TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY LGBT COMMUNITY CHALLENGES "TRANSPHOBIC LANGUAGE" & BIASED MAINSTREAM MEDIA REPORTING OF DEEDEE PEARSON'S MURDER!!!
Again, I'm guilty of making some of these same assumptions but I blame Kansas City's mainstream media . . . Sorry.
Similarly, I'll be looking for A FORMAL APOLOGY FROM THE KANSAS CITY STAR that, as usual, comes AFTER TKC TIPSTER reporting.
To wit . . .
IN ORDER TO MAKE AMENDS TKC IS BREAKING NEWS OF KANSAS CITY LGBT REACTION TO THOUGHTLESS REPORTING FROM MAINSTREAM MEDIA AND BIASED DEPICTIONS OF DEEDEE PEARSON THAT INCLUDE "TRANSPHOBIC LANGUAGE" AND RELY ON THE TESTIMONY OF AN ALLEGED MURDERER!!!
Thanks to AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS for setting us straight . . . Here's a far more eloquent description of the sitch . . .
Darnell (DeeDee) Pearson Murder
Already some are claiming the "journalists" at the Kansas City Star once again jumped to some incorrect conclusions when reporting on the story of Darnell Pearson, who was murdered this past weekend. They rushed to judgment and called him a transexual prostitute, when they had no proof of prostitution except the word of the murderer.
Here's one site weighing in on the subject:
[TW: violence against a trans woman] Dee Dee Pearson, 31, of Kansas City Killed on Christmas Eve night
The Kansas City Anti Violence Project is really the official non profit group in Kansas City representing violence against the LGBT community.
It's amazing that the Star didn't interview anyone with KCAVP. Here is their response including notice of the service on Wednesday. We will probably soon see a response against the Kansas City Star from the national media watch dog group, GLAAD.
More . . . Here's a recent statement from two groups standing up for members of the LGBT community and DeeDee . . .
The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) and The Justice Project Respond to Recent Murder; Call for Solidarity in responce to Violence in Our Communities
"DeeDee was a friend to many people in the community -- KCAVP and The Justice Project offers our sincerest condolences to those grieving this loss. We must stress the absolute necessity for the police and media to respect DeDee's gender identity. The least we can do to honor her memory is to respect her chosen, lived identity.
KCAP and The Justice Project are also concerned by the use of transphobic language in media coverage of this murder. Transphobic language contributes to a culture which sanctions anti-transgender violence. Together, we must challenge institutional racism, poverty, transphobic attitudes, lack of social services, criminalization of sex work, an other policies that jeopardize our security . . ."
Read the entire presser for yourself . . .