Briefly, what was your reaction to the Brandon Teena Video

8/29/2021 Two Decades After Brandon T eena’s Murder, a Look Back at Falls City – The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/two-decades-after-brandon-teenas-murder-a-look-back-at-falls-city/282738/ 1/12 U.S .

T w o D ec a d es A ft e r B ra n don T een a’s M urd er, a L ook B ack a t F alls Ci ty E ag er to co me to term s w it h h is d ep artm ent ‘s t ra g ic m is h and li ng of t he r ap e t hat l ed to th e m urd er o n N ew Y ea r’s E ve i n 1993, a sm all – to w n s heri se ns it ivity training.

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B y S te ph anie Fair y ing to n DEC EMBER 31, 20 13 Brandon Teena, left, with Lana Tisdel in an undated photo (As sociated Press) T w enty yea rs a go in a lit tle N ebra sk an t ow n ca ll e d F all s C it y , a hand so m e 21- yea r-o ld t r a ns man w it h big blue e yes w as br uta ll y be ate n, r ap ed a nd m urd ere d in o ne of t he m ost h eino us h ate crim es in A merica n h is to ry .

H is na me w as B ra nd on T eena . Sub sc rib e S HA RE 8/29/2021 Two Decades After Brandon T eena’s Murder, a Look Back at Falls City – The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/two-decades-after-brandon-teenas-murder-a-look-back-at-falls-city/282738/ 2/12 dra m atiz a tio n B oys D on’t C ry in 1999 th at m ad e B ra nd on’s s to ry f am ili a r t o m illi o ns o f A merica ns —a nd won H ila ry S wank an O sca r f or h er m oving portr a y al o f h im .

Bra nd on l eft h is h om eto w n o f L inco ln, N ebr ask a, f or F all s C it y a t t he a ge o f 20, h oping to sta rt a ne w lif e in a comm uni ty w here no one kne w h im . H e s ta rte d d ating L ana Tis d el, a nd fou nd a fam ily o f s orts i n h er i nne r ci rcl e o f f rie nd s, i ncl uding Joh n L otte r a nd M arvin “ Tom ” N is se n. B ut u pon d is co vering Bra nd on w as a bi olo gica l fe m ale , L otte r a nd Nis se n beca me o bs esse d w it h p ro ving his a na to m y t o L ana , fo rcibl y d is r o bing h im in a bath ro om on C hris tm as E ve, a nd hou rs l ate r, r ap ing him .

O n N ew Y ea rs E ve, to prev ent h im fro m ever p re ssing ch arg es, t hey k ille d h im and tw o b ysta nd ers. B ra n don f aced a d em ea n in g a nd d eh um an iz in g l in e of q uestio n in g f ro m the R ic h ard so n C ou n ty S heri w hen r ep ortin g h is a tt a ck ers. T od ay, L otte r r em ains on d ea th r ow at T ecu mse h S ta te C orre ct io na l I ns tit u tio n, h aving been co nvicted of th e kil li ng s w it h N is se n ’s t estim ony . N is se n i s s erv ing thre e li f e s ente nce s a t th e L inco ln C orre ct io na l C ent er. I n 2007, h e r eca nte d h is o rig ina l te stim ony and no w adm it s h e m urd ere d t he t hre e v ict im s w it h L otte r a s h is a cco mplice .

But a no th er O n D ece mbe r 25, m ere h ou rs a ft e r be ing sex u all y a ssa u lt e d , B ra nd on f ace d a dem ea ning a nd deh um aniz ing lin e o f q uestio ni ng fro m the R ich ard so n C ou nt y Sh eri L .A . o C: [ A]ft e r he pulle d y ou r p an ts d ow n a nd s een y ou w as a gir l, w hat d id he do? D id he fo n dle y ou a ny?

B : N o.

C : H e d id n ‘t f on dle y ou a ny, hu h. Di dn ‘t t ha t k in d o f a m aze y ou ?…D oesn ‘t t ha t k in d o f, a h, get you r a tte n tio n s om eho w t hat he wou ld ‘v e p ut hi s ha nds i n y ou r p an ts a nd p la y wi th y ou a lit tle b it ?

