In today’s age the controversy within our communities to define gender as either male or female is growing, as some people may be transgender. It’s hard for some people to fully understand what being transgender actually is. To be transgender is to not conform to the notions of the male and female gender separately. Therefore, someone who was born as a male could later grow up and realize that they identify themselves as female or both genders. This population is misunderstood and underrepresented. This has led to increasing violence directed towards people who are transgender.
For example, Bri Golec is a 22 year old who was born as a female, however, over the last year has begun to identify as a male, Brian Golec. This past February Brian’s father, Kevin Golec, disapproved of his daughter’s choice so much that he stabbed his own child to death. Mr.Golec called 911 after the stabbing to report that a cult had come into their home and attacked them both. His claim continued to describe a scene in which he tried to protect Brian by fighting the cult off, but was overtaken and Brian killed. Upon arrival, the emergency team shortly discovered Mr.Golec’s deception and he was later arrested for the hateful murder of his transgender child.
Source: David Edwards, “Ohio dad stabs gender non-comforming child to death, tells police that ‘son was in a cult’”, Raw Story, February 16, 2015, http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/ohio-dad-stabs-transgender-daughter-to-death-tells-police-that-son-was-in-a-cult/.
Student Researcher: Rebeckah Jasa (Indian River State College)
Faculty Evaluator: Elliot D. Cohen (Indian River State College)