Booking Photo (Alameda County Sheriff's Department)

Booking Photo (Alameda County Sheriff’s Department)

Noted transgender activist Dana Rivers was arraigned Tuesday on charges of committing a brutal triple homicide in Oakland, California in the early hours of Friday, November 11. The victims have been identified as lesbian couple Patricia Wright and Charlotte Reed and their son Toto “Benny” Diambu-Wright.

Rivers allegedly stabbed and then shot the victims in their home, which he then set ablaze in an attempt to destroy evidence. Rivers was apprehended while attempting to flee the scene of the crime on Reed’s motorcycle. He was covered in their blood.

Police state Rivers made statements confessing to the crime. He was arraigned without bail on charges of triple homicide, arson of an inhabited dwelling, and possession of metal knuckles. He faces life without possibility of parole, and potential death sentence.

Rivers’ motive is unknown. The Mercury News reports: “Authorities have not released a motive but have indicated it might have been a dispute over some property”, while Fox Channel KTVU News reported: “Sources said the case is an isolated incident involving a domestic dispute.”

Dana Rivers (formerly David Warfield) rose to national prominence in 1999 when he was removed from his tenured teaching position as an IT instructor at Center High School in Sacramento following allegations that he inappropriately over-shared personal information with students following his on-the-job gender transition.

Rivers was subsequently featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, among other national media. He planned on writing a book and selling a movie version of his life story. With the help of an ACLU attorney Rivers negotiated a $150,000 buy-out of his tenured position and resigned. He discussed his decision in an interview with GenderPAC here: http://www.qrd.org/qrd/trans/1999/interview.with.dana.rivers-12.07.99

Excerpt:

“IYF: What are your chances of getting another

teaching job in the public school?

DR: Excellent. Not only am I an award-winning

teacher with years of experience, but California

is in the midst of a serious teacher shortage. To

be honest, I am not worried about getting another

job in a public high school.

IYF: What happens now? I know that you have some

speaking gigs. Do you see yourself continuing as

a gender activist?

DR: I have been thrust into this role and, to be

honest, I love it. It is part of who I am to be

up front, candid, and in the spotlight. I do not

believe that this means I am particularly vain or

ego-centric. Rather, I know I am capable of

speaking out, and it feels good to move the

mountain. As long as people want to hear me, I

am willing to spread the word.

     My transition thus far has been easy (yes,

even though I lost my job) compared to my sisters

and brothers who have faced ridicule and physical

harm for their gender difference. I am humbled by

the effort and energy of GenderPAC and the other

organizations who are trying to make a difference.

IYF: You just addressed NGLTF’s ‘Creating Change’

in Oakland and traveled to Washington to meet with

Rep. Barney Frank, among others. Tell us about your

new-found high-profile status as an activist.

DR: It’s been fun, a bit overwhelming, and very

rewarding to have so much attention paid to my

situation. I have been interviewed by newspapers

and radio programs and magazines from as far away

as Germany. ABC News has followed my case closely,

and flew my daughter and me out to New York to be

on Good Morning America. I had to secure the help

of an agent to handle the flood of requests for my

time. A book and movie are being considered.

     I actually had Diane Sawyer and a producer

from Oprah Winfrey on the phone at the same time

a few weeks ago. People magazine named me one of

the 25 most intriguing people of 1999, and Jane

magazine named me one of the Gutsiest Women of

the Year. It is amazing! I hope this exposure

gets our message into homes where normal people

can look at me, hear or read about me, and decide

for themselves if I would be a good teacher, or

neighbor, or spouse.”

Twitter Photo @latitude3739

Twitter Photo @latitude3739

Rivers was last seen in the media in a 2008 Bay City Reporter article featuring his work as a teacher in the Five Keys Charter School program in the San Francisco County Jail.

Patricia Wright, Benny Diambu-Wright, and Charlotte Reed.

Patricia Wright, Benny Diambu-Wright, and Charlotte Reed.

A vigil was held yesterday for Benny Diambu-Wright at Berkely High, where the nineteen-year-old graduated from high school last year before enrolling in nursing school. Over a hundred people burned candles and shared memories of the young man and his mothers. Patricia Wright, a special-ed teacher, had worked for the same district for a decade until her retirement last year.