… 8/29/2021 Two Decades After Brandon T eena’s Murder, a Look Back at Falls City – The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/two-decades-after-brandon-teenas-murder-a-look-back-at-falls-city/282738/ 3/12 C: [ Y]o u w ere a ll ha lf – a ss d ru n k…. I c an ‘t b eli e v e t ha t i f he pulle d y ou r p an ts d ow n a nd yo u a re a fem ale t ha t he did n ‘t s tic k hi s ha nd i n y ou o r hi s B : W ell, he did n ‘t .

C : I can ‘t b eli e v e he did n ‘t .

C :…Di d he ha ve a ha rd o n when he g ot b ack t he re o r w ha t?

B : I don ‘t k now . I did n ‘t l ook .

C : Y ou d id n ‘t l ook . Di d he tak e a lit tle t im e w ork in g i t u p, o r w ha t? D id y ou w ork i t u p fo r hi m?

B: N o, I did n ‘t .

C : Y ou d id n ‘t wo rk i t u p f or hi m?

B: N o.

C :

B: I gu ess s o, I don ‘t k now .

C : Y ou d on ‘t k now …Di d, when he got i n t he back s ea t y ou w ere a lr e a d y s pre a d o ut b ack the re r ea d y f or hi m, wa it in g o n hi m.

B: N o, I wa s s it tin g u p when he got b ack t he re .

….

C : A nd y ou ha d n ev er ha d s ex b efo re ?

B : N o.

C : H ow o ld a re y ou ?

B : 21.

C : A nd i f y ou ‘r e 21, y ou t hi nk y ou ‘d ha ve, y ou ‘d ha ve, t ro u ble g ettin g i t i n?

….

C : W hy do y ou r un a ro u n d wi th gi rls i nst e a d o f, a h, g uys b ein g y ou a re a gir l y ou rse lf ?

B : W hy do I wha t?

C : W hy do y ou r un a ro u n d wi th gi rls i nst e a d o f g uys b ein g y ou ‘r e a gir l y ou rse lf ? 8/29/2021 Two Decades After Brandon T eena’s Murder, a Look Back at Falls City – The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/two-decades-after-brandon-teenas-murder-a-look-back-at-falls-city/282738/ 4/12 B: I ha ven ‘t t he sli g ht est i dea .

C : Y ou ha ven ‘t t he sli g ht est i dea ? Y ou g o a ro u n d k issi n g o the r g ir ls ?….[ T]he gir ls t ha t d on ‘t k n ow a bou t y ou , t hinks [ si c ] y ou a re a guy. D o y ou k iss t he m?

….

B: …I have a sex u al i den tit y c risi s.

C : A wha t?

B : I ha ve a sex u al i den tit y c risi s.

C : Y ou wa nt t o e xp la in t ha t?

B : I don ‘t k now i f I can e ven t alk a bou t i t….

I r ece ntl y r e-w atch ed S usa n M usk a a nd Gre ta O la fs d ottir ‘s E mmy-no mina te d 1998 docu menta ry , w hich une arth ed th is e xcr ucia tin g e xch ang e. into an a partm ent in F alls C it y to atte nd all t he t ria ls a nd sent enci ngs. W it h ou t t heir e x ce lle nt inv estig ativ e j ou rna li s m w e w ou ld h av e ne ver l ea rne d o f t he e xtr e m e mis co nd uct a nd inh um anity Bra nd on s u it s o m eth ing pa rticu la rly pe rv erse a bo ut a m an e ntru ste d w it h t he d uty t o p ro te ct ch oosing ins te a d to hurt a nd hum ili a te .

