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Trans actressLaverne Coxemphasized on Sunday that jokes about violence towards trans people can be seriously dangerous for the community, responding to a viral clip of stand-up comic Lil Duval saying he would kill a trans woman if he discovered he had sex with her.
Some folks think its ok to joke about wanting to kill us, Cox wrote on her Twitter account Sunday. We have free speech but that speech has consequences and trans folks are experiencing the negative consequences with our lives. It hurts my spirit cause this isnt funny. Our lives matter. Trans murder isnt a joke.
Activists and allies for the trans community are upset after Lil Duvals remarks from a Friday Breakfast Club interview went viral over the weekend. In the interview, host DJ Envy asked Lil Duval what his reaction would be if he found out he slept with a trans woman.
This might sound messed up and I dont care: she dying, Duval told the radio shows three hosts.
Duval also told the hosts that when it comes to transgender women, that aint a girl, thats a boy. He told the hosts that he felt there should be repercussions for that type of manipulation but until then, Duval would have his own. When host Charlamagne Tha God jumped in and tried to tell the comedian he couldnt go around killing trans women, Duval made an poor clarification.
I didnt say I was gonna kill transgenders, Duval attempted to backtrack. I said, if one did that to me, and they didnt tell me, Imma be so mad Id probably kill them.
Host Angela Yee told him he should be politically correct, but Duval responded, saying that comedians shouldnt have to be.
Thats the good thing I like about being me, he said. I can say what I want and do what I want and people understand where Im coming from. They understand Im not coming from a place of malice. They know Im just speaking my mind.
Duvalacknowledged on Sunday the growing backlash on his Twitteraccount, but refused to apologize or address the trending hashtag, #BoycottBreakfastClub.
A few days prior, the show brought Janet Mockon to discuss her role in the transgender community and educate listeners on her journey. Mock told the hosts about her previous partners, her childhood, and what makes being transgender different to sexual identity.
So for me, it wasnt about feeling I was attracted to men or being attracted to masculinity, it was about my own embodiment about how I wanted to show up, not just in bed but also in the world, Mock told the hosts. It was before I even had any consciousness of sexuality. I wasnt thinking about being attracted to boys.
The Human Rights Campaignrecorded 22 violent deaths of transmen and women last year. So far in 2017, HRC has recorded 15 violent deaths of mostly trans women of color. That number could be even higher, as often the victims gender identity is unknown or not properly reported to authorities.The 2015 U.S Transgender Survey reported that 40 percentof trans individuals have made suicide attempts in their lifetime.