US: Mother Of Slain Teen To Trump: Defend All LGBTQ People, Not Just My Child

Katrina Johnson, the mother of a gender-fluid teenager who was shot to death last year in Burlington, Iowa, appreciates that President Donald Trump’s Justice Department sent a federal hate crimes attorney to aid the prosecution of a man accused of killing the high school student. But Johnson, who is no fan of Trump, wants the administration to push for the legal rights of all LGBTQ people, not just her child.

“I love the fact that they have intervened,” she told HuffPost in a phone interview. But, “it shouldn’t have taken for a child to lose his life, and for everybody to think it was a hate crime, for them to step up and do something,” she added, using the male pronoun to refer to Kedarie Johnson. “They need to continue to do something, even after this case is over.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions took the unusual step of sending a federal lawyer, Christopher Perras, to help prosecute one of two men charged in the killing of the 16-year-old, The New York Times reported Sunday. The decision surprised people familiar with the case, particularly given that Sessions has rolled back protections for LGBTQ people more broadly. He has, for example, overturned a policy that encourages schools to let transgender students use the bathroom facilities that correspond with their gender identities. Read more via HuffPost