P eir ce , w ho a ls o s pe nt m ore th an h alf a d eca de r ese a rch ing and m ak ing her to u nd ersco re th e d is tu rbing a nd partici pato ry na tu re o f L au x’s q uestio ns abo ut t he crim e b y pl ay ing out th e ra pe sce ne in grille d b y L au x.  Wh en I rece ntl y s poke w it h P eir ce , s he no te d “ a l ev el o f p ro vo ca tio n and plea su re [ th at L au x d eriv ed ] o ut o f m ak ing Bra nd on r eli v e h is o w n t ortu re .” D espite am ple e vid ence , Lau x negl ect ed t o a pp re h end and ch arg e L otte r a nd Nis se n, g iving th em th e o ppo rtu nity to plan a nd execu te B ra nd on’ s m urd er t w ent y y ea rs a go to d ay o n D ece mbe r 31, 1993. J oA nn B ra nd on, B ra nd on’s m oth er, w as e vent ually a w ard ed $5000 f or w ro ng fu l d ea th , $7000 f or i nt ent io na l i n d is tr e ss, $80,000 f or “ m enta l s u I w ond ere d if th e s ta in o f L au x’s l eg acy still l ing ere d in F all s C it y ‘s S h eri if th ey ‘d m ad e pr oce du ra l e A ft e r a ll, t r a ns gend er rig hts a nd vis ibil it y h av e incr ea se d s ig ni s ince 1993. To O 8/29/2021 Two Decades After Brandon T eena’s Murder, a Look Back at Falls City – The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/two-decades-after-brandon-teenas-murder-a-look-back-at-falls-city/282738/ 5/12 Omah a. I wheth er h e h as a ny reg re t a bo ut th e w ay h e h and le d t hing s. e n tr u ste d w it h t he d uty t o p ro te c t c hoosin g in ste a d to h urt a nd h um ili a te . “I’m pr etty s ure h e w ill no t s pe ak w it h y ou ,” H ou se r w ro te i n a n email. H e enco ura g ed m e, h ow ev er, to giv e i t a try . W hen m y l ette r r eq u esting an i nterv ie w w ent u nanswere d , I ca lle d L au x’ s h om e i n D aw so n. “ Yo u k no w, y ou p eo p le a re a p ain in th e a ss!” h e y elle d , u pon h ea rin g w hy I w as ca ll i ng , and hung up.

“ h e’s bl am ele ss. I ‘m sure it’ s a d efe ns e m ech ani sm .” H ou se r u pd ate d m e o n L au x’s l if e s ince 1993. J ust a few y ea rs a ft e r t he t ra g ed y, h e w as v ote d co mmis sio ne r o f Rich ard so n C ou nty . W hen h is te rm end ed , h e t ook a job a s a co rre ct io ns o Nebra ska Sta te P enite ntia ry , w here L otte r s it s o n d ea th r ow . A s r ece nt ly a s 2010, h e ev en s erv ed o n h is co mmunity ‘s V illa g e B oard . N ow retir e d , h e d riv es a sch ool bu s.

s ch ool—s urpris ed m e. “ Well,” H ou se r l au gh ed , “ th ese a re n’ t e xact ly o re w ard !” H e j oke d th at F alls C it y “ is a few m ile s f ro m the e nd s o f t he e arth ,” bu t a ssu re d m e th at h e a nd his co mpa tr io ts “ are a lot m ore e vo lv ed t han y ou m ig h t e xp ect .” M any law enf orce ment o se rie s o f ba d d ecis io ns w ere m ad e b y t he g uy a t t he t op a nd that w on’ t be me i f so m eth ing like th is h appe ns again.

T od ay, po li ce veh icl es a re e qu ippe d w it h in- car v id eo s a nd o wir e le ss m icr oph one s s o th ey a re m oni to re d a nd held a cco unt abl e f or t heir a ct io ns .

Als o , ba sic l aw -e nf orce ment tra in ing is a n i ntens e 16 w eek s a t t he N ebr ask a L aw E nf orce ment T ra ining Center in G ra nd Isla nd , w here t he cu rricu lu m incl udes a vie wing and dis cu ssio n o f th e a nd sta g ed s exu al- a ssa u lt a nd dom estic- vio le nce sce na rio s be tw een s tr a ig h t a nd gay co uple s.

