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Mexican Trans Activist Agnes Torres Sulca Murdered

Mexican Trans Activist Agnes Torres Sulca Murdered

 

Agnes Torres Sulca, 28, a well known trans rights activist in Mexico, was found murdered in a ditch over the weekend. Her reported injuries suggest that her death was an extremely violent one.

Sulca, a psychologist and educator, went missing on Friday March 9. Her body is reported to have been found on the following Saturday in Xaxocuapatle Canyon near Highway Siglo XXI, in Atlixco.

She had been left naked, with reports saying she had sustained burn marks to parts of her body, and that her throat had been cut.

Mexico news site Proceso.com.mx. reports that due to the nature of her injuries Sulca’s death “is presumed to have been a hate crime,” though at this juncture there is no official confirmation on this.

LGBT rights groups have reacted strongly in demanding action from the government.

2bmag reports:

“We condemn this crime against a woman, an academic, a psychologist, educator, role model and activist for human rights for women in general and for sexual diversity as a whole,” the Puebla-based organization Vida Plena Puebla. “We are distraught, pained, enraged and saddened by this crime, and feel powerless over how, yet again, a brave person has succumbed to the most brutal of gender-based violence… in this case, violence against a transgender woman.” The organization demanded in their statement that Torres’s murder case be treated the same way as that of “the daughter of any governor, politician, or attorney” and that it be solved swiftly.

Vida Plena Puebla and several other organizations and their supporters are calling for a full and transparent investigation into this crime, with nearly 2,000 people demanding action reportedly having congregated outside of Puebla’s civic plaza on Monday.

Reports suggest that this is the sixth known homicide of an LGBT person in the region since the start of the year, but that this may in fact be part of a larger wave of homicides.

 

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8:13AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

I believe that everyone deserves the right to be happy,feel safe and free from discrimination.
I support equal rights for all LGBT people.I'm trying to do my part to stop the hate.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gwen_araujo/

7:25AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

I have thought for years, and I'm sure it's not an original idea, that as the world population grows. homosexuality is one sociological solution to the population explosion that is straining the earth's
resources. Over centuries and millenniums, behavioral changes have provided solutions to man-made problems as these reach the tipping point..

Of course on the other hand we have legislators bound on prohibiting birth control and abortion.

12:36PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

I made a video about why Homosexuals should have equal rights.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdK5ETOJusw

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil Homophobes.

12:22PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Why do people feel they have the right to be judge and executioner when the "perceived crime" is only wanting to live and to allow others to do the same?

6:26AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Thanks for the article.

2:10AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Hope they catch the culprit.

11:02PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Hi Robert

Why don't you post athat article to C2? They have a function for that.

10:48PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

let people be themselves without fear of persecution

7:10PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

What a waste.....I hope they find and convict the animals that did this although calling them animals is an insult to animals everywhere. Maybe the word should be brain deficient pseudo humans.

11:50AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Fact - Around the world, one transgender person is murdered every three days.
This case is one example of the distance we have to travel to claim that as a species we are truly civilised, rather than indulge in primitive rejection of anyone deemed to be ‘different’. Hate crime is not just confined to countries that are defined as ‘less advanced’. This evil is a frequent occurrence in so-called ‘advanced’ countries such as Europe and the USA. Around the world, it is estimated that one transgender person is murdered every three days. Here is an example roll of shame from the USA:

Brandon Teena; Rita Hester; Fred Martinez; Gwen Araujo; Emonie Spaulding; Roberto González Onrubia; Ruby Ordenana; Erika Keels; Sanesha Stewart; Larry King; Duanna Johnson; Felicia Melton-Smyth; Angie Zapata; LaTeisha Green; Tyli A Nana Boo Mack; Victoria Carmen White

May all these innocents rest in peace.

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