On March 27, a 28-year-old armed woman walked into a Presbyterian primary school in Nashville, Tennessee, and shot three children and three adults to death before being gunned down by police. The murderer was initially identified as Audrey Elizabeth Hale, but later the same day, having discovered that she considered herself to be a transgender male, local officials began referring to her by her last known name of choice, Aiden Hale.
Thirteen days later, on April 9 (Easter Sunday), a Portland, Oregon, cab driver named Reese McDowell Lawhon was stabbed to death in the neck by a passenger who had stepped into his cab wearing a tiara. As the Portland-based independent journalist Andy Ngo noted, the police made an arrest but, unusually, waited a day before releasing any information about the suspect. After the killer’s name, Moses Jacob Lopez, was finally made public, Ngo discovered online that Lopez, a mere six days earlier, had been “arrested and charged with felonies” in Coos Bay, Oregon, “for allegedly threatening a…shopper with a knife,” but had been “quickly released without bail.”
Ngo also discovered that Lopez, age 30, identifies as a transgender woman.
Ngo’s reporting on Antifa and BLM riots made him nationally famous for his courage, rectitude, and journalistic prowess – and for the nearly fatal wounds he sustained. He’s seen more than his share of violence. But he said that a video of the murder of Reese McDowell Lawhon – which, at this writing, has yet to be made public – was the “most disturbing and gruesome video I have seen.”
These aren’t isolated cases. A sampling: in September 2018, a man named Snochia Moseley, who was taking female hormones at the time, took four lives in Aberdeen, Maryland. Likewise, Devon Erickson was undergoing a transition from male to female when he and an accomplice killed one student and injured eight at a school near Denver in May 2019. Anderson Lee Aldrich, who last November killed five people and injured 25 at a Colorado Springs nightclub, Club Q, identifies as non-binary. Douglas Perry, a.k.a. Donna Perry, killed three women in Washington State before undergoing “gender-reassignment” surgery in 2000. Brooklyn octogenarian Harvey Marcelin was already a double murderer under his birth name when, last year, now identifying as a trans woman, he took a third victim. In Scotland, Daniel Eastwood strangled a man to death before transitioning in 2017; he now identifies not as a woman but (no kidding) as a baby.
This past Sunday, the Epoch Times reported on a Ashlee Renczkowski, a middle-school teacher in Florida who’s undergoing a male-to-female transition and who’d spoken about “shooting students” and then committing suicide. Not until Florida officials intervened was Renczkowski removed from his job.
Is anyone surprised by the phenomenon of transgender homicide? Look at any transgender protest event nowadays and you’ll witness a level of hysteria that you rarely will find at any other kind of gathering. The difference from a couple of decades ago is striking. Back then, there was no such thing as a transgender protest. Transsexuals – as they were called – were vanishingly few. Almost all of them kept a very low profile. They weren’t looking for attention. It wasn’t trendy to be a tranny – in fact, it could be very dangerous – and those who actually got up every day and dressed up like members of the opposite sex were the real thing. Which is to say that they actually had gender dysphoria: they believed, as surely as skeletal anorexics believe they’re fat, that they’d been born into the wrong bodies. Although many of their nearest and dearest, out of politeness, went along with their self-identification, nobody who knew the first thing about biology believed that anyone really could change sex.
Today the number of people claiming to be transgender has skyrocketed. Not because gender dysphoria has become transmissible, but because trans is the cool new youth trend, because young gays are being told that they’re really trans, and because trans is a useful label for middle-aged weirdos. Real transsexuals used to live on the margins: feeling excluded, indeed, was part of the deal. Today it’s the opposite. If you’re an insecure teen who wants attention, approval, and an instant new set of friends, you need only announce that you’re transgender. And if you’re a middle-aged man with psychiatric problems of the sort that incline you to behave quirkily, dress freakishly, and shout at strangers in the subway, putting on a frock and calling yourself Suzy turns your howling from a sign of severe mental illness into a mark of activist heroism.
