Transgender man attacked and beaten in Belize City

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Transvestite beaten up (Belize City)

Transvestite beaten up
(Belize City)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014. PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: An 18 year old man was set upon and beaten up by an angry mob in Belize City tonight.  The incident happened just after 6 pm.

The young man, who identifies himself as transgender, was dressed in women’s clothing, namely a long black dress.

As he walked down Vernon Street, the youth who gives his name as Vanesa Champagne Paris says she was verbally harassed by a man who hurled derogatory words at him.

According to Vanesa, when his attacker asked why a “f*king fagot is walking this block,” he turned around and responded to the attacker that he did not own the street.

That was when, according to Vanessa, that the man picked up rocks and started to “boom” him.

Vanessa says that he started to walk away but that the verbal assaults continued and that at one point the man shouted to the other young men who were in the area that he was a “f*king battyman” wearing a dress.

The group then set to chase Vanessa, who ran for safety. But before he could escape, Vanesa was caught and he says that a man in a black shirt grabbed him in his dress and punched him in the face.

At least four other men reportedly landed punches on Vanessa before he was able to break free and make another dash for the safety of a drug store on Central American Boulevard, from where help from the police was summoned.

When asked why he would venture out in public dressed as a woman, Vanessa says that “I am a transvestite. So I decide to live my life as a female.”

He said that he did not expect that anyone would recognize him as a man or that they would physically attack him.

“I believe I have my rights and that is my way of expressing myself, dressing as a female,” he explained, noting that he has been dressing as a female since he was 7 years old.

Vanessa, now 18, says that he has not yet made a report to the police, but plans to do so.

And even though he was beaten up, Vanesa says he plans to continue living as a transvestite, although he does not yet know how that will happen given what transpired today.

He sustained cuts, scrapes and bruises that did not require a trip to the hospital.

He remains adamant that his dressing as a woman was not an invitation to be beaten up.

“Everyone can mind their own business, or at least they should,” says Vanesa. “I am a man dressed as a female, I noh think nothing is wrong with that. As long as I noh the interfere with anyone,” he explains.

After being rescued by the police and led safely away, Vanesa has since found a “safe” house where he will be staying for the time being until a more permanent arrangement can be worked out.

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11 Responses to Transgender man attacked and beaten in Belize City

  1. Suzette Zayden Reply

    April 9, 2014 at 6:29 am

    How dare that man declare he determines who walks Vernon St. or not. How absolutely horrifying to learn that people in Belize can pick up stones and stone a fellow human being just because they don’t like how the person dresses. This nonsense needs to stop now. That man incited youth and children to also hurl rocks at another fellow being with intent to hurt. Where is the logic that he was going to encourage others to dress like him? Suppose all us old people pick up stones and hurl it at every saggy pants we see cause we can’t tek see it no more? Where would that leave us as a society? How come those same stoners or people who side with them no fraid when circus come to town and they go to watch clowns dress like women? None are afraid their child will start dressing that way but they fraid a man in a dress will destroy whatever foundation they gave their children. Nonsense! If the foundation is destroyed so easily, there wasn’t much there in the first place. It is their own insecurities that frighten them. Do those rock throwers even know That Belize’s courts had to finally back down some years and let women lawyers wear pants to court? What? More stone throwing now? Women in pants, the horror! Between a man walking in a dress minding his own business and the rock thrower teaching children to hate others, Take one guess at who doing the most damage to our children’s minds. As a Belizean with a child, I I would feel so much safer walking on the street with the transvestite than people who throw rocks.

  2. Jay Mo Reply

    April 9, 2014 at 10:21 am

    You can not force anyone to accept you. It doesn’t matter who or what you are. Everyone has their own beliefs and to call someone ignorant because they don’t believe the way you do makes you the ignorant one. But on the flip side you can not force anyone to change who they are because you don’t like it. You ignore them and let them live their life. Everyone has their own cross to bear.

  3. Arlene Johnston Reply

    April 9, 2014 at 10:27 am

    How dare, how dare, how dare anyone make themselves the judge on the street of who is allowed to walk where and how they are allowed to dress??? Belizean men and women need to stop worrying about their children seeing a harmless man dressed in a dress and what effect that would have on them and start to worry about the examples children are seeing everyday from them – lying, cheating, stealing, cursing, abuse, neglect, adultery, cruelty, killing, public lewdness, and the list goes on! I absolutely agree with Ms. Zayden and I quote her, “ Take one guess at who is doing the most damage to our children’s minds.” We are the ones giving the bad examples here and we need to always remember that when we point our index finger and cast blame on anyone, look at your same hand pointing and you will see 4 more pointing back at you.

  4. White Boy Reply

    April 9, 2014 at 11:47 am

    YEAH… BURN DEM DOWN!! CARRY DEM DA JAIL… FREAK

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  6. arethatoones Reply

    April 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    hey i think men should. stay a men god made women n men not men . n men thats a big sin in the bible . i dont like that shit

    • SP Reply

      April 9, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Don’t like that shit? Go fuck yourself!!!

    • RC Reply

      April 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      I’ll admit Sunday School was a while ago, but I’m pretty sure God didn’t institute a dress code (unless you count not mixing different kinds of fibers in fabrics, but that’s about material and not type of clothes).

      And even if Vanesa is a woman, so what? I also don’t remember reading anything about gender identity (which is not sexual orientation) in the Bible.

      AND even IF Vanesa were homosexual woman, so what? Even if you believe homosexuality is a sin, LOTS of things are sins (like beating up random people on the street for example). Homosexuality would be pretty low on the list of Bad Things To Do. Not even in the Top Ten, as a matter of fact.

      TL;DR
      Walking down the street in a dress is not a sin. Beating up someone because you don’t like their clothes is a sin.

      You’re perfectly entitled not to like what Vanesa chooses to wear, but you are NOT entitled to hurt Vanesa.

  7. DY Reply

    April 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    It is sad to see how ignorant some people are. Quick to call on the bible and ready to correct an individual, who has a different way of living his/her life, and telling then on how should live and go about their life. I wish they had a similar mentality to all the other crime and injustice happening all over the country. Times have changed and continue to change. Sadly it is because of narrow minded people like this man, who believes he owns a public street and has the brain size of a pea, give Belize and Belizeans a bad name.

  8. Gee Reply

    April 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Why is it ok for two lesbian but not the gay males. How norrow minded can one be. To each his own. At least he is acceptable and open to who he is. There is so much under cover down low men in our country. But, yet want to profess living a straight life.

  9. Jelisa Bailey Reply

    April 9, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Who are we to cast judgement on others.as long as there are no laws against dressing as a transvestite he is obligated to do as he pleases. Furthermore,he is harming no one..everyone sin so why is his sin the only to be recognized while we’re at it why not shed light on prostitution and adultery. If we are gonna condemn one we might as well condem every sin.

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