LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Trans woman Jenn Burleton, Executive Director of Portland, Oregon’s TransActive Gender Center, found herself a lightning rod for death threats and other acts of violence following expansion of the state’s health plan to include trans youths.
Earlier this summer, the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) gave trans youth 15 and older access to hormones and surgical options and as the head of an organization that serves trans youth in the state, Burleton became a prime target for vitriol from those opposing OHP’s inclusion of trans youth.
In a recent post on social media, Burleton pointed out these people were doing more than “expressing an alternate opinion” and shared examples of threats directed at her posted on Facebook:
Mike Thomas (former construction worker at Design Line Custom Builders): “I would say remove that bitch from the face of the earth.”
JD Blackwell (self-employed photographer): “This freak needs to shut the hell up and mind ITS own business. Might get a baseball bat put where IT doesn’t want.”
Henry Long of Blevins, Arkansas: “Get a whip and whip this bitch.”
Michael Phillips of Canton, Texas: “Send that bitch down here in East Texas, I will personally take care of her.”
Donald Nelson of Mercer, Pennsylvania: “If I find this freak talking to my kid their next talk will be with Jesus.”
John Metz of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area (attended Freeport High School in North Port, Florida): “someone needs cut this bitches head off and stick it up her/his ass.”
Burleton responded to a friend that left a supportive comment: “. . . if part of my job is to be the lightning rod at the front of the line so that children and their families are insulated to whatever degree possible, then I take on that role without reservation.” She also said elsewhere in the same thread: “I am PRIVILEGED to have the life I lead and do the work I do. Others need help FAR more than I do.”
Burleton stated Facebook responded to the death threats with this: “None of the comments violate our community standards”.
Trans role model extraordinaire, I’d say!
Other articles I wrote about Jenn Burleton and TransActive: https://lexiecannes.com/?s=burleton&x=0&y=0
TransActive website: http://www.transactiveonline.org
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