In Britain, there’s a very brave woman named Kellie-Jay Keen who’s made a cause out of challenging the transgender madness – in particular, of defending biological women from men who, claiming to be “trans women,” have invaded female spaces and elbowed their way into women’s sports. For a couple of years now, Keen has been holding “Let Women Speak” events in parks and other public spaces around the U.K. at which women are handed a microphone and invited to have their say, for three or four minutes, about transgenderism. “Trans activists” invariably show up. Often, some of them brandish signs calling for “compassion” and “kindness.” But do they model compassion and kindness themselves? Never.
As Keen wrote recently at the Spectator: “They gather in menacing groups to intimidate us and hurt us if they can, just to prevent us speaking a simple truth: that women don’t have penises, men don’t have vaginas, there is no such thing as non-binary and transitioning children is abuse.” After watching a video of a “Let Women Speak” event in Brighton last September, J.K. Rowling tweeted: “I see the Be Kind brigade are once more hiding behind their black masks, throwing smoke bombs, screaming ‘scum’ at women speaking up for their sex-based rights and howling abuse at lesbians for not doing dick.” But it was Keen who got in trouble with the Brighton police, who threatened to arrest her for speaking unacceptable truths about the outrageous claims of transgender ideology.
Last year Keen toured the U.S. Multiple threats of violence forced her to cancel her Portland event. In Tacoma, a participant was injured. In Washington, D.C., pro-trans protesters played loud sirens to drown out Keen’s speakers and shouted angrily into bullhorns. And at the final U.S. event outside City Hall in New York, reported the Postmillennial, protesters “screamed that the women were fascists and Nazis for their belief that biological sex is real.” There were violent assaults and several arrests; Keen herself was prevented from getting to the front of the crowd.
A few weeks ago, Keen took “Let Women Speak” to Australia and New Zealand. There were protests everywhere. “The Tasmanian event,” she wrote afterward, “was pretty horrifying. The women who spoke were visibly terrified and an angry mob drowned out their voices with hysterical screams and cult-like mantras.” But the worst happened on March 25 in Auckland, where a mob of “trans activists” surrounded Keen, “screeching and grabbing.” A man, she wrote, “tipped tomato soup all over my head.” Then a “frenzy grew until it was a deafening swell….Men started ripping down the barriers and charging forward.” Security officers and volunteers helped Keen escape the mob. There had been no police protection, but now “the police did step in and helped get me to a car.” Each of the police officers she met told her “that had I fallen I would have been killed.”
There were no arrests.
Then there’s what happened to Riley Gaines on April 13. Gaines, a swimmer on the women’s team at the University of Kentucky, went to San Francisco State University to give a talk criticizing the intrusion of “trans women” into women’s sports, and ended up, in her own words, being “ambushed by a mob” of screaming trans activists who pushed her into a classroom in which she barricaded herself for three hours. How did SFSU administrators respond? By praising the activists as “peaceful” and “brave.” Speaking on GB News about the experience, Gaines said that “of course they resort to violence, because they don’t have science on their side, they don’t have reason, they don’t have common sense.”
The kind of over-the-top, inhuman fury that Keen and Gaines experienced can, as noted, be observed wherever trans activists gather to protest. Their rhetoric is often borrowed from the civil-rights movement, but these people would never be mistaken for disciples of Martin Luther King, Jr. At their demonstrations, there’s never anything remotely resembling a display of quiet dignity or a sane, measured speech appealing to common humanity. No, it’s always wall-to-wall frenzy, utterly unhinged nuttiness, like something you’d see in a closed ward at a psychiatric hospital.
And the rhetoric is always over the top. Dare to question, say, the appropriateness of allowing biological men to use women’s locker rooms, or of incarcerating biological men in women’s prisons, or of administering puberty blockers to pre-teens, and you’ll be called a hater and a bigot and accused of killing trans people, no less. Every time Keen and a few dozen other women gather in a park or square to give voice to their thoroughly sensible concerns about the transgender movement, trans activists will contend that they’re being subjected to the cruelest and most terrible kinds of violence – and will, with unsettling frequency, respond with real violence.
On April 1, a coalition of American pro-trans groups planned to hold a “Transgender Day of Vengeance.” Vengeance for what? The organizers cited the newly passed laws in several states banning Drag Queen Story Hours, denying so-called “gender-affirming care” for minors, and compelling people to use only the rest rooms designated for their biological sex. These laws, an article in Buzzfeed contended, threaten “trans people’s ability to exist openly in public” and limit their “participation in society at large.” Absurd. So, again, vengeance for what? For the fact that every major institution in America has bent over backwards, in recent years, to make self-identified trans people feel not only comfortable but celebrated?
