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: