. “To have people open their eyes to the world and accept what the world really is.”
Accept “what the world really is.”
Try this on.
Briggs stated that she hit someone with her car because she was discriminated against.
That’s criminal, violent behavior.
That’s (some) transwomen!
Oh, and Briggs’ story turns out to be false.
Have you thought about it yet?