Saturday, September 10, 2005

Bi-partisan

New Orleans refugee Arpollo Vicks (aka Sharli'e Dominique) was jailed for five days "after showering in the women's bathroom at a local shelter." The county attorney declined to press charges against Vicks, a transgender -- born male but lives as a woman -- who was "arrested Sunday by Texas A&M University Police for criminal trespassing after she exited a women's shower facility at Reed Arena ... Vicks' 16-year-old cousin, who also is transgendered, was arrested as well after showering in the women's bathroom. She was released to the custody of her older sister earlier this week ... Vicks, who said she is a university student and former substitute teacher and dreams of one day becoming a journalist, is looking forward to being reunited with her mother, Djuana, and other relatives ... 'Maybe this will make people more aware of transgendered and transsexual people. They are all over, and they have feelings, too. Maybe now this will help other gay people or transgendered people have a more positive experience in Bryan-College Station than I had.'"

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