This week read about the murder of Jessi Hart in Oregon, and students saying a play was canceled due to a gay character in Ohio.
Trans Woman Killed in Oregon
Jessi Hart was a 42-year-old transgender woman whose body was found on Oct. 17 in Banks, Oregon. The Human Rights Campaign wrote that this is at least the 43rd violent killing of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2021.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said her body was found in the woods about 25 miles west of Portland. Detectives suspect foul play and said she died about two weeks prior to her body being found.
Hart did not have access to secure housing; she and her teenage son stayed in hotel rooms with the help of a local non-profit. Between hotel rooms, they slept in her black Saab, which was found by the Washington County Sheriff’s office, and which they said had been covered in white spray paint.
Audrey Savage, Hart’s girlfriend, said that she “misses everything about her” and that Hart was “intelligent and thoughtful and caring.”
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone who has had contact with Hart in the past few months come forward and speak with investigators.
High School Students Say Play Was Canceled Over Gay Character
Hillsboro High School. Credit: Aesopposea, Wikipedia.
Hillsboro High School students were told that after over a month of rehearsing, their theater production would be canceled due to sexual scenes.
Duncan Pickering-Polstra, a senior, told the Enquirer that he doubts the show’s cancelation has anything to do with sex scenes but is actually a response to there being a gay character. He said that Hillsboro has put on a number of shows with sexual references in the past. The school previously put on a production of “Les Misérables," in which Pickering-Polstra played a pimp selling prostitutes.
“It’s not about the sex,” Pickering-Polstra said. “It’s about gay people.”
This fall’s production was "She Kills Monsters" by Qui Nguyen. The story focuses on Agnes, a student who finds her dead sister’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook. Agnes discovers new things about her sister and some scenes imply that she is gay.
“The district’s decision to cancel the fall play is based on the play being inappropriate for our K-12 audience. This production is recommended for ages 12 and older,” Superintendent Tim Davis wrote in a statement. He wrote that the characters in the production did not influence his decision.