Bil Browning

Hate crime in Kokomo?

Filed By Bil Browning | March 03, 2007 12:58 PM | comments

Filed in: Transgender & Intersex, You Gotta See This
Tags: Eric Miller, hate crimes against LGBT people, Indiana, Kokomo, media bias, murder, trans women, transgender

Could Kokomo have been the latest scene for a hate crime? While the details are still fuzzy, it's worth taking a look. The mainstream media is definitely handling this poorly, no matter what...

The Kokomo Tribune has an article up about the incident entitled "Police looking into Kokomo man's death", however the victim was actually a trans woman. She was found dead in the parking lot of her apartment complex and was discovered by two of her friends. From what I'm hearing, they disagree with police statements that no "foul play" was involved. The Tribune, however, simply reports that a local man was found "unresponsive" in a parking lot and that "county coroners officials found no signs of foul play, however, the case remains under investigation".

With the hate crimes bill dying in the House this year isn't it rather ironic that all of these incidents have started happening? Is it possible that this isn't just a coincidence and that the message Eric Miller and his ilk have been sending for weeks about protections for "homosexuals and crossdressers" have had a detrimental effect on our community? Maybe some day all of the hate and bitterness that these wingnuts keep spouting will come home to roost instead of being transferred onto us.

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You can't trust anything written in the Kokomo Tribune. It's neither mainstream nor media. That rag reports two things: high school sports, and right-wing propaganda.

As a Kokomo native, I've seen first hand how anyone who isn't a white protestant is treated in that city. Men are routinely arrested or driven out of Kokomo parks for simply being there alone even if they are just jogging. Minorities are bullied into living in the worst neighborhoods. It also is a Klan haven, and has been since the 1920s. With its auto industry falling apart, the rubes in Kokomo are going to look for scapegoats.

I'd encourage any GLBT Hoosier to leave Howard County if they possibly can. It's only going get worse there. It's not worth living in a dying county and city that is controlled by ignorants.

Marla R. Stevens | April 11, 2007 7:39 PM

Whatever happened to this? Is any LGBT organization in Indiana responsible for following through?