As it happens, the “Day of Vengeance” was canceled – wisely – after the mass murder in Nashville.
Of course, it’s not at all unreasonable for understandably perplexed and concerned citizens to raise questions about transgenderism. On the contrary, whenever a civil-rights movement has come along in the past and made its demands, those demands became, quite properly, the subject of widespread public discussion and debate. The debates often went on for many years. (I know, because I was a very active part of the debate for gay rights.) The so-called “trans rights” movement was somehow permitted to skip that step entirely. For the first time ever, Americans in positions of authority – legislators, clerics, CEOs, military leaders, school and university administrators, etc. – granted a self-styled civil-rights movement absolutely everything it asked without the general public being given a chance to speak up.
And when ordinary men and women have, nonetheless, tried to exercise their right to speak up – as at Kellie-Jay Keen’s events – they’ve been met, as we’ve seen, with overblown, disproportionate, well-nigh cartoonish rage.
Why so much rage? Some observers have suggested that hormone treatments cause self-identified transgender people’s emotions to dial up to eleven. Maybe. Nor does it help that people who write and preach about transgenderism have encouraged trans people to dial it up. I’m gay, but never in my life heard of “gay rage” as a thing. Black rage? Female rage? No. No. But Trans rage? It’s all the rage. And has been, it turns out, for a while now.
As long ago as 1994, Susan Stryker, a “trans woman” who founded the Transgender Studies Initiative at the University of Arizona in 2015, wrote about how she and other trans radicals had discussed at length “how to harness the intense emotions emanating from transsexual experience – especially rage – and mobilize them into effective political actions.” An article in a 2020 book published by Oxford University Press referred to “the righteous rage of trans existence.” In 2021, Teen Vogue – a silly girls’ rag turned far-left agitprop outlet – ran a piece by Charlie Jane Anders complaining about the “policing” of “trans rage.” Trans rage, Anders insisted, is justified: “Imagine being addressed with the wrong name or pronoun all the time.” Oh, the horror! Anders quoted several trans-identified teens who frequently explode, or want to, and who feel under pressure not to. They say they’re angry because of transphobia. But are they?
It goes on. In a 2018 contribution to the feminist journal Hypatia, Hilary Malatino sought to counter “hegemonic understandings of rage as a deleterious emotion” by arguing that rage “is integral to trans survival and flourishing.” In an article published last November, an M-to-F known as Carrie Marshall wrote that when he contemplates his “fiftieth birthday as a human, but only my sixth birthday as me,” he’s “overwhelmed…with trans rage”; although women are “not supposed to” get angry, he added, “in the real world, women have no shortage of things to be deeply, righteously, incandescently fucking furious about. Including if they’re trans. Especially if they’re trans.”
No sale. Life’s tough for everybody. My own sense is that trans rage is rooted in the fact that these people don’t really believe their own slogans. Who could? Trans women are women? No, they’re not. And if they’re constantly demanding that we concur with such extraordinary claims, I submit that it’s nothing more than a sign of profound insecurity. After all, if these men really did think they were women (or vice-versa), other people’s opinions wouldn’t matter so much.
It’s interesting. Back when transsexuals were just a tiny percentage of the population, and were looked upon as scum, they were content to be left alone to live their lives as they wished. Now, when an unprecedented number of people say that they’re trans, and are widely treated as if they’d cured cancer, they don’t just insist that we give them attention, affirmation, and approval; they want to compel us to change our understanding of basic biology – and basic grammar. But of course most of them aren’t really trans at all; they’re unstable adults dressing up their deep-seated psychiatric disturbances with a trendy label, or grown men with a fetish, or confused kids jumping onto a bandwagon (or being pushed onto it by a “therapist”). Far from resolving anything for them, embracing the trans label – which means embracing propositions about personal identity in which no sane person can truly believe – only intensifies their confusion, their instability, their frustration, and, yes, their rage. And the result is – well – a rather sizable minority that represents a clear and present danger, not just to mental health, but to public order and safety.
And, as the murders in Nashville and Portland demonstrate, to innocent lives.
