@Regran_ed from @lgbt_history - Brandon Teena (Dec. 12, 1972 – Dec. 31, 1993), left, and Lana Tisdel, c. 1993.
This post is graphic.
At the age of twenty, Brandon Teena, who was born 46 years ago today, started a new life in Falls City, Nebraska, where he moved into the home of Lisa Lambert and started dating Lana Tisdel. Just before Christmas 1993, Brandon was arrested for forging checks; Brandon, a transgender man, was placed in the women’s section of the local jail.
Days later, the town’s paper posted a notice about the arrest, providing only Brandon’s birth name.
Then, during a Christmas Eve party, John Lotter and Tom Nissen, two men that Brandon had befriended, assaulted him and stripped him while Tisdel was forced to watch; hours later, Lotter and Nissen forced Brandon into a car, drove him to a parking lot, and beat and raped him. Although the men threatened to kill Brandon if he reported the crimes, he nonetheless went to Sheriff Charles Laux, who subjected him to a dehumanizing line of questions and then declined to arrest the attackers.
When they learned of Brandon’s report, Lotter and Nissen went to Lambert’s home and killed Brandon Teena, Lisa Lambert, and friend Phillip DeVine.
At the direction of his mother, Brandon was buried under a headstone bearing his birth name and the epitaph “Daughter, Sister, & Friend.”
Lotter is on death row and Nissen is serving three consecutive life sentences.
With the exception of a sensational piece in @villagevoice (which labeled Brandon a “butch lesbian”), Brandon Teena’s murder initially failed to get media attention, despite courageous activism by groups like the Transsexual Menace; in 1999, however, Brandon’s story served as the basis of the film “Boys Don’t Cry,” drawing some attention to the epidemic of violence directed at the trans community. #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory✒✒✒What are your thoughts?✒✒✒
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