N ot to ju stif y h is w ro ng doing , bu t t o p artia ll y e xp la in L au x’s i gno ra nce , Hou se r t old m e th at L au x’ s tra ining w as f ar in fe rio r t o w hat o h is th ir d 4- yea r te rm as s heri 8/29/2021 Two Decades After Brandon T eena’s Murder, a Look Back at Falls City – The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/two-decades-after-brandon-teenas-murder-a-look-back-at-falls-city/282738/ 6/12 tr a ining experience wa s pr oba bly i n t he l ate 70′ s o r e arly 80′ s, w hen i t l aste d a ll o f s ix w eeks .” T od ay, B ra nd on T eena ’s e xpe rie nc e w ou ld be di Cou nty now h as a cce ss to service s f ro m Pro je ct R esp ons e, a support a dvo ca cy gro u p ba se d o ut o f O mah a a nd Linco ln t hat a ssis ts w it h d om estic v io le nce and sex u al a ssa u lt ca se s. “ If th ere w as s tr o ng evid enc e o f w it ne ss i nt im id atio n o r r ep ris a l a s t here w as i n th is ca se ,” H ou se r e xpl aine d, “ we w ou ld link up w it h P ro je ct R esp ons e a nd that pe rso n w ou ld be pu t in a safe h ou se , g iv en a cell p hone that ca n o nly d ia l 911 a nd th eir pe rso na l ph one wou ld be taken a way f ro m them so t heir p erp etr a to rs ca n’t t ra ck th em dow n. ” “A ra pe,” h e co ntinu ed , “ espe cia lly o ne inv olv ing kid na pp ing , p hysica l a ssa u lt a nd dea th th re a ts w as a s ra re th en a s it i s t od ay.

o rd er vio la tio ns , D UIs , d riving u nder s usp ens io n a nd dom estic v io le nce . [A ca se l ik e B ra nd on’ s] w ou ld be an e merg ency , a dro p -e v ery th ing sit u atio n—a nd it w ou ld pr oba bly be hand ed o ver to sta te p atr o l i nv estig ato rs, w ho h av e m ore r eso u rce s.” H ou se r l iv es w it h h is w if e o f 33 y ea rs, J uli e , e ig h t bl ock s f ro m the co urth ou se . I n mod ern- day F alls C it y —po pula tio n 4,300—co nserv atis m co mes i n t he f orm of “m ind you r o wn bu sine ss, l iv e y ou r o wn l if e ,” h e t old m e. W hile h e’s s ure t here a re s o m e g ay s in to wn, “ th ey ‘r e no t o vert a bo ut i t.

R ECO M MEN DED R EA D IN G I co uld n’ t q uit e te ll if he m ea nt it app ro ving ly —a s i f g ay s s hou ld a vo id p ubl ic d is p la y s o f a t r a ining is clea r: H e r efe rre d to Bra nd on a s “ sh e,” ca lle d be ing tra ns gend er a A Bo y’s L if e Wh en t he R efu ge es L an ded E LA INE G ODFREY D AV ID FR UM 8/29/2021 Two Decades After Brandon T eena’s Murder, a Look Back at Falls City – The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/two-decades-after-brandon-teenas-murder-a-look-back-at-falls-city/282738/ 7/12 “li f e sty le ,” a nd suggeste d d is crim ina tio n t ow ard s g ay p eo p le w as no n-ex is te nt in F alls C it y .

