FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2014
BRAVO Media contact:
Aaron Eckhardt, Training & Technical Assistance Director
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TransOhio Media Contact:
Shane Morgan, Founder and Chair
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BRAVO learns of the hate-motivated attack of a transgender woman in Toledo, OH
Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) responds to the vicious hate-motivated assault of Candice Rose Milligan, a transgender woman and community leader in Toledo, Ohio.
BRAVO is working with local and statewide organizations including TransOhio, EqualityToledo, Toledo Area Transgender Support (TATS), and individuals in Toledo to offer our assistance with efforts to support Candice and the community during this critical time.
BRAVO believes this attack to be a hate crime; Candice Milligan was targeted based on other’s perception of her gender identity and expression. “BRAVO is saddened to learn of the most recent hate crime assault,” said Gloria McCauley, Executive Director of BRAVO. “Sadly, we know that hate crime violence in its many forms are intended to instill the message of hate and fear throughout the entire community. Hate crimes largely go under-reported, or not reported at all, and people are left with restoring their sense of safety and security on their own.”
Six men shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs brutally attacked Candice on November 3, 2014 at approximately 12:00pm near Madison Avenue and 12th Street in downtown Toledo, resulting in multiple critical injuries. Candice is undergoing medical treatment and surgery.
BRAVO is a member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). In the most recent report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2013, BRAVO documented 100 incidents of anti-LGBT hate crime in Ohio.
“What emerges clearly is that many of the people at risk for the most severe hate violence are at the intersection of multiple forms of oppression and discrimination,” said Aaron Eckhardt, Training and Technical Assistance Director at the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization in Ohio. “BRAVO is saddened and outraged as our communities continue to be targeted. BRAVO remains steadfast in providing services to the LGBTQI communities of Ohio,” said Eckhardt.
“We’re providing support to Candice and the Toledo transgender community. We will continue to support Candice during her recovery, and provide resources for the Toledo transgender community,” says Shane Morgan, founder and Chair of TransOhio.
BRAVO urges anyone with information about this attack to contact the Toledo Police at (419) 245-3246, BRAVO at 866-86-BRAVO, and/or TransOhio at (614) 441-8167.
BRAVO encourages anyone who has experienced anti-LGBTQ violence in Ohio to contact us toll free, 866-86-BRAVO or http://www.bravo-ohio.org.
Join BRAVO in our efforts to prevent and respond to LGBTQ violence. To learn more about our statewide advocacy and services, receive technical assistance, or support, contact BRAVO.