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Dear Brandon: 20 Years Ago Today...

Brandon Teena, left, appears with Lana Tisdel in this undated photo. The "CINEMAX Reel Life" documentary "The Brandon Teena S
Brandon Teena, left, appears with Lana Tisdel in this undated photo. The "CINEMAX Reel Life" documentary "The Brandon Teena Story" tells a "tragic tale of intolerance and murder in America's heartland, exploring the life and death of a Nebraska woman who successfully passed as a man for years." (AP Photo)

20 years ago tonight Brandon Teena was murdered. Two friends, Lisa Lambert and Philip DeVine, were killed with him.

20 years ago the trans community protested that Brandon was not killed because he was a “lesbian” but because of his gender identity, which in turn triggered the organizing and anger of the contemporary trans community.

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