Michael Volz Trans-bashing-Support

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UPDATE:

A few weeks have passed since the assault. I am still recovering, and continue to be deeply grateful for the outpouring of financial support from so many caring people.
Thanks to all of you, I have been able to take time off work, which would have been impossible otherwise. Your kindness has also enabled me to pay medical bills, rent, and basic living expenses. Going forward, I have engaged the services of a certified financial advisor to determine how to translate your generosity into ongoing good. Further financial donations can be given to The NW Network and Gender Justice League. Thanks again for all the love and support that came my way.


much love and gratitude,

Michael

** Content Warning **
Transphobia, Hate crime, Violent Images

Dear Community,

On the evening of Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Seattle resident Michael M. Volz was assaulted a little before midnight on Capitol Hill. Michael was attending "Let Your Love Shine" at Neumos; a queer benefit show and fundraiser for the victims of the Pulse, Orlando shooting. Michael left a little bit before friends to walk to their car and get ready for work in the morning. As they passed the Wildrose they were approached by a white man in an orange sweatshirt with scruffy brown hair. The man - who was a stranger - said "Hey, happy Pride" and then physically attacked. Michael was choked, punched repeatedly in the face, and kneed in the abdomen. As the man was punching and choking, he said, "Show me your tits you tranny cunt." When he finished the assault he immediately left the scene.

Michael somehow made it back to their house driving a car while in extreme shock. Once home they were able to contact friends who helped get them to the ER. Currently, Michael is back home again after receiving medical attention. They have stitches, abrasions, a lot of pain and bruising. Some teeth are injured and their vision is impacted. But the emotional devastation and injury they have endured is so deep there are no words to describe. This GoFundMe page has been created to support the enormous healing and recovery Michael has ahead of them including (but not limited to): loss of wages, emergency and ongoing medical care, extensive mental health counseling and basic living. Anything and everything helps.

Michael wanted us to attach pictures because this is what transphobia looks like.

Queer Tears
Queer Rage
Queer Feelings
Queer Resilience

Michael on their way to Neumos, pre-assault

Michael post-assault at Swedish First Hill ER

Michael's neck injuries from being choked

Michael receiving medical care at Swedish First Hill ER

The flower Michael wore in their hair, covered in blood

Michael back at home, June 24, a couple days later
 
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PRESS


Transgender Activist Beaten Following Benefit For Orlando Victims  (Huffington Post)

Seattle hate crime victim attacked after leaving Orlando fundraiser  (KIRO)

Transgender man attacked after Seattle event for Orlando (KTUU)

Police, FBI investigating brutal attack on transgender activist on Capitol Hill  (The Seattle Times)

Seattle PD, FBI investigating hate crime after transgender person attacked on Capitol Hill  (KOMO)

Seattle Transgender Person Attacked Orlando Shooting Fundraiser, FBI Investigating  (Inquisitr)

Transgender man speaks out after vicious attack on Capitol Hill  (Q13 FOX)

‘This Is Not an Isolated Incident,’ Says Survivor of Trans Bashing  (Seattle Weekly)

"This Is Not an Isolated Incident," Says Victim of Anti-Trans Attack  (The Stranger)

Capitol Hill transgender hate crime victim won’t be invisible  (Capitol Hill Times)

Hate crime investigation rallying point at Trans Pride March  (KING5)

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DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO ALL FOR EVERYTHING !!! Every penny, every dollar you give means so much to Michael and goes so intensely far in letting them know you see and you care. Your financial support has provided relief in many, many deep and important ways beyond just expenses. Michael is overwhelmed and eternally grateful. THANK YOU for showing up and making a difference.

At this time it is still difficult to determine what Michael's healing will require financially. Due however to an unexpected but beautiful outpouring of generosity, they have requested that a portion of proceeds be donated to: The NW Network and Gender Justice League .