I a ske d, h ypo th etica lly , if he’d be w illi ng to d o a L GBT-s e ns it iv it y t ra ini ng sessio n w it h P FL A G , a queer a dvo ca cy gro u p f ou nd ed in 1972 t hat h as d one sig ni enf orce ment o utr e a ch in th e pa st, a s a w ay t o a ck no wle d ge t he m is h and li ng of Bra nd on’ s ca se a nd “O h a bs olu te ly !” h e r espo nd ed . “ P FL A G w as h appy to help o ut w hen I exp la ine d t he i d ea . L iz O wen, t he co mmunica tio ns dir e cto r o f P FL A G N atio na l i n W ash ing to n D .C., a rra ng ed f or E lle n Ja m es o f th e O mah a ch apte r to train H ou se r a nd his s ta “ W e h av e a tra ining s essio n s ched u le d o n J an 18t h,” H ou se r w ro te t o m e t w o w eek s la te r. “ I a ls o invited our l oca l po li ce dep artm ent and ne ig h bo ring Sheri Ja m es, a law yer w it h a tra nsgend er d au gh te r, w ill be covering a lot o f g ro u nd , acco rd ing to O wen: “ Basic e du ca tio n a bout t he L GBT co mmuni ty —d e expl aining th e d i orie nta tio n. S he w ill a ls o co ver th e t erm ino lo gy i n t he t ra ns gend er co mmuni ty ; f act s abo ut h om ele ss y ou th a nd rese a rc h o n f am ily a cce pta nce ; and be st p ra ct ice s f or o “I w as d is cu ssing th e u pco ming pr ese nt atio n w it h o ne of m y d ep u tie s,” H ou se r w ro te to m e in o ne of o ur l ast e m ail e xch ang es, “ and he a sk ed : ‘ W hat i s t he d e tr a ns gend er pe rso n? ‘ I str u ggle d to de th at a tra nsgend er pe rso n is whate v er t hey s ay t hey a re .” I t’s a sim ple co nce pt—h ono ring how ev er p eo p le w ant to d e re q u ir e s a lea p o f im ag ina tio n L otte r, N is se n a nd Lau x co uld n’ t m ak e—a nd it w ou ld h av e m ad e a ll th e d i M OST P OPU LA R Vaccin e R efu se rs D on’t G et t o D ic ta te T erm s A nym ore J UL IETTE KAYYEM S te ph anie Fair y ing to n is a jou rna li s t in N YC . Twitter 8/29/2021 Two Decades After Brandon T eena’s Murder, a Look Back at Falls City – The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/two-decades-after-brandon-teenas-murder-a-look-back-at-falls-city/282738/ 8/12 The R em ote W ork – F ertili t y C on nec tio n STE PHANI E H. MU RRAY T he P an dem ic B ro ke a F un dam en ta l P rin cip le o f T ea ch in g ABB Y FRE IREICH AN D B RI AN PL ATZER W hat I L ea rn ed W hile E av esd ro p pin g o n t h e T ali b an IAN FRIT Z W hat I L ea rn ed W hen I R en te d M y P are n ts’ F orm er H om e a s a n A ir b n b THA D RUS SELL A m eric a n s A re L osin g S ig h t o f t h e P an dem ic E ndgam e CÉL INE R . GOUND ER T ru m pis m H as E nte re d I ts F in al F orm P ET ER WE HNER A S h if t i n A m eric a n F am ily V alu es I s F ueli n g E str a n gem en t JOS HUA C OLEMAN T he S an ctio n in g o f T ru m p’s L aw yers I s E xactly W hat I s S u ppose d to H ap pen B RA DLEY P. MOSS AN D J OA NNE M OLINARO T he P an dem ic ’s W ro n gest M an DER EK TH OMPSON M ake y o ur i n b ox m ore i n te re stin g . 8/29/2021 Two Decades After Brandon T eena’s Murder, a Look Back at Falls City – The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/two-decades-after-brandon-teenas-murder-a-look-back-at-falls-city/282738/ 9/12 Id eas t h at m atte r. S in ce 1 8 57.

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SU BSC RIB E A BO UT C O NTA C T PO DC ASTS S U BSC RIP TIO N FO LLO W Priv a c y P o lic y D o N ot S ell M y P e rs o nal I n fo rm atio n A dve rtis in g G uid elin es Te rm s C ond it io ns R esp onsib le D is c lo su re S it e M ap T h eA tla n tic .c o m C op yrig ht ( c ) 2 0 21 b y T h e A tla n tic M onth ly G ro up . A ll R ig hts R ese rv e d . E ac h w eekd ay e ve n in g , g et a n o ve rv ie w o f t h e d ay ’s b ig gest n ew s, a lo ng w it h f a sc in atin g id eas, im ag es, a n d p eo p le . S ee m ore n ew sle tte rs E n te r y o ur e m ail S ub m it 8/29/2021 Two Decades After Brandon T eena’s Murder, a Look Back at Falls City – The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/two-decades-after-brandon-teenas-murder-a-look-back-at-falls-city/282738/ 10/12 8/29/2021 Two Decades After Brandon T eena’s Murder, a Look Back at Falls City – The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/two-decades-after-brandon-teenas-murder-a-look-back-at-falls-city/282738/ 11/12 8/29/2021 Two Decades After Brandon T eena’s Murder, a Look Back at Falls City – The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/12/two-decades-after-brandon-teenas-murder-a-look-back-at-falls-city/282738/ 12/12

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