Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Editor's Letter

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Editor's Letter

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THE WEEKEND BEFORE we went to press, a white supremacist in Charlottesville, Virginia, killed a woman with his car. Two cops died flying to the scene of Nazi protests, dozens of anti-hate and anti-racism activists were injured, and a nation is reeling-again. It feels more like the summer of 1968 than the fall of 2017.

LGBT organizations, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights, The Task Force, Human Rights Campaign, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, were quick to condemn the violence in Charlottesville-even if Donald Trump was not. Transgender Law Center executive director Kris Hayashi admitted what many of us felt: "Chilled and heartbroken, though unfortunately not surprised, by the white supremacist violence taking place in Charlottesville. The hate driving these racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT acts is deeply embedded in this country and in the ongoing attacks and violence against trans communities, particularly trans women of color."

Linking Charlottesville to the murder of trans women (see page 8) or the attacks on LGBT centers (two days ago, Nikki Joly, director of the Jackson, Michigan, LGBTQ Pride Center lost his house and pets to suspected arson) is easy to do in this current culture of hate and repression. But, after we both got a video of Charlottesville white supremacists shouting, "Fuck you, faggots," law professor Tobias Barrington Wolff summed up how I felt: "I appreciate having this video. …

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