From the Arizona Daily Star:
A Tucson man was convicted of assault and disorderly conduct Monday for attacking a transsexual Vietnam veteran, who testified that her assailant mocked her before the attack.Defendant Richard Ray Young denied the name-calling but was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and three years’ probation for the assault last October at Tucson Greyhound Park.…The victim, Janey Kay, who was born male and had surgery early last year to become female, sustained a cut lip and had two handfuls of hair ripped from her scalp in the incident.Kay, 60, testified she was withdrawing money from an ATM at the dog-racing track when Young, a man she’d never met, came up and asked if she was a “drag queen.”When she said she wasn’t, Young delivered an expletive-laced, anti-gay slur and tore her hair out, she said.While waiting for police to arrive, she said, Young broke away from security staffers who were restraining him and struck her in the face.…While Kay described the attack as a “hate crime” — Young, 49, characterized it as a “misunderstanding.”Young, who is gay, said he may have made a remark to Kay about his own sexuality, which she misinterpreted. “I let her know that I was one of the family, that I was homosexual,” said Young, who makes his living glazing and firing ceramic tile.Questioned by defense attorney Richard Bock, Young said Kay grabbed at his face and that he may have reacted to stop her.Prosecutor Patrick Moran noted that, according to witnesses, Young was the only person who was physically aggressive that night.
Now – here’s the money shot:
Young said he is a supporter of local groups such as Wingspan, which supports gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people, and said he wouldn’t target someone over gender issues.
First: Does he “support” organizations – locally or nationally – that would view the attack on Kay as ‘not a gay issue’?
Second: Define “supporter” in general, particularly with respect to his “support” of Wingspan.
Third: Being a “supporter” is now supposed to insulate gay men – or anyone for that matter – who gets tanked to such an extent that the person’s transphobia becomes uncontainable?
Now, to be fair:
There were no witnesses when the attack began, [Alison Davison of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance] noted, so it’s hard to know for sure exactly what was said.
Juries get to weigh the credibility of all who are involved.
Doubts should be resolved in favor of the non-shitfaced.
Luckily, this time it appears as though they were.