A troubling case made headlines earlier this month when newspapers reported that a New York defense attorney tried to convince a judge in open court that his client, who was convicted of the brutal murder and robbery of a 29-year old transgender woman he met online, should receive a lighter sentence because the victim was a transgender sex worker.
"How do you prove to a judge that you are gay?" says Senior Staff Attorney Thomas W. Ude, Jr. "Denying protection against torture in Jamaica based on stereotyped assumptions about the process of coming out is unjust."
Q: I was walking down the street the other day, and a police officer stopped me, and started asking me all these questions and was overly aggressive. I was very careful and cooperative, but suddenly felt unsafe. What should I do?