As always, and excellent and thought provoking piece from my Bruce Bawer.
Bosch Fawstin says
Strong, honest piece, Bruce. Thanks.
THX 1138 says
“Speaking on GB News about the experience, Gaines said that “of course they resort to violence, because they don’t have science on their side, they don’t have reason, they don’t have common sense.” Beautifully said and they don’t have REALITY on their side.
The issue is reason versus unreason, accepting the facts of reality versus rejecting the facts of reality. Transgenderism (for lack of a better word) is another form of unreason, rejecting and raging against the facts of reality.
“The irrational is the impossible; it is that which contradicts the facts of reality; facts cannot be altered by a wish, but they can destroy the wisher.” – Ayn Rand
The destructive, deadly, poison of unreason in all its forms is coming from the universities, unless a philosophy of reason is introduced and taught at the universities a rational society, that is a society where reason is dominant over unreason, can not survive. That philosophy of reason is Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism.
“The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” ― Abraham Lincoln
The usual Objectivist word salad sans solutions. Guess what? You aren’t helping one bit. I’m starting to think you will eventually be one of them.
Banastre Tarleton says
It started HERE …YOUTUBE The Rocky Horror Picture Show “Sweet Transvestite”
Banastre Tarleton says
Then it was that David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust
Youtube David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust – live 1972 (rare footage / 2016 edit)
Certainly no expert here but aren’t you conflating transvestits – men who dress as women – with transsexuals – people who believe they are other than their biological sex? I doubt David Bowie actually thought he was a woman.
It’s everywhere, from liberal to conservative. See this video:
“Long Lost Footage Shows Rudy Giuliani Dressed In Drag with Donald Trump”
Ziggy Stardust was about Jimi Hendrix, not transvestites but Bowie was the first crossdresser I remember seeing. Then it was the singer in the gay bar in a Pink Panther movie. Rocky Horror was after that, when I was old enough to go to midnight movies.
And it continued here, with Giuliani and Trump promoting the lifestyle:
Andrew Blackadder says
This video of Trump and Giuliani is called humor but I guess if you don’t have a sense of humor then it just aint funny.
I think this from the article says it all: “they’re unstable adults dressing up their deep-seated psychiatric disturbances with a trendy label, or grown men with a fetish, or confused kids jumping onto a bandwagon (or being pushed onto it by a “therapist”).” In short, you’re starting with a base of mentally ill people so you disproportionately get these crazy behaviors from them
The dems as a whole are normalizing the murder of Christians and Maga folks. So expect more of it, particularly from the trans crowd…..until normal people finally get enough of it.
Jane Fonda recently talked about the murder of pro-lifers on the View. Everyone just laughed it off….she meant it.
A Michigan leftist college prof said conservative on-campus speakers should be killed.
But there is a mostly hidden agenda.
What happens when the Dems, the gays and and the trans really start acting out, with the Feds not wanting to prosecute?
What happens when “Skynet” becomes self aware?
A bit of speculation there but that could be where transgenderism is going.
Imagine a slew of trans-terminators running around saying “I’ll be back”.
The explosion of trans-murderism is the logical next step in the AI push for transhumanism.
There was a holocaust survivor that wisely said from experience, “when someone says they want to kill you, believe them.”
David Ray says
Of course there were no arrests. That’s reserved for Trump supporters, abortion protesters & parents attending schoolboard meetings.
The pedophile-in-chief has the backs of “fierce” transfreaks. Normal Americans are on their own, and only if they’re lucky enough to avoid being targeted & set up.
Now I have my answer to people who say to me: if you don’t transition the child they will commit suicide.
My answer: if you indulge this insanity – they will murder innocent people.
Thank you for the clarification
It’s like a three year old threatening to hold their breath until they get their way.
Spurwing Plover says
Bragg is a fraud who wants to release all criminals and lock up those who refuse to turn in their guns under Der Fehrer Biden they both along with Soros need to leave America forever
Black Dogs says
The author left out the Kentucky bank mass murder. The source of this is the hormone-anti depressant prescribing doctors on commission. Also the closing of the mental health hospitals in the 70’s at their behest.