At time of publication, GenderTrender is the only LGBT website to report.

Dana Rivers on a television appearance circa 1999

Dana Rivers: TV appearance circa 1999

 

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Former British Women’s Fell Running Champion Lauren Jeska confessed in court today to committing a vicious premeditated triple stabbing attack on British sports authorities last March at Alexander Stadium.

“Women athlete who tried to murder sports official was transgender and facing review into medals”, reports the UK Mirror Online:

“Sean Kyne, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Lauren Jeska had a disagreement with British Athletics officials which escalated and rather than resolve the matter through the appropriate channels, she armed herself with a number of knives, drove from her home in Wales to Birmingham and launched a premeditated and savage attack on the victim which resulted in the victim and his colleagues sustaining a number of life threatening injuries.”

 

“Fell Runner Lauren Jeska tried to kill British athletics official because she feared the body would revoke her titles over transgender status” The Telegraph reports:

“Lauren Jeska, 42, admitted attempting to murder former professional rugby player Ralph Knibbs, 51, during a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday. 

It is understood a review was being planned into her status as a female athlete because she had been born a man. Her titles could have been in doubt if UK Athletics ruled that she had had an unfair advantage while competing against women, sources suggested.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and West Midlands Police confirmed Jeska was a transgender athlete after the hearing.

She also admitted two counts of having a knife in a public place and two of assault causing actual bodily harm.

On March 22, Jeska, from Machynlleth, Powys, drove from her home in Wales to the British Athletic headquarters in Perry Barr, Birmingham, armed with a number of knives.

A CPS spokesman said: “The defendant entered their offices and asked to speak to the victim.

“She was asked to wait in reception, however, Jeska walked into the open plan office and attacked the victim and stabbed him a number of times.”

 

From the Daily Mail:

“The former British champion fell-runner, from Machynlleth, Powys, Mid Wales, used two 12cm and 13cm kitchen knives in the attack with a third blade – a bread knife – stashed in her bag.  

She viciously stabbed Mr Knibbs in the head and neck, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Mr Knibbs, now the head of human resources and welfare at British Athletics after a stellar rugby playing career, suffered life-threatening injuries. 

He famously turned down the chance to go on tour with England to South Africa in 1984 because he opposed apartheid.

Jeska, who the court heard is autistic, lashed out at two other top UK Athletics officials, accountant Tim Begley and Kevan Taylor, when they tried to stop her.

The Daily Mail goes on to report that:

“Jeska is listed as being a member of the Yorkshire-based Todmorden Harriers Running Club on the group’s website.  She was also a second-claim member for Aberystwyth AC.

According to the site, she was the women’s English Fell Running Champion for three consecutive years between 2010-2012 and won the British Championship in 2012.”

 

Both the BBC and The Guardian refused to report on Jeska’s transgender status and his motive for the attack, and misreported him as being a female defendant whose motive was unknown. 

Jeska will be sentenced on November 15.

 

Teska. Photo credit Steve Bateson

Jeska. Photo credit Steve Bateson

 

Video of the Rapist [NOTICE: Biko pulled this video offline July 26 after this article was published]

 

Transwoman activist Cherno Biko, a 24 year old male from Ohio, confessed to raping a female “transman” because he wanted to impregnate her and force her to bear his offspring. The confession was posted publicly on Medium.com and titled “Overcoming Sexual Assault”:

[NOTICE: Biko edited his post on July 26 after this article was published. Read his original unedited article here:

 https://maleviolence.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/overcoming-sexual-assault-e28094-medium.pdf ]

Link to his now edited article: https://medium.com/@chernobiko/overcoming-sexual-assault-ca54293fea01#.mj3qdyfsr

See the changes Biko made to his confession here:

https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/transwoman-activist-cherno-biko-confesses-to-raping-a-transman/#comment-72802

The whole piece reads as a long non-pology, quickly shifting focus from Biko’s act of rape to descriptions of his own childhood abuse, and a heroic account of his own activism in the transwoman community. He published the piece without consulting or notifying the victim.

