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Latina LGBT Organization Receives Death Threat

Latina LGBT Organization Receives Death Threat

 

Organizers of Casa Ruby, a group that recently opened to support LGBT Latinas in Washington, DC, have been left reeling this week after reportedly receiving a threatening call.

Reports WAMU 8.5:

The Spanish-language death threat was left on the voice mail of the newly-opened Casa Ruby, the first and only Latina transgender agency serving the D.C. area. Translated roughly, the message says, “You deserve divine punishment and death, but before death you should suffer. You are damned from birth to death.”

Ruby Corado is the founder of the agency, and she was the one who initially retrieved the message. “I am very upset,” says Corado. “This is something that I didn’t expect so soon.”

The organization opened its offices on June 6, 2012. Created and directed by transgender activist Ruby Corado, Casa Ruby is the first and only organization of its kind in the Washington, DC, area offering “community, social and resources for LGBT queer Latinos.” It provides services like a general drop in center, ESL services, counselling and mental health help, and has this week provided free HIV testing.

The threat the group received this week is being taken seriously by the police and by the organization itself, and for good reason.

In July of last year a trans woman in the Washington DC area was shot at†just weeks after another trans woman was murdered. Since then, there have been a number of violent incidents directed at Washington DC’s LGBT population. This prompted Mayor Vincent C Gray to speak out over his concern such attacks were hate crimes.

Bias motivated crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity have seen a sharp increase in the area over the past few years, going from 35 in 2009 to 45 in 2010, according to the Metropolitan Police Department’s 2010 report on bias-related crimes.

 

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3:20PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Violence towards the GLBT community keeps escalating from bullies in schools driving children to suicide to the murder of GLBT members across the country. It is disgusting and inexcusable in this day and age. The xtian churches do little to stop the hate and often many fuel it by promoting their "message" to the public. They encourage even non-church going homophobes to commit acts of violence against us. It's difficult to change labels like "queer" because many embrace it now as a badge of courage in younger generations. I wish words did not kill but they do inevitably. Even "gay" and "homo" are still used as slurs so dropping "queer" makes no more sense than the other two words. These murdering bastards are looking for any reason to kill and "queer" isn't the only word they will utter. I do agree with you, Marilyn L., on many things but dropping the label "queer" won't change their level of hatred. Look at the prick that shot the two lesbians in Texas... not that TX will call it a "hate crime". Got an election coming up folks and we can't make the conserveturds look bad now! Even if they do have an underground war going on us as GLBT...

3:00AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

EVERYONE MUST SPEAK UP & SPEAK OUT AGAINST "ALL" HATEFULNESS!!! -JUST TODAY, I ACTUALLY READ ABOUT A CHURCH WHERE THE PASTOR & CONGREGATION DECIDED THEY WOULD NOT ALLOW A BLACK COUPLE TO GET MARRIED IN THE CHURCH. THE COUPLE HAD BEEN ATTENDING SERVICES AT THAT CHURCH FOR QUITE A WHILE, THOUGH THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE MATTERED. THIS IS ABSURD, & ILLEGAL!!! -PLUS, I READ MORE & MORE ABOUT RESTAURANTS NOT ALLOWING SERVICE DOGS, & THUS TAKING AWAY DISABLED PERSONS ' RIGHTS. -& THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.

8:44PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Thank You BMutiny T. for the green star.

8:08PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

I hope the threat was just that and nothing more. This is what people who scream about "they want special rights" don't get. To live openly as who you are, something everyone everywhere should be able to do is fraught with danger.

I hope the day comes when no one live in fear.

5:11PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

It isn't just Trans and Gay people that are "damned from birth" --- that is, DAMNED FOR NOTHING OTHER THAN BEING BORN WHO AND WHAT THEY ARE;
theoretically, according to Catholic theology few Catholics even believe any more {but it's still "on the books"}, theoretically we are ALL "damned from birth". And you have to have the priest mumble words over you to "save" you from being damned..... but I guess, the idea is, in the case of Gay and Trans people IT DOESN'T WORK! NOTHING works, to "save" them......

This is inexpressibly SICK SICK SICK SICK SICK.........to grow up thinking this way! This perverted caller was merely regurgitating what he had been taught......
Can't WAIT for the Catholic Church to CRASH AND FALL TO THE GROUND.......in smithereens! Can't be soon enough!
According to Catholic "Saints", one of the "delights of Heaven", for the "saved", is, looking down into Hell and watching the "sinners" SUFFER ETERNAL TORMENTS..... which is exactly the mindset we have here! Earthly torments are "nothing" by comparison.....!

4:55PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

“....divine punishment and death.........you should suffer......damned from birth......"

Yup, that's PURE CATHOLIC THEOLOGY. Their vocabulary exactly. Right from the Catholic Middle Ages.
It HAD to be a Catholic who left that message.
Reminds you that the Pope-a-dope, Ratzinger, was and is Head of the Congregation for the Faith -- i.e., the current name for the INQUISITION. Which still exists.

THEY have no argument with those words! THEY know how to make it so that "before death you should suffer." Sadistic entertainment, for the "Congregation for the Faith" and their gleeful audience!

Hope this example causes EVEN MORE LGBT PEOPLE, AND THEIR ALLIES, TO LEAVE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH..... [or any Church that believes they are "damned"...]


3:31PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Not a surprising threat; I don't understand why they didn't expect this.

12:04PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

thanks.

12:04PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

thanks.

12:02PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Let's just hope the police DO stay on top of this! Deplorable!

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