American Marine Suspected in Filipino Transgender Murder Case

An American Marine is being questioned in the Philippines regarding the suspicious death of a transgender Filipino woman recently, while local LGBT activists are calling for the murder to be deemed a hate crime.

According to Col. Brad Bartelt, a spokesman for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, the unnamed Marine, from the North Carolina-based 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, is being held aboard the amphibious assault ship Peleliu as an investigation into the death of Jennifer Laude, a Philippine national. 

In an act of solidarity with the Filipino transgender community, LGBT activists in the U.S. are also reacting to the death. The Bayan Queer Caucus plans to protest outside the Philippine consulate in New York City later today. 

The report below comes from ABC News:

About Scott De Buitléir

Scott De Buitléir is an author and poet from Dublin, Ireland. He is founder of EILE Magazine, a digital publication for the Irish LGBT community, and has published several works of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. He lives in Cork with his partner.
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