An excerpt:

“Our relationship existed largely online and we bonded over all the little things only black trans folks can understand. After years of searching, I thought I found the second piece to the holy trinity I wanted to create, complete with a black trans man and our black non-binary baby.

I was wrong. He made it clear to me that some trans men do not wish to carry children and it’s not ok to fetishize them in that way. The first time we had sex I can barely remember, as it followed a night of drinking and smoking but I know that we broke two of the most important rules… consent and safe sex. When he told me that he felt used and violated, I immediately apologized and offered to support in whatever way I could.”

According to the victim, who responded publicly at length on twitter, the two of them barely knew each other. After messaging each other on social media they met in real life on March 26 of this year and agreed to have heterosexual intercourse. Suddenly in mid deed Cherno Biko whispered in the transman’s ear “I want you to have my babies”. He then reached down and pulled the condom off of his penis and proceeded to forcibly rape and ejaculate into the victim, attempting to cause an unwanted pregnancy.

Biko writes in his post:

“I was afraid that I had become the thing I feared the most, an abuser. And technically I did. I was filled with shame and guilt. In the days following I wanted to respond in all the ways my abuser didn’t. I listened more than I shared. I validated their feelings and answered all of the questions. I gave them space, read: “they blocked me on twitter.” But in April when their text messages became threatening and unhealthy I blocked their number, knowing that they would call me out on social media. After all it’s where we met but I was worried about the implications it would have on the movement. I didn’t want to become the ammunition for our enemies to keep framing folks like us as predators who need to be kept out of public bathrooms.”

The transman victim whom Biko raped and tried to forcibly impregnate posted screen caps of these supposedly “threatening and unhealthy” responses to being raped. They involved the perpetrator being confronted over his unwillingness to pay for the victim’s PEP [Post Exposure Prophylaxis] prescription to prevent HIV infection in the victim.

According to the CDC:

“PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) means taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected.

PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV.”

The screencaps show Biko telling his victim – who lives in a rural area- that she should travel to a major metropolitan area and try to locate a city clinic that provides the medication for free. Biko stated, “It’s not that I don’t care I just don’t have the coin right now.” The cost was $80.

Cherno Biko currently resides in Brooklyn where he serves as co-chair to the Young Women’s Advisory Board of the New York City Council. 

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From East Idaho News:

“IDAHO FALLS — A transgender woman accused of videotaping an 18-year-old in a Target fitting room admitted to detectives that she had made videos in the past of women undressing, according to court documents obtained by EastIdahoNews.com.

Shauna Smith, a transgender woman, is being charged as Sean Smith with one felony count of video voyeurism after the alleged incident Monday.

An affidavit of probable cause states the 18-year-old woman was trying on swimwear at the Target on 25th East when someone in an adjacent fitting room held an iPhone over the top of the barrier and began taking photos or video recording.

“The victim’s mother confronted the suspect, who immediately fled on foot. Both (the victim and victim’s mother) described the suspect as a white male who was wearing a dress and a blonde wig. A witness observed the suspect get into a vehicle and leave the area,” court documents state.

Bonneville County detectives learned the vehicle was registered to Smith. When an investigator arrived at Smith’s home, documents state “the defendant’s roommate told (the investigator) her roommate is a transgender male who identifies as a female, Shauna Smith.”

The detective showed the roommate surveillance still photos of the suspect from Target and the roommate identified the suspect’s clothing as that of Smith’s, according to documents.

Deputies interviewed Smith and “the defendant eventually admitted to me that she had made videos in the past of women undressing. The defendant told (the detective) that she makes these videos for the ‘same reason men go online to look at pornography,’” documents state.

According to the affidavit, Smith told the detective “she finds the video sexually gratifying” and when the deputy looked at the camera roll on Smith’s iPhone, he “observed a video of a young adult female undressing in a changing room at what appear to be Target. The defendant admitted to me that this video was recorded at Target.”