Far better to buy each of these kids a Veyron or similar mad-dear motorcar, at very near the same cost. That will give the “troubled’ kid some significant cachet and notoriety. If they don’t crack it up at 160 mph somewhere, they will outgrow their fantasy of being in the wrong budy (nearly all di, if left to themselves) and then the car can be sold or passed on to the next “troubled teen” needing an identity fix.
The main factor arresting this plan will be the overpaid “medical” specialists flogging this fetish and making millions off the process. THAT is what’s feeding it. Take the money out of it and watch it deflate of its own twisted weight.
Now, if you happen to see one of those youngsters flying past you on the motorway at some extreme velocity make certain you smile and wave. “Our tax dollars hardly at work”. But far ore sensible than spending the same on the “clinics” , shrinks, chemicals, “counsellors”, etc. who don’t deserve a nckel each. They all took an oath: FIRST DO NO HARM.
The numbers show that the vast majoritiy f children “bitten” by the transition bug will leave off the whole idea..UNLESS they manage to fall in with the crowd of shrinks needing their own shrinks, who then feed the fantasy of transition to the children. For insane sums of money, of course.
One thing that MUST stop is th flow of public money to fund all this madness.
It seems it takes about a quarter million dollars to take a youth through the whole transition “process” ( charade at best). And somehow this is deemed a “necessary” expenditure of OUR tax dollars.
question is the answer to your question ... says
Great piece, Bruce, but I think your plane circles the runway and never quite lands — you ask: what is behind all the rage? Let’s answer that question with another question: what created this latest leftist dance craze in the first place, AND … why is it to be found, as always, ONLY in the United States, Canada, and a handful of European countries? Why no trans movement in Russia, or China, or India, or the Philippines, or Mexico, or Poland, or, Japan, or, or, or … ? Same for shrill, over the top environmental activism, and the feminist movement before this … ??? Why do we see this only in North America and parts of Europe … ? The answer to my question will be the answer to YOUR question …
Jasmine Glover-McNamara says
I have several concerns for a male teacher at Redlands East Valley High School who held a Breast Binding session for female students on April 12th. Not only is he the providing oversight of the schools LGBT club, he has a painting in his classroom which states “Free our minds….by any means necessary” and depicts two AR-15 type assault rifles. I was hoping to forward you the email which I sent to the school board which includes pictures. I am trying to get the word out about this behavior to anyone who will listen, however, I could not find your email address. Of course we should not be surprised that trans individuals are shooting up schools when teachers are blatantly grooming students to use any means necessary.
I tried to contact FPM recently when their commenting system went down, and found I couldn’t. I imagine the left blows up any contact method with denial of service attacks and spam. They did it to me back in the late 90s when I was dumb enough to use my real name, and FPM is a much bigger target..
The khaki camouflage pants the murderer is wearing reveals the deranged thinking of this evil individual: Is it supposed to help her blend in her lower body with the building’s interior to hide the lower half of the body? Is it part of a cosplay fantasy?
Evil thoughts and desires lead to evil acts. I am NOT saying she was commiting these acts because of madness and do exculpating her. Rather the evil in her heart led both to her murderous acts and her deranged (mad) thinking.
She also had decorative stickers all over her firearms, like they were some kind of toys.
Andrew Blackadder says
We have arrived at the state of confusion when we see REAL Men standing up to defend REAL Women while we watch biological women attack other biological women who dare to suggest that an Adult Human Being with a Penis cannot be a Woman, even if they get it cut off, however we also see biological women protect and defend biological men who THINK they are women while attacking actual biological women.
These confused ”people” are spawns of Satan and are so confused they think their own Sex is wrong while having people that accept their actual biological sex all fall over themselves to defend people who are very un lady like while attacking people they disagree with.
Planet Earth has shifted slightly off its Axis.
Kevin S Dickson says
Gender dysphoria is this generations equivalent of The Lobotomy (50s-60s or) or Recovered Memory Syndrome (70s-80s). They will eventually realize if is a form of mass hysteria based on pure BS but don’t expect the so called Social Scientists (?) to ever to admit it.. They will simple do what they always do after cause mass death in destruction by slowly killing it with silence.. I hope the Lawyers are out there sharpening their blades. IN my opinion the people fomenting is hysteria should go to jail for life but I’ll settle for finance ruin.