Peace & Love

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A few weeks have passed since the assault. I am still recovering, and continue to be deeply grateful for the outpouring of financial support from so many caring people.
Thanks to all of you, I have been able to take time off work, which would have been impossible otherwise. Your kindness has also enabled me to pay medical bills, rent, and basic living expenses. Going forward, I have engaged the services of a certified financial advisor to determine how to translate your generosity into ongoing good. Further financial donations can be given to The NW Network and Gender Justice League. Thanks again for all the love and support that came my way.


much love and gratitude,

Michael
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The outpouring of support from near and far has been unexpected and much appreciated. I am closing this fundraiser and hope people will support these organizations that work around the clock for the health and safety of trans people:

Gender Justice League
http://www.genderjusticeleague.org/

The Northwest Network http://www.nwnetwork.org/

Trans Lifeline
http://www.translifeline.org/
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Jennifer J Lee
27 months ago

This breaks my heart. You do not know me but if you come to my eye clinic (Washington Pacific Eye) you will be taken care of for free and you will be treated with the respect you deserve. You will be safe. .you are loved.

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Sky O'Harrow
27 months ago

Can we bring food? How do we do this? What are their dietary restrictions and/or favorite foods?

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Patti Abbott
27 months ago

This is heartbreaking and an absolute outrage!! I am donating. Also, I am inspired by Jennifer Lee's comment of complimentary eye care. So great of her! I am an injury treatment massage therapist, and I own an LGBT friendly clinic, you will be welcomed, valued, and safe, should you choose to take me up on this offer. Please contact me when/if you become ready for massage therapy to help heal your body. It will be complimentary. Also, I have a student intern (by best friend, and my "gay husband") who is about half way through school. His work is AMAZING, and his focus is trauma healing. Student work is always free. My website with contact info is www.seattleoasis.com and our number is 206.838.5318

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Stacey Levine
27 months ago
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7

I know you will take good care of Michael and pls take care of yrself too and the community's with you.

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Colleen Kimsey
27 months ago
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Here's the link to the care team that Kieran set up: https://my.lotsahelpinghands.com/community/support-michael#.V2yBzt_qsNw.facebook

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Sherra Shuttlecock Buchanan
27 months ago
6
6

I am heat broken that such a disgusting and hateful thing has happened to such a beautiful soul.

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Home Grownbig
27 months ago
3
3

In solidarity. Sounds like it is time to bring back some version go Qpatrol.

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Jessica Gaab
27 months ago
2
2

I'm so sorry this happened to you and I hope they find this horrible person who did this to you. This should not be happening to people! Stay true to yourself.

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Kelsey Foster
27 months ago
2
2

We are sending you love from PDX! Will definitely share your page!

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Holly Chiarello
27 months ago
2
2

This absolutely breaks my heart! It's flipping 2016....not 1992... Time for this hate to stop! Michael you are a beautiful person and this guy should be ashamed of his actions and anyone like him! There is no reason to just such amazing people! :( #loveislove

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Howie Wielandt
27 months ago
2
2

Please remember to take care of yourselves and practice self love especially after something like this has happened. This was an attack on you personally and also the trans community as a family, your trans siblings are standing for you and we'll help in anyway we can.

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Ngie Cooper
27 months ago
2
2

I remember briefly meeting you last year at the march around Capitol Hill at the end of the summer protesting the violence that has been happening on the hill. I was with you when you were giving a report to SPD down at the Shell station and they weren't taking you seriously :(. I'm so sorry I didn't recognize you until I saw your other picture :(. Get better soon mate ♥

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Amy Durr King
27 months ago
1
1

Thinking of you, Michael and sending you a hug. So sorry this happened.

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Zia Falls
27 months ago
1
1

I don't have money but would like to offer food to Michael. I work at A pizza place in town and can bring some for them.

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Jo McDaniel
27 months ago
1
1

Loving and donating from DC. Holding you in my heart, beautiful.

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Alix Melton
27 months ago
1
1

My husband and I are in town. Sending love and healing energy. If company is needed, we are willing to stop by! ❤️❤️❤️

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Siobhan Ring
27 months ago
1
1

I am sorry you were attacked. I wish you love and healing.

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Karyn Schwartz
27 months ago
1
1

This is so horrible. Your neighborhood is with you. Please count on me over at SugarPill for anything we can offer you in the coming weeks and months as you heal.

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Halisha Anderson
27 months ago
1
1

Hello, I'm available to bring food and can sit and visit today. How can I help?

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Kelleen Conway Blanchard
27 months ago
1
1

I'm broken hearted this happened. Please know there are people who are with you.

