Thursday, May 3, 2012
CALIFORNIA: Trans Woman Murdered In Oakland
In what may have been a hate crime, a Bay Area transgender woman was shot to death in her car last weekend in Oakland. Brandy Martell, 37, had worked for a local transgender services organization.
- Another transgender woman and friend of Martell’s—who wants to keep her identity private—was in the back seat of the car. According to this witness, she, Martell and two other transgender women had been socializing in the parked vehicle for several hours. Around 3 am, two men approached the car and chatted with the women briefly, the witness said. Martell and the other women told the men they were transgendered, and after a seemingly cordial conversation, the men walked off, said the witness. Two hours later, the men reappeared, and one of them stuck the barrel of an automatic weapon into the crack of Martell’s window, according to the witness. According to her, the man shot Martell in the side, and the other women fled as Martell tried to drive away. Martell made it only as far as the intersection before her wounds stopped her. The gunman fired multiple shots into the car, two of which struck Martell, the witness said. The shooter and the other man got away on foot.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
"Occupy Oakland" Hosts Gay Porn Video Shoot
The Huffington Post reports:
An adult film company is capitalizing on the heat of the U.S. anti-establishment protests by using a tent in the middle of the “Occupy Oakland” encampment as the setting for a new gay porn flick.
Billed by The New York Observer as a “homoerotic caper through the tents of Oakland’s Occupation,” Dirty Boy Video’s “Occupy My Throat” is likely to have been inspired by Brandon Watts, an original member of the Wall Street occupation who lost his virginity in Zuccotti Park before being arrested after a gruesome standoff with the police. Dirty Boy Video president Andy Fair reportedly contacted the 20-year-old Watts, whose experience was apparently noted in a New York Times magazine feature, and offered the protester cash for the chance to tape his next experience.
"I offer you the opportunity to perform on our website, an opportunity to express yourself and your politics freely and without censor. Working together we can create a sexy, fun platform that inspires you, be that with other actors, actresses or both. Whether you choose to work with us or not, I salute your dedication and your courage," Fair wrote in his letter to Watts, according to CBS San Francisco.
Watts does not appear in “Occupy My Throat,” which was reportedly filmed in the middle of the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza. The film’s tagline reportedly reads as follows: “Police can ban the erection of tents at Occupy Wall Street, but they can’t keep us from pitching a tent in our pants!”
Though the overall, ahem, merits of “Occupy My Throat” remain to be seen, some bloggers are greeting the release enthusiastically. “Many might find this perverted and/or an unnecessary distraction from the important issues of the day,” writes LeFag. “We feel like this video could be a nice historical document in years to come, should the movement prove more than a flash in the pan.”
You can view the NSFW trailer here.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Oakland: Footage Of Protester Scott Olsen Being Shot