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WATCH: Memphis Woman Charged With Beating 'Feminine' Son

WATCH: Memphis Woman Charged With Beating 'Feminine' Son

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Police say Jacqueline Alexander thought her son was too effeminate and therefore gay.

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A Memphis, Tenn., woman has been charged with domestic assault, with police saying she beat her son because she thought he was too "feminine" and gay, a local TV station reports.

Jacqueline Alexander was arrested Tuesday night at her apartment, Memphis's WREG reports. Police say she punched her son in the face, and he had bruises when they arrived. Alexander is being held on $1,000 bond.

Whether or not the boy is gay, the assault underlines the need to overcome not only prejudices against LGBT people but also gender stereotypes, said Will Batts, executive director of the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center.

"We live with these really strict rules about how people should act or dress or talk or behave, and life is so much more complicated than that," Batts told the station.

He also noted that young people are often abused by those closest to them. "We certainly have lots of kids and adults who come into the center who talk about being abused or hurt in some way by the people who are supposed to be the ones who care most about them," he said.

Watch the report below.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.