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27 months ago

Standing as an Ally in your and all our transgender relatives struggles. Maybe you be free others ignorance and hate, and may you have peace and ease.

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27 months ago
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Nich Maragos
27 months ago

I'm very sorry this happened to you.

Jennifer J Lee
27 months ago

This breaks my heart. You do not know me but if you come to my eye clinic (Washington Pacific Eye) you will be taken care of for free and you will be treated with the respect you deserve. You will be safe. .you are loved.

+ Read More
Sky O'Harrow
27 months ago

Can we bring food? How do we do this? What are their dietary restrictions and/or favorite foods?

+ Read More
Patti Abbott
27 months ago

This is heartbreaking and an absolute outrage!! I am donating. Also, I am inspired by Jennifer Lee's comment of complimentary eye care. So great of her! I am an injury treatment massage therapist, and I own an LGBT friendly clinic, you will be welcomed, valued, and safe, should you choose to take me up on this offer. Please contact me when/if you become ready for massage therapy to help heal your body. It will be complimentary. Also, I have a student intern (by best friend, and my "gay husband") who is about half way through school. His work is AMAZING, and his focus is trauma healing. Student work is always free. My website with contact info is www.seattleoasis.com and our number is 206.838.5318

+ Read More
Stacey Levine
27 months ago
7
7

I know you will take good care of Michael and pls take care of yrself too and the community's with you.

+ Read More
Colleen Kimsey
27 months ago
6
6

Here's the link to the care team that Kieran set up: https://my.lotsahelpinghands.com/community/support-michael#.V2yBzt_qsNw.facebook

+ Read More
Sherra Shuttlecock Buchanan
27 months ago
6
6

I am heat broken that such a disgusting and hateful thing has happened to such a beautiful soul.

+ Read More
Home Grownbig
27 months ago
3
3

In solidarity. Sounds like it is time to bring back some version go Qpatrol.

+ Read More
Jessica Gaab
27 months ago
2
2

I'm so sorry this happened to you and I hope they find this horrible person who did this to you. This should not be happening to people! Stay true to yourself.

+ Read More
Kelsey Foster
27 months ago
2
2

We are sending you love from PDX! Will definitely share your page!

+ Read More
Holly Chiarello
27 months ago
2
2

This absolutely breaks my heart! It's flipping 2016....not 1992... Time for this hate to stop! Michael you are a beautiful person and this guy should be ashamed of his actions and anyone like him! There is no reason to just such amazing people! :( #loveislove

+ Read More
Howie Wielandt
27 months ago
2
2

Please remember to take care of yourselves and practice self love especially after something like this has happened. This was an attack on you personally and also the trans community as a family, your trans siblings are standing for you and we'll help in anyway we can.

+ Read More
Ngie Cooper
27 months ago
2
2

I remember briefly meeting you last year at the march around Capitol Hill at the end of the summer protesting the violence that has been happening on the hill. I was with you when you were giving a report to SPD down at the Shell station and they weren't taking you seriously :(. I'm so sorry I didn't recognize you until I saw your other picture :(. Get better soon mate ♥

+ Read More
Amy Durr King
27 months ago
1
1

Thinking of you, Michael and sending you a hug. So sorry this happened.

+ Read More
Zia Falls
27 months ago
1
1

I don't have money but would like to offer food to Michael. I work at A pizza place in town and can bring some for them.

+ Read More
Jo McDaniel
27 months ago
1
1

Loving and donating from DC. Holding you in my heart, beautiful.

+ Read More
Alix Melton
27 months ago
1
1

My husband and I are in town. Sending love and healing energy. If company is needed, we are willing to stop by! ❤️❤️❤️

+ Read More
Siobhan Ring
27 months ago
1
1

I am sorry you were attacked. I wish you love and healing.

+ Read More
Karyn Schwartz
27 months ago
1
1

This is so horrible. Your neighborhood is with you. Please count on me over at SugarPill for anything we can offer you in the coming weeks and months as you heal.

+ Read More
Halisha Anderson
27 months ago
1
1

Hello, I'm available to bring food and can sit and visit today. How can I help?

+ Read More
Kelleen Conway Blanchard
27 months ago
1
1

I'm broken hearted this happened. Please know there are people who are with you.

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