Thursday, April 11, 2019

Mr. Trans Colorado Springs suffers injuries in alleged hate crime

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 2:56 PM

click to enlarge Emmit Davis suffered injuries in an attack he says was motivated by anti-transgender bias. - COURTESY EMMIT DAVIS
  • Courtesy Emmit Davis
  • Emmit Davis suffered injuries in an attack he says was motivated by anti-transgender bias.
A transgender man widely known by his drag king persona, Axel G. Roze, suffered a broken nose and orbital fracture in an April 6 attack outside his home, which city police are investigating as a hate crime.

A GoFundMe page seeks to raise $2,000 to cover health costs for Emmit Davis, who was recently awarded the title of Mr. Trans Colorado Springs. As of April 11, the campaign had raised nearly $1,300 to help pay for Davis's emergency room and ambulance fees, as well as screenings for further damage.

Despite his injuries, Davis still plans to perform at 3 p.m. on April 13 at the Zodiac Music Venue and Bar for an all-ages Drag Story Time event.

The Colorado Springs Police Department investigated and confirmed five hate crimes motivated by bias against gay, bisexual and/or transgender people between 2016 and 2018. All occurred in 2016.

Those crimes accounted for 14 percent of the 35 confirmed hate crimes police investigated during the same time period. Last year, 12 hate crimes were confirmed by police, including 10 motivated by racial bias and two motivated by religious bias. Police confirmed eight total hate crimes in 2017 and 15 in 2016.
click to enlarge Davis as his drag king persona, Axel G. Roze, before he was attacked. - COURTESY EMMIT DAVIS
  • Courtesy Emmit Davis
  • Davis as his drag king persona, Axel G. Roze, before he was attacked.
"We treat these [hate crime cases] at a very high level," says police spokesperson Lt. Howard Black. "Our intelligence unit has responsibility for these cases, so they’re something that we put a tremendous amount of investigative energy into. It’s just not acceptable in our city."

In a public Facebook post April 9, Davis said:

"For my community and anyone whose watching..... Our stance our fight has just begun. But I truly need y'all to remember, we are fighting so strongly to be seen as human please do NOT forget our oppressors are human too. Don't forget that we cannot fill ourselves with the same hate guys, or nothing will change. We are and always will be a strong community that's more united and more supportive than any community I have ever witnessed and it's truly amazing so as a community let's show that we don't want to spread more hate. There is nothing in this world that says because I'm trans or because [you're] gay we aren't human, so let's remind people that humanity wasn't meant to be perfect it was meant to be messy, we don't have a cookie cutter to follow. All eyes are on us. Let's give em hell!"

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