New Latina Transgender Organization Already Subject To Death Threats | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

New Latina Transgender Organization Already Subject To Death Threats

Play associated audio
Despite the death threat, Casa Ruby was packed on Thursday.
Armando Trull
Despite the death threat, Casa Ruby was packed on Thursday.

A new Latina transgender organization is embracing its mission to serve as a haven for community members seeking to escape violence, in spite of a death threat received last week. We warn you that some of the language is violent.

The Spanish-language death threat was left on the voice mail of the newly-opened Casa Ruby, the first and only Latina transgender agency serving the D.C. area. Translated roughly, the message says, "You deserve divine punishment and death, but before death you should suffer. You are damned from birth to death."

Ruby Corado is the founder of the agency, and she was the one who initially retrieved the message. "I am very upset," says Corado. "This is something that I didn't expect so soon."

Corado called D.C. police and said she received a return call from Chief Cathy Lanier. Police are investigating the threat and officers from the gay task force are dropping by the center on a regular basis.

Corado explains why she doesn't take these threats lightly:" I have been to dozens of funerals throughout this city and I have also been hundreds of times to the hospitals to aid people who have been victims of a violent crime or death for being who they are."

In spite of the threat, Casa Ruby has continued to serve as a safe haven for the Latino transgendered community of Washington DC. This week Casa Ruby has been hosting Latino delegations to the 2012 International AIDS Conference.

And today, El Zol, a Spanish language radio station, is broadcasting live from Casa Ruby. They are urging their listeners to come in for free HIV testing. The waiting room is packed with people of all sexual orientations.

NPR

'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family

Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico.
NPR

Not Just Sugary-Sweet, Hard Cider Makes A Comeback

Cider is the fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the United States. Much of that growth is driven by big industrial producers, but smaller cider-makers are looking for a larger bite of the apple.
NPR

Nigerian President Faces Tough Reelection Campaign

Nigerians head to the polls Saturday to vote for their new president. The incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces former military leader, Muhammadu Buhari, who says he's tough on security and corruption.
NPR

App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.