A radical transgender activist group reportedly expressed the “tragedy” of Audrey Hale after she was fatally shot by police officers after killing six people, including three children, Monday.
The Trans Resistance Network put out a lengthy statement calling Hale a victim of the private Christian school shooting, noting “hate has consequences” in a screenshot posted by journalist Andy Ngo.
The network lectured the media for using the wrong pronouns as Hale used “he/him” pronouns.
Below is part of the statement the Trans Resistance Network put out:
The second and more complex tragedy is that Aiden or Aubrey Hale, who felt he had no other effective way to be seen than to lash out by taking the life of others, and by consequence, himself.
We do not claim to know the individual or have access to their inner thoughts and feelings. We do know that life for transgender people is very difficult, and made more difficult in the preceding months by a virtual avalanche of anti-trans legislation, and public callouts by Right Wing personalities and political figures for nothing less than the genocidal eradication of trans people from society.
Many transgender people deal with anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, and PTSD from the near- constant drum beat of anti-trans hate, lack of acceptance from family members and certain religious institutions, denial of our existence, and calls for de-transition and forced conversion. All of these factors contribute to a population that is medically under-served and who often face anti- trans bias while accessing care leading to significant physical and mental health disparities.
Hate has consequences.
It is a testament to the inner strength and beauty of transgender people, that despite the overwhelming odds of homelessness, job discrimination, and constant anti-trans bigotry and violence, so many of us continue to persevere, survive, and even thrive. We will not be eradicated or erased.
We remind the news media to respect the self-identified pronouns of transgender individuals who come across your desk. Aiden Hale self identified with ‘He, Him* pronouns on forward facing sites. We also urge you to avoid pandering to those individuals on the Right who will use this double-tragedy to torment fear and terror of transgender people in order to advance a political agenda of transgender elimination. Biased and sensationalized coverage of these viewpoints is both irresponsible and reprehensible.
Below is the full statement: