Remembering Brandy Martell, the Transgender Woman Killed in Oakland – By Vanessa L. Pinto

I am a woman of Hispanic descent. My parents came here from Colombia and Cuba. Throughout my life, I never really faced discrimination as a Hispanic. I’ve faced more adversity for being female. During the 2008 election, I picketed against Proposition 8, in San Luis Obispo (where I lived at the time) during a Thursday night farmer’s market. One night, a man approached me in a hostile and aggressive way, getting right up in my face. I don’t remember what his line of reasoning was, but I do remember him yelling “you people.”