On Monday, Audrey Elizabeth Hale killed six people at a private Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee. Audrey was 28 years old and identified as transgender. Sadly, three of the victims were children, all nine years of age.
The tragedy happened the same week that a group of transgender activists, the Trans Radical Activist Network (TRAN), is calling for a “Day of Vengeance” later this week.
The group raised money for gun training and talked about taking action in Nashville. However, we don’t know if the shooter had any connection to the group.
A quote from TRAN’s website states, “Like the Stonewall Riots, the gays and lesbians were experiencing what the trans community is facing now. This cycle of hate needs to end, in fact, it must. Allies, siblings, we need you now more than ever. ‘I was a radical revolutionist. I still am a revolutionist…I am glad I was in the Stonewall Riot. I remember when someone threw a Molotov cocktail, I thought, ‘My god, the revolution is here. The revolution is finally here?’ —Sylvia Rivera.”
At this moment, it’s not clear if there is any connection between the shooter and the group that raised funds for firearms training. On Monday, Nashville Chief of Police John Drake was asked if the shooter identifying as transgender had anything to do with targeting the school. While he did not confirm this, he said that it is a theory they are considering and will discuss later.
The main Day of Vengeance event is planned for Saturday at the Supreme Court in D.C., with more events to come later this month. LGBTQ activists are focusing on Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The group wants to take revenge on those who harm transgender people. They believe that there is a problem with “trans genocide” and say transgender people are being targeted with violence.
However, statistics from the FBI do not show evidence to support this claim. In 2021, only two out of the 271 hate crimes against transgender people resulted in murder. This is much lower than the figures for other groups and not enough to prove “trans genocide” allegations.
According to their advertisements, there will be more events scheduled. March 31 is the “Trans Day of Visibility,” however, event organizers say that just being seen is not enough, as promotional materials state, “we need more than visibility.”