Insensitive Coursework

An undergraduate student, who found this eleven year old clip on the internet,  wrote to me saying that in a course on Women And Crime she was studying Teena Brandon and wondered if I had any information on where the killers are now.

I replied:

Brandon Teena’s death was a rallying point for transgender people at that time, and I was pleased to do my little part to try to raise consciousness.  A few years later his sister contacted me and thanked me for standing up and making people aware of this SNL “joke.”

Beyond that, I have no data, except to note that in the transgender community, we see erasing Brandon’s identity and gender, calling him Teena and identifying him as a woman, as insensitive to what brought him to that horrible end.


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