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Suspect Jayne Ellen Heideck

Suspect Jayne Ellen Heideck [facebook]

Police have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in the arson attack on Dr. Pierre Brassard’s cosmetic surgery clinic. Brassard is the only surgeon in Canada who will perform the radical genital surgeries desired by some transgender people who believe the procedures will ease their dysphoria caused by wishing they had reproductive systems of the opposite sex. The men who keep Brassard in business call themselves “Brassard Beauties”. These complex surgeries have a high rate of complications, both acute and chronic, even in the best case scenario. For example, the majority of males who undergo “gender affirming” genital surgery will go on to experience chronic urinary tract infections for the rest of their lives.

On May 2nd a man carrying a machete, an ax, and a gas can entered the side door of the clinic after hours. He was witnessed by a worker who assumed he was a fellow employee who’d gotten locked out by the back dumpsters. The man rushed past him into the operating theatre and ignited the incendiary, which set off the sprinkler system, damaging clinic equipment and supplies. He left the premises before the fire department arrived. Personnel who remained in the building evacuated and no one was harmed. Over $700,000. in damage was caused, and surgeries were cancelled for two days until an alternate temporary facility was arranged. [1]

The transgender community described the incident as an “act of terror” against transgenders [2], likened to attacks by men on women’s reproductive health providers [1], and called for hate crime charges to be brought against the perpetrator. Egale, the Canadian Human Rights Trust, stated:

“On May 2nd, 2016, a man armed with a machete, axe, and gas can, stormed Canada’s only sex reassignment clinic in Montréal, and set it on fire.

This act of arson is a symbolic affront to Canada’s trans community, and nothing short of hate crime. The attack underlines the threat of violence that is endured by Canadian trans people on a daily basis, and affirms the continued need for positive change in our country’s public perception of trans people.” [3]

The suspect sought by police is Jayne Hellen Heideck, 42, of British Columbia, a transwoman and apparent [4] ex-patient of Brassard’s. He is charged with breaking and entering, arson by negligence, arson with disregard for human life, among other charges.

While the transgender community decried the lack of outrage that the “hate crime” received in the mainstream press and blogosphere, common sense led most sites, including this one, to suspect the perpetrator may be a member of the transgender community itself.

In 2012 transgender activists attempted to fire bomb a Wells Fargo bank in Portland. [5]

In 2012 transgender activists shut down the University of Pittsburgh repeatedly via bomb threats scrawled on bathroom walls and sent over the internet. [6]

In 2012 a transgender activist threatened to firebomb the feminist London Radfem 2012 conference. [5]

In 2015 a transwoman was convicted in an arson attack on the San Francisco home of facial feminization surgeon Doug Ousterhout. [7]

In 2015 Stacie Laughton, first elected openly transgender state representative, was arrested for threatening to firebomb a hospital. [8]

Last month, a transwoman confessed to an arson attack on the Gay Pride flag at the University of British Columbia. [9]

Brassard's clinic

Brassard’s clinic

[1] http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/arson-sounds-a-lot-like-anti-abortion-radicals-canadas-only-sex-reassignment-clinic-under-siege

[2] http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2016/05/montreal-gender-surgery-center.html

[3] http://egale.ca/egales-statement-on-montreal-sex-reassignment-clinic-attack/

[4] http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/woman-from-bc-sought-as-suspect-in-arson-fire-at-montreal-clinic

[5] https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/transgender-activists-escalate-violence-bomb-threats/

[6] https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/transgender-activists-escalate-violence-bomb-threats/

[7] https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/transwoman-arrested-for-attempted-murder-by-arson-of-facial-feminization-surgeon-dr-ousterhout/

[8] https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/stacie-laughton-first-openly-transgender-candidate-arrested-for-making-bomb-threats/

[9] https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/true-trans-ubc-pride-flag-arsonist-brooklyn-m-fink-confesses/

Confessed arsonist of Rainbow Pride Flag - Brooklyn Marie Fink [CBC]

Confessed arsonist of Rainbow Pride Flag – Brooklyn Marie Fink [CBC]

