California is the first state to pass a ban on using the “gay panic” defense to reduce a murder charge.
You can no longer wiggle out of a murder charge in California by saying you were frightened by a scary lesbian.
Current California law allows a murder charge to be reduced to manslaughter if the killing happened in the heat of passion - the so-called “panic defense”. Defendants charged with murdering members of the LGBT community have been able to claim they acted in a “moment of passion” upon discovering the victim was LGBT, and therefor their crime met the requirements for a reduced charge of manslaughter. The bill that passed the Assembly this week will bar defendants from using their victim’s gender or sexual orientation to support a panic defense. An identical bill passed the state senate in May.
Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (above) sponsored the bill, which passed on a 50-10 vote. Ms. Bonilla told reporters that such defenses legitimize violence against LGBT people.
Though The American Bar Association advocates curtailing the use of the “gay panic” defense, California is the first state to ban using the “heat of passion” defense because the victim was LGBT.
The bill now heads for Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature.
Susan Bonilla photo via Facebook
Source: Jean Ann Esselink for The New Civil Rights Movement
First, the bill in question is AB2501. I really, really hate the fact that the media pretty much never cites the actual bill when they’re talking about legislation.
Second, the most important thing about this bill is that unlike most bills of this type, AB2501 is fully inclusive of trans people as opposed to being for gays only. To quote the bill itself: “provocation was not objectively reasonable if it resulted from the discovery of, knowledge about, or potential disclosure of the victim’s or defendant’s actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation…”
While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.
You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.
Please stop funding the animal agriculture industry, it wastes more water than anything. Please stop funding the depletion and destruction of resources.
Here is a link describing the way that animal agriculture in general pollutes the Earth/wastes resources:
Here is a link that describes, in depth, the water footprint of animal agriculture compared to vegetables:
It is obvious that animal agriculture is literally drying up the Earth and destroying it in other ways as well. Please do not fund this.
Every time I go to Cali it’s just more and more depressing.
Racial bias in America: from higher suspension rates in preschool, to disproportionate rates of capital punishment, to everything in between, structures of authority routinely allow anti-Black racial bias to color the “facts”, and warp the narrative. And frequently (whether unintentional or otherwise) the police and the media often work together to further criminalize innocent Black victims
1. Criminalizing Blackness in America
2. 14-year-old Tremaine McMillian attacked and choked by police, literally while holding a puppy…because McMillian made them “feel threatened” and gave them “dehumanizing stares”
3. Author and CNN contributor keithboykin: how the AP slandered Renisha McBride even in death
4. The Associated Press: when can skin color alone determine who is and who isn’t a looter? (hint: don’t be Black)
This implicit racial bias does not magically stop at innocuous events like the VMAs, or in Hollywood. So far, it doesn’t ever turn off. There are two Americas and racial bias is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe
Disturbing. But not surprising.
rebloob this post and i will draw u the first thing i thought of when i saw ur url
hOLY HECKIE THIS….GOT A LOT MORE NOTES THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD…….OK UH I THINK I’LL CUT OFF AT LIKE……..120???????? FOR NOW??????
I know there are 420 notes, but not all are rebloobs, so maybe we can have a shot at this.
why do white people want to say the n-word so badly
You got to ask them, I, fortunately, don’t speak for those fools.
fool me once, shame on you.
fool me twice, shame on you again for continuing to exploit my sense of trust. trust is not a weakness and should be respected, not taken advantage of.
On January 5, 1993, a 22-year-old pre-operative transsexual woman from Seattle, Filisa Vistima, wrote in her journal, “I wish I was anatomically ‘normal’ so I could go swimming… . But no, I’m a mutant, Frankenstein’s monster.” Two months later Filisa Vistima committed suicide. What drove her to such despair was the exclusion she experienced in Seattle’s queer community, some members of which opposed Filisa’s participation because of her transsexuality — even though she identified as and lived as a bisexual woman. The Lesbian Resource Center where she served as a volunteer conducted a survey of its constituency to determine whether it should stop offering services to male-to-female transsexuals. Filisa did the data entry for tabulating the survey results; she didn’t have to imagine how people felt about her kind. The Seattle Bisexual Women’s Network announced that if it admitted transsexuals the SBWN would no longer be a women’s organization. “I’m sure,” one member said in reference to the inclusion of bisexual transsexual women, 4 6 the boys can take care of themselves.” Filisa Vistima was not a boy, and she found it impossible to take care of herself. Even in death she found no support from the community in which she claimed membership. “Why didn’t Filisa commit herself for psychiatric care?” asked a columnist in the Seattle Gay News. “Why didn’t Filisa demand her civil rights?” In this case, not only did the angry villagers hound their monster to the edge of town, they reproached her for being vulnerable to the torches. Did Filisa Vistima commit suicide, or did the queer community of Seattle kill her? (4)
TW: Transmisogyny, Transphobia, Suicide
i’ve been talking around this for a long time but yes the systematic desexualisation and segregation of trans women from communities of intimacy and care literally makes us die so haha
I brought this up recently, although I don’t remember to whom or in what context, beyond pointing out ways cis women have caused the deaths of trans women.
Basically if you think trans women should be restricted from women’s groups in any way, you need to leave my blog right the fuck now because that shit does NOT fly in Kate-land.
… aaaaaaand, I immediately flash to Bandersnatch Cummerbund’s creepy lizard face. Thanks, brain. Thanks for nothing.
The lgbt club at university of Delaware advertises itself as LGBTQAA. THE SECOND A IS FOR ALLY. IM FUMING
Well, that’s frustrating. If you’re a student at the University of Delaware, join the group, run for their executive board and make a change.
For those of you who don’t understand why this is problematic, I’ll break it down for you. On the whole, allies to a cause have greater privilege than the people who are fighting for their personal cause. Therefore, their voices are already heard, already deemed important (often more important or significant than those who are part of the cause). They don’t need to have a space made for their voices, they need to take the space that they already have and make it accepting for all.
Kelley Temple said “Men who want to be feminists do not need to be given a space in feminism. They need to take the space they have in society & make it feminist.”
This can be applied to the lgbt+ movement and many, many others.