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  • Transgender advocates see McDonald's beating as a turning point

    Transgender advocates see McDonald's beating as a turning point
    School kids call Catherine Hyde's teenage daughter "freak" and "pervert," or "homo." She's forced to change for gym in a closet and use the teacher's restroom.
  • Devastating effects of transgender discrimination

    The brutal beating of Chrissy Lee Polis at the Rosedale McDonald's rightly calls attention to the systemic stigmatization of transgender individuals living in Maryland ("Transgender Advocates See McDonald's Beating as a Turning Point" April 30). Yet the...

    Why hate crimes matter

    Why hate crimes matter
    The attack on a transgender woman in a Rosedale McDonald's has led to widespread condemnation of her assailants and bewilderment at the inaction of bystanders — including a (now former) McDonald's employee who videotaped the whole incident. But...

    McDonald's beating: the Catch-22 of capturing an attack on tape

    As appalling as the video of the McDonalds altercation in Rosedale may have been, I can't help but wonder, what would have happened if the person hadn't filmed Chrissy Lee Polis being assaulted? The attention drawn to the incident has been largely due to...

    Transgender Marylanders need protection

    Transgender Marylanders need protection
    Today, there is so much that seems to make us afraid. Cancer, terrorism, budget deficits, Chinese competition — the list goes on. Let's add to the list transgender people, those who identify with a sex other than the one to which they were born....