On Friday, February 5th the Pride Collective at the University of British Columbia raised the Rainbow Pride Flag on the campus flagpole in the opening ceremony marking the start of LGBT OutWeek 2016 festivities. On Monday they discovered that someone had lowered the flag to the base of the pole and incinerated it while still attached, leaving nothing but the scorched rope and brass grommets. This was investigated as a hate crime by university and local authorities. The Pride Collective cancelled the transgender pride march “Fuck the Cis-Stem” planned for that week out of concerns for the safety of participants along the route. Vancouver City Hall flew the Pride Flag in support of the Collective, which appeared to be under siege by anti-LGBT arsonists. (1)

“On @MayorGregor‘s request, the #Pride flag will fly today at #Vancouver City Hall in solidarity w/ #UBC. Hate has no place in our community.

  • @VanMayorsOffice” (2)

Turns out the perpetrator was witnessed and identified by a student who later came forth, having initially assumed they had simply witnessed a random campus weirdo doing something benign: “I just assumed they were doing some kind of ritual or it was the end of midterms and they were burning their material – I had no idea,” she said. “It was 2:30 p.m. in the middle of the day, they were just standing there and they were looking at me.” (3)

According to reports (4) , the arsonist is referred to by aliases Wayne Curtis Sartison, Wayne Curtis Fink, Wayne Fink, and (currently) Brooklyn Marie Fink in court proceedings and is 32 years old. He has been charged with criminal mischief (5) and held an impromptu press conference following his court appearance, where he requested that the charges be dropped on the basis that “This is a matter between a student and her school. This isn’t a matter of mischief, so it should just be summarily dismissed.” (6) Proceedings were delayed until May 17 so Fink can confer with counsel.

Social media post alleged to be made by Fink

Social media post alleged to be made by Fink

Fink explained to the press and via social media postings that he was already carrying a grudge because believed he was blacklisted as an artist in Vancouver for “speaking out against the rampant gay nepotism in that industry.” On the morning the Rainbow Pride Flag was raised, a professor referred to him with the gender neutral pronoun “they”, which sent him into an arsonist rage. He went on to explain that increased transgender visibility has made it impossible for him to ‘pass’ as reproductively female among the general public. He told the CBC (7) :

“Ten, 12 years ago I was just a tall woman and nobody thought anything of it, but because these gender nonconformers are being so loud and proud … now everybody looks and they can see oh, that tall woman with a deep voice, maybe she’s a dude.”

Confessed arsonist of Rainbow Pride Flag - Brooklyn Marie Fink [CBC]

Confessed arsonist of Rainbow Pride Flag – Brooklyn Marie Fink [CBC]

(1) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ubc-pride-flag-city-response-1.3442800

(2) https://twitter.com/VanMayorsOffice/status/697459487557287936

(3) http://ubyssey.ca/news/rcmp-working-with-witnesses-to-identify-burner-of-pride-flag/

(4) https://www.reddit.com/r/UBC/comments/4fwivd/woman_charged_for_burning_down_ubc_pride_flag/

(5) http://ubyssey.ca/news/woman-charged-for-burning-down-ubc-pride-flag/

(6) http://www.dailyxtra.com/vancouver/news-and-ideas/news/accused-in-ubc-pride-flag-burning-asks-court-drop-charge-191281

(7) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/brooklyn-fink-ubc-pride-flag-1.3553719

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Laura Lindstrand of the Washington State Human Rights Commission on how women can determine if the creepy dude in the locker room has a psychological “Gender Identity”:

“You can tell if someone is lying or if they’re there for reasons they shouldn’t be. Are they dressed like a woman? Are they making any attempt to look like a woman? What are their mannerisms like? Are they speaking low or high? If none of those things are present, or if the person seems sneaky or belligerent, [you] can take action.”

When in doubt, women should wait for the man to commit a crime against them: “Voyeurism, stalking, inappropriate touching, sexual assault — those are all addressed under the criminal code. As soon as that person starts to display inappropriate behavior, that can be dealt with immediately. If they’re doing something they shouldn’t be doing, they need to be made to leave, no matter who they are.”

Read more of Lindstrand’s wisdom here: http://www.seattleweekly.com/home/963235-129/how-to-talk-friends-and-family

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