THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — The upbeat and festive Bangalore, India pride event was being covered by local TV news so when the family of Vamshi Raju spotted her participating during the broadcast, it set the stage for a showdown that would cost Vamshi her life when she returned home.
Human rights activist Manohar Elavarthi: “Unable to bear the denial from his own family, a depressed Vamshi committed suicide. “It is not the first time. Even last week he faced severe physical violence by his father at his home and had to seek shelter in a transgender friend’s house . . .”
A familiar story, and as most of us know, this kind of triggering is all too common in the transgender community, however, rarely does local media get the story right and point the finger of blame directly at the people responsible. My hat’s off to the Deccan Chronicle for doing the kind of reporting that makes a difference.
Stats on trans suicides: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/stats-on-transgender-discrimination-violence-and-suicide/
THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT is associated with Wipe Out Transphobia: http://www.wipeouttransphobia.com/
Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/